StandaloneStack

StandaloneStack


Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
2.5
out of 4 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2.0.7
File Size:
3.92MB
Date Added:
November 25, 2009
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
11,908
Downloads Last Week:
8
Product ranking:
#29 in Icon Tools
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

StandaloneStack creates groups of files and folders in a Mac-style "stack." Other docking apps have brought this feature to Windows, but StandaloneStack is one of the few that doesn't require hogging resources the way many docks can. It also integrates smoothly with the Windows 7 taskbar, making it an excellent way to conserve space while adding some visual pizazz.

The app offers a comprehensive range of options, from basics like customizing your icons and changing fonts to showing hidden files and adjusting the dock placement when it opens according to specific X and Y coordinates. Creating a stack is simple. Once you've got a folder that has what you want to stack, you go to the "New Stack" option, give it a name, peg it to the folder location, hit Create Stack, and then hit Create Shortcut to send it to your desktop. From there, you can add it to your taskbar. Customizing icons requires adding images to the StandaloneStack images folder. There are instructions in the program, but it's not as fidgety as it might sound.

The level of customization offered and telescoping arc of folders and files felt smooth and fit in naturally with Windows 7, but StandaloneStack is not problem-free. Despite changing the stack direction, it only opened up, never down or to the sides. Also, even after disabling caching in the options menu, most of the post-creation changes we made were not reflected in the link. Users who favor the grid option or prefer their taskbars on the bottom of their monitors will get a lot out of this utility, but StandaloneStack's performance needs to improve otherwise.

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  • All Versions:

    2.5

    out of 4 votes

    • 5 star: 0
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 1
  • Current Version:

    2.0

    out of 3 votes

    • 5 star: 0
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 2 stars

    "Does what it says but with great difficulty."

    May 30, 2010   |   By Gemmo

    Version: StandaloneStack 2.0.7

    Pros

    Quick and useful but...

    Cons

    No help or instructions

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  • 1 stars

    "Not ready for prime time"

    May 11, 2010   |   By smcohen

    Version: StandaloneStack 2.0.7

    Pros

    Nice curved arc of icons

    Cons

    Most everything. Unintuitive to install and to use. Never did actually work for me. I couldn't customize it at all.

    Summary

    After struggling with this program for the better part of an hour, with no luck, I ran from it in horror. Even after the icons appeared (finally!) they still would not link to the programs they are supposed to open. I then loaded the more-or-less equivalent 7Stacks (also recommended by cNet) and it works like a charm. Don't bother with Standalone Stack.

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  • 3 stars

    "works well, if you get it right the first time."

    May 07, 2010   |   By ace58

    Version: StandaloneStack 2.0.7

    Pros

    does what it says, the eye-candy feature looks great.

    Cons

    transferring the app from one directory to another is not as simple as it should be. i get a lot of "unknown stack" errors.

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