Build a better desktop with DesktopX 3.1

Add new functionality, fun, to your Windows desktop

PLYMOUTH, Mich., July 19, 2005 -- Stardock, the world's leading developer of Windows enhancement software, announced DesktopX 3.1 and DesktopX Pro 3.1 today.

DesktopX is the revolutionary program that gives power users and novice users alike the ability to design their own custom Windows desktops.

DesktopX works by giving Windows its own native object system. With it, users can add objects to their desktops that can do nearly anything the user imagines. Objects can be combined together to create mini-applications or used to build entire desktops. Users can then export their creations as widgets (for the mini-applications) or as entire desktops (.desktop files).

To get users started, DesktopX comes with over a dozen different widgets including a stock-monitor, RSS reader, weather monitor, Computer resource monitor, currency conversion, media player, dictionary, search engine front-end, and more.

DesktopX 3.1 Pro adds a relatively new concept - gadgets. Gadgets are the same as widgets but with one key difference: They don't require the creating program to be installed on the computer. They're truly stand-alone programs except they have all the benefits of widgets (easy to create, low memory and resource requirements).

"We think gadgets are the next stage in widget evolution," said Alberto Riccio, Project Manager of DesktopX. "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. This results in widgets always remaining relatively simple which is why there's thousands of clocks and calendars and few more meatier things. 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."

To encourage gadget creation, Stardock will be launching a brand-new website called in early August. It's a site that enables gadget creators to submit their creations, name a price (including free if they want to give it away) and distribute it. Revenue collected is split 50/50 between and the gadget creator.

DesktopX 3.1 improves on 3.0 through numerous usability changes to make it easier to use, along with a new, more sophisticated widget/desktop creation environment.

DesktopX comes in 3 forms:

-- DesktopX Run-Time (client) for users who simply want to use widgets and desktops which is only $14.95.

-- DesktopX Standard which includes a widget/desktop development environment. And

-- DesktopX Pro which allows users to export their creations as gadgets.

A shareware version of DesktopX Standard is also available for download on the DesktopX website. DesktopX's home page is . The standard version of DesktopX also comes with Stardock's Object Desktop suite of desktop enhancement utilities.

     DesktopX Client (Run-Time): $14.95
     DesktopX Standard: $24.95 (also comes with Object Desktop)
     DesktopX Pro: $69.95

     Stardock Corp. ( )
     15090 Beck Rd., Suite 300
     Plymouth, MI 48170
     Media Contact: Kristin Hatcher ( 734-927-0677 x105

     Windows 2000 or Windows XP
     (exported gadgets will work on Windows 98, ME, 2000, XP, Longhorn)

About Stardock:

Stardock is a Midwestern Windows software development company. It is best known for creating software that extends and enhances to functionality of Microsoft Windows. Its principle product is a suite of desktop enhancements called Object Desktop ( ) which includes its popular utilities WindowBlinds, DesktopX, ObjectBar, IconPackager, SkinStudio, RightClick, Keyboard LaunchPad, and much more. It is a Microsoft gold partner ISV.

It also runs the worlds most popular desktop customization website called ( ) which receives over 3 million unique visitors each month.

Stardock has also developed popular PC strategy games such as the award winning Galactic Civilizations ( ) and The Political Machine. Its game software is available at retail as well as through its innovative electronic distribution network ( ).

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