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August 13, 2005

Hovervue

Hovervue is a .NET application (that requires the .NET Framework v2.0) that places a bar, similar to the Windows' start bar, at the top of your desktop. It's meant to make it easy for you to have instant information at all times without taking up too much desktop real estate. Another goal was to make it as easy and quick as possible to get more information instantly and make it go away just as fast. This is accomplished by hovering over whatever tile you're looking for more data on.

Hovervue - Screenshot #1 Hovervue - Screenshot #2 Hovervue - Screenshot #3

Installation is as easy as downloading the ZIP file, expanding it on your machine, and launching the hovervue.exe file. If your system has the .NET Framework v2.0 already installed, you'll see the empty Hovervue bar show up within seconds. You could then right-click it and select "Add Tiles..." to bring up a dialog that allows you to add tiles to the Hovervue bar. Once you've done that, Hovervue will save your settings when you shut it down and load them again the next time you start it up. Placing a shortcut to Hovervue in your Startup folder is a good way to make sure it's always running.

It's also meant to be fully extensible by allowing anyone to create custom-made tiles. For now, I've created six so people can experiment with Hovervue in general. I plan on making several more tiles myself but I also will at some point release the source to many of the tiles so others can use them as a reference for how to create their own tiles as well as some simple documentation and package it all up as the Hovervue SDK. This release comes with the following tiles: HvDate (Shows today's date and a calendar when you hover over it), HvTime, HvStockQuote, HvSeattleTraffic (shows the traffic maps when hovered over), HvUpTime (how long has your computer been running since it was last rebooted), and HvWeather (provide a zip code and get local weather data). You can run more than one of the same tiles if needed (e.g. two StockQuote tiles to get quotes for two different companies, etc.).

Download: Hovervue (Still Beta)

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Posted by gus at August 13, 2005 10:48 PM

 

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