The first (and only) alternative way to make Sidebar gadgets arrives
Monday, June 18, 2007 by Frogboy | Discussion: WinCustomize News
Version 3.5 takes gadgets to the next level
Stardock DesktopX has long led the way in allowing users to build a better desktop. It was the first program for personal computers that enabled end users to easily create mini-applications on their desktop. DesktopX lets users create objects in just a few simple steps that can be combined together to make widgets or used to build entire desktops. DesktopX Pro was the first program that allowed users to export their creations as stand-alone programs called gadgets.
With the arrival of Windows Vista, gadgets have become much better known. The Windows Sidebar uses a particular format of gadgets (the .gadget file). Stardock is pleased to announce that DesktopX 3.5 can create native Windows sidebar gadgets. How easy is it? Check this out:
A quick demo
Step #1: Create the object
Step #2: Give the object an image
Step #3: Assign the short-cut
Step #4: Export the object
Step #5: Export as a Sidebar Gadget
Step 6: Give some basic info on the gadget
Your new gadget!
Floating on the desktop
Also, remember, DesktopX supports all kinds of other cool features built-in like animation (so you could make zooming sidebar gadgets easily), rotation, built-in scripting, plugins, colorizing, mouse states and more:
DesktopX 3.5 is currently in beta. It's only available for users who have Object Desktop (www.objectdesktop.com). Stardock expects the final version of DesktopX 3.5 to be ready before the end of the Summer (2007).