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December 9, 2019 by Frogboy
With screen resolutions getting higher and higher there are many people who would like to have a bit more control over their mouse cursor. If you don't already have CursorFX, try it out. www.cursorfx.com.  Stardock is currently working on a major new version of it but it will be compatible with the existing cursors here. Here are a few of the most popular cursors here on WinCustomize: Visit https://www.wincustomize.com/explore/cursorfx to check out the CursorF...
November 27, 2019 by Frogboy
I just got the Surface Pro 7 and I'm loving the power of USB 3.1 gen 2 (the USB-C port on the side). I have everything connected via a single USB-C dock including two more monitors. My main workstation is in the lower level.
November 18, 2019 by Frogboy
We are looking for some volunteers to help improve WinCustomize's news delivery. Our mission is to bring you the latest, greatest news on everything related to the Windows user experience.   Back when we were starting, what we now call "UX designers" were called "skinners" (not surprising that as what we do here got more respectable a more refined name would be used). What are the kind of things we want to cover? Here are 3 examples. Interesting designs created around the n...
November 18, 2019 by Frogboy
If you're interested in UX design, you will definitely want to keep up with what Microsoft is update to. https://www.microsoft.com/design/fluent/#/  Fluent is the name of Microsoft's new design language for Windows. Here is an example of Fluent design in action. As we get up for a major WinCustomize revamp, we are going to be taking cues from this design language to make the site more accessible, faster (much faster) and more modern.  Stay tuned.
November 18, 2019 by Frogboy
If you like animated backgrounds we have good news for you.  Stardock is in the process of updating its DeskScapes dream files to support MP4 (previously MPEG2) which should result in far lower CPU use and no additional codec downloading for Windows 10. You will be able to see the updates here: https://www.wincustomize.com/explore/dream/search/Stardock+Design  
November 13, 2019 by Frogboy
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 Desk...
November 13, 2019 by Frogboy
Version 2.9 of the award-winning massive-scale RTS, Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation goes out this week. This version is the biggest AI update since the original release.  It also has numerous visual improvements including higher resolution textures. Let’s take a look… This is one of the Hunter / Prey expansion turrets.  In v2.9 you can rapidly drop down Emergency Turrets.  They can now be upgraded into a Machine Gun Turret (pictured here) or a Shotgu...
November 13, 2019 by Frogboy
Version 2.9 of the award-winning massive-scale RTS, Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation goes out this week. This version is the biggest AI update since the original release.  It also has numerous visual improvements including higher resolution textures. Let’s take a look… This is one of the Hunter / Prey expansion turrets.  In v2.9 you can rapidly drop down Emergency Turrets.  They can now be upgraded into a Machine Gun Turret (pictured here) or a Shotgu...
October 29, 2019 by Frogboy
Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes is getting an update. Changes include: Unit movement engine optimizationsAI update to be more greedy about getting goodie hutsEarly game technology costs reducedDefault unit movement increased from 2 to 3 tiles.Sovereign default combat speed increased from 22 to 32Sovereign default HP increased from 20 to 28.Several bug fixes to late game instabilityRelease date: Now! Screenshots (at 5K)
October 26, 2019 by Frogboy
The first impression of gameplay in a 4X strategy game tends to be what the opening choices are.  And this is something we have tried our best to optimize in GalCiv III. In version 3.96, we are giving players the shipyard again by default (which we used to have back in 1.0).   The presence of the starting shipyard has everything to do with having meaningful starting decisions. For example, here is v3.96 without the shipyard as an option now: We added a new ...
October 22, 2019 by Frogboy
I love my Surface Pro.  It doesn't always love me.  This Summer, a firmware update caused the keyboard cover connector to not work anymore which forced me to use the Surface truly as a tablet.  It wasn't...a good experience. While I wasn't a fan of Windows 8, it was a pretty decent touch OS.  Windows 10...not so much.  A big part of the reason Windows 10 isn't good for touch is that it doesn't use the screen edges well. Windows 10, by default, has these touch-based...
October 8, 2019 by Frogboy
We're putting the finishing touches on GalCiv III v3.95 which includes both balance changes and new game options and some quality of life updates. Originally we were going to go right from v3.6 to v4.0 but we've broken the tasks down into smaller chunks, hence v3.7, v3.8, v3.9, v3.91 and now v3.95 But we've also been working on v4.0 which has a heavy modding emphasis. Now that the major expansions to III are over (we will still be releasing DLCs, but all new FEATURE changes will happen in ...
October 8, 2019 by Frogboy
Lots of exciting things happening this year.   Stardock is actively hiring software developers to begin revamping all of Object Desktop.  You will begin to see the changes starting in mid November as new and old things alike start being added. A few things on our plate include: Updating SoundPackager.  The sounds in Windows 10 are a bit annoying.  Stardock has a lot of audio talent here that we plan to use to revamp the sound packages that it includes as well as...
September 28, 2019 by Frogboy
When it comes to dogs my views can be summed up by this incident this weekend... I am at the store and I need a USB-C cable.  They're $9.99.  I call my wife and tell her "I dunno, $10 for a cable, can you just bring the one we have downstate with you?" However, before I had left the store I bought a $9.99 "Super Premium" dog bone.   Priorities. Post your picture of your dog here. We have two dogs. First, the new puppy: This is an "English Creme" retr...
September 28, 2019 by Frogboy
What an adventure... So I built "Frog-2019" and this time I bought a Fractal Design case that has a USB-C port on the front!  Great.  Well, my first motherboard, an ASROCK X299 Tachi said it had a USB-C front panel on it but when I got it, the actual header on the motherboard was missing. Ok.  That gets swapped out with an ASUS and now Windows 10 wants activation.  And this was a ridiculous situation. It said I needed to reactivate. Ah but there's a link that ...