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    Stardock is excited to announce that Tiles and ShadowFX are now supported on Windows 10!Tiles works by creating a side-bar on a user’s display. At the top of the side-bar are labels for each page such as ‘My Tiles’ or ‘Documents’ or ‘Apps’. Users can then drag and drop programs, documents, or website URLs onto Tiles. When the program is inactive, it appears as an icon. When it is active, it appears as a live preview tile. Learn more about Tiles&nbsp...

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    WindowBlinds 8.13 is now available! WindowBlinds enables users to customize desktop interface themes called skins to personalize the look and feel of their desktop.

    The WindowBlinds 8.13 update includes:

    Compatibility with the latest version of ChromeCurrent WindowBlinds customers and Object Desktop members can download the update from their Stardock account here.


     Purchase WindowBlinds here! 

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    We have a great selection of animated wallpapers for DeskScapes on WinCustomize, and Halloween brings out some really cool ones to check out.

    Let’s take a look at some Halloween animated wallpapers.















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    While it's been awhile since we've been able to focus on WinCustomize's front-end, I wanted to give you a head's up that WinCustomize just got a major hardware upgrade on the backend.

     

    Hopefully the site, the galleries and elsewhere feel snappier. Let us know.

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    The Start10 1.06 update is now available and current customers can download from their Stardock account. Start10 brings a more familiar look and feel to the Windows 10 start menu.

    Included in this update:

    Fixes for the Windows 10 November update, that affected the jumplists and taskbar.For more information about Start10, please visit www.start10.com.
     Object Desktop owners get Start10 for free!
    Get Start10 along with other popular Stardock apps like Fences and DeskSca...

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    The Start10 v1.07 update is now available and current customers can download from their Stardock account. Start10 brings a more familiar look and feel to the Windows 10 start menu.

    Included in this update:

    Fixes an issue where the "This PC" link opens MS Edge on the November Windows 10 update.For more information about Start10, please visit www.start10.com.  Object Desktop owners get Start10 for free!
    Get Start10 along with other popular Stardock apps like Fe...

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    The Start10 v1.08 update is now available and current customers can download from their Stardock account. Start10 brings a more familiar look and feel to the Windows 10 start menu.

    Included in this update:

    Fix for "Settings" link not working correctly

    Additional WindowBlinds 10 (now in beta for Object Desktop owners) support




    For more information about Start10, please visit www.start10.com.

    Object Desktop owners get Start10 for free!
    Get Start10 along wit...

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    If you have already upgraded to Windows 8 Pro, be sure to visit http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/feature-packs before January 31 to take advantage of the free Windows 8 Media Center Pack offer.

    The Media Center pack also includes video codecs for decoding MPEG2 videos (these were previously available in Windows 7, but are limited to the Media Center pack for Windows 8 Pro users).

    Even if you have no plans to use Media Center, we encourage you to take advantage of this fre...

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    We are excited to announce the winners in the Wallpapers category for Most Creative and Most Usable in the 2012 GUI Champs!  We had over 70 wallpaper entries and it took our judges a while to decide on the finalists, which were then open to public voting.

    Now for the winners!

    Most Creative First Place: The Cyper Club by neone6

     

    Second Place: Water Towers by RomanDA  

    Third Place: Eyecon by TheMasterBaron

     

     

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  • 12/17/15--02:10: GUI Champs 2012 Has Begun!
  • The 2012 GUI Champs is now officially open for submissions!

    http://www.guichamps.com/

    Thousands of dollars in cash and prizes is up for grabs from our sponsors at Logitech, Stardock, and WinCustomize.  Submissions are open for wallpapers, WindowBlinds skins, and DeskScapes animated wallpapers!

    http://www.guichamps.com/prizes

    The first category, Wallpapers, closes on October 31st, and the full schedule can be found on the GUI Champs site.

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    Multiplicity gives you the ability to control and quickly switch between multiple computers with one keyboard and mouse, reducing complexity and freeing up desk space for more efficient use.  Multiplicity 2.0 is currently in BETA and you're invited to try it!

    Features in Multiplicity 2:

    NEW! Simple Setup
    Install Multiplicity 2 on both computers, enter the secondary computer name and passcode, and you're connected!
    NEW! Transfer Data Between Your PCs
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    The latest update for WindowBlinds is now available!  WindowBlinds is the absolute best way to change the complete look and feel of the Windows desktop.

    The 7.41 update includes:

    Updated My Computer progress bars to paint with skin progress bar image Firefox fixes for skins with very large titlebars Opera 12 fixes No changes when running on Windows XP Don’t have WindowBlinds?  Get it here!

    http://www.stardock.com/products/windowblinds/

    You can downloa...

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  • 12/17/15--02:14: Start8 0.87 Released!
  • Today we have released a new build of the popular Start8 application for Windows 8! We added a new feature that we think you'll love: Automatically load your Windows desktop on login (vs the start screen) Just a reminder of the other features Start8 includes: Adds a start button back to your taskbar Adds control over the "Start" menu size on the Explorer desktop Adds option for the "WinKey" to show fullscreen "Metro" desktop - Adds Run... option...

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    What used to be called “RC” (Release Candidate) has been spun to “Preview”, but the meaning remains the same.

    Apparently, the W8 RC is planned to be released today. This was “accidentally” revealed in an MS hardware and driver blog post (Chuck Chan, Corporate V.P. Windows Development team), yesterday. The blog post has since been taken down.

    Owen Williams nailed the screen shot on Neowin though and here it is:

    According to Owen Williams, the...

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  • 12/17/15--02:16: Building the Windows 8 UI
  • Microsoft has a huge blog post from the head of the user experience team for Windows 8 about the UI changes and some ideas behind them.  It’s long, but an interesting read.

    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2012/05/18/creating-the-windows-8-user-experience.aspx

    “So what is the role of the desktop in Windows 8?

    It is pretty straightforward. The desktop is there to run the millions of existing, powerful, familiar Windows programs that are designed for mouse and keyboard. ...

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    The first beta for WindowBlinds 10 is now available for active Object Desktop owners!
    This beta includes support for Windows 10 and a new UI.

    Object Desktop members can now get the WindowBlinds 10 beta from your Stardock account here. In future updates, we'll be including new skins and features.

    WB v10.0.1 update:

    Added skin rebuild list buttonFixed config screen resolution

    If you're not an Object Desktop member, now is a great time to become one. You get over 10 W...

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    The Steam Holiday Sale has started today, and you can grab Stardock games and DLC up to 80% off!

    It's a great time to get a Stardock game you have been wanting, or pick up a copy for a friend or family member.
     

    Galactic Civilizations III 
    Reg. $49.99 Now $24.99 - Get it now
    Galactic Civilizations III is the largest strategy sandbox ever made. Start with a single world and expand across the galaxy through diplomacy, trade, cultural hegemony, or military conquest in th...

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    We intended these for around the winter holiday but got a bit delayed. A couple times a year we recognize WinCustomize members who contribute skins and who are valued members of the community by also helping others on the forums as well.

    We'll start off the year promoting these members, so a big congratulations to the following WinCustomize members.



    Apprentice:

    Sephirotess

    TheAngelDove

    Confussion

    bluedxca93

    Mitsubishiman

     

    Master Apprentice:

    DaveRI
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    Now available for purchase through Stardock!SpaceMonger enables the fast discovery of files and folders taking up storage space on computers, shared network and personal cloud storage on Dropbox, OneDrive and Google Drive services.Cloud storage may seem unlimited, but it is not free and does need to be managed. SpaceMonger is the first storage management tool supporting popular cloud storage services in addition to local PC, network and virtual storage. SpaceMonger even understands soft-links ...

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    Some people who have upgraded to Windows 10 still prefer a more classic start menu, and Gizmodo takes a look at how you can bring that back using Start10 from Stardock.

    "Start10 comes with a commendable number of options for you to play around with: there are actually three different looks to choose from (classic Windows, new Windows, and a fusion of both), and you can tweak icon sizes and colors as well as the appearance of the Start menu as a whole. There are even configuration options ...

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    Multiplicity Pro enables a single keyboard and mouse to control multiple PCs each with a dedicated display monitor. The cursor can be smoothly moved directly to any monitor regardless of which PC the monitor is connected to.

    Multiplicity Pro does not require any switch boxes or cables to operate; it is an easy to install software solution that simply works.

    Learn more at the website.
     

    Key features:

    Control up to two additional PCs

    Two PC KVMs

    Drag and drop files and...

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    We have released betas for WindowBlinds 10 and Start10 today. 

    Please keep in mind these are BETA releases and if you see any issues please start a support ticket with as much information as you can provide.
     

    WindowBlinds 10.0.04:

    A fix for recording with CamstasiaUniversal app glyphs at high DPI are now skinnedThe taskbar on a second monitor flickering issue fixedAero shake now behaves as expected when a WindowBlinds style is applied 

    Start10 1.10:

    WindowBlinds10...

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    We have released several software updates today to address some issues reported by our users. We always appreciate the community feedback!

    The updates can be downloaded from your Stardock account here.



    Start10 v1.10

    WindowBlinds10 compatibility tweaks.Fix for UI configuration when viewing on a high DPI monitor.Learn more about Start10 here.

    DeskScapes v8.51

    Fix for black screen after user locks computer, before restarting Windows after install. Learn more about DeskScape...

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    Martin Brinkmann, the owner of gHacks is a very skilled and responsible reviewer.

    He reviewed Fences 3.0 on 5/20. Therese were his conclusions:

    “There are two types of computer users out there when it comes to the desktop of the PC: those who keep it in pristine condition and don't put any files or shortcuts on it, and those who use it as the main location for downloads, shortcuts, files and folders.

    You have probably seen desktops in the past that overflow with i...

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    The beta for the new IconPackager 10 is now available for current Object Desktop members. After being gone due to incompatibilities with Windows 8 and Windows 10 it's back and we welcome you to try it and provide feedback before the full release.

    With a new, modern user interface, IconPackager works with Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, and even integrates with Start8 and Start10.

    The IconPackager 10 beta is only available to Object Desktop members right now, so now is a gre...