Made for Yahoo! Widget Engine, Radio Farda is a gadget that provides quick access to the Persian radio station named Farda. It doesn't come equipped with any special options or configuration settings. Apart from Yahoo! Widget Engine, you must have Real Player installed.
Double-click to play radio
The interface is represented by a small frame that can be moved anywhere on the desktop with the help of the mouse cursor. In order to load the Farda radio stream, all you have to do is double-click any area of the widget. The same action is required for stopping playback.
The customization options available are the ones shared between all Yahoo! Widget Engine apps: you can instruct it to always stay on top or below other frames, ignore all mouse events to disable any interaction with the widget, as well as prevent mouse dragging. Plus, you can tweak the window transparency level. Apart from the fact that you can hide or close the tool, there are no other notable settings.
Evaluation and observations
Unsurprisingly, it didn't put a strain on the overall performance of the computer in our tests, thanks to the fact that it needed a low amount of CPU and RAM to work properly. No error dialogs popped up and it didn't freeze or crash.
However, since the Yahoo! Widget Engine project has been discontinued (it can still be downloaded from Softpedia), Radio Farda will no longer receive any new updates. Sadly, it doesn't contain basic features usually found in radio players, such as displaying the currently running radio program, or adjusting the volume level.
To wrap it up, Radio Farda offers a simple solution for listening to the Persian radio station, as long as you have Yahoo! Widget Engine and Real Player set up on your computer.
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