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Nothing plain about these Fences

Fences Pro builds many requested features on top of the publisher's free version, Fences, to help corral your desktop icons into tidy, organized spaces.

Fences Pro builds many requested features on top of the publisher's free version, Fences. The original helps you corral your desktop icons into tidy, organized spaces on your desktop, and then rename, resize, and move them around at will. This premium version now lets you name a default folder in which all newly installed icons should appear--not just the Desktop. In addition, Fences Pro showcases a list of rules you can configure to deposit specific types of icons (images, music videos, etc.) into any "fences" you created. The icon installation rules worked well in our tests, saving pictures we downloaded from the Web to our specified "Pics" fence, and application shortcuts to "Programs."

Other features include creating your own custom rules--a bit trickier than it looks--and sorting a fence's constituent icons by criteria such as date and how often you've used it. Fences Pro also automatically snaps restore point pictures at intervals, and can fade a fence until you mouse over it.

Apart from a pesky download requirement (that you use Stardock's Impulse app), the only reason to picket this version of Fences is the price. It's commensurate with the program's feature set and with this class of desktop customization app, but it's also aimed squarely at power users who have found the freeware version indispensable and itch for more control.

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