Customatic is a new program for Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system that promises better customization by introducing new options and features.
Customatic adds several new or improved features to Windows including desktop live tiles, theme support, app lauchers, or universal Windows platform theme support.
Update: The Customatic team announced that it decided to cancel the project and refund all users who backed the Kickstarter campaign. The reason given was that "supporting all the Windows 10 versions [was] harder than [the team] thought" and that updates could not be delivered fast enough.
A Kickstarter campaign is currently underway to get funding for the program. While the program appears almost complete, funding ensures that the program will remain compatible with future Windows 10 updates and receive new features on top of that. You can grab a copy on Kickstarter for $10 Canadian Dollars.
One of the big features that Customatic adds to Windows 10 is full theme support. The program ships with seven ddefault themes including a Glass theme.
There is also a Theme Editor but it won't be provided with the basic version of the program for $10 CAD.
One of the most interesting features of the application is support for live tiles on the desktop. Instead of having to open the start menu to look at live tiles, they may be placed directly on the desktop instead.
This resembles gadgets that were part of Windows 7 and Windows Vista somewhat. The main advantage of displaying tiles on the desktop is that they are visible all the time and not only when you open the start menu.
The app ships with options to change the scale and opacity of tiles on the desktop.
Customatic ships with three launchers that you may make use of. This includes a Windows 7 start menu like launcher, and the two minimal text and icons launchers.
Developers may create custom launchers or themes using XML, provided that they have access to the Theme Editor.
Another interesting feature is support for Universal Windows Platform themes.
Several other tweaks and options are included in the initial version of Customatic. You may use the program to center the taskbar for instance, support for Windows 7 style context menus, jump lists and live previews.
Also, users may resize and move the Action Center and other windows such as the Network window.
Here is the promo video created for the Kickstarter campaign:
Customatic is an interesting program that adds several new customization options to Windows 10. While not free, a price of about $7.6 puts it in the same price range as StarDock's Start 10 program which is highly popular.
The program will launch in September according to the Kickstarter campaign.Advertisement
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