XWidget

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.93
  • Total Downloads:
    858,121
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 21, 2014
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    8.92MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    556
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

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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Results 1–10 of 33

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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.93
Version1.93
  • Add: Action !ChangeImgSrc=obj,path
  • Fixed: Shortcutcore not display shortcut caption bug
General
Publisher XWidget Software Studio
Publisher web site http://www.xwidget.com
Release Date October 20, 2014
Date Added October 21, 2014
Version 1.93
Category
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Gadgets & Widgets
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 8, Windows 2003
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 8.92MB
File Name xwidget_setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 858,121
Downloads Last Week 556
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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