Dear support (and others),
This post is intended in part for reporting an issue but also for those considering buying the product (fences or object desktop).
I already bought groupy before on steam and decided since i liked it, i make "the jump" and buy fences also. Since i got a nice discount for the whole object desktop package, i went with that, although honestly none of the other apps really interested me. Still i don't mind supporting a good software product and i might be positively surprised.
Fences itself was much better then i anticipated. Imho the amount of effort in customizing and good design went well above my expectation. In some sense i think the website undersold it.
Just like somebody else in the forum i got confused by the 365 days( 365 support, not 365 days license). Hence i bought groupy prior on steam, before i bought object desktop straight from this site. (So now i got 2 licences for that probably)
The other programs from object desktop (i tested 5 so far) i uninstalled after some tinkering. I don't anticipate ever using any of them (apart from groupy and fences).
So far so good. However 1 mayor thing and 1 minor thing did disappoint me (so far).
First the minor. Some of the animated Desktop backgrounds in deskscapes are really nice. I tried the animated ones and although the cpu-usage isn't that high, it does increase it enough to make my cpu (or gpu fan?) fan blow harder. They are not overly heavy but more then i expected, taking into consideration i got a decent cpu (see below).
The second thing which did surprise me in a bad way, is the startup delay after installing fences. To have some quantification i actually timed it, since "long" and "slow" are to subjective to make a forum post about.
Time between bios post and win login screen is a bit less then 10 sec. After entering my login, it takes fences 20 sec to show any icons on my desktop. Until then the screen remains empty. I did some checks (i.e. taskmanager->startup) to see if anything else is causing troubles but i am pretty sure its fences itself. Its seems a bit much fences taking more then 2x the time to start compared to the whole OS. Before fences the OS has been snappy for a long time also. Prior to fences, after login i could pretty much instantly use windows.
Although 20 sec for a one time boot is not the biggest issue, sometimes when multiple boots are required in a row, its particularly annoying if the boot hangs every time. Also, in my experience, programs that show this behavior, are prone to have other issues also and usually i regard unnecessary slowness as a lack of quality (but i hope this is not true in this case, particularly since i payed good money for it).
- win10pro x64 completely upgraded etc
- cpu: i7-8700k
- samsung 850 evo 500GB
- samsung nvme 970evo plus 1TB
- RAM 32GB
- GPU: 1060GTX