Proud to announce the first Third Party Gadget!

Discussion in 'macOS' started by grabberslasher, Jun 30, 2004.

  1. grabberslasher macrumors 6502

    Aug 2, 2002
    I flexed my web coding skills (HAH!) and made the first third party gadget for Tiger (I think it's the first anyway).

    Anyone with Tiger just download it and double click. This is meant as a joke so please don't get upset - I mean no offense to Konfabulator.

    Option (alt) click to spin.

    Attached Files:

  2. michaelrjohnson macrumors 68020

    Aug 9, 2000
    Excellent. I think the functionality of Dashboard has a lot of potential, i just dont' like that it's only in "Expose" mode... But hey, it's beta.
  3. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    That's great...all I gotta do is get Tiger installed and I can see it in action...;) :eek: :D
  4. Iroganai macrumors regular


    Oct 18, 2003
    Wow, this is great ! :) :) :)
    I can't get in touch with Tiger until it is released,
    but now I can understand the mechanism by
    reading your html ! It's just simple !

    Hey, you should be worried to be sued by Apple
    because of breaking NDA :cool:

    I want to ask questions to grabbersmasher:
    is the standard bundle extension is .gadget ,
    not .widget I supposed from Stevenote ?

    another: is the 'gadget' object in the javascript
    some godgiven object by the Dashboard ?
    (corresponds to the window object in the browser, I suppose)
    what other methods does it have ?
  5. grabberslasher thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 2, 2002
    Hehe. They're only Gadgets. All they are are web pages, you can even save and make it a gadget. Nothing too top secret!
  6. Iroganai macrumors regular


    Oct 18, 2003
    to grabberslasher:

    I added some question to my previous post.
    I think the methods of `gadget' are top secret, aren't they?

    Thanks in advance !
  7. grabberslasher thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 2, 2002
    They're called Gadgets in this build of Tiger, just like Automater is called Pipeline.

    I don't know what the gadget object has, I just basically copied the Developer example and changed the HTML and added my own pictures.

    I don't think I could legally show some of the developer docs here.
  8. Iroganai macrumors regular


    Oct 18, 2003
    Many thanks for your info, grabberslasher.

    I'm now seriously considering whether to obtain
    ADC select membership... Tiger is so sweet...

    but this will surely distract me from my work
    as a physics grad student :(
    Already the days after Stevenote I couldn't do any research :eek:
  9. age234 macrumors 6502


    Jun 28, 2004
    So, how do you make these gadgets in Tiger? Is there some sort of WYSIWYG creation software, or what?

    Can you make Flash widgets with non-square edges? 'Cause that'd be really cool. :D
  10. grabberslasher thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 2, 2002
    How to make? Dreamweaver. Or Simpletext. Your choice! :p

    I haven't tried anything more complex than the above.

    Gadgets also allow for "plugins" - i.e. the iTunes Controller and Address Book plugin. I tried coding one in Xcode following the guide but Cocoa programmin is above me.

    A plugin allows it to interface with the system through a javascript call, and must be installed into System/Library/GadgetPlugins - i.e. installed by an administrator. This removes the security risk of installing plugins from the net (unless you're plain stupid).
  11. mms macrumors 6502a

    Oct 8, 2003
    What gadgets are bundled with the OS? Any other than the address book, calender, clock, stock, iTunes, calculator, stickies, and picture frame that they demoed? And are calender, address book, etc like the Panther versions or is there any added functionality?
  12. pyrotoaster macrumors 65816


    Dec 28, 2002
    Oak Park, IL
    There's really nothing more than what you've seen demoed because the WWDC preview is an older version of Tiger (hence "Gadgets" and "Pipeline"). Some of the gad/widgets do have very interesting functionality, though. The iTunes one controls the volume using a scrollwheel-like interface.

    grabberslasher: Thanks for the info. I hadn't found the gadget examples, but the "Goodbye World" one will be very helpful for working with that nifty flip animation.
  13. JohnsonMac macrumors newbie

    Jul 5, 2004
    I found a site with a gadget archive earlier on google, - doesn't have many gadgets though :(

    I guess Dashboard is still pretty new, and maybe once more people submit theirs it will be better! Grabberslasher, you should submit yours, it's funny!
  14. BornAgainMac macrumors 603


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
    I can see a money making opportunity with this feature in Tiger. Selling a collection of useful widgets or templates and kits to make it easy for anyone to create their own widget. Perhaps having some Sherlock channels as widgets.

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