Fences

Download Editors' Rating:
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Average User Rating:
4.1
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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.13
  • Total Downloads:
    5,140,048
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 29, 2014
  • Price:
    Free to try (30-day trial); $9.99 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    9MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    6,064
  • Platform:
    Windows
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Editors' Review

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Fences is an app that allows you to organize your desktop icons into categories to un-clutter your workspace. The latest version, Fences 2.0, adds new features to help you get and stay organized even faster.

The interface of the newer version is much like before. The fences look the same - they're clean and blend well, and you can adjust the transparency and color to suit your needs. You'll also still be able to easily sort your files and program icons into multiple fences on your desktop. One of our favorite features, Auto-Organizer, also lets you choose which files will automatically go into the fence you specify--this is handy if you frequently add new files to your computer.

Fences 2.0 also comes with a couple new features, Folder Portals and Desktop Pages. Folder Portals lets you create a fence from any folder and organize the contents on your desktop for quick access. Desktop Pages lets you set up multiple screens, each with their own set of fences, and navigate between them just by clicking and dragging. While we found it fairly easy to set up and use the fences, we liked the user guidance and tutorials so you can make sure you're using Fences to its fullest potential.

Users who are overwhelmed by desktop clutter will like the flexibility of Fences 2.0. The installation is easy and quick and you can try the product free for 30 days to see if it's right for you.

Editors' note: This is a review of the full version of Fences 2. The trial version has limited features.

 
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4 stars

"Very useful program, lousy <br /> company behaviour"

July 26, 2014  |  By vetsense

 |  Version: Fences 2.13

Pros

easy to use and customize, neatly keeps desktop arranged to my specifications

Cons

none for the program itself, though the company acted shabbily in misdirecting users regarding the new release. Won't buy any other Stardock products.

Summary

This used to be a free program, and when they decided to start charging for it, they misdirected users into updating to the new release without telling them that it would cost them to use it -- and by they time they found out, they couldn't downgrade to the earlier, free version. What they should have done is offered the free version as a low-tech few-featured version, and given everyone the option of upgrading for more bells and whistles. But they didn't - they did a bait-and-switch, and it's deceitful.

That said, I couldn't find a product that did the same thing, although I tried. I really would have rather given my money to another company that behaved better, but I decided to bite the bullet and pay for the new Fences, since it really does a great job and I love the organization it allows me. I won't buy any other Stardock program and I'll switch if anyone develops a similar tool.

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3 stars

"Old Free One Was GREAT"

June 14, 2014  |  By momule

 |  Version: Fences 2.12

Pros

One of my computers has this and I love it. That was when the product was free shareware. It's nice but not $10 nice and from these comments it sounds as if you 410 ONLY BUYS YOU A ONE YEAR SUBSCRIPTION. Too bad the owners of thos software did a fantastic job of writng good code but then messed it up with this trialware crapola. Shame on them.

Cons

NO TRIALWARE FOR ME !!! Give it to me for free or allow me to unconditionally own it. Don't insult my intelligence with this teaseware stuff !!!

Summary

Don't buy this product !!!

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5 stars

"Excellent Desktop Organization Utility"

May 15, 2014  |  By Aneurism

 |  Version: Fences 2.11

Pros

Performs as advertized.

Cons

It always sorts and I can't find a setting to allow me to manually place an icon away from other in a fence.

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5 stars

"Great product!"

April 05, 2014  |  By 4Denise

 |  Version: Fences 2.11

Pros

Allows organization of desktop in a way that makes sense to the user

Cons

You will have to pay for full functionality

Summary

I love this software! I have bought it for all of my computers. It isn't expensive. The free version is acceptable. Even if you stick with that, you will have some valuable features. Buying the software adds a few more.

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3 stars

"Only good if you have lots of shortcuts"

December 26, 2013  |  By Lesslog

 |  Version: Fences 2.11

Pros

Keeps the desktop clean, reduces clutter.

Cons

Not worth spending money for, would be better as a freeware and getting more publicity.

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1 stars

"Program great company poor, don't spend money"

December 06, 2013  |  By 1Stealthgeek

 |  Version: Fences 2.11

Pros

Program's from stardock are relatively good, fences is no exception.

Cons

Stardock is a horrendously dishonest company and you should never give them a red cent. They sell you a 'subscription' service to access their softwares and when the subscription runs out you no longer have access to you software. They say in the purchase that you can keep using it they just dont' tell you that its only as long as that installation lasts and you can never download it again unless you want to shell out another $50 clams.

Summary

Don't give them any money if you intend to be able to use the software beyond a limited time period. You're not buying their software you're buying a limited 1 year use right to the software that they just don't intentionally de-activate when its over (thats their 'you can keep using it' reference). Contacting support regarding this issue was horrible and their policies are despicable. Everyone be warned regarding these guys.

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1 stars

"Worse than useless"

December 02, 2013  |  By HemlockStones

 |  Version: Fences 2.11

Pros

Free to try. Other than that, nothing.

Cons

Fails miserably with multiple monitors.

Summary

I installed Fences hoping to organize some of the clutter; I have developed a habit of placing shortcuts to currently active documents on the desktop to avoid the typical open program and drill through a dozen levels each time.

I took the default fences, expecting to personalize later. My first disappointment was that I could not re-size or move the fences, contrary to what the manufacturer claimed. I brought up the configuration help, but found nothing. My second disappointment was when I tried to close the configuration; the close "x" was unresponsive. Right-click close, worked however.

I tried creating a new fence, and it worked as advertised. I moved some icons to the new fence. OK, it's got a few quirks, but I'll probably find it useful, I thought, and went back to work.
Sometime later, I noticed that Fences was now displaying "hover" icons, where it had not before (believe me, I had spent an inordinate amount of time). Software that changes behavior? I should have seen what was coming....
I disconnected a third monitor. Fences went crazy, and rearranged things. Some of the fences were now on my secondary monitor (all of the fences were originally on the primary monitor, the laptop), some of them were mostly off screen, and ALL of them were blank.

Like a previous reviewer, I thought I'd lost them all.
What I found was that by moving those fences that I could still grab, they would display the icon to which they were associated, in their pre-fence screen location. But that's it. Many icons, although visible inside the fence, were inactive, as if it was a blank desktop. More inconsistency, and an unusable desktop. The immovable fences were now useless.
At this pint it was obvious that my desktop was intact, but that Fences' presentation was the culprit. I could not find a mechanism to refresh the fences. A reboot was the only thing brought back functionality, totally not acceptable.
The screen behavior was verified on subsequent boots. Any change at all to monitor positioning freaks Fences out; fences move with far more damage than Windows ever thought about. Scroll bar remnants appear at random screen locations. A reboot is the only recovery option. For anyone who uses a laptop with an external monitor, this program is not for you. Verdict: Not ready for Prime Time.

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5 stars

"Like this software"

November 26, 2013  |  By mohsinjaved463

 |  Version: Fences 2.11

Pros

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Cons

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1 stars

"totally useless"

November 21, 2013  |  By ccwhart

 |  Version: Fences 2.11

Pros

A fabulous program...until it self destructs. Like many Windows users, the constant, random rearranging of desktop icons was driving me crazy, so when I discovered and downloaded Fences, I was thrilled. Fences, I thought, was fantastic. And it was fantastic until...

Cons

Every single one of my desktop icons vanished in an instant, and I was left with an entirely empty desktop. This was quite disconcerting because I was worried that they were gone forever. I looked and looked in the Fences control panel for a solution, but found nothing. Only uninstalling Fences restored the icons. But I REALLY wanted Fences to work, so I tried installing it again, and exactly the same thing happened. So Fences is uninstalled and will stay uninstalled. A real shame because I really thought it was the answer to a major Windows problem.

Summary

To have over 4 million downloads means Fences must work for some people, but it sure didn't work for me.

Updated on Mar 29, 2014

I was completely wrong about Fences. The problem I had was the result of a confusing function that was enabled upon installation. After it was explained to me by tech support, I easily figured out what was wrong, disabled the command and problem solved! Now I love Fences. It works perfectly, and I highly recommend it

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4 stars

"Works as promis"

November 14, 2013  |  By Nelson Vega

 |  Version: Fences 2.11

Pros

While it takes getting use to it does work, with Fences I can more easily manage my desktop.

Cons

can be disorienting but you quickly get use to it.

Summary

Not for everyone but does help organizing and quickly finding files and programs.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.13
Version 2.13:
  • Updated to support Windows 8.1
  • Enhanced the desktop pages feature with a skinnable page indicator
  • Option for persistent fences across desktop pages
  • Added network drive connection detection
  • Assorted improvements and bug fixes
General
Publisher Stardock
Publisher web site http://www.stardock.com
Release Date October 29, 2014
Date Added October 29, 2014
Version 2.13
Category
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Desktop Customization
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 9MB
File Name Fences2-cnet-setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 5,140,048
Downloads Last Week 6,064
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $9.99

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