Fences

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.01
  • Total Downloads:
    5,042,823
  • Date Added:
    November 01, 2012
  • File Size:
    8.98MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    6,180
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/7/8

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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  • Current Version

    2.9

    out of 27 votes

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    • 4 star 387
    • 3 star 101
    • 2 star 49
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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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.01
Version 2.01:
  • Folder Portals
  • Desktop Pages
  • Desktop Pages
  • General
    Publisher Stardock
    Publisher web site http://www.stardock.com
    Release Date November 01, 2012
    Date Added November 01, 2012
    Version 2.01
    Category
    Category Desktop Enhancements
    Subcategory Desktop Customization
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 7
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 8.98MB
    File Name Fences2-cnet-setup.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 5,042,823
    Downloads Last Week 6,180
    Pricing
    License Model Free to try
    Limitations 30-day trial
    Price $9.99

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