AOL Video Gadget

AOL Video Gadget

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.3
out of 23 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.0.0.2
  • Total Downloads:
    12,318
  • Date Added:
    July 09, 2007
  • File Size:
    1.54MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows/Vista

Editors' Review

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AOL's Video Gadget streams video content directly to your desktop through the sidebar dock. The tiny screen can be enlarged to a reasonable viewing size, like most Vista gadgets, with a single click.

Like most sidebar gadgets, this one is small. But it also crams a lot of functionality into its tiny frame. There's a link to the AOL Video Web site on the top-left. On the top-right, there's an icon to e-mail the current clip to a friend and a color wheel to choose among 12 skins. Mousing over the main screen reveals a panel to pause the video, adjust and mute the volume, watch the previous clip, browse categories, and skip to the next clip. Below that is a ticker scrolling the clip name. The gadget doesn't look cluttered and the layout is pleasantly intuitive.

Each of the five video categories contains 10 clips. News and Business show a smattering of U.S. and international stories, ranging from hard stories to tech and stocks to "Tree robs bank" goofiness. Movies only shows trailers, Comedy has funny shorts, and Music plays music ads--uh, music videos. Unfortunately, you can't record or save the video, nor is the queue adjustable by the user. It's useful if you like streaming video, but there's definitely room for improvement.

 
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User Reviews
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1 stars

"it did not download at all!"

July 18, 2007  |  By okiedav

 |  Version: AOL Video Gadget 1.0.0.2

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1 stars

"unable to download the software"

July 18, 2007  |  By H.L.F.

 |  Version: AOL Video Gadget 1.0.0.2

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1 stars

"it would not download "

July 18, 2007  |  By maynard25

 |  Version: AOL Video Gadget 1.0.0.2

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5 stars

"AOL Delivers!"

July 16, 2007  |  By sparklemeplenty

 |  Version: AOL Video Gadget 1.0.0.2

Pros

Love the new app!

Cons

No dislikes so far!

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3 stars

"It's OK"

July 14, 2007  |  By cabbiinc

 |  Version: AOL Video Gadget 1.0.0.2

Pros

It's nice to have a somewhat random feed of news clips or what ever.

Cons

Once you click on a story or clip to play, you cant get the darn thing to shut up. The only thing you can do is pause what you have playing and dont look at anything else, or let everything run and listen to it all, or mute it and ignore it. But if your going to just ignore it, why bother? I guess I shouldn't expect anything better from AOL.

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5 stars

"The first multi-channel video gadget to ROCK the Vista Sidebar!"

July 12, 2007  |  By VideoPhiles

 |  Version: AOL Video Gadget 1.0.0.2

Pros

After looking through the 5 or 6 video specific gadgets in Microsoft's Gadget Gallery, Microsoftgadgets.com, and running numerous searches on Google and Download.com, I can safely say that this is the first, and by far the most superior, multi-channel video gadget to debut on the Windows Vista Sidebar.

My top 3 favorite features include:

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3. The ability to customize the widget with a wide selection of skins and themes.

2. Constantly updated multi-channel format that never gets stale.

1. Even when you are not playing videos back the gadget is constantly rotating a thumbnail view of all videos for the channel selected.

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5 stars

"Finally, something neat for Vista"

July 11, 2007  |  By highdef2005

 |  Version: AOL Video Gadget 1.0.0.2

Pros

I guess you can file this under "cheap thrills". I like this little widgie. Like others, I'm AOL-shy, don't like cluttered, worthless add-on crap. But this little video cube

is a neat sidebar addition. Easy enough for my dog to use, too. (he dumped my coffee though) A 10 second download and you're ready to easily select the

video clip content that you want. Crisp and concise, doesn't interrupt the work

space. Nice job, AohL...

Cons

..just wish I could enlarge the viewing area a little bit more.

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5 stars

"very cool"

July 11, 2007  |  By chchaitanyakumar

 |  Version: AOL Video Gadget 1.0.0.2

Pros

very cool

Cons

very cool

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5 stars

" i love it"

July 11, 2007  |  By ed dasno

 |  Version: AOL Video Gadget 1.0.0.2

Pros

i like to watch it and i like the skins

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4 stars

"yes"

July 10, 2007  |  By benh23

 |  Version: AOL Video Gadget 1.0.0.2

Pros

well i think i have to see first because is my friend told about the software ok

Cons

i think it's good

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.0.0.2
This version is the first release on CNET Download.com.
General
Publisher AOL
Publisher web site http://www.aol.com/
Release Date July 09, 2007
Date Added July 09, 2007
Version 1.0.0.2
Category
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Gadgets & Widgets
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements Windows Vista
Download Information
File Size 1.54MB
File Name video.gadget
Popularity
Total Downloads 12,318
Downloads Last Week 1
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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