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I would like to be able to a diagramming tool's main window over another application's window, so that I can trace areas from the base window with drawing elements on the overlaid window. I can take a screenshot of the base window and use it in the bottom layer of a diagram, but that brings the risk of building diagrams off an out of date base image, and I could even automate the update of the base image when I start the diagramming tool. Both of these seem a bit of a kludge compared to synchronising resizes and moves on both windows and one with a transparent background.

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You can use this to set the window translucency (from completely transparent to opaque) of any diagramming tool. That way, you can set the diagramming tool window to 5% transparency, which will let you see the window behind the diagramming tool and trace anything off of it.

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+1 for nudging me over to AutoHotKey. I've been building up to looking or something like that for a while. Now I just need to find a diagramming tool with tool windows that can float outside of the main window, like The Gimp, but with vectors. –  ProfK Jul 28 '11 at 19:48
    
Try: inkscape.org –  TookTheRook Jul 28 '11 at 19:58
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