Some people's work on the PC immerses them in one or more applications. Other users prefer to think of the desktop as their center of operations. For the latter, this desktop sidebar offers plenty of gadgets to simplify their accessing the tools and info they want.
Thoosje Vista Sidebar installs an unobtrusive icon in the system task bar and a vertical pane along the right side of the monitor. Moving the bar to another spot is simply a matter of dragging it, and changing its skin to suit your fancy is a snap by clicking a button at its top.
This free sidebar performed well during our tests. Although the number of gadgets from which to choose wasn't huge, and the type of gadgets were rather basic, a novice or intermediate user will find them acceptable and appropriate for getting accustomed to the world of desktop gadgets. Many users will probably appreciate the sticky note gadget, which is handy for pasting reminders to the desktop. The clock styles from which to choose varied widely, but the other gadgets had only a single appearance. Again, novices will appreciate this tool far more than experienced users, who will demand more bells and whistles from a competing product, and those novices will probably outgrow this simple sidebar after a few weeks or months.
Our Vista sidebar for Microsoft Windows XP and Vista has gadgets like media players, Sticky's, calculators, google search, yahoo search, and lots of more search engines. It has also vista sidebar gadgets like weather and system uptime and lots of more useful gadgets. The sidebar uses 50% less RAM and is faster than the original Microsoft Sidebar with more extras and works on Microsoft Windows Vista and XP. Version 2.5 has new gadgets, enhanced script, new skins, better performance, and bugs fixed.
What's new in this version:
Version 3.1 fixes the bugs, clock hands didn't save skin and improves weather Gadget interaction with weather.com.