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Winstep Nexus

Winstep Nexus 14.11

The Advanced Docking System for Windows
Wikipedia defines a dock as a user interface feature of a number of operating systems that typically provides a user with a way of launching and switching between applications.

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 Ultimate is an enhanced version of the free-to-use Nexus dock which is available stand-alone or as a component of Winstep Xtreme (a single easy-to-install package featuring all of Winstep's popular desktop enhancement products for Windows).


System Requirements

  • Windows 2000/2003 Server/XP/Vista/7/8
    32 or 64 bit.
  • 500 Mhz processor.
  • 256 MB of RAM.
  • 30 MB of free hard disk space.
  • Screen resolution 800x600 or higher.
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Supported Languages

Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Croatian, Czech, Dutch, English, Farsi (Persian), Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brasil), Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish.

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The Nexus dock provides one-click access to frequently used applications, folders and documents.
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Winstep Nexus Ultimate

Available from $24.95

Not enough? Nexus Ultimate gives you multiple docks, sub-docks, a Shelf (tabbed dock), and much more!
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FeaturesFreeUltimate
Display running applications on the dock with task grouping, filtering and icon customization options.
Display system tray on the dock as single or grouped icons.
Blur-Behind and colorization of dock backgrounds.
Monitor active connections and bandwidth usage with Net Meter module.
Get weather forecast for over 39,000 cities world-wide.
Multiple mouse over effects: zoom, swing, bounce and more!
Live icon reflections and animated water-like effects for reflections and dock backgrounds.
Easily change appearence of icons of running programs and shortcuts by drag & dropping PNG, ICO and TIF files directly into the icon.
Multi-monitor support.
Compatible with skins for all 3rd party docks.
Customize system tray with high resolution icons. 
Multiple docks and ability to group shortcuts into nested sub-docks. 
Duplicate, delete and disable/enable existing docks. 
Categorize applications into user-defined tabs on the Shelf (Tabbed Dock). 
Increase productivity by displaying the contents of folders, the Desktop, My Computer, Control Panel and more as tabs on the Shelf. 
Reduce clutter by hiding Desktop icons and using the Desktop tab on the Shelf instead. 
Display running tasks and system tray on the Shelf. 
One click theme switch with special Themes tab on the Shelf. 
Display modules (docklets) on the Shelf. 
Re-arrange tabs in the Shelf by drag & drop. 

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.
Tray icons can be displayed one-by-one or in grouped mode to take up as little space as possible.

Auto-Hide

Docks attached to screen edges can auto-hide onto the screen edge and pop up on demand.

Auto-Collapse

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.