SideSlide: Program Launcher for Cluttered Desktops

No two desktops are alike. Some are cluttered, while other are as clean and tidy as a military haircut.  If you’re anything like me, over time you find that there are more programs on you computer than you can recall installing.

SideSlide is an interesting program that has the potential to significantly reduce your desktop clutter and be an invaluable organizational tool.

The name SidesSde might be a bit misleading. The program does not actually slide your desktop, or lengthen it in any way. SideSlide combines a number of functions into a desktop-accessible interface: a launcher (for programs, folders, files. and bookmarks), a desktop notes and reminders program, and an RSS reader, all of which objects embedded in a free-form environment that is dockable off the side of your screen. It’s a highly configurable Desktop Extension that adds room to your desktop by providing a neat, tidy way to slide your shortcuts to the side, and maintaining everything in one folder without the usual clutter.

After installing this neat little program, you’ll want to designate a place on your screen for it. To do this, click on the paper airplane symbol in your taskbar, then hold and drag it into position.

Once you move the cursor from the SideSlide box it will disappear into the side, top, or bottom of your screen (depending on where you’ve placed it). To recall the application, simply move the cursor to the edge of the screen where you positioned the app, and presto! You can resize it just as you would other window screens. That’s it!

Content can be added in many different ways. RSS feeds, notes, URLs, system commands, file or folder shortcuts can be added directly onto the workspace. URLs, system commands, file and directory shortcuts can also be collected in separate ‘containers’. Folder containers can display the contents of a specific folder and you can open files or subfolders right from that container. All you need to do is drag and drop objects into SideSlide itself, or to a ’containter’ that you can create within it.  For example, if you are working on a  project you could create a container with the appropriate name, then drag all of it’s related files, URLs and note to it, and even include bookmarks and tags.  Now it’s all in one convenient place; easy to find, and easy to recall.

SideSlide also has a reminder feature where you can create basic reminders that will appear as visible objects in SideSlide. These will flash with a chime near the system tray when due, with the option to either “snooze” or dismiss it.  The RSS works, but lacking in comparison to other programs.

SideSlide may not be for everyone, but I found it to be a useful, unobtrusive tool that has added to my computing experience. To find out more, and to see an example of how it works, check out SideSlide tour available on its homepage

It works with Windows 2000, XP, Vista and requires Microsoft Core XML Services (MSXML) 6.0 which you can get at Microsoft Download Center.

Download SideSlide 3.0.00b3 Beta

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