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Winstep Nexus Dock

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Nexus is Latin for both a group of things bound together and the act of binding them. That makes it the perfect name for Winstep's free Nexus Dock utility. Like other desktop docks, it has time and weather widgets, a screenshot tool, and quick access to Windows features like e-mail and the Start menu. But that's just the beginning of what this versatile app can do. It brings just about anything in your PC together on the desktop for instant access -- programs, utilities, files, folders, properties information, and so on -- and displays them in an interactive, expanding docking bar that, like the rest of Nexus Dock, can be customized to suit any need. You can add Modules, Separators, and Commands, change its Size and Position, alter its Appearance and Sounds, and do much more. It's already compatible with Windows 8, too.

We extracted and started Nexus Dock, which offered to check for the latest version and also displayed an optional Tool Tip. The dock is fairly substantial in its default configuration, with icons approximately the same size as our desktop icons. You can easily change the icon size to suit your style without sacrificing any flexibility since the dock automatically magnifies any icon the cursor passes over. This Mouseover effect produces a fun "wave" when you sweep the cursor side to side, but it's one of many effects we could configure from the Effects submenu, including Fluid and Blur. Clicking any dock entry let us configure its properties or open its container. The program's Preferences sheet offers a whole row of tabs, each with tons of options; the autohide feature has seven animation settings alone.

After getting the look, we were ready to customize the dock entries by linking programs, files, and such by clicking Insert New Dock Item. It was easy: docked items seemed to spring open before we'd finished a click. The newest version of Nexus Dock has noticeably faster and crisper rendering and lots of new effects, as well as touch-screen support, better laptop compatibility, and many new widgets.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.1 stars

    out of 149 votes

    • 5 star: 73
    • 4 star: 45
    • 3 star: 17
    • 2 star: 4
    • 1 star: 10
  • Current version:

    3.9 stars

    out of 22 votes

    • 5 star: 9
    • 4 star: 5
    • 3 star: 6
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 2
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  • 3.0 stars

    "Been waiting for 5 days after purcase, still nothing."

    January 27, 2014  |   By claesbrandt

    Version: Winstep Nexus Dock 12.2

    Pros

    Fantastic piece of software. Really gives me a taskbar replacement I like.

    Cons

    Right click on icons doesnt give you jump-lists. Integration with start menu is not so elegant.

    Summary

    It's now 5 days ago I paid for the software and I haven't heard a single word from the developer. I don't even know if it will ever come. I'm giving them a couple of more days and then I will get a refund from the payment gateway, which already agreed to do so in case the developer doesn't answer soon. Until they have fixed the delivery issues, I cannot give them more than 3 stars.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "48 hours in 2013. Sorry"

    August 18, 2013  |   By ruggerd

    Version: Winstep Nexus Dock 12.2

    Pros

    Don't know because I was never able to install

    Cons

    it's 2013. I'm not paying 40.00 to wait 2-3 days for my software. Not acceptable. No response from customer service.

    Summary

    I'm not sure how they justify making people wait days to acquire a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD. It doesn't matter how well the software is made when the developer is this ignorant to make people wait days to download the software. This is UNACCEPTABLE, UNACCEPTABLE, UNACCEPTABLE. PERIOD!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Program still needs some work."

    August 8, 2013  |   By zaabaawaa

    Version: Winstep Nexus Dock 12.2

    Pros

    Idea - good. functions - good. lay-out - good.

    Cons

    Download in Spanish or Portuguese.Not changeable to English during operation. After installation I did find place to change language. Result: Change to English, presentation on screen in Swedish, English and Portuguese. No response from program support, so the next day I removed this program from my PC, since you can not work guessing what words means in some language you do not know.

    Summary

    Program still needs work - after that it might be a useful tool.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Good desktop software"

    July 24, 2013  |   By haqyer

    Version: Winstep Nexus Dock 12.2

    Pros

    Offers many options to select. A powerful tool to organize your desktop.

    Cons

    If you select "Prevent maximized windows from overlapping the dock" option, it appears on the internet browser and can be very annoying. If you don't select that option, then desktop items can place behind the dock and you can't click on them.

    Summary

    A good software but also need improvement.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Nexus Dock"

    April 13, 2013  |   By rbobsharp

    Version: Winstep Nexus Dock 12.2

    Pros

    It is simple to use as a shortcut for popular programs

    Cons

    It pops up at inconvienent times. I cant keep it docked while browsing the web.

    Summary

    I disable it most of the time.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Tidies up my desktop"

    March 8, 2013  |   By iswaryam

    Version: Winstep Nexus Dock 12.2

    Pros

    Quick to install and fairly easy to setup. I was using Fences, but needed something more intuitive to access my desktop shortcuts from. Nexus Winstep Dock has so far met my requirements. I have added every conceivable program shortcut to it. Neat

    Cons

    Opted out of Notepad and Explorer shortcuts, since I extensively use taskbar-pinned shortcuts. But not a deal-breaker

    Summary

    Very intuitive, installs easy and the themes are great too. Quite customisable, pity sub-docks are only available in the paid version.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Beautiful and customizable"

    December 2, 2012  |   By suryashis

    Version: Winstep Nexus Dock 12.2

    Pros

    It is really beautiful and actually the free version is all that you really need.
    Its highly customizable and animation effects and blur settings are really cool.

    Cons

    Tune up utilities say that this exerts moderate system load.

    Summary

    Far better than object dock and more stable than rocket dock

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Does not always come up on top of open window"

    October 23, 2012  |   By easyhog

    Version: Winstep Nexus Dock 12.2

    Pros

    Easy of use

    Cons

    Sometimes have to close open window to use the dock

    Summary

    still looking

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Love this launcher"

    October 11, 2012  |   By lowcpm

    Version: Winstep Nexus Dock 12.2

    Pros

    fully customizable

    Cons

    None that I can see

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Nothing special just another dock"

    October 4, 2012  |   By chuffmountain

    Version: Winstep Nexus Dock 12.2

    Pros

    Nice effects, nice control interface, nice everything. It is comparable to stardock objectdock in terms of features and functionality. A fairly good piece of work, and I have a feeling it is probably the better of the two but marginally so. It lacks some functions of objectdock, but then it has a few of its own features that object dock doesn't have. Winstep Nexus Ultimate is far suerior to the free version so dont rely on reviews that concentrate of the free version.

    There's nothing wrong with winstep nexus but, to be honest, it feels a bit more stilted and cumbersome to configure than object dock, although, I must say once you do forgive nexus for that you will appreciate that it is also marginally better than objectdock.

    Cons

    Slightly overpriced.

    A lot of people have waited from 2 to 30 days to get their hands on a registration key after paying. Be warned it's not like you pay and 10 minutes later you are playing. For some reason there's a huge delay between payment and receipt of a fully registered program. To see the validity of that statement google winstep forums and see how many people have to beg to get emails answered.In that respect stardock are vastly superior.
    Winstep won't rip you off but they are slow, so pay by paypal rather than a credit card.

    The program is priced differently outside the USA but there is no warning you will be charged extra for the privilege of buying outside the USA and there are no options to pay in other currencies than your local currency.

    Summary

    A decent program all round and probably worth the wait for a registration key but I'm hard pushed to see a reason why you shouldnt wait as Nexus is a prettier and more finished product than objectdock but with about the same functionality.
    I would say "Buy it, wait, and then enjoy"

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