widgets


ChickenSwartz

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Jul 27, 2006
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http://www.apple.com/macosx/features/dashboard/

I copy and paste:
"Dashboard is home to widgets: mini-applications that let you perform common tasks and provide you with fast access to information. With a single click, Dashboard appears, complete with widgets that bring you a world of information — real-time weather, stock tickers, flight information and more — instantly. Dashboard disappears just as easily, so you can get back to what you were doing."

To fully appreciate widgets you have to see them in action.
 

carfac

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Feb 18, 2006
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They are cool- but not gtreat. Fun littler toys, nothing more. I think some of them would be a LOT more useful if you could pin them to your desktop or something. But you have to go into a different mode to access them...
 

jessep28

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Sep 8, 2006
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Omaha, NE
From playing with Tiger, the WIdgets aren't that difficult to access. Access is one touch by pressing F11 (I'm not certain if its the right key.but whatever).

Now configuring some of them is a little more difficult :) .
 

Josias

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Mar 10, 2006
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jessep28 said:
From playing with Tiger, the WIdgets aren't that difficult to access. Access is one touch by pressing F11 (I'm not certain if its the right key.but whatever).

Now configuring some of them is a little more difficult :) .
It's F12. And no, my littlebrother on 7 years was a Dashboard genius after 8 minutes.;)
 

jessep28

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Sep 8, 2006
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Omaha, NE
It took me forever to find the little i so I can change the zipcode for the weather widget. Yeah, it was an extra 2 minues of searching but eventually I got it.

I can't wait to transition over to the MAC world :)
 

Mernak

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Apr 9, 2006
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Kirkland, WA
carfac said:
They are cool- but not gtreat. Fun littler toys, nothing more. I think some of them would be a LOT more useful if you could pin them to your desktop or something. But you have to go into a different mode to access them...
Actually you can pin them to you desktop, they just hover over everything else. here is the site

"Want to move a widget to the main window layer? Of course you do. Here's how: go to Terminal and type the command defaults write com.apple.dashboard devmode YES. Still in Terminal, type killall Dock to restart Dashboard (and the Dock). Activate Dashboard (by default, you do that by pressing F12). Find the widget you want to put on the main layer and drag it a bit, but don't let go of the mouse button. While you're still holding the mouse button down, press the Dashboard keystroke again and release it, then release the mouse button. Your widget should now be floating above the Desktop and windows."

I stopped using it after i realized it would hover over all windows and was getting annoying.
 

abeyk

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Jul 9, 2006
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Houston, TX
I have Yahoo widgets engine and it's comes with some really good ones. some of the best are: a widget for the weather which is very useful, a couple of clocks, a wifi signal widget, and a battery meter. its a free download and works with macs and pcs