Smart Desktop is a software which adds useful shortcuts and widgets to your desktop which eliminates the need to add any additional gadgets, program shortcuts and the like. It contains weather, calendar and system monitoring widgets, along with time and date display.
Multiple shortcuts within the Home menu provide easy access to browsers, MS Office programs, Google Search, Dictionary Search, media players, system utilities, Windows accessories, etc. Similarly, The Weblinks tab from the top of the interface provides quick access to commonly used search engine, social media, news and other related websites.
When you launch this program for the first time, it prompts for a zip code, enter your areas zip code to receive weather and time information. Home tab displays a five day weather forecast, a calendar, RAM, CPU, power, hard disk and network traffic monitor.
For Windows Vista and Windows 7 you will require running this application in XP compatibility mode after installation. Just right click on the shortcut of Smart Desktop, select properties, go to compatibility tab and select XP from the drop down menu.
The sub-tabs within Home menu to access commonly used programs. For example, the System tab contains shortcuts to My Computer, My Documents, Videos, Pictures, Windows Live Mail, Windows Live Writer, Windows Live Movie Make and Photo Gallery. Similarly, the Design tab contains shortcuts to development oriented software like Flash Player, Adobe Reader, etc.
The Media Players tab provides shortcuts to media players like VLC, Windows Media player, Divx player, Real player and others.
The Internet tab provides access to browsers and instant messengers.
The utilities tab provides access to Windows utilities such as disk defragmentation, System Restore, as well as third party software shortcuts like CCleaner and the Nero suite.
The Microsoft Office tab comes handy for accessing MS Office applications instantly instead of adding individual shortcuts to your desktop. The Accessories tab contains shortcuts to Windows accessories such as Notepad, Paint, WordPad, Command Prompt, Calculator and Run.
The Weblinks tab (from the top of the main interface) enables accessing websites related to commonly used search engines, social networking websites (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Orkut and LinkedIn), mail and blogging websites, music and video sites (YouTube and Hulu), Art, design and community websites, as well as news and software related websites.
Smart Desktop works on
- Windows XP
- Windows Vista
- Windows 7