At this price Gadge It is obviously not going to be a full programming or development system, such as Microsoft's Visual series, that allows you to create completely free-form gadgets. What it does do is create small applets that can launch a program, launch your email program to send an email to a specific person, play a music file, open a URL, open a folder, or quit the applet.

These applets may be in the form of a Windows Vista sidebar gadget, Windows 7 desktop gadget, a standalone gadget for XP, Vista, or 7 (requires Microsoft .NET 4.0), a simple menu that runs as an application, or an HTML page that performs actions inside a browser.

The Ashampoo Gadge It editor is much like any WYSIWIG graphics editor. You choose from templates, can create multi-page gadgets, change the background, add/remove/delete buttons, etc. and define the actions invoked by the buttons. The program is very easy to use - you can literally create a gadget in five minutes.

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Ashampoo Gadge It: Specs

  • Windows XP, Windows Vista? and Windows 7. Any computer that runs one of the above operating systems at a reasonable speed, graphic adapter: min.resolution 800 x 600 and 16-bit High color
  • DirectX 9 capable GPU with hardware pixel shader v2.0
  • 1200 MHz (or higher) x86/x64 CPU
  • 256 MB RAM, hard disk space 45 MB
  • Windows XP, Windows Vista? and Windows 7. Any computer that runs one of the above operating systems at a reasonable speed, graphic adapter: min.resolution 800 x 600 and 16-bit High color
  • DirectX 9 capable GPU with hardware pixel shader v2.0
  • 1200 MHz (or higher) x86/x64 CPU
  • 256 MB RAM, hard disk space 45 MB

OUR VERDICT

The big question is whether you actually need your own gadgets. Windows covers every task they can duplicate with menus, shortcuts, etc., just not as gadgets. If you simply must have a desktop gadget rather than a shortcut to send an email, go for it. It's your money.

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