3 months in - how many widgets do you have installed?

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  1. Applespider macrumors G4

    Applespider

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    Tiger's been out for 3 months and there are over 750 widgets out there; some admittedly more useful than others.

    I'm concerned I've become a widget junkie (I have widget downloads as an RSS feed! :eek: ) when I discover than I have 6 screens of widgets - 56 in all - installed. Yikes... There are usually 7 up constantly and about another 10 that I use regularly but scrolling through I seem to have several widgets that I haven't used - ones that I thought might be useful but haven't needed quite yet but don't want to delete in case I need them later

    So how many widgets do you have installed and how many do you use?
     
  2. risc macrumors 68030

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    Since Tigers release I've installed a few but all have ended up in the trash. I only ever use the weather, world clock, calculator, and conversion widgets so that's all I have on my machines. I've found myself using Spotlight more than any other new feature.

    Tiger, it's GREAT!
     
  3. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    WakeOnLan got to stay. The rest are stock apple ones.
     
  4. Capt Underpants macrumors 68030

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    I'm currently using 7 downloaded widgets and 9 stock Apple widgets (4 are stickies, one is the WIdget Manager).

    My 7 downloaded widgets are as follows:

    (1) Folding Tracker
    (2) Pearlyrics
    (3) SysStat
    (4) TV Tracker
    (5) Pac-Man
    (6) Snake
    (7) Asteroids
     
  5. ham_man macrumors 68020

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    Uptime, Battery, Folding Tracker. That is it. Anything else is nothing more than a useless RAM hog...
     
  6. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    I have zero installed because I don't have Tiger. ;) I can't say I have widget-envy either, just not my thing I guess. Maybe once I eventually start using them I'll grow to like them, but for now, it's just not a big thing to me, and one of the (non) reasons I'm in no rush to upgrade to Tiger.
     
  7. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    I have 25 installed but only have 13 of these actually on screen – three World Clocks, two Weather Widgets, BBC News RSS Widget, MacRumors RSS Widget (of course!), the Sky Sports Football News Widget, the Oblique Strategies Widget, the stock Apple Calculator, Translator, Converter and Dictionary Widgets, the Yell.com and Wikipedia Widgets, and the Joy of Tech Widget. That's a total of 16 on screen in all.

    It's a good thing I've got a 23" display. :p
     
  8. Capt Underpants macrumors 68030

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    Speaking of widgets and dashboard, am I the only person that thinks programs should auto-hide when accessing the dashboard? The background programs are distracting!
     
  9. risc macrumors 68030

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    The fact they don't is what I actually like about Dashboard, if they did hide what's the point of even running it? If that was to happen virtual desktops would be a much better idea and no widgets at all. IMO of course.
     
  10. Capt Underpants macrumors 68030

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    If they auto-hide, then un-hide (mind you, it would have to be fast), then I don't see any reason not to. It's not like you can use the programs in dashboard's background. The programs in the background just seem distracting to me. I guess you don't have the same problem :(
     
  11. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    I have 15 available (including the Widgets Widget :)) and quite a few unchecked.

    These are active:
    - Dictionary
    - Ordbok (Norwegian dictionary)
    - Unit Converter
    - Calculator
    - This Day in History
    - World Clock x 2
    - SunlitEarth
    - Whoisdget
    - Weather
    - iCal Events

    I might ditch a couple of them soon. I think I need the RAM more than one or two of those... ;)
     
  12. Applespider thread starter macrumors G4

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    They can be distracting but sometimes they're very useful if you're referring to something in the background while you're using a Widget. It would be good if you could hit F11 and then F12 to get them up on a blank background.

    I'm definitely feeling over-widgeted here now. Only the stock ones :eek: - I barely use those aside from the weather...
     
  13. eva01 macrumors 601

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    the only one i have downloaded and kept was the package tracker
     
  14. zelmo macrumors 603

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    I've downloaded a bunch, but the only ones still active at the moment (besides some Apple stock ones) are Wikipedia, SysStat, PackageTracker, and Folding Tracker. I have 5 pages worth of Widgets, and need to weed out the ones that were just curiosities.
    I am starting to use Spotlight more and more. Really useful tool.
     
  15. Benjamin macrumors 6502a

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    I have about 70 widgets, however only really use 10 or so.
     
  16. Wally macrumors member

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    how do u get rid of wigets? and is dashboard always up?

    alex
     
  17. St Soichiro macrumors regular

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    Have grown to love widgets. Typically have about 10 active at anytime. The non-Apple ones I regularly use are:

    Beeblefish
    The Periodic Table
    iComic (perhaps my favorites)
    Google Maps
    Wikipedia
    Package Tracker
    KeychainHelper
    Daily Word
     
  18. EGT macrumors 68000

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    I have 20 downloaded widgets and the rest are standard apple ones.

    I use 6 or 7 every now and again. It still feels weird. I like just using Safari for any info i need.
     
  19. andiwm2003 macrumors 601

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    two weather widgets
    translator widget
    movie times
    world clock
    calculator
    weather.com live radar
    widget manager
    adressbook widget

    tv tracker and google maps don't work anymore since 10.4.2 although i have the newest versions :(
     
  20. Capt Underpants macrumors 68030

    Capt Underpants

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    Get them here

    And no, dashboard isn't always up. I'm guessing you don't have a mac.
     
  21. realmcenter macrumors member

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    I don't use Dashboard widgets at all. I like my desktop as simple and uncluttered as possible and while widgets might be nifty to some, to me they are not. Maybe some time I'll change my mind and try some out but for now they are staying off.
     
  22. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    22 widgets installed on my Power Mac.
    I mainly use the calculator, unit converter, translation, & dictionary widgets.
     
  23. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Tiger is great and Spotlight is just amazingly useful - I love it!
     
  24. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    I ask myself.. why is Dashboard running and wasing CPU cycles? The last time I opened it? When I installed all the widget-crap I have now. June 8th?
     
  25. Dynamyk macrumors 6502a

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    Ok some people may bash me with a wooden plank. But can someone explain what Widgets are, as well as Spotlight. :eek:
     

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