Winstep Xtreme

Winstep Xtreme

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 72 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    12.2
  • Total Downloads:
    757,498
  • Date Added:
    March 28, 2012
  • File Size:
    41.7MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    733
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/7/8

Editors' Review

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Winstep Xtreme is a customizable Windows interface suite that combines enhanced functionality and attractive effects with a wide variety of widgets, utilities, task managers, and power tools, all designed to work together seamlessly. It bundles the NeXuS Ultimate dock system; WorkShelf, a versatile tabbed dock; NextStart, an enhanced system taskbar; Winstep Start Menu Organizer; FontBrowser; and more. Not to mention a wide variety of desktop widgets such as weather monitors, system meters, and time/date displays.

We opened Winstep Xtreme, and first to appear was NextStart, a skinnable, totally customizable taskbar replacement that basically lets you park anything you want on it, in groups, with widgets. This was followed shortly by the associated WorkShelf, which expands to a console of docked items, including tasks, utilities such as FontBrowser and Start Menu Organizer, system tools, and even a fish called Wanda that dispenses advice and pithy quotes. Xtreme also installed floating desktop widgets for local weather, a CPU meter, and an attractive combined analog/digital clock display. At the center top of the desktop appeared the NeXuS Ultimate dock, a series of docking icons that you can customize to provide quick access to your most needed programs and files, from programs to media players to family pictures and everything in between, too. Winstep might just provide more settings and options for configuring and customizing Xtreme's various parts than any similar tool or suite we've seen. We were able to change the size, color, effects, behavior, function, performance, sounds, themes, and much more, yet everything was surprisingly easy to configure since the right-click context menus access all needed controls and settings. It's not difficult to configure advanced settings, either. The displays, widgets, skins, effects, and other visual settings were all compatible with Windows Aero themes and the Windows 7 Superbar, too, and were quite attractive, ranging from subtle to jazzy and even entertaining, such as the small but realistic explosion that demolishes items when you remove them from the dock.

Winstep Xtreme has still more features than we can describe, such as the Tasklist on the WorkShelf and an Advanced Time Report Client. It's worth the time and effort to customize Winstep Xtreme to suit your needs, since the end result is a much better desktop.

Editors' note: This is a review of the full version of Winstep Xtreme 10.9. The trial version is limited to 30 days.

 
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  • 1 stars

    "Neither free nor has problems"

    August 22, 2014   |   By jackjack5

    Version: Winstep Xtreme 12.2

    Pros

    Taskbar superior as is NextStart

    Cons

    Expensive annual upgrades even though not needed.
    Hard to Set Up
    Quirky

    Summary

    It was advertised as a free download so I installed it on my computer. Over a year later, it stopped working. Said I had to renew my subscription. I was never advised of that either before I downloaded the program or during installation. Although I had difficulty setting it up and parts of it never worked, I found it useful but not worth $20 a year. When I didn't resubscribe the program shut down and made a mess out of my desktop but I found ways to get around that and was able to get it to work. Nevertheless the program frequently shuts down when I click on an icon and I have to go through the process of getting it to work again. I would be willing to pay $20 for the program but on a subscription basis. It isn't worth it. It has too many problems.

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  • 1 stars

    "obsolete program."

    April 13, 2014   |   By britbastard

    Version: Winstep Xtreme 12.2

    Pros

    far better than the system screwing up stardock stuff.
    lots of customisations and skins from wincustomize (for a price)

    Cons

    this software has had no minor or major update since march 2012.
    I emailed Jorge a few months back regarding his plans over the future of winstep and if he intended to issue any more updates or major releases................I got no reply. which answers my questions fully. so if you are thinking of buying this be aware that there will probably be no further updates or releases and what you buy now is what you will end up with.

    Summary

    if you do not mind the cons, then worth buying instead of buying startdock programs which seem to do little except screw up your computer.
    wincustomize, where you can get skins, charges for a membership even though their contributors who make and upload the skins do it for free. hows that for nauseating capitalism?
    also be aware that if you use a windows replacement clock such as atomic alarm clock, it will not appear on the nextstart task bar replacement.

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  • 2 stars

    "Make Win 7 look like Win9"

    April 18, 2013   |   By fatherchrisH

    Version: Winstep Xtreme 12.2

    Pros

    Ability to totally customize Windows 7.

    Cons

    It doesn't really give much to Windows 8 other then shelves which can be found on the web for little or nothing without spending so much money.

    It simply was confuseing and not worth the money for me.

    Summary

    IF you like Windows 7 stay with it,

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  • 1 stars

    "Demo is NOT "shareware""

    April 10, 2013   |   By Jayson32

    Version: Winstep Xtreme 12.2

    Pros

    please see notes

    Cons

    see summary

    Summary

    I downloaded this program with full intentions on purchasing it if it fit my needs. As soon as I installed it things went badly first off my firewall went for 5 minutes straight asking to block or allow all the crap this program apparently installs on your computer. Then there is the part where if I hit ANY button including the windows start (which this program replaces apparently) the buy me now ad comes up and will not let me do anything. If a product is this shady with its "demo" or "shareware" I want nothing to do with it and immediately removed it from my machine.

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  • 5 stars

    "Great program"

    February 24, 2013   |   By Tallos9

    Version: Winstep Xtreme 12.2

    Pros

    Changing the look of windows desktop could not be easier. Program is easy to use and there are plenty of themes that can be applied..

    Cons

    Have not found a con yet.

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  • 5 stars

    "Great program and so versatile"

    June 15, 2012   |   By bachbeet

    Version: Winstep Xtreme 12.2

    Pros

    Features are great. I can recolor any winstep theme to match other themes I might have. I can choose which parts/modules to run at any given time. And, the themes look great. Especially those that complement the Windowblinds themes.

    Cons

    Support can be a bit slow in responding because Jorge is very busy. but he always points one in the right direction and resolves the issue if it can be resolved.

    Summary

    Highly recommended.

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    Full Specifications

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    What's new in version 12.2
    Version 12.2 includes the following enhancements:
    • Improved rendering performance, animated icons now render 20-30 times faster.
    • Smooth transitions when moving, adding or removing items in docks and the Shelf.
    • New RainDrop effect with optional audio.
    • New Burn, Grayscale and Fireworks mouseover/launch/attention effects.
    • Fixed issues with some 3rd party dock themes.
    • Dock icon labels can now have a solid color background.
    • Optional icon drop shadows.
    • Dock and Shelf activation hotkeys can now act as a toggle.
    • Always-on-top docks can now be set to hide automatically when a window is maximized.
    • Color hot-track for particle effects (colorizes effect with the icon's dominant color).
    • Improved organization and functionality of the right-click context menus in the Shelf.
    • Improved context menus now make it a lot easier to modify the contents of NextSTART menus.
    • The fish version of the Wanda widget just got a new face, and it can be colorized too!
    • You can now use animated icons to 'skin' the fish style of the Wanda widget.
    • The desktop version of Wanda can now swim across your desktop
    • The dock clock module tooltip now also displays the time.
    • The dock weather module tooltip now also displays current sky and weather conditions.
    • Email Checker widget now supports checking Gmail, Hotmail and Yahoo accounts.
    • Restored the Weather.com (Weather Channel) feed.
    • Added 14 new weather icons for a more accurate weather visualization.
    • Clicking the weather widget in a dock now pops up the 5 day forecast in a sub-dock.
    • New dock auto-hide and show animations.
    • Added alternative sub-dock opening animations.
    • Improved support for touch screens.
    • Fixed issue that caused Xtreme not to operate properly on laptops with hybrid Intel/nVidia graphic chipsets.
    • Collapsing the Shelf by clicking the label of the active tab behavior can now be disabled.
    • Colors of the 3D Frame around the icons in the Shelf can now be specified by the user.
    • Added customizable 'Launch' and 'Attention' effects to the Shelf.
    • In-Shelf docks can now be set to open horizontally as well as vertically.
    • Folder, Desktop and Documents Shelf tabs can now be sorted by Name, Type, Date or Size.
    • Added option to lock the Shelf and prevent it from being moved.
    • Xtreme can now reserve screen space on all monitors of a multi-monitor system.
    • Sub-docks no longer extend onto reserved screen areas.
    • ... and much more!
    General
    Publisher Winstep Software Technologies
    Publisher web site http://www.winstep.net/
    Release Date March 28, 2012
    Date Added March 28, 2012
    Version 12.2
    Category
    Category Desktop Enhancements
    Subcategory Desktop Customization
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows 8, Windows 2003, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 41.7MB
    File Name xtreme.zip
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 757,498
    Downloads Last Week 733
    Pricing
    License Model Free to try
    Limitations 30-day trial
    Price $39.9

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