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October 21, 2016 by Island Dog
Halloween is approaching soon and it’s always a fun time to find some skins to put on your desktop. We have quite the variety here at WinCustomize with wallpapers, WindowBlinds skin, animated wallpapers, cursor themes for CursorFX, and more.

Here’s some favorites and take a look here for many more.

October 14, 2016 by Island Dog
Since we don't have a wiki any longer, I wanted to at least have a place where tutorials and guides can be listed for easy reference.

More will be added.


Object Desktop

Object Desktop: The Benefits of Subscribing

Reminder: Backup Your Object Desktop Apps!


Object Desktop Manager

Using Object Desktop Manager



WindowBlinds 8 Walkthrough: Changing and Applying Skins

WindowBlinds 8 Walkthrough: The New User Interface

October 14, 2016 by Island Dog
DeskScapes is a great way to mange your wallpapers, whether they are animated or static wallpapers. If you are not familiar with DeskScapes, it allows you to have animated wallpapers on your Windows desktop, and even lets you apply effects to those wallpapers for even more customization.

One of the questions I get asked the most about DeskScapes is how you can have wallpapers change randomly. It’s a cool feature but it seems not everyone is aware how to enable it, so I wanted to focus o...
October 13, 2016 by Island Dog
PC Gamer has an article up about 4x games and takes a look at the "major players" in the genre. Great to see Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion, Elemental: Fallen Enchantress, and Galactic Civilizations III on that list!

October 12, 2016 by Island Dog
We are going to have a lot more Twitch streams for Stardock games coming up. We are looking at having a stream each day for various games hosted by Stardock and from members of our community.

I wanted to post our weekly schedule here, and make sure to check back for updates or additions.

You can also follow our Twitch channel to be notified when a stream is live.

2pm ET
Offworld Trading Company 

2pm ET
Ashes of the Singula...
October 11, 2016 by Island Dog
PCGamesN has some exclusive video footage and screenshots from Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation!
October 10, 2016 by Island Dog
PC Gamer has an article up today about Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation which is coming on November 3rd!

"Escalation will expand the backstory of the Substrate, an enemy faction dedicated to the absolute annihilation of humanity, through two new campaigns that will give players the option of controlling either side. The original campaign will also be "fleshed out further based on the game's background lore, " and new maps for both single-player and multiplayer modes will be much large...
October 6, 2016 by Island Dog
This is a great article from PCGamesN which talks with Stardock's CEO Brad Wardell about a variety of topics.

"While at college, Wardell wrote the original Galactic Civilizations - a grand space strategy game that established Stardock’s reputation in that genre. But publishers Strategy First filed for bankruptcy and he never received his royalties, instead building the company off the back of a popular OS/2 utilities package, Essentials.

That series of events helped establish a p...
September 30, 2016 by Island Dog

I will try to do these overall updates at least once per season but right now once a month.

## Version 2.02 is coming ##

Just checked in a bunch of optimizations for performance on bigger maps. We are also working on some UI updates to help make it more obvious how to cast the Spell of Ascension (it'll be part of the UI rather than just a spell in the spell book).

## User Manual ##

We are working on an updated user manual for Rivals. If there is anything in partic...
September 29, 2016 by Island Dog
Recently I showed you some of the best Autumn wallpapers you can find for your desktop on WinCustomize. This time we’ll take a look at some favorite animated wallpapers for Autumn. You can put these beautiful wallpapers on your Windows desktop using DeskScapes.

You can find out more about DeskScapes here.


Autumn forest stream

 Autumn Sunsetlake

 Autumn Orange


Fall leaves


Autumn Preview
September 28, 2016 by Island Dog
Object Desktop is a suite of desktop enhancements that lets you change the look and functionality of Windows. Being an Object Desktop member gives a lot of great value with full access to many popular Stardock applications, betas, and any new or updated apps.

Check out some of the apps that are included with your Object Desktop membership:

WindowBlindsDeskScapesFencesStart10MultiplicityIconPackagerand more! Learn more about Object Desktop here

As long as your membership is active, you ...
September 27, 2016 by Island Dog
Ever since Windows 8 came out with the missing Start menu, Start8 has been a very popular Stardock app because it brought users back to Start menu they were familiar with. Even when the Start menu eventually returned, Start8 remained popular since it still offered Windows users a variety of options and customization.

Fast forward to today and now we have Windows 10 with its own take on the Windows Start menu. That’s where Start10 comes in, and just like before, gives Windows users the f...
September 21, 2016 by Island Dog
Fences v3.03 beta is available today for current customers and Object Desktop members.

Update includes:

Updates /startup robustness & reliabilityR-clicking anywhere on Titlebar opens the menuResolves issue where icons covered by other fences on general-desktop (not in fence) could still be clickedDisables "escape" button from triggering autohideFixes bug where rollup/rolldown timer can get stuck, breaking rollup for a specific fence until rebootResolves issue where if Fence has too man...
September 19, 2016 by Island Dog
Check out Stardock's CEO, Brad Wardell, on the latest eXplorminate podcast!

"Join Nate and Troy as they speak with Brad Wardell, the man behind Stardock, about all things Galactic Civilizations 3, Sorcerer King, Ashes of the Singularity, Offworld Trading Company, Star Control and much much more!"

Listen to the podcast here....
September 16, 2016 by Island Dog
The Autumn season officially begins soon, so it’s also a good time to get your desktops ready for the seasonal changes. We have lots of great skins for the season, but today we’ll start with some favorite wallpapers to get you started.

You can see more Autumn wallpapers here:


Autumn Wood


The Autumn Tree


Autumn walk


Doc’s Autumn Pond