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Winstep Xtreme v20.10 Released!

October 28, 2019




An integrated workspace environment, Winstep Xtreme is a powerful suite of applications that merge incredible usability and performance with breathtaking eye candy.

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

v20.10 fixes some issues with the system tray pop ups on version 2004 of Windows 10, adds several internal commands to directly access Windows 10 settings such as Windows Update, docks can be docked and undocked by dragging, compatibility with Stardock's OD tabbed dock skins, plus many other new features and stability improvements!



WorkShelf v20.10 complete change log:


  • Updated Portuguese language file.
  • Updated Hungarian language file.
  • Added compatibility with ObjectDock tabbed dock skins. To see the available OD tabbed dock skins you have installed, select 'Shelf Themes' in the Themes tab of Preferences. This will show both native Winstep skins as well as OD tabbed dock skins.
  • Added Pause, Play, Stop, Next and Previous commands to the right click context menu of the Media Player internal command.
  • Shelf theme colorization settings are now independent of Global theme colorization settings.
  • The Fonts dialog in the Appearance tab of Shelf, Drawer and Grid Stacks now only displays the fonts used for those objects instead of the fonts used in the whole theme.
  • Reorganized the Appearance tab of the Shelf, Drawer and Grid Stack Property dialogs.
  • The application's invisible main control window is now monitored to make sure it's not made visible again by 3rd party applications.
  • You can now double click the calendar desktop module to pop up a temporary full calendar when the desktop module is set to appear as iconic or has been captured into the NextSTART taskbar.
  • Added new 'Windows Settings' internal command to open the Windows 10 UWP Windows Settings panel.
  • Removed the "and all its contents" phrase from the confirmation dialog that pops up when trying to delete a dock, drawer or shelf in the Dock and Shelves tab in Preferences, as this could be misleading for folder type shelves and drawers because no actual files are ever deleted.
  • The Most Active Programs History dialog now automatically adjusts font size to make up for very large process names.
  • Added new 'Show decimal place for processes' option to the settings of the CPU Meter module. When enabled, any list of running processes - like the one shown on the CPU Meter desktop module in some themes or shown in the Most Active Programs dialog - will display a decimal place in the percentage of CPU usage for that process (e.g.; 1.3% instead of just 1%, or 1.8% instead of just 2%).
  • Added several new internal commands for accessing Windows 10 settings dialogs: Windows Settings, Apps, System, Network and Internet, Devices, Gaming, Time and Language, Accounts, Personalization, Ease of Access, Phone, Privacy, Windows Update, Search Settings and Power Options. These new Internal Commands are all grouped under 'Internal Commands - Settings' in the insert new item right click context menus.
  • Sunrise and sunset times are now correctly calculated for the MSN weather feed, which allows choosing whether to display a moon or a sun icon with nearly 100% accuracy.
  • An icon pointing to Explorer.exe in the dock now only displays a running indicator if there are Explorer windows open.
  • Docks, Shelves and Drawers can now be docked to and undocked from any screen edge and monitor by simply dragging them (users can press the ALT key while left clicking to make it easier). When docked they will show some initial resistance to being undocked by 'shaking' when they are about to detach. When docking or undocking by dragging, the Detach event sounds to give the user some audio feedback. To dock an horizontal dock or shelf, drag so the top edge touches the top screen edge or the bottom edge touches the bottom screen edge. To dock an horizontal dock or shelf to the side of the screen so it changes orientation, slowly drag it until the mouse pointer nearly touches the desired screen edge. To prevent docks, shelves and drawers from accidentally docking when moving them from one monitor to another, the auto-docking mechanism is speed sensitive: move across monitors rapidly to prevent the auto-docking mechanism from kicking in. The auto-docking/snap-to feature can be disabled in the 'More Options' dialog of the Behavior tab of the Properties dialog of Shelves, docks and Drawers.
  • The width of checkboxes in the User Interface is now automatically cropped so that clicking on a blank space right after the setting description no longer toggles the setting.
  • Added 'Disable simulated ALT key press when forcing windows to the foreground' setting to the More Options dialog in the General tab of Preferences. This should be checked only if having trouble with ALT+TAB or the ALT key getting stuck.
  • The Winstep Update Manager will now report hidden updates if the user performs a manual check for updates.
  • Increased the transparency of the non-lit LCD digits for better readability in full screen alarms/clock/sleep time
  • Opening the Appearance tab of a Shelf Properties dialog and pressing the OK button would make all temporary folder Grid Stacks from that Shelf open in a 1x1 icon grid.
  • Under Windows 10 viewing the Change Log could freeze the application for a long time or even crash it with an out of memory error.
  • Displaying icon labels in alternate lines in Shelves, Drawers and Grid Stacks was not displaying the labels in the correct position.
  • The 'snap mouse pointer to default button' feature only worked when using the 'Standard User Interface' mode.
  • Disabling or Enabling icon reflections in the dock via the right click context menu would cause icons of UWP apps to show as question marks.
  • Disabling the "Do not launch multiple sessions on the same application" setting would still require the user to double click on an icon to launch another session if the 'Combine dock icons with running applications' setting was also enabled.
  • On modern systems running more than 256 simultaneous processes, the CPU hog list might not accurately reflect the applications using the most of the CPU at the time. This was fixed in the Winstep service by doubling the limit to 512 simultaneous processes.
  • Themes with no name on the INI configuration file would appear on Theme right click context menus as blank entries. They now appear labeled as 'Untitled'.
  • Certain SYSTEM processes were not being enumerated properly and/or always returned 0% CPU and RAM usage.
  • Fixed some issues related to a Shelf's theme no longer being the same as the 'global' theme.
  • METAR weather information retrival is now automatically disabled if the application crashes when using a 3rd party DLL to access NOAA's website via HTTPS.
  • The MSN weather feed was not reporting the correct observation time for locations outside the GMT timezone.
  • Setting the position or orientation of Shelves and Drawers in the associated Properties dialog was no longer doing anything.
  • The first forecast day of the MSN weather feed sometimes pointed to the previous day, which caused the 5 day forecast to be out by one day (e.g.; the forecast for Fri would appear on the Sat slot).
  • Albany Airport, Australia had the wrong METAR code and was showing the conditions for Albury, Australia.
  • The 'Repeat every (x) years' option for alarms was not working properly.
  • Draging the temporary popup calendar module while the real desktop calendar module was attached to the NextSTART taskbar would mess with the original position of the detached module.
  • Shelves and Drawers with 3rd party themes might stop responding to clicks on the tabs after collapsing.
  • Dropping a folder into the left panel of the Media Player Settings dialog would create a playlist with the name of that folder and all the mp3 files in it, but it would miss the very first file.
  • Version 2004 of Windows 10 changed the default initial dimensions of system tray pop ups which now caused them to appear off screen.


NextSTART v20.10 complete change log:


  • Updated Portuguese language file.
  • Updated Hungarian language file.
  • The application's invisible main control window is now monitored to make sure it's not made visible again by 3rd party applications.
  • Added new 'Windows Settings' internal command to open the Windows 10 UWP Windows Settings panel.
  • Added all the Windows 10 Start button right click menu options to the NextSTART Start button.
  • Added several new internal commands for accessing Windows 10 settings dialogs: Windows Settings, Apps, System, Network and Internet, Devices, Gaming, Time and Language, Accounts, Personalization, Ease of Access, Phone, Privacy, Windows Update, Search Settings and Power Options. These new Internal Commands are all grouped under 'Internal Commands - Settings' in the insert new item right click context menus.
  • Added 'Disable simulated ALT key press when forcing windows to the foreground' setting to the More Options dialog in the General tab of Preferences. This should be checked only if having trouble with ALT+TAB or the ALT key getting stuck.
  • The Winstep Update Manager will now report hidden updates if the user performs a manual check for updates.
  • Middle clicking the Start Button in the NextSTART taskbar now opens the Windows Start Men
  • Under Windows 10 viewing the Change Log could freeze the application for a long time or even crash it with an out of memory error.
  • The 'snap mouse pointer to default button' feature only worked when using the 'Standard User Interface' mode.
  • The Advanced and About tabs in Preferences were also not accessible after the 30 day trial period expired.
  • Themes with no name on the INI configuration file would appear on Theme right click context menus as blank entries. They now appear labeled as 'Untitled'.
  • NextSTART menus were disregarding the 'Run as Administrator' setting in the Item Properties dialog.
  • The Item Properties dialog for Quick Launch items in the NextSTART taskbar was not saving or retrieving the 'Run as Administrator' setting.
  • Version 2004 of Windows 10 changed the default initial dimensions of system tray pop ups which now caused them to appear off screen.

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