LiveEdge adds Expose-like hotspots to Windows desktop edges

Posted on August 11, 2009. Filed under: Microsoft, Windows | Tags: , |

By Lee Mathews, Downloadsquad


Its author refers to LiveEdge as “a radically simple approach to mouse gestures,” and that’s pretty well bang-on. Install and launch LiveEdge and it adds eight hotspots to the edges of your desktop, each one capable of executing a custom action. To execute, just move your mouse to the appropriate spot and pause for a moment.

I’d like to be able to use the Windows key in the settings, but it’s not an option just yet. Just about every other key on your keyboard is, however. The included help file provides a full listing of the possibilities.

In some apps I run full-screen like Photoshop accidentally triggering a command can be a nuisance. You can toggle LiveEdge on and off with a simple left-click on the taskbar icon if you’re working in a program where you need the entire screen. You can also create as many settings files as you like and roll custom configurations for different scenarios.

Unlike the previous app – Hot Corners – you shouldn’t have to worry about a false positive from your AV software. NoVirusThanks gives LiveEdge a clean bill of health. The .Net 3.5 framework is required, and you need to be running Vista or Windows 7.

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Customize your Windows desktop using Rainmeter 1.0

Posted on August 10, 2009. Filed under: Windows | Tags: , |

Rainmeter, a Windows desktop modification app, has entered version 1.0, and now comes with the popular Enigma theme as its default skin. Setting up all of Enigma’s various widgets on Rainmeter is extremely simple. In fact, Rainmeter is basically code-free. You can enter all of your settings once using the GUI Configuration tool, and they’ll be applied to any theme you want to use. It’s also now possible to save and load your favorite setups.

Enigma itself has improved by partnering with Rainmeter. There’s now a quickstart wizard so you can set up the theme without editing text files, and Enigma can take advantage of some of the new features in Rainmeter, including iTunes and wifi plugins. Also, the new Rainmeter is fully compatible with Windows Vista and Windows 7. Now anybody can set up a well-designed desktop mod without having to edit a single file in a text editor.

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