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DeskoverX

Type of Program: Desktop
Supported Platforms: Win 9x/XP/2k/2K3/ME
Company Name: Mane und Frischeisen GmbH
Version: 1.0
Price: $29.99
Installed Size: 36138 kb

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DeskoverX is a program that replaces windows wallpaper with an animated globe or screensaver. The globe displays various random pictures from all over Europe and Asia. As it changes pictures the globe rotates and places a marker where the currently displayed picture is from.

In just a few minutes of watching the globe I'd seen pictures from the U.K., Australia, Germany, and Belgium. The download took a good bit on my 1Mbit satellite connection so if your using dial up to grab this you may want to use a download manager.

I like the idea behind DeskoverX however many of the pictures it displays are fuzzy webcam type images. While there were some nice ones, the quality of most was poor. Another fault I could point out with this program is the inability to pick a location you want to see. If I want to see a picture from Australia then I just have to wait and hope one comes up I can't click on an area there, or rotate the globe and bring up an image.

The other big feature of this program, is the ability to replace your wallpaper with a screensaver. This is one part of the program that works well and does exactly what you'd expect. You tell DeskoverX to replace your wallpaper with a screensaver and it does, though the screensaver runs a bit slower then it normally would(this program is a bit of a memory hog). It does do what it claims in this area, so I can't fault it there.

DeskoverX is a cool idea but it needs some work and tweaking, while there are some options you can set through an icon in the system tray it just doesn't do many of the things I'd like it to(or expect it to). If your looking to substitute your wallpaper for something different and more lively you may want to pass on this.

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Reviewed by Cassidy


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