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Winstep Nexus Dock

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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    16.2
  • Total Downloads:
    2,523,796
  • Date Added:
    Feb. 09, 2016
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available
  • File Size:
    41.72MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    6,027
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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5 stars

"A necessity on my computer."

August 18, 2015  |  By AmbrosiusGiancarlo

2015-08-18 00:46:25  |  By AmbrosiusGiancarlo

 |  Version: Winstep Nexus Dock 15.7

Pros

For me, it is very suitable

Cons

Nothing can make me picky.

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5 stars

"I like it much better than Object Dock"

February 16, 2015  |  By craig.knapp1

2015-02-16 18:33:14  |  By craig.knapp1

 |  Version: Winstep Nexus Dock 14.11

Pros

18FEB2015. I like WinStep Nexus Dock better than Stardock's Object Dock.

First, Object Dock was conflicting with USB SAFELY REMOVE, which reported that Object Dock had USB drive's "locked down", even FORCED STOP could not "unlock" Object Dock from drives which I was attempt to eject (disconnect from the computer, safely parking the drive heads.).

Secondly, on my Win7 32Bit, 4GB RAM, 2x 2TB HD, 1GB Video RAM system, WinStep Nexus Dock seems to use less resources than Object Dock.

Cons

None. None. (sorry for the repetition, was forced to enter 10 characters in this block).

Summary

Nexus is a great replacement for the Windoze Taskbar, enhances the look considerably, and seems to go easy on system resources.

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5 stars

"nice launcher"

January 12, 2015  |  By freetechno

2015-01-12 23:28:46  |  By freetechno

 |  Version: Winstep Nexus Dock 14.11

Pros

it made my desktop much more beautiful

Cons

no cons at all

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5 stars

"Very nice launcher - Free version"

December 28, 2014  |  By Arafurian01

2014-12-28 06:09:51  |  By Arafurian01

 |  Version: Winstep Nexus Dock 14.11

Pros

Many different attractive graphical designs; many options for customising; some useful widgits included. Runs without the slightest sign of instability.

Cons

Figuring out all the customisable choices is a bit of a nightmare; there are just so many options, and some of them are a bit obscure. So it took me quite a while - an hour or more - of trial and error before I could get it to work the way I wanted. (Still, I shouldn't complain too much; at least it finally gave me what I wanted!)

Summary

I have Win8.1, with a very large number of apps (many hundreds) installed. About 50 of these apps, I use often, but the remainder only infrequently. My major challenges are, firstly, remembering which app is best for which job; and, secondly, finding ways of conveniently accessing them. For this reason, I use a variety of launchers, including Windows's built-in Taskbar's Toolbars, MadAppLauncher and a couple of home-brewed launchers (based on CherryTree hierarchical database) for the more obscure apps. The Nexus dock will fit nicely into this mix.

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4 stars

"Winstep's Free Nexus Dock 12.2"

October 22, 2014  |  By mdw.woody

2014-10-22 15:16:52  |  By mdw.woody

 |  Version: Winstep Nexus Dock 12.2

Pros

I Use 2 docks Nexus and Rocket. The Nexus is by far the best and easiest to use.

Cons

There is only one problem that I have ever had and even that has only cropped up recently. That is the weather module has quit working the last two months or more. It used to work flawlessly and very accurate. Now to get the weather I have to right click the icon and go to detailed which then opens a browser window to the Weather Channel Website. Something I could do myself with less mouse clicks.

Summary

If you don't need or want the weather module, then its one of the best out there.

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3 stars

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

January 27, 2014  |  By claesbrandt

2014-01-27 00:56:26  |  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 stars

"48 hours in 2013. Sorry"

August 18, 2013  |  By ruggerd

2013-08-18 23:25:14  |  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 stars

"Program still needs some work."

August 08, 2013  |  By zaabaawaa

2013-08-08 13:13:52  |  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 stars

"Good desktop software"

July 24, 2013  |  By haqyer

2013-07-24 10:58:45  |  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 stars

"Nexus Dock"

April 13, 2013  |  By rbobsharp

2013-04-13 04:50:32  |  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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 16.2
Version 16.2 includes the following enhancements:
  • Windows can now be minimized to the dock.
  • New effects panel to help visualize, select and configure all available mouse-over, launch and attention effects.
  • New 'Shake' and 'Fade in' effects. Previously existing Flash and Jump effects can now be used as launch, mouse-over and attention effects.
  • New clock module associated alarm to display pop-up reminders, wake you up with music or run programs at specific times, once or periodically.
  • New 'CD Control' internal command displays type of media inserted in the drive and provides eject and load media functions.
  • New 'Lookup IP Address' internal command returns public IP address, location and latitude/longitude coordinates.
  • Dramatically improved the smoothness of the dock for size and position changes, inserting items into the dock and when changing icons.
  • Major performance improvements with new options added to the Performance Settings dialog.
  • Vastly improved the Weather module's location detection based on user's current IP address.
  • Weather information is now immediately updated after returning from Sleep or Hibernation.
  • Weather module now uses the sunrise and sunset times provided by the weather feed to know when to display a Sun or a Moon icon.
  • Running applications on the left side of the dock now display number of open instances.
  • Left clicking the dock's control icon now opens Nexus Preferences.
  • Major re-organization of the User Interface.
  • Improved high-DPI support.
  • The Winstep Update Manager can now hide specific updates.
  • Many other performance and stability improvements.
General
Publisher Winstep Software Technologies
Publisher web site http://www.winstep.net/
Release Date February 09, 2016
Date Added February 09, 2016
Version 16.2
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 41.72MB
File Name nexus.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 2,523,796
Downloads Last Week 6,027
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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