Here are some cool desktop enhancements and their downloads that Makeuseof.com suggests:
Animated Desktop :
Want to use your motion screensaver as a wallpaper? Using Animated Desktop you can emulate the functionality of Vista Ultimate DreamScene (video screensaver) both on WindowsXPand Vista Home edition. If you’re planning on getting it, I highly recommend to use it together with the previously mentioned Objectdock.
The software includes a tool for creating your own animated themes as well. You can also set the regular wallpaper, join different wallpaper themes together into collections and make them change in accordance with time. The software supports numerous graphic formats.
Volumouse :Volumouse is a unique and handy utility, that allows you to adjust your speaker volume by using your mouse wheel. In order to preserve other functionalities of your mouse wheel, the program offers several combinations, so that volume adjusting will only be used when for example an additional keyboard key is pressed. We liked the option best, which would automatically use the mouse wheel for volume adjustment when you move your pointer over the taskbar - anywhere else on the screen, the mousewheel has the standard functionality. There are various combinations available, including an option that will only use the mouse wheel for volume if Media Player is in the foreground.
CursorFX :CursorFX is a program that lets you use and create incredibly cool looking Windows mouse cursors.
It does this by taking advantage of the new visual effects features of Windows XP and Windows Vista.
CursorFX users can create and use cursors that look and feel far superior to anything you've ever seen before! Best of all, it's really easy to create your own super-charged cursors! It integrates into the standard Mouse interface of Windows and is easy to turn on and off as you need.
CursorFX is a replacement for Stardock's immensely popular cursor skinning program called CursorXP.
RealDesktop is a whole new way to use your computers desktop. Instead of the old flat desktop, this makes your desktop a 3D room, where all your icons are flat cubes. The funny thing is that you can take up your icons and throw them around and into each other and see the icons fly around. You can also select more icons and move them at the same time. It’s very nice to play around with when you are bored.
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