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Winstep Xtreme Overview
An integrated workspace environment, Winstep Xtreme is a powerful suite of desktop enhancement utilities that merge incredible usability and performance with breathtaking eye candy. The Winstep Xtreme suite includes the following applications:
Nexus is the dock system, and is just perfect for super fast access to your most used applications.
You can have as many docks as you want, and each can have multiple sub-docks! When not in use, docks can hide behind your screen edges, taking virtually no screen space.
Workshelf is a tabbed dock (Shelf), better suited to complex organizational duties like organizing documents, URLs, movies, work projects, etc... If a dock is the top of your desk, then Workshelf is all the drawers below it.
The Shelf makes it possible to have a 'clean', uncluttered, desktop with no icons on it whatsoever by hiding the icons on the Desktop - icons that can then be quickly accessed via the Shelf's Desktop tab.
NextSTART is the menu system - and takes care of all your task management needs as well.
Menus are great for accessing infrequently used files and system related commands that aren't easily reachable in the file system or that have no readily user-recognizable graphic representation. The task management part of NextSTART allows you to efficiently organize and manipulate running tasks and windows.
Modules, widgets, gadgets, docklets, desklets, are all different words to describe the same thing: mini-applications that usually live on your desktop and provide a staggering amount of information regarding your system.
Winstep Xtreme includes the following modules: a speaking Atomic Clock, Recycle Bin, Battery Monitor, Email Checker, Weather Monitor, CPU, Net and RAM Meters and the amazing Wanda fish.
Winstep Start Menu Organizer Pro:
The Winstep Start Menu Organizer is an application designed to help you organize and clean your Windows Start Menu.
Over time the Start Menu can get so cluttered that you end up spending a lot of time simply trying to find the program you want to run. The Start Menu Organizer allows you to quickly group your Start Menu shortcuts into a specific set of categories thus making finding what you are looking for much, much, faster!
Features In Depth
NextSTART, Workshelf and Nexus Ultimate are far more than just loosely related applications - they were designed from the ground up to integrate seamlessly with each other: change the current theme in one and all other applications in the suite will automatically change to match, Workshelf and Nexus use the current NextSTART theme to skin their context menus, NextSTART created menus can be launched from docks or from the Shelf, and more!
Powerful Menu System
NextSTART's menu system can emulate the look and feel of menus in other Operating Systems with ease. It can also build menus 'on-the-fly' displaying the contents of folders in your hard drive - this, together with NextSTART's unique ability to display document thumbnails side-by-side with the menus, makes it a breeze to browse your entire folder structure and quickly find what you are looking for.
Create your own Menus
If you wish to create your own customized menus, no problem! You can do it by simple Drag & Drop or through the easy-to-use built-in Menu Editor, both allowing you to create any number of menus. The Menu Editor also allows the usage of over 80 handy Internal Commands that give quick access to not only NextSTART specific features but also many popular Windows functions.
Thanks to an incredibly flexible feature utilizing user defined Hotspots, you can "attach" menus to not only different areas of your desktop but also other applications! Activate your menus using different mouse buttons, screen edge 'bumps', keyboard shortcuts and even special hotspot 'buttons' on the desktop.
Hotspot actions are not limited to displaying menus. You can also use them to launch programs, open web sites on your browser, and even execute one of the 80 useful internal commands and Windows functions.
You decide what to use and what not. If you prefer to use the Windows native taskbar instead of NextSTART's superior replacement, you can simply disable NextSTART's task management - this doesn't prevent you from continuing to enjoy the use of NextSTART's powerful user-defined menus and flexible program launching abilities. If you have no need for a tabbed Shelf or a dock, you can disable them too - same for Desktop Modules, hand pick the ones which are useful to you and close the others.
Maximize Working Space
Everything in Winstep Xtreme was designed to use as little screen space as possible when not in use: off-screen menus can be invoked by bumping a screen edge or corner with your mouse pointer, docks can be hidden off-screen until needed, the tabbed Shelf can automatically collapse so only the tabs remain visible, Desktop Modules can be hidden until invoked by a keyboard shortcut or other activation method, and even floating docks can be collapsed to a single control icon.
Reduce Desktop Clutter
Besides shortcuts dragged into it, the tabbed 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 selected 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 telling Winstep Xtreme to 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 quickly make the Shelf simultaneously come to the foreground and open that particular tab.
Superior Task Management
Still running Windows XP or Vista? No problem, Winstep Xtreme can bring the new Window 7's "Superbar" ability to these Windows versions too:
Winstep Xtreme is capable of displaying the Windows system tray and list of running applications on docks, menus and even tabs in the Shelf. You choose!
Tray Icon Customization
System tray icons are originally small 16x16 icons, and can look very blurry when displayed at larger sizes. Winstep Xtreme allows you to customize tray icons with high-resolution alternatives to solve this problem, with a set of high-resolution images for system tray icons being included in the application.
Live Icon Reflections
The first (and only) Windows dock to feature optional 'live' icon reflections: reflections update in real time if the source icon animates or changes. How much of the icon is reflected is also user configurable.
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.
Internal commands are special commands that you can add as shortcuts to docks, menus, NextSTART taskbar and the Shelf: Hibernate, Power Off Monitor, Empty Recycler, Show Start Menu, Language Bar, CD Control, Lookup IP address and over 80 more! Click here for a full list of Winstep's internal commands and what they do.
Lots of 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, menu opening animations, sound effects for specific events, and lots more!
Menus can have a wide range of opening animations, from the classical slide and fade to the new Fire, Flare, Heal, Explosion and Magic menu opening animations!
Automatically blurs the background of semi-transparent objects (Vista and Windows 7 only).
Built in support for animated icons
Winstep Xtreme features built-in support for animated icons. With no need to install 3rd party docklets and full drag and drop support, animated icons in Winstep applications are as easy to use as any other icons: drop the animated icon PNG strip directly into a dock or Shelf item and the icon will automatically start animating.
Full Multi-Monitor Support
The taskbar, docks and the Shelf can be docked to any screen edge or left floating on any monitor.
Virtual File System Objects support
Allows you to drag special Explorer objects, like Control Panel items and the My Computer icon, into docks, menus and the Shelf.
Documents in docks, menus and the Shelf show up as thumbnails for easy identification.
Reserve Screen Space
Makes sure maximized windows do not overlap docks and the Shelf when attached to screen edges.
You can even manually reserve screen space to prevent maximized windows from overlapping 3rd party toolbars and widgets that to not offer this handy feature.
Respect Reserved Screen Space
Makes sure that docks and the Shelf do not overlap other items such as the taskbar and other docked Windows toolbars.
Powerful Dock and Shelf Manipulation functions
Create docks from existing Shelf tabs, create Shelf tabs from existing docks, detach sub-docks, turn docks into sub-docks, duplicate docks, delete docks - all this using simple drag & drop and/or context menu options.
Docks, menus, desktop modules and the Shelf can be brought to the foreground and items launched through user-specified hotkeys.
PNG and TIF File Support
Supports the use of PNG as well as TIF and ICO files for object images and bitmaps.
Virtually every aspect of Winstep Xtreme is customizable: from looks to behavior.
Quality And Performance Tested
Winstep Xtreme 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.