How Important are Dashboard Widgets to You?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by HappyDude20, Jul 18, 2008.

  1. HappyDude20 macrumors 68020

    HappyDude20

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    #1
    I used to have a bunch of widgets on my dashboard until I needed the service they provided at all times from any computer so began implementing iGoogle plus also heard Dashboard Widgets were a huge memory hog on the Mac.

    Do you use widgets? How important are they to you and how often do you use them?

    I have only a few which I'm not sure how to feel about. I have weather, istat nano, dictionary, Blogger quick post and dictionary.

    You?
     
  2. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    I think their pretty important to me anyways

    istat pro- used daily
    iCal - used daily
    stickies - used daily as i have the memory of goldfish
    calculator - as and when
    dictionary - as and when
     
  3. reclusivemonkey macrumors 6502

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    The ability to web clip any part of a web page onto the dashboard is important to me; for example I have a website where I can check the live times of the next few buses from the bus stop right outside my house. Also, anything there isn't an RSS feed for but that I want to check daily can be added (i.e. my fantasy football league table).

    I also have a really great simpler timer app (which I can't recall the name of) which I use all the time so that when I am cooking and go back to my computer, I don't forget when to check back on what I am cooking.

    Found it: Its called "Minutes"

    http://www.apple.com/downloads/dashboard/calculate_convert/minutes.html

    Its worth downloading if you want a simple timer just for its charming default chimes =]
     
  4. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

    wrldwzrd89

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    I don't use widgets very much at all... the only ones that ever get used are the flight lookup one, and the calculator.
     
  5. gusious macrumors 65816

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    Me neither.Mostly i use istat pro and accuweather...!
     
  6. Ant1-Hero macrumors regular

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    i deactivate my dashboard, conserve memory and cpu power.
     
  7. lordthistle macrumors 6502

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    They are so important to me that I started barely using all of the other MacOS applications.:confused:
    thistle
     
  8. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

    edesignuk

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    I could quite easily live without it, but it is useful for a few things.

    Every morning I wake up the Mac, open dashboard to see if the Tube is behaving itself, and what the weather is [supposedly] doing that day.

    I also use iStat Pro to get a quick glance at how she is doing.
     
  9. RainForRent macrumors 6502

    RainForRent

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    As long as you don't overdo them, the memory usage is minimal. I run:

    iStat pro– gotta keep up on computer info
    interfacelift– I obsessively change my backgrounds
    hurricane watcher– hey, it's hurricane season and I'm in Florida
    digg– easier than launching the site to see the front page
    battery
    weather
     
  10. brvheart macrumors 6502

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    It must be because I am a brand new windows convert - but I never use mine. I do not like the fact that I have to activate them and they can not just be on the screen so that I can view them and use other apps. Vista, Yahoo and Google all provide nice side bars for the widgets that I like. But since moving to Mac only I never use it. I might be missing the boat and you are able to put them on the screen and use other apps and I just have not learned it yet as I have said being a new convert and new to the Mac world there is still a ton that I have to learn.
     
  11. ergdegdeg Moderator emeritus

    ergdegdeg

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    I use them a few times a day:
    iStatPro
    Calendar
    Calculator
    Unit Converter
    Weather
    Countdown
    Battery
    Clocks
    Webclips
    Dicitionary / Wikipedia / IMDB / LEO
     
  12. okrelayer macrumors 6502a

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    i use them quite a bit.

    Istat
    a fan widget
    weather
    mayan calender (mostly for my interest in that culture, not so much that i know how to read it!)
    calender
    this day in apple history from applematters.com
    i also sometimes use a countdown tracker, and i make live widgets if im keeping an eye on something from ebay or shipping on ups/fedex.

    since i obsessibly see how much ram and such i am useing i probably cant go without it!
     
  13. NotoriousLefty macrumors newbie

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    I never use dashboard ever. It just takes waaaaaay too long for the widgets to load up. In the time it takes to load I can do all of my laundry... Besides I have a iphone and even tho it prob takes the same amount of time, it just feels faster. Besides Im not doing video editing on my iphone so im sure thats the reason.

    If I need to know the news, weather, movie times, etc I just use Yahoo home page + Safari much faster load up.
     
  14. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    CharacterPal
    iCal
    iStat Pro
    Stickies
    Stocks
    Translator
    Unit Converter
    Weather
     
  15. DaveF macrumors 6502a

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    I like them. And on a 15" MBP it's good to keep them off screen until needed; a sidebar would too much space and be distracting.
    I use:
    * iStatPro and nano to monitor Time Machine hard drive space and network speed on occasion.
    * weather radar widget to check for rain.
    * stickies for some misc notes, like possible dog names for a future pet :)
    * movie widget to check show times before going out.
    * envelope address widget when I need to print addresses on envelopes.

    and a few others to finding Album Art for iTunes, getting useful Mac Tips, and such.
     
  16. themoonisdown09 macrumors 601

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    I use the following all the time:

    - Calculator
    - Weather
    - Dictionary
    - Calendar
    - I have a web clip of my Blockbuster movie queue so I can see the next 10 movies I will be receiving in the mail.
     
  17. PowerFullMac macrumors 601

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    I use the converter, translator, weather and notes sometimes.
     
  18. acxz macrumors regular

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    I use:

    Calculator
    Weather
    Unit Converter
    iStat Pro
    Stocks
    1337Pwn (allows you to keep track of friends on Xbox Live)

    And I find them all to be pretty invaluable, really. I can see why Microsoft thought it was worth copying the idea for Vista's Sidebar.
     
  19. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    Not very often. Maybe once a day at most. I often forget they're there and just look up whatever it is online (weather, definitions, etc.). But I REALLY like Unit conversions. Comes in handy at least once a week.
     
  20. BlackMax macrumors 6502a

    BlackMax

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    I use widgets quite a bit. I use the following widgets the most often:


    Calculator - used several times a week
    Dictionary - used several times a week
    Weather - used daily
    iStat Pro - used daily
    EasyEnvelopes - used several times a week (one of my favorites)
    AutoCrossword - used weekly
     
  21. scotty96LSC macrumors 65816

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    Except for a few computer monitoring widgets, I have replaced all widgets with my iPod touch apps and sites. Easier and more convenient.
     
  22. NSNick macrumors regular

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    I have changed the center click on my mighty mouse to open up spaces instead. Spaces is infinitely more valuable than dashboard.
     
  23. heehee macrumors 68020

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    I use my Dashboard pretty often, I check how my stocks are doing and use it for calculator and check the weather.
     
  24. todd2000 macrumors 68000

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    You can put Widgets on your Desktop....

    You need to enable dev mode by opening a Terminal and typing:

    defaults write com.apple.Dashboard devmode YES

    then press Return, logout and log back in again. (you can also just open a terminal, and type "killall Dock" without the quotes.)

    To get a widget off of the Dashboard and onto your desktop, just do the following:

    - Activate Dashboard by pressing F4 (or whatever key you've assigned to Dashboard).
    - Begin dragging the widget.
    - Press F4 again, before letting go of the mouse button and drop the widget wherever you want.

    To get it off of your desktop, just start dragging the widget, press F4, and drop it back in your dashboard.

    You can repeat this for as many widgets as you like.



    And to those of you worried about RAM, just download Stop Dashboard http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/19834

    It's a widget that shuts down Dashboard when your done with it, without loosing your settings, or data in your Widgets. If RAM is more important then your Widgets loading fast, give it a try.
     
  25. brvheart macrumors 6502

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    thank you :)
     

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