7stacks

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 8 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.5 beta 2
  • Total Downloads:
    13,079
  • Date Added:
    June 27, 2011
  • File Size:
    2.72MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    20
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/7

Editors' Note: Beta or prerelease software is not intended for inexperienced users, as the software may contain bugs or may potentially damage your system. We strongly recommend that users exercise caution and save all mission-critical data before installing or using this software.

Editors' Review

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7Stacks ports the Mac OS X stacking feature to Windows 7, Vista, and XP in a reasonable but not quite perfect manner. If you're not familiar, the "stack" jargon here refers to creating a container of folders or files and making it accessible with one click on your taskbar.

The program does an effective job once you've created your stack, but it lacks some of the smoothness that hallmarks its Mac progenitor. A clean design makes creating a stack easy, but what's not clear about the process is that the "Create shortcut on Desktop" button is a necessary step. Once you've created the shortcut, you can drag it onto your unlocked taskbar. Left-click on a stack to access its contents.

When creating a stack, you can customize the folder you choose to stack including Libraries, use the default folder icon or select your own, and toggle options for exploring the folder, browsing subfolders, hiding file extensions, or displaying image thumbnails. There are three stack view options: vertical, which presents the stack in a column; grid, which arranges the stack into rows and columns; and menu, which makes the stack look like a Windows Explorer right-click context menu. Text for each item can be turned on or off in grid and vertical modes, and both icon size and text size can be adjusted via slider.

You can't drag and drop items directly into or off of a stack, which means that you can only change what's in a stack from Windows Explorer. The utility could use a hot-key hook to create a new stack, although you can right-click on an already-existing stack to see stack options such as create new stack, edit current stack, and browse as menu. More than that, the process for creating and editing stacks should be smoother, and even on computers with top-shelf hardware, stacks don't open or close as fast as they should. Still, 7stacks brings an entirely new feature to Windows, and there's no harm in that.

 
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  • 5 stars

    "Perfect! Just what I need."

    July 24, 2013   |   By 4Denise

    Version: 7stacks 1.5 beta 2

    Pros

    Does exactly what I wanted it to.

    Cons

    None that I know of.

    Summary

    This little program adds in the one thing that I desperately needed: a way to organize my documents, programs, and puzzles. In Windows XP I used the start menu to organize everything, and it worked very well. In Windows 7 that option was gone. I have been searching ever since. This is exactly what I need. I could not ask for more.

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    General
    Publisher Alastria Software
    Publisher web site http://www.alastria.com/
    Release Date June 27, 2011
    Date Added June 27, 2011
    Version 1.5 beta 2
    Category
    Category Desktop Enhancements
    Subcategory Icon Tools
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows, Windows Vista
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 2.72MB
    File Name 7stacksSetup15b2.zip
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 13,079
    Downloads Last Week 20
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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