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Published on April 19, 2012 By Draginol In Personal Computing

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Object Desktop has evolved greatly over the past two decades.

In its original OS/2 incarnation, it was designed to be a subtle, but important, upgrade to the OS. 

When it migrated to Windows, it helped spark the “skinning” revolution where users used it to radically alter the look and feel of Windows.

Here in 2012, Object Desktop has again begun returning to its roots of providing important but often subtle improvements. Let’s look at the above screenshot:

  • WindowFX 5 will provide, amongst many many other features, the ability to hide icon text for those who want to get rid of “screen dirt”
  • Fences 2 will let users have folders displayed as Fences on the desktop
  • DeskScapes continues to let users have visually more interesting wallpapers that animated, change based on time, or are enhanced visually in other ways
  • Tiles takes the concept of “virtual desktops” and merges it with the better design concepts of Metro to allow users to create “pages” of tasks.
  • and of course WindowBlinds allows users to change the look and feel of the Windows GUI. You can still make radical changes if you’d like (make Windows look like a Mac, for example) but most users these days use it to simply make Aero a bit more usable and personalized.

Visit www.objectdesktop.com to learn more. When you buy Object Desktop, you get everything that’s in it now plus all the things we make new for it or update for the forthcoming year.


Comments
on Apr 19, 2012

I was hoping to read some good news about an old legacy application having been picked up again....

I have to say that WFX5 is the most positive addition/update, so far.
It's got more cool options than you can poke a stick at....

on Apr 19, 2012

As with all updates I wait patiently to see just what you and your folks have in store for the community with Object Desktop 2012.

I do hope it will get released prior to December 21st so we all have sufficent time with it before that whole Mayan Calender thing kicks in.  

on Apr 19, 2012

I'm anxious to get Object Desktop. I'll be upgrading an old PC soon. I've determined that Object Desktop is required software.

on Apr 19, 2012

WhiteElk
I'm anxious to get Object Desktop. I'll be upgrading an old PC soon. I've determined that Object Desktop is required software.

Object Desktop also saves you money versus buying the individual programs, always good to save a few $. 

on Apr 19, 2012

Philly0381
Object Desktop also saves you money versus buying the individual programs, always good to save a few $
Quite right. I've added the cost of Object Desktop to the upgrade build. Right alongside the cost of the OS. A few of those programs, I view as being essential interface optimization's. But by buying the OD bundle, I get them cheaper, and I get as bonus, those programs which beautify and personalize the windows environment. Optimize and customize baby!!

on Apr 20, 2012

Just the core apps included would cost well over $120 if purchased separately.  That's also not counting additional apps that come with ODNT - DesktopX, etc.

on Apr 20, 2012

The more BANG! The better.

on Apr 25, 2012

I purchased Object Desktop yesterday but I'm unable to download anything due to some sort of software/account issue. If I don't get a helpful response tomorrow I'm going to ask for a refund.

on Apr 25, 2012

nbafan99
I purchased Object Desktop yesterday but I'm unable to download anything due to some sort of software/account issue. If I don't get a helpful response tomorrow I'm going to ask for a refund.

If you are having issues with your account it's best to contact support@stardock.com and they will get you sorted.

 

on Apr 25, 2012

nbafan99
I purchased Object Desktop yesterday but I'm unable to download anything due to some sort of software/account issue. If I don't get a helpful response tomorrow I'm going to ask for a refund.
Should be fixed now.  Sorry about that.  Database fart.

on Apr 26, 2012

Database fart.

There's a NetBeans joke in there somewhere...

on May 12, 2012

I, for one, love to use radical Windowblinds     I use ObjectDock+ 2 so haven't found a need for Fences or Tiles.  Maybe at some future date I will.  My desktop stays clear of icons altogether.  Metro is very ugly, not sure which design elements are not.

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