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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 and Grid Stacks! When not in use, docks can hide behind your screen edges, taking virtually no screen space.
Workshelf adds tabbed docks (Shelves) and Drawers, 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.
Shelves and Drawers make it possible to have a 'clean' desktop with no icons on it whatsoever by hiding icons on the Desktop - icons that can then be quickly accessed via a 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 a speaking Clock, Recycle Bin, Battery Monitor, Calendar, Email Checker, Moon Phases, 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, WorkShelf docks and Grid Stacks can be open or activated from NextSTART 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.
Open Docks and Grid Stacks from NextSTART
You can conveniently open and activate WorkShelf docks and Grid Stacks from icons in the Quick Launch area of the NextSTART taskbar, from NextSTART hotspots and even from NextSTART menus.
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.
Multiple docks and sub-docks
Create multiple docks for a variety of customized needs, organize applications within collapsible groups, or 'sub-docks'.
Not only being able to hold shortcuts dragged into it, a 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.
A Shelf makes it possible to have a 'clean', uncluttered, desktop with no icons on it whatsoever by having Winstep Xtreme hide the icons on the Desktop - icons that can then be quickly accessed via the Desktop tab. Tabs in a Shelf can also have keyboard shortcuts associated to them to make the Shelf simultaneously come to the foreground and open that particular tab.
You can create as many Shelves as you want with the built-in Dock and Shelves Manager, dock them to the screen edge of any monitor, or even leave them floating on your desktop. You can even add sub-docks and Grid Stacks to Shelves:
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.
Stacks are a particulary useful new feature that can give you instant access to the contents of Applications, Documents, Downloads, and any other folders placed into a dock, shelf or drawer. There they’ll then sit until you click on them, at which point they’ll spring out in a grid arrangement.
Powered by the same technology behind shelves, you can also use Grid Stacks to display the contents of virtual shell folders such as the Windows Control Panel, the Desktop, Recent Documents and Applications, UWP Apps in Windows 10, etc...
Basically a single tabbed Shelf, a Drawer is a dock/shelf hybrid, merging some of the best features of docks with some of the best features of shelves.
1. Drawers, unlike shelves, automatically expand to show all their content when you click on them (provided it fits the available screen space).
2. Drawers, unlike docks, can have text labels next to the icons so you don't need to mouse over an icon to know what the label says. Labels below the icons are still optional, though, and the Drawer can be configured so that labels appear outside the Drawer only when mousing over an icon.
3. Drawers, unlike docks, can be configured to display 'special' content (for instance, the content of the Windows Desktop, Control Panel, Recent Documents, the contents of a folder in your hard drive, etc).
4. Drawers, unlike docks, can be scrolled whenever they have more content than what would fit in the available screen space.
5. Multiple Drawers can be open at the same time and left open, unlike shelves where only a single tab can be active at a time.
6. Drawers, unlike docks that completely disappear into the screen edge when hidden, collapse into a single small tab. This allows you to use the tabs instead of screen edge bumps (prone to accidental activations) to gain access to the Drawers. Drawers can also reserve screen space so that the tabs of collapsed Drawers are never overlapped by maximized windows.
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, a 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.
A 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 a 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
Running applications and the systray can be placed ANYWHERE you want to, in the NextSTART taskbar, in docks, in Shelves, in Drawers, hidden in Grid Stacks - 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.
Full Windows 10 UWP (Universal) App support
Winstep applications are unique in their category because they're able to handle UWP apps in Windows 10 like normal Win32 applications.
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 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.
Modules / Widgets
Winstep Xtreme features various modules (widgets) such as a talking Digital/Analog Clock that synchronizes your time with time servers on the internet, a Battery Monitor, a Calendar displaying upcoming events schedules using the built-in Alarm Manager, a Recycler, an Email Checker that supports SSL and multiple email accounts, an animated Moon Calendar, a Weather Module, CPU, Net and RAM Meters and Wanda, a 'fortune cookie' animated fish!
Modules are always available in one of two different styles. For instance, the clock module can be displayed as an analog or a digital clock. The Net, RAM and CPU meter modules can display information either in Histogram format or as a Gauge. The Weather module provides two different sets of weather module icons the user can choose from, one photo-realistic, the other more cartoon-like, etc...
Modules under Winstep Xtreme also exist in two possible forms: as icons inside docks, shelves, etc, and also as larger skinnable desktop widgets:
Click here for a full description of Winstep's modules/widgets and what they do.
Clock Alarms and Task Scheduler
Powerful clock module associated alarms allow you to display pop-up reminders, wake you up with music or run programs at specific times, once or periodically.
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 and High DPI support
The taskbar, docks, shelves and drawers 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, shelves and drawers 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, shelves and drawers do not overlap other items such as the taskbar and other docked Windows toolbars.
Docks, menus, desktop modules and the Shelf can be brought to the foreground and items launched through user-specified hotkeys.
Full keyboard support makes docks in Winstep Xtreme ideal for Home Theater users: Winstep Xtreme docks are the first - and only - Windows docks that can be fully controled with nothing but the keyboard and remote controllers such as the Logitech Harmony.
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.