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Nexus Dock v11.10 Released!

November 18, 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.


Weather module is now working again (you can read more about why it stopped working here).


Choose one of many effects available when launching an application or a dock item needs your attention...


What's New? Highlighted Features:


  • Besides getting the weather module to work again, robustness is increased by supporting two alternative weather forecast feeds: if one of those feeds fails in the future, the other will be used automatically.
  • You can now use most of the dock mouseover effects as the 'Launch' and 'Attention' effects.
  • Added new 'Flip3D' internal command, which you can now add to the dock and click to start Flip3D.
  • Fixed a problem with maximized Chrome windows where the dock would stop responding to edge bumps.
  • Fixed problem with animated dock control icons stopping to animate.
  • ... and more! Please see complete change log below...


Nexus v11.10 complete change log:


  • Updated Farsi language file.
  • Updated Polish language file.
  • Vista/Windows 7: Added new 'Start Flip3D' internal command.
  • Added customizable 'Launch' and 'Attention' effects to the dock.
  • Added support for the MSN Weather feed.
  • The Weather module now automatically falls back to the Google weather feed if the new MSN weather feed fails.
  • The 'Hide Dock Control Icon' setting in the dock Contents tab wasn't doing anything.
  • If the dock popup delay on mouseover was set to 0 ms it was almost impossible to get to the Windows Start Menu after clicking the 'Show Start Menu' internal command icon, as the Start Menu would immediately lose focus and disappear.
  • Because some Windows services may *potentially* block the Winstep service for up to 30 seconds (and thus freeze the Winstep application relying on it), no calls are now made to the Winstep service for the first minute after Windows startup, to give the system time to 'settle down.
  • Collapsing a floating dock would stop the Nexus control icon animation.
  • Animation settings for the Nexus control icon were not being used or saved.
  • A maximized Chrome window acted as a full screen window when appearing on a secondary monitor or if the taskbar was hidden. This would automatically and temporarily disable all edge bump activation methods, a feature implemented to prevent users from being accidentaly dumped into the desktop when playing full screen games.


Nexus Ultimate v11.10 complete change log:


  • Updated Polish language file.
  • Updated Farsi language file.
  • Added 'Keep Shelf visible when pressing WIN+D (Show Desktop)' setting to the Behavior tab of the Shelf Properties window.
  • Vista/Windows 7: Added new 'Start Flip3D' internal command.
  • Added customizable 'Launch' and 'Attention' effects to the dock.
  • The Weather module now automatically falls back to the Google weather feed if the Weather.com feed fails.
  • The 'Reset Tray Cache' button in the Troubleshooting dialog now displays a confirmation dialog.
  • Added new 'Tray' tab to Preferences to configure settings related to the system tray.
  • System tray customization can now be disabled in the new Tray tab in Preferences to avoid wasting resources in case the user has no intention to customize tray icons.
  • Added a secondary MSN Weather feed as backup.
  • A sub-dock on the Shelf now opens automatically when dragging an item over the sub-dock icon.
  • Added a setting (enabled by default) in the new Systray tab to automatically exclude system tray image caching for applications that generate more than 42 different tray images.
  • Added a Tray Exclusion list to manually exclude applications from having their tray icons cached.
  • The 'Hide Dock Control Icon' setting in the dock Contents tab wasn't doing anything.
  • The 'Tab Properties' dialog showed screen edge bump activation methods for that tab, which are not allowed.
  • If the dock popup delay on mouseover was set to 0 ms it was almost impossible to get to the Windows Start Menu after clicking the 'Show Start Menu' internal command icon, as the Start Menu would immediately lose focus and disappear.
  • Because some Windows services may *potentially* block the Winstep service for up to 30 seconds (and thus freeze the Winstep application relying on it), no calls are now made to the Winstep service for the first minute after Windows startup, to give the system time to 'settle down'.
  • Collapsing a floating dock would stop the Nexus control icon animation.
  • Animation settings for the Nexus control icon were not being used or saved.
  • License keys could be rejected as invalid if the user used a registration name so long that it caused the license key to exceed the size of the buffer allocated for it in memory. This has been fixed by doubling the size of the buffer.
  • A maximized Chrome window acted as a full screen window when appearing on a secondary monitor or if the taskbar was hidden. This would automatically and temporarily disable all edge bump activation methods, a feature implemented to prevent users from being accidentaly dumped into the desktop when playing full screen games.
  • Disabling the Shelf could cause the application to crash when exiting Preferences.
  • Fixed some z-order problems with in-Shelf sub-docks and drag & drop.

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