RetroUI for Windows 8 updated to support more languages

RetroUI from Thinix, one of the many programs that seeks to give Windows 8 owners a way to add a Start menu to its desktop UI has launched a new version just a few days before Christmas. The new 2.3 version now adds support for 10 more languages, bringing the program's total to 33 languages.

Aside from that, the only other new feature in RetroUI is the ability to use the Windows keyboard button to both open and close their version of the Start menu. It can also be used to switch from desktop to the Modern UI of Windows 8. RetroUI costs $4.95, or $9.95 for a license to use it on up to three PCs. There's also a seven-day free trial available. As always, we want to alert people that this program is for Windows 8 only and won't work on Windows RT-based hardware.

Start menu replacements for Windows 8 seem to be highly popular. Earlier this week, SweetLabs announced that its own Pokki program, available for free, has been downloaded 500,000 times since the launch of Windows 8. Stardock recently revealed in USA Today that it has sold tens of thousands of copies of its own Start8 program. So far, Thinix has not revealed sales or download numbers for RetroUI.

Source: RetroUI website | Image via Thinix

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RetroUI Pro does much more than Start8. It is the only product which allows you to run Apps in resizable windows. It's designed to be touch friendly and TabletView allows you to pin Apps, software and websites. Within a few weeks we will release an update with a Windows-7 style Start menu. Download and see why ZDNET says RetroUI is the best enhancement for Windows 8.

"RetroUI costs $4.95" You pay for this piece of ugliness?

Start 8 replicates the Windows 7 start menu to perfection, and costs the same ( okay, $4.99), and adds some customization for you to play with. I for one love the Windows 8 flag instead of the orb.

I have to agree here, this is one ugly SOB. But instead of just saying it's ugly and leaving it at that, I will add some hopefully well received feedback:

Get rid of the gradients. UGH. Gradients are so 1998. Once those are gone, this may have some potential.

Someone resurrect LiteStep.

This and all other "Start Menu replacements" are just terrible applications designed to keep people from learning the new paradigm.

I mean, if you're going to try to 'help' users by giving them old functionality as an application on top of Windows, why not go so far as to give an entirely customizable desktop.

Bang !

That's one fugly UI, keep it. I'll stick with the proper UI, Maybe that's it, Microsoft made this to make you settle for the default UI

This application seems to be very feature rich....but they really need to work on the UI aspect....all said and done, UI sells!

I dont think tha windows 8 sucks.... It has its own features and usefulness... Of cause for those you love start button, there should be, I think Windows at least should have start button on Desktop as an option in windows 8 and gradually take it off or reduces its uses and allowed it users to adopt what they wanted to...

Lets see what MS is going to do with Win 8.1

Question: How/why does every new version release make it as Neowin homepage news? Even Start8's releases (despite Neowin's affiliation with Stardock) go to the Software section.

MsftGaurav said,
Question: How/why does every new version release make it as Neowin homepage news? Even Start8's releases (despite Neowin's affiliation with Stardock) go to the Software section.

because Windows 8 SUCKS and requires third party add-ons to make it usable.

Windows 8 doesn't suck. Elements of it suck. It took me approximately 3 minutes to make it function essentially like Win7 and never deal with Modern again.

The question remains, then, what does Win8 bring over Win7 if you have to make it function the same? Probably not as much as should be there. Works really well on tablets and touch laptops though.

I am not sure.. Either all alternatives such as Start8 and ClassicShell get the front page or throw this junk back to software section and stop gushing over this abomination...

Yep, it's fugly. Can't anyone design a decent looking GUI anymore? I mean if you're going to break outside of Microsoft's force feeding everything, why not offer a myriad of customizable options...maybe it's just a weak programmer in this case.

One problem may be that you have a programmer in a certain mindset, and they may be very skilled, but things get muddled when you don't have a visual designer. In this example, you get Computer, C:\. Documents, and Pictures on the left as squares, then Libraries and Computer on the right as rectangles, which is just pointless and confusing. Then you have Weather for some reason, like 3 different ways to access Modern UI, some buttons that do not have clear indicators or reproduce other elements, and shotcuts to websites (Google and YouTube, I assume that is configurable) and Calculator for some reason. There isn't even a Frequently Used Programs for quick access. And the shading and cell alignment is just unbearable.

Zagadka said,
One problem may be that you have a programmer in a certain mindset, and they may be very skilled, but things get muddled when you don't have a visual designer. In this example, you get Computer, C:\. Documents, and Pictures on the left as squares, then Libraries and Computer on the right as rectangles, which is just pointless and confusing. Then you have Weather for some reason, like 3 differently ways to access Modern UI, some buttons that do not have clear indicators or reproduce other elements, and shotcuts to websites (Google and YouTube, I assume that is configurable) and Calculator for some reason. There isn't even a Frequently Used Programs for quick access. And the shading and cell alignment is just unbearable.

The squares on the left are user configurable pinned apps/favorites and the ones shown in the picture represent some of the more popular ones. The skinning itself has multiple options and is designed to be touch enabled. We have a totally new UI option coming soon that you might like better and I would encourage you to give the software a try then.

-Anthony / Thinix

Edited by AnthonyC, Dec 22 2012, 11:04am :

Zagadka said,
"Ugly as sin" in 3... 2... 1...
There should be a poll every time Neowin posts an article about this POS.

What looks fugglier to you?

- Windows 8
- RetroUI