This is the 'official' deviantArt account for emergeDesktop, an alternative (Windows) desktop shell.
Emerge is a modular shell, allowing users an unparalleled level of flexibility - you only use the applets you want to.
As well as this, Emerge applets can be run separately from the core program, allowing them to be used with other shells, including Windows Explorer.
Getting started with eD:
There is an on-going attempt to write-up a summary/introduction of all the eD applets and their functions, the starting point of which can be found here.
Also, Bernard has written up an excellent guide to getting started with eD, which covers all the basics starting from what you'll be faced with the first time you launch Emerge, right through to the more complicated options and settings for each applet.
For additional help, FAQs are available here and the support forum is here.
As well as the collection of screenshots available to view here on dA, we also have a groups on Customize.org and Flickr which anyone is welcome to join if they wish.
Or if you want to be a little more hands-on in 'the eD community', drop on by the forum - it's not just for tech support.
Latest eD builds:
eD builds fall into three separate categories: official builds, 'dev' or development builds and beta builds.
The official releases are fully-packaged with automatic installers that do all the work for you, whereas dev and beta builds have to be manually installed (advisably over the top of a pre-existing build).
Of the two secondary types, dev builds are fully tested and stable releases which lack the installer. These allow the users to keep up with development in a safe way. Beta builds are used to add new features and test the reliability/stability of new code.
Both the official and dev builds are available for public download. Most people are advised to stick to the finalised builds, though more confident/adventurous users can feel free to give the dev builds a go as well.
Beta builds, on the other hand, are only available to members of the Beta Testing Team. If you're interested in joining the Testing Team, head on over to the forum and say hi.
Latest build with installer: (July 8th, 2012)
6.1.1 32bit or x86 (build 22.214.171.1242)
6.1.1 64bit or x64 (build 126.96.36.1992)
or you can get the latest packed builds without installer from
Latest 'dev' build:
No dev builds since 6.1.1