The Winstep Nexus Dock is a FREE professional dock for Windows. With Nexus, your most frequently used applications are only a mouse click away - and Nexus turns working with your computer into a fun and exciting experience.
The Nexus dock provides one-click access to frequently used applications, folders and documents.
- Display running applications on the dock with task grouping, filtering and icon customization options.
- Display system tray on the dock as single or grouped icons.
- Blur-Behind and colorization of dock backgrounds.
- Monitor active connections and bandwidth usage with Net Meter module.
- Get weather forecast for over 39,000 cities world-wide.
- Multiple mouse over effects: zoom, swing, bounce and more!
- Live icon reflections and animated water-like effects for reflections and dock backgrounds.
- Easily change appearance of icons of running programs and shortcuts by drag & dropping PNG, ICO and TIF files directly into the icon.
- Multi-monitor support.
- Compatible with skins for all 3rd party docks.
Updated Portuguese language file.
In the Shelf/Drawer Transparency dialog, the user can now also specify that the tab text and control icons remain opaque. This allows making the Shelf or Drawer background fully transparent while still being able to switch to different tabs, collapse it, etc...
Floating label settings have now been moved to their own independent dialog, with immediate preview of changes.
Type of text effect applied to floating labels can now be specified (Normal, Outline, Shadow, Sharp, Emboss).
Opacity of the text effect applied to floating labels can now be specified.
The luminosity of the background color used in the label preview box can be changed with the mouse scroll wheel.
Improved sharpness of icon label text in Shelves and Drawers.
Moved the menu scaling setting to the Appearance tab of Docks, Shelves and Drawers Properties dialog.
'Pin to Dock' right click menu option has been moved to the top of the menu.
Sub-docks attached to Shelves and Drawers are now properly named in context menus and in the Item Properties dialog as 'Sub-Docks'.
The right click context menu of a sub-dock attached to a Shelf or Drawer now more suitably says 'Delete sub-dock' instead of 'Remove from Shelf'.
Themes can now also specify the running indicator image by including a 'NxIndicator.png/.tif/.ico' bitmap file in the theme folder. The theme will only use that indicator bitmap, however, if the user has left the running indicator selection as 'Default' instead of specifically choosing an indicator from the list of available indicator bitmaps.
You can now specify 'No Label' for icon labels in Shelves and Drawers, at which point not even a floating label on mouseover is displayed.
The entire contents of sub-docks can now be copied by dragging & dropping a sub-dock icon while pressing the CTRL key.
Right clicking on a Folder item set to open as a menu and selecting Open from the context menu that pops up now opens the folder in Explorer.
The Browse for Folder feature now uses a more flexible version of the dialog.
Added new 'Grid Stacks'. Grid Stacks can be added as icons to docks, shelves and drawers. Like Shelf tabs, a Grid Stack can be one of many different types (Regular, Folder, Desktop, Recent, etc...). Like sub-docks, Grid Stacks are only kept open temporarily, until the user clicks somewhere else. The size of Grid Stacks is calculated automatically. Grid Stacks, like sub-docks, can be nested inside each other to as many levels as the user wants. Each Grid Stack has individual settings that can be accessed by right clicking the icon and selecting 'Grid Stack Properties'. To add a new Grid Stack, right click, select 'Add New Item', then Grid Stack then select the type of Grid Stack you want.
Added 'Convert to Grid Stack' option to the context menu of folders in docks and Regular Shelf tabs or Drawers.
Added 'Convert to Folder' to the context menu of folder type Grid Stacks.
Added 'change Folder' to the context menu of folder type Grid Stacks, to make it quicker to change the folder a 'folder type' Grid Stack is pointing to.
Added 'Downloads' (shows the contents of the Downloads folder) new tab type to Shelves, Drawers and Grid Stacks.
Replaced the old 'RAS Connections' tab type with new 'Connections' tab, showing all the available network connections on the sytem.
The user now always gets a confirmation dialog When deleting a sub-dock or Grid Stack regardless of the current delete confirmation settings.
Improved the icon caching mechanism.
Contents of Grid Stacks are now cached in memory after opening the Grid Stack for the first time.
The colors of the icon grid in Shelves and Grid Stacks are now calculated automatically when the original theme did not support them or the theme author did not set them correctly.
Added new 'Open folders in Grid Stacks' setting to Folder type tabs in a Shelf or Folder type Drawers and Grid Stacks. Opens all folders as a temporary Grid Stack when clicking on them - note that folders can still be opened in Explorer by right clicking and selecting Open or in a menu by right clicking and selecting 'Browse'.
Added 'Open as Grid Stack' option to the right click context menu of folders.
Deleting a 'Regular' type tab in the Contents tab of a Shelf Properties dialog now prompts for confirmation.
Changed the default Capture Delay of the Capture Desktop internal command from none to 5 seconds.
Added 'Ascending/Descending' settings to the Sort By options of tabs that can be sorted.
Opening Network related tabs (such as Network Connections) no longer blocks the application while Windows discovers all the network objects.
Grid Stacks can be detached by dragging them away from the original position. Detached Grid Stacks stay open until the user explicitily closes them.
Some previous per-dock/shelf settings are now global (i.e.; they apply to all docks and shelves): switch shelf mini-tabs, shift icons to insert, open sub-docks on mouseover, no final boing animation effect, close sub-docks on launch, no icon reflection on vertical sub-docks.
Added new 'Detach' sound event, played when a Grid Stack is detached.
Improved keyboard navigation of Shelves, Drawers and Grid Stacks.
Added new 'Quick Search Filter' to Shelves, Drawers and Grid Stacks. Simply start typing to start filtering content: a search box pops up so you can see what you are typing and know that content is currently being filtered. The ESC key can be used to terminate the filter and backspace to delete characters.
The Quick Search filter and be disabled in the More Options dialog of the Behavior tab of Shelves, Drawers and Grid Stacks. The color of the Quick Search filter can be customized in the same place.
A Shelf set to hide the tabs can now always be activated by screen edge bump or swipe.
A Shelf or Drawer docked to a screen edge and inverted can now also be expanded by pulling the bottom edge.
Pressing ESC on a Shelf/Drawer now collapses the Shelf Drawer. Pressing Enter when the Shelf/Drawer is collapsed expands it.
Some Shelf themes no longer appear as if the top of the Shelf body has been 'cropped' when the tabs are set to be left, centered, or right justified.
Windows shortcuts (.lnk files) to folders and now also be opened as Grid Stacks and browsed via menus.
Added automatic multi-monitor profiles, allowing different objects to be at different positions and enabled/disabled for each monitor configuration. Multi MOnitor Profiles can be disabled in the General tab of Preferences.
Thumbnail extraction should now be much faster as it now uses the local Windows thumbnail cache when available.
Added new 'Reset Icon Cache' option to the Dock and Shelf Management sub-menu in the main right click context menu of Shelves, Drawers and Grid Stacks. It purges and rebuilds the internal icon cache
Fixed some lingering issues with pinning some Windows Store Apps to the dock.
Dragging a floating Drawer across the screen when collapsed by dragging it by the tab, would make it randomly jump all over, sometimes even going off screen.
When using a Dock and Shelf Management option to create a tab in a Shelf from a Drawer or a Dock, the application was asking the user to select a Shelf even if there was only one Shelf created.
Text greater than 10.pt with the outline and shadow effects was being rendered at a smaller size than it should.
The balloon tooltip was not displaying file information if the filename was enclosed in quotes.
The Media Player icon in Shelves and Drawers was not accepting dropped audio files or folders.
Selecting 'Run As Administrator' from a context menu and then replying 'No' to the UAC prompt would result in a second UAC prompt appearing on a 64 bit system.
When deleting alarms in the Alarm Manager the alarm selection could jump to a different alarm than the next one on the list.
Fixed potential data loss issue where a sub-dock could be deleted when dragging it into a new position in the main dock.
An in-Shelf sub-dock could become 'stuck' and not open again until the application was restarted if a Shelf or Drawer was closed with a sub-dock still open.
Fixed issue that could cause the wrong item to be deleted when moving an item from one Shelf or Drawer to another.
Clicking on a Language Bar IC in a sub-dock to open the Language Bar menu was closing the sub-dock.
The 'Run As' and 'Open Folder in a Menu' item attributes where not being carried over when moving or copying items via drag & drop.
Clicking on a folder menu for the second time now closes the menu instead of closing it and immediately opening it again.
Fixed issue displaying the icon of and the launching of some files with a filename containing non-ANSI characters.
Fixed issue with drag & drop of some files with a filename containing non-ANSI characters.
Text in the Shareware Reminder dialog was getting cropped at the end on high DPI systems.
When removing an item from a Shelf the confirmation prompt mentioned a Drawer instead.
Fixed minor memory leak when closing Shelfs, Drawers or Grid Stacks showing folders in the user's hard drive.
Fixed potential corruption if changing the contents of docks while also changing the contents of Shelves via the Contents tab of a Shelf Properties dialog.
Fixed access violation error that could happen when deleting the last file in a folder type tab and also an associated visual glitch where the icon disappeared only to re-appear immediately.
Sort By Date was only taking the date into consideration and ignoring the time.
When opening a 'Network' tab type in a Shelf or Grid Stack for the second time, items with exactly the same name would show identical icons.
Monochrome 1bit icons (i.e.; color bitmap) could crash the application.
Animated icons were not being properly colorized when icon colorization was applied.
Fixed issue where the blur region of a fully expanded Shelf could be displayed for a collapsed Shelf.
The left mini-tab symbol was not being positioned properly for Shelves/Drawers docked to the right screen edge.
Under some circustances a tab would still show when the Shelf/Drawer was collapsed even if 'Hide Tabs' was enabled.
Fixed Power Options icon in a Windows Control Panel tab appearing as a Question Mark icon.
When opening or closing a sub-dock, any particle animation launch effect in the parent dock would be cut short.
Deleting or moving a Shelf tab while the Shelf Properties dialog was open could lead to corruption and/or content loss of one or more Regular tabs in that Shelf.
Changes made to the properties of a Shelf tab while the Shelf Properties dialog was open would be lost.
Fixed minimum Drawer size calculation which could allow the tab header to become cropped with certain themes.
'Disable menu scaling on high DPI settings' was no longer working properly after adding manual menu scaling in v18.10.
'Disable Shelf scaling on high DPI settings' was not properly scaling font size after v18.8.
Selecting 'No Effect' in the Effects Panel and then clicking on the Effect Settings button would crash the application.