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Dashboard Widgets are fun, but they have brought with them several new headaches for Mac users:

  • Management - If you use Safari, or you know where Widgets are supposed to be installed, installing and removing Widgets is easy. If you don't, how to manage your Widgets can be a real mystery.
  • Security - The first version of Tiger opened a big Widget-shaped security hole in Mac OS X. The 10.4.1 update tries to fix this, but it could have done more.
  • Customization - Don't like Dashboard? Want to use Widgets outside of the Dashboard? Want to use a different image for your Widget "shelf"? All of these things are more...

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Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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I've been using Widgets Pref Pane on my PPC for some time; just downloaded and used the Universal Binary and it seems to work just fine.

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Since installing this on my 17" Titanium Powerbook with Tiger, my MightMouse Dashboard button (pressing down on the scroll wheel) has stopped working. Not 100% positive it's related but, coincidence? Perhaps not.

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This is the first real useful widget manager! One thing though, would be great if one could choose the screen level on the desktop to make widgets appear behind icons/dock etc. ;) Not a complain just a suggestion.

Keep up your great work!

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How do i get rid of the desktop widget? I dragged it to the desktop, but can't get it back to the dashboard. The help file says to click and hold, then launch the dashboard. How do you launch it while still holding on the widget? I tried to 'alt+tab' to dashboard, but it's not included.

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really nice features, the one thing that makes this less enjoyable to use is that you have to authenticate dozens of times-- it would be nice if you could unlock once, when for instance you want to go through and en/dis-able widgets.

thanks a ton to the developer(s).

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Awesome utility. Builds a lot of functionality into Dashboard that ought to have come standard. I changed the Dashboard graphic to Tiger stripes, heh.

Being able to drag widgets onto the desktop without having to invoke Terminal commands is nice, and it makes certain widgets, like battery monitors, a lot more useful than they were before.

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Great piece of freeware. Definately helps with the Widgetmania that is out there and getting widgets managable again. Is it possible to have desktop widgets appear below windows, like Konfabulator does? Not sure if it is possible with Dashboard Widgets. Very Cool still...

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Re: getting Widgets in the desktop like Konfabulator.

You're looking for Amnesty, right here in macupdate:
http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/17922

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Is it me, or is Tiger just getting better and better?
What makes this OS so remarkable is the effect it has on it's users and it is software like this that makes users marvel more and more at the ingenuity of Mac programmers.

Whether you NEED this software or not is up to you, but I really appreciate the fact that it is available, is so easy to use and allows me the ability to control and customize the Dashboard interface.

I'm running it in 10.4.1 on a dual 2.7GHz G5.
No problems, no hassles, no logout, no restart.
Shiny!

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Downloads 7,280
Version Downloads 4,867
Type Utilities / System
License Free
Date 21 Jun 2005
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free
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