Your three favorite widgets

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Blue Velvet, Apr 23, 2006.

  1. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    If you could only have three widgets on your Mac what would they be?

    Been running Tiger for a couple of months now but have resisted using widgets until now...

    So feel free to recommend to me your personal top 3 widgets; indispensable ones, fun ones, whatever. But you're limited to just three... explanations on why they're so fab would be nice too.

    Please help me expand my widget world, thanks. :)

    Note: Any nifty ones that may have a graphics/design usage kinda slant earn extra brownie points. ;)
     
  2. treblah macrumors 65816

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    1. AirTrafficControl, super useful for finding WiFi spots
    2. MonkeyBusiness Labs' Package Tracker, for tracking packages ;)
    3. RadarInMotion, quicker than using WUnderground
     
  3. devilot Moderator emeritus

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    I have a few that I really love, but you said three... so I'll have to list my more boring widgets that I truly use all the time.

    1. Weather widget (standard): I love the quick access to the forecast! I have one for my local area, and another one for where my boyfriend lives. :p
    2. Calculator widget (also standard): Do I really need to put an explanation? I suck at math-- no matter how simple the calculation. There.
    3. Stickies widget (again, standard): Great for a quick copy and paste of links or whatnot. And simple lists.
    I know. I'm so boring. :eek:
     
  4. UKnjb macrumors 6502a

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    Never been a fan of Widgets; they just seem to clutter up my screen. Of the two that I do/did use (therefore = my favourites):

    World Clock Pro
    Wi Fi Signal

    I've just replaced World Clock Pro with JetClock that gives me 5 world times in a drop-down from the menu bar.

    Sorry. I suspect this is not of much help! :)
     
  5. gekko513 macrumors 603

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    1. Dictionary widget - to look up English words I don't know, obviously :)
    2. Converter widget - to communicate with the non-standard compliant Americans
    3. Calculator widget - if I need to calculate something simple
     
  6. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    1. Weather Widget (standard) I love that thing.
    2. Day Countdown. 6 days until my PowerBook is one year old, 19 days until prom, 33 days until graduation. :D
    3. FOXTROT! I wouldn't read it if it weren't on my screen.
    actually, I think dictionary and foxtrot are tied. I use the dictionary one like a bandit, but if I were only allowed three, I would just open dictionary.app.
     
  7. devilot Moderator emeritus

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    Yeah, Dictionary would be the next widget I would list. :eek:
     
  8. Blue Velvet thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    Not boring... Sensible. Like sensible shoes. :D :p

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    Honestly though, it's useful for a novice like me.
     
  9. 2nyRiggz macrumors 603

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    The Dictionary,text message one, the weather and the translator.


    Bless
     
  10. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    The superman returns countdown because it is important to me and reminds me to remember to ask for that day off.
    The weather one - because it is truly useful...especially in the event I don't want to turn my head 30 degrees to look out the giant window next to me.
    and the stock widget...so I can see just when I will go completely broke. it helps me remember that i need to keep my job because i can't depend on the stock market to make me a wealthy woman.
     
  11. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    1. Dictionary - easier than the Dictionary.app, but not that much easier...
    2. Unit Converter - easier than using Calculator.app, but not that much easier... [do you sense where this is heading? ;)]
    3. iCal Events - I like MenuCalendarClock better...

    So, I've actually come to the conclusion that Dashboard is a waste of CPU cycles and disabled it all together (even though the three above mentioned widgets were nice and useful)... ;)
     
  12. Deepdale macrumors 68000

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    Off-topic ... but how can this thread shows 7 replies but only 1 view?
     
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  14. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    My three picks would be...

    Weather
    Not the standard Apple one, but the BBC Weather version, which I find to be a little more accurate for us UKers.

    World Clock
    The default Apple version – I have a couple of these running for different parts of the world. It's useful when I'm online and IMing, or here on MacRumors, so I know what time of the day people are at.

    Calculator
    Not the most daring of choices I grant you, but it's one of the Widgets I turn to the most. What it lacks in excitingness it more than makes up for in usefulness.
     
  15. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    The site apparently tracks all of my multiple personalities and only shows views from different people.
    My three as well, although I might swap the standard Weather widget in for Package Tracker (depends on if I have stuff coming), and Panic's Transmit widget is also in the running.
    Very good point - some people don't realize that you can have many of the same widget up at one time.
     
  16. milkdev macrumors member

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    The view-counter refreshs only once in a few minutes, the reply-counter is "live".
     
  17. gauchogolfer macrumors 603

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    Here's my top three:

    Weather: to be reminded how nice it is here in the south of France, and feel sorry for my family back in the States

    Translator: for quick phrases in French that I'm too lazy to look up in a dictionary

    #1 Widget is...ImageShack: It makes uploading pictures to MacRumors much easier. It's really handy and easy to use. I like the drag, hit F12, drag onto widget functionality.
     
  18. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    I also like to have a couple of Weather Widgets running at the same time – especially if I'm off away anywhere. That way, I know whether to expect sunshine or showers. :cool:
     
  19. Whigga Spitta macrumors 6502

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    my top three:

    weather widget- humorously enough, it's one of the reasons i really wanted to buy tiger

    calculator widget- a lifesaver for my accounting classes this year

    dashblog- makes posting entries to my blogger.com-hosted blog a breeze...
     
  20. Applespider macrumors G4

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    The ones I use most at the moment...

    1. The weather widget (with various instances open)
    2. The Unit Convertor (my Powerbook came baking with me one day!)
    3. The Album Art widget since it looks up songs with no art and I can add it to my iTunes library with one click.

    But most of the others listed above are pretty useful too. The only other ones I use regularly that haven't been mentioned are a personalised countdown widget and a Photo widget that pulls random shots out of an iPhoto album onto a 'polaroid'.
     
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    weather
    sticky note
    stocks

    with the espn widget, dashdock, and sing that itune coming close to making the list.
     
  24. emaja macrumors 68000

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    Package Tracker from Monkey Business Labs to feed my obsessive nature

    XM Radio Online - tunes without a browser window open. Awesome.

    Screenshot Plus - since I can never remember those darn keyboard commands.

    Honorable mention for Unit Converter.
     
  25. zap2 macrumors 604

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    Calculator-help with my homework

    Macrumors widget-Lets me see MacRumors Headlines when i'm not on MR, or when i'm in dahboard

    Stock Widget-See how Apple and Google are doing
     

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