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  1. pryu macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys,

    After a long period in hibernation (we were originally MacWidgets.net), our site is finally up. We just opened for business! Currently we have two widgets for sale, and a bunch for free.

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    We're getting quite hammered right now, so please let me know here if you have problems registering, logging in, just accessing pages, downloading widgets, or of course, purchasing. ;) Thanks!
     
  2. Androit macrumors member

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    Wow, they look nice. Tons more polished than most of the widgets I've seen out in the wild. Are these for free or for purchase?
     
  3. pryu thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Those two will be free, as will the vast majority of our widgets. We're going to try selling one though. :)
     
  4. supergod macrumors 6502

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    Isn't there some kind of policy on these forums about advertising for your website? This is pretty blatant...
     
  5. pryu thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well, I noticed threads like replacement graphics for the calculator widget, and I think we'll be offering a lot more than that for free, so I figured why not. And in terms of rules, I don't think this violates any of them.
     
  6. Harry K. macrumors member

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    Accepting ideas?

    I'd like to see two widgets if possible:

    One- Rhyming Dictionary or Bad Spellers Dictionary
    Two- Bible Verse Look-up.

    Those would be awesome and really helpful.
     
  7. powerbook911 macrumors 68040

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    Well, I don't mind that you advertised, for I think this is great to have lots of widgets out there. I'll be tuning into your site, when it goes live! Thanks.
     
  8. pryu thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The current one up right now, Echo, will be the only one we will be selling. However, it is a very nice and polished widget, and also cheaper than its competing shareware products. So hopefully this'll do all right. (The coders and artist definitely deserve some compensation for their hard work.)
     
  9. HisBoiElroy macrumors newbie

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    The New York Times widget looks great...can't wait to try it.
     
  10. supergod macrumors 6502

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    Looks like a nicely done widget. The look is very cool, but I really wish it had more curves/cirlces, to go with the current look of Apples widgets (not that I love Apples look, mind you, but the rounded theme destinguishes widgets from apps). What measures are you taking to make sure this widget doesn't get pirated?
     
  11. pryu thread starter macrumors newbie

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    While we do have a serial number registration scheme in place, our philosophy is that pirates will pirate it eventually no matter we do, but the majority of interested buyers will hopefully purchase it if it's a good product.

    About the look, we decided to go with a more squarish form to maximize space efficiency really. But this is probably the sharpest widget we have. You'll be seeing that most of ours have softer curves.
     
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  13. BWhaler macrumors 68020

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    Brilliant.

    I would definitely pay for Echo as long as it is reasonably priced. And this willingness goes up x100 if you give away lots of high quality free widgets.

    I like supporting people like that.

    One comment on Echo. The new and cancel seem reversed. I would put the cancel on the left. (Like Tivo, iPod, et al, seem to work.
     
  14. Applespider macrumors G4

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    The three previews so far have looked wonderful. Very professional and I admire that you're planning on giving most away.

    Will you have a 'donate' link so that those of us who like and use the 'free' ones can contribute something?
     
  15. wrc fan macrumors 65816

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    I think the mods are usually against a persons first post being about a topic like this, although since no mod has shut it down yet, they might be thinking this one is ok. Either that or nobody has reported it yet.
     
  16. johngordon macrumors 65816

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    regarding the advertising - i'd say let common sense prevail.

    tiger is out tomorrow, which includes the dashboard and a small selection of widgets.

    but i'd guess i'm not the only one thinking "this dashboard/widget thing looks great, but i'd be interested in knowing where i can get some more".

    as such, at least while its all new, i think this is fine really - advertising a genuinely useful product, that a lot of people will be interested in, at presumably very little cost is, in this case, wholly worthwhile i think.

    anyway guys - they look great - if you can produce widgets looking as good as those (and indeed the look of the site) then i think you'll get a lot of interest.

    Iain
     
  17. pryu thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I actually had another years old account, phillryu, but it wouldn't let me post... I have no idea why. I mean, I never posted in that before, just lurked, but no idea why it wouldn't let me post topics. I had to create this new one so I could.

    Anyway, we might have a donation link, or future widgets that are donationware, but with Echo, users will have to pay to unlock its full features.
     
  18. FelixDerKater macrumors 68000

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  19. nagromme macrumors G5

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    I thought this was going to be a Dashboard widget for people to use to count down the days until they receive Tiger.

    I think it's a good idea :D
     
  20. nesbitt_a macrumors 6502

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    Apple-store status widget

    This would be great, giving the status of any orders on your dashboard.
     
  21. userannon macrumors newbie

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    Great looking widgets. Nice to see developers starting already. I am awaiting the open of MacWidgets.net.
    :)
     
  22. hasselhoff macrumors newbie

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    You guys need to create a nice-looking widget that checks movie times, maybe even purchases them through Fandango...
     
  23. BWhaler macrumors 68020

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    Here's another widget I would pay for:

    Direction mapping from either yahoo or google maps. Let me store my home, office, and other addresses so I don't have to type them in. (I don't like google and yahoo to have that info stored on their servers...it's a privacy thing.)

    And of course, one would need to be able to print this in a nicely formatted manner.
     
  24. BWhaler macrumors 68020

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    More ideas for widgets I would pay for:

    1. iCal day at a glance. The ability to see my calendar, and it would need to be time zone savy. (The Konfabulator widgets which do this all screw up the time zones...important for int'l execs)

    2. World Clock. I know you can put up multiple Apple clocks for different locations, but there are two problems with the Apple solution. One, there is no date which is important for people who work across the international date line. Secondly, the Apple clocks have a huge bezel and frame so having 3-4 clocks to track different time zones takes up a ton of screen real estate.

    I hope these suggestions are helpful. I really like what I see, and I think there are a lot of people like me who will pay a fair price for high quality widgets.
     
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