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Oct 30, 2018 5:00 PM by Discussion: Personal Computing

Recently, I shared an intro to customizing your Windows desktop. This time, I wanted to do the same type of article, but put the focus on desktop productivity apps.

Organize your desktop icons with Fences
Fences is one of our most popular apps for a productive desktop. Fences allows you to create fenced off areas on your desktop that you can place your icons in to organize them how you like. Fence can be customized with colors and transparency, and can also be rolled-up to save space on your desktop. Get Fences

[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jl52OgyvKYk[/video]

 

Organize multiple applications into grouped tabs with Groupy
Groupy gives you the ability to drag and drop applications together to group them under a common tabbed interface. This allows you to keep an organized desktop by grouping your windows together, which will give you convenient access to those apps.  Get Groupy

[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17_ErhXYXmY[/video]

 

Control multiple computers with Multiplicity
Instantly connect 2 PCs and work seamlessly between them using a single keyboard and mouse. Multiplicity is a versatile, secure, and affordable wireless KM software solution. It frees up your workspace, removing the cables and extra hardware (and cost!) of a traditional switch. Get Multiplicity

[video]https://youtu.be/4AI8oLy5lxM[/video]


All of these applications are individually available for your Windows PC, but you can get some of them (and more!) with a low-cost membership to Object Desktop.  While you're a member, you'll get free updates, access to all betas, and any new apps for one year. In addition to the apps listed above, Object Desktop suite includes:

Visit the Object Desktop site for more information!

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Oct 24, 2018 8:02 PM by Discussion: OS Customization

Windows customization has come a long way since it first started to become popular many, many years ago. It has also changed significantly during that time, with different apps coming and going throughout the years. Even though some styles and techniques have changed, there is a still a want and need to customize the Windows desktop to fit your own personal style.

There are many ways to get this done, but today I wanted to write up a quick intro guide for new users who want to get started with the basics. I’m going to show you the apps you need to get started with customizing your desktop quickly and easily.

Changing your Windows skin with WindowBlinds
WindowBlinds is the best way to change the theme of your Windows user interface to one of thousands that are available on sites like WinCustomize. These skins can be customized further by changing the color, transparency, and texture to fit your style. If you're a Windows 10 user, then using Start10 along with WindowBlinds will also give you the ability to change the Start menu to match the rest of the skin to complete your new look.

Get WindowBlinds

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Animated wallpapers with DeskScapes
DeskScapes lets you have cool animated wallpapers instead of normal static wallpapers. It features over 40 special effects that can be applied to wallpapers to customize them even further. You can apply your images and videos to the desktop wallpaper and can use any animated wallpaper as your PC screensaver.

Get DeskScapes

[video]https://youtu.be/6xnAmIbgZmg[/video]

 

Change your cursor with CursorFX
Changing your Windows cursor with CursorFX is a great place to start with Windows customization. It’s very simple to do and there are many cursor themes available to download. You can really change your desktop by having a cool cursor on your desktop all day.

Get CursorFX

All of these applications are individually available for your Windows PC, but you can get some of them (CursorFX excluded) with a low-cost membership to Object Desktop.  While you're a member, you'll get free updates, access to all betas, and any new apps for one year. In addition to the apps listed above, Object Desktop suite includes:

Visit the Object Desktop site for more information!

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Oct 16, 2018 7:37 PM by Discussion: Personal Computing

My wife and I currently do cruise travel vlogs on YouTube. Recording all our adventures is fun while we’re on a ship, but the real work begins when it’s time to sort through and edit all that footage we have captured over the week. For many years I have done photo editing, which is also quite time consuming, but that’s nothing compared to what it takes to get a whole video edited and ready for uploading. That means I need to use every tool at my disposal to make the process as quick and simple as possible.

One of those tools I use is Groupy. Groupy is an organizational tool for Windows that will keep your information tabbed and organized. You can drag and drop multiple applications and documents together to group them into a tabbed interface for easy access.

Here’s a quick video about how Groupy works.

[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17_ErhXYXmY[/video]

Let me show you how I use Groupy in my video editing workflow.


Expanding Windows Explorer
I use Groupy this way the most often. With Groupy, I can open several Explorer windows and have them all grouped together so I can have multiple file locations open at once. Groupy lets me easily access them all right in one window. When working with video projects, there are usually a lot of video, image, and audio files to work with, so being able to have all those locations open in one interface is extremely valuable.

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Editing Windows
I have only one video editing program open at a time, but in addition to that I also use Affinity Photo and other graphic programs. I like to keep those in a group so it reduces the overall amount of windows on my desktop, and it’s just convenient to have those certain apps grouped in one place.

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Media Players
Whether it’s audio or video, I often need to review some clips from our files. Groupy allows me to keep a couple of media players grouped and ready to use when needed.

 

Groupy is available individually for your Windows PC, but you can get that and more with a low-cost membership to Object Desktop. While you're a member, you'll get free updates, access to all betas, and any new apps for one year. You’ll also get access to other great programs like DeskScapes, Start10, WindowBlinds, Fences, Multiplicity, and more!

Visit the Object Desktop site for more information.

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Oct 15, 2018 3:19 PM by Discussion: WindowFX

The WindowFX v6.04 beta is now available for download.

Included in this beta:

  • Fix for a hang in explorer when using taskview

Current WindowFX 6 users and Object Desktop members can download the betas from your Stardock account.

 

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Oct 15, 2018 2:59 PM by Discussion: WindowBlinds

WindowBlinds 10.74 has been released.  You can get it from your account page or using the following link here

  • Fix for painting issue on Windows 10 insider build.
  • Fix for malformed right click taskbar context menu for Win10 1809 build 18252.1000
  • Fix for ribbon on Windows 10 October 2018 update when in dark explorer mode
  • Fix for multiple monitor taskbar hang issue on theme apply
  • Fix for Windows 10 October 2018 issue with not skinning titlebars of universal apps correctly
  • Also some dark explorer mode fixes
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Oct 11, 2018 5:00 PM by Discussion: WinCustomize News

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It's October, and that means it's getting close to Halloween! We have always had a great selection of Halloween inspired skins and themes here on WinCustomize, and each year we get even more submissions from our fantastic members. 

We have all kinds of customizations, including WindowBlinds skins, animated wallpapers for DeskScapes, icons, and much more. 

Below are some favorites from the site, but you can look here to find a whole lot more.

Happy haunting!


Bad Jack by LightStar (WindowBlinds)


Bat O Ween by DaveBax (WindowBlinds)

 

Happy Halloween Animated Wallpaper by AzDude (DeskScapes)

Black Widow Halloween by theAVMAN (CursorFX)

 

Halloween Night by Joyton (DeskScapes)

 

Halloween Tree by Whalecore (Wallpaper)


Where Halloween Pumpkins Are Born by vlad (Wallpaper)

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Aug 20, 2018 5:00 PM by Discussion: Press Releases (WC)

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Aug 3, 2018 8:55 PM by Discussion: WinCustomize Talk

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