Stardock Tiles public beta released

Stardock has released a public beta of it's latest application, Tiles. Tiles is an application that lets users manage running applications and windows with a customizable sidebar. At the top are the labels for each page such as 'My Tiles' or 'Documents' or 'Apps'. Users can then drag and drop programs, documents, or website URLs onto Tiles. If the program is running, users can hold the shift-key down and drag the app onto Tiles immediately. When the program is inactive, it appears as an icon. When it is active, it appears as a live preview tile. Additional skins are available and can be downloaded from sites such as WinCustomize.com, and there are several customization options available in the app.

"Traditionally, productivity-minded users would make use of virtual desktops or enhanced launching programs like our own ObjectDock," said Brad Wardell, president & CEO of Stardock. "Today, more and more users have multiple monitors and are looking for better ways to organize what they're working on. That's where Tiles comes in."

The beta version of Tiles is fully functional with the company looking for feedback from users on additional features and usability they would like to see. Users can also optionally add features through the integrated in DLC interface. The free public beta can be downloaded from the Tiles website.

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I wonder if apple would sue them for copying one of their design ideas. Let's see if microsoft stays on the side for this one.

I am curious if this can be stuck to a second monitor. I hide my start menu and this down the side of the second display would be very useful.

Tartan said,
Or you could just enlarge your taskbar and move it to the side for the same effect.

This is kind of like a virtual desktop app. Its a window manager, it allows you to group different tasks together.

This is kind of nifty on my tablet. It seems that it will take some time to populate it with programs and folders that I use. I disabled the apps pivot since it's completely redundant due to the task bar.

I've been having more success when you have it on autohide and you have the flag to drag it back to the screen.

However, on non-touch devices it's completely useless because you have your keyboard at your fingertips. win+"prog name" is the most efficient way to launch programs.

MrPink said,
More crapware from Stardock. yeeha!

Also, they need to get new designers. Copying Windows 8's metro style is ****ing lame.

There's other skins available, Metro is just one of them.

I always hated side bars. Never used them. Always turned them off since early version of Office that introduced it.

However, I do use ObjectDock daily on my home computer. It looks a lot nicer than a side bar.