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Old 09-08-2009, 09:44 PM   #1
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Afloat in Snow Leopard

One of my favorite applications broke in Afloat. The features that I really liked were the ability to pin up an app window on top of others or to make windows transparent.Is there any such app that works in snow leopard?
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Old 09-09-2009, 04:08 AM   #2
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Actually, Afloat *does* work on a clean install of Snow Leopard, but only for 32-bit applications (e.g. not for Quicktime X; but VLC knows "always on top" by itself). You also have to use it with SIMBL instead of the PlugSuit application which is shipping with Afloat. I mainly use it to have only my Adium contact list always on top and not the chat windows (the Adium option shows both), so I am perfectly fine with the restricted functionality.

I downloaded and installed the old SIMBL 0.8.2 version from http://www.culater.net/software/SIMBL/SIMBL.php as I also use Visor, a quake-style Terminal plugin, which still needs this version, so I have no idea if this trick works on SIMBL 0.9. Then, get the Afloat.dmg from http://infinite-labs.net/afloat/ and open the image if it does not mount automatically. Instead of double-clicking on the icon, show the context menu and choose "Show package contents". In the Contents/Plugins submenu, there is a file called Afloat.bundle. Copy this file and go to Library/Application Support/ in your home directory and place the Afloat.bundle in the SIMBL/Plugins directory (create it if it does not exist). You should then be able to use Afloat from the "Window" menu or via hotkey for any launched 32-bit application after installation.
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Old 09-10-2009, 04:34 PM   #3
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Great post! I've added the info to the SL compatibility site

http://snowleopard.wikidot.com/start

Now I can use Afloat again--one of my most important apps.

Thanks!
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Old 09-10-2009, 10:31 PM   #4
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downloaded the .9.4b of SIMBL as these instructions on the snow leopard wiki states:


Uninstall PlugSuit. Install SIMBL 0.9 from http://www.culater.net/software/SIMBL/SIMBL.php. Get Afloat.dmg and open image. Show context menu and choose "Show package contents". In the Contents/Plugins submenu, copy a file called Afloat.bundle and go to Library/Application Support/ in your home directory and place the Afloat.bundle in the SIMBL/Plugins directory (create it if it does not exist).

its working after a reboot
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Old 09-10-2009, 10:34 PM   #5
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Also, you DO realize that adium has the contact list always on top option built in?
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Old 10-31-2009, 09:29 PM   #6
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Infinite Labs released a Snow Leopard compatible version that will uninstall PlugSuit and install SIMBL. It's in their November build:

http://infinite-labs.net/afloat/
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