RetroUI for Windows 8 gets updated; new menu and 'SuperSize' Start screen

Software developer Thinix has released a number of versions of its Windows 8 Start menu program RetroUI over the past several months. Now the company has launched a major new update for RetroUI, which brings its version number up to 3.0.

This new version includes something that a number of people might like; a true 'retro" Windows 7 style Start menu for the Windows 8 desktop, with features like integrated search, right click context menus and a way to drag and drop items in the menu.

If you like the Start screen and the 'Metro' UI, the new RetroUI 3.0 has you covered as well. It includes a new 'SuperSize' feature that lets Windows 8 apps and the Start screen span across multiple PC monitors. The new version of the program's Metro App launcher now allows all Metro apps to be launched from the Start Menu and the program's TabletView.

Other new features in RetroUI 3.0 include the ability for the Start Menu to adjust its color to a user's Windows 8 color choice. Metro apps can now have their starting size set as a percentage of the desktop and Metro apps can now "snap" to fill half the screen for those users with large monitors.

The program is available for download now for $4.95 for use on one PC or a version for $9.95 that can be used by up to three PCs. You can also get a seven day free trial version and there are other versions made for business and educational use.

Source: Thinix | Image via Thinix

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Looks great, but the video/picture rendering are lagging when open/close and moving windows on the desktop.
Opening the Start Menu is also lagging.
If you/they can fix this, I will buy the program.
This is how win8 should have been on a desktop.
And the default look on a smart phone/tablet.

Luke777 said,
Looks great, but the video/picture rendering are lagging when open/close and moving windows on the desktop.
Opening the Start Menu is also lagging.
If you/they can fix this, I will buy the program.
This is how win8 should have been on a desktop.
And the default look on a smart phone/tablet.

In the triple monitor demo, I was using one real video card and two external USB video adapters, so there is a slight lag on the two outer monitors, that's hardware not software. Part of the beauty of SuperSize is that it can virtualized multiple monitors and video adapters and they don't need to be anything fancy.

donv said,

In the triple monitor demo, I was using one real video card and two external USB video adapters, so there is a slight lag on the two outer monitors, that's hardware not software. Part of the beauty of SuperSize is that it can virtualized multiple monitors and video adapters and they don't need to be anything fancy.

Hi donv
I was talking of my own system.
I only have one screen however, the demo I tried lags a little bit when changing between Metro start screen and Desktop.
Also open up a window or moving it gives some lags. It does not run as smooth as the default win8.
My system:
Intel 3930K OC to 4.60 GHz
AMD Radeon 7970.
8 GB RAM
So perhaps it may be the AMD Driver that causes this lagging?

From all the start menu addons I prefer "StartIsBack" as well.

You could always ask its developer if he would consider implementing something. In my experience I found the author of the program quite responsive.

mnk2xl said,
From all the start menu addons I prefer "StartIsBack" as well.

You could always ask its developer if he would consider implementing something. In my experience I found the author of the program quite responsive.

Thanks, I will do that.

Hey donv:

Tell me you can square off the corners of the Start Menu (and other UI elements) or even the corners of traditional Windows 7 programs and I will buy this. Guaranteed.

Or enable me to customize title bars and other elements and get back Aero transparency on Windows 8 Apps and I will buy anything Thinix produces. I promise. No joke.

Dead tired of the new Microsoft culture of stupidity, or them thinking its user base is a bunch of morons or infantile etch and sketch kids.

What a lot of people don't realize is that Microsoft is starting over, aiming to do some wild UI treatments in the future. But they are doing so it at the expense of the frustration of a user base that has/had been devoted for years. We see where they're going with this, but this is a a way worse than idiotic start.

Thank you, Thinix, for trying to provide something reasonable.

BeoStyx said,
Hey donv:

Tell me you can square off the corners of the Start Menu (and other UI elements) or even the corners of traditional Windows 7 programs and I will buy this. Guaranteed.

Or enable me to customize title bars and other elements and get back Aero transparency on Windows 8 Apps and I will buy anything Thinix produces. I promise. No joke.

Dead tired of the new Microsoft culture of stupidity, or them thinking its user base is a bunch of morons or infantile etch and sketch kids.

What a lot of people don't realize is that Microsoft is starting over, aiming to do some wild UI treatments in the future. But they are doing so it at the expense of the frustration of a user base that has/had been devoted for years. We see where they're going with this, but this is a a way worse than idiotic start.

Thank you, Thinix, for trying to provide something reasonable.

Those are currently deeply embedded XAML features, but we may pull things out to allow skinning in the future..

Can we start laughing when it becomes 'full screen' size, because it is getting close, and is mimicking functionality that is already in Windows 8, even if users don't attempt to find or use it.

Its kinda neat to stretch Metro apps, but otherwise not important for single screen users. No thanks. Though nice a program like this is out there if people want this ability.

All Microsoft needs to do is keep the task bar on top of the Metro UI. The tile screen makes the start button obsolete. Make the task bar transparent so it gels with the current open metro app. All you see are the current open apps, and let the metro apps show on the task bar. We need to be able to run more than one metro app at a time. I can deal with the apps running in full screen, but if they can allow us to run them windowed that'd be an added bonus.

Sadly, seems to be missing the one thing I want from the w7 start menu, the list of recently opened files for each application.

I normally open things with search, so the metro screen is fine as it's barely there a moment anyway, it's just when I want to say, open notepad on a note I wrote a couple of days ago...I miss that at home (Still on 7 at work).

Supersize/half-size metro apps sounds good though! Still not quite ideal as I guess it's still only 1 or 2 at a time! I'd quite like to be able to fill a monitor with "docked" metro apps, messenger, weather, skype, etc.

Of course I can just use the desktop apps to achieve the same...but still.

ChristopherSmith said,
Sadly, seems to be missing the one thing I want from the w7 start menu, the list of recently opened files for each application.

I normally open things with search, so the metro screen is fine as it's barely there a moment anyway, it's just when I want to say, open notepad on a note I wrote a couple of days ago...I miss that at home (Still on 7 at work).

Supersize/half-size metro apps sounds good though! Still not quite ideal as I guess it's still only 1 or 2 at a time! I'd quite like to be able to fill a monitor with "docked" metro apps, messenger, weather, skype, etc.

Of course I can just use the desktop apps to achieve the same...but still.

Open RetroUI Pro Start Menu, type: recent hit enter, select Recent, you will see Recent items, right click it and select Pin to Start Menu.

You now have a button to open recent documents in RetroUI Pro.

Screenshot: http://bit.ly/Wr7z0e

-don

Edited by donv, Feb 5 2013, 11:59am : Added link to screenshot

It's only $4.95 and I like it! It has worked for me for the first two days, hopefully no hidden bug mines, very content considering my critical nature. Good, try it.

Running Metro apps in a window is worth the price of admission by itself! There is no reason to run Metro apps with tons of wasted space fullscreen on a 24" monitor. True support for multiple monitors, super size mode all look nice too.

Microsoft wants you to think every pc is in fact a tablet with one screen.

Thank god we have solutions. I applaud these guys for RetroUI. There are many start menu replacements, but none that enable these things.

Another Windows 8 Start Menu replacement but this one isn't just a start menu, which is good. It seems that some people realize there is more missing from Windows 8 than just a start menu. I bought Start8 for my mom when she got a new computer for Christmas, but I will probably put this on ours when we get new ones with our income tax refund. I wish someone would do a start menu for Server 2012 too - we are starting to deploy Server 2012 at work, and I'm not looking forward to having to maintain that with a similar Windows 8 experience.

RetroUI Pro v3 for Server 2012 is now released and is posted on RetroUI.com It brings similar Start Menu functionality to Windows Server. It is multi-user, multi-monitor, multi-language. It also supports running Metro Apps within Windows Server if you have installed the 'Desktop Experience'.

People complain about the $5, but really, it costs more for a Venti-sized drink at Starbucks. At least this will give you ongoing productivity instead of a boost for one morning.

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