I must admit that I love "eye-candy" - but just like Konfabulator, Dashboard got about a week of oooh & ahhhs from most people before they started looking for ways to turn it off. But just like Konfabulator, it's really not Apple's fault. They provided the framework, but it's up to others to come up with useful widgets.<br><br><br><br>CreativeGuy: For your "fix" of design software tips, tricks & commentary.
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I want a forum posting widget. I come here from other forums and I sometimes forget the special code that used here so I'll post a link thinking that it turns live automatically when it doesn't. Another forum uses all HTML and this one uses Markup as well. I want a big text box with the various Markup controls as buttons on a control panel. Point and click and my text turns bold. Point and click and my URL is live. It could be designed for MacMinute and could have a feature to copy the text of the post to the clipboard so I could paste here. <br><br>That would be nice. Maybe I'll try learning how to do that because it doesn't seem like it would be very intricate. Would anyone use it? Better yet does anyone care to make it?<br><br>
I'm loving dashboard - for the following reasons:<br>- checking weather. I check myself, and someone usually asks me the weather every day. zoop it in, there's the answer - no need to load a web page<br>- calculator - while I don't often need one, it's much more convenient to have one-key access rather than have it take up space on the Dock, or have to hunt in the Apps folder. <br>- I have now freed up the clock from my menu bar - I hate a cluttered menu bar<br>- I have a widget that shows me what's going to be on TV - it's much quicker than waiting for the slow web page to load.<br>- stock widget - self-explanatory<br>- airline flight widget is actually pretty cool - it even plots the plane along the flight path. Yeah, useless, but neat.<br><br>Dashboard is much better for any "occasional one-function" app. Anything more is pointless. <br><br>I can't stand the iTunes widget - it's slow to update and respond, and, while the volume control is neat, it's a pain with a track pad. It could be useful, but needs a redesign.<br><br><br>
I gotta say, I'm not feeling any OS-envy after all the kvetching I'm seeing here. And I especially don't feel as if I'm missing anything. Certainly nothing I'd consider mission-critical. With any luck, by the time I'm able to get a new machine later this summer, we'll be at 10.4.2 or better, and most of the kinks, and 3rd party software updaters should be taken care of.<br><br>
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>I have a widget that shows me what's going to be on TV - it's much quicker than waiting for the slow web page to load.<p><hr></blockquote><p>LOL...I can guarantee you a webpage will load faster and tell you more completely what's on TV than that slow-ass TV Tracker widget will. <br><br>
You can guarantee? OK, well feel free to point me to a fast web site that doesn't make me click to view more than 20 stations at a time, lets me filter out the stations I don't want to see, and doesn't keep forgetting my cable provider settings. I haven't been able to find one.<br><br><br>
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