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SmartBarXP

By SmartBarXP Free Editors' Rating
Beta or prerelease software is not intended for inexperienced users, as the software may contain bugs or potentially damage your system. We strongly recommend that users exercise caution and save all mission-critical data before installing or using this software.

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009
Though still a beta version, this dynamic taskbar offers more than the standard Windows version. SmartBarXP's skinnable interface can be set on the right or left of your desktop. Under Properties you can choose what you want displayed on the taskbar. Options include a Web search tool, a calculator, and a weather display. You can also duplicate your Quick Launch icons and access My Computer and other areas of your PC. As with its Windows counterpart, this program also has a clock and a calendar, though you can double-click SmartBarXP's version to add a one-time or recurring alarm. You also get an option to view RSS newsfeeds from news sources such as the BBC or CNN. Everything worked during testing with the exception of the MP3 player, which consistently failed to recognize or play any type of music file. Overall, this freebie is a nice option for any user looking for a fully customizable taskbar.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 0.98 beta 4.8

General

Release November 7, 2008
Date Added January 7, 2004
Version 0.98 beta 4.8

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows, Windows XP
Additional Requirements Windows XP

Popularity

Total Downloads 43,213
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

Offering everthing from newsfeeds to virtual desktop management, SmartBarXP runs down the side of your screen and can be configured to display interactive panels known as panes. These panes include media players, slide-show and image-viewing panes, a virtual desktop manager, and live news, weather, and stock feeds. The panes can be repositioned on the bar and scrolled if the bar becomes too full. The bar also can host extra sections, such as a Recycle Bin, Explorer shortcuts, and taskbar replacement sections (Start button, taskbar buttons, and system tray sections).

SmartBarXP is fully customizable. Every pane has extensive options and can be customized to look and work the way you want it to. The bar itself can be customized, with options for positioning, autohiding, pane scrolling, fading and translucency, language, and regional setting. You also can select the theme the bar takes; it can match your current Windows XP theme, the Classic Windows theme, or even a third-party SmartBarXP theme.

With a wide range of panes to choose from, and seemingly endless ways to customize it, SmartBarXP can be configured to the needs of almost any user, for home or for business use.