Will ObjectDock be continued or not ?

Thursday, February 27, 2014 by c242 | Discussion: ObjectDock

Hi,

as a long time customer and subscriber I PLEASE want an honest answer if ObjectDock is still in development or not and if it EVER will work right on 64-bit systems (shortcuts always pointing to c:\program files (x86)) problem. I am really sadly tired of the update politics and public relations on this matter at Stardock at the moment (again). Seen too many good SD-programs going down the drain I relied on (aka DesktopX / RightClick...).

A general update-plan would be great and also a new list of dicontinued apps. Please. CursorFX (Multiplicity incompatibilities) and IconPackagers continued bugs (aka the nightmare creating and always losing changes on packages) would be also interesting.

Please, no "But it works for me !" posts here, we ALL know, there are long time reported bugs that where never fixed.

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sdRohan
Reply #1 Thursday, February 27, 2014 8:12 AM

If you drag an exe from the actual install folder location (not a shortcut on the desktop) to the dock, do you still have issues with 64 bit links?

c242
Reply #2 Thursday, February 27, 2014 12:50 PM

Okay, that one works, but still is only a workaround. And I wouldn't want to do a whole new tabbed dock with that.

kippotter
Reply #3 Tuesday, March 4, 2014 11:27 AM

But if the item in the dock is a folder containing shortcuts to executables in "C:\Program Files", the problem persists!!!

When you select the folder to expose its contents, you'll see the icon for the shortcut is invalid.  And then when you click on the shortcut from there, you'll get the infamous "C:\Program Files (x86)\...\{pgm name}.exe The specified path does not exist   Check the path, and then try again"

Even if you change the shortcut to use "%ProgramW6432%" rather than "%ProgramFiles%" (or "C:\Program Files"), the problem still persists.  Oddly if you update the icon source in the shortcut to use "%ProgramW6432%", the icon is presented correctly for what that's worth.

I've had to resort to creating symbolic links within "C:\Program Files (x86)" to corresponding directories in "C:\Program Files" for each case where this matters.

 

Voqar
Reply #4 Sunday, April 6, 2014 4:57 PM

Hmm, I'm interested in this product but if it doesn't work well with 64-bit stuff that's a no go.  What's the deal here?  Does this work with 64 bit stuff or not?

c242
Reply #5 Thursday, April 10, 2014 3:47 PM

Thanks for an official statement *sigh* I am slowly giving up after all these years, really....

starkers
Reply #6 Thursday, April 10, 2014 6:17 PM

Yes, ObjectDock does seem to have been on the backburner for quite some time now.  I upgraded to OD2 when it was first released and little or nothing has been done with it since then... update-wise, etc.

I run Win 8.1 x64 and haven't used OD for quite a while because it had issues... and no, I didn't submit a ticket with support because they were the same issues as everyone else, and figured one more ticket wasn't going to get it fixed any sooner, just help clog the support desk.

gevansmd
Reply #7 Friday, April 11, 2014 12:25 AM

Probably too much time spent on projects like Tiles.  Is that being upgraded?  I never saw the need for that with OD2 installed

Gaspershooters
Reply #8 Friday, April 11, 2014 12:34 AM

OD2 is developed by a contracted programmer outside of Stardock Corp., I assumed there is nothing can Stardock do but abiding the willingness. 

starkers
Reply #9 Friday, April 11, 2014 1:11 AM

Gaspershooters

OD2 is developed by a contracted programmer outside of Stardock Corp., I assumed there is nothing can Stardock do but abiding the willingness. 

Well that's no help, then.  And if this contracted programmer has abandoned it, which seems quite possible given the lack of updates/activity, then we are stuck with a piece of problematic software that's of little use on our main rigs.

I still have a copy of OD1, might give it a try and see what happens.... it either works okay or it don't.

Gaspershooters
Reply #10 Friday, April 11, 2014 1:44 AM

Don't be pessimistic yet,it has possible cease developed but not probably. The thing is as I mentioned before,it's really not feasible having "dock" on the Win 8 system;with tiles all over the desktop,a "dock" only made it more cluttered and messy. 

starkers
Reply #11 Friday, April 11, 2014 2:05 AM

Gaspershooters

Don't be pessimistic yet,it has possible cease developed but not probably. The thing is as I mentioned before,it's really not feasible having "dock" on the Win 8 system;wiith tiles all over the desktop,a "dock" only made it more cluttered and messy. 

That would depend on how one used Win 8.  I run it the same way as I did Win 7, and running OD2 would be no different... if it worked properly.

c242
Reply #12 Friday, April 11, 2014 4:24 AM

*sigh* With Start8 installed (a Stardock product) I have EVERY need for a dock on the desktop. I don't need it on touch or a tablet (although there is a dock for Win 8 (Launch 8), guess by whom ? - Yes, STARDOCK).

And Gaspershooters please get Your facts right, ObjectDock is developed by the same guy that does FENCES (regulary updated, no need for it on Win 8 also folloowing Your 'logic').

Gaspershooters
Reply #13 Friday, April 11, 2014 7:28 AM


And Gaspershooters please get Your facts right, ObjectDock is developed by the same guy that does FENCES (regulary updated, no need for it on Win 8 also folloowing Your 'logic').

Huh?? I only meant "ObjectDock",not about the author,Fences whatsoever....................and couldn't it obvious that  "ObjectDock" and Fences are totally different products?? Therefore the aimed markets and usabilities are pole apart too ?? Am I missing something that I shouldn't??   

 

c242
Reply #14 Friday, April 11, 2014 1:05 PM

Following Your logic Fences is of no use on Win 8 also, so no need to devolop it further, But is IS. OD+ although as useful is not.

Phoon
Reply #15 Friday, April 11, 2014 3:55 PM

Gaspershooters
The thing is as I mentioned before,it's really not feasible having "dock" on the Win 8 system;with tiles all over the desktop

Another false statement. You do NOT have tiles all over your DESKTOP with Windows 8 /8.1. 

YOU HAVE TILES ON YOUR START MENU 

Gaspershooters
Reply #16 Friday, April 11, 2014 8:49 PM

Ok,I retracted that statement as I haven't use Win 8 yet and must missed the part Phoon mentioned about. However,based on that (Tiles shown on Start Menu),OB is still too old to attract users on current market trends,on the other hand,"Launch 8" is quite incentive than that OD.      

starkers
Reply #17 Friday, April 11, 2014 9:45 PM

Gaspershooters

Ok,I retracted that statement as I haven't use Win 8 yet and must missed the part Phoon mentioned about. However,based on that (Tiles shown on Start Menu),OB is still too old to attract users on current market trends,on the other hand,"Launch 8" is quite incentive than that OD.      

You make alot of assumptions, don't you!  Like how can you know users think OD is too old?  I've seen nothing on current market trends to suggest any such thing.  For a start, Win 8/8.1 are relatively new and take up such a small percentage of market share, so it it doubtful that Win 8 users are setting any trends.  No, ObjectDock is still a vital piece of software to many users of Win 7 and older OSes, meaning that it is the right age to those users. 

Granted, Launch8, Start8 and Decor8 are great additions to the Windows 8 OS, but none replace OD as a shortcut management program, and being the greater amount of time is/would be spent on the desktop, OD is still a useful [if not vital] app for many Win 8 users.  To think/say otherwise is like putting words in someone else's mouth.

Gaspershooters
Reply #18 Friday, April 11, 2014 10:11 PM

Have you know the demographic users on Stardock?? Especially on customized parts??  It's aged.  And search it on Google,all of relative articles (non-Stardock ones about OD) are all back to 2 or long years. The only I found the newest is this one:http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/objectdock-quickly-customize-your-desktop-and-increase-its-functionality-windows/ and that was April,2013. 

c242
Reply #19 Saturday, April 12, 2014 5:00 AM

'as I haven't use Win 8 yet' *tilt*

So You are writing about things You really have no clue of.

Proof: "Launch 8 is quite incentive than that OD."

I'll tell You a 'secret': You can use Win 8 as if it was Win 7. Seen any statistics about, how many people actully use Win8 with tiles and how many with the desktop enabled ? And With Win 8.1s current update the system even decides to start with the desktop with no touchscreen attached. Next update will even have a half decent start menu back.

Thanks for participating, now can You just leave the thread to people who know, what they are writing about ? Thank You.

 

c242
Reply #20 Saturday, April 12, 2014 5:03 AM

Gaspershooters
It's aged.  And search it on Google,all of relative articles (non-Stardock ones about OD) are all back to 2 or long years. The only I found the newest is this one:http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/objectdock-quickly-customize-your-desktop-and-increase-its-functionality-windows/ and that was April,2013. 

Maybe, just maybe the reason is there has not been any update nor bugfixing nor listening to users since then ?

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