Fences 5.04 Changelog (Released 12/04/2023)
Released on Stardock.com
Fences.exe config: 184.108.40.206
Fences UI: 5.04
Fixes folder portals for people with "Open Explorer Windows in a Separate Process" Windows option set + "allow navigation" enable
Fixes "inter-Fence distance" setting being cut off on Win11 @ DPI 100%
Prepped for localization
Improved "Load Snapshot" functionality to allow snapshots to be resilient to monitor IDs changes between when the snapshot was saved vs loaded.
Fences.exe config: 220.127.116.11
Fences UI: 5.01
Add option for "Show icon as a running task" as a sub-option to "Add 'Show Fences' icon to my taskbar"
Add confirmation dialog before resetting Fence style
Fix Fences snapshots picker not showing properly on some Windows 10 installations
Fix Fence-spacing up/down control not updating in config
Fix issue with Folder Portals navigating into Office documents when "Launch folder windows in a separate process" is enabled in Explorer.
Fix the taskbar icon not unpinning from the taskbar during uninstall
Fix copy/paste Fence style not picking up per-Fence Chemeleon settings
Fences 18.104.22.168 Changelog (Released 11/15/2023)
Please see the press release for new items and changes in Fences 5.
For information regarding upgrading, please see:
Fences 4.21 Changelog (Released 07/17/2023)
v4.21 (v22.214.171.124 binaries)
Stardock release: 07/17/2023
Steam Release: 07/17/2023
v4.21 (v126.96.36.199 binaries)
Fixed bug "UI glitching while trying to set up new rules in Organize pane" reported today. No known instigator / breaking date. Patched around.
v4.19 (v188.8.131.52 binaries)
QuickHide fix (was related to the previous beta's QuickHide improvements)
Added "Manage Subscription" button to About page for Subscription licenses.
v4.17 (v184.108.40.206 binaries)
Fixed issue where View/Sort menu items could be incorrect when using Windows 11's "Use Classic Desktop Menu" setting
Fixed issue where Fence scrollbars would not display properly
Fixed unchecking "View -> Show Desktop Icons" would not work when the Quickhide feature was disabled
Fixed config UI's minimize/close-window controls could appear white-on-white-background when in "light" Windows theme mode
Fixed extra-long icon paths in Fences registry settings could cause crash
Fixed crashes relating to certain rollup feature interactions
Fixed code-signing issue that could impact fresh installations of Windows 10
Improvements to startup performance
Improved scrollbar performance with "List" style Folder Portals
Improved "auto rollup when docking to edge" so that, if you manually disable rollup, it will no longer auto rollup the next time you put the Fence near the edge.
Added support for UserLang setting via HKLM
Added option "ForceUnloadDllAfterStartupHooks" for force-unloading FencesMenu64.dll after Fences completes loading
Updated Japanese localization
Fixed config UI failed to load with a custom language selected
Fences 4.10.06 Changelog (Released 03/09/2023)
Version updated to 4.10.06 (File version 220.127.116.11)
Fix for folder portal deleted files not going away
Fixed "WinKey+[key]" Fences hotkey could get stuck, after logging out from an admin app using WinKey+L and logging back in immediately. (Did not occur if not in admin app or if waited more than 60 seconds before logging back in)
Meaningful improvements to config-app startup time. (Down from avg 5-7 sec to 1.5-3)
Logging of app startup time to C# debug log
Fixes Win10 desktop right click menu issues from prior beta build
Fixes "When German language is used, settings UI does not remember it's position"
Update version to 4.10.02 (will prompt in ODM now if ‘Show Betas’ is enabled)
Fixed issue where folder portals with extra long paths could fail to load
Improved debug logging for multi-monitor layout issues
'This does not directly address any issues with icons \ Fences not appearing on expected monitors, rather, it is collecting more data to help us address it in a future Fences update'. To learn more about how you can submit logs for this effort, please click here.
Fixed issue where "Show Fences on top" hotkey could stick
Fixed issue where Folder Portals created with drag and drop could appear in the wrong position
Fixed issue with shortcuts to offline network drives stalling Fences startup
Fixed issue where background blur was broken for monitors with negative coordinates
Fences 4.07.03 (Released 08/22/2022)
Released only on Steam
Update for Steam builds to not trigger SAS update notices:
Fences 4.07.02 (Released 08/22/2022)
Fixed an issue where Winkey + D would render Fences folder portal blank
Updated some of the core translations for missing strings
Fixed a crash that could happen on Windows Server 2016
Fixed an issue in the Fences UI where it could render dark in light mode under certain conditions
Added the Korean language
Added Chinese-Traditional language
Added Portuguese-Brazil language
Fixed issue where some text/checkbox controls would get squished to 1px-wide when returning from minimized state
Added ability to navigate within folder portals even if "Open folders in separate Explorer process" setting is enabled
Improved link contrast in dark mode when gray highlight color is selected
Fixed minor graphical glitch in Win10 Dark Mode
Fixed issue where hotkeys could get stuck (Fences stuck on top until next hotkey press)
Updated German translations
Fixed Folder Portal crash when details-view is used alongside multiple levels of sorting.
Fixed issue where double-clicking fence docked to the bottom of the screen would result in errant behavior.
Fixed issue where View/Sort menu items in the new Windows 11 desktop menu would not show as properly checked/unchecked in certain circumstances / on recent builds of Windows.
Fixed issue where multiple icons pasted to desktop at once could overlap one another.
Added detection of low inter-icon spacing settings, to reduce text overlap within fences in these situations. (HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics IconVerticalSpacing settings smaller than -1012 i.e. 135px, vs default of -1125 i.e. 150px)
Fixed truncated "days left in your free trial" text with acrylic text drawing (Win11)
Fixed folder icon centering with large fonts
Adjusted rename edit box text positioning
Updated rules so that link-target rules always apply first.
Improved corner-rounding radius on hotkey "show fences" mode to better match desktop
Improved hotkey "show fences" performance and reliability.
Improved reliability of Folder Portals to stay pinned to desktop i.e. to not appear over top of other apps.
Removed option to keep fences on top "even after switching windows" during hotkey "show fences" usage, as featured caused compatibility issues with other programs.
Resolved issue where "Lock Fences" menu item did not appear when fence titles were hidden.
Fences 4.0 (Released 12/8/2021)
Fences 4 Beta 2 18.104.22.168 (Released 12/6/2021)
Fixed shift hotkeys wouldn't toggle 2nd time until shift released and pressed again (GetAsyncKeyState issue ala WinKey issue we saw before)
Fences 4 Beta 2 (22.214.171.124) (Released 11/22/2021)
Hotkeys no longer set to ignore injected input. (Multiplicity support). Added regkey option to disable
Fixed-i-think text cutoff bug in snapshot rename dialog
Fix hotkey issue where winkey was not registering (GetAsyncKeyState issue)
Fix taskbar zorder getting messed up on use of magic hotkey
Fix black desktop on first use of magic hotkey
New setting to force-enable crash report dialog for all explorer crashes
Improved smoothness of scrollbar expand animation on Win11 (Thread-sent WM_TIMER msgs getting QoS'd)
Improved "first WinKey+D/Space can cause black flicker"
Fixed WinKey+Space, fence corners would be rounded even if rounded edges are off
Fixed issue with "Show Label on Mouseover" + WinKey+Space, titles would not respond upon mouseover
Added registry option to minimize other windows on exiting Show Desktop by activating another window
Fixed "key stuck" for hotkey feature
Fixed "Labels: Never" causing Fences to break
Fixed backgrounds would fail to paint when opacity 100% while moving
Fixed crash on restore snapshot / perform autolayout
Fixed label change-font dialog opens blank on first use
Fixed new-WinKey+D would cause desktop to cover secondary-monitor taskbars
Fences 4 Beta 1 126.96.36.199 (Released 11/11/2021)
Fences Peek added that allows the user to bring their Fences "on top" of all other windows.
Fences Peek enabled by default with hotkey Windows key + space
Desktop Display feature added that replaces Windows key + D
Added Hotkeys section to configuration panel to adjust Fences Peek and Desktop Display settings.
Acrylic styling applied to Configuration panel for Widows 11 installs.
When titlebars are "on mouseover only" or "hidden", the new padding/space created at top now persists.
Re-enable Fences after Explorer has crashed" prompt to Fences config on launch
Additional performance improvements for faster app loading and fences
Fences 3.13 (Released 8/11/2021)
Fixed issue where rollup Folder Portals were not rendering icons properly
Fixes for WPE compatibility
Fixes Windows Explorer crashes from crazy long (URL) shortcuts paths
Fixes issues where Steam users could be prompted for a Stardock key under certain conditions
Improved startup times
Disabled icon move animation (currently disabled with new installs only)
Resolved issue with folder portal 'flicker'
Resolved incorrect sorting (name, date, etc) of icons outside of Fences on the desktop
Fixed an issue with roll-up Fences where icon artifacts were left behind
Much work was done to get icons to correctly go to proper monitors on multi-monitor systems
Fixed issues with single width Fences (Fences with one icon horizontally)
Addressed issues with MS Office icons not remaining in Fences after edit and temp file creation. Example:
Fixed an issue where restored snapshots were not also restoring color settings
Fixed issue where selecting icons on desktop could select hidden icons in a roll-up Fence
New feature: Target based Rules:
For example, works for 'steam' links, or any .lnk, .url, or .website file. (Resolves the target, and applies the match to the target).
Fences 3.09 (Released 6/14/2018)
FEATURE: Added language override selection
FIX: Fix to help maintain consistent sort order in a fence
FEATURE: Added Dutch localization
FEATURE: Added French localization
FEATURE: Added German localization
FEATURE: Added Polish localization
FEATURE: Added Russian localization
UPDATE: Performance optimization for desktops with large icon counts
FEATURE: Added simplified Chinese Localization
UPDATE: Heuristic improvements (icons go where they should go and shouldn't fall out of fences)
UPDATE: Improved start process (users were having to right-click on desktop to show Fences)
UPDATE: Fixed Folder Portal spacing for Windows 10 Insider Redstone-3 Fast Track, spacing logic tweak for RS2
UPDATE: Improved bug reporting
FIX: Fixed issue where drag/drop into a roll-up fence failed
FIX: Fixed issue where hidden icons would save excessively during mousedown events
FIX: Fences could crash while performing activities such as switching monitors, resizing desktop area, initial startup
Fences 3.04 (Released 4/26/2017)
Variety of fixes for Windows 10 Creator's Update
Fixed issue where details-view Folder Portals would not remember column order, size
Fixed issue where icon-view Folder Portals would not remember icon size in Windows 10 Creator's Edition
Fixed issue where icon label would not clipped by Fence area in multi-DPI scenarios in Windows 10 Creator's Edition
Improved upgrade method for replacing files
Fixed issue where Fence size could repeatedly grow larger in Windows 10 Creator's Edition
Fixed issue where it's possible to move icons off-screen in multimon scenarios.
Fixed bug with wallpaper shuffling
Fixed bug with background blur when wallpapers are set independently per-monitor (Win10+)
Fixed issue with icon spacing with DPI's greater than 100% in Windows 10 Creator's Edition
Fixed issue where icons would jump around on moves, deletes, additions on Windows 10 Creator's Edition
Fixed issue with desktop icon spacing on systems with multiple monitors with multiple DPIs on Windows 10 Creator's Edition
Improved most High-DPI visuals up to 350%
High-DPI compatibility improvements
Per-monitor DPI compatibility for Fence visuals. Titlebars scale on per monitor basis as fence is moved between monitors.
Improved startup time
Fixed issue with drawing, where icons would appear partially black while clicking desktop
Updates /startup robustness & reliability
R-clicking anywhere on Titlebar opens the menu
Resolves issue where icons covered by other fences on general-desktop (not in fence) could still be clicked
Disables "escape" button from triggering autohide
Fixes bug where rollup/rolldown timer can get stuck, breaking rollup for a specific fence until reboot
Resolves issue where if Fence has too many icons, its column count reduces by 1
New: Windows 10 support
New: Roll-up fences
New: Blur the wallpaper behind fences (Win10 only)
New: High DPI support
New: Portal navigation
Fixed: 100% opaque fences
Updated to SAS trial/activation binaries. Existing activated installs will have their license keys upgraded automatically as part of the install.
Added allowing users to choose between rounded and 90 degree angle corner edges in the Fences config (defaulted by OS)
Added prompt for email at trial activation
Re-enabled touch features. This includes using two fingers to switch between desktop pages (enabled by default) and the ability to "flick" icons into fences (disabled by default). Both are options in the settings, on the "Desktop Pages" and "Layout and snapping" tabs respectively.
Fixed Fences not showing on desktop/exist offscreen, out of res bounds
Fixed Fence shifting icons into hidden third column
Fixed show my desktop issue reactivated with information
Fixed issue with Folder portals and visibility
Fixed issue with name based rules and right click
Fixed issue with bottomed aligned secondary monitors causes off-set Portal Fences
Fixed a crash issue that has been haunting support where a target folder location had been changed
Fixed issue with config UI blanking out
Fixed issue with Fences not showing on desktop when they existed offscreen, out of the screen resolution
Fixed issue with new files defaulting to the second monitor
Fixed issue with the show desktop button in Windows when an active modal window was displaying in Fences
Fixed issue with being unable to drag desktop pages when the taskbar was on the left or right
Fixed issue with excluding icons from quickhide (like .website)
Fixed issue when folder portal opacity was set to 0%
Fixed where rules weren't sticking if assigned through right-click/...
Removed Fences as a Control Panel item (kept causing problems)
Added support for the Windows 8.1 Preview
Fixed a bug where some users with DeskScapes could not drag items on the desktop
New: Persistent fences (and their icons) across pages
New: Network drive connection detection. Fences will attempt to recreate mapped folder locations on a reboot.
New: Page indicator. Skinnable via editing graphics in Images folder.
New: Added ability to reset appearance of All Fences
Fixed: Recycle bin jumps out of Fence
Fixed: Right click actions make files jump into the same fence
Fixed: Unable to move portal fence if title is off
Fixed: “Sort by” appears twice for folder fences with labels hidden
Fixed: icons would fall out of fence when ran if partially hidden
Fixed: You can no longer page onto blank screens (unless dragging an icon or a fence).
Fixed: When dragging a fence to a new page, you no longer endlessly scroll to new pages if you stay on the edge.
New option visible in FolderView pane when Aero is disabled: "Display incompatibility warning when Aero is disabled".
Can also toggle via registry - "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Stardock\Fences\Tips\NeverWarnAboutAero" = 0x00000001 (DWORD 32bit)
Added new Pages feature: if on empty desktop, double clicking desktop will return you to a desktop that has icons.
Added paste shortcuts for offline trial window
Added fallback handling for purchase button. If SDDLC fails to reach server (return code 4), Fences now
opens webpage instead. http://redirects.stardock.com/fences/2.0/purchase Failures sent to Fences debug log.
Fixes for some trials not starting correctly.
Fixes for registration dialog not always displaying.
Improvements to installation checks for previous 1.x Pro version.