SkinStudio is now Available on Steam
Create your perfect desktop interface with SkinStudio, now available on Steam
Wednesday, March 22, 2023 by BradSams | Discussion: Stardock Blog
Attention all customization enthusiasts! Stardock’s SkinStudio, the ultimate tool for creating and editing Windows desktop themes, is now available on Steam. This powerful software lets you personalize your Windows experience like never before. With an intuitive interface and a vast library of resources, SkinStudio is the perfect platform for both beginners and experienced designers.
For anyone who has purchased WindowBlinds 11 on Steam, the application is available as a free download (DLC) starting today.
Stardock SkinStudio allows you to create and edit Windows desktop themes, also known as skins. With this software, you can customize the appearance of Windows 10/11, including the Start menu, taskbar, window frames, and more. SkinStudio has a user-friendly interface and a wide range of tools and resources to help you create unique and visually appealing themes for your desktop whether you start from scratch or decide to modify an existing theme.
WindowBlinds 11 is the best way to personalize your desktop. The addition of SkinStudio gives you all the tools needed to create the perfect desktop interface that fits your exact specifications.
Once you have your perfect theme created, you can share it with the world on Wincustomize, where there is a community of enthusiasts actively building new themes.
Big Savings on our Most Popular Software
Fences 4, Start11, and More at a Great Price
Thursday, March 16, 2023 by BradSams | Discussion: Stardock Blog
As the snow starts to melt and spring slowly starts to arrive, why not kick off your spring cleaning with a bit of digital decluttering? There’s no better time than today to check out our two most popular apps, Start11 and Fences 4, both of which are on sale right now.
Start11 is an app that allows you to customize the Start menu on your Windows 10 and Windows 11 computer. With Start11, you can change the color, size, and style of the Start menu, as well as add your own custom Start icon and backgrounds. And with four different styles to choose from, you can make your desktop a more personalized experience.
Fences 4 is a program that helps you organize your desktop icons into customizable "containers" called fences. You can create as many fences as you need, and then drag and drop your icons into them. Fences 4 also includes a feature called "Quick Hide," which allows you to hide all of your desktop icons with a single click, giving you a clean slate to work with. You can also use a folder portal to streamline access to your cloud drives, too.
Both Start11 and Fences 4 are incredibly useful programs that will help improve your workflow and make your desktop feel a bit more personalized. Right now they're both on sale for 25% off, so there's never been a better time to try them out.
If you have multiple computers, Multiplicity is the unsung hero of multi-device interoperability. If you want to interact with multiple computers with a single mouse and keyboard, this app is the one didn’t even know you needed.
Many of our products are on sale for the next couple of days, so make sure to check them out before the sale ends on 3/23/23 at 1PM ET.
Releasing Start11 1.41 with compatibility for Windows 11 KB5022913 / Moment 2
Making Start11 compatibility with Microsoft's latest update
Tuesday, March 7, 2023 by BradSams | Discussion: Stardock Blog
Today we are releasing Start11 v1.41 which makes Start11 ready for the next big update that Microsoft is shipping for Windows 11. Called KB5022913 or Moment 2, this release is currently available to anyone who is actively looking for new Windows Updates, but it will be pushed more aggressively starting on March 14th.
March 14th - often referred to as Patch Tuesday - is when we initially expected KB5022913 to be released, but since it went out early we expedited the work to get this patch out well ahead of schedule. You should be able to download this release today if you like, but it will be rolling out to our users over the next couple of days, too.
For our Steam users, you should also see an update coming to your device as well. We have pushed the update to Steam and it will prompt you for an install as it rolls out.
The entire changelog for this release can be found here. If you run into any issues, please post them in our feedback thread. We also ask that if you are going to post any bugs, please make sure that you identify which version of Windows you are running and the build number.
While there are not any new features in this release, it is a significant update under the hood as it brings compatibility to Microsoft’s latest updates to the taskbar and system tray.
Start11 is the best way to enhance your Windows 11 (and Windows 10) desktop experience. We are frequently shipping updates and adding new features.
If there is something you would like to see in our next update, let us know in the comments below.
Start11 Compatibility with Windows 11 KB5022913/Moment 2
A beta release to address compatibility with a new Windows 11 update
Wednesday, March 1, 2023 by BradSams | Discussion: Stardock Blog
Everyone loves a good surprise! Sometimes it’s on your birthday, sometimes your anniversary - or sometimes, Microsoft ships an update ahead of schedule. This week, Microsoft announced several new features coming to Windows 11; which is exciting, but when they start shipping updates outside of a traditional patching window, it can cause a few headaches.
Microsoft unexpectedly released KB5022913, also known as Moment 2, about two weeks ahead of schedule. This release introduces a new system tray experience in Windows 11 that has compatibility issues with older versions of Start11.
There's good news, though! We have a compatibility patch for our application and were already prepared to ship it next week to meet Microsoft’s expected March 14th (Patch Tuesday) deadline. The patch is currently available as a beta download. The version is Start11 1.4 and while there are no new features in this release, it is a significant update in terms of compatibility.
It is worth noting that KB5022913 is only being downloaded if you actively seek the update. But, anyone with Windows 11 installed who manually searches for Windows updates will be prompted to download the release. While we anticipate that the compatibility issues between Start11 and KB5022913 are only impacting a small number of users at this time, we are still moving quickly to migrate our 1.4 build from beta to general release.
If you are running Start11 on Windows 11 and are seeing oddities - primarily on secondary taskbars or in coloring around the system tray - we highly recommend you give the Start11 1.4 beta a spin. We believe it will resolve the compatibility issues that this update has introduced. If you are running into anything else after the update, please let us know in our forums so that we can accurately track bugs.
Refreshing the Fences Page Experience
Save 25% on Fences 4 for the Rest of February
Wednesday, February 22, 2023 by BradSams | Discussion: Stardock Blog
Late last week, we rolled out another update to Stardock.com. We overhauled the Fences app page experience to match its design to the recently updated Start11 page. With this new look, we have combined our consumer and business pages.
Read on to find out how you can save up to 25% by purchasing Fences this month.
Although Fences is loved and used by hundreds of thousands of users every day at home, it's not well-known that Fences 4 is also utilized by thousands of corporations. From manufacturing to healthcare, some of our largest clients are using Fences is in unique ways to not only keep their desktops organized, but for also sharing documents internally without having to use email or Teams.
One key difference on our new app pages is the “How It's Used” section in the middle of both the Start11 and Fences 4 pages. The intent of this section is to help highlight the various ways our applications are used not only at home, but also in the office. Especially with Fences, the various ways our clients are using the software to keep projects organized, share files internally, and reduce the amount of time lost from looking for lost files, can be enlightening for those who are not intimately familiar with the product.
If you haven’t tried Fences 4 yet, you can try it free for 30 days. Or if you are looking to buy or upgrade to Fences 4, you can save 25% for the remainder of the month with the discount code FENCES4FEB when applied at checkout.
Fences is the cornerstone of the Stardock productivity portfolio. Not only can it keep your desktop organized, but it can make your workflow across devices a seamless experience with Folder Portals. Also, when using Peek, you have instant access to all your content without having to leave your app.
If you want to learn more about Fences, head on over to our shiny new landing page.
WindowBlinds 11 is Available on Steam Today
The Best Desktop Customization App Arrives on Steam
Wednesday, February 15, 2023 by BradSams | Discussion: Stardock Blog
For fans of personalizing their desktop who like to buy their applications on Steam, today is your day: WindowBlinds 11 is now available on that platform. You can get it as both a standalone product or in a bundle with Start11.
WindowBlinds 11 is the easiest way to truly personalize your desktop. With only a few clicks, you can theme your desktop with a retro style like Windows Classic, or jump ahead in time with a theme like Diamond, which rounds the taskbar and looks like the next version of Windows.
When you pair WindowBlinds 11 with Start11, you have a fully customized desktop experience tuned exactly to your specifications. If you've already purchased Start11 on Steam, you can easily add WindowBlinds 11 with a bundle to save a few dollars, too.
While working on bringing this application to Steam, we also took time to optimize the installation process as well. Starting with this build, we have reduced the time for installing from a couple of minutes to roughly 30 seconds or less (depending on your hardware).
WindowBlinds 11 is available on Steam today for $19.99 with support for 5 active devices running Windows 10 or Windows 11. If you prefer to buy direct, you can learn more about WindowBlinds 11 on our website here.
WindowBlinds 11 is headed to Steam
New options for purchasing WindowBlinds
Wednesday, February 8, 2023 by BradSams | Discussion: WindowBlinds News
WindowBlinds 11 is the latest version of our popular Windows customization software that lets you truly personalize your desktop. Released late last year, WindowBlinds allows users to customize the look and feel of their Windows desktop, including changing the colors, textures, and styles of the windows, buttons, and menus.
Coming soon, WindowBlinds 11 will be available on Steam and you can add it to your wish list today.
Along with releasing the base application, we have added a couple of brand-new themes as well. Windows Classic is the best way to make your desktop look like a classic version of Windows - we also have a classic Mac version as well.
With WindowBlinds 11, users can completely transform their Windows desktops; the built-in browser includes thousands of skins to choose from, allowing for complete customization of the look of Windows, buttons, menus, and more. It also includes a powerful theme editor for creating custom skins.
While working on bringing this application to Steam, we also took time to optimize the installation process as well. Starting with new builds of WindowBlinds 11, we have reduced the installation time from a couple of minutes to roughly 30 seconds or less (depending on your hardware).
We do not have a current release date yet for WindowBlinds 11 on Steam as we navigate the final hurdles of bringing this complex application to Steam. That being said, the landing page is now live and you can add the app to your wish list so you'll be notified when it becomes available.
Bringing a New Experience to our App Pages
Refreshing Stardock, One Page at a Time
Tuesday, January 31, 2023 by BradSams | Discussion: Stardock Blog
Earlier this year, we started to roll out updates to Stardock.com to improve the user experience for downloading applications and managing subscriptions. In addition, we have also overhauled our help portal and are now shifting focus to our app pages.
We've rolled out the first new app page update, bringing with it a new style and messaging for one of our most popular applications: Start11. The new page layout has larger images, new messaging for both home and business users, easier link discoverability, and more.
Start11 New App Page
Along with the new design, one of the bigger changes makes it easier to find the trial links for our software. In our old design, the software trial links for our applications were not easily discoverable – the new layout places an emphasis on making this link easy to find.
Bringing the business and consumer pages together will also improve our discoverability. While we do currently have pages dedicated to our enterprise clients, we know that most of them initially learn about our products from our consumer pages. By creating one page that can effectively serve both users, we can streamline our navigation and better serve both types of users.
Start11 Legacy App Page
With the first page nearly complete, we will start to roll out these design updates to more pages next month. We are still making a few optimizations to our design and mobile layout, but if you see any oddities, please let us know.
Updating all of our core app pages will push us closer to our goal of modernizing many aspects of our site experience, but the work is not done. We still have more plans to continue to update Stardock.com, but we will share more about those efforts when they are closer to fruition.
Fences: Make Gaming Better with a Special Discount
Organize your apps and streamline your gaming experience with Fences.
Tuesday, January 24, 2023 by BradSams | Discussion: Fences
At Stardock, we make great games and play many of the latest titles. But, like many gamers, our desktops have become cluttered with various launchers, apps to control your RGB, and - if you're a streamer - your favorite broadcast software as well. Add everything up and all of a sudden, your desktop looks like the aftermath of playing Minesweeper.
There is a better way forward! For a limited time, Fences 4 is on sale if you use the coupon code GAMERS at checkout. Fences has been used to organize desktops for decades! With the explosion of gaming apps populating your desktop, it’s the perfect utility to pair with Windows to keep your launchers, games, and utilities perfectly organized.
Our own Ron Burke has been using Fences for years to help keep his desktop organized by rolling up each fence for quick access to frequently played games while also keeping his desktop expertly organized.
In this configuration, hovering your mouse over the fence “unrolls” it to reveal the contents. Ron has his desktop organized by games and then has another fence for the launchers. Fences is a fantastic way to keep everything organized and easily accessible while also making your desktop look minimalistic too.
Until the end of January, anyone can purchase Fences 4 with coupon code GAMERS and save 15% at checkout.*
Fences 4 is a powerful utility tool - once you experience it, you will wonder how you ever lived without it. If you aren’t convinced, you can always download a free trial to see for yourself.
Fences users, how do you utilize the app to enhance your gaming experience? Share in the comments below.
*Coupon expires on January 31st, 2023 at 6:59 PM.
Bringing a Classic Mac Theme to Windows 11
It may look like a Mac, but it's 100% Windows
Tuesday, January 17, 2023 by BradSams | Discussion: WindowBlinds News
Late last year, we brought a new theme to WindowBlinds 11 that we call Windows Classic. For fans of older versions of Windows, this is a great way to experience some of the late 90s style while retaining the modern features that Windows 11 provides.
In the same vein, we have created another new retro style that crosses the OS waters to MacOS. In our latest theme for WindowBlinds, Mac Classic brings back a different sort of retro feel that lets you experience the unique Mac style from yesterday on your Windows 10 or 11 desktop today.
With a flatter design style and monochromatic elements, Mac Classic will certainly have its fans - but we know it’s not for everyone. That’s the beauty of WindowBlinds, though: there are thousands of themes that you can apply to your desktop to make it a truly personalized experience.
To grab this specific theme, you can download and install the latest version of WindowBlinds 11. If you already have WindowBlinds installed, you can directly download the skin here.
Don’t forget: you can also create your own themes as well with our SkinStudio that comes bundled with every copy of WindowBlinds 11. You can also modify any existing theme from within the WindowBlinds app, too.
As we continue to look for new themes to build for WindowBlinds 11, make sure to let us know in the comments what you would like to see land in our next release. And if you haven't tried WindowBlinds 11 yet, you can download a free trial here.