XWidget

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 33 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.73
  • Total Downloads:
    836,228
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 30, 2012
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    8.92MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    860
  • Platform:
    Windows
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Editors' Review

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We like lots of widgets, but not all of them, and that's sort of the point: there's a desktop widget for every need and every taste available for free, customized exactly the way you like it, thanks to XWidget. This free app comes with a bunch of ready-made widgets that can check the weather, stock prices, headlines, and messages; display compact slideshows; play video; add and subtract; and anything you can do with a widget. But the really cool thing is the XWidget Designer, a sophisticated tool for creating and customizing widgets. It lets you change the size, color, finish, action, and properties of your widgets. The optional Dashboard and a variety of pop-up Config dialogs make it easy to deploy your widgets, too. Extras include a screenshot tool.

XWidget's features are dispersed in its widgets, in the Dashboard, and in the XWidget Designer, not to mention separate configuration screens and options panels for most widgets and features, too. The Dashboard is a prominent feature in its default mode, though you can customize it, like most of XWidget's features. It displays available widgets in a scrolling panel along the bottom of the screen. Three widgets open with the program: a stylishly mod analog clock face, a compact photo gallery, and an even smaller weather widget. We right-clicked the Weather widget and quickly changed our location to access local weather data. The same menu accesses all kinds of options; for instance, clicking Edit opened the widget in the XWidget Designer, while the Configure option opened a compact properties sheet for quickly setting and locking position and other basic choices.

XWidget has received some significant upgrades since we last tried it, and it's a smooth performer with little in the way of issues, though we did have some trouble displaying the Dashboard from the program's main menu, and many of the supplied widgets still bear names like EkerTime and EkerWeahter (yes, "weahter") but that's hardly more than a quibble. XWidget more than makes up for it with its advanced customization capabilities. The XWidget Designer is this program's hidden attraction: Don't like something? Change it!

 
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User Reviews
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2 stars

"Nice Gadgets but with unwanted browser add-on"

November 26, 2012  |  By jkwalker111

 |  Version: XWidget 1.73

Pros

Some nice gadgets

Cons

In the end, the only way to remove the included Snap.To add-on was to uninstall the XWidget program.:-(

Summary

Snap.To is a program that gets installed along with XWidget. It gets into your browser and can not be disable the usual ways. Too intrusive for my tastes. I uninstalled XWidget (which I like) as it was the only way to get rid of Snap.To.

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4 stars

"A little too complicated"

November 14, 2012  |  By naesg

 |  Version: XWidget 1.73

Pros

There are a great many options with many different themes that allow you to add usability and depth to your desktop.

Cons

The widget editing and creating requires a fairly deep knowledge of coding. And without that knowledge, you're left to the catalog of widgets created by other users.

Summary

While this is a great tool and has a multitude of options for customizing your desktop, the widget creation tool is a bit complex. If you have no knowledge of programming, finding the right widget for you will rely upon some stranger having created just the tool.

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1 stars

"This is a BHO (Browser Helper Object) which is spyware."

October 26, 2012  |  By tsacnet

 |  Version: XWidget 1.73

Pros

see my cons.

Cons

This changes your default search engine to babylon, & adds toolbars to your browser. This is SPYWARE, Period.

Summary

look at cons.

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3 stars

"It's great for costumizing your desktop!"

October 25, 2012  |  By MoonXArtemis

 |  Version: XWidget 1.73

Pros

Many widgets available
quick response
several apps are customizable
Ability to download widgets all from one windows is great!

Cons

At windows start-up the program freezes and becomes unclickable.
I have to remove it by opening task manager, end task.

And then i have to start it again.

Although there are many available widgets, there isn't much variety, and some of the widgets don't work very well.

Summary

I decided to try this out because RAinmeter would always take long to start whenever I turned on my computer, and it consumed alot of memory at that.
This turned out about the same, so I would try either or.

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4 stars

"Pretty good"

October 15, 2012  |  By extremestormchaser

 |  Version: XWidget 1.73

Pros

Ability to customize

Cons

None so far...

Summary

They've got a good thing going here. While there are some things that could be improved, it's better than the gadgets Microsoft has chosen to only allow from their gallery or that comes installed with Windows.

And to the person who claims there is malware...there isn't any...and that's ran through 3 different AV programs. Norton is now considered a dinosaur when it comes to anti-virus/malware detection. They are the worst when it comes to detecting real viruses and malware and are notorious for bogging down computers and false positives. Get a better anti-virus software...plenty of free ones out there...why get ripped off each year for a sub-par software when there's plenty of free ones that are better?

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.73
Version 1.73 includes the following enhancements:
  • Add: Calendar control. support display custom holidays
  • Add: Action !EditHolidays to open custom holidays dialog
  • Add: Add Custom Tooltip style function. Support custom tooltip style for every widget in XWidgetDesigner
  • Add: Show/Hide All widgets on desktop tray menuitem and hotkey option
  • Add: DateTimeCore add TimeZone support and Setting Dialog
  • Add: Image Control add property "ImageRectLeft, ImageRectTop, ImageRectWidth, ImageRectHeight"
  • Add: Script support create Controls and Cores with functions widget.InitControl( controlName ) and widget.InitCore( coreName )
  • Add: RAMCore add tag %ComputerName
  • Add: XWidget Designer add a pointer in control center to drag drop control
  • Add: Script function showTrayBalloon( Text, TimeoutSeconds) to display tray balloon with message
  • Add: PlayerControlCore add option "Auto Show TrayBalloon When Song Changed"
  • Improved: Display tooltip Even if widget not get Focus
  • Improved: Calendar control support tooltip on every days text with tags
  • Fixed: CPUCore can not display speed and cpu name when not run as admin problem
  • Fixed: XWidget Designer property panel can not scoll problem
  • Fixed other small problems
General
Publisher XWidget Software Studio
Publisher web site http://www.xwidget.com
Release Date September 28, 2012
Date Added September 30, 2012
Version 1.73
Category
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Gadgets & Widgets
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 8.92MB
File Name xwidget_setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 836,228
Downloads Last Week 860
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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