The DesktopX 3.5 beta was released to subscribers of Object Desktop
, and with this update comes the ability to export gadgets to the Sidebar in Windows Vista. Along with the announcement there was a quick tour
on how easy it is to create a shortcut gadget for use in the Windows Sidebar.
Creating Sidebar Gadgets is something I have been wanting to do, but have not had much success at it previously. Being able to create and export Sidebar gadgets is something I have been waiting for and couldn't wait to try out. For my first project I wanted to make a simple gadget that when clicked, it would take me to the WinCustomize home page.
Using only the DesktopX 3.5 beta, and an image file, I was able to create this gadget from start to finish in less than 3 minutes, and with just a few clicks. Now this is just a simple gadget, but the ease of creating this was great, and the power behind DesktopX will allow some fantastic gadgets to be created.
I made a video demo to show you how quick and easy it was to create this gadget.