Getting to Know Stardock Central

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 by Island Dog | Discussion: Personal Computing

Stardock Central is here in beta form, but even though it is still being worked on, it’s a great way to download and update your various Stardock software apps (and some games) like WindowBlinds, Fences, DeskScapes, etc.  Stardock Central is very easy to use, but I’m going to give a quick overview in case you aren’t familiar with it.

First, get the free download from here.

http://www.stardock.com/stardockcentral/

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As you can see the interface is pretty straightforward.  You can see any available updates for your apps, and the list of available software that you can download.  To download or update an app, just check the box and click the install button.  Very simple!

One question people have always asked is if there’s an easy way to find the expiration date of their subscription to either Object Desktop or WinCustomize.  You can now find that right inside Stardock Central.

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If you need to see what software you have installed, and the version number, you can also find that very easily.

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If you need additional options for Stardock Central, just click the icon in the screenshot below and you will enter the settings windows.  Here you can set a variety of options like enabling beta downloads, set file locations for downloads, and more.

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Again, Stardock Central is a great way to manage your Stardock purchases.  If you need to access your software through the web, just visit download.stardock.com.

Leo in WI
Reply #1 Wednesday, July 11, 2012 11:12 AM

Have been using this for a bit now. Love the simplicity of it! Everything is obvious and a super clean interface. Kudos!!

DrJBHL
Reply #2 Wednesday, July 11, 2012 11:16 AM

Looking forward to the games being included. Leo in WI's right about the clean, simple interface! 

DaveBax
Reply #3 Wednesday, July 11, 2012 11:42 AM

Great addition for getting SD products. Sometimes simple is the way to go.

Wizard1956
Reply #4 Wednesday, July 11, 2012 3:55 PM

Clean, small, light and easy to use. I couldn't ask for more than that.

Philly0381
Reply #5 Wednesday, July 11, 2012 4:06 PM

I have to agree with the above replies. 

The new SDC is simple to understand and easy to use, just can't ask for much more, well you could, but what would it be. 

AceMatrix
Reply #6 Wednesday, July 11, 2012 4:40 PM

Philly0381
just can't ask for much more, well you could, but what would it be.

ummm.....how about some naked dancing girls while I'm waiting on my download ..

LORD-ORION
Reply #7 Wednesday, July 11, 2012 7:38 PM

Finally I can see the SN#s for my Demon Assassin and Occulus downloads...

On a more serious note... you really should make a toolkit for indie developers so they can have their own version of "stardock central" and not be beholden to the big guys like Steam and Impulse.

tazgecko
Reply #8 Wednesday, July 11, 2012 8:02 PM

LORD-ORION
for indie developers so they can have their own version of "stardock central" and not be beholden to the big guys like Steam and Impulse.

http://www.desura.com/

LORD-ORION
Reply #9 Wednesday, July 11, 2012 9:15 PM

That's not quite what I meant.

Using Desura still makes you beholden to Desura

Using the proposed toolkit would allow you to make and control your own independent, branded, version

Jafo
Reply #10 Wednesday, July 11, 2012 11:07 PM

Philly0381
just can't ask for much more, well you could, but what would it be.

The olde SDC's IRC client ....

Frankief
Reply #11 Thursday, July 12, 2012 1:06 AM

Philly0381
just can't ask for much more, well you could, but what would it be.

To be able to view your serial number!

RedneckDude
Reply #12 Thursday, July 12, 2012 2:35 AM

Frankie, see the words "File Locations"?

 

This is where you'd choose where SDC archives its apps.

 

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Frankief
Reply #13 Thursday, July 12, 2012 3:43 AM

I found where it downloads the files to, but most of my stuff was installed directly from the store and I unfortunately did not save all of the installers. Goes with my neatness kick and sometimes I get too vigorous with the house cleaning.

ZubaZ
Reply #14 Thursday, July 12, 2012 7:28 AM

Frankief
To be able to view your serial number
Right click on any application name.  

Quicksilver007
Reply #15 Thursday, July 12, 2012 7:41 AM

Leo in WI
Have been using this for a bit now. Love the simplicity of it! Everything is obvious and a super clean interface

 

Ditto!

Frankief
Reply #16 Thursday, July 12, 2012 12:45 PM


Quoting Frankief, reply 11To be able to view your serial numberRight click on any application name.  

Thank you! Did not know that!

1trucker
Reply #17 Wednesday, August 01, 2012 5:14 PM

I LIKE IT ! (I like it a lot.)

Daiwa
Reply #18 Thursday, August 02, 2012 12:01 AM

Simple, clean, straightforward, piece of cake to use, self-updating... and unskinnable. 

I like it, though.

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