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Nexus Dock v16.3 Released!

March 10, 2016




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, blur-behind effects, and much more. Completely customizable, with thousands of different backgrounds freely available online, Nexus is fully compatible with skins for all 3rd party docks.

Windows 10 Ready Nexus runs on the 32 and 64 bit versions of Windows 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 7, 8.x and Windows 10.

v16.3 is a maintenance release, fixing all the issues in v16.2 we were aware of. If you find any other problems, please don't assume we already know about them - report them to us so we can fix them.


Important note to users of the free version of the Winstep Nexus Dock:


Even though users of the free version do not enjoy the one-click automated updates that Nexus Ultimate and Winstep Xtreme users do, they DO NOT NEED TO UNINSTALL THE PREVIOUS VERSION FIRST when installing a new version from Cnet's Download.com. Simply unzip, run setup and install the new version ON TOP.

Nexus v16.3 complete change log:


  • Updated Spanish language file.
  • 'Double caching of icons' performance setting is now enabled by default.
  • The CD Control internal command was displaying an error message on some systems.
  • Lauching items pointing to shortcuts (.lnk files) of a 64 bit application resulted in a 'File not found' error.
  • Dropping a shortcut file (.lnk file) into a folder item in the dock now copies/moves the shortcut as it should instead of the target file.
  • A dock brought to the foreground via an edge bump would auto-hide as soon as the mouse pointer left it even if a sub-dock was currently open.
  • Double clicking the icon of a running application on the dock would open a second instance of that application.
  • Mousing over the running application icon of a task that had just closed could result in a 'Access Violation' error.
  • An always-on-top dock set to hide automatically for maximized windows was not hidding for full screen windows (e.g.; watching a video full screen on Youtube).
  • Wallpaper color-hot track is now correctly previewed when trying new themes and wallpapers in the Themes tab.
  • Fixed the 'Stop' image in the Troubleshooting dialog so it properly scales up on high-DPI systems and displays a flat-image icon on Windows 10 systems.
  • Decreased the luminance value of the smaller and thinner language identifier text in the Language Bar icon so it's a bit more visible.
  • The CD Control internal command was unable to eject media on computers that did not support loading media via software.
  • It is now possible to change an item's icon by drag & dropping an .ICO, .PNG or .TIF file into the icon even if the dock is locked.
  • The result of a drag & drop operation (i.e.; Copy, Move or Link) is now accurately and immediately reflected even when the dock is locked. As before, pressing the SHIFT key forces a move, and pressing the CTRL key forces a copy. Locked docks do not allow items to be moved/re-arranged within the dock, but they still allow a) customizing dock item icons via drag & drop of image files, b) launching a document with a particular application by dropping that document into the application's icon in the dock and c) copying and moving files into drive folders in the dock.
  • Locked docks were not accurately reflecting which item was being affected by the file being dropped (i.e.; with unlocked docks, dropping an item before the middle half of a dock icon would insert that item before the icon, dropping it after the middle half would insert the item after the icon. Since locked docks do not allow the insertion of items, this would not accurately reflect which dock item was being targeted by the drag & drop operation).
  • If the 'Enable double caching of icons' performance setting was enabled, non-magnified icons on the dock could appear slightly blurred because they were being drawn with the High Quality *Biliner* interpolation mode instead of High Quality *Bicubic*.
  • The systray icons of a handful of applications (such as KVirc and Agnitum Outpost Pro) were not playing well with the system tray handling of Winstep applications because they reported a pre-Vista notify icon structure to the system but actually expected mouse click messages to be passed using the post NOTIFYICON_VERSION_4 format.
  • Text on Windows 7-style Balloon tooltips was not being correctly centered vertically.


Nexus Ultimate v16.3 complete change log:


  • Updated Spanish language file.
  • 'Double caching of icons' performance setting is now enabled by default.
  • The CD Control internal command was displaying an error message on some systems.
  • Lauching items pointing to shortcuts (.lnk files) of a 64 bit application resulted in a 'File not found' error.
  • Dropping a shortcut file (.lnk file) into a folder item in the dock now copies/moves the shortcut as it should instead of the original file.
  • A dock brought to the foreground via an edge bump would auto-hide as soon as the mouse pointer left it even if a sub-dock was currently open.
  • Double clicking the icon of a running application on the dock would open a second instance of that application.
  • Mousing over the running application icon of a task that had just closed could result in a 'Access Violation' error.
  • An always-on-top dock set to hide automatically for maximized windows was not hidding for full screen windows (e.g.; watching a video full screen on Youtube).
  • Wallpaper color-hot track is now correctly previewed when trying new themes and wallpapers in the Themes tab.
  • Fixed the 'Stop' image in the Troubleshooting dialog so it properly scales up on high-DPI systems and displays a flat-image icon on Windows 10 systems.
  • Decreased the luminance value of the smaller and thinner language identifier text in the Language Bar icon so it's a bit more visible.
  • The CD Control internal command was unable to eject media on computers that did not support loading media via software.
  • The 'Auto-Hide after a short delay' setting in the Behavior tab of the Shelf Properties dialog was not doing anything.
  • It is now possible to change an item's icon by drag & dropping an .ICO, .PNG or .TIF file into the icon even if the dock is locked.
  • The result of a drag & drop operation (i.e.; Copy, Move or Link) is now accurately and immediately reflected even when the dock is locked. As before, pressing the SHIFT key forces a move, and pressing the CTRL key forces a copy. Locked docks do not allow items to be moved/re-arranged within the dock, but they still allow a) customizing dock item icons via drag & drop of image files, b) launching a document with a particular application by dropping that document into the application's icon in the dock and c) copying and moving files into drive folders in the dock.
  • Locked docks were not accurately reflecting which item was being affected by the file being dropped (i.e.; with unlocked docks, dropping an item before the middle half of a dock icon would insert that item before the icon, dropping it after the middle half would insert the item after the icon. Since locked docks do not allow the insertion of items, this would not accurately reflect which dock item was being targeted by the drag & drop operation).
  • The Shelf was still shifting icons in a 'Regular' tab type to make room for dropped items even if the Shelf was locked.
  • If the 'Enable double caching of icons' performance setting was enabled, non-magnified icons on the dock could appear slightly blurred because they were being drawn with the High Quality *Bicubic* interpolation mode instead of High Quality *Bilinear*.
  • The systray icons of a handful of applications (such as KVirc and Agnitum Outpost Pro) were not playing well with the system tray handling of Winstep applications because they reported a pre-Vista notify icon structure to the system but actually expected mouse click messages to be passed using the post NOTIFYICON_VERSION_4 format.
  • Drag & dropping a program (executable) from an Explorer window into the Shelf's Quick Launch tab was showing a 'Move File' visual indication instead of the correct shortcut (Link) visual cue.
  • Text on Windows 7-style Balloon tooltips was not being correctly centered vertically.
  • Fixed bug that could cause the Shelf to display a tab of blank icons if a Modal settings window was opened when the Shelf needed to refresh the contents of a tab.
  • Right clicking the Quick Launch tab in the Shelf and selecting 'New Program' would actually copy the file to the Quick Launch folder instead of creating a shortcut to it. Right clicking on Shelf tabs pointing to folders that should host shortcuts only now displays 'New Shortcut' and 'New Folder Shortcut' in the context menu instead of 'New Program' and 'New Folder'. Selecting 'New Shortcut' allows the user to select a file via the Browser dialog, and *shortcut* to that file is created instead of the file being copied. Likewise, selecting 'New Folder Shortcut' allows the user to select an existing folder via the Browser dialog, and a shortcut to that folder is created in the target folder.
  • The Rename dialog was showing the wrong icon when renaming items in non-Regular Shelf tabs.
  • The Monitor drop down box in the Shelf Properties dialog did not have any effect.
  • If auto-hide was enabled for the Shelf, deleting an item on a folder type tab would collapse the Shelf while the confirmation dialog was still on the screen, which would then display a blank non-responsive Shelf.

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