Desktop X beta release

Stardock's Object Desktop for Windows 98, Me and 2000 contains 17 packages, of which Desktop X goes farthest with the rearrangement of the interface - in fact, it builds an alternative desktop with any buttons, bars and active objects you choose. Between this and the other packages, Windows can be made unrecognisable, for better or worse.

Desktop X Objects are a more powerful form of Microsoft's shortcuts. They can give different responses to various mouse actions, launch programs, display data and set variables in the desktop space.

A number of prettification effects are available from Desktop X alone - big icons, alpha blending and nice animations. It uses about 15MB of memory depending on the theme and the number of objects in it, though some of this is shared with other parts of the Object Desktop package if they're loaded as well. Desktop X is a noticeable burden for the computer, but, given what it does, it's hard to imagine the software working much better than this.

Desktop X beta release

Price: $US49.95 per year for Object Desktop (includes Desktop X)Supplier: StardockURL: www.stardock.com

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