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Winstep Nexus – The Advanced Docking System for Windows

Submitted by on October 11, 2011 – 1:07 am10 Comments

Winstep Nexus

The Winstep Nexus Dock is a FREE professional dock for Windows. With Nexus, your most frequently used applications are only a mouse click away – and Nexus turns working with your computer into a fun and exciting experience.

Nexus will help you with super fast access to your most frequently used applications, with flexible options allowing it to dock or float anywhere on the screen, providing a myriad of “on demand” possibilities.

From it’s generous use of situational sensitive context menus to it’s advanced Drag & Drop support, Nexus is not only easy to use – it’s a joy!

Features In Depth

Multiple docks and sub-docks (Nexus Ultimate)
Create multiple docks for a variety of customized needs, organize applications within collapsible groups, or ‘sub-docks’.
Powerful Dock Manipulation options (Nexus Ultimate)
Create docks from existing Shelf tabs, detach sub-docks, turn docks into sub-docks, duplicate docks, delete docks – all this using simple drag-n-drop and/or context menu options.
Shelf/Tabbed Dock (Nexus Ultimate)
Not only being able to hold shortcuts dragged into it, the Winstep Shelf is also capable of displaying the contents of special shell folders such as the Desktop, My Computer, Control Panel, Recent Documents, and so forth… It’s even able to display the contents of folders in your hard drive, which can then be manipulated via drag & drop as usual.
The Shelf makes it possible to have a ‘clean’, uncluttered, desktop with no icons on it whatsoever by having Nexus Ultimate hide the icons on the Desktop – icons that can then be quickly accessed via the Desktop tab. Tabs in the Shelf can also have keyboard shortcuts associated to them to make the Shelf simultaneously come to the foreground and open that particular tab.
Live Icon Reflections
The first Windows dock to feature optional ‘live’ icon reflections
Powerful Object-based Drag & Drop
Object based interface offers “drag & drop” capabilities that make it simple to manage your applications, files, printers, etc… Use Drag & Drop to move/copy/re-arrange objects from one location to another, to both inside and outside of docks. Drop documents onto dock application objects and have them automatically loaded. You can quickly change the images used by Nexus items simply by drag & dropping your favorite .ICO, .PNG or .TIF file onto the chosen object.
Special Effects
Eye Candy is king! Lots of optional special effects such as icons zooming, bouncing, glowing, rocking, swinging, squishing, spinning, exploding, etc, on selection, shifting to make room for items about to be dropped, bouncing on application launch, visual feedback for specific actions, incredible ‘fluid’ effects that make docks and icons behave like liquid surfaces, sound events for when docks collapse and pop up or sub-docks open, and lots more!
Virtual File System Support
Allows you to drag special Explorer objects, like Control Panel items and the My Computer icon, into docks.
Document Thumbnails
Documents, pictures and video files dragged to a dock show up as thumbnails for easy identification.
Blur Behind
Automatically blurs the background of semi-transparent docks (Vista and Windows 7 only).
Reserve Screen Space
Makes sure maximized windows do not overlap docks attached to screen edges.
Respect Reserved Screen Space
Prevents docked docks from overlaping the Windows taskbar and other screen edge-attached toolbars.
Running Applications
Nexus is a complete taskbar replacement with the ability to display running applications on the dock – with Windows 7 “Superbar” abilities, including Aeropeek, even on Windows XP.
System Tray
Nexus can display the system tray on the dock in one of two modes.
Docks attached to screen edges can auto-hide onto the screen edge and pop up on demand.
Floating docks (i.e. docks not attached to a screen edge) can collapse into a single control tile and un-collapse on demand.
Full Multi-Monitor Support
Docks can be docked to any screen edge or left floating on any monitor.
In-Dock Modules/Docklets
Nexus features useful “Modules” (Widgets) such as a talking Digital/Analog Clock that synchronizes your time with time servers on the internet, a Recycler, a CPU Meter, an Email Checker, a Weather Module, Net and RAM Meters, a ‘fortune cookie’ reader and more forthcoming…!
Keyboard Accelerators
Docks can be brought to the foreground and dock items launched through user-specified hotkeys.
PNG, ICO and TIF File Support
Supports the use of PNG as well as TIF and ICO files for object images and bitmaps.
Complete Customization
Virtually every aspect of every dock is customizable: from icon size, to magnification size, to dock behavior.
Quality And Performance Tested
Nexus has undergone extensive testing by thousands of dedicated users. This testing continues as part of our ongoing efforts to provide top quality software to our customers.

· 500 Mhz or faster processor.
· 256 MB of RAM or more.
· 30 MB of free hard disk space or more.
· Screen resolution of 800×600 or higher.


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