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Download: metrosidebar.com
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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, contact@metrosidebar.com
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Given 2013-09-29
MetroSidebar Beta by ~amine5a5 ( Suggested by ihamo and Featured by fediaFedia )
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MercuryX Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Is anyone even using sidebars? I just found THIS one today, apparently its not in beta anymore according to the site. But back in the Vista days people at first liked the sidebar but after while we found out they were memory suckers, and we disabled them. And another company made a third party one of course. And of course Win7 had its gadgets....but does this metro sidebar take RAM at all to use? And if so how much? Would it lag a computer if 2 other things were running? Whats the boot time of a system that has this installed? Because my system lags already on 8.1....and I only got 3 things I use that boot at start up and are only anti virus and malware programs....lol
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.
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amine5a5 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
This sidebar is made for people who find it useful, there's a tile store included in this sidebar and it contains something you may like (facebook, gmail....), and it's true that the final version is released in the website.
I think you should give a try and if you don't like it just uninstall it.
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denisw705 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
very nice work , looks amazing.
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amine5a5 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
Thank you! Here's how it looks the final version amine5a5.deviantart.com/art/Yo…
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furkooo85 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
Awesome!
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amine5a5 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
Thank you!
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dmcn88 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
Hi, this looks great but I'm having trouble installing it, I keep getting a lua error.. I'm not even sure if it's related to your sidebar or something from this end. If you know anything about this, any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
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amine5a5 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
Please report this problem to contact@metrosidebar.com
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CrisRocks Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
Wow this is beautiful, just one thing. I cant install it on my pc using windows 8.1. Is it compatible?
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amine5a5 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
It is compatible with win 8.1
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CrisRocks Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
I noticed that it was there in my screen but really really far to the right and i couldnt see it completely just a little and only if lower the resolution. I wish i could use it because it looks beautiful and keep it up friend it a really great job your doing there. :D 
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amine5a5 Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
Please contact: contact@metrosidebar.com to get the final version, for testing purposes only (the problem should be fixed)
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CrisRocks Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
Alright thank you :)
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Gazlan-Sahmeiy Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
Instant Fave My Hug is Yours thxo
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amine5a5 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
Welcome!
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MercuryX Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I like it...as long as it doesn't require a bunch of RAM usage like the vista one did
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amine5a5 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
Thank you, enjoy!
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Christhomas14 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Some problems I've run into: 
- The only way to turn it off for me is to end the process in task manager.
- Pressing the Metro sidebar program in the start tab (Using windows 7) installs another windows sidebar, Resulting in 2.
- Uninstalling left all the files behind, Only deleted the .exe.
- Using the settings on the bottom right corner of the sidebar does nothing. Non of the settings do anything.
- Using msconfig to stop the startup program results in the sidebar installing itself again, Resulting in 2 sidebars (again)
- After having a data dump (AKA blue screen of death, Only did this for test purposes), The whole sidebar resets its data. (The old files are there, But it doesn't use them, And it returns to its original state. Meaning you have to delete the old files and start over.

Opinion: Even with all the problems, I loved the idea of this. If it got fixed, I wouldn't even mind paying for it.

Conclusion: Sadly, I'm uninstalling. I'm a big gaming fanatic, And this was causing alot of problems in fullscreen, And that I had to fix it over and over. But if you fixed this, I'd install it in a heart beat.
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amine5a5 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
Lol, what a lovely comment, THANK YOU!Love 
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amine5a5 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
I'm working hard on this project, it will be ready soon, btw just created a twitter account to share news about the updates.
Thank you!
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amine5a5 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
Yes the Twitter account it you wrote is mine, i created it a few days ago (that's why i don't have much followers)

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.
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Exper1mental Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

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)


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amine5a5 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
You can press CTRL+SHIFT+M instead of using the mouse
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amine5a5 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
The player tile uses the windows media player.
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
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Exper1mental Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

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!

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link6155 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I really like the idea of this, but it seems to be very resource intensive compared to similar apps/suite such as rainmeter or xwidget.
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Sparksman Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
sceptical... installed... tested... approved! :thumbsup: ^^

hopefully you'll soon create some more tiles then the standard ones! ;)
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amine5a5 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
Thank you, there will be an online tiles store soon.
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Sparksman Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
sweet! ^^
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photomik-art Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Super pour le bureau non "UI" de Windows 8!
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amine5a5 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
Il est super meme pour un bureau de Windows 8. 
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BG0812 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really nice !
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amine5a5 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
Thank you, enjoy!
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droces Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Student Interface Designer
I would LOVE to have this on my computer! I have Windows 8 on my desktop computer, so I don't use the Start screen much (a waste really...) so this would be a great compromise :D OMG MOAR POEMS!
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amine5a5 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
Yeah, it will get more developed and you wont need the start screen XD
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Thelemiic Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Student Filmographer
Wow, well done:D
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amine5a5 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013
Thank you
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PeterRollar Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks and works good.:clap:Only when it is set to autohide it is sometimes hard to get it back.
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amine5a5 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
Move to cursor tu the top/bottom right corner or press CTRL+SHIFT+M
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PeterRollar Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cursor still makes some probs, but the other version works fine. Thanx:handshake:
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amine5a5 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
You're welcome :handshake:
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DevArt101 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
Great piece of software! Just a few things I've noticed that should be addressed..
- 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!
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amine5a5 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
The font problem seems to appear only on your computer (see the preview), did you try to restart your computer?

Multi-monitor support is added to the final version :)

Thanks for your feedback.
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govindap Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
the website is not available. :(
please provide an alternate download link.
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amine5a5 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
Sorry, i had a traffic problem,it's available now.
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e-x3 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
cool concept 
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amine5a5 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
Thank you!
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