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WindowFX 5 has just been released with new window animations and other great new features. WindowsFX is a powerful customization utility for Windows which lets you apply cool animations to your windows, application menus, and Start menu, and also offers some useful productivity-oriented tools.

The new version of WindowFX has introduced wobbly window animations while dragging (similar to what you can do with Compiz Fusion on Linux), and several new animations for window operations such as opening, closing, minimizing, and restoring. The application is offered in a free, feature-limited version, as well as in a paid version which costs $10 and has useful desktop icon display controls, the aforementioned wobbly effect, and more.

Animations are not everything: WindowFX 5 offers handy ways to stay focus on what you are doing, even if you are using the free version. You can darken all inactive windows so that the current window visually stands out; you can minimize inactive windows after a while to keep your screen (or screens) from becoming cluttered; and you can make inactive windows transparent.

These new features alone make the free download worthwhile, but the animations don’t hurt, either: Even on a computer which is no powerhouse animations are silky-smooth and fun to watch. The free version comes with several animation options, so you can swap them around if you ever get tired of your original choices. Definitely a fun application, and this latest release looks great.

What do you like about the WindowsFX 5 release?

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Source: WindowsFX

  1. okayama
    June 26, 2012 at 11:51 am

    sounds really intresting

  2. Owen L
    June 1, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    I use Classic Shell. It's open source and very efficient on the PC. I'm more interested in performance than visual enhancements.

  3. Nilesh Rathi
    June 1, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Looks awesome!! Will it work in Windows 8?

    • Erez Zukerman
      June 1, 2012 at 10:53 am

      That's a very good question -- Stardock are making no promises, but knowing their history, I would bet on "yes". It's basically the best company for in-depth Windows customization, at least imho.

      • Mihovil Pletikos
        June 1, 2012 at 4:56 pm

        but not this version and not until the final version of w8 is out....

    • Spencer
      June 1, 2012 at 5:41 pm

      It's not supported on Windows 8 right as Win8 is just a beta. Once it's further along we'll definitely be updating the apps. :)

      • Erez Zukerman
        June 2, 2012 at 6:56 am

        Thanks for weighing in, Spencer! I always like hearing from the developers. :)

  4. Garey Boone
    June 1, 2012 at 8:10 am

    I've always griped that Windows didn't have the animations that linux does hopefully it's not to resource heavy.I'm definitely gonna give it a shot though.

    • Erez Zukerman
      June 1, 2012 at 8:56 am

      So far, it feels very lightweight. :)

      • Garey Boone
        June 1, 2012 at 3:37 pm

        The free version actually offers a lot of options.Looking at Task Manager it's not that bad on resources at all. Great find thanks.

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