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Published on November 13, 2019 By Frogboy In Object Desktop

Object Desktop

This past year we've been recruiting developers to begin doing some major updates to Object Desktop over the next year.  

First, I'm going to post what our thoughts are on what to focus on but then we want to hear what you would like to see updated.  As always, our choices are determined by a combination of factors including technical challenge and market demand.

Definitely getting big updates next year

Fences

CursorFX

SoundPackager

Keyboard LaunchPad

DeskScapes

New Apps

We have three new programs for Object Desktop slated for release next year

Maybe getting big updates IF there's demand

Multiplicity

Tiles

Start10

On the bubble (for getting major update)

WindowBlinds (usage of desktop skinning is becoming less common and skinning  has gotten more and more complicated). What would go into v11?

IconPackager (making icons today is a lot of work due to resolution and most people don't bother changing them anymore)

What are your thoughts?

What do you use Object Desktop for and what sorts of things do you want to see updated as well as what new things do you think people would like to see?

Let us know in the comments area.

 


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on Nov 13, 2019

WindowBlinds (usage of desktop skinning is becoming less common and skinning has gotten more and more complicated)

SkinStudio should be updated and be more user friendly and maybe there will be more skinners. 

on Nov 13, 2019

ALMonty

WindowBlinds (usage of desktop skinning is becoming less common and skinning has gotten more and more complicated)

SkinStudio should be updated and be more user friendly and maybe there will be more skinners. 

I can't believe that WindowBlinds, and Skin Studio maybe on the chopping block, if it's true, or the very least; not updated,  then it'll be a sad day for us Skinners.    

on Nov 13, 2019

SkinStudio

on Nov 13, 2019

SkinStudio for sure! I could point out at least 50 bugs in the program right now.

Also Windowblinds of course, and IconPackager, and CursorFX, and ObjectDock.

Nothing else really matters but those for me.

on Nov 13, 2019


On the bubble

WindowBlinds (usage of desktop skinning is becoming less common and skinning  has gotten more and more complicated)

A definite good bye Stardock for me, if WindowBlinds goes away.

 

That said, I'd like to see it updated along with SkinStudio.

 

DeskScapes needs work. Every other live wallpaper program I have tried out performs it. ( Less to no bugs.)

 

I use Multiplicity KVM Pro daily. It has issues as well, that I'd like to see addressed.

 

Can we fix WinFX to work even if the start menu has blur?

on Nov 13, 2019

Please keep Windowblinds and SkinStudio alive and updated! They are a must for me.

Secondary would be IconPackager. I still like to change icons every now and then.

on Nov 13, 2019

The only reason I am a customer, is Windowblinds (+Skinstudio) & Icon Packager. Start 10 is great, but there are also other great alternatives and maybe more important, it's not used as much as before.

Deskscapes is a fun app, but honestly, it's never active during daily use. Fences have always been too buggy for me, so if you can make a version that is stable for more than a week, I might consider trying it some time again. CursorFX is nice, but not a necessity, and Soundpackager... well, most people I know really don't care about the Windows sounds and I never use any sounds on my PC. Always and only music.

New apps? Make Object Dock great again! And a program to make/run gadgets in the spirit of DesktopX, Rainlendar & X-widget.

on Nov 13, 2019

DESKSCAPES :

Add Music / Sound Effects Buttons to Deskscapes app.

Asst. sound effects i.e. waterfalls, rivers, ocean, waves, Rain, Thunder, Lightning etc.

Holiday sound effects .i.e. Halloween , Christmas, New Years , etc.

Shorts Music clips i.e. 15sec. 30sec. 60sec. etc.

on Nov 13, 2019

Another Idea, I might be out of line here, but how about an update to the website that fills the whole screen. All that wasted space on either side that you could add more content.

2cents

on Nov 13, 2019

FWIW, here's what I, as a long term customer, still use on all my rigs routinely:

Windowblinds

IconPackager

Start10

CursorFX

It would be great to have new/updated skins, icons and cursors but if the source material is drying up, please do what you can to sustain the usefulness of what is available for those apps.

on Nov 14, 2019


On the bubble

WindowBlinds (usage of desktop skinning is becoming less common and skinning  has gotten more and more complicated)

IconPackager (making icons today is a lot of work due to resolution and most people don't bother changing them anymore)

 

Windowblinds: Agree 100%. It's a dying horse and if your seeing revenue streams decline from it you have to dump it. Face it, there are a very small handful of skinners left. You can't justify the expenses based on a few that will be upset about it.

 

IconPackager: For me, has been the single piece of buggy software I've ever put on a device. Works pretty well as long as you keep it installed but if you ever uninstall it the thing hoses your system pretty badly. I haven't changed my Icons in years.

 

on Nov 14, 2019



IconPackager: For me, has been the single piece of buggy software I've ever put on a device. Works pretty well as long as you keep it installed but if you ever uninstall it the thing hoses your system pretty badly. I haven't changed my Icons in years.
 

Are you talking about v5 or v10 there?

v5 had a problem on 64 bit OSes which would mess up your associations on uninstall, but v10 fixed that.

on Nov 14, 2019


IconPackager: For me, has been the single piece of buggy software I've ever put on a device. Works pretty well as long as you keep it installed but if you ever uninstall it the thing hoses your system pretty badly. I haven't changed my Icons in years.
Don't blame Stardock for using software versions not compatible with your system version(s). IconPackager has been stable and working fine for years now, better than most apps on my system.

on Nov 14, 2019

Here's what I have installed:

WindowBlinds

Start10

SkinStudio

DeskScapes

DTX (I know, but I still use it.)

IconDeveloper (I use it as a conversion tool between ico's and png's, going both directions)

SpaceMonger (I mainly use it to clear the junk "~" files out of the WB skins.)

CursorFX (Honestly, I hardly ever have it running, but sometimes.)

I'll throw this out in case it gives you any ideas - One of the things I do with DTX is use a png object at "Desktop Level" along with DeskScapes to create a static foreground image on top of the moving background.  An example would be the "Stars" dream with a space wallpaper with a static image or two on top.  I also use that technique with several other dreams, I think it can create a nice effect.  You do need to be able to position it.  fwiw.

Since your going to work on CursorFX, I'll throw this out there - Probably my biggest aggravation with it is I often have a visual problem with the "Text select" image included in the cursors.  It might be good if you could somehow add a "Use default" option for that, unless of course "it's just me".

on Nov 14, 2019

I think it would be a huge mistake to put WindowBlinds on the chopping block. Sometimes it's not how much revenue an application makes that matters but the value of all that is associated with it.

For instance, what does mostly everyone here still actively contributing to Wincustomize (in skins and in the forums) have in common? I would say they are all WindowBlinds skinners. Kill WindowBlinds and you lose them. And since people are what keeps this place alive (which in turn attracts more people)...

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