Fences

Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.1
out of 1182 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2.13
File Size:
8.98MB
Date Added:
June 18, 2014
Price:
Free to try (30-day trial); $9.99 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Total Downloads:
5,055,504
Downloads Last Week:
6,499
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Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

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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    "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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