Winstep Nexus Dock

Winstep Nexus Dock

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.1
out of 150 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    11.5
  • Total Downloads:
    2,032,726
  • Date Added:
    June 20, 2011
  • File Size:
    30.86MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    6,448
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.2

    out of 16 votes

    • 5 star 12
    • 4 star 1
    • 3 star 0
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 2
  • All Versions

    4.1

    out of 150 votes

    • 5 star 73
    • 4 star 46
    • 3 star 17
    • 2 star 4
    • 1 star 10
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5 stars

"The best out there"

June 29, 2011  |  By pfjj

 |  Version: Winstep Nexus Dock 11.5

Pros

Dock customizer thats fun to use and works very well

Cons

None that I have run into yet.

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5 stars

"Top Notch!"

June 29, 2011  |  By Devilmayslip

 |  Version: Winstep Nexus Dock 11.5

Pros

Excellent dock with many features very fast!

Cons

The only con i can see is that it's not available for mac.Apples dock absolutely sucks especially when trying to get it to reappear from hiding!!!

Summary

Download it you won't regret it.a sheer pleasure to use on windows.Please make one for mac!!!.

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5 stars

"the best dock"

June 28, 2011  |  By goran008

 |  Version: Winstep Nexus Dock 11.5

Pros

what cant this thing do the interaction colors sounds placements

Cons

none i can find

Summary

the best dock ever eats most of the paid one's by far

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2 stars

"Usually really like this program"

June 27, 2011  |  By ksal121

 |  Version: Winstep Nexus Dock 11.5

Pros

couldn't run on my system without errors. First time this has happened with Nexus.

Cons

With this version, I had display issues. Had to uninstall and go back to the previous version which was more stabel. I'm on Windows 7 64 bit.

Summary

Had to uninstall and go back to previous version as it wouldn't display properly and caused the screen to flicker in and out.

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5 stars

"best docking software"

June 25, 2011  |  By hessam-mohamad

 |  Version: Winstep Nexus Dock 11.5

Pros

fully customizable
easy to use, low memory and CPU usage full customer support,multilanguage

Cons

i dont see anything bad

Summary

Winstep Nexus Dock is a FREE professional dock for Windows. With Nexus, your most frequently used applications are only a mouse click away - and Nexus turns working with your computer into a fun and exciting experience.

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5 stars

"Best Dock Program EVER !!!!! (and I've tried them all)"

June 23, 2011  |  By TechnoBearDan

 |  Version: Winstep Nexus Dock 11.5

Pros

Easy to configure, The programmer listens to users on the forum and ANSWERS IN PERSON!, Changing icons is as easy as dragging a PNG, ICO or TGA file onto the shortcut!, can use other dock program backgrounds! Built in animated icons with PNG strips!!

Cons

Still no theme builder.
can be hard to choose from so many mouse over effects
would be nice if the separators were about half the icon size or adjustable

Summary

I must have tried every dock program out there (and some no longer out there) and this is the easiest, most changable and FUN dock I have ever owned! I love how I can have the themes change all the docks at the same time with or without changing the wallpaper as well. I have Winstep Xtreme and the shelves and modules and menus are great! The sub-docks are one of my favorite things and they can be set to open on mouse-over! Yes, you can just use windows built in folders and quick launch or super bar, but you can also just count on your fingers or write on a piece of paper. There are many ways to do things in life but Nexus lets you do things with ease and style. (many styles, actually!)

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5 stars

"fantastic program"

June 21, 2011  |  By system001

 |  Version: Winstep Nexus Dock 11.5

Pros

ease of use, very customizable

Cons

none that i can think of

Summary

i would recommend purchasing nexus

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5 stars

"Eye-candy, fun and working: All-in-One!"

June 21, 2011  |  By T3STY

 |  Version: Winstep Nexus Dock 11.5

Pros

Visual effects and customization are huge in Nexus Dock. Although, it still maintains a user-friendly good working UI. All in just a bounch of MB of RAM!
You've got any issue? No problem, customer support is always ready, for paying and free users!

Cons

In case you're thinking to totally replace Windows's taskabr and you're used to Windows's taskbar, some things just work different in Nexus Dock, and that will take a little before you get used to it. But once you get used, it goes like h3'll!

Summary

If you want a working and highly customizable dock then Nexus Dock is for you. Skins are really eye-candy, and the dock offers a lot of customizable visual effects! You can even get blur effect (Vista & Seven users only).
And all these things are just for free! If you get the Ultimate or Xtreme version you'll also get some more tools that will really simplify your life! Trust me, there's nothing like Nexus Dock out there!

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5 stars

"Taskbar/Dock customizer"

June 21, 2011  |  By jlgraper

 |  Version: Winstep Nexus Dock 11.5

Pros

Continually updated.
Great support system.
Works as advertised with small footprint

Cons

None that I can find

Summary

This program customizes the desktop better than any other I've tried.
Themes are detailed and complete, easy to apply and even to modify.
Best I've seen.

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4 stars

"Love it much more than StarDock,RocketDock and DellDock"

June 21, 2011  |  By Smoaky

 |  Version: Winstep Nexus Dock 11.5

Pros

Very Customizable,light on resources, can completely replace the Windows task bar with all the available settings,lots of great skins, and just plain cool!!

Cons

So many options it has a medium learning curve but be patient and your end result will be well worth your efforts
Start-up splash screen is annoying. (I hate ANY splash screens)
Note:Splash screen can be removed

Summary

I have a regedit to remove splash screen from showing at start-up.
Email me through my CNET community profile and I will be glad to help you out

Updated on Jun 21, 2011

Thanks !! Sometimes if find a too complicated way to fix things
Thanks Again

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 11.5
  • Dock mouse over effects can now be combined with the Magnify effect.
  • New Teleport and Push dock mouse over effects.
  • New Gauge style for the CPU, Net and RAM meters.
  • Replaced legacy module images with new high resolution versions.
  • Added built-in support for animated icons.
  • Added independent vertical and horizontal icon spacing settings.
  • Added independent transparency settings for dock background and icons.
  • Categorized the Internal Commands.
  • Major re-organization of the User Interface to make it more intuitive.
  • Improved Drag & Drop support.
  • Improved multi-monitor support.
  • General
    Publisher Winstep Software Technologies
    Publisher web site http://www.winstep.net/
    Release Date June 20, 2011
    Date Added June 20, 2011
    Version 11.5
    Category
    Category Desktop Enhancements
    Subcategory Desktop Customization
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows, Windows XP
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 30.86MB
    File Name nexus.zip
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 2,032,726
    Downloads Last Week 6,448
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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