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Talisman Desktop

By Lighttek Software Free to try Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Nov 8, 2008
Unlike Windows XP themes, Talisman Desktop lets you completely customize the Windows interface. Its power extends from adding new toolbars to designing a brand-new desktop with any combination of drop-down menus and panels. Talisman Desktop comes with several themes, which are more than enough for most users. You can switch among desktop designs with a few clicks of your mouse. The Talisman shell also can fully replace Windows Explorer and doesn't slow down the system. However, we found the design process itself a bit tricky; even creating a simple toolbar was not straightforward. The editing interface, more a programming tool than WYSIWIG, is far from intuitive and takes a good while to master. Nevertheless, we'd recommend Talisman Desktop to advanced users.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.4 build 3400

Version 3.4 adds L-Media plug-in and some new options.

General

Date Added August 16, 2011
Version 3.4 build 3400

Operating Systems

Additional Requirements None

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Total Downloads 535,546
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Developer's Description

Talisman Desktop is a desktop manager and shell-replacement for Windows. The program lets users design their own desktops and interfaces or choose from hundreds of downloadable themes, which work either atop or as complete replacements for the default Windows shell. Unlike Windows themes, Talisman Desktop lets you completely customize the Windows interface. Its power extends from adding new toolbars to designing a brand-new desktop with any combination of drop-down menus, buttons and panels. The program allows any number of fixed or free-moving icons, buttons, or other objects that launch programs, Web sites, or internal shell commands; HTML and Flash objects; a customizable taskbar, system tray, calendar, clock; and customizable Start, folder, and task menus, as well as a powerful script language and plugins. Originally created for home users who enjoy to create different desktop interfaces, Talisman has also been adopted as a front-end interface for public and corporate PCs and kiosks. Currently, there are over 1000 customizable themes (interfaces) that can be used for personal PCs, standardized corporate desktops, car PCs, Home Theater and MediaCenter interfaces, touch-screen and tablet computers, protected interfaces for museums, libraries, hospitals, hotels, and other organizations.