XWidget

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.8
  • Total Downloads:
    836,228
  • Date Added:
    January 10, 2013
  • File Size:
    8.92MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    860
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8

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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  • 4 stars

    "nice design"

    April 14, 2014   |   By popper1959

    Version: XWidget 1.91

    Pros

    very visible clock is like a piece of conversation

    Cons

    would be fun to be able to change the size,the cpu meter is too small

    Summary

    this app is good but place for amelioration

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  • 3 stars

    "Mostly clocks & weather gadgets"

    April 06, 2014   |   By mecpooler

    Version: XWidget 1.91

    Pros

    Brings back a resemblance of gadgets in Windows 7

    Cons

    Almost all the clocks can't keep the right time on Windows 8.1 Also the time zones don't use daylight savings time. I also have to use Atlantic time instead of Eastern standard.

    Summary

    Would be nice to have more gadgets to monitor my computer.

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    Full Specifications

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    What's new in version 1.8
    Version 1.8 includes the following enhancements:
    • Add Crash Detect,Display Widgets Mananger Window When XWidget crashed and restarted
    • Add HtmlPanel control,support URL and HTML code
    • Add NewVersion update remind,display update log,support skip new version
    • Fixed crash when open some memo/note widget
    • Improved get weather/RSS inform speed and stability
    • Removed AeroGlass Effect in Windows8
    • Improved stability
    General
    Publisher XWidget Software Studio
    Publisher web site http://www.xwidget.com
    Release Date January 10, 2013
    Date Added January 10, 2013
    Version 1.8
    Category
    Category Desktop Enhancements
    Subcategory Gadgets & Widgets
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows, Windows Server 2008, Windows XP, Windows 8, Windows 2003, Windows 7, Windows Vista
    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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