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Preview of new Stardock download store / updater

By on November 12, 2011 3:04:25 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

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So with Impulse over to Gamestop and the digital distribution competition no longer something we’re participating in we’ve developed a new digital updating client – Stardock Central (what’s old is new again).

But unlike the old “big” client, the new one is very…very simple.

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(sorry for the lame screenshot, I’m caught up on my games on this new machine and haven’t installed any apps yet).

Your Stardock purchases will show up here once you login. Just pick what you want to install (or update) and press a button and it’ll use our massively fast CDN to install it (we have a long-term agreement with our CDN except now the only thing using its bandwidth is our stuff so the download speeds are kind of ridiculous – it’s like being the only guy on a 1 gigabyte line).

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The new settings includes an option to have it simply update your software automatically.  So you can either choose to stick with older versions or always have it up to date.

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OK, let’s say you don’t like to have to install a client at all.  That’s fine too.  You can update your software and games via the web as well:

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Pick whether it’s software or games and it’ll look at your account, when you last updated, and off you go.  The installer will figure out what you need to install (i.e. if you have multiple machines with different versions) and off you go.

It’s designed to be as streamlined as possible.

 

UPDATE: TRY THE LATEST VERSION HERE:

http://www.stardock.com/products/stardockcentral/

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RedneckDude
November 12, 2011 3:12:35 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Very nice Brad!! Thank you sir!

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November 12, 2011 3:30:54 PM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

Nice!  Now don't go crazy with it and create impulse 2! 

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November 12, 2011 3:30:58 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Thank you for putting it on a website as well. It will make it a lot easier to make our own archives.

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November 12, 2011 3:53:44 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

This is great, I'm so excited!!  Thank you very much!!  Do you know the estimated availability time frame?

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November 12, 2011 3:56:36 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Okay, now that looks like it will work just fine.  Thanks for the update. 

Ooops, one question, since Stardock Central looks to be a stand alone program, how will it be skinned? 

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November 12, 2011 4:15:30 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Looks good Brad, hope it releases soon.

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November 12, 2011 4:15:52 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Can't wait till it's ready!

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November 12, 2011 4:18:23 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Look great ! A couple things:

Will there be an option for Alpha or Beta's (Object Desktop Subscribers)? We may not want betas on our system or will all be listed and we can make our own choices?  Will it show our Master Skins, purchases from stardock and wincustomize?, and other purchases from the store or just our Apps? I know i did see that it would check our list of purchases.

Thanks Brad

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November 12, 2011 4:20:04 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

And what about game/software already purchased? Will there be a way to register them in the new tool?

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November 12, 2011 4:24:34 PM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

That lame screenshot is probably the prettiest thing I've seen from a digital downloader app in a long time...  GS Impulse is showing me ads all of the time now, so with this news, I can happily delete it and move onto better.

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November 12, 2011 4:30:01 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

download speeds are kind of ridiculous
I really like the sound of that!  

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November 12, 2011 4:30:17 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

On impulse you could "Verify" If your software was installed correctly on your computer... will that function be available on StardockCentral ?

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November 12, 2011 5:12:53 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting flymar,
And what about game/software already purchased? Will there be a way to register them in the new tool?

As long as it's tied to your account, it should already be there.

 

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November 12, 2011 5:20:38 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I like this...I like this alot.

When released, would it be possible to use it to update or uninstall apps that were installed using Impulse? 

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November 12, 2011 5:32:28 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

looks good, thank you.

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November 12, 2011 5:37:48 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting CarGuy1,


When released, would it be possible to use it to update or uninstall apps that were installed using Impulse?
Not at this time.
Quoting neone6,
On impulse you could "Verify" If your software was installed correctly on your computer... will that function be available on StardockCentral ?
Nope.  Think simpler. 

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November 12, 2011 5:42:57 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Hats off to the design team and developers. Slim, trim and to the point. I like it.

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November 12, 2011 6:20:57 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Philly0381,
Ooops, one question, since Stardock Central looks to be a stand alone program, how will it be skinned?

Stardock has this proggy called 'Windowblinds'......

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November 12, 2011 6:22:29 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

so the download speeds are kind of ridiculous – it’s like being the only guy on a 1 gigabyte line).

Yummy.

Looking forward to the updater.  Always like a good solid simple tool.

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November 12, 2011 7:02:21 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I don't mind the buttons in the first pic, but the buttons in the second pic are a different style for some reason (font?) and look kludgy.

The browse button needs a nicer alignment.

Just friendly feedback

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November 12, 2011 9:17:42 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Jafo,
Quoting Philly0381,
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Ooops, one question, since Stardock Central looks to be a stand alone program, how will it be skinned?

Stardock has this proggy called 'Windowblinds'......

You've forgotten - one of the rich ironies of skinning has been Stardock's habit of hardcoding the UI of their app manager.  

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November 12, 2011 10:25:32 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

This looks good... less is more.

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November 12, 2011 11:06:50 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

And now is even better...lol.   ( Us rednecks want it all, and we want it now...            )

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November 13, 2011 3:05:06 AM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

I smell inspiration from Apple Software Update

And the interface again reminds me of how unsettling the Windows 8 UI is. I feel as if it is writing to me in all caps, expressed through the colours of the UI...

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November 13, 2011 3:13:06 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Great !

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