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Fences

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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 star: 386
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  • Current version:

    2.9 stars

    out of 27 votes

    • 5 star: 8
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 5
    • 2 star: 6
    • 1 star: 7
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Version 2.0 Simple, elegant way to organize desktop"

    April 24, 2013  |   By gordonrd

    Version: Fences 2.01

    Pros

    Provides simple but effective organization to the desktop.
    Great for project focused approach to managing computer.
    Setting up a Projects pane and an In Process pane is very useful for my work
    Easy to install and setup.
    TT WORKS FINE WITH WIN 7 64-BIT. Don't know why others had any trouble.
    So far no crashes
    Easy double-click to hide or reveal panes (fences).

    Cons

    None so far.

    Summary

    Neat solution to an organized desktop. Why people complain about a $9.99 price for this elegant and simple solution is beyond me. It is well worth the inexpensive price. I have no problems with stability and it is running perfectly on my quad-core Intel i7 Win 7 64 bit machine. Much prefer this to Win 8 Metro.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Awesome! What I've been waiting for!"

    March 17, 2013  |   By Ian_McKenzie

    Version: Fences 2.01

    Pros

    I never have to wonder where the heck all of my icons went to, and I never have to reorganize them over, and over again.

    Cons

    I haven't encountered any cons whatsoever.

    Summary

    Every computer I own will have Fences installed on it, as long as the price remains reasonable as it is. Great value for the money!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Simply DOES NOT WORK WITH WIN7 64 BIT!"

    March 7, 2013  |   By lylefish

    Version: Fences 2.01

    Pros

    None if it does not work!

    Cons

    Simply DOES NOT WORK WITH WIN7 64 BIT!

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Another one bites the dust..."

    February 14, 2013  |   By drumttocs8

    Version: Fences 2.01

    Pros

    Does what it always did.

    Cons

    Not free anymore.

    Summary

    Don't you hate to see great freeware die?

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Organization, plus $10 for some embellishments."

    January 18, 2013  |   By Morgan_Anderson

    Version: Fences 2.01

    Pros

    New since version 1:
    1. Multiple desktops (swipe like Android and iOS)
    2. Folder portal (almost a metalink sort of thing, and pretty)
    3. Improved customizability, and an easy to use Control Panel area.
    4. Per-fence view preferences and sorting

    Cons

    1)Over-pricing *if* buying this program alone.
    2)A naggy 30-day trial.
    3)Can effect the performance of dragging files on the desktop.

    Summary

    This program was free as a simple organization program. Now... Stardock has added some nice embellishments (such as multiple desktop swiping similar to android OS and the ability to use per pixel placement memory instead of scaling), but they're certainly not worth $10. The REASON BEHIND THIS PRICING (I think) is that Stardock wants to provide more reason to buy "Object-Desktop" - their value software package for $40; When you consider that they've just added $10 to the value of "Object Desktop", then the pricing for this makes sense. On the other hand, if you just want fences, and not the rest of "Object-Desktop", then you're going to get a bad deal by buying this - so I recommend digging around for a legal copy of version 1.0, as it's free and provides the same central function.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "OUCH !!!!!!!"

    January 7, 2013  |   By NEVEITT

    Version: Fences 2.01

    Pros

    Still works like the old version on my old laptop.

    Cons

    Pesters the hell out of me wanting me to pay twice what it's worth. It was a 5 star program as freeware.

    Summary

    TOO DEEP FOR MY POCKET for the return.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very useful with many desktop icons"

    December 22, 2012  |   By fschakel

    Version: Fences 2.01

    Pros

    - Useful for computers with multiple users
    - Is not a memory-resident program
    - Very programmable
    - Will impress your friends
    - It's free
    - It works

    Cons

    I have not found any cons so far.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Buggy piece of junk! Not free."

    December 17, 2012  |   By Timmy_Jay

    Version: Fences 2.01

    Pros

    Its a good idea.

    Cons

    Program crashes. To install it you have to turn the program off first, but there's no way to turn it off. The programs controls are hidden and confusing. The user help in the forums on stardock website isn't correct.

    Summary

    I heard good things about version 1.0 of this program. Version 2.0 is total junk.

    Updated on Dec 17, 2012

    Under "Cons" that should read,

    Program crashes. To UN-INSTALL it you have to turn the program off first, but there's no way to turn it off. The program's controls are hidden and confusing. The user help in the forums on stardock website isn't correct.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "I liked it but 2.0 crashed my system"

    December 14, 2012  |   By abshaffer

    Version: Fences 2.01

    Pros

    1.0 was great

    Cons

    When I say the offer for 2.0. I wanted to see what it was liked. I did the down load but not install when I founf out I was looseing the origional. WHen I shut down, the next time I booted up. I had a blank screen. To get my PC to work, I had to start in safe mode, uninstall 2.0 and went back to the start point before I downloaded 2.0. Now I lost 1.0.

    Summary

    Do not trust it

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Tricky upsell, otherwise good"

    December 6, 2012  |   By andywiel

    Version: Fences 2.01

    Pros

    Does decent job of keeping desktop uncluttered.

    Cons

    Version 2 no longer freeware, agree with the tricky ads on upselling to paid version.

    Summary

    You CAN go back to version 1! Just search the net for version 1 and a few sites still offer the old software. You won't find it on stardock.com or via once installed version 2

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