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Widget-to-Desktop is an Automator action that allows you to run Dashboard widgets right on your desktop. Once installed, you move a widget around in Dashboard and hold the Dashboard htkey. It will spawn it on your desktop.

You can actually do this by entering a command in the Terminal, but Widget-to-Desktop makes it easy.Please read the manual before you begin using this app.

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Version 4.0:
    Interface understanding enhancementComplete new build

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Mac OS X 10.4 or later with full version of Automator.

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Jahwarrior you are right.

Exept there are some widgets that are a bit rpoblematic. This app or the terminal command is just ignoring the trouble and making the startups for the dashboard easier

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Version 3.1
iSpike Member IconComment+0
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Nice tip Jahwarrior, that's useful, I like running a couple widgets on the desktop from time to time.

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Version 3.1
musubana Member IconComment+38
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Widget-to-Desktop doesn't cooperate very well with Virtual Dashboard (http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/22751/virtual-dashboard).

When I switch from one dashboard to another, the W-t-D function vanishes, and I have to launch W-t-D again.

Could you fix this somehow?

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Version 3.1
lnr1 Member IconComment+33
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You Dont need to actually use the terminal to allow this. You just open dashboard with F12. Click the + button to add a new instance of the widget. While holding the mouse button down hit F12 again and well, what-do-ya-know. Done!

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Version 3.1
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The widgets float because its an important part of them i tried to delete that code and the widget broke. If anyone got an idea how to solve this plz tell me, don't complain if you have no answer

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Version 3.1
tim27 Member IconComment+555
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Will this make widgets actually sit on the desktop, or do they still "hover" above all apps?

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Version 3.1
Nymphe Member IconComment+76
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I think its a good solution for those, who really don't want to use terminal. Actually I think that, such an option should be included within the os X.

thanks to the dev.

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Version 3.1
 (Developer) Member IconDev+0
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Please read old posts before posting!

Quote:
"I also know that this is very old but there are ppl who don't want to mess With the Terminal. Thats why i made this app, that also saves time, because you dont have to type anything."

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Version 3.0
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The F12 button is not always the hotkey for dashboard. On laptops it's F11 for example, because the F12 key ejects cds.
The shortcut may be turned off to.

To check that go to Sytem Preferences, Keyboard and Shortcuts. Check what shortcut the Dashboard has or if it's unactive.

There is no reason for this not to work.

I also know that this is very old but there are ppl who don't want to mess With the Terminal. Thats why i made this app, that also saves time, because you dont have to type anything.

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Version 3.0
Tice Member IconComment+119
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Actually this is so old ...
http://blog.tice.de/beitrag.php?file=2006_08_23_0807 (German instructions without an app)
... (and just a shells script):
defaults write com.apple.dashboard devmode YES

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Version 3.0
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Version 4.0
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Downloads 19,264
Version Downloads 12,723
License Free
Date 18 Oct 2007
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free