Thursday, September 1, 2011 by gmknobl | Discussion: WinCustomize Talk
I was a longtime user of Object Desktop. For many, many years I subscribed and enjoyed getting new skins to apply to my computer. I still use Xav73's skins to this day. The lack of update to some programs was an issue at times but things generally got done. Then Impulse came out and we were told it would be wonderful and great and a new version of OD would come out and it would be world changing.
Not so much.
Impulse did keep things updated but I never saw much change in what was available that I wanted to use. Windowblinds still worked pretty well but the Mycolors stuff that attempted to take over for suites never worked right on Windows 7 for me and then several things started breaking that I'd been using for some time. I'd say it was my system except this happened on all windows 7 installs I tried it on. I found I had to do more fiddling to get things skinned properly. Personally, I still use suites and prefer them. It's too bad some of Xav73's objects he created for the desktop won't work under 7.
Impulse always seemed like just a way to push users to get games and advertise to us and get us to buy buy buy when nothing was really changing to make for a new GUI experience. Desktop X can kinda sorta make a complete change to your experience but it's not any different from what I can see from it's XP incarnation. Screensavers are sorta animated now but nothing earth shattering.
So, all this is to say, I didn't see much changing after I changed to Win 7 and installed OD. Really, it's nice and all but it's not moving forward. Things still take a lot of work if you want to skin your computer like the Enterprise (but why would you want to?) for example. And if I have to do lots of work to get everything just right it's not worth the $35 to re-up every year. Therefore, last year I let my OD subscription lapse for the first time in a long while. Today, I went back to see if anything new had been done by Stardock only to find the latest releases of new on the website are still TWO YEARS OLD! If the website is posting news that's that old, then I'm willing to bet the products haven't moved forward at all since I let my sub lapse. So, it would be a total waste of my money to re-subscribe.
What I want to hear from all you guys out there is this: give me a reason, give me several reasons why I should buy OD again. Why should I buy Stardock's stuff now? I don't want Impulse pushed games; that's not what I'm here for. I see Impulse is, mercifully, going away after the corporate <scam> buyout that I found rather revolting anyway. What I want is new skins that do new things to my GUI. What I want is the EASY ability to do wholesale changes to my GUI, not so it looks like OS/X but looks completely different, unique and fun to use and look at. I want that new GUI to make the use of my computer easier. That's what I want. Is Stardock and OD going to move forward and provide this?
Anyone, Bueller, Bueller?
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