I have to say, I use both Rainmeter and xWidget and this is definitely has impressed me.
Ran Into a couple of hiccups though:
- I can't seem to get the player to work. Does it play files on its own or use a media player?
- It is cumbersome trying to open the sidebar when it uses the same side of the screen as the charms bar (which can cover up the sidebar launcher). I'd suggest a hover button that is always on top display in the upper-right hand corner of the screen, which opens the sidebar. It would also be great if the sidebar could be moved around, or at least the option to have it anchored to the other sides of the screen.
Suggestions (I have no idea how feasible any of these are):
- Ability to change tile sizes (including having larger tiles)
- More colors and maybe the ability to use custom colors (RGB and/or Hex would be great)
- Add a command line code that tells the executable file to launch the sidebar (For shortcuts and third-party programs)
- Add the ability to change the "background" color (perhaps even to an image)
- Add a way to make the sidebar partially transparent.
- Add a calculator tile
- Add system monitoring tiles (i.e. CPU Usage and Net Usage)
k. I tried using it with both Windows Media Player and Windows Media Center (which plays music through media player I think) and neither work or display in the sidebar when I'm playing music.
I'm using Windows 8.1 Pro (64-bit) with WMP 12.0.9600.16384 and WMC 6.3.9600.16384.
I know the charms bar also appears when u hover over the top right corner. I have a 1920x1080 laptop screen + a secondary monitor and the button to open the metro sidebar is hard to open even from the top right hand corner b/c its so small for my screen, and my mouse will "fall" onto my other monitor. Just making the bar you click on a bit bigger (or being able to change its size) would be a big help.
Anyways, can't wait to checkout the final release!