myBoard is an open source project developed by Yann ALET Chief Executive Officer of Adysoft.Inc, a company specialized on Microsoft technologies and focusing on constantly improving user experience with technologies like WPF and Silverlight.
I’ve been watching & testing myBoard for the past year or so and i think it’s ready to now be announced here on mintywhite! Take a look of it in action on YouTube here.
myBoard does for Windows what Dashboard does for OS X. It’s a beautiful widget overlay screen complete with native widgets such as radio, twitter client and resource usages but to name a few, and groovy drag and drop effects! The real deal winner here, is that you can plug thousands of HTML based widgets from providers like Miniclip, Google gadget, or Netvibes, right into myBoard, making it very versatile.
Unfortunately you need to use a valid email address to register with the magnet store required to use this application. I can confirm however, your email address will be safe from spam, so don’t worry!
To get started head over here to download the prerequisites for myBoard.
Once you’re all installed, double click the myBoard desktop icon. A notification will pop up to tell you that you’re ready to start using it.
I recommend changing to a keyboard trigger as opposed to mouse as it can interfere with other computing tasks (eg. middle clicking tabs in a browser etc.).
To do this, right click the icon in the notification area and choose Configuration, click the Keyboard Activation radio button, choose your HotKey from the dropdown menu and Save it.
Ok, once that’s done it’s time to start using playing with it, so go ahead a hit your HotKey!
You’d be mistaken at this point to think nothing has happened, look in the bottom left of the screen and you’ll notice a small + sign, click it.
No magnets (magnets are ‘widgets’) are pre-installed. Now click the Magnet store, at this point you’ll need to register with a valid email address.
Once you registered and validated, log in to the Magnet Store, it can sometimes take up to 30 seconds to log in, so please be patient.
At the top of the magnet store, click the browse tab and in the left hand pane you’ll be presented with many categories. Find your preferred magnets and install them.
Your installed magnet will now be in the grey box along the bottom of the screen. Just drag and drop them onto the main portion of your screen. Click the + sig again and you’re good to go!
To delete a magnet from the bar, hover your mouse over the magnet and click on the red remove button.
To have myBoard startup automatically when you log in, create a shortcut of myboard and drag it into your startup folder found in the Start Menu.
I’m really looking forward to seeing this application develop even further in the coming months, please show some love to Yann, visit his sites and contribute where you can.
I have tested this in Windows Vista x86 & Windows 7 x86 and both work perfectly, i’m sure it would work with XP although not tested, x64 has not been tested in any version of Windows. If you have any issues, it’s best to head over to Yanns forums here.