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!
From XWidget Software Studio:
XWidget is a free desktop customization platform. It's light, handy with powerful visual widget editor and very subtle animations. More fast startup speed, low resources taken, with smooth animation effect.
What's new in this version:
Remove Third-party software bundle of Installmonetizer
Offers a cool and customize-able widget enhancement to your desktop, for those of us that like 'eye-candy'. But.
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.
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"!
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....
For me, virtually indispensable (no pun intended).
I like having widgets on my desktop, and Xwidget provides a pretty deep level of customization.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Trend sees it and makes a fuss, like its supposed to.
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.
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.