Fences 1.0 released

The much anticipation version 1.0 of the popular desktop organization app Fences, has been released today. Fences helps you reduce and eliminate the clutter of icons on the desktop by creating "fences" of icons. Users can draw shaded areas on the desktop and apply labels to them, which then become containers for your icons. These containers can be organized and customized by adjusting the shape and placing these Fences wherever you like on the desktop.

Getting a completely clean desktop is easy, as a simple double-click will hide all the icons and their Fences on the desktop. Of course, you can exclude specific icons from being hidden just in case you always like to see your recycle bin or other desktop icons.

Fences 1.0 is a free download, and demo videos and screenshots can be found at its website.

Download: Fences 1.0 (free)
Link: Fences website
Screenshots: Fences in action - Neowin Review

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"Fences was created by Jeff Bargmann, Chief Technology Architect of Stardock Corporation."

I think Jeff needs an ego massage. Maybe all devs should start adding their job titles to about screens!

ZombieFly said,
"Fences was created by Jeff Bargmann, Chief Technology Architect of Stardock Corporation."

I think Jeff needs an ego massage. Maybe all devs should start adding their job titles to about screens!


Not a bad idea, the massage that is. Maybe it'll finally get him to complete ObjectDock+ 2.0 after years of non-activity.

Tried to use the link to download Fences from Download.com. The version downloaded is 0.95.0.0, may be this rounds up to be 1.0? The usable version is 0.99 I have installed. The update is really a downgrade to a previous version. That is par for the course at Stardock. People give accolades to the developer but, in reality he needs to get his act together and distribute what is listed in the release as a finished product. The description doesn't say anything about Release Candidate. I'm not a Stardock fan because every product that I have purchased from them is always in a RC state, you find this out after the purchase, everything is still in the development stage. They sell the products before they are finished developing them. I have had problems with Objectdock, WindowBlinds, MyColors, and Theme Manager, Logon Studio, and Bootskins. Just go to the Forum and look at how many post are for support for products they are selling. I'm really sure that I'm not the only one having problems with their software, the Forum speaks for itself. The Tech Support personnel are very rude and not one answer has been provided for the problems listed in the Forum. There are many people who swear by Stardock and will defend them to the end. Not a very happy camper on this end.

CyberChief,

Not a big fan of Stardock, however I do use their Windowbilnds (7.0 Beta 2), and Iconpackager (5.0) and have yet to find any problems (using Windows 7 Enterprise). You make this big fuss over Stardock, yet you do not post what problems it has caused you. Instead of making a blanket statement give us some details as to the problems with their applications you are having. By doing that it will give some of us users of Stardock products things to look for that could cause problems.

Pam14160 said,
CyberChief,

Not a big fan of Stardock, however I do use their Windowbilnds (7.0 Beta 2), and Iconpackager (5.0) and have yet to find any problems (using Windows 7 Enterprise). You make this big fuss over Stardock, yet you do not post what problems it has caused you. Instead of making a blanket statement give us some details as to the problems with their applications you are having. By doing that it will give some of us users of Stardock products things to look for that could cause problems.


He doesn't have to. There are enough problems posted on the forums, there's no point regurgitating them here. I know how he feels too.

Does anyone know if they fixed the problem with wallpaper changes not being displayed? I used the 0.96 CTP version and it was great, except the wallpaper never refreshed when my wallpaper changed the wallpaper every 15 minutes. I was stuck with whatever wallpaper was there when I booted.

After years of trying to get people to use the f---ing Start Menu and having to repeatedly tell installers that I'm not running Windows 3.1 and thus I do not want an icon placed on my desktop, we have this lovely product that will encourage and propagate this filthy behavior.

Skwerl said,
After years of trying to get people to use the f---ing Start Menu and having to repeatedly tell installers that I'm not running Windows 3.1 and thus I do not want an icon placed on my desktop, we have this lovely product that will encourage and propagate this filthy behavior.

That other people get to choose how their PCs look and work is bad because?

I completely agree that having icons on the desktop is counterproductive, but some people like organized chaos. Personally I think Objectdock is a better solution to icon madness, but I use the Start Menu search function in Vista/7 and is much quicker than minimizing and finding an icon and double clicking it.

I used it for 2 days... I still don't see the utility of this software (at least for me) but it's a nice gizmo.

It looks like the desktop icon set in KDE4. Saw the video preview seems good. Gotta give a try may start using it.
But, I hardly look at my desktop as I am addicted to Win 7 SuperBar.

I like stardock but if you want a dock program use Rocketdock, its way better than objectdock.

As for fences it's not for me, i dont like a bunch of icons on my desktop.

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