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July 19, 2005

New DesktopX Lets You Build Stand-Alone Apps

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Stardock announced today its new DesktopX 3.1 and DesktopX Pro 3.1 software, which updates the previous version and adds new capabilities.

DesktopX is an application that enables deep, end-user customization of the Windows user interface.

The customization takes the form of "widgets" -- small applications that can do things like download and display information from the Internet.

The new DesktopX 3.1 Pro adds the ability to create what the company calls gadgets, which are widgets that can be run on a system that is not running DesktopX.

Stardock is planning to launch a Web site called in early August, which the company hopes will facilitate the creation and distribution of gadgets.

Gadget creators can post their creations that site visitors can download, either free or for a price. Stardock will keep half of any money collected.

DesktopX comes in three versions: The $14.95 DesktopX Run-Time client; the $24.95 DesktopX Standard which includes the widget/desktop development environment; and the $69.95 DesktopX Pro, which allows users to export their creations as gadgets.

"We think gadgets are the next stage in widget evolution," said Alberto Riccio, Project Manager of DesktopX in a company press release. "If a third party creates an outstanding widget, they have to tell their users to go and download the corresponding widget enabling program such as DesktopX, Konfabulator, Kapsules, etc. But with gadgets, the user exports their creation and anyone running Windows 98 to Longhorn can use it. Companies and individual users are not in the position of having to buy their own license of the widget enabling program. They just get the gadget."

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