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
From the system tray, users create a new DesktopX object by right-clicking on the DesktopX tray icon
Step #2: Give the object an image
The object (on the left) can have its image changed by clicking on the mouse-away button
Step #3: Assign the short-cut
Users can type in a path or use the built in program finder.
Step #4: Export the object
Right-click on the object and select export.
Step #5: Export as a Sidebar Gadget
Users can export objects as widgets (which require the user to have DesktopX installed but are smaller in size), EXE gadgets (which are stand-alone programs), or as Sidebar gadgets (.gadget files).
Step 6: Give some basic info on the gadget
Fill in some basic info about your gadget and then name it
Your new gadget!
Floating on the desktop
On the Sidebar
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:
Animation and other effects are built into DesktopX
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).