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Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by puckhead193, Dec 19, 2004.
I just downloaded Konfabulator...and was thinking whats everyone favorite widget.....
you know, i tried convincing myself that konfabulator was really useful but a few weeks later i feel its just a complete waste of CPU power.
when i did like it, i had 3 different 'what to do' programs running (one for todays priorities, two for work schedules), tempurature, picture frame, calendar, and eBayMaster.
^ I kinda agree with slipper. I really love the whole Konfabulators concept, but it seems more of a novelty than anything. The only 2 widgets I have running 100% of the time is the RAM widget, that I have tucked neatly in the bottom left corner, and the Calendar. I use the "To-Do" widget occationally, if I have a lot to do. I tried using those iChat widgets, The Bezel one is cool, but annoying after a while, and useless if you just keep your iChat window open all the time (mine is on the left side).
yea... i'm starting to get that feeling, i thought i would post and get a great idea from someone, but so far i downloaded a few and nuthing to helpful.....
There was a stock ticker one I used a lot before I uninstalled it.
I like my weather widget, but yeah, other than that I haven't really used Konfabulator all that much. I guess I wasted some $$$,.... dang I gotta' stop doing that!
Agreed. Konfabulator on my 17" PB 1.33GHz with 1GB RAM would slow my system down so much it was unbearable. I wanted to buy it but the performance was so awful that there is no way I could give them my $.
quite a few of these widget threads keep coming up. there was another one here: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=93773&highlight=widget+mod
but that was a while ago. in that thread i talked abut how i was going to mod some widgets. and i did. here's the result:
the orginals are on top, and the mods on the bottom. i wanted to get them all looking 'Matrix-style'. the TubeClock looks really good, but it just takes up too much screen space.
here's the final shot of NetAct and the FlipClock mod:
i still use the modded FlipClock - i like it's smaller size now. i didn't need the date because i've already got MenuCalendarClock...
but i'm not using that version of NetAct because there's a new version out, and i haven't modded it at all (actually, i might change the font to Monaco some time...). the new version is good as well - it keeps the totals. the old one used to reset at either 4GB up or down but the new version keeps going.
so the widgets i currently use:
FlipClock (modded to show time only)
there's a few others i play with like the dancing Gir widget.
i can't say that i really notice any slowdown, because i have been using Konfab for as long as i remember. so i guess i've forgotten what it's like without it.
I'm like the other posters here, I tried Konfabulator, and thought it's an awesome concept, and executed decently. But I just don't find a use for it, so I eventually trashed it when the trial ended.
Actually, as much as Dashboard might have ripped off Konfabulator, I preferred the Dashboard way of having a different "layer" that you call upon for all the widgets. Keeps the desktop neat. I wonder if it eats up the CPU like Konfabulator does. Maybe Tiger will force me to finally upgrade from a G3
The only widget i use is iTunes controller. I use it for the programmable hotkeys, so i change sobgs with command F1 and F3 and press pause py pressing command F2... So now i dont have to go down to the dock to change somgs quikly....
I used konfabulator in the beginning and I think it's a great app, but I just didn't find that much need for it. I guess that's why I haven't been all that excited about Dashboard. Most widgets I used I was able to find much smaller replacements for them in the menubar.
I purchase Konfabulator and downloaded tons of widgets. Then I started seeing memory leaks and having crashing problems. So I took it off my computer. It was a nice idea that in the end wasn't all that useful. If dashboard is more stable and has a smaller footprint then I will probably switch back to using some.
The most helpful widget I found though was the iCal on the desktop ones. I hate having to poen iCal to see what meetings I have that day or my To Do items.
Personally I think that should be a menu item built into iCal and Mac OS X.