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Winstep Xtreme

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    11.6
  • Total Downloads:
    780,896
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 05, 2011
  • Price:
    Free to try (30-day trial); $39.90 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    41.82MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    405
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

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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User Reviews
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4 stars

"Best launcher so far..."

November 09, 2011

 |  Version: Winstep Xtreme 11.6

Pros

Can be hidden in the dock position.
Easy to add items.

Cons

Start menu/Taskbar is a bit slow to open and doesn't allow pinning of applications (can be added to the Quickstart menu).

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5 stars

"Looking more like I own an Apple Mac!"

October 24, 2011  |  By frog4win

 |  Version: Winstep Xtreme 11.6

Pros

New things to play with rather than working

Cons

Can make the desktop too busy

Summary

I WANT a Apple Mac and if I have to get gadgets to make it look like an Apple Mac this is what I will do until I can afford the real thing.

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5 stars

"You won't get bored with the same Themes."

October 22, 2011  |  By tematanane

 |  Version: Winstep Xtreme 11.6

Pros

love the gadgets,am one those gadget freaks,its the best so far.

Cons

I'm a 24/7 computer user,never leave home without a computer,I have 3 desktops and 4 laptop that I own,even at work,I work for the Dept. of education and its must.I like my page to be neat and FUN.

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5 stars

"Awsome eye-candy, great functionality, low footprint"

October 21, 2011  |  By pdjones2112

 |  Version: Winstep Xtreme 11.6

Pros

Easy setup, lots of themes, a thousand features.

Cons

none that I know of....

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1 stars

"Very buggy, crashed often."

October 16, 2011  |  By chrisandreae

 |  Version: Winstep Xtreme 11.6

Pros

Very sleek user interface, puts things where the chaps at Microsoft should have in the first place.

Cons

Coding like Swiss cheese

Summary

A shiny application with not so shiny execution.

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5 stars

"Lots to play with, yet not a steep learning curve."

October 01, 2011  |  By withoutascent

 |  Version: Winstep Xtreme 11.6

Pros

Replace over a dozen individual gadgets, docks and enhancement you're probably running now and everything from dock to clock can be themed the same. Very little speed lost even on my ancient XP system!

Cons

No real Cons to speak of! No manual available at this time for version 11.6, but they say it's on the way. But the tool tips and Help File are sufficient and the menus are self-explanatory and logical.

Summary

This suite of docks, gadgets and desktop enhancements blows away the competition! Any slight drag on your system will only be noticed on older platforms and it will probably be offset by the fact that you'll be uninstalling scads of individual apps and widgets since Xtreme has most anything you'd want.

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5 stars

"More than does what I need"

August 22, 2011  |  By Hoods007

 |  Version: Winstep Xtreme 11.6

Pros

Does everything it says smoothly and easily. Fantastic forum support DIRECT from the developer.

Cons

None at all.

Summary

After trying the various dock programs available I settled on and totally love Winstep - I now have Win7 organised exactly as I want it with lean, orderly, customisable menus etc. instead of Microsoft bloat. Some people get very carried away with their desktop docks and that's great because they can if that's what they want - mine is functional and unobtrusive, and Winstep allows me to make it that way. Best software support I have ever had in 30 years of computing.

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5 stars

"Simply Mind-blowing"

August 08, 2011  |  By WizardofWeird

 |  Version: Winstep Xtreme 11.6

Pros

So easy to use and brings Windows into the 22nd century.
Vastly improves ease of access to programmes
Stunning themes and interfaces.

Cons

None so far...

Summary

I can't believe how good this is for the price. The desktop interface puts everything you want at your fingertips, the themes are breathtaking and visually I've seen nothing better. As soon as the installation had finished I clicked THEMES on the new taskbar, selected one and watched as in seconds my laptop was given a make-over beyond belief. Seriously, you have to get this piece of kit if you like your PC to look good and put all your favourite applications only one mouse-click away. This has to be the best bit of system kit I've bought -ever, and hats off to the developer, whoever they are. Now, excuse me while I go play with my new toy...:)

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4 stars

"No more boring windows stuff."

July 10, 2011  |  By mixter54

 |  Version: Winstep Xtreme 11.6

Pros

It is like "Transformers"for windows ,and you can change it whenever you want to.You are in charge all of the time.I like the way that it can interact with my desktop backgrounds also.

Cons

I'm probably less than an average computer guru and the only problem I have is getting use to its interface and also wish it had more e-mail options like yahoo mail and or others for other users.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 11.6
Version 11.6:
  • Maintenance release.
  • Fixed some issues reported by users.
  • Removed unused bitmaps.
General
Publisher Winstep Software Technologies
Publisher web site http://www.winstep.net/
Release Date July 06, 2011
Date Added July 05, 2011
Version 11.6
Category
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Desktop Customization
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 41.82MB
File Name xtreme.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 780,896
Downloads Last Week 405
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $39.9

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