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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:

    4.2 stars

    out of 16 votes

    • 5 star: 12
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 2
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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 2.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 4.0 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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