Bassam has released an update to AsTray Plus, an awesome Windows utility for the Eee PC that lets you change your virtual display resolution, turn off your monitor, and perform some other pretty nifty features.

In case you're not clear what I mean by virtual display resolution, in a nutshell the current generation of Eee PC laptops has a display resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. It's sharp, clear, and easy to read. But many web pages and applications are wider than 800 pixels and it's hard to fit them on the screen. So Bassam and some other Eee hackers have found a way to tweak the display drivers into acting as if your Eee PC had a higher resolution. Using AsTray Plus, you can effectively squeeze 1024 x 768, 1000 x 600, 900 x 540, or 800 x 600 pixels onto your 800 x 480 display. Now, since the screen actually can't handle that many pixels, what the software does is change tweak the display fonts and other settings, so it'll be harder to actually read text on your screen. I wouldn't recommend using 1000 x 600 mode all the time. But every once in a while it can be a lifesaver.

Version 1.3 beta 3 of AsTray Plus includes the following updates:

  • Turn off your monitor from the tray menu
  • Show/Hide cursor by hitting Win+C
  • QuickSwitch: define your favorite resolution modes
  • AppWatching feature will change your resolution when you launch certain applications
  • New user interface
  • Bug fixes
AsTray Plus 1.3 beta 3 will be the final beta version, and AsTray Plus 1.3 final will be release soonish.

[via Eee PC News.de]

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