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robosax
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Hello again,

This is kind of related to my last post about exact values.  A lot of times I need to see the Plugin and Linked Parameters windows to program exact values.  The problem is the windows keep disappearing behind Unify. doh! lol  So every time I have to re-size Unify and place all the windows in good spots to be able to see them all at the same time.  A nice little button on the top right of each window to keep the window On Top would be really helpful.

thanks again!

robo

 

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@robosax

In Unify's Settings view, there's a checkbox to make all plug-in windows "always on top", but this is only for Unify working inside a DAW.

For the Unify stand-alone app, you can at any time, click the ops button (concentric-circles icon) in the very bottom center of the Unify window, and use the "All plug-in windows to front" item to bring all open plug-in windows forward.

If you're on Windows, you can also hover your mouse over the Unify icon in the taskbar, to see all open plug-in windows and select one to bring forward. On the Mac, you can do something similar by right-clicking the Unify icon in the Dock and choosing "Show all windows".

I always make a point of manually repositioning windows so nothing can ever get completely hidden, even if it moves to the rearmost Z-position.


   
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robosax
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Posted by: @getdunne

@robosax

In Unify's Settings view, there's a checkbox to make all plug-in windows "always on top", but this is only for Unify working inside a DAW.

Hi Shane,

I have that checked but it doesn't seem to be working.  I'm using Logic.  What's weird is that if I open the Standalone, the Logic's Unify plugins will Stay On Top of the Standalone.  Unfortunately, they still disappear behind Logic's Unify GUI.

In Standalone, the "Bring to the Front" works, but as soon as you click on the Unify, the plugin disappears behind Unify, making it difficult to adjust Knobs and Plugin parameters at the same time... unless I re-size and move everything around to be visible.

thanks for your help,

robo

 

 


   
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@robosax

Ah, I understand what you're talking about now. Unfortunately, this is not a straightforward issue. Both MacOS and Windows support designating a window as "always on top", but in a DAW, that only ensures that the windows stay on top of the DAW. DAWs will normally create plug-in windows with this designation, so they never fall behind the DAW, but there is no way for Unify to get windows it creates to be at some higher level of "always on top" so they also stay on top of the Unify window.

Plug-ins aren't actually supposed to create additional windows, and Apple is gradually getting stricter about that, so there may come a day when Unify simply won't be usable in Logic any more without a massive redesign. These are forces I just can't control.


   
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robosax
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@getdunne 

No worries! I thought it'd be an easy one. I guess not! lol   I'm getting used to moving stuff about.  hmmm... maybe it's time for a bigger monitor! lol

What a pain about all the OS snafus that make your programming life harder!  I'm sorry.

Thanks Shane ! 😀 

robo


   
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