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Nexus Dock v11.2 Released!

March 14, 2011




The Winstep Nexus dock is a FREE, dock for Windows. Every feature you’d expect from a dock, including widgets, mouse-over effects, skins, drag-and-drop, and many others not available in most other docks, such as live icon reflections, in-dock system tray, Vista Blur-behind effects, and much more. Completely customizable, Nexus has thousands of backgrounds freely available online and is fully compatible with skins for all 3rd party docks.



Nexus runs on the 32 and 64 bit versions of Windows 2000, XP, 2003, Vista and Windows 7.

Supported Languages


Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Croatian, Czech, Dutch, English, Farsi (Persian), Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brasil), Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish.

Would you like to receive a FREE Winstep Nexus Ultimate license key and have your name credited? You can by translating Nexus into a language not listed above! Please click here for more information.


Nexus v11.2 Changelog:


  • Added Finnish language file.
  • Added Indonesian language file.
  • Updated Polish language file.
  • Updated French language file.
  • Updated Farsi language file.
  • Updated German language file.
  • Updated Croatian language file.
  • Added support for the Y'z Dock format.
  • Non-square icon images and document thumbnails are now displayed with the proper aspect ratio.
  • Added an automatic retry after 30 seconds if Weather.
  • com returns an 'unknown error' when polling weather data.
  • URL files (such as shortcuts to Steam games) now show the correct icons.
  • The 'Delete Item' explosion animation is now smoother and twice as fast.
  • Glass blur for semi-transparent backgrounds on Vista and 7 is now enabled by default.
  • Moved dock's 'Lock Position' Nexus menu setting to the 'Screen Position' sub-menu.
  • Changed UI background color so buttons no longer have ugly white border under Vista/7.
  • Added support for the new NOOA Weather module METAR URL.
  • Besides the already existing right-click option, you can now also customize the image displayed by a system tray expand icon by dropping an .ICO, .PNG or .TIF file into it.
  • Languages in the About tab of Preferences are now sorted in Alphabetical order.
  • Set the Tab order of all dialogs.
  • It's now possible to 'Browse', via the right click context menu, the contents of virtual folders in Internal Commands (e.g.; My Computer).
  • Added support for the new Help system.
  • You can now drag files over taskbar window thumbnails - after half a second the associated window is restored and brought to the foreground.
  • Added support for RocketDock skins with negative margin coordinates.
  • Re-organized the Advanced dialog in the Advanced tab of Preferences.
  • Added a 'Thumbnail File Types' button to the Advanced Settings dialog from where you can set which document, video and image files generate thumbnails.
  • Changed the default clock and recycler module images so they are no longer NeXT based.
  • Improved usability of task window thumbnails in the dock.
  • Added troubleshoot warning that pops up if Comctl32.ocx is not installed correctly.
  • Optimized handling of RocketDock backgrounds with negative coordinates.
  • Theme wallpapers that are not set to tile are now automatically set to stretch.
  • Task grouping is now turned on by default.
  • Edge bump activation when the dock is visible is now turned off by default.
  • Nexus would corrupt memory and crash if it failed to retrieve the configuration settings of a 3rd party dock theme.
  • It was impossible to use system tray popups if the dock popup delay was set to 0 ms.
  • The dock clock label displayed the date with the month and day reversed.
  • A hidden taskbar was being restored with the auto-hide status on.
  • The grouped tasks menu was sometimes displaying the wrong icon for running applications.
  • The 'Exit' button in Preferences was not being translated when switching languages.
  • If the dock was set to 100% transparent with opaque icons and the dock background skin was already semi-transparent, mouse movement over the dock and drag & drop operations could become erratic.
  • Selecting the first monitor in the Monitors right-click menu was not docking a dock to the selected monitor but instead toggled the dock position lock.
  • Application was not being high DPI virtualized on Vista/7 with high DPI (150%) when starting up.
  • Fixed crash when mousing over a module if the current mouse over effect was 'Sonic boom' and the modules icon cache had been disabled in Performance Settings.
  • Customized system tray expand buttons images were not being shown unless the dock was also set to display the currently running applications.
  • Fixed some major issues with high DPI virtualization on 7 and Vista.
  • The Effect 'Settings' button was sometimes enabled when it should not be.
  • Editing a virtual shell folder with the Item Properties dialog would break the ability to browse it's contents via the context menu.
  • Under XP non-square image and document thumbnails displayed white borders.
  • Hotkeys were being activated even if the Shift key combination wasn't an exact match (for instance, CTRL+1 would also activate if the user pressed CTRL+SHIFT+1).
  • When moving a dock from one quadrant of the screen to another, so that the background would flip or mirror, under Vista/7 the 'glass' region wouldn't always update to overlap the new background.
  • Added missing icon to Weather.com's icon set.
  • Fixed some minor issues with the size and position of the 'number of instances' text that overlaps the icons of running applications in groupped mode.
  • Windows preview thumbnails sometimes lost their 'Always on top' status just before Aero Peek, which could cause windows to overlap the thumbnails.
  • Groupped task icons could sometimes not display the number of running instances.
  • Fixed ugly system tray icon.
  • Since beta 1, Nexus was crashing after displaying the uninstall survey.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause Nexus to stall for a while after installing a new font if another application was not responding to broadcasted messages.
  • Fixed bug that could cause icons on vertical magnifying docks to appear cropped.

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