How do you feel about the removal of Dashboard?

Discussion in 'macOS Catalina (10.15)' started by ASentientBot, Jun 5, 2019.

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What are your opinions on the removal of Dashboard?

  1. I'll really miss it!

    39 vote(s)
    27.7%
  2. Too bad.

    9 vote(s)
    6.4%
  3. Neutral.

    21 vote(s)
    14.9%
  4. Seems reasonable.

    25 vote(s)
    17.7%
  5. Good riddance!

    47 vote(s)
    33.3%
  1. WebHead macrumors regular

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    #26
    Be interesting to know how many active users it still had. Apple "sherlocking" it and then eventually dumping it is straight out of the Microsoft "acquire and retire" playbook.
     
  2. Ternary macrumors regular

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    #27
    Once Apple announced notification center widgets in OS X Yosemite, I knew Dashboard was on its way out, especially since it didn't change design. It became more apparent with OS X El Capitan, when Apple didn't bother to update the Tile Game widget with the El Capitan wallpaper.

    I'm honestly impressed it took this long for Apple to remove it. Although I knew it was long coming, it's difficult to say goodbye to the Dashboard: one of my favorite gems from the Tiger days.
     
  3. jwolf6589 macrumors 65816

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    #28
    I probably wont upgrade because of the removal.
     
  4. afir93 macrumors 6502a

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    #29
    Any Dashboard notes you have are actually imported into the Stickies app when you upgrade to Catalina!
     
  5. inkhorn macrumors member

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    #30
    Do yourself a favour and migrate them into Notes, then you can have them synced to your iPad / iPhone / other Macs, etc.
     
  6. AnonMac50 macrumors 65816

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    #31
    I actually use Dashboard a lot every day. Not having it is gonna hurt.
     
  7. jwolf6589 macrumors 65816

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    #32
    Then don't upgrade.
     
  8. shinji macrumors 65816

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  9. ASentientBot thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    #34
    Easier said than done. Keeping the OS updated is important for several other reasons, like security, software support, and of course new features.

    Ideally, a Dashboard alternative could be developed. That's part of why I made this poll -- to see if that would be in demand to people other than me. It seems like it is. So, assuming that I ever succeed in running Catalina on my unsupported MacBook, I fully intend to work on such a thing.
     
  10. jwolf6589 macrumors 65816

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    #35
    I don't plan on upgrading. I love Dashboard.
     
  11. Arran macrumors 601

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    #36
    Good to know. Thanks.

    I use dashboard several times daily. Stocks, weather, and occasionally stickies to jog my memory on obscure keyboard shortcuts. The four finger swipe across made it effortless. I’ll miss it.

    Anyway, I’ve been practicing my two finger swipe in from the right hand edge of the trackpad. I’m good.
     
  12. Vlad Soare macrumors member

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    #37
    I use it all the time. If they kill it I will seriously consider not upgrading my OS.

    Very well said.
     
  13. StellarVixen macrumors 68000

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    #38
    There is no “if”. They’ve killed it. It’s over.
    --- Post Merged, Jun 7, 2019 ---
     
  14. Appleak macrumors member

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    #39
    I ❤️ my dashboard! I hope for a bringback best luck @ASentientBot
     
  15. jwolf6589 macrumors 65816

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    #40
    I am in your boat. I am not upgrading past Mojave.
     
  16. StellarVixen macrumors 68000

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    #41

    Believe me, stubbornness and reluctance to change doesn’t work in a long run. I’ve tried it, trust me. I was on 10.9.5 for long time, before I noticed that I am starting to get lonely there, mainly due to lack of software support.


    IMHO, it’s better to accept the things they are. Sooner, the better.
     
  17. saudor macrumors 6502a

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    #42
    Not always. I actually need 32 bit for excel 2011. I also have 2016 installed and the glitches (e.g misclicking cells) are still not fixed in 2019. Waiting on Mojave will give those mentally slow developers extra time to get their crap together.

    This happens on all my systems, even in a clean install situation. And with friends who use excel so it's definitely not limited to my system
     
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  19. Appleak macrumors member

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    #44
    I'm glad again to see @ASentientBot & @jackluke are bringing back my beloved dashboard on Catalina!
    Keep fighting Best luck!
     
  20. MultiFinder17 macrumors 68000

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    #45
    I used Dashboard heavily back in college on my PowerBook, although I used it less and less as the years went on, replacing much of its functionality with either menubar adding and then Notification Center widgets. I'll be mildly sad to see it go, I suppose. I haven't used it regularly in years though. When I'm using my old PowerBook (I mostly use it for writing these days) I still totally make use of it there, but it's not like that's going away :)
     
  21. ASentientBot thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    #46
    Looks like @jackluke's solution is pretty much perfect so I actually haven't been spending much time on porting over the Mojave version. After all, packaging a widget as an app seems like a nice future-proof solution.

    I did manage to implement a full-screen notepad overlay that can be hidden and shown by tapping the Dashboard key though! Which I'm pretty happy about because (1) I'd never used Swift before in my life and (2) that was all I used Dashboard for anyways -- running a simple custom widget for keeping notes/to-do items in. And it's a good use of that otherwise obsolete Dashboard key on my 2010 MacBook now that I use Catalina pretty much full time.
     
  22. Appleak, Jun 20, 2019
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2019

    Appleak macrumors member

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    #47
    Take your time @ASentientBot :) to delve into this bringback project by your usually minimal & clean hack with @jackluke & @pkouame
    I'm always keen to read and follow your smart findings y'all three!
    Simply awesome! :)
     
  23. seanrt macrumors member

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    #48
    Also having calculator functions built right in Spotlight comes in really handy
     
  24. tonyberinson macrumors member

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  25. dogslobber macrumors 68040

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    #50
    It’s a slap in the face to Mac OS X users from the beginning. Newer users might not have had the privilege of using it as Apple failed to promote it as an enabler.
     

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