Which 'widgets' do you use?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Tomr182, Apr 26, 2014.

  1. Tomr182 macrumors member

    Apr 22, 2014
    Just got my new rMBP coming from a whitebook where I didn't use widgets, but I'm keen to know about my machine and anything else that might be useful

    So, what do you use and why?
  2. Hieveryone macrumors 68040

    Apr 11, 2014
  3. Barney63 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 9, 2014
    Bolton, UK.
    iStat Menus, iStat Pro, App Zapper, Coconut Battery, Easy Find and Black Magic.

  4. The Mercurian macrumors 68000

    Mar 17, 2012
    Never use them forgot they existed to be honest!
  5. Micky Do, Apr 26, 2014
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2014

    Micky Do macrumors 68000

    Micky Do

    Aug 31, 2012
    An island in the Andaman Sea.
    Use widgets all the time.

    I use widgets frequently…. several times a day. They are just a click of the scroll wheel of my mouse away.

    I use the Calendar, and have World Time clocks set on three different time zones (and sometimes temporarily add another) I also have the Sun Tracker function that show night and day around the world….. some times more useful than knowing the actual time.

    The Vela Clock looks handy for keeping track of time, sunrise and sunset, moon phases and so on in different places, but paying for it is difficult because I don't have a credit card.

    I use the Unit Converter to get currency exchange rates, and to convert between the measurement units used by the USA and those used by the rest of the world.

    I have a widget called Phantom Gorilla that plays any BBC radio station I choose (listening to Radio 2 right now). I often like to go to sleep at night with the radio going , so I have the iTunes Timer set to sleep the computer after however many minutes I choose.

    I sometimes use the Weather widget to get an idea of what to expect over the next few days.

    I downloaded a a Tide Tracker, but don't use it as no information is provided for anywhere near where I am now.

    I installed iStats to see what is going on in my computer. I discovered that the 5 GB of RAM I have installed usually has 1 to 2 GB free, so it is adequate for my needs. I don't use it often, but it is interesting to check from time to time.

    There are many more available, covering a wide range of functions.
  6. Idarzoid macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2013

    Disabled it years ago, I don't even touch it at all.
  7. Dubberton macrumors regular

    Oct 9, 2013
    disabled it, I wouldn't recommend you start using them because they are lackluster to the competition. I actually think I read somewhere they are doing away with them or not supporting them soon

    I used to use it for calculator, but after getting alfred 2 I didn't need it.

    speaking of which, get alfred 2, I think it's like what widgets should be. I think either alfred 2 or another program like it are actually free now for the base version

    all i really use it for is to google quickly, or define and lookup synonyms for words really fast while I'm reading and writing. it's perfect a lazy man who can't be bothered to click on icons lol
  8. CarreraGuy macrumors regular


    Jan 15, 2013
  9. Mildredop macrumors 68020

    Oct 14, 2013
    Talking in extensions is worse than using hashtags outside of Twitter.

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