DesktopCoral reserves desktop space for your widgets
Earlier this week, I spent some time creating my own Rainmeter config. It's nothing major -- it's based on an existing config, and is just a simple bar which shows the time (in a couple of time zones), the current date, and a large clock.
The problem was that I wanted Windows to take this bar into account when maximizing windows; I didn't want the windows to be maximized over it. To make things worse, I do not always have the bar in that position. Sometimes I use the same space for my CD Art Display skin, and I also don't want Windows to maximize windows over that.
Enter DesktopCoral! This trusty utility isn't new, but that doesn't mean it isn't cool. With a few simple settings, I reserved a space at the bottom of my secondary monitor, which is just right for my widgets. If I want to change the configuration, I just need to drag a couple of sliders and check a couple of boxes. Unlike many customization tools, DesktopCoral's configuration is completely graphical.
I spent exactly two minutes configuring this tool, and it's been running in my system tray, quietly doing its job without a hitch, for over a week now. That's perfect!