MetroSidebar is the new generation of Windows Sidebar.
The story started when microsoft decided to remove Windows Sidebar from its operating systems for some security issues, so i decided to create a new software to replace the Windows Sidebar, which is secured and takes advantage of the new Modern UI (Metro).
This is a beta version, so i need some testers, please contact me, firstname.lastname@example.org
So lets say I get this....Does anyone even recommend it? Because honestly I use the charms to see what time it is on my system, I've had the system tray clock disabled for almost 2 years. I don't need weather since all I have to do is look out my window lol and I rarely play music.
I think you should give a try and if you don't like it just uninstall it.
I finished developing it, and i'm working on the developers website, so even if you don't find the Taskbar Hiding tile in the Tile Store when we release it, don't worry i'll spend a few days developing the tile and you'll see it in the store, as well as many other tiles developed by the developers.
About the queries, don't worry i receive and read every single message by users, even if i don't answer (because i'm busy all the time), i take them in consideration.
Thank you very much for telling me your feedback, i really appreciate it.
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)
when you move your cursor to the top right, you don't need to move it lower (it automatically appears when your cursor is in the corner)
The final version contains more tiles (including the system monitoring tiles) and more colors and sizes
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!
hopefully you'll soon create some more tiles then the standard ones!
- Some of the fonts don't look very smooth (maybe use a thinner font for smaller text): i.imgur.com/WERF09Z.png
- Multi-monitor support for people who would like it on their secondary monitor
- An exit button? lol
Overall the development is looking very nice. Keep up the good work!
Multi-monitor support is added to the final version
Thanks for your feedback.
please provide an alternate download link.