For those of you not familar with Object Desktop from Stardock it is their package of all their different utility programs like WindowBlinds and Iconpackager which are among the tools available allowing you to individualize your desktop. I have been a happy user of WindowBlinds for a long time and I upgraded to Stardock’s Object Desktop because of all the other utilities that came as part of the package.
Whether it be from things like WindowBlinds to DesktopX to their skinning editor Stardock provided excellent tools that could let anyone personalize their desktop to something plain and simple to something you might see in a horror movie slash sci-fi flick. Along with that there is also the thriving community at WinCustomize where you can find themes, cursors, icons and wallpapers to satisfy just about anyone’s needs.
As with all really good things though Object Desktop comes at a hard dollar price of $69.00 which considering all the programs that are a part of the package it is a hellva deal. Of course they have the renewal price which again is more than fair but unfortunately for me even that is now out of my range so the time is coming very shortly where I will have to say good-bye to an excellent product.
Before that happens though I may just grab a copy of DesktopX and see if I can really personalize my desktop into something cool and functional. Now don’t get me wrong I’ll still be able to use the products I already have but I will miss out on all the good stuff that I think Stardock is working towards.
I feel this because between the WindowBlinds engine becoming a root level service on Vista and Deskscapes becoming the main engine behind Vista’s animated desktop the future for further integration of Stardock handling future Windows desktops is a real possibility. I say this because of what I see happening to the Windows move to modularizing of the operating system and Stardock is perfectly positioned to be able to offer a feature rich desktop module if that time comes about.
In the meantime though if you are looking for a way to enrich and individualize your desktop I can’t suggest a better way that with the Stardock products.
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