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Editors' Review

by   / December 14, 2009

Fans of Apple's Mac Dashboard may want to try Kludget Engine, which promises to replicate the Dashboard experience on Windows machines. It'd be great to touch a button and see a variety of useful widgets fly onto the screen. But, like many attempts to bring Apple style to the Windows world, it's better in theory than in practice.

That isn't to say that Kludget Engine is bad. It looks much like Dashboard, and it's actually designed to run Apple widgets. So, we hurried over to Apple's Web site and downloaded some widgets. And they worked--sort of. They appeared within Kludget Engine and looked the way they were supposed to, except for widgets that required any kind of user input, which was many. Entering your ZIP Code for WeatherBug, for example, did not work. And a couple of widgets just wouldn't display correctly at all. Kludget Engine has produced a few widgets of its own, but there's really not much to choose from, and the lack of Help file means users have no guidance when it comes to widget selection or configuration. Thus, users are at the mercy of Apple widgets that may or may not work. It might be worth messing with for die-hard Dashboard fans, but most users can take a pass on kludgy Kludget.

Kludget Engine is free. It installs politely but leaves a folder behind upon removal. We recommend this program, but with reservations.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.0

Version 1.0.0 is the first stable release. Now using Qt 4.7 for improved stability and performance.


Publisher Mindhyve
Publisher web site
Release Date November 27, 2010
Date Added November 28, 2010
Version 1.0


Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Desktop Customization

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None

Download Information

File Size 14.05MB
File Name kludgets.1.0.0.exe


Total Downloads 56,585
Downloads Last Week 2


License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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