Island Dog's Articles for August, 2017
August 23, 2017 by Island Dog
If you read any of our software blogs or keep up with our news, you probably see a lot of discussion about Object Desktop. So, what is Object Desktop? I'm going to detail what's in the suite, plus some of the benefits of a membership. 

For starters, Object Desktop is a suite of over a dozen of our most popular Windows desktop applications that customize your PC. Its yearly membership includes apps that organize your desktop with Fences, create a customized Start experience with...
August 29, 2017 by Island Dog
Galactic Civilizations II and Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion made PC Gamer's list of the best strategy games! Check out the complete list here: http://www.pcgamer.com/the-best-strategy-games/

 
August 25, 2017 by Island Dog
Helix is one of the latest Master WindowBlinds skins in the galleries this week. This skin takes on a mark dark look, and works well with a variety of backgrounds. This is a functional skin that you can use daily on your desktop.

Get it here: http://www.wincustomize.com/explore/windowblinds/8737/





 
August 31, 2017 by Island Dog
Want to know what's in store for Escalation? Check out the newest dev journal and learn more about the new juggernauts and the rest of what's coming up when we release v2.5! 
August 31, 2017 by Island Dog
Want to know what's in store for Escalation? Check out the newest dev journal and learn more about the new juggernauts and the rest of what's coming up when we release v2.5! 
August 30, 2017 by Island Dog
Our support team here at Stardock fields a lot of questions, but most commonly they receive communication from customers who aren't sure how to use and access their accounts. This quick guide will show you how to navigate our support site and make changes to your account without having to contact anyone! 

Navigating the support site
First, let's take a look at where you can access your account info, product downloads, password reset, and much more. Check out our supp...
August 30, 2017 by Island Dog
There is a community comp stomp coming up on September 2nd for Ashes: Escalation players!

SchismNavigator has all the info here: https://forums.ashesofthesingularity.com/484802/Event-Community-Comp-Stomps-2nd-September

 
August 30, 2017 by Island Dog
There is a community comp stomp coming up on September 2nd for Ashes: Escalation players!

SchismNavigator has all the info here: https://forums.ashesofthesingularity.com/484802/Event-Community-Comp-Stomps-2nd-September

 
August 4, 2017 by Island Dog
Feature Friday! InsidiOS by ChaNinja is a very popular animated wallpaper for DeskScapes on WinCustomize. You need to see this on the desktop to appreciate the work put in to this.

Download here: http://www.wincustomize.com/explore/dream/4660/






 
August 23, 2017 by Island Dog
Learn how to use the advanced functions of the Civilization Builder to create a polished custom faction to play as or against. This video covers custom art assets, citizens, dialogue, and more. 



Check out Part 1 here.

 
August 24, 2017 by Island Dog
Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation v2.4 is Packed with Awesome Improvements and Vulkan Support
Plus, grab the FREE Co-Op Map Pack DLC and check out the
Ashes Steam weekend sale today to save up to 50%
 What's new in v2.4:Vulkan Support: Vulkan is a graphics-rendering API that offers enhanced OS compatibility and performance. Some of the benefits include reduced CPU load time and the ability to work on other tasks, plus CPU scaling that takes advantage of multiple cores. Vulk...
August 24, 2017 by Island Dog
 Wage a Massive War in Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation!Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation is a massive-scale RTS where you can conquer alien worlds,
build enormous and diverse armies, and engage in epic battles against up to a dozen other players on huge maps.  FEATURES: Engage in Massive Sized Games
Huge maps can hold over a dozen players at once. 

Manage Your Armies Globally
The global view feature shows the entire battlefield.

Expansive Strategy ...
August 15, 2017 by Island Dog
Massive v2.4 Update Features UI & Balance Updates,
Improved Modding Capabilities, Vulkan Support,
and More

What's coming in v2.4:Vulkan Support: Vulkan is a graphics-rendering API that offers enhanced OS compatibility and performance. Some of the benefits include reduced CPU load time and the ability to work on other tasks, plus CPU scaling that takes advantage of multiple cores. Vulkan also runs on different OSes (Windows 7, 8, 10), and still receives all of the a...
August 18, 2017 by Island Dog
Learn how to use the in-game Civilization Builder to create a custom faction to play as or against. This video covers names, descriptions, traits, abilities, AI personality, and more. Stay tuned for Part 2.
August 11, 2017 by Island Dog
Feature Friday! Today we take a look at a new WindowBlinds skin from retiredmaster, who we also know as essorant. This is a minimal design that's great for daily use on the desktop.

Download here: https://www.wincustomize.com/explore/windowblinds/8723/

 



 
August 10, 2017 by Island Dog
Designer Callum McCole (GGTheMachine) faces off on the Kralon map against one of the community's top players, Rebellions.
August 10, 2017 by Island Dog
Designer Callum McCole (GGTheMachine) faces off on the Kralon map against one of the community's top players, Rebellions.
August 8, 2017 by Island Dog
Community member philothanic has posted about an upcoming newcomer FFA tournament on August 19th.

See all the details in the post below and be sure to join our Discord channel here.

https://forums.offworldgame.com/484534/Sign-up-now-for-the-5th-Newcomers-FFA-Tournament-on-August-19th-1900-GMT-15

 
August 4, 2017 by Island Dog
Exciting news! Dell's revolutionary Canvas 27 display is available for order! Why is this exciting news for Stardock? Because one of our most popular desktop organization applications, Fences, is an essential aspect of the product's design. Fences provides specialized creative space on the Canvas desktop. Imagine, Canvas users can drag and drop items into Fences and assign certain projects specific rules to organize files, folders and shortcuts automatically!

Read more here....

https://msp...
August 4, 2017 by Island Dog
Community Map Event happening this Saturday, August 5! This is a casual event where everyone is welcome to come and play. All the details can be found in our Discord channel here.

https://discord.gg/v7uVuah

 
August 2, 2017 by Island Dog
Designer Callum McCole (GGTheMachine) faces off on the Atwater map against one of the community's top players, Rebellions.
August 2, 2017 by Island Dog
Designer Callum McCole (GGTheMachine) faces off on the Atwater map against one of the community's top players, Rebellions.
August 8, 2017 by Island Dog
Fences organizes your Windows desktop, improves your workflow, and makes your important applications easy to find at a glance. These shaded areas on your desktop can be completely customized (color, size, transparency, roll up options, and more), but there's a lot more to this program than just that! Here are a few quick tips that will help you get the most out of Fences.


Tip #1 – Quick hide the desktop icons
If you ever need a blank desktop space for any reason, ...
August 29, 2017 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 Membership

Reminder: Backup Your Object Desktop Apps!

Using Object Desktop Manager

 

Stardock Store Gift Purchasing from the Stardock Store 

Stardock Store: Downloading Your Purchases

Managing your Stardock account

 

Fences&nb...