XWidget


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

Version:
1.92
File Size:
8.95MB
Date Added:
September 16, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Total Downloads:
832,403
Downloads Last Week:
827
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

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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  • 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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  • 2 stars

    "Beware Adware!!!"

    March 03, 2014   |   By YourNumbr1Fan

    Version: XWidget 1.88.1

    Pros

    Offers a cool and customize-able widget enhancement to your desktop, for those of us that like 'eye-candy'. But.

    Cons

    Has several addons which are considered malware/spyware/PUPs, etc. It's difficult for many people to install xwidget without also inadvertently installing these addons.

    Summary

    Installed....but spent the next 15 minutes UN-INSTALLING and removing all the CRAPWARE that snuck in. Never again will I install xwidget. Nor will I ever again get my software from Cnet, with its own 'downloader' full of "offers"!

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  • 5 stars

    "Awesome customization...."

    February 24, 2014   |   By matt674885

    Version: XWidget 1.88.1

    Pros

    Lots of customization alternatives.

    Cons

    None I've experienced, and I don't, frankly, understand why all of these other reviewers have experienced these problems, when I haven't. I've been using XWidget for almost two years now. Go figure....

    Summary

    For me, virtually indispensable (no pun intended).

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  • 1 stars

    "Version update loaded with malware"

    November 11, 2013   |   By ejl10

    Version: XWidget 1.88

    Pros

    I like having widgets on my desktop, and Xwidget provides a pretty deep level of customization.

    Cons

    So customizable that it isn't really user friendly - it's hard for newbies like me to get our heads around the overall customization process.

    But more importantly, the latest update installed 3 pieces of malware - Something called "Sweetpacks toolbar", another called "IB" (internet bar, perhaps?), and a third called "Price Peep". They're from two malware companies Conduit.com and IB. Uninstalling them was painful (browser preferences, uninstallers, program folders, registry) and I doubt I wiped them all completely.

    Horrible, horrible experience.

    Summary

    Ad-supported software is one thing, but this is completely unacceptable. Really a poor example of how to bring software to market. An otherwise promising bit of coding that's ruined by a horrible choice in monetization. DO NOT DOWNLOAD.

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  • 1 stars

    "Sneaky Crapware"

    October 03, 2013   |   By travelor

    Version: XWidget 1.84

    Pros

    There are some widgets that seemed to work.

    Cons

    The opt-out for the AVG crap stuff and other crap stuff is defaulted to yes and shows up at the very end of the process instead of the usual place. As careful as I try to be, I clicked OK before I noticed that. I had to do a system restore to get rid of the junk, and even after that had an AVG legacy as an additional start page in Chrome that I had to deselect.

    Summary

    CNET should warn us about the sneaky crapware.

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  • 1 stars

    "MALWARE!!!"

    October 03, 2013   |   By XXDonCXX

    Version: XWidget 1.84

    Pros

    None at all

    Cons

    After getting the CNET downloader the first 5 times, I finally got the product.
    I clicked decline of every 'offer'. The crapware loaded anyway. Although I then uninstalled each and every app (Conduit.com and 'sweetpacks') I had to go to 6 locations and delete their directories, and go into several locations in Chrome to clean it out.

    Be advised CNET.Com will henceforce be redirected to 127.0.0.1 in the hosts file.

    Summary

    Pitty, you *USED* to be a decent outfit.

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  • 1 stars

    "Just more spammy, toolbar ridden crapware from CNET"

    October 03, 2013   |   By FreewareBB

    Version: XWidget 1.84

    Pros

    None whatsoever

    Cons

    Slows the computer down, does nothing any other "widget" app can do and comes riddled with toolbars and misleading installers. Even when you uninstall the damn thing, it takes you to "babylon.com", complete with XWidget's own affiliate ID tucked away in the browser.

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  • 4 stars

    "dang bho still present from cnet"

    September 13, 2013   |   By Myhrddin

    Version: XWidget 1.84

    Pros

    don't know yet, won't install with a bho

    Trend sees it and makes a fuss, like its supposed to.

    Cons

    Its a shame that there is something added to this that keeps me from being able to install it without having to compromise my system.

    Summary

    I'll come back and see if any future versions set off the alarms when attempting a download but, will also see about an alternative, reputable download site that may not have the offending parts with it.

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  • 5 stars

    "Great work!"

    September 04, 2013   |   By DaisyQ121

    Version: XWidget 1.84

    Pros

    Cool! best widgets around for free!!

    Cons

    best widgets around for free!!

    Summary

    best widgets around for free!!

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