5 Desktop Enhancements you Should Definitely Try

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Five little desktop enhancement tools that do a really good job at making your desktop more functional and a lot better looking. It’s quite probable that you haven’t heard about any of of them before, so check them out.

Animated Desktop

Want to use your motion screensaver as a wallpaper? Using Animated Desktop you can emulate the functionality of Vista Ultimate DreamScene (video screensaver) both on Windows XP and Vista Home edition. If you’re planning on getting it, I highly recommend to use it together with the previously mentioned Rocketdock.

Animated Desktop - Video screensaver on XP and Vista Home Edition

Volumouse

Another cool program you should definitely check out. Volumouse provides you with a quick way to control the volume on your system by using your mouse wheel. It lets you define a set of events when the wheel will be used for changing volume, i.e. when the Alt key is hold down, when the mouse cursor is over the taskbar, etc. It doesn’t interfere with exisitng mouse functionalities.

Volumouse - Contol Volume using Mouse Wheel

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CursorFX

This little app lets you choose between incredibly cool looking Windows mouse cursor themes. You can either select one of the default themes or easily create your own cursors. It integrates into the standard Mouse interface of Windows and is easy to turn on and off as you need. Works both on XP and Windows Vista.

CursorFX - Windows Cursor Themes

KeyLemon (Win XP Only)

This program automatically locks/unlocks your computer by looking at your face. It is light on system resources and takes seconds to configure. It’s not something that will make your computer a lot more secure but works quite well if you want to impress women ;-)

Real Desktop (XP / Vista)

You have probably heard about Bumtop – application that transforms your desktop to a 3D play ground. It makes your icons look and act like real objects that you can touch and move as on a real desk. The only problem with it: it’s been in closed alpha for ages. However, there is another program that delivers pretty much the same interface and you can get it right now. This program is called Real Desktop and it even comes with a free version. Although a freeware version offers no styling options it is still enough to get a feel of it. Check out my sreenshot and a video demo that I found on Youtube.

Real Desktop

Real Desktop video demo

Bonus: Another simple and memory-friendly 3D desktop freeware is Matodate. This one can reduce all active Windows to 3D mode. I personally didn’t like it, but looking at the article comments, seems like it has some fans too.

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Comments (22)
  • KP

    hi. i installed real desktop light. i can’t add any icons of the applications i use. is that possible only in the paid versions?.

  • jake

    i have win vista home sp1 and real desktop worked once for a few minutes and then crashed. tried relaunching numerous times and problem kept occuring when chaning angle of room with custom wallpapers applied. restarted computer and relaunched real desk. but now crashes once loaded.

  • best

    @Vignesh: did you even try KeyLemon ? You can type your login password if the software doesn’t recognizes you. This program actually types in the password for you when it recognizes your face, nothing more. Everything else is just smoke and mirrors. The even more downside is that it only allows one face per login account.
    Better try veriface recognition, does the same thing only it`s free

    • Peter

      Fine buddy, but Keylemon is not only logon/logoff recognition. It also detects if you leave your computer and locks it, then unlocks it when you return.

      If Veriface looks and works anything like the software Toshiba uses, it’s crap. I am trying it out but there’s a reason why Keylemon has gotten so popular. It WORKS and it ALWAYS works.

  • hotmale09

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  • john smith

    real desktop is the best!

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