Brad Wardell's site for talking about the customization of Windows.
Published on September 20, 2016 By Frogboy In Stardockians

For those of you who subscribe to Stardock Magazine, use this thread to comment on the issue.

Detailed responses regarding Star Control and what's next for Object Desktop will show up in the October issue.

If you don't already subscribe go to:

http://www.stardock.com/ and subscribe on the left side.

 


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on Sep 21, 2016

I have been a user of your marvellous programs for many years now. Since windows moved on from Version your Start 8 and 10 have been lifesavers. The recent upgrade to Windows 10 has caused me some problems with Fences, which i cannot get to work and all the crud that keeps appearing on the screen from the upgrade. I have on of my computers which can defend against the new 10 upgrade because it is the Pro 10 version and another computer which is overwhelmed with the upgrade ans is a pain in the neck. Fences and Start 10 work like a dream on the upgraded computer.

I am of a certain age and it might be me who is the problem. Can you come to my help and sort out the upgrade? Keep up the good work, Gerard. 

on Sep 21, 2016

Please excuse my typos and particularly I am referring the upgrade from Version 7 as you probably worked out.

on Sep 21, 2016

Despite the great offerings in the Object Desktop -- I miss the Control Center. 

Control Center

on Sep 21, 2016

I saw this post, but wondered why I hadn't received the magazine. I took a look at the junk mail folder in Outlook and found it buried in the usually daily quantity of real junk. I have since added the domain name to the safe list, but there is something in the email that Outlook doesn't like. I wonder how many others have had this delivered into the garbage can?

on Sep 21, 2016

You asked for comments about the new format of Stardock Magazine, and provided a Twitter account for replies.  I very consciously do not use Twitter (social media has an insidious purpose ignored by those who use it); I would have preferred the option of a standard email address.  But I will reply here.

I applaud the format.  A lot of what we receive today is slick and managed and not what it appears to be.  The new magazine format suggests that it might have actually been written by a company CEO and not a public relations or hired media consultant.  There's a lot to be said for simplicity and authenticity.  It disturbs me that with so much of what I read I have to stop and consider who really created it and for what purpose.  I'm tired of being manipulated.

Keep doing what you're doing.  Sure, it's basically p.r. and advertising, but it's straight and not pretending to be something else.

 

on Sep 21, 2016

I find the new newsletter easy to read and informative about what's going on with Stardock.  I've been around since the OS/2 days (I went to Windows 2000 to be able to synch my Palm Pilot in 2001).

I would like to hear about your plans for Object Dock under Windows 10.  I'm still using it, because it's the gateway to all of may databases (via a large tabbed dock) and I use the expanding dock to open and switch to new folders, e-mail, Firefox, and IE, and I like the AccuWeather, recycle bin, and clock.  When Windows won't pass the foreground to Object Dock, I either just wait or, if it's there, switch to my app with the mini-icon on the taskbar.

I recently looked at the Forums to see what was up with Object Dock and saw that declared support for OD under W10 was withdrawn a year ago.

Windows never has been as good as OS/2 at multitasking, which always puzzled me.  Microsoft's OS/2 NT became Windows NT, and Windows 2000/XP/7/8.x/10 are all updates of that kernel - but they never did achieve seamless multitasking.  I run with 8 cores and Windows 10 can't give me response to the mouse if it's saving to the boot partition.  It's like, maybe the kernel can do it but there is some legacy Windows 3.x/95/98/MillineumEdition Program Manager code in the current Windows 10 desktop environment.

I've tried giving the ObjectDoc.exe process priority Above Normal but that doesn't help.  I selected that process because its CPU usage increases when I mouse over the object dock.  I didn't try elevating the priority of the 64-bit process, ObjectDockTray.exe.

Windows NT and successors, like OS/2, allow extensions to the desktop environment, and Stardock is the leading source of utilities that provide these extensions.  Windows 10 is not so good at making some of these hooks work as earlier versions, I get that.  But a year is a long time, and Object Dock is a huge thing for Stardock.  Between Fences and Object Dock, I have my OS/2 user interface, albeit with no SOM.

So, what is happening with Object Dock for Windows 10?

on Sep 21, 2016

I miss Control Control Center too. 

on Sep 21, 2016

I like the full-featured newsletter, but like you said, you have at least three product lines: device-control software, applications (ObjectDesktop and associated apps, etc.) and games.

Personally, I am a Stardock customer SOLELY for the applications category.  I could care less for the games, and I don't have a need for any front-end software to control medical or other devices.  So perhaps multiple newsletters would be a good idea.  Stick with the full-featured visual presentation, but allow us to subscribe to the list(s) that interest us, rather than having people in my category get all the game propaganda crammed in there with the nuggets about applications that we want to see.

I think an approach like that would really better serve your diverse community of users.

-- // Steve //

 

on Sep 21, 2016

Frogboy

I miss Control Control Center too. 
I miss ObjectBar and RightClick

on Sep 21, 2016

Object Desktop is a fine suite of products in my opinion, however, there are many, many, many issues with SkinStudio, that if fixed would probably result in having a lot more WB skin designers out there. I would like to offer my services if I can work directly with the SkinStudio programmer about these issues, making it more user friendly, etc., and I am being serious. SkinStudio is in extreme need of improvements.

Also, I reported an issue to Support quite a while back concerning Windowblinds 10. When saving an existing skin with a new name and designing a new skin from it, the small thumbnail image in the WB list of skins does not change as changes are made to the new skin, The image remains from the original skin. The only way around this is that once the skin is done, you save it again under a different name, and the image corrects itself to the new skin as it should be. This should not be necessary.

I hope I can be of assistance in perfecting SkinStudio.

on Sep 21, 2016

cddickerson

Despite the great offerings in the Object Desktop -- I miss the Control Center. 


As do I. CC with Virtual desktops integrated is a solution I cannot live without and is the only reason I still run a 32bit vs of Winderz. It functions flawlessly on Win7, hiding on the right side of my screen till I hit the edge  to bump it into play and  then move to my other open Desks. Worth the price of admission on any level.

Brad. Please consider bringing these two back. No other solution was as elegant or dependable .

I like the stripped down version of the newsletter, it lets me read with no distractions of formatting or flashing images. This harkens back to the time that you actually answered the support emails for the tough questions  . ( yep THAT long ago )

Zo0

on Sep 21, 2016

I was (and mostly still am) a HUGE fan of the Object Desktop concept -- so much so that I was one of the (apparently few) subscribers who optioned for the Object Desktop Infinite option, before it was discontinued.  But, since I chose to upgrade to Win-10, I don't have access to the complete array of software options.  And although the newer additions are interesting, they are of little use to me.

What I would LOVE for you guys to do was to upgrade Object Dock and SoundPackager, so that they function with the newer OS options.  One of the original reasons I signed up with Stardock was the array of customization options that the Object Desktop package gave a user.  With IconDeveloper and IconPackager, I could create and implement customized icons, as I could with themes using SkinStudio and WB.  Add in the SoundPackager, and it was possible to have a totally customized thematic package for your computer -- themes, skins, wallpapers, icons and sounds.

Plus, I later stumbled across CursorFX and Object Dock.  CursorFX allows me to customize the cursor, as I did with the other options, and Object Dock (in concert with Fences) had previously allowed me to organize all my file, folder and program shortcuts at my proverbial fingertips...an option I miss with the new OS.

on Sep 22, 2016

Bring back DesktopX. It works fine on Windows10. Please.....

 

on Sep 22, 2016

I think this discussion has diverged from the original purpose: to determine if everyone is satisfied with the original newsletter format, the new one just posted for this month, or what changes are perhaps desired.  It didn't appear to me that the original intent was to start down a bunny trail of favorite wishes and enhancements for specific products, just having to do with the newsletter format.  Perhaps we should break the Object Desktop discussions out into a separate message thread?

//Steve//

 

on Sep 22, 2016

KB6OJS

I think this discussion has diverged from the original purpose: to determine if everyone is satisfied with the original newsletter format, the new one just posted for this month, or what changes are perhaps desired.  It didn't appear to me that the original intent was to start down a bunny trail of favorite wishes and enhancements for specific products, just having to do with the newsletter format.  Perhaps we should break the Object Desktop discussions out into a separate message thread?

//Steve//

 

 

Object Desktop is the key to Stardock's survival and needs to be discussed anywhere and everywhere. The newsletter is fine, it's a newsletter. But it would not even exist without Object Desktop.

I myself hesitated about posting my comments here, but I have mentioned issues in various areas in the past on and off for many years now, I mention problems in threads, I email key personnel, I contact people via private messaging, no replies. So I figure it's time for someone to care, and I care, so I offered my assistance. But once again... who knows what will happen.  

Oh, and if you telephone Stardock, you cannot speak to anyone, it's leave a message only.

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