Dashboard App

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by marka351, Mar 28, 2016.

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Do you use the Dashboard

  1. Yes

    71.4%
  2. No

    28.6%
  1. marka351 macrumors member

    marka351

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    #1
    So I was playing around on my IMac checking out the Apps that came pre-installed but I had never used and found the Dashboard (I never knew it was there). I checked it out and it did not seem very useful to me, and I asked some friends if they used it and nobody did.

    I was just wondering if anyone uses the app and if so what widgets do you use (I didn't see any particularly useful ones)?
     
  2. ignatius345 macrumors 6502a

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    Apple has thoroughly neglected Dashboard for a long time now, but it can be extremely useful and fast -- and I would argue it's faster and less disruptive to bring up than that narrow Notification Center window, and it definitely has WAY more real estate to show more things. Dashboard still has a ton of potential, but frankly nobody knows it's there, and new widgets are not really being developed for it.

    1. make sure (in the Mission Control preferences) you set it to display As Overlay, so it leaves everything you're working on untouched and just appears as a very quick heads up display. Hit F4 to quickly view it, and hit F4 again to dismiss it immediately. Whatever you were working on is still right there. The default "As Space" setting is much more jarring.

    2. reclaim the useless Launchpad key to launch Dashboard instead. (personally, I launch everything from Alfred or the Dock anyway). I use a little control panel called Function Flip to map F4 back to Dashboard.

    3. remember that anything you view in Safari can be "clipped" as a dashboard item. I use it for some clippings of weather radar, for example, that are just a keystroke away. Just go to File > Open in Dashboard, and then it will prompt you to draw a box around whatever you want.

    I use it for a package tracking app that syncs with my phone, a few world clocks for phone calls, and a big system info widget. If there were more widgets, I'd definitely use them.
     
  3. BrianBaughn macrumors 601

    BrianBaughn

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    #3
    There are many Dashboard Widgets available at the website Apple "maintains" for them. The problem is you might test several of them before you find one that actually works!
     
  4. Brad9893 macrumors 6502

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    I've been using Dashboard every day for as long as I can remember. I have it configured to act as a space, which I find much more preferable than the overlay. I have tons of widgets installed, but some of my favorite/most used ones include: iStat Pro, Screenshot Plus, PEMDAS Calculator, Unit Converter, Weather + RadarInMotion, and Stickies. Most of these Widgets are no longer being maintained, but have continued to work just fine. iStat Pro is an exception; it broke with the release of Mountain Lion, but the problem was fixable thankfully.

    I love Dashboard, no matter how neglected it may be, and it is an integral part of my Mac experience. I'm glad to see that Apple is keeping it in the OS. It's far, far more usable than Notification Center.

    Here is Apple's Dashboard Widget website: https://www.apple.com/downloads/dashboard/
    By the look of the scrollbars in the "Widget Browser" and the overall design of the page, I'd say that it's probably been abandoned since Snow Leopard, if not earlier.
     
  5. Pakaku macrumors 68000

    Pakaku

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    #5
    The Dashboard would improve infinitely in usefulness if it was an area we could run iOS apps from.

    Right now I literally only use it for the conversion widget.
     
  6. ignatius345 macrumors 6502a

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    This has been brought up before and would be just amazing. Some touch-based stuff might not translate super well to a desktop interface, but I'd be happy to accept some awkwardness.
     
  7. Morod macrumors 68000

    Morod

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    Dashboard is my friend every day. Been that way since Leopard. I use weather widgets for where my family members are or where I may be vacationing, stocks, Maintidget, Delivery Status, and Time Machine Buddy. Oh yeah, and the most important to me is iStat Pro.
     
  8. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

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    #8
    Safari snippets, dictionary, timer, power stats. Use it almost daily.
     
  9. Digger148 macrumors member

    Digger148

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    I use it many, many times, each day. I use a conversion widget, one for translation, the Yahoo! weather widget, and the ESPN widget. I set Dashboard up as a "hot corner". It's much quicker and less obtrusive than Notification Center and Spotlight for many things I do.
    --- Post Merged, May 10, 2016 ---
    I wish Dashboard was available as a hot corner in iOS.
     

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