I Love DesktopX: November 2009

...and a special guest!

Friday, November 6, 2009 by sViz | Discussion: OS Customization



It’s time for another edition of I Love DesktopX, showcasing the outstanding DX skins from the month of October. But this time I thought I’d break up the monotony and ask a fellow DX user what his favorite skins were in the past month. I have to say I pretty much agree with all of them.


Who is this mystery DXer, you ask? None other than Wizard1956, who has been a positive and supportive presence in the skinning community at large. So, I’d like to thank him for his time and contribution to this article.



On to Wiz's picks!



Outstanding General Info


Grim Reaper Time by Fairyy~



For my Halloween desktop I used Grim Reaper Time by Fairyy~ . This widget came in two parts and looked terrific with the Halloween 2008 subscriber theme. I especially liked the clock, which had color options and went really well with the wall.




Most Creative


Star Trek Original CPU/MEM Meter 1.02 by Maraudeur





Worthy of note is the Star Trek Original CPU/MEM Meter 1.02 by Marauder. The graphics may not be for everyone, (although I don't know anyone who isn't a fan of Star Trek,) so other styles would be great. It's a bit large and the drop shadow looks overdone but it is certainly a solid attempt at a widget with quad core support along with RAM usage readings for over 2Gb. I would love to see this developed further as this has true potential.




Theme of the Month


Tinted DX by RedneckDude




Barely squeaking into October was RedneckDude's Tinted DX, based on Mirsguy’s excellent Windowblind of the same name.


It's smooth, polished and shiny black. What's not to like? If you like black and blue, this theme's for you. It has all the usual stuff you expect in a RND theme plus the widget has a slick dropdown media player. The widget doesn't hide but it takes up little space even on my small monitor.


The matching weather widget can be found here: Tinted Weather








DX Fans Rejoice


As you may have gathered by now, I love DesktopX, and I want to see it do well. I want to see new users jump in, and the veterans more active again. I want to see new and exciting skins in the galleries. These are refrains I’ve read on the forums over and over again from DX’s loyal fanbase.


Well, at long last there’s some great (official) news for DesktopX! The much anticipated DX4 is coming down the pike along with other upgrades in the Object Desktop suite of programs.


You can usually count on a major update to rekindle some lost enthusiasm. So far we’ve learned the systray is going bye-bye, and we can now r-click on the desktop to create a new object…


Yay? Okay, not exactly ZOMG!!1! worthy news, but here’s hoping, right? While I can’t say I’m not eager to see what’s in store, I am reserving all celebratory dancing until I see the final product…or a beta…or more previews...*nudge* *nudge*


As evidenced by the What Would You Like to See in DesktopX 4.x thread, there are a lot of issues with the program that need to be addressed—what’s borked needs to be unborked, what’s currently unavailable needs to be made available, and what’s cumbersome needs to be made easier to use.


I don’t know if all that’s gonna get taken care of in the new version, but I’m sure there should be some major bug fixes going on. So, I’m looking forward to a more stable DX that functions as it should. And hey, at the very least, we should get half a dozen different posts showing us all the cool new tricks DX4 can do. The more buzz the better, I say.


The one thing I am crossing my fingers for is a significant improvement in the ‘Getting Started’ area—that means including more sample/template objects and integrated help (anyone notice those  help buttons at the upper-right corner of DX windows do absolutely nothing?)  Simply, the more people we can get started in DX, the more people we'll have creating those new and interesting skins, and the more the community will benefit.



So, are you excited for DX4 and what do you hope to see in the new version? What do you make of the news you’ve read so far? Sound off below.






Thanks for reading. Thanks again to Wiz for his picks. Until next month, Happy DXing!

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Reply #1 Friday, November 6, 2009 12:34 PM

Excellent article as always sViz and some great picks, even with Wiz helping, hard to believe, 

I can hardly wait to see what DesktopX 4 has in store for the skinner and user along with the updates and upgrades to Object Desktop 2010.  Looks like it will be a very interesting new year for desktop customizers.

Reply #2 Friday, November 6, 2009 12:45 PM

Kudos to sViz for the continuing series, and The Wizard for....being The Wizard!

I wholeheartedly concur that he is a positive, supportive member of the Community, and even has good taste!

Thanks, sViz for the series and to all....happy DX'ing.

Reply #3 Friday, November 6, 2009 2:02 PM

Thanks for using my picks,I enjoyed contibuting to your great article.    I am on the "I can't wait for DX 4" boat as well. I hope to be around to test themes for DX 5,6,7,8 and maybe 9 also. Special thanks to my friend RedneckDude for getting me involved in DX in a much bigger way than I probably would have been and to you, sViz for all the awesome templates and hard work keeping the spotlight on my favorite app.

I DX     


Reply #4 Friday, November 6, 2009 2:10 PM
I have to agree with Philly and Doc! Good read! I am always excited to see this article and the fact that the Wiz is a very good personal friend is no secret, so I enjoy seeing him involved here! He tests all my DX themes, so he has a good eye for it, and he is a natural troubleshooter....so, look out trouble!! Thanks for spotlighting my skin, and I too would love to see more skinners get involved in DX!! Thanks sViz and Wizard!
Reply #5 Friday, November 6, 2009 6:46 PM


Reply #6 Friday, November 6, 2009 7:15 PM

Once again, a great article. I'm just a user, but I am looking forward to DesktopX 4, and am hoping, like others, that it inspires some people to get back into it. Keep up the good work, Eve.

Reply #7 Friday, November 6, 2009 7:32 PM

great picks Wiz....and great article as usual sViz...thanks for your hard work & enthusiasm.....

Reply #8 Friday, November 6, 2009 7:51 PM

Good stuff.

Reply #9 Saturday, November 7, 2009 12:29 AM

Thanks for reading, everyone!

Leo the Lion
Reply #10 Saturday, November 7, 2009 1:40 AM

As always, a very enjoyable read. Thanks sViz........and wiz 

Reply #11 Saturday, November 7, 2009 4:19 AM

Great article sViz, Thank you. (And thank you for your recent help with my new DX theme, it actually WORKS now!!)

Reply #12 Saturday, November 7, 2009 9:12 AM

sViz, can you confirm whether the current version of DesktopX works with Win 7 64 bit?  I'm haveing a problem in getting RedncekDude's Tinted Weather Widget to run.

Reply #13 Saturday, November 7, 2009 10:51 AM

FYI, Philly tells me he cleared his widget cache and all is well now! 

Reply #14 Saturday, November 7, 2009 11:46 AM

Nope, not the case.  I tried another one of Jim weather widgets and it worked.  I can't get Tinted to extract into DX Widgets folder, keeps coming up with an error.

Reply #15 Saturday, November 7, 2009 12:02 PM

I'm on Vista, Philly, and Tinted weather works for me. You mean running/extracting from the zip gives you an error?

Reply #16 Saturday, November 7, 2009 12:07 PM

yes, and I'm on Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit now.  Jim's Test Weather Widget works fine.  Tinted does work fine on my XP Home 32 bit system. 

Reply #17 Saturday, November 7, 2009 12:18 PM

Hey friends! I've found another joke in Impulse. The update for DesktopX PRO (version 3.89 BETA) is uncompatible with Windows-7.

I'm seeing this funny information in the Impulse Message Box right now. It says to me: "This program is not compatible with your current operating system."



Do you still love DesktopX like a few minutes ago or your feelings have changed a bit?

Reply #18 Saturday, November 7, 2009 12:46 PM

The problem might be that DXPro might not yet be ready for Windows 7 32/64 bit, Vad. I don't know that as a fact, though. You're going to have to work with Support....on Monday (sorry, friend).

Reply #19 Saturday, November 7, 2009 12:52 PM

Wow, I didn't even see that update. Will check it out.

Edit: works on Vista. I think Doc might be right, Vad.

Reply #20 Saturday, November 7, 2009 1:29 PM

Sorry John, I misunderstood the PM, I guess. 

I will say that I have seen no problems for Tinted on XP, Vista, and 7 32 bit. I have tested on all 3 OSes.

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