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WinStep unveils Nexus and Extreme 18.10, raises prices for first time

12 October 2018, Nick Peers

WinStep Software Technologies has announced a $5-10 price rise across its entire range, the first since the company launched in 1999. This follows on from the company’s recent updates to its flagship products with the releases of WinStep Nexus 18.10 and WinStep Xtreme 18.10.

Despite the point release, version 18.10 unveils another raft of significant tweaks and updates, including the unveiling of a new Office theme for productivity-focussed desktops.

WinStep’s free dock – Nexus 18.10 – gains options allowing users to greyscale or colourise icons, either manually or automatically based on the current wallpaper or Windows 10 accent colour. Three methods – Tint, Hue or Tone – can be used.

Winstep Nexus Dock 18.10

Users can now colourise the dock icons a number of different ways in Winstep Nexus Dock 18.10.

Nexus’ context menus can now also be scaled up to 200 per cent via Preferences > General tab > More Options for accessibility purposes.

Winstep has also improved its handling of hybrid Win32/UWP apps in Windows 10 – these are regular desktop apps wrapped in a UWP package for installing (and automatically updating) through the Microsoft Store. Now they’re correctly pinned to the dock, ensuring they can be launched properly.

Also added to the free edition is an extension of the snooze range for alarms to 24 hours.

The paid-for edition – Nexus Ultimate – also gains two additional customisation tools: icons in shelves can now be aligned centrally or right justified, while the height of Drawers can be altered through the vertical icon spacing (Drawer Properties > Appearance tab > Icon Spacing).

There’s also the promise of improved shelf scrolling in the Ultimate edition.

WinStep Xtreme 18.10 gains all of these enhancements plus the default NextSTART menu has been simplified.

Both versions also gain numerous minor tweaks and fixes – see the relevant changelogs for Nexus and Xtreme respectively.

WinStep Nexus 18.10 is a freeware download for PCs running Windows 2000 or later – a more fully-featured Ultimate version is also available. WinStep Xtreme 18.10 comes as a free trial download for PCs running Windows 2000 or later. At time of writing the old prices – $24.95, $29.95 and $39.90 respectively – were still being displayed on the site, we believe these will increase by $10 each to $34.95 (Nexus Ultimate), $39.95 (Xtreme Basic Edition) and $49.90 (Xtreme Full Edition), but check the WinStep website for confirmation.

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