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StarDock INC. Compliment - ObjectDock is a killer app

Review by joebarone on 2006-07-30
Apple operating systems have always had "prettier" user interfaces than Microsoft Windows or Linux, but in reality, we live in a PC world. most of us are not willing to shell over buku bucks on a proprietary system, not to mention leaving behind all of our software (i couldn't see myself buying a Mac and then having to spend thousands and thousands of dollars on Mac versions of all the software I already own). WindowBlinds is a program thats been out for a while; it lets you customize the look and feel of the actual "windows" in Microsoft Windows. It comes part of a package called ObjectDesktop, which is all together a pretty LAME suite full of problems and bugs. However, the real gem in this package is an app called ObjectDock. It recreates the dock at the bottom of the Mac screen that contains shortcuts to applications installed on the computer. But this dock is uber-customizable. You can choose to eliminate the taskbar completely (the start menu is still easily accesible with the Window key on your keyboard). it takes away the clutter of desktop shortcuts and extra taskbars, is sleek and responsive, and offers more than just a place for shortcuts. Mini apps, caled Docklets, can display the time, local weather conditions, shutdown menus, volume settings, and so on. My current desktop is completely barren except for the dock, and its all i need! I love being able to actually see my lovely wallpaper in its true form, not behind a hundred icons. ObjectDock is available for download at www.stardock.com. The free version gives you as much functionality as you'll need, the registered version allows for multiple and tabbed docks, buit who needs that? I have 40 icons on my dock and it is still compact and easy to see :)

WARNING: ObjectDock comes as part of a pacakage AND as a stand-alone product. MAKE SURE YOU DOWNLOAD THE STAND ALONE PRODUCT! Other apps in the ObjectDesktop suite are either in BETA or really bog down your system resources. Plus, the free version of ObjectDock is free FOREVER, other products in the suite expire after a period of time...lame...
Comments:7 Replies - Latest reply on 2006-07-31
Posted by Sparticus on 2006-07-30:
Thanks for the post! I'm going to try it out today... Sounds pretty cool. One question, does it affect your system performance at all? I would have to imagine there is some sort of overhead. Thanks.
Posted by Sparticus on 2006-07-30:
Okay, I just tried this software. It installed fine, but then it crashed my PC. Not sure if it is related to the fact that I have an old PC (1999, 700 Mhz, 728MB RAM). I just spent the last 30 minutes trying to recover and uninstall the thing. One other point to note, the free version is only free for 60 days. Then you have to pay 19.99 or something like that. I give it a thumbs down.
Posted by glc on 2006-07-30:
Sparticus: Are you running an OS pre 2K? Also, it states "some components are in BETA"....If parts of this software is still in BETA, I would wait for the next version.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-07-30:
Mucho gracias, Sparticus!!! (hey, that rhymed). Not saying windowBlinds isn't good, cause I wouldn't know, but if it would trip up somebody who knows the innerards of their machine then it would definitely crash and burn somebody of my pc aptitude. Heck, I had hard time installing Quicken and that's suppose to be idiot proof! LOL :-}

Posted by joebarone on 2006-07-30:
ObjectDock, as a stand-alone product, does not expire. WindowBlinds, however, does after 60 days, as you said.Did you install windowBlinds? that really bogs down your system's resources, but Object Dock is just a little app...hmmm...sorry your machine took a dump on ya, but the fact that it's older might have something to do with it...minimum req's says you need at least windows 2000/XP and 256MB of ram...I'm running a 4.0GHz, 1GB DDR2 RAM system with an nVidia gForce5 vid card...so i rarely have problems with this kind of software....

...if you're machine is up and running again, try downloading and installing JUST ObjectDock....
Posted by Sparticus on 2006-07-30:
Hey joebarone - You are correct, I did install the windowBlinds. I was quite a resource hog. Perhaps I will try the Object Dock. My system is XP (728 MB RAM). But I do have an older video card. That is most likely the culprit. Thanks for the tip.
Posted by joebarone on 2006-07-31:
no prob. in general its a nifty little program, and for tweaking the interface, its relatively useful, but if you can see noticable proformance issues (chopiness, stuttering) double check your advanced settings in objectDock and adjust them for better performance.

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