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Published on November 6, 2009 By sViz In OS Customization

 

 

It’s time for another edition of I Love DesktopX, showcasing the outstanding DX skins from the month of October. But this time I thought I’d break up the monotony and ask a fellow DX user what his favorite skins were in the past month. I have to say I pretty much agree with all of them.

 

Who is this mystery DXer, you ask? None other than Wizard1956, who has been a positive and supportive presence in the skinning community at large. So, I’d like to thank him for his time and contribution to this article.

 

 

On to Wiz's picks!

 

 

Outstanding General Info

 

Grim Reaper Time by Fairyy~

 

 

For my Halloween desktop I used Grim Reaper Time by Fairyy~ . This widget came in two parts and looked terrific with the Halloween 2008 subscriber theme. I especially liked the clock, which had color options and went really well with the wall.

 

 

 

Most Creative

 

Star Trek Original CPU/MEM Meter 1.02 by Maraudeur

 

 

 

 

Worthy of note is the Star Trek Original CPU/MEM Meter 1.02 by Marauder. The graphics may not be for everyone, (although I don't know anyone who isn't a fan of Star Trek,) so other styles would be great. It's a bit large and the drop shadow looks overdone but it is certainly a solid attempt at a widget with quad core support along with RAM usage readings for over 2Gb. I would love to see this developed further as this has true potential.

 

 

 

Theme of the Month

 

Tinted DX by RedneckDude

 

 

 

Barely squeaking into October was RedneckDude's Tinted DX, based on Mirsguy’s excellent Windowblind of the same name.

 

It's smooth, polished and shiny black. What's not to like? If you like black and blue, this theme's for you. It has all the usual stuff you expect in a RND theme plus the widget has a slick dropdown media player. The widget doesn't hide but it takes up little space even on my small monitor.

 

The matching weather widget can be found here: Tinted Weather

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DX Fans Rejoice

 

As you may have gathered by now, I love DesktopX, and I want to see it do well. I want to see new users jump in, and the veterans more active again. I want to see new and exciting skins in the galleries. These are refrains I’ve read on the forums over and over again from DX’s loyal fanbase.

 

Well, at long last there’s some great (official) news for DesktopX! The much anticipated DX4 is coming down the pike along with other upgrades in the Object Desktop suite of programs.

 

You can usually count on a major update to rekindle some lost enthusiasm. So far we’ve learned the systray is going bye-bye, and we can now r-click on the desktop to create a new object…

 

Yay? Okay, not exactly ZOMG!!1! worthy news, but here’s hoping, right? While I can’t say I’m not eager to see what’s in store, I am reserving all celebratory dancing until I see the final product…or a beta…or more previews...*nudge* *nudge*

 

As evidenced by the What Would You Like to See in DesktopX 4.x thread, there are a lot of issues with the program that need to be addressed—what’s borked needs to be unborked, what’s currently unavailable needs to be made available, and what’s cumbersome needs to be made easier to use.

 

I don’t know if all that’s gonna get taken care of in the new version, but I’m sure there should be some major bug fixes going on. So, I’m looking forward to a more stable DX that functions as it should. And hey, at the very least, we should get half a dozen different posts showing us all the cool new tricks DX4 can do. The more buzz the better, I say.

 

The one thing I am crossing my fingers for is a significant improvement in the ‘Getting Started’ area—that means including more sample/template objects and integrated help (anyone notice those  help buttons at the upper-right corner of DX windows do absolutely nothing?)  Simply, the more people we can get started in DX, the more people we'll have creating those new and interesting skins, and the more the community will benefit.

 

 

So, are you excited for DX4 and what do you hope to see in the new version? What do you make of the news you’ve read so far? Sound off below.

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for reading. Thanks again to Wiz for his picks. Until next month, Happy DXing!


Comments (Page 2)
on Nov 07, 2009

yes, and I'm on Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit now.  Jim's Test Weather Widget works fine.  Tinted does work fine on my XP Home 32 bit system. 

on Nov 07, 2009

Hey friends! I've found another joke in Impulse. The update for DesktopX PRO (version 3.89 BETA) is uncompatible with Windows-7.

I'm seeing this funny information in the Impulse Message Box right now. It says to me: "This program is not compatible with your current operating system."

 

   

Do you still love DesktopX like a few minutes ago or your feelings have changed a bit?

on Nov 07, 2009

The problem might be that DXPro might not yet be ready for Windows 7 32/64 bit, Vad. I don't know that as a fact, though. You're going to have to work with Support....on Monday (sorry, friend).

on Nov 07, 2009

Wow, I didn't even see that update. Will check it out.

Edit: works on Vista. I think Doc might be right, Vad.

on Nov 07, 2009

Sorry John, I misunderstood the PM, I guess. 

I will say that I have seen no problems for Tinted on XP, Vista, and 7 32 bit. I have tested on all 3 OSes.

on Nov 07, 2009

Thank you very much, friends. It was not because of Windwos-7. It was because of one more bug in Impulse!

NOW THE PROBLEM IS SOLVED BY USING INSTRUCTIONS FROM Philly0381

 

if that doesn't work up in the upper right is 'install all updates' button try that one.

So I love DesktopX again   but totally hate Impulse...

on Nov 07, 2009

Hmmm... I've found only two differences between versions 3.50 and 3.89 BETA:

1. I see: "DesktopX Builder 4.0" on the configuration window.

2. I don't see: "Export to Sidebar Gadgets". It was removed from the list of Export Options.

That's all! 

Yea. This is really the amazing and impressive results of hard work during 1.5 years!

It's so boring that I'm go to sleep...    

on Nov 07, 2009

Glad I could help Vad_M.

on Nov 07, 2009

Great article!

Nice choices Wiz!

on Nov 09, 2009
Thanks for that indirect plug, sViz! Good article.
on Nov 09, 2009

Mirsguy
Thanks for that indirect plug, sViz! Good article.

Don't thank me, thank the Wiz. He sure can pick 'em.

on Nov 09, 2009
Does anyone know why older weather widgets that don't work anymore are still on this site? I'd be really bummed if I was new to all this DX stuff and saw a older weather widget I really liked, downloaded it and went to run it just to find out it doesn't work. (  Anybody else?
on Nov 09, 2009

Two reasons, I guess: the mods/admins have not had the time to remove them yet, and the authors have not taken the time to update/remove them, either.

I agree that it's problematic, though; not majorly so, but problematic nonetheless. I've seen maybe three or four new users asking about broken weather widgets.

on Nov 09, 2009
I removed all mine that don't work anymore & updating some of them with new weather script, seems like the right thing to do.. I care about downloads but I care more about my stuff actually working.. I guess I'm alone on this..
on Nov 09, 2009

I removed all mine that don't work anymore & updating some of them with new weather script, seems like the right thing to do.. I care about downloads but I care more about my stuff actually working.. I guess I'm alone on this..

Ahem....           

Not!  lol   I removed all of mine and started with the new templates too. We're in this together, Richard!!  Keep on keepin' on!      

 

Edit: I actually wiped out my entire gallery and updated and reuploaded, for a second time in same year, because of weather widgets. This is why all current and future weather widgets are uploaded seperately. I do not wish to go thru that again.   

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