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Rich Lang Application fails to unzip. PKzipw.exe says "Failed to start because the tsad.dll file was not found. try reinstalling.
Apr 10 2008 at 5:41am Copy Link
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mike b This doesn't seem to have anything to do with the download.

tsad.dll is an advertising component that is often considered spyware. It may have been deleted on your system by an anti-spyware utility.

You will need to either reinstall PKZip (ensuring that your anti-spyware is configured to not mess with it) or install some other unzipping package (there's a boatload of free ones out there that don't have spyware)..
Apr 10 2008 at 5:53am Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho [Winstep] Just wanted to make it VERY CLEAR that Winstep Xtreme contains no spyware of ANY KIND (besides, Bits du Jour would never feature it if it did).

Mike B, thanks for pointing out the probable cause of the problem to Rich Lang. :-)
Apr 10 2008 at 6:17am Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho [Winstep] Just wanted to make it VERY CLEAR that Winstep Xtreme contains no spyware of ANY KIND (besides, Bits du Jour would never feature it if it did).

Mike B, thanks for pointing out the probable cause of the problem to Rich Lang. :-)
Apr 10 2008 at 6:32am Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho [Winstep] Just wanted to make it VERY CLEAR that Winstep Xtreme contains no spyware of ANY KIND (besides, Bits du Jour would never feature it if it did).

Mike B, thanks for pointing out the probable cause of the problem to Rich Lang. :-)
Apr 10 2008 at 6:32am Copy Link
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mike b Sorry - I should have made it clear that the tsad.dll component was part of PKZip. PKware were one of the first software vendors to use adware/spyware; I thought they had stopped some time ago.
Apr 10 2008 at 10:46am Copy Link
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Rich Lang Thanks. WinZip did the trick. Lots to look at!! Nice.
Apr 10 2008 at 10:52am Copy Link
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MIKE B 1954 Just wanted to say that Winstep Extreme is a Great Application to have on my PC ... and that it is fully compatable with the Stardock Object Desktop group of programs too ...

Oh, Its' not a great program , It's a FANTASTIC !! It's quite easy to mod and skin too ...

Here's to the " NeXuSt " ( next ! ) 10 years , Jorge .... ! !
Apr 12 2008 at 3:07am Copy Link
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Roy Henson Hi,
I have tried out Winstep Xtreme and found it to be very useful and interesting to use. I havn't tried out all its features but I can see its potential and its a program I would use if I could afford it.

However, as I am a private user in my 70's I'm afraid that I can't justify this level of expenditure in the present time of rising inflation from my limited income.

Regards,
Roy Henson.
Jul 12 2008 at 9:54pm Copy Link
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Dan keith Great software yet I dont know ANYONE that uses it. Just download and test. You will get some problems here and there and its just dated. They set a price that has been way to much and thats why its not much of a hit as it could be. Your better off with Stardock. WAY cheaper and more stuff to play with.

LOL I see there ad on wincustomize (stardock) yet go to Winstep and not a word about stardock..
Nov 12 2008 at 5:57am Copy Link
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Clive Taylor Installed the trial version but, unfortunately, it reduced my system (XP SP3, 1Gb RAM) to a crawl coupled with unusable jerky mouse.

Uninstalled and back to normal. Sorry!
Jun 23 2009 at 12:18am Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho [Winstep] Well, something's not right on your system then, but unless you re-install Xtreme we won't be able to troubleshoot.

Winstep Xtreme has thousands of happy users worldwide (look for reviews of it on Cnet's Download.com, for instance), and it's probably worth to note that our base performance test systems are:

XP on a PIII at 500 Mhz with 384 MB of RAM
and
Win ME on a PII at 300 Mhz with 128 MB of RAM

Winstep Xtreme obviously doesn't beat any speed records on systems as old as those, but it's still perfectly usable.
Jun 24 2009 at 3:32pm Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho [Winstep] Here's something else of interest:

In about a week there is going to be a new release of Winstep Xtreme featuring a new, modern and super intuitive, User Interface with multi-language support (among many other exciting additions).

You can see it, as well as Nexus (the dock component of Winstep Xtreme) in action in the following video at YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/wa...4ZvMZqqTdE

You can also see a sneak preview of the new User Interface on the following thread at the Winstep Forums:

http://forums.winstep.net...php?t=2858

Since purchasing Winstep Xtreme gives you a full year of free upgrades, today is your chance to get all that for only $19.95!
Jun 24 2009 at 6:04pm Copy Link
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Adrian Williams Is it possible to use todays purchase code in the new 9.5beta rather than install the old version ?
Jun 24 2009 at 8:38pm Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho Of course. And that license key will also be valid for all Winstep Xtreme versions released within the next 365 days (any purchase of Winstep Xtreme gets you one full year of FREE upgrades).
Winstep Software Technologies - Jun 24 2009 at 8:47pm Copy Link
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Terry FOYE I really wanted to buy this today and went to the Winstep purchase page via the link above in the 'Buy Now' button. I entered all the required details and chose Paypal from the drop down menu. However, after clicking 'Continue' on the first page, the next page asked me to provide my credit card details.

WHOA!

If I wanted to provide my credit card details, I would not have chosen to pay by Paypal on the drop down menu choice. That is what Paypal is for.

Sorry Winstep, but if I have to provide my credit card details to you, I can live without buying your product.
Jun 25 2009 at 1:04am Copy Link
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Alan I just ordered it via paypal and it worked fine for me. Took me to the paypal site.
Maybe you should try again??
Alan S
Jun 25 2009 at 1:24am Copy Link
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Roger Thomasson Terry, I just stepped through the PayPal purchase process and everything worked fine. I'm not sure why you're having trouble. Please email me personally at roger (at) iconico (dot) com if you'd like to explore the issue further.

-roger
BitsDuJour Admin - Jun 25 2009 at 1:34am Copy Link
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Terry FOYE Okay, whatever the problem was, they seem to have fixed it after I emailed them last night. This time, I was able to complete payment through Paypal.

Can I ask, how long before you get your product key from Winstep?
Jun 25 2009 at 2:16am Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho Hi Terry, glad you solved your problem, and you should have your license key by now.

License keys are issued manually, which means it can be pretty instant or take up to a few hours.
Winstep Software Technologies - Jun 25 2009 at 4:37am Copy Link
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Simone W This is great desktop enhancement software and I am eagerly anticipating the new updates!
Jun 25 2009 at 3:41pm Copy Link
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Steve Newport Hello,

will there also be a discount for exisiting users I mean for another year of updates?

Thanks!
Dec 16 2009 at 4:10am Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho Yearly upgrade renewals cost only US $19.95 (remember the actual Xtreme suite price is $39.90), and they are in no way mandatory - nor do you get penalized if you don't renew on time.

More information regarding Winstep Xtreme's upgrade policy can be found here:

http://www.winstep.net/upgradefaq.html
Winstep Software Technologies - Dec 16 2009 at 6:23am Copy Link
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Steve Newport Thank you for your answer.

I already know all that but I upgraded to Windows 7 and would be interested in an upgrade renewal.

Your offer here costs the same so for existing users there is no advantage unless another license is wanted.

So my question was simply if there will be also any discount for the regular $19,95 upgrade renewal.

Thanks again.
Dec 16 2009 at 7:09am Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho No, sorry. For a suite of applications like Xtreme, $19.95 is already rock-bottom price, even for yearly renewals.

Since you're running Windows 7, I suggest you install the latest 9.12 public Beta 6 upgrade ( http://www.winstep.net/news.asp#wsx ) . Major new features, including a brand new user interface (UI) and multi-language support for the WorkShelf component. The only reason it's in beta is because I'm still working on the new NextSTART UI. You can have a sneak preview of the later here: :-)

http://forums.winstep.net...php?t=3106

Needless to say, anybody taking advantage of the Bits Du Jour promotion now will get the new version of Winstep Xtreme around early January - for FREE, since it will be released well within their 1 year period of free upgrades.
Winstep Software Technologies - Dec 16 2009 at 2:02pm Copy Link
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Steve Newport Thank you for your suggestion.

The new version really looks great and also what I saw in the sneak preview.

All the best.
Dec 16 2009 at 11:55pm Copy Link
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Rob User Will Winstep Xtreme work on WIndows 7?
Dec 20 2009 at 9:28am Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho Yes.
Winstep Software Technologies - Dec 20 2009 at 10:30am Copy Link
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Michael M I've used these themes off and on for about 10 years. Was not all that interested in another since I don't use the ones I have.

But I installed it and fired the program up. Very impressive (and easy to use).

So I will be buying this. I have Win 7 on a netbook, so will look forward to your January update.

Note: I have YouTube videos too. There's a lot of jerks out there. Many leave rude, crude and moronic comments. I finally changed all my videos to requiring my approval before they can be posted.

You should do the same. It's not helpful and it's very distracting to read those morons' comments on your video. I don't see any benefit to your leaving them up.

I'd delete them and then change your settings to comments require your approval.

Just sayin.
Dec 22 2009 at 4:49pm Copy Link
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Gerard Booth I have been a registered users for a few years now and Winstep Exreme is simply superb, I would recomend you buy this now to take advantage of the upgrade to the new version when it comes out. I am using the beta version and the new user interface is fantastic.

$19.95 for Winstep Extreme, what a bargain.
Dec 22 2009 at 6:30pm Copy Link
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Hansj Nielsen is it posible to chane langue, i have poor english.
and how do i have my Start Bar to be visible all the time ??
i whant it to Dock to bottom screen edge and stay there and not disapirng when i mowe mouse cunsor.
Dec 22 2009 at 9:10pm Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho Hansj, not sure what you mean, please contact Winstep support or join the Winstep forums at:

http://forums.winstep.net.../index.php

The download link at Bits Du Jour is for the official Winstep Xtreme 9.5 version, but we strongly recommend that you download and install (or upgrade to if you are already running 9.5) the 9.12 public beta, especially if you are running Skype 4.x, Windows 7 or a 64 bit version of Windows.

The 9.12 release adds multi-language support and a new User Interface to the WorkShelf and Nexus component of Winstep Xtreme. You can download and read more information about it from:

http://www.winstep.net/ne...ec_01_2009

WorkShelf in 9.12 currently supports the following languages (some translations are still incomplete, complete translations have been marked with a '*'):

Catalan, Chinese (Traditional)*, Croatian, Czech*, Dutch*, English*, Farsi (Persian)*, French*, German*, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese*, Portuguese (Brazil)*, Spanish, Swedish.

The *only* reason 9.12 has been released as a beta is because NextSTART still features the old User Interface in that version and some language files are incomplete. Otherwise it has been tested extensively for months before being released as a public beta.
Winstep Software Technologies - Dec 22 2009 at 11:11pm Copy Link
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Michael Mortimer OK people, I have been using this program for a few hours now. I have to rate this a fantastic program, especially at the Bits price.

If you like Apple's interface, for example, this program will give it to you. It is extremely intuitive and easy to use. I can see spending hours playing with it. Matter of fact I had to stop fooling with the settings so to get some work done.

I write tech articles and I will be recommending it to my readers. We all need some fun in our lives, so this will be talked about as something fun to do with our computers, albeit this program is a very useful utility.

But he needs to get rid of his YouTube video. Firstly, the background music has been muted by Google due to copyright violation, and second, the program is far better than what the video depicts.

For all the Bits people I suggest you download and try out the program, but don't forget to buy it before the Bits deal expires.

A bargain at $20, IMHO.

(By the way, I paid for this program like anyone else, so this is not a recommendation influenced by getting something for free.)
Dec 23 2009 at 2:52am Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho Thanks Michael for your nice comments.

I'll be making a new demo video and publish it on YouTube as soon as all the components in Winstep Xtreme feature the new User Interface (currently putting the finishing touches on the new NextSTART UI).

YouTube has a deal with the major record labels in which Youtube users are allowed to use copyrighted music in their videos. Unfortunately, a few months after posting that Winstep demo video, the Warner Music Group decided to get greedy and, as a result, all videos on Youtube featuring WMG soundtracks were muted.

As far as I understood it, YouTube muted the videos not on WMG's request but as a preemptive measure. WMG's loss, as YouTube is a great channel for promoting music (for instance, I lost count of how many times I was asked to name the soundtrack used on that Winstep demo video).
Winstep Software Technologies - Dec 23 2009 at 5:04am Copy Link
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Van Swofford Windows 7 is not listed in the platforms.  Is Win 7, 64 bit supported?

Thanks,
Van
Jun 5 2010 at 10:28am Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho Yes, Winstep Xtreme v10.4 is compatible with Windows 7, both the 32 bit and 64 bit versions.
Winstep Software Technologies - Jun 6 2010 at 5:48am Copy Link
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Louis H Will purchase include upgrade to version 10 after Beta testing is done?

Thanks,

Louis
Jun 10 2010 at 5:12pm Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho Yes, that's right. :)

I highly recommend that you install version 10.4 at this point - essentially the only reason it's still in beta is because the documentation is currently being updated.

Differences between the (still) official 9.5 and 10.4 are HUGE - besides the 4 foot long list of added features (especially in terms of 64 bit support), 10.4 adds a completely re-designed User Interface, much cleaner and user friendly than the one in 9.5. 10.4 also offers multi-language support.
Winstep Software Technologies - Jun 10 2010 at 7:38pm Copy Link
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H. H. hallo,
does winstep xtreme complete replace the windows desktop/startmenu, or can one choose to start with normal windows desktop and decide to start your program later (Im asking, because some pc newspaper recommend to make a whole system backup before installing some desktop /startmenu replacing programs, because they would make deep changes in the windows system)'.
Thank you for ansering in advance
H.H.
Jun 10 2010 at 7:44pm Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho Getting back to 'normal' Windows is a simple question of exiting Winstep Xtreme. One click and that's it. :-) You can start with the normal Windows desktop if you want, as Winstep Xtreme runs on top of Explorer and is a shell enhancement, not a shell replacement. It works just like any other normal application and in no way touches system files, i.e.; it makes no changes whatsoever to the Windows system. It's perfectly safe to run, and easy to operate, don't worry.
Winstep Software Technologies - Jun 10 2010 at 8:35pm Copy Link
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Louis H I can verify what Jorge said. I went ahead and downloaded V10.4 and installed it to give the thing a trial run. I like what I see and the fact that it is an enhancement rather than a replacement is nice as I am still exploring two other Desktop programs and value the ability to start and stop this one at will until such time as I decide which program I want to finally go with. (There are features in each that I like.)

I will say, however, that Winstep started out it's first time around by "changing" everything without giving me an opportunity to allow those changes to the visual look of my current Desktop. Nothing was, as Jorge wrote, permanent, and it was simply a matter of exiting the program and everything EXCEPT for my previous Wallpaper came right back.

The Wallpaper thing is minor in my view as it was simply a matter of changing it back - something I do "by hand" a couple of times a week anyway. More important was that nothing else appeared to have been changed and everything in my normal Desktop and Startup menus are still there and working as they did before my initial run of Winstep.

I really like that this newest version ESPECIALLY due to the 64 Bit support. I am using Win 7 Professional 64 bit and it is always nice to see developers of software redesigning their programs to take fuller advantage of a 64 bit system.

I'm going to get this one today to take advantage of the nice discount.
Jun 10 2010 at 11:42pm Copy Link
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Roger Thomasson FYI, just added some new screenshots :-)
BitsDuJour Admin - Jun 11 2010 at 1:53am Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho Louis, we feel the wallpaper is a very important part of a theme (a bad wallpaper can break a good theme and make an average theme great) which is why it gets changed as well.

This said, altough it's very easy to change back, Winstep is aware that this can be an annoyance, however minor. In the final release of v10, the first time it runs Xtreme will prompt the user if he wishes to change back to his previous wallpaper (after changing it, though, as Winstep theme wallpapers are generally very good quality) _OR_ it will revert to the previous wallpaper when you exit Xtreme - haven't decided yet which option is better.

You can also prevent Winstep Xtreme from changing wallpapers every time you switch to a new theme by setting the relevant option in the General Preferences tab.
Winstep Software Technologies - Jun 11 2010 at 4:56am Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho Sorry, meant to say "a bad wallpaper can break a good theme and a good wallpaper can make an average theme great" :-)
Winstep Software Technologies - Jun 11 2010 at 4:58am Copy Link
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Louis H Thank you Jorge.

My vote would be to return the wallpaper previously in use, returning the desktop to what it was before starting Winstep, but a prompt is nice as well, offering the option of keeping whatever wallpaper Winstep put in place. I can go with either.

Very nice program. Thank you for offering it here at BitsDuJour.
Jun 11 2010 at 6:40am Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho Thanks for your input and your nice words, Louis.

I would also be inclined to do it the way you voted (it would be easier, in fact, and require one less prompt to the user when he first runs the suite), if it weren't for the fact that Winstep Xtreme is the type of application that you want to be running all the time (i.e. not the type that you launch to do something and then exit once your task is done).

If the user likes his wallpaper that much, he will want to keep it *while* running Winstep Xtreme.
Winstep Software Technologies - Jun 11 2010 at 7:33am Copy Link
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_*_ The product website displays Winstep Xtreme as a $29.95 program.
I am not sure what the difference is here but I am trying to figure what makes for nearly a $10.00 difference.
Jul 25 2011 at 3:49am Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho Hi MB.

It actually says 'available *from* $29.95'. :-)

Click the Buy Now button and you will see that the $29.95 price is for the Basic Edition of Winstep Xtreme, which is not part of this promotion. The full version is $39.90.

So what you have is:

Winstep Xtreme - Basic Edition : $29.95
Winstep Xtreme : $39.90
Winstep Xtreme Home Network : $78.95

Both Winstep Xtreme and Winstep Xtreme Home Network (a special multi-user license of Winstep Xtreme intended for home users who run between 2 and 5 computers on a network, or who would like to install Winstep Xtreme on their workplace computer as well as on their home network) are included in this promotion, but not the Basic Edition.
Winstep Software Technologies - Jul 25 2011 at 4:11am Copy Link
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Chuck I've had this for years and keep it current. The developer consistently puts out updates and is extremely responsive to user input. Well worth every penny!
Jul 27 2011 at 3:01pm Copy Link
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Milan Topolic @ Jorge Coelho

Hi Jorge,

I am interested in purchasing the Winstep Xtreme Home Network" edition. and I have some special questions before, as I have unique personal circumstances (patent war). So I would like to communicate via mail. Would it be possible to get the answer before this deal is over and which mail-address should I use ? sales@winstep.net or support@winstep.net ?

Thanks
Jul 27 2011 at 6:02pm Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho Hi Milan!

Send me an email to supportwinstep.net.
Winstep Software Technologies - Jul 27 2011 at 7:35pm Copy Link
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James Dillard Jorge, great deal!!! I love Winstep Xtreme!!
Jul 27 2011 at 8:55pm Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho Hi Jim! Yes, I will. :)
Winstep Software Technologies - Jul 28 2011 at 1:01am Copy Link
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Stephen Welsh This software is worth every penny...even at the full price! So grab this deal while you can and you won't be sorry!
Jul 28 2011 at 1:53am Copy Link
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John S. Is there any additional discount for people like me who bought Nexus Ultimate Home Network at the end of April ??
Jul 28 2011 at 6:15am Copy Link
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Martin User A license question or two...

Can this purchase be used on a desktop and laptop (ie: how many PC's in single use at a time)?

What is the update policy, version changes...etc? Are upgrades purchased required and when?

Thanks!
Jul 28 2011 at 6:51am Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho John S., send me an email to the Winstep support address, please. :)

Martin Z., Bits Du Jour lists the upgrade policies on this very page, in the box below the Buy Now button. This said, for detailed information on Winstep Xtreme's upgrade policy, please click here: http://www.winstep.net/xtupgradefaq.asp
Winstep Software Technologies - Jul 28 2011 at 7:48am Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho Forgot to add: license is per user, so a single user license allows you to use the application on your PC and your personal laptop.
Winstep Software Technologies - Jul 28 2011 at 7:51am Copy Link
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Stephen Charchuk @Jorge Coelho

So, if I have just one computer in my home I'm paying extra for more license that I actually need with the "Full" version of this instead of the Basic version which is just one? Is that the ONLY difference between the two?
Jul 28 2011 at 8:05am Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho Stephen, no. The Basic Edition is a 'cut down' edition of Winstep Xtreme (and is not even part of this promotion, since you can buy the full version today at Bits Du Jour for less than you would pay for the Basic Edition of Winstep Xtreme).

The Home Network Edition, on the other hand, is a simple multiple user license of Winstep Xtreme, allowing a whole family to use Winstep Xtreme on several PCs at home.

You can find a detailed product comparison here:
http://www.winstep.net/comparisonfaq.asp
Winstep Software Technologies - Jul 28 2011 at 8:20am Copy Link
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VLM Jorge, one of the listed features is "Open menus and launch applications via hotspots and screen edge bumps." For those of us who vastly prefer shortcuts over mousing around, will all the menus we create be shortcut-accessible?

Also, FWIW, I find your entire website extremely difficult to read. The use of a light grey font on a black background makes the text barely visible to me. I quite literally have to copy the text and paste it all onto a white background, then change the color to black. Readability over cuteness!!!

Also, the use of a black background, while perhaps "cool" and such, actually conveys a rather ominous feeling.

Just feedback.
Jul 28 2011 at 10:20am Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho Hi, The President, thanks for the feedback, it is much appreciated.

Regarding the NextSTART hotspots, those can also exist as buttons in your Desktop or icons in the Quick Launch section of the NextSTART taskbar.
Winstep Software Technologies - Jul 28 2011 at 10:35am Copy Link
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VLM Buttons ... icons ... all mouse stuff. I am asking about using keyboard shortcuts to access the same.
Jul 28 2011 at 11:00am Copy Link
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Martin User Jorge,

Thanks - very nice policy on upgrading (and I like the built-in roll back mechanism). Final question, is there a page on resource usage? IE: I see the resource requirements, was just wondering if there much additional resource usage when running the full complement of products?

Thanks again!
Jul 28 2011 at 11:14am Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho Yes, you can also assign keyboard shortcuts to hotspots, dock items, Shelf items, to activate tabs in the Shelf and docks, etc... :-)
Winstep Software Technologies - Jul 28 2011 at 11:14am Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho Martin, resource usage depends on so many factors that it is impossible to give you a straight answer (your hardware, effects selected, current theme in use, if you're using animated icons, background blur, etc, etc...). Every application you run on your computer will take a slice of its resources.

Personally I think Winstep Xtreme's resource usage is very light (the browser you're using to view this page is likely using more RAM than Xtreme ever will, for instance), but I'm kind of suspicious in saying that. ;-)

Just download Winstep Xtreme and see for yourself how it behaves in your machine. The trial is fully functional and you still have a few hours before the promotion ends. :-)

There is also a dialog in the Advanced tab of WorkShelf Preferences that allows you to trade off speed for less memory usage, but I wouldn't recommend using that unless you have a system with very little RAM (e.g. 256-512 MB).
Winstep Software Technologies - Jul 28 2011 at 11:22am Copy Link
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VLM Thanks Jorge. I appreciate how available you make yourself!!

I purchased Nexus Ultimate 2 months ago during another BDJ special, so I've written off to your support email about upgrading to Xtreme.
Jul 28 2011 at 11:46am Copy Link
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_*_ Bought the program, and it is very nice (my spouse really enjoys the way it looks); I am pleased to have purchased it.
It is allowing me to clean up my desktop so things look very organized.

A few thoughts...
1. Is there a way to have the shelves be about half height when inactive (i.e. when they are not being moused over). This would make the desktop look even cleaner.
2. I really enjoy supporting software other than Stardock and their GOO system.
3. I am thinking you are/were a gamer as your mouseover effects Heal, Teleport, etc. remind me of an RPG effects! :o)

Keep up the good work.

Thanks for the offer.
Jul 28 2011 at 11:49am Copy Link
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Roger Thomasson Just like to take a moment here to thank Jorge for his excellent diligence on the BDJ comment boards :-)
BitsDuJour Admin - Jul 28 2011 at 11:50am Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho The President:

Yes, I got your email, don't worry, but I need to do something before I reply to it. :)

MB:

1. Not sure I understand: by default the Shelf automatically collapses when not in use so only the tabs are visible. If you don't want to see even that, then right click the left mini-tab, select 'Shelf Properties' in the context menu that pops up, go to the Behavior tab, click the Advanced button and select the 'Hide tabs when the shelf is collapsed' setting in the Auto-Hide section.

3. Actually those particle effects *are* RPG effects (check the Credits section of the ReadMe file for the Mr.Bubbles entry). :-)

Roger:

Thank you. blush
Winstep Software Technologies - Jul 28 2011 at 12:10pm Copy Link
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Martin User Roger - I second that; and that is really what is so great about BDJ. You get a great deal and you get almost real time questions answered about the product before you buy it. If I'm even the least Bit (pun intended) interested in a BDJ offering, I'll end up with it before the clock strikes (just like this one :)
Jul 28 2011 at 12:45pm Copy Link
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VLM Roger, I "third" that!

Jorge: I rarely worry, take all the time you need.

...

...

...

Are you done yet?

Hahahahahahahaha!
Jul 28 2011 at 2:30pm Copy Link
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Tazzie Just to echo everyone else :) .... I purchased Extreme a while back at full price and have never regretted it ... absolutely love it! The options are endless and much appreciated!

@ M B ... I may be having a brain fog day ... I've used Stardock apps for years yet was really impressed and didn't hesitate to switch to Winstep Extreme .... but what is the GOO system?
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_*_ Jorge, I guess it is the Dock portion of the program (still learning what things are called).

It would be nice to have them display at half-height until you mouse over them and then they spring to full-size.

The only other things I would like to see is Windows 7 Search feature right in the start menu again...it vanished when Winstep installed.

Thanks again
Jul 28 2011 at 3:49pm Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho You can make the dock auto-hide and then bring it back by bumping the associated screen edge. :)

As for the Search function in the menu, noted.
Winstep Software Technologies - Jul 28 2011 at 3:56pm Copy Link
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Andre Laprade I tried it out and like the looks of it all. I found, however, that it adds more than a minute to the boot up time of my system. I'm using an Intel i5 system with 6 megs of ram.
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James Kenney is it still compatible with windowblinds as it use to be, or does it now replace the themeing ability of windowblinds?
Jul 28 2011 at 4:05pm Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho Still compatible with WindowBlinds - and it only skins itself, it does not interfere with 3rd party applications.
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Jorge Coelho Andre, at boot time everything is competing with everything else for resources.

If you boot that often that it makes a difference, you can simply start Winstep Xtreme manually by disabling auto-start and then double clicking the icon on the desktop after everything has settled down.
Winstep Software Technologies - Jul 28 2011 at 4:12pm Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho Andre, this said, I do find more than 1 minute being added to boot time excessive.

If you want, send me an email to the Winstep support address and we can try to figure out what is causing that in your case - that would be interesting even for me. :)
Winstep Software Technologies - Jul 28 2011 at 4:22pm Copy Link
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Wearsie Jackson Nice program - great deal!!

I bought it and it's like looking at a brand new PC!! WOW!
Jul 28 2011 at 8:40pm Copy Link
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Bertie Brummel Please note: prices will vary slightly for EU and UK customers, ...

So you think the UK is not part of the EU?
Maybe you're right soon, LOL.
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Jorge Coelho Well, Brits always like to think they're different from everyone else, so they joined the EU but kept the Pound . :-P

So, Roger just meant that prices for the UK are in British Pounds, while for the rest of the EU they are in Euros.
Winstep Software Technologies - Dec 21 2011 at 5:06am Copy Link
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Herneith Fabulous software!
Dec 21 2011 at 8:48am Copy Link
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Brad I'm confused is this promotion for the Ultimate product?

Thanks, Brad
Dec 21 2011 at 4:47pm Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho Hi Brad!

No, this is for Winstep Xtreme. Please see this product comparison page here:

http://www.winstep.net/comparisonfaq.asp
Winstep Software Technologies - Dec 21 2011 at 4:51pm Copy Link
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Brad Hi Jorge,

My bad, thanks for the comparison link, I had made a earlier post with some additional questions and comments, so if you saw this please disregard, I see the differences now and my questions are all answered.

I was thinking this product might cause a performance hit on my Windows 7 system, but Xtreme actually performs remarkably well especially when you consider the graphical nature of the enhancements and feature set it brings to the desktop enviroment.

It's also fun to use, I really like the product, will purchase tonight.

Thanks, Brad
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Pavi Johnson Yikes, I tried to buy only to be told that my card requires USD and not EUR, and that I should change the purchase to USD (not possible) or use another card (not possible).

That's pretty strange since I live in Europe... I recommend the vendor to fix this problem as all lost sales add up.

Best, /Pavi
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Jorge Coelho Hi Pavi!

I'll bring this up with BMT Micro, didn't know something like that could happen (and that requirement really makes no sense?)...

Anyway, I got your email and will be replying to you shortly, we'll come up with something. :-)
Winstep Software Technologies - Dec 22 2011 at 12:12am Copy Link
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Pavi Johnson Hi, just wanted to state that Jorge got the problem solved, and I was able to order. The project is really great so I'm glad he was so attentive!

Thanks Jorge!

Best, /Pavi
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Overtkill Awe bugger. Missed it by a day! I was really looking forward to catching this deal too. :(
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Niranjan Pandit me too was even late to know about it ! the fate had it !! :-O
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Overtkill Ah well. lol.

This software is so awesome that I had to buy it regardless. :) It kicks butt over Stardocks similar desktop customization tools. My thanks to the developers and to the fine folks at Bits for featuring it.
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Pavi Johnson Yeah, it is worth full price, especially for the Workshelf. This makes Windows soooo much easier to navigate, as it peeks out between programs and the taskbar, and gives access to programs, folders, files, recent, control panel items, etc.

Highly recommended, "even" at full price!

Best, /Pavi
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MC I have to say that I have never posted here, but I picked up Winstep Xtreme here nearly a year ago and it was definitely a steal at the discount price. I will usually take Microsoft's offer to preview a new OS but I decided not to download Win 8 because I didn't want to have any issues with Winstep which I run on top of Win 7 x64. I like the capability to create docks in which I can create groups of programs that I want quick access to and the shelf is very easy to configure. There are a couple of minor bugs like the shelf at times covering my taskbar but that could be due to other programs (security or utilities) conflicting and when that happens I just click the "desktop" link on the shelf (which shuts down WEX) then I click on the desktop icon to restart it and it rights itself. I haven't invested any time in researching the solution as it's only a minor annoyance. Kudos to the developer for creating such a good looking and user friendly interface.
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Jorge Coelho Thanks Mike. I would like to point out that Winstep Xtreme works perfectly well in Windows 8 - in fact, it is a great way to get back the Start Menu that Microsoft decided to 'steal' from us.
Winstep Software Technologies - May 2 2012 at 7:37pm Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho Ah, this is not the place to do technical support, but next time that happens try to notice what you did just before that might have caused it, then send an email to Winstep support. And you probably don't need to exit Winstep Xtreme, left clicking the Shelf's left-mini tab to open Preferences and then clicking the Ok button should do the trick. :-)
Winstep Software Technologies - May 2 2012 at 7:41pm Copy Link
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Kevin Haven My biggest questions concerns are

My PC is used for critical work and performance is for important, how does this impact performance?

What sort of files does it install and how easy is it to uninstall (some programs are notorious for being difficult to uninstall)?

Looks like a fab program, but really wanted to check this,

Cheers!
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Jorge Coelho Kevin, Winstep Xtreme works like any other 'normal' application, does not impact performance, it does not change any system files or interfere with 3rd party applications, getting back to 'normal' Windows is as simple as exiting it, it is completely modular (i.e.; you can turn off what you don't use), and uninstalling is as simple as exiting Winstep Xtreme and then going to Programs and Features (previously Add/Remove Programs) in the Windows Control Panel.

Also, don't forget you have a fully functional trial version on the Winstep web site, I suggest you give it a test drive now. :-)
Winstep Software Technologies - May 4 2012 at 4:21am Copy Link
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Luther I see on your website you have 3 programs. Is Winstep Xtreme a combination of the other two plus some, or are they 3 completely different applications? If they are different, are there any deals coming soon for those?
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Avatar How many computers are you allowed to install this on as one user? Thanks!

I have Nexus Ultimate and have loved it for over two years. Wanting to check out the other programs with this.
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Frank McGowan Can Winstep Extreme handle 2 monitors? I already use a 3rd-party product to give me a little more control over the second screen (e.g. it puts a taskbar on the 2nd screen). Does WEX give me some capability here, because I suspect it may conflict with the other software, in which case I would have to uninstall it. Can it, e.g. put a dock specifically on the second monitor?
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MC To the gentleman above who was worried about performance, the WXSERVICE is using only 2% of my CPU and I have multiple docks running. I checked out the reviews on CNET's download.com website prior to buying and they panned out very well. I'm really rooting for this developer because they actually put out a quality product.
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Jorge Coelho Luther, you can see how the different Winstep applications relate to each other here:

http://www.winstep.net/comparisonfaq.asp

Avatar, the single user license is good for more than one computer if you're the one using them. There is, however, a Home Network license (just a tad less than the price of two single user licenses) which grants you the right to use it on up to 5 computers (including your work computer).

Frank, Winstep Xtreme handles as many monitors as you throw at it. It's developed on a system with 3 x 30" monitors. :-P

You can set the docks to live on whichever monitor you want. Although there is only one taskbar (for now) you can also, if you want, set it to run the Windows taskbar on one monitor and the Winstep Xtreme taskbar on the other.

Mike, thanks! :-)
Winstep Software Technologies - May 4 2012 at 6:44pm Copy Link
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VLM Is anyone able to compare and contrast Winstep Xtreme with True Launch Bar, also featured here from time to time. These 2 products seem to provide at least some similar functionality.
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Jorge Coelho Well, I *might* be a bit biased (but just a bit) ;-), so I'm not going to say anything regarding this. True Launch Bar seems to be good software and I heard good things about the developer too.

As for differences and overlapping features, I think you can find that out for yourself? Winstep Xtreme has a 30 day fully functional trial, and, if I am not mistaken, so does True Launch Bar.
Winstep Software Technologies - May 5 2012 at 7:47am Copy Link
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VLM Well, let me rephrase my request. Anyone other than the developer. It's obviously an unfair question to ask of Jorge. :):)

Free trials are helpful indeed, but not so much in the face of a 1-day sale. Yes, I know, there are money-back guarantees, but I've tried that once or twice with some of these transaction processors, and I'd rather not endure it again. And finally, someone who has used both applications for some period of time would likely notice things I might not pick up during a trial period.

Anyway, if anyone can and is willing to share such a comparison, I'd be grateful. For I, too, have heard wonderful things about both developers.
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Techtoysavvy I bought Nexus Ultimate Home Network edition on the last BDJ. Is there a discount to upgrade to Xtreme? The upgrade price from Nexus is $14.95 which I suspect is the upgrade for a regular license. ... Or is that the price to upgrade to a Home Network license.
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Jorge Coelho Prasad, no, there is no discount for the upgrade sorry.

Send an email to Winstep support to receive instructions on how to upgrade to Winstep Xtreme Home Network.
Winstep Software Technologies - May 5 2012 at 3:17pm Copy Link
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James Kenney I have both programs and am happy with them both.
I use True Launch Bar every day,but that is because when I upgraded to Win7 I missed the quick launch bar so much, I was going crazy!!! My muscle memory was so trained for where things were located that it was a constant irritation that was almost like a physical pain every time I wanted to run a program.
Winstep Extreme works very well, and it is more a suite of programs than a single solution. I highly recommend this version as it includes all of the modules and you can try them all and pick which ones you want to use. The can all be used independently so you can pick and chose at will.
May 5 2012 at 8:43pm Copy Link
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Techtoysavvy Thanks, I just bought the discounted version instead.
Now I assume I have licenses for
1 x Network Nexus Ultimate.
1 x Network Winstep Xtreme

I will install the xtreme on the one computer I am currently using Nexus on. I will consider the old license uninstalled and keep it in case I need on on 5 other home computers :) maybe an HTPC or 2.
May 5 2012 at 11:31pm Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho Home Network licenses are a good choice - especially because yearly upgrade renewals cost exactly the same price as renewals for single user licenses (so you only have that small initial investment).
Winstep Software Technologies - May 5 2012 at 11:44pm Copy Link
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VLM James Kenney - Thank you very much! Sounds like you use both programs successfully at the same time, but for different purposes. I appreciate your reminder about the modularity of Winstep Xtreme. The ability to pick and choose like that is indeed quite nice.
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PL Would be nice if this deal was active, hint hint :-)

EDIT:
No need to rush this deal ;-), I've bought the Winstep Extreme full, so far I'm very happy, great program.
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Rich N It's been more than a year since the last Winstep offer, any news of if (or preferably when) it might be back again?
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LB I'm looking forward to when this software has a discounted offer. I used Winstep Nexus previously on an old PC upgraded to windows 7 64bit & it worked perfect. Now I've upgraded to a gaming rig, would love to have the Xtreme version to customize on three screens. Other than Bitsdujour showing offers to come, where I can't see this software discount offer coming, do they work on a particular timescale before you see software in the discount queue? I am fairly to this site. Thanks
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John H I saw mention of Hot Keys. Can I use this to make a Hot Key for any program or folder?

All the dock options would be a bonus.
Don't need too many other bells and whistles.

Thanks
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Amit 1. Does the deal of "Winstep Xtreme Home Network ($39.47)" contain the dock software Nexus Ultimate ?
2. And does home network $39.47 have 5 machine or 5 user license ?
Please answer both queries. Thanks.
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Chris It doesn't say it works with Windows 8,1 64 bit here but I found via their site the following info:

System Requirements
Windows 2000/2003 Server/XP/Vista/7/8
32 or 64 bit.
500 Mhz processor.
256 MB of RAM.
50 MB of free hard disk space.
Screen resolution 800x600 or higher.

So I assume it will work with 8.1 as well?
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Jorge Coelho John H, as long as there is a shortcut in a dock to the program or folder in question with an associated Hot Key, you can use that keyboard shortcut to launch the item or open the folder.

Amit, 1. Yes, 2. Five users.

Chris, works just fine under Windows 8.x 64 bit except for the Glass Blur feature, as Microsoft, in their infinite wisdom, decided to remove that functionality in Windows 8. However, I heard you can bring that back with a program called "Aero Glass".
Winstep Software Technologies - Jan 7 2015 at 8:59pm Copy Link
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Harald Vogel Do you also have an offer for upgraders? Thanks.
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PL Just a minor warning.
Bought it 01-03-2013 full price, and not a single update or bugfix has been released so far. Support is completely dead, no answers to anything, they have a beta-area, you have to ask for access to, I did asked the day I bought, and have not yet received access or even a answer.

I have seen that the excuse should be the developer is sick or something personal.

Program is dead imho.

I had to buy another program from another developer, to get a stable experience under win 8.1 64bit.

Edit: I see now they released an update (November 7, 2014) cool, now I have to pay again to get a few bugfix, I paid 35Euro 01-03-2013.
Thanks but no thanks.
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Jorge Coelho PL: I guess you didn't bother going to the Winstep web site prior to posting that warning. :) Also, you're mistaken, since v14.11 was released about a month ago - please turn on your Winstep Update Manager to receive notifications of new versions.

Harald: No, sorry.
Winstep Software Technologies - Jan 8 2015 at 6:40am Copy Link
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PL And you did not read my complete msg.

"Edit: I see now they released an update (November 7, 2014) cool, now I have to pay again to get a few bugfix, I paid 35Euro 01-03-2013.
Thanks but no thanks."

More than a year with a bug breaking the program, and no update or fix, but now I can buy one. I have wasted 35Euro, fool me once ... Forget it. (smells like moneygrab)
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Big Tex My wife needs something for the Win 8 mess but I don't think this is it. Checked the company's website. Couldn't read the small grey print on the black background, which tells me they aren't all that bright.
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Jorge Coelho Sorry for not realizing there was more to read.

No, you don't have to pay more. Again, had you read the news on the Winstep web site, the v14.11 update is FREE for users of the older v12.2 version.

This is only fair since they never got their 1 year worth of free updates. Unlike what you seem to think or are trying to imply, I am not here trying to grab money from innocent users.

Now, issuing warnings without learning about the facts first is not very nice of you either, is it? :)

As for the 'bug' you mention but which you do not specify, I have hundreds of happy Winstep users running Xtreme under Windows 8.x.
Winstep Software Technologies - Jan 8 2015 at 6:57am Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho Big Tex: ...or that you need a new monitor. ;-)

Been that way for years. :)
Winstep Software Technologies - Jan 8 2015 at 6:59am Copy Link
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PL OK, Thank you for clearing that up, but you are right I have not paid any attention to your site, I gave up after 14 month with no updates or reply's in the forum, total silence.

Good to hear that the update is free for us who did not get the one year updates, but you really need to work on your info to your costumers, you did go almost completely silent for more than 2 years in all, that is no way to gain trust.

I did react a bit fast on this, because you did ignore customers for that long, hope that explains where I come from, and I'm still worried that it will happen again, sorry, I lost my trust in you and your product, and it will take time to regain that.

I will stop here, no need for more noise, and yet again thank you for the clearing up that this one is free for previous owners.
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Paul Kirk Does this support multiple monitors, I currently use 3?

thanks
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Jorge Coelho PL: Now we're on the same page, I fully understand your worries.

Look, Winstep is basically a one man shop (me). For *personal* reasons I had to stop making updates for what ended up being much longer than I intended.

Life is like that sometimes, and it is not unheard of an active application to go without updates for 2 years or longer (as it happened with Stardock's ObjectDock, for instance). Then development resumes.

What you have to realize is that when you purchase an application, you are doing it (or should) for what it does for you NOW, not for what it might be doing sometime in the future. As such, Winstep applications give you a lot of bang for the money - after all, you are buying the result of 12+ years of continuous development and not paying extra for that either. ;)

Anyway, I agree with you, some trust has been lost, I understand, and it will take some time to regain that. In the mean time, Winstep Xtreme, as it currently is, speaks for itself. :)
Winstep Software Technologies - Jan 8 2015 at 7:23am Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho Paul Kirk: Yes, it supports multiple monitors.
Winstep Software Technologies - Jan 8 2015 at 7:25am Copy Link
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PL Good you are back, and one of the bugs that I had is still present, rightclick on desktopbar/taskbar select "Task Manager" and nothing happens.

A minor hotfix for that would be nice.
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Jorge Coelho PL: Thanks for letting me know about this, guess that is Windows 8.x specific. Should be fixed on the next release.
Winstep Software Technologies - Jan 8 2015 at 8:10am Copy Link
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Amit 1. I bought the network edition , but have recieved xtreme.zip only AND ITS MISSING NEXUS ULTIMATE, the dock software.
This is what I recieved - xtreme.zip (size - 41mb) having contents -
WinStep Xtreme 14.11 -
Includes WorkShelf v14.11, NextSTART v14.11, Start Menu Organizer v1.5
and FontBrowser v1.0.

So where is nexus ultimate AND where is - incredible tile pack containing a collection of over 1,000 beautiful dock tile bitmaps! - LISTED ON BUYING DETAILS ON PAGE - http://www.winstep.net/buynow/xtreme.asp

2. And I would like info on how can we create tabbed dock in nexus ultimate - like the tabbed dock present in objectdock.

3. Will we get support at supportwinstep.net or at any else support email address and link ?

Please reply to all queries.
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Jorge Coelho WorkShelf is Nexus Ultimate + Desktop Modules.
Winstep Software Technologies - Jan 8 2015 at 4:47pm Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho Sorry, Amit, got to learn to click the Read More button lol. :)

1. As I said, WorkShelf is Nexus Ultimate + Desktop Modules (i.e.; it has all the functionality of Nexus Ultimate and then some more).

As for the tile pack, please send me an email to Winstep support for the link. Usually the link for that tile pack is in the email with the license key, but since BDJ this time took over this part too I have no idea what is on the email they are sending to their customers.

2. It's called the Shelf and you will be able to see it as soon as you run Winstep Xtreme.

3. Yes, from there and from the Winstep Forums.
Winstep Software Technologies - Jan 8 2015 at 4:51pm Copy Link
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User Account Note to Amit and others - Xtreme is a miasma of different sets of modules that you may never coherently understand - WinStep Nexus WorkShelf NEXTStart Organiser FontBrowser others. All you can do is fiddle about for months and discover what else there is hiding.
It's the purchase that keeps on giving. :-|
Just one BTW, make sure you've save your current DESKTOP WALLPAPER GRAPHIC. Installation destroys it without the slightest 'by your leave' of request.
And the program gets branded with your name.
Otherwise, the slide-out docks/trays/shelves/centres/launchers are a delight to use. (Fairly laggy, but a delight.)
Jan 8 2015 at 9:03pm Copy Link
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Nico Westerdale Great News! Winstep Software Technologies has agreed to extend this deal for another day - Enjoy!
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Chuck Jorge - You say above "...had you read the news on the Winstep web site, the v14.11 update is FREE for users of the older v12.2 version."

I have scanned your website's news and forums and can't find this stated anywhere. Please point me to where you have this stated on the website.

Thanks!
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Stephen Kreyling Can a system be deactivated and moved?
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User Account To Stephen Kreyling, while the registering process is quite obscure, if not to say bewildering, the keys aren't locked to specific hardware.
The registered program is, note, branded with your name.

To Chuck, keep in mind that Jorge is Dutch.
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Jorge Coelho User Account: "make sure you've save your current DESKTOP WALLPAPER GRAPHIC. Installation destroys it without the slightest 'by your leave' of request."

Let's be clear about this, I certainly wouldn't call simply changing the wallpaper DESTROYING it. The original bitmap is not touched in ANY WAY and you can change back to it again in the normal way you change Windows wallpapers.

Wallpapers are a big part of a theme, which is why Xtreme changes it when run for the first time or whenever you change themes. This behavior can be later overridden in the settings, if you wish.

And I'm not Dutch, I'm Portuguese! lol
Winstep Software Technologies - Jan 9 2015 at 7:03am Copy Link
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User Account Hi Jorge, Okay, let me emphasise 'without the slightest 'by your leave' of request'. No warning, no backup, no thank you.
And the reason I said 'destroy' is because you don't always have the original on hand. It might take some effort to re-locate the image originally used, or to save the current image from down in the bowels of \Windows. I believe it's highly impolite to just whack a user's environment with no means of retrieval ..by surprise.
Portuguese, eh? Dutch, Portuguese? Much the same. Beautiful language.
Jan 9 2015 at 7:43pm Copy Link
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J S Well I have literally walked in the door from work and I'd like to know:

Q1. How do I renew my 'subscription'of the Network version that I last paid for in 22/12/2011?

Should I just buy this offer with the extremely limited time available (does the purchase window stay active after the deal expires?) or how do I RENEW for a new year.

Cheers
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Chuck J S - As I understand it, buying this offer will get you a second license, not a renewal of your current license. Suggest you open NextStart or WorkShelf preferences, select the About tab, and then click the renew button.

This will take you right through the renewal process.
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Jorge Coelho User Account: Dutch and Portuguese much the same?! Aaargh! LOL :)

Anyway, the point is nothing is deleted or destroyed, your original wallpaper is still there on your hard disk wherever you put it last. :)

The alternative to NOT changing wallpapers would be to prompt the user for a choice when Xtreme runs for the first time BEFORE applying the initial theme.

Now, software vendors know by experience that startup prompts are usually ignored by users (the vast majority just want to get on with installation and will simply press Yes or Ok without even reading what the dialog says). That prompt would thus become an annoyance itself, wouldn't do much to solve the problem since most users wouldn't even read it, and it would interfere with the initial experience.

As I said, wallpapers are a major component of a theme since they are carefully chosen by the theme author to match that specific theme. An initial choice to prevent themes from changing the current wallpaper would thus become very detrimental to the first time experience of trying out all the different themes that ship with Xtreme.

In the end, all the user has to do to get his original wallpaper back after trying out all the themes that ship with Xtreme, is to select it normally via Windows as he did before when he first applied that wallpaper.
Winstep Software Technologies - Jan 10 2015 at 9:05am Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho J S, Renewals should ALWAYS be performed via the built-in 'Renew' button in the About tab of the application itself, which will take you to the correct web page for that product.

Also, and I think you will be happy to know this, renewals for the Home Network version cost exactly the same as renewals for the Single Users license (i.e.; there is no extra cost). There is only that little extra initial investment for the Home Network version, after that the cost of renewals is the same for everyone.

Chuck, thanks for helping J S out with this while I was sleeping and pointing him in the right direction. :)
Winstep Software Technologies - Jan 10 2015 at 9:13am Copy Link
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Garry Camps can this be used to add or extend an existing subscription
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Jorge Coelho Absolutely no point in doing that. Discounted price is exactly the same as renewing your updates subscription for another year. Update subscriptions are also NOT cumulative, so you should only renew once your year of free upgrades is over *AND* there is a new version out you want.
Winstep Software Technologies - Nov 14 2015 at 4:48am Copy Link
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Garry Camps i already have a sub. can i buy this and activate later when my subs end
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Jorge Coelho Nope. The license key you would be sent would be valid for all updates released for 365 days *from the date of purchase*. There is no way to 'activate it later', sorry.
Winstep Software Technologies - Nov 14 2015 at 8:34am Copy Link
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Nelson Carvalho Do not miss this offer. Product and support are excellent. The current version is rich in useful features.
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Garry Camps how man computers is the home network version for. does each installation count ie. if i was to dual boot would i need a license for each
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Jorge Coelho The Home Network version is a license for up to 5 computers.
Winstep Software Technologies - Nov 16 2015 at 10:20am Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho Nelson, the check is in the ma... errr, thanks! :)
Winstep Software Technologies - Nov 16 2015 at 10:23am Copy Link
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Azziz Mouloud 1) Is it compatible with true launch bar?.
2) Where Winstep xtreme themes are stored, and how carefully to uninstall Winstep xtreme without deleting windows theme?.
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Jorge Coelho 1. Winstep Xtreme by default hides the Windows taskbar and 'replaces' it with it's own customizable version.

Since TLB (AFAIK) attaches itself to the Windows taskbar, it won't be accessible from Winstep Xtreme.

This said, Winstep Xtreme replaces much of the functionality of TLB.

Furthermore if you still want to run TLB together with Xtreme, you can either

a) Disable the Winstep Xtreme taskbar and work only with the Windows taskbar. You would still be able to access Xtreme's customizable menus via hotspots.

or

b) Display both the Windows taskbar and the Xtreme taskbar at the same time.

Almost anything is possible. ;-)

2. Winstep Xtreme themes have nothing to do with Windows themes, since Xtreme only skins itself.

Also, Xtreme does not change system files in any way, and getting back to 'normal' Windows is as simple as exiting the application.
Winstep Software Technologies - Nov 17 2015 at 1:42am Copy Link
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Andreas Hoffmann Jorge, thanks for your answers here!
I would like to know how much a prolongation will cost for this software and are there more modules than shown on your website?
I see Win10 coming without the sidebar and think about Winstep Xtreme as a (kind of) replacement? Can we, as users, build these modules ourselves?
Thanks in advance + greetings - Andreas
Nov 17 2015 at 8:00am Copy Link
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Dennis Talbott Dennis Talbott I'm not getting the discount when I try to pay thru PayPal. It posts 39.90.
Nov 17 2015 at 1:13pm Copy Link
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Constantin Florea @Dennis Talbott, I am sorry about the issue and thanks for mentioning it. I have just contacted the vendor to help fix it.
BitsDuJour Admin - Nov 17 2015 at 1:39pm Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho Hi Andreas! :)

You can read more about Winstep Xtreme's Upgrade Policy here, it should answer all your questions regarding upgrades:

http://www.winstep.net/xtupgradefaq.asp

Users cannot add different type of modules/widgets themselves, but they can skin existing ones. This ensures the modules are top-quality, perfectly integrated, and generally more useful than the average widget. Each Winstep module also has two versions: an in-dock icon version, and a free-form skin desktop version.

Anyway, more modules will be added in time, currently I'm working on adding a battery monitor widget with power event logging, etc...

As for using the docks without replacing the Start Menu, yes, it's perfectly possible. Winstep applications are 'modular', so you can simply turn off the bits and pieces you are not interested in.
Winstep Software Technologies - Nov 17 2015 at 2:11pm Copy Link
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Jon User I'm a decades-long user of the popular Stardock customization and enhancement programs for Windows software that has a long track history through the past 10 iterations of Windows (since around the win 3.1 timeframe). With their myriad features and proven reliability running alongside other desktop enhancements such as Display Fusion Pro, I have to ask what additional benefit this would provide over their product?
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Jorge Coelho Jon: try it out and you will immediately see the additional benefits.

For the same type of products, there is simply no comparison in terms of both functionality *and* eye-candy.

In terms of eye-candy, for instance, the docks and tabbed dock have over 20 different mouse-over, launch and attention effects. You also have liquid surface effects, where dock backgrounds act as if they were water when you click on them, several different dock and menu pop-up effects, desktop modules can fade in when needed and fade out when not needed, etc... Each module has two different styles you can chose from, and I could go on and on...

In terms of functionality, again the list is endless. You have user defined menus (which you can create via drag & drop or through the built-in menu editor), a very long list of useful internal commands (stuff such as Shutdown, Hibernate, take a screenshot of the screen, etc...) that you can add as items to docks, menus and tabbed docks, hotspot/hot-key activation, you can activate docks by screen edge bumps *or* edge swipes, drag & drop works everywhere as it should (even in tabbed docks displaying the contents of folders in your hard drive), you have an unlimited number of nested sub-docks, the Email Checker module can work with multiple POP3/IMAP email accounts even when they require SSL encryption, everything is customizable! The Winstep Xtreme taskbar even has its own fully functional language bar, with the difference that you can put in anywhere, even on docks! Again, I could go on and on.
Winstep Software Technologies - Nov 17 2015 at 3:55pm Copy Link
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Jon User Thanks Jorge. Have you or someone else who has used this tested to see whether the Winstep software Is 100% compatible with the additional Stardock Fences product that controls precisely how and where desktop icons reside on the screen(s) and the Display Fusion software that determines which monitor a program window opens. On my 3-monitor configuration both of those are mandatory can't-live-without-them pieces of software and I cannot risk be impacted by anything this software might attempt to do.
Nov 17 2015 at 4:13pm Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho As far as I know, Winstep software does not interfere with 3rd party software in any way, shape or form. Many users use Fences together with Winstep applications, for instance.

As for Display Fusion, I think there are also some users using it together with Winstep Xtreme. However, keep in mind Xtreme also uses its own taskbar IIRC, so you might have to disable Xtreme's version, or have it co-exist with DF's taskbar, up to you.

As I said above, Winstep Xtreme is modular, so you can decide which functions to keep and which to turn off. For instance, if you disable NextSTART altogether (the menu and taskbar management component of Xtreme), you will still be left with the Shelf (tabbed dock), docks, desktop modules and even customized menus. Or you can simply tell NextSTART not to replace the Windows taskbar, in which case you can still make your own user-defined menus and invoke them via hotspots or items in the docks/Shelf.
Winstep Software Technologies - Nov 17 2015 at 4:26pm Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho Sorry, I meant *DF* uses its own taskbar replacement. Anyway, Winstep Xtreme has a trial version, give it a go and see for yourself: as I said it does not interfere with 3rd party software and getting back to 'normal' Windows is a simple question of exiting the software.
Winstep Software Technologies - Nov 17 2015 at 4:29pm Copy Link
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Jon User Jorge, Thanks for answering all of my questions. After a couple of hours testing I decided to purchase the home network license. Unfortunately both using the paypal and amazon options it is not is not giving me the discount and instead showing the regular $78 price. can you please fix that before the discount ends.
Nov 17 2015 at 8:42pm Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho Oh boy. There is nothing I can do at this time since the e-commerce part is handled by BMT Micro and I'm pretty sure they are all sleeping by now.

I tried a test order just a while ago using a Credit Card and it went through ok, discount included. Checking Out on the first screen immediately processes the order with the discount, which is as it should be.

When I change the payment method on the order page from CC to Paypal or Amazon, I get taken to a second screen, but the discount is still active. It does disappear if I change the Currency though.

Anyway, BDJ and Winstep are extending the promotion for another 24 hours, so you still have time, but I am going to have to ask you a favor so I have something to show BMT Micro in the morning:

Please send me an email to supportwinstep.net with a detailed description of how you are placing the order and screenshots of all the different panels you see. PLEASE don't forget to edit out sensitive payment information from those screenshots before you send them to me.

Thanks in advance and apologies for the trouble.
Winstep Software Technologies - Nov 17 2015 at 9:02pm Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho I've sent an email to BMT Micro. Will post here as soon as I hear from them.
Winstep Software Technologies - Nov 17 2015 at 9:20pm Copy Link
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peter anon VERY ANNOYED that the discount code disappears for anything other than credit card!

the price just sneakily goes back to full price.

REALLY BAD !

It makes you look less than honest...
Nov 17 2015 at 9:38pm Copy Link
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Jon User Jorge. I just used a CC directly instead of Paypal.and that worked.
Thanks & G' Night
Nov 17 2015 at 9:40pm Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho Peter Anon, I can only assure you it was not done on purpose. Anyway, any price difference would OBVIOUSLY be refunded.

Jon, thanks and goodnight.
Winstep Software Technologies - Nov 17 2015 at 9:42pm Copy Link
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Ben Paturzo Guys, trust Jorge. He's the real deal and he puts out a great program. Been using it for years.
Nov 17 2015 at 10:21pm Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho Thanks Ben. Your check is in the mail too. ;-)
Winstep Software Technologies - Nov 17 2015 at 10:26pm Copy Link
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Nico Westerdale Great News! Winstep Software Technologies has agreed to extend this deal for another day - Enjoy!
BitsDuJour Admin - Nov 18 2015 at 12:11am Copy Link
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Jon Spain I just had the same full price problem on PayPal, totally wrong, so I've not bought. Can that be fixed, please? I don't want to use my CC or request refund.
Nov 18 2015 at 12:49am Copy Link
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Michael Vaccaro Same problem here, when I try to use Paypal the discount disappears as soon as I am directed away from BMT.

Please fix so I can purchase.
Nov 18 2015 at 1:39am Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho I've already notified BMT Micro, but they're on US time so we will have to wait for them to get into the office. Having worked with them for years, I know they will fix this problem ASAP.

In the mean time, my apologies for the inconvenience you have been experiencing.
Winstep Software Technologies - Nov 18 2015 at 1:57am Copy Link
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Nelson Carvalho Winstep software Is 100% compatible with the additional Stardock Fences product. I use both. Stardock Fences is another excellent product.
Nov 18 2015 at 3:36am Copy Link
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Jon User Jorge, one more request... Can you please post a link to the user guide for all of the components. All I'm able to find is the FAQ & video tutorial on the Winstep pages.. I'm presuming you have a downloadable PDF manual somewhere for making the most of the software. Thanks.
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Tiberius Ditto. The discount doesn't work with paypal.(nor with credit cards)
bmt is sleeping still.
i'll wait until it works.
hopefully it will be before the end of this offer.
Nov 18 2015 at 6:42am Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho Jon: alas, Winstep Xtreme used to have a very complete and detailed user guide, but work on it was stopped when the User Interface was changed completely after v9.5.

Later on, Proxma AG, Winstep's distributors in Germany did make a 'booklet', but the original is obviously in German. I had that translated to English, but ended up not having the time to review the translation, so there are many errors.

Still, if you think it helps, you can download it from here:

http://www.winstep.net/he...nglish.pdf

Original (in German) is here:

http://www.winstep.net/handbook.pdf

Old User Guides for the v9.5 versions of NextSTART and WorkShelf can be found here:

http://www.winstep.net/he...kshelf.htm

http://www.winstep.net/he...tstart.htm

You asked for it. :)

Tiberius: what credit card did you try? The promotion is obviously working since a lot of people have been able to buy Winstep Xtreme with the discount.
Winstep Software Technologies - Nov 18 2015 at 7:07am Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho Tiberius, it seems whenever you switch payment methods the amount goes back to the full amount.

Perhaps that is the problem? If so, try deleting the item from the cart and starting over.
Winstep Software Technologies - Nov 18 2015 at 7:11am Copy Link
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Dennis Talbott Dennis Paypal is working........
Nov 18 2015 at 10:16am Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho Sorry guys, ended up crashing in the sofa while I waited to hear from BMT Micro.

Paypal and Amazon are working now. BMT Micro fixed the issue 5 hours ago.
Winstep Software Technologies - Nov 18 2015 at 1:58pm Copy Link
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peter anon good news bad news

the paypal checkout is now taking the coupon code

the bad news,
BMT have so many customers, you won't get your activation code any time soon.

What an amazing payment processor they are!
Nov 18 2015 at 2:01pm Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho Peter, unlike us here you seem to be having a field day. :)

Winstep has worked exclusively with BMT Micro for the past 15 years. They're one of the best companies I have ever worked with with some of the nicest people I ever met, so much so that during all those years Winstep has turned down countless offers to switch from other payment processors. Some things money just can't pay.

The people who work there are incredibly helpful, always go above and beyond the call of duty to solve issues for you, the company is extremely responsive, and, above all, the people I talk to these days are exactly the same people I talked to 15 years ago (which, in this day and age, is a very rare occurrence, they must love working there)! I've had them reply to me and solve issues on weekends many times before!

Trust me, what happened during this promotion is a one time thing. We're all entitled to a bad day.

The Paypal/Amazon issue happened because the Winstep shopping cart is customized to match the Winstep web site and the Paypal/Amazon options were added at a later stage. Those options were tested at the time and were working for normal orders. If anything, you can say I'm the one to blame for not testing the discount codes in those new options.

Furthermore, I'm the one who misunderstood what BDJ's Constantin Florea wrote here yesterday when the Paypal problem first came to light. Since they've worked closely with BMT Micro before too, and I was unavailable at the time, I assumed (wrongly, of course) he had already contacted them on Winstep's behalf. By assuming I 'made an ass out of u and me', as they say, and the problem went on unfixed until after office hours.

So, if you want to point the finger at someone, point it at me. BMT Micro are an amazing company and payment processor, and I only have good things to say about them.
Winstep Software Technologies - Nov 18 2015 at 2:46pm Copy Link
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Jon Spain Thank you for having it fixed but they need to know they failed to charge VAT!
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peter anon At Jorge I'm sure they're really nice to their pets and I hope you make great babies together.

From a paying customer viewpoint it took 48 hours to be able to pay and I STILL don't actually have the licensed product.

So your words mean nothing.
I simply vote with my wallet. Next time any offer is via BMT I will not buy. Period. That will include you of course.

Vendors on BitsDujour need to realise that everything is about the customer experience. Including things like clarity of the offer.

99% of offers on Bitsdujour go perfectly!
The 1% who can't actually complete a sale effortlessly, should expect to be called out, so our community knows who to trust.

Excuses don't matter. eCommerce isn't that hard.
Offer. Order, Payment. Delivery. Customer Support.

I'm a paying customer. It's supposed to be THAT easy!

Let me say it again.
It took 48 hours to pay and I still don't have an actual product.

Do the maths.
Nov 18 2015 at 11:53pm Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho Peter, I'm glad for you. Must be wonderful to be such a perfect human being who never makes mistakes or has a bad day. :)

Anyway, as I said, if you want to blame someone, blame me. Winstep has had several other promotions on Bits Du Jour in the past and they all went flawlessly. This one didn't. It happens. It's not the end of the world and it won't happen again since the discount problem with Paypal has now been fixed for good.

Now to what really matters: are you're saying you actually paid for Xtreme but haven't received the email with your license key yet? License key are sent immediately upon purchase, and, since I can find an order from you (at least not under the email address you use here) either the order did not go through or it was flagged for review for some reason.

I'll look into it and will let you know. If you used an email address in your purchase other than the one you use here, please let me know by contacting me via Winstep support (suppportwinstep.net).

Thanks and have a great day!
Winstep Software Technologies - Nov 19 2015 at 12:46am Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho Peter, just to let you know that I found your order in the Pending Sales Report. If it's any consolation, you're the only one there. It's under 'Orders that have not yet been charged', so I've asked BMT Micro to look into this and expedite things if possible.

Thanks once again.
Winstep Software Technologies - Nov 19 2015 at 12:57am Copy Link
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Garry Camps i have bought winstep xtreme last time it was on offer here, is it possible to upgrade to a home networl license and add more time
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Nelson Carvalho I bought Winstep Xtreme few years ago and I am very satisfied. As the author says "Much More Than Skin Deep", the product offers a huge amount of resources, all useful and practical. I recommend buying and believe that those who buy will not regret it.
Compared to similar products, no doubt this is the best.
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Jorge Coelho @Garry Camps: Yes, it's doable but not automatically, so you would have to send me an email to the Winstep support address first. :)

@Nelson Carvalho: Check is in the ma.... errr, thanks! :)
Winstep Software Technologies - Jun 13 2016 at 1:05pm Copy Link
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disenchanted I went to test drive the program and during installation my bitdefender AV popped up a ransomware alert, stating that a program was attempting to change or delete files. Per bitdefender, the "targeted directory" was "documents".

Exactly what changes does winstep xtreme make to someones computer?
Jun 16 2016 at 3:32am Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho lol And I thought I had already seen it all regarding idiotic AV warnings in the 17 years Winstep has been in business! :)

Of course the application makes changes to the Public Documents folder, it's where it stores data that can be modified by the user, such as themes, icons, etc...!

Program files, etc, go to

C:\Program Files (x86)\Winstep\

data files and folders go to

C:\Users\Public\Documents\WinStep\

Hope that clears it up.
Winstep Software Technologies - Jun 16 2016 at 3:49am Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho And to further clear things up: Winstep software does NOT make ANY changes to system files or other files that do not belong to it.

It's just a regular application. Going back to 'normal' Windows is as simple as exiting Winstep Xtreme.
Winstep Software Technologies - Jun 16 2016 at 3:57am Copy Link
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disenchanted Thanks Jorge
Jun 16 2016 at 4:15am Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho My pleasure. :)
Winstep Software Technologies - Jun 16 2016 at 4:25am Copy Link
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Garry Camps foot in mouth time.... on checking my order details, i already have the home network version, but thanks for the reply
Jun 16 2016 at 6:45am Copy Link
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bvssunnydale The license says 'by user' and, since I have multiple computers (I'm guessing most people do these days) please confirm that I can install it on all my machines (I don't have a home network) - so long as I don't use simultaneously on more than one, of course. Thanks.
Jun 16 2016 at 6:52am Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho @bvssunnydale yes you can.
Winstep Software Technologies - Jun 16 2016 at 7:12am Copy Link
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John User This software caught my eye and I did a little more research on it. I have to agree with CNET's review that is is very good software for older versions of Windows. It seems to me that if you use Windows 10 you can do everything that Winstep Xtreme purports to do already.

Am I missing features not found in Windows 10?

Please convince me that I am wrong, Jorge, and I might give this software a try. Thank you.
Jun 16 2016 at 8:24am Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho Look, I could write a 10 page long testament on all the things Winstep Xtreme can do that Windows 10 doesn't, but I won't. The problem is that reviews like the one at Cnet are made by people who did not look at the software past skin deep. Not surprising, since they only have a few hours to write a review instead of days to actually work and play with the software.

It's like their review for the Winstep Nexus dock, written by Tom McNamara. I had to laugh when I read it because his major Con was that the screenshot tool in Nexus only saved screenshots in JPG format and had no PNG format choice. I had to laugh because that screenshot tool is but a drop of water in an ocean of features and was never intended as a specialized screenshot tool, but as a way to take a quick snapshot of your desktop. It is a *single* internal command in a total list of over *80* other useful internal commands he probably didn't even noticed existed.

Never-the-less, I added that ability to optionally save in PNG format to the next version.

Anyway, if you think Windows is just like MacOSX because both are operating systems, then Winstep Xtreme is indeed not for you. If you think the MacOSX dock is just like the Windows taskbar because both are used to launch programs and display running applications, then Winstep Xtreme is not for you.

However, if you do recognize the differences, then I suggest you pay a visit to the Winstep Forums at http://forums.winstep.net and browse the latest topics there. It will give you an idea on what other users think, and also an idea on what Winstep applications can really do.

I also suggest you read the News section on the Winstep web site (both the current and the archived), as the descriptions for what is new in each new version will also give you an idea on some of the software capabilities as well as current development status.

Finally, Winstep Xtreme has a 30 day trial version. Use it. Play with it. If that is the type of software for you, then I'm sure it will take you just a couple of days to realize that Winstep Xtreme is actually worth much, much, more than the $39.90 retail price.
Winstep Software Technologies - Jun 16 2016 at 10:35am Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho Since I'm on a roll, I'm also going to give you a practical example: :)

Windows has a battery icon on the notification area. Winstep Xtreme also has a battery module/widget.

Given this, you could argue that Windows already does what the Winstep battery module does. And you could not be more wrong.

While both display the current battery status and battery time remaining, the Winstep battery module goes much further than this.

1. You can place this battery module wherever you want: it can be on a dock, on the Shelf or on the desktop.

2. The Windows battery icon is what it is, it cannot be changed. The Winstep battery module, as much everything else in Winstep applications, is fully customizable. You can make it look like whatever you want, even like a cartoon character. You can colorize it. You can take a nice wallpaper and use a part of that wallpaper as the battery charge background via simple drag & drop.

3. The Winstep battery module is able to show a lot of information regarding the battery, from manufacturer, to type, to current voltage to battery health.

4. The Winstep battery module can notify you by voice or by sound whenever a power event happens (e.g.; when power fails and when power has been restored). Admittedly not very useful, but still really cool to hear your PC telling you in a nice female (or male) voice that the utility power has been restored.

5. Power events can be logged. This is great if you have an UPS on a system that runs 24/7 - you no longer have to install proprietary UPS software which also disables Windows native power management (e.g.; APC PowerChute).

You come home to a shutdown PC and you can know exactly what happened by looking at the logs, for instance.

6. While Windows can be made to hibernate or power off your computer when the battery reaches low and critical levels, the Winstep battery module again goes much further than that: for each of the two power events, you can tell it to run one of the 80 available internal commands (Shutdown, Hibernate, Sleep, Power Off Monitor, etc, being among those), display a visual warning, or run a user defined program.

The latter, for instance, can be extremely useful if you have a single UPS providing backup power to more than one computer. The UPS can only be connected to one PC, so when the battery runs out, only one of those PCs is going to be shut down gracefully. With the Winstep battery module, you can make it run a program that tells the other PC via the local network to shutdown as well.

Besides all that, the battery module in Winstep Xtreme is actually pretty to look at. The Windows battery icon, on the other hand, is a simple 16x16 black and white icon on the notification area.

And this is just for the battery module. Winstep Xtreme has eight other modules/widgets, from a weather monitor to an email checker, with more on the pipeline. And did I mention the Alarm Manager feature, which is actually more like a powerful yet simple to use Task Scheduler? And, and, and... ;-)
Winstep Software Technologies - Jun 16 2016 at 11:09am Copy Link
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John User So, to make a long story short, I just purchased Winstep Xtreme using PayPal.

There were two reasons why I bought this software:

1. The response of Jorge shows me the developer is concerning with the software enough to address questions. This took his time and I appreciate that - it bodes well for future support issues that may come up.

2. The software itself. Really, do yourself a favor and download the trial version of this product. Frankly, it will knock your socks off with so many things it can do - in Windows 10.

While I do like the software so far, it will require quite a bit of work on my part. There are many features to learn, but more importantly action will be required to unlearn/uninstall certain programs, etc. I am used to using. For example, I have been using Rainmeter for my widgets and Start Menu X to manage my programs. Winstep Xtreme offers alternatives to both now that I have installed the program. To avoid the conflicts (Rainmeter is still there but partly overlaid by Winstep information) I have to get buy.

Again, thanks for taking the time to respond and I look forward to learning and using this software.

PS. I note that I have only purchased a ONE YEAR license including updates, but the good news is that future upgrades will be 50% off if I read this right. ;-)
Jun 16 2016 at 1:00pm Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho >> PS. I note that I have only purchased a ONE YEAR license including updates, but the good news is that future upgrades will be 50% off if I read this right. ;-)

No, no, you purchased a *life-time* license *for the version you purchased* with ONE YEAR of free upgrades.

The Winstep Xtreme Upgrade Policy page here should answer all your questions regarding this and clear any remaining doubts:

http://www.winstep.net/xtupgradefaq.asp

Thanks for the thumbs up, by the way. :)
Winstep Software Technologies - Jun 16 2016 at 1:25pm Copy Link
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geo User Just my 2 cents:
I usually don't comment about stuff online that easily, unless I feel strongly about it.
So, one reason I like BDJ is that they have offers where people can comment on their experience and for the vendors to participate in that exchange (if they choose to do so).
Today's offer fits that bill (as many others in the past).
This particular software was in my radar many years ago ( WinXP years) and for some reason I must have assumed it was abandoned or something like that.
Then when I saw the offer and read about it I said hmmm ...,
Read the current comments, looked at the old ones, went to the web site and I saw they also had a FORUM, that means a following.
I never regretted buying software that users care enough to comment in a positive way, the developer care enough to be part of the conversation and past users cared enough to participate in a forum.
I hope Jorge Coelho keeps up his good ways and his passion for his product for as long as God will let him.
And that is my my 2 cents plus $39.47.
Jun 16 2016 at 2:24pm Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho Thanks, Geo User! :)
Winstep Software Technologies - Jun 16 2016 at 2:58pm Copy Link
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Ronald Jurman A bit confused on the inclusion of Winstep Start Menu Organizer in the package.

On the web site, it lists Winstep Start Menu Organizer Pro under Winstep Xtreme, as well as "Organize Start Menu shortcuts into user-defined categories" under the feature comparison (which agrees with this), but the Pro version isn't listed under the Features (BDJ page), and the trial download includes only the Freeware version.

Which is actually included?
Jun 16 2016 at 10:39pm Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho The Buy Now page at the Winstep web site makes that clear.

Winstep Xtreme includes the Pro version of the Winstep Start Menu Organizer (WSMO), but during the trial it acts as the free version. Register Winstep Xtreme and it becomes the Pro version.

This said, please note that the WSMO is only compatible with Windows versions up to Windows 7. Under Windows 10 Microsoft started using some kind of internal database for the Windows Start Menu that is not compatible with the WSMO.

Anyway, promotion is now over, thanks everybody for their participation! Hope you guys have fun with Winstep Xtreme. :)
Winstep Software Technologies - Jun 17 2016 at 1:05am Copy Link
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HJ B What is the difference between the basic version and the home network version.

As I understand it, if I own and personally use 3 or 4 computers, a single basic license permits me to install the product on each of those computers. What does the network version do, beyond the functionality of the basic version being installed on each of the networked computers?

Thank you.
HJB
Jun 17 2016 at 1:47am Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho @HJ B: Ok, I'm going to be very open about this:

As you know, many applications are licensed per computer and not per user. From a business point of view, this makes all the sense in the world for the company selling the product.

However, I personally dislike this type of very strict licensing, the same way I also dislike draconian DRM measures that end up seriously inconveniencing legit users. I believe in common sense and middle grounds.

So, I really think the same license should allow you to use the software you just paid good money for on both your desktop computer and on your laptop.

However, when we start talking about using a single user license on 3 and 4 computers at once, we are already pushing the limits of what I think is acceptable. If you own that many computers, chances are your wife or kids will be using them too at some point - and that already goes against the per user license.

So, I basically leave the choice of which license to buy (Regular or Home Network) to the user himself - most of the time you can trust him to make the right choice according to his own conscience.

Up until now I have never felt the need to blacklist a license key due to a legit user abusing the licensing terms (except in the *single case*, in 17 years, where a legit user deliberately shared his license key with the Internet).

So, to be really blunt, if you have 3 or 4 computers I think you should buy the Home Network version. It only costs the price of 2 single user licenses but allows you to use the software on up to 5 computers with peace of mind, while at the same time giving me a little extra - but much needed - revenue.

Furthermore, this is a one time expense. Upgrade renewals (i.e.; when your one year of free upgrades runs out) for Home Network and Single User licenses cost exactly the same!

I think this is a fair system for everyone involved.
Winstep Software Technologies - Jun 17 2016 at 10:04am Copy Link
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HJ B I purchased the standard version before you replied. For the time being, I will stick with it since I am having some difficulty understanding your system/ To me, at least, it is clearly not intuitive and I am experiencing some strange activity by the program and I am not sure whether it is intentional or is simply not working on my computer as intended,

I actually have and use four computers - a laptop and three in various parts of my home. That seemed to fit in with the description of single user used in your promotion. My wife has her own computer and we do not use each other's at all.

I also think your should have posted your notice concerning windows 10 and the menu rearrangement function when the promotion started and not when it was all over.
Jun 18 2016 at 1:28am Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho The term 'strange activity' just made me think of X-Files lol.

If you are having problems with the software please either send a message to Winstep support or make a post on the Winstep Forums. I actually prefer the latter since replies also help others that might have the same problem.

Also please list in that post what you do not find intuitive and any suggestions you might have to solve that, I'm always looking for ways to improve the software in that respect.

No worries about the Single vs. Home Network issue.

Regarding the WSMO not being compatible with the Windows 10 Start Menu, you're making it sound like I failed to mention that on purpose. That's not nice, HJ. :-P :)

The WSMO page on the Winstep web site does NOT mention Windows 10 or Windows 8 as a compatible OS.

Under Winstep Xtreme, if Winstep Xtreme is the car, the WSMO is the complimentary cup holder, which is why it didn't even occur to me mentioning that fact until someone actually mentioned the WSMO here.

Finally, even if the WSMO does not work with the Windows 10 Start Menu, it still works with the Winstep Xtreme Start Menu. So under Windows 10 it is *still useful* in the context of Winstep Xtreme, which is what matters.
Winstep Software Technologies - Jun 18 2016 at 4:48am Copy Link
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Nelson Carvalho Sorry my English.
Winstep Xtreme is fantastic. Worth every penny paid.
All features are useful.
Do not miss this offer.
Besides the smart and beautiful presentation, the software is configurable to meet your needs.
I bought it a few years ago, and I can testify to its efficiency, including support.
Dec 1 2016 at 4:53am Copy Link
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John User Yes, I have to agree. I bought this software the last time it was offered here and it was a good move. I have to say the software is a bit complicated and there is a learning curve to get things the way you want them, but the number of useful features beyond the excellent cosmetics is mind-boggling. Honestly, I am still learning some of the things this program has to offer. I also have to give kudos to their tech support as they were quick to answer several questions about the program I had. IMO this software is well worth their asking price.
Dec 2 2016 at 7:00am Copy Link
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Pheckphul Does this include Nexus and Star Menu Pro?
Dec 2 2016 at 4:07pm Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho Yes. :)

This product comparison page should explain things better:

http://www.winstep.net/comparisonfaq.asp
Winstep Software Technologies - Dec 2 2016 at 10:17pm Copy Link
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Nico Westerdale Great News! Winstep Software Technologies has agreed to extend this deal for another day - Enjoy!
BitsDuJour Admin - Dec 3 2016 at 12:11am Copy Link
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Tom Chubb Just bought this, and it is an amazing piece of software! It brings the whole Windows environment to life, with seemingly endless possibilities! But it also increases functionality in ways that make the interface a joy to use. Just buy it - you'll love it!
Dec 3 2016 at 5:30am Copy Link
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Bertie Brummel Which languages are supported by the GUI? Thanks.
Dec 3 2016 at 12:02pm Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho Bulgarian, Chinese (Simplified), Czech, Dutch, English, Farsi (Persian), French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brasil), Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Spanish.

Since translations are made by the users themselves, some of those translations may be incomplete or not up-to-date.

The next release (v16.12) also adds high-quality English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazil), Italian and French voice packs.

Voice packs are used by the clock module to announce the time, by the Email Checker module to announce the arrival of new messages, and by the Battery Monitor module to announce power events. v16.12 uses the new voice packs to say the time in a format appropriate to each of the languages specified above.
Winstep Software Technologies - Dec 3 2016 at 12:17pm Copy Link
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Bill Sech Did download a trial version to test. Unfortunately, I did not have the time to evaluate it before the deal expired. Now that I am testing it I am beginning to like it. Seems to me to be well worth the half price deal that was on at the time.
Dec 5 2016 at 12:20am Copy Link
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Ronald Jurman Have been using for more than a year now.

Nice interface and customizability.

Thumbs up. Excellent program.
May 3 at 2:00pm Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho Thanks, Ronald. :)
geo User @Jorge Coelho, is it possible to see the previous version history and downloads?
How would I re-download my original purchased version and the updates that I was entitled during the 365 day upgrade period? Also, in case of a system reinstall or upgrade is there a way to back up Winstep Extreme so the customization is not lost and just do a backup restore? How is the re-activation handled in case of a system re-install? Thanks.
May 3 at 3:47pm Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho > is it possible to see the previous version history and downloads?

In the application itself just open Preferences, click the version number in the About tab and then the 'Change Log' button in the dialog that pops up.

Otherwise you can see the changes between versions by reading the News section in the Winstep web site itself. Each release announcement has an 'highlights' section and below it a complete change log for that version.

> How would I re-download my original purchased version

Depends on what that version is.

Ultimately it's the user's responsibility to backup/archive the setup program. When downloading updates via the Winstep Update Manager, the smaller update setup files are automatically stored locally. Still up to you to make sure you have a backup of those setup files in case of a hard drive crash.

While we can always send older license keys, for technical reasons we only started archiving older releases from version 16.9 onwards. We don't have any versions released prior to that.

Something to note is that you don't need to purchase the latest version at full price ever again if you are a previous Winstep user - regardless of how long ago that was. Just get in contact with Winstep support with your previous registrations details (i.e.; something that can help us identify your previous purchase) and we will send you a link from where you can renew your upgrade subscription for half the full product price (i.e.; normal upgrade subscription renewal). This will entitle you to run the latest version as well as free upgrades for the next 365 days.

> in case of a system reinstall or upgrade is there a way to back up Winstep Extreme so the customization is not lost and just do a backup restore?

Yes. For settings, you must first back those up from inside the application - you will later use the resulting file to restore your old settings into the new system.

Just don't forget that NextSTART and WorkShelf (the two major components of the Winstep Xtreme suite) are independent applications - you will have to backup the settings for each of those applications independently.

For themes, etc, you will have to copy the contents of the

C:\Users\Public\Documents\WinStep

folder from your old system into your new system.

> How is the re-activation handled in case of a system re-install?

Re-activation is automatic and pretty transparent. Really not something you need to worry about. :)
Bill Wallace Winstep Xtreme Home Network - is this essentially a home license of this app?
May 3 at 4:54pm Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho Winstep Xtreme Home Network is a special multi-user license of Winstep Xtreme intended for home users who run between 2 and 5 computers on a network, or who would like to install Winstep Xtreme on their workplace computer as well as on their home network.
Bill Wallace Yep...found the info and already purchased :)
May 3 at 5:18pm Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho Thanks, Bill! :)
Charles Beauchamp Do you have a link to the Home Network version user manual?

Does the "Home Network" work as a network between a set of workplace computers and a home network?

Can the network be expanded to 10 computers?

Is there security of sign-on to networked computers?

Is there HIPPA level security if one wanted to use the network version in a medical clinic?
May 3 at 8:52pm Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho > Do you have a link to the Home Network version user manual?

As is common with these type of applications, there is no User Guide. The application is pretty much self-explanatory and easy to use.

> Does the "Home Network" work as a network between a set of workplace computers and a home network?

The 'Home Network' version is simply a *license* type that legally allows you to use Winstep Xtreme on more than one computer (see question above regarding what is the Home Network version). Other than that, functionality is exactly the same.

> Is there security of sign-on to networked computers?

Winstep applications installed on different computers do not communicate with each other.

> Is there HIPPA level security if one wanted to use the network version in a medical clinic?

We do not give out any customer information to anyone at any time. Winstep applications do not in any way send or broadcast any personal information to us or anyone else.
geo User @Jorge Coelho, thanks for your reply to my questions. So, if I needed version 16.9 and 16.12 which are the last versions entitled to how would I get them?
I don't see any links on the site. Based on your answer I assume that $19.95 is the update price for the network version also. Am I correct? Thanks.
May 3 at 11:04pm Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho > So, if I needed version 16.9 and 16.12 which are the last versions entitled to how would I get them?

You send an email to Winstep support and we send you the download link. :)

> I assume that $19.95 is the update price for the network version also.

Correct!

From the Winstep Xtreme Upgrade Policy page:

Q) I am thinking of buying the Home Network version. Do I have to pay more for upgrade renewals too?

A) No! Subscription renewals for the Home Network version cost exactly the same as Single User License renewals. Buying the Home Network version is a one-time investment only.
rodken "Ultimately it's the user's responsibility to backup/archive the setup program. When downloading updates via the Winstep Update Manager, the smaller update setup files are automatically stored locally. Still up to you to make sure you have a backup of those setup files in case of a hard drive crash."
So if I didn't backup and lost the setup files I couldn't obtain them from you?
May 4 at 9:41am Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho > So if I didn't backup and lost the setup files I couldn't obtain them from you?

Correct. Not for versions prior to v16.9.
Kelly Hamblin Wow. Very impressed with what I see on the website. Something to make even ugly Win 10 more palatable.
May 5 at 5:57am Copy Link
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William Henry Is this program compatible with Stardocks Fences and Deskscapes?
Fences allows programs to be grouped into customizable areas on the desktop and Deskscapes is just an animated desktop.
May 5 at 6:09am Copy Link
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Jorge Coelho > Is this program compatible with Stardocks Fences and Deskscapes?

Yes, Winstep applications are compatible with all Stardock applications.


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