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  • 4.0 stars

    "Excellent tools for the right price (free)"

    April 2, 2007  |   By make_or_break


    Relatively unobtrusive in operation with our desktop XP Pro PC. While most of the widgets (both standard and extra downloadable programs at the Widget Gallery) aren't particularly useful to me, there are still some excellent and helpful tools, as with the CPU and RAM monitoring functions, as well as with the widget. Dock is a near-perfect manager for keeping track of loaded widgets. Despite my own preferences, most standard widgets are likely to be useful to others, are relatively customizable and appear to use little in the way of system resources.


    Day planner widget only compatible with Outlook 11 or later. Transparencies with a number of standard widgets still need work; some widgets--such as the stock price monitor--have problems with too much transparency, particularly with secondary dialog boxes (why ANY transparency at all with dialog boxes?). Constant access to internet is a must for the weather widget; problems with re-establishing connection occur whenever the firewall (ZoneAlarm, in this case) has been set to halt all internet activity and then subsequently re-opened. Haven't exactly figured out what the HUD mode is for; some active widgets like the Calendar occasionally disappear (it's that too-much transparency thing again) whenever the HUD is activated.

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