Three Show-Stopping Bugs in Windows 10
ObjectDock was last updated on July 15, 2014, nearly 2.5 years ago. Has Stardock abandoned it?
I'm trying to run it on my Surface Pro 4 running the latest version of Windows 10, and there are three major bugs:
1. Unusable Performance: Hovering over an icon in the dock causes it to magnify, but extremely slowly, to the point of being unusable. It severely disrupts workflow. It's like watching a(n extremely) slow-motion movie. If you quit ObjectDock, and in the C:\Program Files (x86)\Stardock\ObjectDock folder rename Dock64.exe to Dock64.exe.old and Dock64.dll to Dock64.dll.old and then run ObjectDock, that will fix the performance bug, but it creates a secondary bug: it completely breaks Aero Peek (see below), so that you no longer can see thumbnail previews. This makes ObjectDock useless.
2. Broken Aero Peek: Aero Peek (thumbnail previews) is not high-DPI-aware; the thumbnail previews look absolutely awful, which causes a usability problem: you can't read any text, etc., so as to identify the window you're looking for.
3. Universal Windows Platform ("Metro") Apps Not Supported: This means that you can't use ObjectDock to switch among "Metro" apps such as Facebook Messenger or Twitter because it doesn't add their icons to the dock--only a blank space that can't actually be selected!
And there is one minor, but annoying, bug:
4. Settings Not High-DPI-Aware: The Settings dialog box has pixelated fonts and images that are extremely ugly and look antiquated. This, and the bugs above, makes ObjectDock look and function like abandonware.
In conclusion, ObjectDock is unusable on Microsoft Surface Pros and Surface Books. There is no sign of active development by a competent software engineer. Version 2.20 is not in any meaningful sense compatible with Windows 10, and there is no reason to believe that Stardock is supporting this application. ObjectDock has no business being sold today. It was abandoned 2.5 years ago.
It's impossible to imagine that anyone at Stardock uses ObjectDock. They'd never be able to get any work done because of Bug 1, alone. What conclusion can we draw but that ObjectDock is abandonware?
Consequently, I'd like a refund.