How often do you use the Dashboard?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Dybbuk, Nov 2, 2007.

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How often do you use your Dashboard?

  1. Often

    40 vote(s)
    48.2%
  2. Sometimes

    25 vote(s)
    30.1%
  3. Almost Never/Never

    18 vote(s)
    21.7%
  1. Dybbuk macrumors 6502a

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    #1
    I was excited about this switching, but I find I almost never use it for anything ... how about you?

    Any widgets you might recommend to get me to use it more?
     
  2. Prof. macrumors 601

    Prof.

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  3. sammich macrumors 601

    sammich

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    #3
    That's getting quite specific, maybe someone should make (unless there is one already) a dashboard counter.

    Weather, TV guide, probably a good few dozen times a day (most of them since I might be bored).
     
  4. scott523 macrumors 6502a

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    #4
    Yeup I use it A LOT -- looking up brief weather, playing Sudoku on the subway, using the calculator sometimes, uploading images using the ImageShack widget, viewing network information via iStat nano, viewing flight status if a relative coming, converting units... yea thats all I can think of right now that I use. LOL

    Oh yess I like that! However, I've hit that the dashboard button so many times by accident..
     
  5. gr8tfly macrumors 603

    gr8tfly

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    #5
    Probably a dozen times a day. Weather, stocks, calendar, IMDB, Delivery Status, etc. Was using for calculator, but starting to use Spotlight.
     
  6. Markleshark macrumors 603

    Markleshark

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    #6
    Now and again.

    Strange the pattern though, either all the time or never. Not many 'casual' Dashboard users. Kind of surprising if you ask me.
     
  7. AlBDamned macrumors 68030

    AlBDamned

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    #7
    Calculator, weather, world clock, dictionary and thesaurus, airport radar.

    All very handy :)
     
  8. psychofreak Retired

    psychofreak

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    #8
    All the time...I need simple games in school!
     
  9. bartelby macrumors Core

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    #9
    I'm a casual user!

    Mainly use iStat Pro to keep an eye on things.
     
  10. Palladium macrumors member

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    #10
    I use it daily (usually several times) for weather and iStat. I use the dictionary fairly frequently (twice last night) and would use the calendar fairly frequently, especially when making bookings. I have used the translator and unit conversion widgets but only occasionally. Oddly enough, I never remember I have a calculator widget and always launch it from finder - old habits die hard.
     
  11. tersono macrumors 68000

    tersono

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    #11
    I hardly ever use it - occasionally to check the weather, but that's about it. I've always thought that these 'widget' implementations (whether dashboard, Vista's sidebar, Konfabulator or whatever) were something of a solution in search of a problem.... I may be alone in this, however ;)
     
  12. Passante macrumors 6502a

    Passante

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    #12
    I activate it accidentally more times than I actually use it.
     
  13. anti-microsoft macrumors 68000

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    #13
    I don't use it that much but when I do, I find it very usefull.
     
  14. emptyCup macrumors 65816

    emptyCup

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    #14
    Weather and iStat Pro. When we first dropped cable I missed not being able to get the weather within 3 minutes. Now, when I want the weather, I get it instantly. And not from the nearest big city but from a choice of local stations, including one 0.3 miles from my home.
     
  15. chas0001 macrumors 6502a

    chas0001

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    #15
    I have 2 monitors and do I display 6 widgets permanently on that screen (using the development mode). I wish there was a way to display them on the desktop but not have them on top of other windows (natively). I have tried Amnesty but its a bit flakey.
     
  16. arkitect macrumors 601

    arkitect

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    #16
    Often.

    iStat Pro; Weather; different cities' clocks; currency converter… SMS… BBC radio channels…
     
  17. richyfp macrumors member

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    #17
    In Tiger, I found myself using Dashboard almost exclusively for the dictionary/thesaurus and calculator, but Spotlight has now replaced both of those. I do still have a few stickies lying around and also run iStat Pro, but I use Dashboard considerably less post-Leopard.
     
  18. Markleshark macrumors 603

    Markleshark

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    #18
    Me too, just seem few and far between.

    I love Dashboard, so handy. Shame it eats resources like it does.
     
  19. anti-microsoft macrumors 68000

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    #19
    Now I'm using a lot more with Leopard than I did with Tiger and that is because of...:drumroll:... Web Clips! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE Web Clips!
     
  20. heatmiser macrumors 68020

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    #20
    Constantly. I've got stickies--one for each class, plus a general one for to-do lists. It's basically my planner and assignment marker.
     
  21. kuwisdelu macrumors 65816

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    All the time.

    I got a webclip of Apple's stock that I check compulsively. I have several important stickies in it. I check the weather on it every morning. I use the calculator often for functions too advanced for Spotlight. And of course, iStat Pro.
     
  22. MacIllini macrumors member

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    #22
    all the time

    use it for iSTAT, Event calendar countdown, weather, local traffic, ski report, surf report, stocks tracker
     
  23. ebel3003 macrumors 6502a

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    #23
    I pretty much almost never use it. Only occasionally for a Sticky Note.
     
  24. forafireescape macrumors 6502a

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    #24
    I'm constantly using it for weather, post-its, to check movie reviews (Tomatometer - looks up stuff on rottentomatoes.com) and movie times, my iTunes lyrics checker, etc.

    Plus I have a fun little widget called Flappie that's a little virtual pet thing that I like to play with :eek:
     
  25. Xavier macrumors 68020

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