Object Desktop 2005 nears availability
Upgrade Windows to the next level with Object Desktop 2005
LIVONIA, MI (April 20, 2005). Software developer Stardock, the world's leading
developer of Windows enhancement software, announced Object Desktop 2005 today.
Object Desktop is a suite of desktop enhancement utilities that enable users to
customize virtually every aspect of the Windows environment. Users with
Object Desktop are able to add a whole range of new features to Windows. When
these programs are put together, it is like having a future version of Windows
Object Desktop 2005 supports Windows 2000 and Windows XP. Stardock is
also working very closely with Microsoft in order to be amongst the first to
take advantage of new features and technology in Microsoft's next-generation
version of Windows code-named "Longhorn".
The programs that make up Object Desktop 2005 include:
- WindowBlinds: A customization utility that enables users to change the look
and feel of the Windows graphical user interface (GUI) with their own "visual
- IconPackager: A program that allows users to change all of their icons in a
single action by applying a "package" of icons.
- DesktopX: A program that extends the Windows desktop to support true objects
that can be combined to create mini-applications called widgets or used to
create completely new and unique desktops.
- Keyboard LaunchPad: A program that allows users to assign mouse and other
actions to hot keys that work system wide. It can assign clipboard contents to a
- RightClick: A program that allows users to replace their desktop menu with one
of their own choosing that adds functionality and improves productivity.
- Theme Manager: A program that integrates the various programs of Object
Desktop (and third party ones as well) into a single interface.
- SkinStudio: A program that allows users to create their own user
interfaces and skins for Windows Media Player and WindowBlinds.
- IconDeveloper: A powerful yet easy to use program for creating
- Stardock Central: Allows users to access ObjectDesktop.net, a free service
that comes with Object Desktop that allows users to get instant updates to all
of the core Object Desktop programs along with over a dozen other Object Desktop
Object Desktop also includes programs such as WindowFX which can add shadows
and special effects to Windows, ObjectBar which can add or replace the Windows
Start bar and nearly a dozen other programs that allow users to extend Windows
in any way a person or company might choose to.
This past year has seen an extensive number of enhancements to the existing
programs of Object Desktop as well as new programs being added. For
example, RightClick was added this past year. DesktopX 3 was recently
released and contains a huge number of improvements and changes. WindowBlinds
4.5 was developed this past year and now supports the upcoming 64-bit version of
Windows XP and includes enhanced hardware acceleration for newer video cards.
Stardock also licenses a special version of Object Desktop branded as
Theme Manager OEM
which enables companies to create custom branded desktops. Companies ranging
from Alienware, Blizzard, ATI, Ziff Davis, nVidia, along with several Fortune
500 companies have used this special version of Object Desktop to create custom
branded desktops for their users and employees.
One thing that makes Object Desktop 2005 particularly special is its low
resource usage. Programs such as WindowBlinds use only a few hundred
kilobytes of memory and programs such as DesktopX provide widgets --
mini-applications that use less memory than stand alone programs while having
the potential to provide powerful feature sets to developers. Object Desktop
2005 is the first version of Stardock's suite designed specifically for Windows
XP users (Windows 98
Windows XP, Stardock's developers have been able to focus on taking maximum
advantage of performance enhancing features in that OS. Moreover,
Stardock's close relationship with both ATI and nVidia (both of whom use Object
Desktop based technologies to varying degrees) has enabled the programs in
Object Desktop to take advantage of the latest performance-boosting options in
their respective video drivers.
Object Desktop 2005 costs $49.95 and is available on CD or can be purchased electronically. Users
who purchase it have access to all the programs that make up Object Desktop
(nearly two dozen) as well as all updates made to Object Desktop for a full year
after purchase. Stardock is working on major updates to programs such as
ObjectBar as well as adding a new program called Enhanced Dialog to Object
Desktop in the coming months.
Object Desktop's home page is
Desktop 2005 will be officially released on May 3rd, 2005.
Object Desktop 2005
Requires Windows XP/2000
Stardock Corporation (www.stardock.com)
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