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Winstep Nexus Dock 10.3 Released

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The Winstep Nexus dock is a FREE, stand alone, version of the Nexus dock that is part of the Winstep Xtreme suite of applications, although it has no support for multi-docks, multi-level sub-docks, and system tray icon configuration, unlike its bigger 'cousin' in Winstep Xtreme.

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(The screenshot above displays Nexus with icon reflections enabled at 75%, widened separation between icons, the dock background set to 100% transparent and icons set to opaque. The wallpaper can be downloaded from

HERE)

You can download the final release of Nexus 10.3 from

HERE.

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Every feature youÂ’d expect from a dock, including widgets, mouse-over effects, skins, drag-and-drop, and even others not available in most other docks, such as live icon reflections, in-dock system tray, Vista Aero Glass effects, and much more. Completely customizable, Nexus has thousands of backgrounds freely available online and is fully compatible with skins for all 3rd party docks.

Nexus runs on the 32 and 64 bit versions of Windows 2000, XP, 2003, Vista and Windows 7. It's available in the following languages: Catalan, Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Farsi (Persian), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brasil), Russian, Spanish, Swedish.

Major hightlights of the 10.3 release: in-dock system tray, ability to customize the images of the dock control icon and the clock, recycler, cpu, net, ram and email checker widgets, option to open context sub-menus on mouseover, major reorganization of right-click context menus in order to make them more consistent between different item types and make it easier to add new items to the dock, amazing new set of weather icons by Teknofrik (Style 2), full and seamless integration of native Nexus and 3rd party dock skins (no longer separate), option NOT to flip dock backgrounds for docks located at the top of the screen, ability to specify the folder used to store screenshots taken by the Capture Desktop command, and much, much, more!

Live Icon Reflections:

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Dock System Tray:

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Automatic Glass Blur effect for semi-transparent dock backgrounds (Vista/Win7):

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Watch Nexus in action:

On YouTube click on the HD button for a 860x480 pixel, high definition, version of this video.

Nexus Features:

  • Fully compatible with Windows 7 and all 64 bit versions of Windows.
  • Live icon reflections.
  • Dock magnification, swing, bounce, afterglow and many other incredible mouse over effects.
  • Water ripple, fluid surface, fluid reflections and many more dock animation effects.
  • Automatic Vista glass blur for semi-transparent dock backgrounds.
  • System tray and running applications displayed on dock.
  • Running application indicators.
  • Adjustable icon spacing.
  • Dock auto-hide and auto-collapse to take up as little screen space as possible.
  • Built-in clock, weather, recycler, fortune cookie reader, email checker, net, cpu and ram meter docklets/widgets.
  • Over 80 useful internal commands (Show Windows Start Menu, Capture Desktop Screenshot, Hide Taskbar, etcÂ…).
  • Ability to prevent maximized windows from overlapping the dock.
  • Supports drag & drop of virtual file system objects (My Computer, Control Panel, etc...).
  • Completely customizable - thousands of backgrounds freely available online.
  • Fully compatible with skins for all other docks.
  • Full drag & drop support with extremely easy to use and intuitive User Interface.
  • Multi-monitor support.
  • Multi language support.
  • Includes Update Manager to look for, download, and automatically install new versions.
  • ... and many, many, other incredible features!

Winstep Website: http://www.winstep.net

Registration: FREE

You can download Nexus from HERE (17.7 MB).

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

Supported languages: Catalan, Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Farsi (Persian), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brasil), Russian, Spanish, Swedish.

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The Winstep Nexus dock is a free, stand alone, version of the Nexus dock that is part of the Winstep Xtreme suite of applications, but it has no support for multi-docks and multi-level sub-docks, unlike its bigger 'cousin' in Winstep Xtreme.

Want to put your hands on Winstep Xtreme for only $19.95? Now is your chance!

If you click on the Winstep Xtreme link at the bottom of the About tab in Nexus Preferences, you get access to a nice, 50% off, Winstep Xtreme promotion.

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the systray items addition is the bomb!

but sadly i didnt seem to find how to set it up or configure anything related to that.

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the systray items addition is the bomb!

but sadly i didnt seem to find how to set it up or configure anything related to that.

Check the bottom of the Effects tab in Preferences.

Yeah, I know. :-( No idea where else to put it.

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yep, don't really know why but that location is so easy to miss...

after turning it on the responsiveness of the dock dropped alot though

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I'm going to have to release a new update today or tomorrow mainly because of a bug that caused voice and sound packages to be installed into the wrong folder (serves me right for deciding to add a last minute feature after all that testing).

The good news is that I've also added a few major new features in the mean time:

1. The dock's 'Insert Item' sub-menu now has two extra items: 'Show/Hide system tray icons' and 'Show/Hide running applications'. Guess this solves the problem of the (lack of) visibility of the new systray option.

2. An optional 'groupped mode' systray setting. In this mode, one or more dock icons are used to compose a 16x16 grid of systray icons. For instance, suppose your dock is using an icon size of 48x48 pixels. In this case, each systray dock icon serves as a container to nine 16x16 systray icons arranged in a 3x3 grid. If your system tray has more than 9 visible icons, another dock icon is used to hold the remaining systray icons and so on...

This mode is very useful to save space in the dock and helps aliviate the problem of having 16x16 system tray icons being magnified to 128x128 pixels.

3. If a dock background doesn't have a separator bitmap, Nexus now uses a default bitmap (especially selected to go well with nearly every theme).

In terms of the performance drop you mentioned, could you please try to figure out if this is because of the tray icons themselves or instead related to the actual number of icons in the dock? Also, what are your system specs?

Thanks,

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I am using it on a HP notebook:

P8400 proc @ 2.26GHz

2GB ram

should not qualify as low spec.

as for OS, its Windows XP SP3

(still have to find out a way to get a good mix of Windows 7 superbar and nexus for the other machine)

after enabling systray icons the icons were automaticaly shrinked, and this time the dock's background also adjusted properly, but as i tried to remove items from the dock i noticed that right clicking for context menus took alot of time (menu will be displayed fast but was not able to interact, after a couple ... or six seconds it redrew it and then i could select items).

also hovering mouse and moving around lagged badly with the magnification effects.

disabling the systray fixed the lags.

later edit: only when systray icons are on the context menus are redrawn (and also repositioned). without systray feature, the menus can be used instantly on their spawn location (when they are redrawn, it moves slightly up)

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At the moment I have no idea why this could be happening. I've seen no problems on a XP SP3 machine I also have here.

Using the update just released (your Nexus automatic update manager should have picked it up already, otherwise do a manual check for updates), does groupping the system tray icons help in any way?

Also, is anybody else running into this?

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i just updated now and hurray! no more horrendous lag.

and the systray icon grouping is extremely usefull in terms of dock space real estate.

but how did you work on interacting with the systray icons? all groups show "systray icons" label. trying to snipe one of them but dosent do anything on click or doubleclick or rightclick. ocasionaly i got a window being popped up but from a whole different icon than what i was trying to click on...

Later edit: without the grouping, i fall back to the bad lags and almost unusable dock. nevertheless while being not groupped i could click and get access to the systray item.

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but how did you work on interacting with the systray icons? all groups show "systray icons" label. trying to snipe one of them but dosent do anything on click or doubleclick or rightclick. ocasionaly i got a window being popped up but from a whole different icon than what i was trying to click on...

Ah, bloody #""@§§£@! I forgot to test the groupped systray icons with an effect other than the regular magnify one.

Man. So sorry. I'll try releasing an update as soon as possible. What dock mouse over effect are you using? Perhaps that has something to do with the delay you are experiencing when the icons are not groupped.

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Ok, just fixed the issue of not being able to interact with the tray icons when not using the magnify effect (a two line change in the code!) but I still need to know what effect you are using to see if it has something to do with the performance issue you mentioned.

One question: if you hide the tray in the dock and add as many 'dummy' icons to it as there are items in the tray, do you get bad lags as well?

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Ok, just fixed the issue of not being able to interact with the tray icons when not using the magnify effect (a two line change in the code!) but I still need to know what effect you are using to see if it has something to do with the performance issue you mentioned.

One question: if you hide the tray in the dock and add as many 'dummy' icons to it as there are items in the tray, do you get bad lags as well?

with zoom effect i couldnt interact with the systray icons. let me try magnify as well.

yes. with magnify i get both correct label on mouseover and i can access the icons on click.

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Thanks.

Unfortunately you still didn't reply to my question regarding the 'bad lag' yet. Also, what dock background/theme are you using?

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Thanks.

Unfortunately you still didn't reply to my question regarding the 'bad lag' yet. Also, what dock background/theme are you using?

give me some details on how to help with the lag issue.

was using the leopard background (with complete bg transparency or without it)

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give me some details on how to help with the lag issue.

was using the leopard background (with complete bg transparency or without it)

First I'm trying to figure out if the problem with dock performance is due to the system tray icons being active on the dock _or_ because you have a lot of dock items. To do this, you should count the number of items in the system tray, prevent the system tray from showing in the dock and then adding as many 'dummy' items (just drag & drop anything to the dock) as there are systray icons. See if the dock behaves the same as it did when the systray was active in non-groupped mode or if it remains responsive.

Then please report back. :-)

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glad to report :P

first, yes! i have alot of systray items (counted 28 now, removed 2 by exiting the apps that hold them).

i have no clue how to make selection in what systray icon to have displayed or not (i do not have "show all systray" setting selected).

ill try ungrouping the systray and lag it out while trying to select items.

even ungrouped: rightclick calls the systray item's menu. cannot drag them out of the dock... how to pick them or make them hidden or anything like that?

maybe being able to ctrl-click on item to pop-up a nexus properties menu (control/etc) or have inside nexus properties (effects tab) a table list with system icons picked that are flagged as "alwasy hidden" or anything.

testing without grouped systray icons was unbearable. i had to kill nexus.exe process which in turn crashed explorer.exe (sounds logical).

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Make a manual check for updates if your auto update manager hasn't picked up on the new release yet.

Let's hope third time is the charm. :rolleyes:

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sorry,my auto-updates and manual updates both have the result like this:file mismatch...,the file may be corrupt,each time ,i downloaded nexus dock from www.winstep.net.but,this time,there is no update nexus dock in www.winstep.net

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Latest release is 10.3.887 dated March 29th - you can check if you are really up to date by clicking on the version number label at the top right corner of the About tab in Nexus Preferences, which will open the Version Information dialog.

WFgod0, the Update Manager is working properly, perhaps it's some system specific issue? Anyway, you can always download the full version from the Winstep web site and install it on top (Cnet already updated their copy of the download file to the latest release).

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nexus.exe version 10.03.0881

and i think office proxy might prevent your updater to check it... or something. but then it should say that it couldn't verify...

winstep.net shows march 22nd version for download...

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nexus.exe version 10.03.0881

and i think office proxy might prevent your updater to check it... or something. but then it should say that it couldn't verify...

winstep.net shows march 22nd version for download...

If you're behind a Proxy you can configure it in the Advanced tab of Nexus Preferences.

I forgot to update the release date in the Winstep web site. Technically it's correct because the original 10.3 was released on that date.

Anyway, 10.3.881 is *not* the latest version. How are you performing your manual check for updates? Do you have Winstep Xtreme currently installed on your system too?

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1,i have downloaded the nexus dock from Cnet,,it's 10.03.0887.it works fine,many thanx:)

2,i have not Winstep Xtreme currently installed:(

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Sigh. One fixes one thing, breaks another: running indicators might not be working.

If this is your case, here is what you should do (until the next release) to get them back into working shape:

1. Insert a CPU Meter module into the dock.

2. Right Click on the CPU Meter module and select 'Show on Systray'.

3. You can now remove the CPU Meter module from the dock.

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yes,running indicators are missing,when Inserting a CPU Meter module into the dock,running indicators worked :D

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i did the update (finally) and i have no issues with indicators.

on a sidenote. i dont remember, was it rocketdock... that had a setting: if clicking an item in the dock will activate the process if it is already running.

i remember i mentioned this one to you before and your answer was that the app itself should handle this.

problem is cant find much apps that will limit their own process to avoid multiplying themselves when called.

for instance it would be alot more "profitable" to click again the icon to switch to the app.

i am running your dock without the taskbar. since some times i go to the shortcut by reflex rather than the task item, i get to start 2-3 instances of outlook, firefox, etc.

since opening more tabs in IE, firefox, etc. can be done inside that app itself id love that when i hit the firefox icon in the dock it wouldnt start a fresh empty firefox window and switch me to the already run one (or last used if there were already more of them opened). think this makes sense and is something doable?

ah, not to forget: tested zoom effect and i can use systray items, hurray!

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