Softpedia Editor's Review for Longhorn SideBar
Search Google, access new links and manage notes directly from your desktop
Written by Olivian Puha on March 28th, 2013
Improving the looks of the desktop may man more than a new wallpaper, screensaver or set of icons. Enhancements with practical use, like those brought by gadgets, are quite interesting and sought after by many users.
In case the you are a user of Windows Sidebar, Yahoo! Desktop Widgets or Google Gadgets, you are surely accustomed with these tiny utilities. Now, if you're looking for something new, but similar in functions, you may try Longhorn SideBar.
Since it works o the same principle, you should have no problems whatsoever in operating this application. Unfortunately, you cannot add new items in this sidebar, but the built-in gadgets should suffice for starters.
The ever-present date and clock add-on is the first on the list and you have at your disposal several types of display you can choose. They match the skins that are also to be found when right-clicking inside Longhorn SideBar.
Adding stickies or notes on the desktop is another common activity that those willing can still carry out because the sidebar has a dedicated memo gadget, ready to be used on the spot. If you fancy peeking at beautiful pictures once in a while, you will surely enjoy the slideshow function integrated in Longhorn SideBar, among a set of useful so-called 'Tasks'.
Awaiting to be discovered in the same place as the slideshow, another function will enable you to start Google searches without having to manually open the web browser and navigating to the search engine.
In case you want to read some IT-related news or find mirrors for software downloads, the dedicated sections provide some links, but only a couple of them are still functional, as we found out during our tests.
All in all, Longhorn SideBar is a decent enhancement you can try onto your system, but if you expect advanced functionality and intricate configurations, you won't find them in this program, at this time.
Longhorn SideBar description
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
Added SideBar application core with the following updates:
· Apply skins and clocks from tray
· Built-in transparency support
· No more active desktop to slow down your PC
· No more background icon transparent and 32-bit icon problems in XP/2003
· SideBar Docking support (take up workspace)
· To show SideBar, double click tray icon
· Toggle Show/Hide SideBar
· Added Western (By Scott Eichelberger)
· Corrected month December in Tile mode
· Updated memo to be direct editable memo in program
· Updated SideBar gui displaying code
· Updated slideshow to search for all files and display it