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Vista Flip 3D & Windows Aero For XP

Windows Aero and Vista Flip 3D are among the impressive visual effects of Windows Vista introduced in 2007. However, these cool Vista effects are not cheap to system resources.

But, I try Madotate with no cost at all for the cool Vista effects in Windows XP and Windows 2000, or even in older Windows version!

Madotate that dress Windows XP with Vista 3D Flip and Windows Aero see-through glass effects.

Awesome! See, those are the cool Vista 3D Flip and Windows Aero glass effects in Windows XP! The IE7 browsing Ghost Rider and Spiderman 3 is flipped to the right and left, Windows Media Player 11 is stacked on top of InfranView with a similar Windows Aero see-through effects and are amazingly sloped at 45 degree in the center.

While all the opened windows arrange in such an unusual position, pressing the TAB key will automatically bring the focus to the next windows in order. Depends on the setting, these 3D flipped windows can zoom in or zoom out with a wheel mouse or by pressing Page-up and Page-down key.

What’s more? Madotate allows me to add special sound effects that associate with the 3D Flip actions as well!

Madotate is cheap!

Madotate is a green-ware (clean), tiny, standalone, freeware, open-source! It’s coded by Shinohara Takayuki back in year 2002. The latest stable version is Madotate v2.02.02 that was published on 17 Feb 2003 (almost four years older than Windows Vista)!
All the code are written in Borland C++ and the Madotate source code is available for public to download as well. So, I believe Madotate is a GNU-ware where anyone can further enhancing the Madotate if possible.

As shown by Windows Tasks Manager, Madotate utilize very little CPU and memory resources. So, the impact of overall system performance is very little by running Madotate in system tray. And, immediately I’ve the Windows Vista 3D Flip and Aero see-through in my Windows XP Professional!

Madotate require very little CPU and memory resources to bring the awesome Vista 3D Flip and Windows Aero see-through glass effects to Windows XP.

This process snapshot was taken on a Pentium Celeron 1Ghz with 512MB SDRAM and 12 programs are running in the Desktop.
The original Madotate is written with Japanese menu interface. Although, there are English version of Madotate which was ported by fans of Madotate.

If you like, you may also translate it yourself. Just download the original Madotate source code, translate the Japanese menu description with Google translator or alike, and compile the code with Borland C++ Compiler 5.5.1.

How to use Madotate?

If you prefer to Japanese version, you may configure the Japanese Madotate settings by referring to these screenshots that are taken from the English version of Madotate setting pages.

1) Extract the LZH-compressed Madotate package, and double-click the Madotate program to run.

2) Now, every opened windows will have an additional trapezium button added at the upper-right corner, next to the standard Minimize windows button. To position windows in a Vista feels, just click on the trapezium button.

Madotate that dress Windows XP with Vista 3D Flip and Windows Aero see-through glass effects.

3) On the system tray, right-click on Madotate icon to bring up a pop-up menu. The Settings menu is a center to control all the cool Vista alike visual effects.

Configure Madotate 3D windows and transparency effects.

For example, you can configure Madotate 3D windows display settings such as Windows Aero alike transparency effects, Vista 3D Flip windows display angle, windows transition, zoom-in, zoom-out, sound effects, hotkeys, etc.

Madotate that dress Windows XP with Vista 3D Flip and Windows Aero see-through glass effects.

Madotate that dress Windows XP with Vista 3D Flip and Windows Aero see-through glass effects.

Madotate that dress Windows XP with Vista 3D Flip and Windows Aero see-through glass effects.

Madotate that dress Windows XP with Vista 3D Flip and Windows Aero see-through glass effects.

Madotate that dress Windows XP with Vista 3D Flip and Windows Aero see-through glass effects.

Madotate that dress Windows XP with Vista 3D Flip and Windows Aero see-through glass effects.

Madotate that dress Windows XP with Vista 3D Flip and Windows Aero see-through glass effects.

Madotate official site

Download Madotate v2.02.02

Download Madotate C++ souce code

Download Madotate English version


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  1. Leon Bollerup 14-05-07@01:01

    hi,

    This is not excaly like the vista 3d flip, but more like “Looking Glass 3D” -> http://lg3d.dev.java.net – great post by the way.

    Regards,
    Leon Bollerup
    Lead Devleoper
    ORCA – http://www.orcawebos.com

  2. chukxx 16-08-07@22:47

    its nice… p

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  4. FMC 20-10-07@23:19

    How do I uninstall it?

  5. Walker 21-10-07@11:34

    Madotate is a standalon application (i.e. double-click to run without the need of installation). To disable Madotate, simply right-click the system tray icon and click EXIT (cf How To Use Madotate, Step 3).

  6. Vance Gosselin 07-12-07@16:56

    this is okay until i get winvista ultimate.

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  8. Tel 23-05-08@19:41

    works well

  9. SKINS 26-05-08@03:12

    works very well. How can i learn to make stuff like that?

  10. Alessandro 17-10-08@22:18

    Vista Flip isn’t a resource stealer app, as it is totally redirected to the GPU processing unit. So, if you have an Intel integrated VGA with 8 Mb of RAM, simply Aero isn’t able to work, but if you get your NVIDIA GeForce or ATI Radeon, you will take full advantage of have another powerfull CPU in you PC used only to render and compute GUI code.

  11. Michael 02-03-09@09:16

    Apple has a patent for this “3D Desktop” interface. If Microsoft implemented this, I bet Apple would sue. Personally, an interface like that would annoy me.

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