Object Desktop is a nice little suite of applications that can really change the way your Windows computer looks and feels. The $50 suite includes programs to replace icons, modify the right-click menu, skin Windows, and much much more. There are so many different programs that you can install with Object Desktop that we had a hard time covering them all in our detailed review.
Things are going to be changing soon…Object Desktop 2008 is going to take customization even further by utilizing some of Vista’s native features. One of the most needed changes in my opinion is the Stardock Central, which is where you manage and install all of the applications that are part of the Object Desktop suite. It looks like it is finally getting an overhaul:
One of Stardock’s most popular applications, which is included in Object Desktop, is probably WindowBlinds. Version 6 is promised to bring a ton of new features to the table including the ability to add a blur effect to transparent skins. That means you can actually enable the blurring on all skins that support transparency, and not just new skins that are made with the blur effect in mind:
And you can also skin the Vista Sidebar in WindowBlinds 6:
Stardock has also teamed up with TweakVista.com to provide a new application called, well, TweakVista. This program will give users the chance to customize their Vista installation even further, with options like choosing the level of security for User Account Control (UAC) prompts:
There aren’t any details available in terms of possible pricing changes, but Stardock did announce that Object Desktop 2008 will have a “big brother” called Object Desktop Ultimate. Current Object Desktop subscribers will receive the Ultimate edition for free when it is released, but the new subscriber cost is still a mystery.
Betas for these programs are scheduled to be available in the next few weeks, so if you’re looking to test out the latest skinning software for Windows you might want to think about purchasing an Object Desktop license soon!