Posted by: kurtsh | May 12, 2010

DOWNLOAD: Windows Vista-style Sidebar for Windows 7

image Oh, this is so awesome.  Someone finally went and built a Windows Vista style sidebar to keep Desktop Gadgets in for Windows 7 x86/x64.  (Unlike the hidden Windows 7 x64 sidebar which doesn’t work for Flash/Silverlight based gadgets, or any x86 sidebars copied from Windows Vista which won’t support flyout menus/panels from Gadgets)

It has the following benefits:

  • The sidebar holds any gadgets and stays always visible or hides automatically
  • No setup required. Just start the gadget and you have a sidebar!
  • Many languages, 64-bit, high-dpi, aero-theme and skin support
  • Handy window-manager with live-thumbnails included. The thumbnails can be configured to update even if the window is minimized.
  • Keeps gadgets visible along the side even if windows are max-size
  • Enables ‘paging’ of gadgets, allowing you to keep multiple pages of gadgets at the ready
  • Works with x86 & x64 gadgets – i.e. Flash based gadgets work along with ‘flyouts’
  • Gadgets “fit” together automatically conserving sidebar real estate

What’s even cooler is that the Sidebar itself IS A DESKTOP GADGET.  It’s basically a shell for other gadgets to fit in.

I love this thing so much, it’s easily my favorite Windows 7 tool.


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