I have used animated themes on my Pocket PC for the last year. I have to admit, I like looking at something other than the regular Windows Today Page. My favorites are the animated themes that are actually recorded video. The PT Aquarium and Big Green Eye have incredible quality.
Applian advertised this program as giving you more control over your themes than ever before. The controls allow you to have the program randomly change the themes at preset intervals or different times of day. The Today page also has the added benefits of a Battery Indicator and Free Space. A couple of nice add on components that Windows should have built in.
The program comes with 10 animated themes and another 20 regular Themes. I was not overly impressed with the animated themes that came with the program but I did like the ability to save the themes into a folder of my choice. My old complaint with themes was that they had to be in the My Documents folder, which after a while gets overfull with miscellaneous files. I was able to use my old animated themes by just pointing ThemeDream s program to their (My Documents) directory.
The themes worked fine. The only problem was the bar with the battery and space readings were in the middle of it. Nice thing is that you can have the gauges appear below the screen and pan down to see them whenever you want. The non-animated themes that came with the program had some great art. They reminded me of the old Peter Max art from the 70 s.
ThemeDream sells for $19.95, however for an extra few bucks you can get their Bonus Bundle. They have an assortment of these that include such handy utilities as a Picture Perfect a great program for organizing your photos, and CoolCalc an awesome calculator that you can configure yourself for different scientific functions.
Battery indicator is a nice addition
Save themes to folder of your choice
Nice theme management features
Some features overlap themes
Animated themes not terribly impressive
If you only want Animated themes ThemeDream is an excellent theme engine. My recommendation is pay the extra few bucks and buy the Bonus Package. It s well worth the money.
ThemeDream may be purchased from the Applian web site for $19.95, the multimedia bundle is $29.95 or you may purchase them both for $39.95.