Konfabulator 2.0 Released

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  1. macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  2. Administrator emeritus


    Jun 28, 2002
    North Central Colorado
    running it now - other than some newly refreshed widget faces, I can't tell much difference from 1.8
  3. macrumors 68000


    Oct 26, 2003
    Cardiff, Wales
    Argh help all... I went to site.. you cant do anything BUT download it.. and then it auto runs, u press next and its installed on your comp! How do I delete all this! How do I uninstall!
  4. Guest


    May 26, 2004
    Randy's House
  5. macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2002
  6. macrumors 68020


    May 7, 2003
    Saint Augustine, FL
    First off, it Autoruns? For me, I had to tells stupid Safari that I knew it was an application, then I had to drag the App to my harddrive and run it.

    Uninstall is as you'd expect. Quit Konfabulator and put it in the trash. (and the widgets folder that's in your Documents)
  7. macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2002
    So Cal

    It doesnt auto run, once it has downloaded it will un-compress and a window will open with a Konfabulator App icon in it and text saying to drag into your applications folder to install. It is the same as any other app on OSX.

    uninstall? why would you want to uninstall Konfabulator, it has many more widgets and better supported than Widgets on OSX 10.4, but like the post above stated it uninstalls just like every other app in OSX, drag and drop in the trash.

    So far all i have noticed is the addition of the info button to widgets, similar to widgets on tiger, looks like a lot of changes have happend behind the scenes to improve how the widgets are put together
  8. macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2003
    austin, tx
    I forgot Konfabulator was available for Windows which I am stuck using at the office. I've really started to like Dashboard on my Macs and so this is a great little add-on when I'm stuck in Windows-land.

    As far as the Mac version goes, I'll have to try it at home.
  9. macrumors G3


    May 25, 2004

    yea i'll second that, whats the point in it.... I love dashboard (I just upgraded to tiger :p )
  10. macrumors 604


    Jan 20, 2005
    My respect for Konfabulator was lost when they started whining like little children.
  11. macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2002
    So Cal

    Konfab widgets can be displayed on the desk top – that’s why.
    Actually they can be displayed anywhere you want, on the desk top, above all other windows, under the windows or in a separate screen you can pull up by pressing F8.

    I love having a calander widget, a surf report widget and the weather widget permanetly on the desktop for quick refrence.

    There are also many more widgets on Konfab than Tiger since it has been around for almost two years now.

    I actually use both Tiger widgets and Konfab, they both have their benefits and unique widgets.

    So far I cant stand how Tiger widgets take so long to load every firkin time I want to look at them, whats the point of having them if they take up to a min to load?
  12. macrumors 65816


    Dec 9, 2003
    I used to love Konfab because I like the idea of widgets, but Dashboard is great because they are hidden. I hate having a cluttered desktop, so it's nice to just roll over my hot-corner and display my widgets.

    Plus, isn't Konfab a total memory hog?

  13. macrumors 68030

    Jul 25, 2002
    Ah well, chock it up to different work flows. I never have more than a few pixels of my desktop visible, so having something running on my desktop does nothing but distract.

    Yeah, it's a pain. Right now, when I reboot Tiger (which is hardly ever, but anyway), the first thing I do is hit F12 twice (bring Dashboard up and start everything loading in the background).

    Seems like there should at least be an option to load all widgets at startup.

    But you say "every firkin time" ... does it take more than a half second to display all your widgets when you F12 the second time? They're available instantly for me on all my machines after they've loaded at startup ...
  14. macrumors newbie

    Jan 18, 2005

    Dashboard is a bigger hog than konfabulator, processor and memory wise. And the fact that you can't choose to leave them on your desktop is beyond me, guess it would be ripping off konfab too much. How apple justs craps on its sharware developers is terrible. I repurchased konfab 2 just to show my support.
  15. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 10, 2003
    I've got a relatively high-end machine : RevC 12" pBook, and it takes at least 30seconds after hitting F12 before the widgets are functional. almost every time i've used dashboard, the widgets are displayed, but show old information, and take up to a minute to refresh, depending on how many widgets you have open. i found that more than 4 or 5 will basically render dashboard useless.
  16. macrumors 68020

    Apr 18, 2004

    ahh! attack of the widgets! ahh! soo..many..of them...

  17. macrumors 68030


    Aug 7, 2004
    On a jet plane
    Works fine for me on my 12" Rev B PB. But if it is slow for you, just refresh (command-R), you even get a little swanky effect to go with it.

    You can add the same functionality to Dashboard as well. There's been a few threads about it but I'll add it here as well. Open up terminal.app (applications/utilities) and type in 'defaults write com.apple.dashboard devmode YES' - without the quotations.

    Now press F12 to activate Dashboard, click on a widget, DO NOT let go and press F12 again. Now just place the widget wherever you want on your desktop. To move the widget back to the Dashboard area repeat the hold/release of widget again.

    Really? I found Konfab to be a huge resource hog when I tested it just before the release of Tiger. Dashboard, whilst memory hungry, doesn't use any CPU when not active.

    Read above.

    Debatable. Read this for further insight.
  18. macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2002
    So Cal

    Yeah I know about that hack for Dashboard, it's just way to much work and the widgets remain above all other windows, which would be really annoying.

    Anyway, I really love both Dashboard and Knofab, they both have their own unique widgets and I think they complement each other very well. Any widget I want on my desktop I run through Konfab and anything I would want on a separate screen I use Dashboard.

    I think we should be grateful to have two great programs such as these on the Mac rather than argue over which one is better.
  19. macrumors 604


    Apr 21, 2003
    No thanks.

    I do not want Widgets on my desktop. Personally, I prefer them on another desktop like Dashboard does it.

    I really don't need widgets distracting me. When I want to see them, I'll press F12 ( or something).

    Each to their own - some prefer widgets splashed over their desktops, whilst, others, do not.

    Additionally, it appears that Dashboard widgets are easier to develop that Konf.

    Its good they are still developing Konf for the Mac rather than just dropping it. Konf has still a large following, it seems.
  20. macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2002
    So Cal

    Konfab can work just like Dashboard, press F8 and all your Konfab widgets appear on a new screen, you odnt have to keep them on the desktop if you dont want to.

    The main reason Konfab still has such a large following is its huge library of widgets already available.

    I'm not sure where you heard that Dashboard widgets are easier to develop than Konfab, last time I checked they were both fairly easy to develop.
  21. macrumors 65816

    James Philp

    Mar 5, 2005
    PB G3 500 384 MB RAM - Have 3 Konfab widgets open - major slowdown and memory hog they kill CPUs.
    Now in tiger I can have 9-10 widgets open, and they only use up a tiny bit of RAM and no CPU.
    Konfab is a major resource hog compared to Dashboard for the exact reason that the widgets stay active all the time.

    Personally I'm not going to have 2 apps on my computer when i only need one.
    There are now 204 widgets available for Dashboard - soon enough there's going to be much better widgets for us all to use than any Konfab.

    Why develop a widget that SOME Mac users can use, when it's easier to develop for an App ALL Mac users have (and as far as I'm aware, no-one has managed to stop DB starting up)

    To those who use both - if you don't believe that Konfab is a system HOG, you should try using it on a machine like mine! At least DB works well (better in 10.4.1) and doesn't hound my machine for resources unless I'm actually using it! In a month, every beloved Konfab widget will most likely be superseded by a DB one. It's been all of 20 days since Tiger - and 204 widgets in that time is really quite astonishing!

    I had Konfab in the menubar for about 3 days before my mac was grinding down.
  22. macrumors 68030


    Aug 7, 2004
    On a jet plane
    All Mac users running Tiger that is ;) Don't forget that Konfab widgets can run on both Windows and Mac.

    Anybody know how popular Konfab is in the Windows world?
  23. macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2002
    So Cal
    I am surprised any new app runs on your Mac, maybe you should consider a slightly used iBook.

    Konfab really doesnt effect CPU or memory on a G4 or G5 machine.

    I still think that the whole point of a widget is quick access to information, if its not active all the time you have to wait for info to load and that just defeats the purpose.

    from apple.com

    "Check the time, watch the weather, track flights, view stock prices and find a local restaurant. Instantly. With a single click, the Dashboard zooms across your Desktop, giving you fast access to nifty widgets designed for fun as well as function."
  24. macrumors member

    Jul 22, 2002
    I really hate the Konfabulator UI. I don't want widgets stuck on my desktop. I don't like the fact that you can only have one version of a widget. I don't want to have browse my hard drive just to load a widget. I don't like most of their widget's graphics. Dashboard is far superior to Konfabulator IMHO. I never really liked Konfabulator, ever -- just the concept. Dashboard took the concept and made it work right.

  25. macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2002
    So Cal
    so much negativity and misinformation. sad really.

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