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Editors' Rating:
Editors' Rating:
Very good
Average User Rating:
out of 155 votes out of 155 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    18.1
  • Total Downloads:
    2,714,891
  • Date Added:
    Jan. 22, 2018
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    44.04MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    356
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

The Winstep Nexus Dock is a free alternative to the standard Windows desktop, and it can add character to your user experience.

Pros

Tons of customization: Winstep Nexus Dock give you a lot of options and a fine degree of control over how the dock looks, moves, and sounds. You could have the dock running on a hundred different PCs, with no two docks feeling exactly alike.

It can completely replace the taskbar: If you're transitioning from Mac OS X or another dock-oriented OS, or if you just want to try something different, the Nexus Dock can be configured to accommodate all the actions of the Windows taskbar, including access to the Start menu and the system tray.

Helpful fallback options: If you end up not liking your customized dock and you don't know how to get back, you can reset the whole thing or individual sections. You can also back up your settings and move them to another device that has the dock installed.

Cons

Not clear what user problem it's solving: The Windows taskbar may not be exciting, but it doesn't get many complaints, either. The Nexus Dock is an interesting alternative that can help you personalize your desktop, but it doesn't feel like an essential piece of the user experience.

System tray icons get stretched: System tray icons don't look very good when they are stretched out to Nexus Dock size. Also, it would be nice to be able to set your own icons.

Minimal options for the screenshot tool: The screenshot tool is featured as a default item on the taskbar, but you can't set a quality level or file type, and we'd prefer PNG to JPG. You can only tell the tool which folder to save the image in. For screenshots, we'd recommend Lightshot or Greenshot instead.

Bottom Line

If you think that the Windows user interface is dull and you want to try something different, the Nexus Dock is worth a look. It may also be useful for Mac users who are transitioning to Windows or who must use Windows at work.

 
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Full Specifications

What's new in version 18.1
  • Maximum icon size has been changed from 255 to 256x256 pixels.
  • Changes to the User Interface colors made in the About tab of Preferences can now be canceled.
  • Using the Language Bar IC to change the locale of another window now also gives focus to the window.
  • Added new optional 'Slide' animation to the User Interface. Can be toggled in the More Options dialog of the General tab in Preferences.
  • Added alternate User Interface modes to better blend with Windows 10: Dark Mode (Black), Dark Mode (Gray) and a bonus Winstep theme. Mode can be changed in the More Options dialog of the General tab in Preferences.
  • Added new white default icons to be used in Windows 10 for the Search, Windows Start Menu, Action Center and Task View internal commands.
  • The Balloon tooltip now displays thumbnails of animated icon PNG strips as the first frame of the animation.
  • If the Alarm is set to, say, fire on the 31st of every month, it will now skip over the months that don't have 31 days, instead of deactivating itself
  • The new drag & drop background file copy operation would fail if one of the files had a comma in the filename.
  • Fixed issue where the Recycle Bin image might not update after deleting several files on non-English versions of Windows.
  • Fixed potential issues displaying the systray icons if the Windows systray was not accessible at startup.
  • Fixed issue where audio might not stop playing after exiting the application.
  • Modules/widgets on secondary monitors stopped updating when a full screen application was open. Although this was deliberate in order to use as little CPU as possible when a game is running, it should not happen if the module is on a monitor other than the one where the full screen application is running.
  • Couple of User Interface images inside WsUIImageRes.DLL were accidentaly added with an opaque background.
  • Under Windows 10 the Language Bar IC failed to change the current keyboard layout.
  • Fixed issue that could cause a live preview thumbnail from a running application to flicker even when nothing apparently changed.
  • Fixed animation issue in the Module preview tab with customized Email Checker animations.
  • Light bulb image on the Tips of the Day dialog did not have a transparent background.
  • The Monthly implementation of the Alarms was broken and often failed to correctly set the next activation date.
General
Publisher Winstep Software Technologies
Publisher web site http://www.winstep.net/
Release Date January 20, 2018
Date Added January 22, 2018
Version 18.1
Category
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Desktop Customization
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8/10
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 44.04MB
File Name nexus.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 2,714,891
Downloads Last Week 356
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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