I've just discovered the joys of displaying the AVS on my desktop using Overlay. I'll list the advantages below, but my suggestion is this; How about a 'fullscreen' mode that just uses my regular desktop, cleared to the Overlay colour and let the gfx card stretch the AVS bitmap to fill it?
How and how well the Overlay thingie works might vary with the various cards available, but with my Radeon it is sweet..
* I can use a small AVS window to get high framerate, but still fill the entire screen
* The gfx card stretches the bitmap with beautiful anti-aliasing so it actually looks better than regular fullscreen (the whole thing is meant for full-screen playback of DVDs:)
* I don't have to strain the monitor by switching to really low resolutions. Would also work fine for those with LCD screens and fixed resolutions
The Current AVS with Overlay already gives me the advantages above, but using the desktop means I get the desktop icons and the mouse on top of the animation. I also don't get the artist/track displayed('cause it isn't displayed in the AVS window), and I can't use 'B' to skip to the next track ('cause I have all windows including Winamp minimized)