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Nexus Dock Public Beta Has Been Released

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For those of you who enjoy a little variety in your OS customization palette, our freeware dock selection just got a little more flavorful.

Introducing the Winstep Suite's Nexus Dock

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Known on these forums as JcRabbit, Jorge of Winstep fame has just released his first public beta of Nexus Dock (or NXDock,) the soon-to-be-released freeware dock aiming to compete for your affections against the likes of those other established docks in the customization scene.

For years the Winstep suite, within which Nexus Dock co-exists among its other shell enhancement brother & sister apps, has offered to Windows OS users enhanced customization and usability capabilities in an animated and visually pleasing manner and with the system stability you would expect from commercially developed software.

Now, NXDock's freeware release can offer new users a glimpse of what they can expect from it's parent Winstep application suite.

Among the long list of features, Nexus Dock brings to the table native icon reflection capabilities which seems to be the bar set with dock launchers these days. Existing backgrounds may be imported from other dock formats and extensive help and user documentation compliment this release. And a personal favorite, the ability to customizing dock item icons by drag-&-drop of ICO, PNG or TIF files on top of the dock item you wish to personalize.

of the dock showcasing some of it's features and customization options.

To Download this beta, which in my experience has been very stable, go here.

Nexus is fully compatible with Win9x, ME, NT4, 2000, XP 32/64 bit, 2003 Server, Vista 32/64 bit and Windows 7 32/64 bit.

To post comments or impressions of your new desktop dock, visit JcRabbit's announcement thread.

Additionally, as mentioned in Jorge's announcement tread:

This first public beta release features a new User Interface with multi-language support that will also become part of Winstep Xtreme later this month. Because of this, and ONLY until then, if you click on the Winstep Xtreme link in the About tab of Nexus Preferences you get a nice 50% off promotion.

So, if you want to put your hands on Winstep Xtreme for only $19.95 (and still get the same cool Nexus-style UI before the end of the month), now is your chance!

Please note, that the beta will expire down the road; the final release, I've been assured by Jorge, will not include an expiration timer.

All you dock users out there, certainly post a comment and let us know your impressions of this new free contender on the scene!

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When this dock gets user created themes and a stack docklet It will be hard to beat. I really like the performance over xwindowsdock right now.

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Thanks for the thumbs up! :)

It will get a stacks docklet in a future release, as soon as I finish implementing the new UI in Winstep Xtreme, which obviously has priority over everything else at the moment. In the mean time, you can use the standalone stacks version from Chris'n'soft.

As for themes, besides Winstep native themes, Nexus is compatible with themes for ALL other docks: ObjectDock, RocketDock, RK Launcher, MobyDock, Y'z Dock (did I forget any? ;) ) so you already have THOUSANDS of themes to chose from.

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Well, I cant wait for the stack docklet, the stand-alone stacker doesnt do what want from stacks (adding a single file item to the stack) for eg.

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When this dock gets user created themes and a stack docklet It will be hard to beat. I really like the performance over xwindowsdock right now.

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I tried it on XP 32 bit. Great dock overall. Very nice interface and smooth animations and reflections.Anyway, i was disappointed mainly from one thing, the docklets.

I found them to be space consuming (one docklet for ram and one for cpu, one net-in and one net-out.) That takes too much space, hope that can improve.Anyway, i'm using Sys stats docklets on OD and even made some myself and got used to using them.It's disappointing to give up this option that works in Objectdock and Rocketdock.

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which obviously has priority over everything else at the moment. In the mean time, you can use the standalone stacks version from Chris'n'soft.

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