Winstep Nexus Dock v15.9 Released!

By on October 1, 2015 4:49:48 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

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Windows 10 Ready The Winstep Nexus dock is a FREE dock for Windows. Every feature you’d expect from a dock, including widgets, mouse-over effects, skins, drag-and-drop, and many others not available in most other docks, such as live icon reflections, in-dock system tray, blur-behind effects, and much more. Completely customizable, with thousands of different backgrounds freely available online, Nexus is fully compatible with skins for all 3rd party docks.

Supported Languages: Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Croatian, Czech, Dutch, English, Farsi (Persian), Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brasil), Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish.

Nexus runs on the 32 and 64 bit versions of Windows 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 7, 8.x and Windows 10.

v15.9 is a monster release, with hundreds of changes and additions. Focus was on adding missing key functionality as well as, of course, some new eye-candy.

What's New? Highlighted Features:

 

    • Speed! Due to new and improved activation and hide delay timings, Nexus simply feels a lot more responsive. Rendering performance when shifting icons in a fully expanded Shelf to make room for a new shortcut is now also an order of magnitude faster (Nexus Ultimate only).

 

 

    • Improved Windows 10 integration.
    • Now fully high-DPI aware. Throw anything at it from 100% to 200% scaling and everything will still work and look as it should. New settings added to control the scaling of menus and the Shelf on high DPI systems.
    • Added support for systems with multiple input languages: new 'Language Bar' internal command can be placed anywhere and emulates the functionality of the Windows language bar.

 

 

    • New optional Edge Swipe activation mechanism.
    • Shortcuts in the dock now double up as running application icons, so there is no duplication of icons when running applications are being displayed in the dock.

 

    • Shelf now smoothly resizes when double clicking a tab header to fully expand the Shelf in order to show all the contents of that tab at once (Nexus Ultimate only).
    • Weather module now automatically retrieves the user's location when running for the first time. Also added new 'Get My Location' button in the Weather settings panel.

 

 

    • New Smoke mouseover/launch/attention effect. Not too intrusive and makes the dock look like it's on fire! My new personal favorite when combined with the magnify effect.

 

    • Added support for RKLauncher dock skins.
    • New option to colorize themes based on the dominant color of the current desktop background.

 

    • Explosion animation shown when an item is deleted or removed is now user-customizable.
    • New optional Windows 10 style for some UI elements, specifically designed so the application blends in with the new Windows version. Automatically enabled on Windows 10 systems.

 

    • Added new 'Action Center' internal command (Windows 10 only).
    • Clicking the clock module now shows the Windows calendar instead of the Regional Settings dialog (Windows 7 onwards).
    • Font size in the User Interface is now automatically decreased when a non-English language is selected to better accomodate the (usually) longer translations.
    • ... many other performance and stability improvements!



More Information:

Winstep Web Site:
http://www.winstep.net

More information about Winstep Xtreme:
http://www.winstep.net/xtreme.asp

More information about the Winstep Nexus dock:
http://www.winstep.net/nexus.asp

 

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October 1, 2015 4:59:16 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Thanks!!! Great job Jorge!!

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October 1, 2015 5:08:09 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Thanks! Unfortunately there is no way to set the post background to black and I don't have time to re-do the teaser screenshots. Ah well.

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October 1, 2015 6:19:04 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Yum! 

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Supported Languages: Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Croatian, Czech, Dutch, English, Farsi (Persian), Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brasil), Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish.

Dang....can't use it....no support for Australian ....

 

Well done, Jorge ...

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October 1, 2015 8:07:11 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

loool! Thanks, Jafo!

I'll look into that Australian translation. Guess it's  a simple question of translating all occurrences of the word 'woman'  in the language file to 'Sheila' and add 'You call that a knife?! That's not a knife, this is!!!' to the end of every sentence.

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October 1, 2015 8:09:01 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

You *could* have released this yesterday, you know.

Then it would have been a happy birthday dock for Doc.

Meanie! 

 

Nice work, my friend!

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October 1, 2015 8:17:18 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Now.. any progress on that ever elusive Theme Creation mechanism?

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October 1, 2015 8:18:40 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting JcRabbit,

I'll look into that Australian translation. Guess it's a simple question of translating all occurrences of the word 'woman' in the language file to 'Sheila' and add 'You call that a knife?! That's not a knife, this is!!!' to the end of every sentence.

Almost...except that's one of THE MOST misquoted quotes of all time...

It's "that's not a knife.....THAT's a knife..." ...

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October 1, 2015 8:20:36 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting DrJBHL,
You *could* have released this yesterday, you know.

Actually, I did. Only had time to make the announcement here now. Happy birthday again, Seth!

Quoting Phoon,
Now.. any progress on that ever elusive Theme Creation mechanism?

Actually yes. It will be in the next release.

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October 1, 2015 10:17:00 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting JcRabbit,

Actually yes. It will be in the next release.

You, sir, are the King of Awesome!!!!!

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October 2, 2015 7:48:17 AM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Nicely done Jorge. 

(And nice to see you aroudn)

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October 2, 2015 8:37:31 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Thanks Zubaz, Jim!

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October 2, 2015 11:07:22 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting JcRabbit,

Now.. any progress on that ever elusive Theme Creation mechanism?
Actually yes. It will be in the next release.

I had purchased an older version. As soon as the Theme creator is included I will purchase the Winstep Xtreme full version again. 

Great work Jorge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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October 2, 2015 11:08:26 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Okay, renewed my subscription.

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October 15, 2015 8:18:08 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Hey Phoon, Davebax:

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October 15, 2015 8:28:41 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

is that ready now?

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October 15, 2015 8:47:08 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Ahah, nah, just began working on it.

But if you know me even a bit, you also know that once I start I don't stop until it's finished. And I'm usually very fast.

Actually spent a great part of the night working on that About screen lol... the thing is animated too: when you open it both the Theme Builder  logo and the 'Theme Builder' text literally 'pounce' (and bounce) in your direction. It's like you've been punched in the face.

The Theme Builder's window besides being scrollable, is resizable too, so you can take advantage of larger screen resolutions when making themes. Like this I also have lots of space available to keep the UI clean and add tons of explanatory text.

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October 15, 2015 9:16:31 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Sounds excellent!!

I'm all weepy eyed now... thanks Jorge!!!

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October 15, 2015 10:30:42 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Tease!!!

 

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October 15, 2015 11:34:26 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Sounds great. Thank you.

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October 15, 2015 2:16:13 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

By the way, if you guys have an suggestions for the Theme Builder, now is exactly the time to give them.

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October 15, 2015 3:37:01 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting JcRabbit,

suggestions

An "Undo" button with a few levels?

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October 15, 2015 4:24:28 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting DaveRI,
An "Undo" button with a few levels?

I had thought about that already, but I'm not sure what the best way to implement that is, i.e.; granularity of the Undo: a new level every time you change a single setting or only when you preview the theme?

Anyway, I better explain the basic idea behind the Winstep Theme Builder:

The Builder itself does not skin anything, it only provides a GUI to the skinning settings as well as lots of explanations on how things work (so you don't have to constantly refer to an external user guide). The skinning panel for each of the components can be scrolled vertically, so this allows lots of space for uncluttered settings and explanation text.

Since the builder does no previews itself, it relies on the applications themselves (and them being running at the time) to show/preview the theme you are working on. You press, say, Preview, and the applications (NextSTART, WorkShelf, Nexus Ultimate, Nexus, whatever) automatically apply whatever theme you are working on in the Builder. Because of this the best way to create a new theme is to start by basing it on an already existing theme (perhaps automatically base every new theme on the default Winstep theme, or allow the skinner to select any existing theme as the base).

This is actually not much different from what it was before (v9.5 days) when the skinning settings were inside the applications themselves, the only difference is that they are now in an external application.

Also, to help skinners so they don't have to remember the names of all the individual bitmaps that make up a theme, the Builder will accept drag & drop of images and will rename/place them appropriately.

So this is the basic idea of how it will work. Things will begin to fall into place better as I work on them.

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October 15, 2015 6:27:23 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Something to look into I think.

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October 15, 2015 8:53:57 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting JcRabbit,

a new level every time you change a single setting

That's what I had in mind for my particular style of blunder: "Those were the wrong fields and now I have no idea what was in there."  A preview-based undo could cover that type of thing reasonably well too as long as a person previewed frequently.

Either way, glad that you're planning on something like that in there and happy that you're moving forward. 

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