Yahoo! Widget Engine
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Yahoo! Widget Engine for Mac OS X lets you run little files called Widgets that can do pretty much whatever you want them to. Widgets can be alarm clocks, calculators, can tell you your AirPort signal strength, will fetch the latest stock quotes for your preferred symbols, and even give your current local weather.
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Version 4.5.2: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later Leopard compatible.

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Libertyforall1776 commented on 17 Mar 2014
Confabulator/Yahoo Widget Engine lives on in "Connected TV", as of this post, Sony, Samsung, VIZIO, Toshiba, & Hisense HDTVs use it:
[Version 4.5.2]



Psychosynthesis reviewed on 29 Jun 2011
Yahoo widgets was infinitely better than OSx widgets, but many widgets for mac have gone by the wayside, perhaps the whole app things has destroyed the idea of widgets and many Geeklets give a better use. However it always wins out over mac osx widgets in that you can show them all on the desktop and they are often more controllable.
Amnesty helps with displaying osx widgets but it is a bit creaky these days, and i started to use some of these yahoo widegets again and had forgotten how good they were.
[Version 4.5.2]



jazzyguy reviewed on 13 Aug 2008
WATCH OUT!!! Some irresponsible individual on the developer's staff made the default preference to start Yahoo Widgets on restart or log in. Turn it off in Yahoo Widget preferences.
[Version 4.5.2]


peedeebee commented on 11 Jul 2008
My favorite Yahoo Widget was the Daily Planner, which would show you what's in iCal for today and tomorrow. But it hasn't worked since Leopard. (The Dashboard widget iCal Events can be moved to the desktop, but dashboard widgets always float above everything and won't go into the background.) Yahoo support has been stalling for three months. Today they suggested updating the Widget Engine to version 4.5.2, which, unfortunately, doesn't exist.
[Version 4.5.1]


brentrn commented on 29 Nov 2007
v4.5 only stays in one Spaces screen. Crashes with some older widgets. Only widget game in town for me as Dashboard is broken when used with parental controls. Limitation to one Spaces screen seriously defeats usefulness. Yahoo also seems to have killed their forum for discussion of issues.
[Version 4.5]

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brentrn replied on 29 Nov 2007
Correction: Widgets can remain on desktop. Just set each widget's Preferences the level as "always on desktop".

Peter da Silva replied on 14 Dec 2007
Widgets are application windows, and unless windows can be allowed in multiple spaces, Konfabulator can't do anything about it.

SpaceCat85 reviewed on 29 Jul 2007
The last few updates seem to have fixed most of the major problems I mentioned in my review of version 4.0. YWE will periodically crash (widgets are still running, but the menu item + dock are gone), but I haven't experienced contextual menu or problems with Yahoo's own widgets crashing in awhile.
The design quibbles with 4.x that I described previously are still there, though. I don't expect them to change in a minor point release, so hopefully version 5.x will address some of those.
[Version 4.0.5]


easer commented on 21 Jul 2007
I find it telling that neither MacUpdate nor VersionTracker has a review that goes beyond version 4.0.3. It sounds like abandonware on the part of the users. It also sounds as if the Yahoo folks haven't listened to a word of feedback about their product; none of the updates appears to address any of the issues I've seen cited here. I for one will not use this program, although Version 3 was very nice.
[Version 4.0.5]


SpaceCat85 reviewed on 20 Apr 2007
Version 4 has some great new features but has been almost nothing but bugs for me. The idea of a dock with mini-states is great, as is the idea of browsing/installing widgets entirely within YWE.

My biggest problem with YWE 4 is that most of the widgets I've tried, including Yahoo's official set, either won't launch or will crash when I actually try to use them. On a similar note, widget-specific items will randomly stop showing up in the context menu, making it impossible, for instance, to change my location in Yahoo's weather widget. Clearing out all of my preferences and support files, then re-launching YWE doesn't help.

There's also a few small but strange design choices in YWE 4 as well. The developers changed the drop-down menu for widget display modes to something that's less intuitive when you're trying to just show a widget in the Heads Up display.

There are also some options that for some reason weren't included, most notably the ability to only show the dock in the Heads Up Display. It can either be completely closed or open with some portion showing at all times along one edge of the screen (including when it's collapsed).

And this is more of a suggestion than a complaint, but it would be great if there was a way to minimize a widget to the dock so that only the mini-state was visible. Yahoo's weather widget, for instance, would display the current weather in the dock, but the extended forecast wouldn't be visible.

I'm switching back to 3.x (which I'd give 4 stars) until they work out the bugs. 4.x has the potential to be a 5-star app, but the bugs and a few smaller design quirks that I and many others (see the official forums) have experienced hold it back.
[Version 4.0]



Tomis reviewed on 23 Mar 2007
Still no reason to use this over Dashboard.

I thought the sidebar might be cool, but it has numerous implementation flaws like the rest of the app.

I have to press fn-F7 for the global hotkey to work. Dashboard doesn't need the fn key. I can't drag widgets from the sidebar? Oh, I have to click them to load them. I set the sidebar to auto-hide, yet it still shows a sliver of it on-screen, wtf! How do I configure a widget? By right-clicking... and then messing with a clunky half-baked preferences window.

No-where nearly as elegant as Dashboard.

Still the same clunky interface, a long way to go in my book. And they're already at version 4?
[Version 4.0]



Twistermc reviewed on 22 Mar 2007
Works ok on my iMac under 10.3.9 but the calendar widget now only pulls in my main iCal calendar and not all my subscribed to calendars too. So I feel lost. The previous calendar widget worked great. I've also had a few widgets crash. Sad.
[Version 4.0]

hiltonb had trouble on 01 Nov 2007
Is a version planned for OS X 10.5?
[Version 4.0.5]

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MacUpdate-Lon commented on 01 Nov 2007
seekbus had trouble on 22 Mar 2007
Installed 4.0x169. App launches, but the menu extra never appears. There is no evidence of the application other than the app in my activity monitor. Tried forcing quit and relaunching with the same results. Tried physically removing the app and reinstalling with the same results. Whatever...
[Version 4.0]


Mac Ally had trouble on 04 May 2006
With this update, IMPOSSIBLE to open all my non-official Yahoo widgets! The worst you can download the old ones in the widget section but you cannot open them.

Yahoo probably think that mac users are chinese dissidentscmore control for less freedom.

Time to boycott. :()
[Version 3.1.2]

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cowpiebingo replied on 12 Jan 2007
Why bring race into it?
phillip 2 had trouble on 07 Aug 2005
Konfabulator 2.2.2 is great! The only problem I have is: how can inactivate an active a widget? Example: I activated the analog clock and then the digital clock. How can I get rid of the analog clock and keep just the digital clock working?
And I have not beein able to create a widget because there is no manual and I don't understand what to do to create one.
Can someone please help me?
[Version 2.1.1]

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Yahoo! Widget Engine for Mac OS X lets you run little files called Widgets that can do pretty much whatever you want them to. Widgets can be alarm clocks, calculators, can tell you your AirPort signal strength, will fetch the latest stock quotes for your preferred symbols, and even give your current local weather.

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