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Amnesty Generator puts iGoogle gadgets on your Windows 7 desktop

You may have read about Amnesty Generator before on Download Squad - it's a free application that converts thousands of web gadgets and widgets - from dozens of sources - for use right on your Windows desktop.

While it was designed for Vista, it's not too surprising to find that it also works well on Windows 7. Apart from iGoogle, other major widget providers like The New York Times, SpringWidgets, Widgetbox, and a slew of others are supported. The conversion process is extremely fast and requires only a few simple steps: copy and paste the HTML embed code, enter a title (or use the one Amnesty automatically grabs), select an image, and click generate.

There are a couple minor issues to note. First, your image probably won't appear in the Widget gallery. Second, the title links added to the widgets can be a bit unsightly, primarily when they're long. Still, for the benefit of being able to add so many useful gadgets, it's a small price to pay.

Hopefully we'll see some more quality gadgets in the Windows Live Gallery as Windows 7 nears completion. Until then, Amnesty Generator provides a nice alternative. The program works with 32 and 64-bit versions of Vista and Windows 7, and there's also a Mac version available.

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