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Iconoid v3.3.0 :  452Kb  Homepage    Updated
Iconoid is a desktop icon management tool for Win9X/ME/NT/2000/XP. With it you can change icon text and background colors, make text backgrounds transparent, hide icons when you don't need them, see them when you do (based on mouse pointer location). Iconoid can automatically determine the optimal text background color based on your current wallpaper or you can select your own color from a color box or directly from your current wallpaper. Save and restore icon positions. The difference between Iconoid and other Save/Restore programs is that Iconoid goes to great lengths to intelligently move new icons out of the way of icons that are being restored so that you don't have overlapping icons. Iconoid is very customizable but is not resource intensive. Use it with a system tray icon or hide the program completely. Iconoid includes other features for people who like to change their desktop wallpaper frequently or who just need an easy tool to handle some of Windows icon management shortcomings. Many improvements and new functions in this version--
FirstStop WebSearch™ Standard Edition v4.0 beta 2 :  1.25Mb  Homepage  Updated
This is an incredibly fast desktop software for Windows 95/98/NT/2000/Me/XP that searches multiple search engines and websites simultaneously for a more comprehensive Internet experience. This award winning, customizable multi-search engine has been described as the FASTEST no-nonsense meta search for the net". It runs on any MS Windows desktop and works with as many sources as selected by the user. By utilizing the resources of the desktop, it offers random or sequential viewing of results, sorts by columns, saves as XML or HTML files, and keyword history searches. Most importantly, it eliminates the middleman or server by directly accessing the search engines. Note: Free for noncommercial use only. Must uninstall previous versions--
GTRipple v1.4 :  981Kb  Homepage    Updated
GTRipple for Windows 95,98,ME,NT,2000,XP ripples your desktop wallpaper making water pictures come alive. You can even put a lake into a picture that has no water by using the mirror option! This version also gives you the option to hide desktop icons and start with Windows. Also find links for some awesome free 3D wallpaper. Very low system resource and CPU usage. See Homepage for examples and features--
gPhotoShow v1.4.3 :  489Kb  Homepage     
This utility will turn your Windows 95/98/NT/ME/2000/XP desktop into a slideshow of your choice of images with configurable delay and transition effects. Supports BMP, JPG, and GIF formats. Automatically resizes your images. You can also set it to play your favorite music while showing images (requires Microsoft Media Player 6.0 or later)--
DisplaySwitch Platinum v1.0 :  316Kb  Homepage     
Tiny program for Windows 95/98/98SE/NT/ME/2000/XP, that sits in your Windows system tray and allows you to quickly change between screen resolution and color depth. Also, refresh rate on XP only. With DSP you can quickly find out which video mode you're running in at the moment (hold the cursor over the DSP icon) and quickly change to any modes your video card supports - even ones Windows wouldn't normally let you change to through the Display Settings Configuration Panel--
Restore Desktop v2.0 :  78Kb  Homepage     
Restore Desktop for Windows 98/Me/NT 4/2000/XP is a Windows Context Menu addition that automatically saves and restores the icons' positions on the Windows desktop after a resolution change. The utility is very small, works automatically and requires no training at all. Just install it and forget about improperly placed icons on your Desktop--
MovieScreensaver v0.1 :  710Kb  Homepage
MovieScreensaver for Windows 95/98/NT/2000 and XP is a screensaver written in Visual Basic 5.0 that plays any or all your movies (MPG, AVI, ASF, DivX, etc.) using Windows Media Player, with mute / random order / save position options and a playlist. See "readme.txt" in zip file for installation procedure and notes on possible problems and fixes if you are using Windows 2000 or NT--
TransText v1.20 :  757Kb  Homepage
TransText is a small shell extension for Windows95/98/Me/NT/2000, which will allow the user to have transparent background color in the icon caption area, thereby getting rid of the irritating one-colored rectangles covering your nice background image. The program also allows the user to set the icon text color and hide icons. TransText resides in the system tray bar, and is only active when the background image is updated in connection with changed resolution or other system changes (the tray icon can be removed). Full Install & Uninstall support is included in the archive--
MWSnap v3.00 :  643Kb  Homepage
MWSnap is a small yet powerful Windows (any 32 bit) program for making snaps (captures) of a desktop, a highlighted window, active menu, or a fixed or free rectangular part of the screen. Current version is capable of capturing the whole desktop, a highlighted window, an active menu, a control, or a fixed or free rectangular part of the screen. MWSnap handles 5 most popular graphics formats and contains several graphical tools: a zoom, a ruler, a color picker and a window spy. It can be also used as a fast picture viewer or converter. MWSnap does not require installation and does not need any special dlls, drivers or system files which can mess up your system--
XP Icon Raider v1.01 :  134Kb  Download  or  Here
This little utility allows you to replace the existing Windows 95, 98, or ME icons with the new Windows XP icons. Ability to change Shell Icons: These include those icons under the Start menu, the folder icons, and special icons like the History, etc., Class Icons: These are those icons which reside on your Desktop and under the My Computer folder, and Associates: These are those icons that are associated with a particular file type. These include the TXT, BMP, COM, and a large selection of other default file types. This utility will replace all icon settings to point to the new library, it doesn't harm those you have now. If you have any special icons setup for the recycle bin, etc. just re-enable them as you normally would if you decide not to use those supplied. Very easy to restore if you don't like the icons. Simple click to change or restore. No installation and makes no changes to system files. See readme for simple instructions--
Apivision QTbar v1.3 :  873Kb  Homepage
QTbar (Quick Toolbar) is Taskbar Utility for your Windows 9x/Me/NT4/2000/XP Desktop. QTbar gives a user quick access to their computer's resources (files, folders, subfolders, applications, documents...) and Internet resources (Internet links, Favorite links, Your Personal Internet pages, E-mail...) right from your Windows Desktop and with a SINGLE CLICK OF A MOUSE! QTbar also helps a user to easily access Internet sites (that open in a NEW browser window) and to quickly copy, move, compress and decompress files (ZIP compression) using Drag-n-Drop! QTbar is straightforward, fast, easy-to-use and gives you quick access to anything you need - right from your desktop! QTbar has already been translated to 8 language versions: English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Brazilian Portugese, Finnish, Polish. Requires E-mail registration --
Phantom Desktop Screen Saver v2.6 :  35Kb  Homepage
This little utility for Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP, when activated, hides all application windows, desktop icons and the MS Windows taskbar, replacing them with an empty desktop. This empty desktop can be the standard wallpaper image, or a custom bitmap and can also be optionally configured to dissolve to a simple black background. Note: The Authors readme.html in the zip file could confuse some people as to how this works. After unzipping and putting the files in your system folder, you must right click your desktop to bring up Properties/Screensaver and then select Phantom Desktop then Settings then Help. Once you have completed your settings you will find this screensaver works quite well--
1st Impression v2.5.0 :  2.5Mb  Homepage  or  Here
1st Impression for Win 95, 98, ME, automatically replaces Windows startup and shut down logos each time your system restarts. 20 or more interesting logos included in the package. You can extend the collection by adding more pictures from various sources. Almost anything from digital photos, computer generated pictures, screenshots and logo galleries to pictures from the Web and News groups can be converted and displayed as a logo. Supported formats include JPG, PNG, BMP, GIF, TIF, PCX, TGA, XPM and more--
3D Color Changer 3000 :  582Kb  Homepage  or  Direct Download
3D Color Changer 3000 (screenshot) for Win9x/NT/2000 has been designed to change the look and feel of Windows. It looks and works similar to the Desktop applet which you can find in your Control Panel, although the latter doesn't enable you to alter colors of the 3D frame shadows and highlights, mouse tracking color and other. You can load and save color schemes and transfer them between computers. Registration required--
PC Magazines IconLock v1.1 :  862Kb  Direct Download
IconLock lets you freeze desktop icons in the arrangement you choose without interfering with normal Windows operations. It also lets you quickly save and restore different desktop layouts. IconLock runs under Windows 95, 98, and NT. Some features require the Windows Desktop Update. Under Windows NT, some features require IE 5.0--
Transparent v4.2 :  55Kb  Homepage  or  Direct Download
This utility will turn your Windows 9x or NT desktop icon text backgrounds transparent; allowing your wallpaper to show through. It will also allow you to easily change the icon text to any color. This program uses an extremely small amount of memory, and less than 1/2 of a percent of the typical computer's processing power --
Xtreme Notes v1.2 :  2.2Mb  Homepage
Skinable reminder utility for Win 95,98,Me,NT,2000 that pops up on your monitor. Store unlimited number of notes with an alarm or sounds to a specific day and time. Fast, daily, weekly, monthly, yearly categories. Includes selection of skins and you can get more on the homepage --
Hidden Menu v2.22 :  389Kb  Homepage  or  Here
Hidden Menu for Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000 is the perfect answer to your need to launch programs. When Hidden Menu is not in use it is invisible, saving your valuable desktop space. When you move your mouse to the bottom right of your screen, it pops up, allowing you to launch your programs, files and shortcuts. (New version allows you launch your program by hotkey) Hidden Menu is very easy to manage, and it uses a tiny amount of system resources. Multi-Language is supported in Hidden Menu 2.0+ now. See Homepage for full features--


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