Widget Manager
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Widget Manager1.4

11 June 2010

Prefpane for Dashboard.

Overview

Widget Manager is a Preference Pane for Mac OS X 10.4 that allows you to inspect, remove, and disable Dashboard Widgets. Widget Manager is a convenient way to manage all the Widgets on your system, including the standard Apple Widgets. Since it handles removing the .wdgt file as well as restarting Dashboard, Widget Manager eliminates Dashboard display issues when you remove a Widget by hand, and is also a great defense against potentially harmful Widgets.

Widget Manager shows you Widget information, such as the version number, so you know when it\'s time to look for updates. It can also disable Widgets you don\'t want cluttering up the Widget bar, but don\'t necessarily want to delete, either.

What's new in Widget Manager

Version 1.4:
  • Added 64bit support for compatibility with Snow Leopard.
  • Removed donate button.

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How would you rate Widget Manager app?

30 Reviews of Widget Manager

4.5
Vitalis
08 May 2005
Version: 1.0

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pretty nice would be handy if it could look for updated versions of widgets, and perhaps if you could make it disables Apple's widget aswell (located in "computer > lib.." rather then User > Lib..")
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Jedik
11 June 2006
Version: 1.3
Best widget manager! But some widgets are incorrectly shown as made by Apple although they are from third parties. Maybe because they're found in the Apple widgets download page... Keep it up! =)
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Duf
03 April 2006
Version: 1.2
Nicely done little prefPane. Very clean. If I may make a suggestion, it would be really useful to be able to group certain widgets together and enable/disable the group using this interface. So I might have an iTunes related group with listening to iTunes, or one for travel, or one for brainstorming. Cheers.
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5
Hector
21 July 2005
Version: 1.1.1
Excellent software. Way better than Apple's Widget Manager implementation since this software gives you an easy painless way to turn off the widgets you don't need without trashing them, and Apple's Widget Manager method doesn't exactly disable them and they are still taking RAM. Widget Manager 1.1.1 rocks and it's a must have for everyone.
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5
Anonymous
13 July 2005
Version: 1.1.1
Far better than 10.4.2's widget manager! Thanks for the great freeware.
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Anonymous
13 July 2005
Version: 1.1.1
Thanks man, but now that Apple came out w/ an "Official" version of this I'm going to use that from now on. Apple should pay you.
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Anonymous
11 July 2005
Version: 1.1
Dear Developer, I wish to thank you for creating your {free} program. It really was very good for a while. Unfortunately, once I updated to10.4.1, I now an unable to use 90% of the widgets that your program disabled. It really is a pity, since for a while your program was really useful. I hope you have a solution! Looking forward to your reply. Thank you P.S. Dear Mac genies may be you can help? Thank you
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Anonymous
03 July 2005
Version: 1.1
Not a review, but a comment: the "grayed out" problem is due to updated permissions in 10.4.1. "root" owns the /Library/Widgets folder as well as most of the contents and it's not group writeable. Adding an authentication / "unlock" to the pref pane would likely solve the problem. For now, one can change the permossions on the folders and files to make the pane active. Note that everythign will be locked again if you repair your permissions.
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Anonymous
26 June 2005
Version: 1.1
Does not work with Tiger 10.4.1. It shows the widgets that are installed but you cannot select an individual one as the whole interface is grayed out. Worked fine in 10.4.0.
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1.25
Anonymous
26 June 2005
Version: 1.1
Upon install ( and before Security Update 2005-06) it seems like a charm. However, what is one to do when you disable a widget, decide later to enable and THE WHOLE INTERFACE IS GRAYED OUT? Certainly a bug that has caused me big problem
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4.25
Anonymous
21 June 2005
Version: 1.1
Great piece of software. Needs some work on the drop function (doesn't promt me for user password, nore ads the widget). A good aditional option would be to have the widgets on my desktop ONLY on top of the desktop and NOT on top of windows. A very quick glance can be done with the exposé. Still... great work !
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5
Anonymous
06 June 2005
Version: 1.1
Love it- Works great.
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5
Anonymous
23 May 2005
Version: 1.1.0
Totally necessary, how very cool you released it now, before widgets drove us all crazy. I donated - so should everyone else!
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5
Anonymous
12 May 2005
Version: 1.1.0
Thanks for making it free.
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4
Gordymac
11 May 2005
Version: 1.1.0
Okay, after finding a clue, I realize how this widget works. It doesn't load widgets to your dashboard, it makes them available for loading to Dashboard. Okay...it works well enough, but I don't require an 'Extensions Manager' for widgets.
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4.75
Jkish2
11 May 2005
Version: 1.1.0
This is a much needed and much appreciated tool! Once thing that I would like to ask is for the ability to customize the columns like you can in iTunes. I don't really need to know the path of the Widgets since their all in the same location. I really just need the Name and Version number, but not the Path and Vendor. But hey, that's just me. Keep up the great work and thanks again!
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4.5
Anonymous
11 May 2005
Version: 1.1.0
this thing keeps getting better, thanks
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3.75
Gordymac
10 May 2005
Version: 1.0.1
Maybe it's just me, but this PrefPane doesn't do anything. I mean, it has every widget listed, and they are all checked--even though I'm only using a few of them. Whether I check/uncheck one, my Dashboard doesn't change--despite reloading each time I check/uncheck a widget. I can see a benefit to this Pane, but it doesn't work. One question though: Exactly how should multiple occurrences of a Widget be handled by this app. Weather, RSS, Clock, and Package Tracking widgets can easily have 2 or 3 instances.
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Anonymous
10 May 2005
Version: 1.0.1
Why it shows only default widgets installed with Tiger and doesn't show any added later widgets???
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5
Anonymous
09 May 2005
Version: 1.0.1
This makes controlling widgets much easier for those who don't know how or don't feel confident enough to mess around with various folders with their Library folder. Even for Power Users, it's just convenient. Thanks so much!
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Anonymous
09 May 2005
Version: 1.0.1
Extension managers under OS 9 were indeed a useful utility. The difference was that you had to restart your system for the change to take effect (not the case with widgets) and, more importantly, there were many compatibility issues with certain extensions if they were loaded in the wrong order or at the same time. Neither of these reasons exist for widgets. Now I'm not saying this is not useful to some people, and if you find it useful then great, but I do think the developper was exagerating when he described the "difficulty" of managing widgets. You don't have to force-quit the dock or any such thing, it's a simple matter. I appreciate that the author is contributing, I'm happy that many find that utility useful. I don't agree that trying to scare people into believing you need to be a poweruser to manage widgets is a good way to market your widget.
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4.25
Anonymous
09 May 2005
Version: 1.0.1
this version works for me (previous ones didnt because my widgets were all in the system folder). very nice, at this point what i like most is that i get a listing of the versions of widgets.
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4.5
Anonymous
09 May 2005
Version: 1.0.1
Nice add-on. The list is organized in an weird way, as the System widgets (/Libary/Widgets) are listed in the end, although it seems that the list is alphabeticaly ordered. How the new version shows the read-only widgets as so? Wish list to the dev: 1) be able to order by clicking in the columns (by name, version, etc.) 2) be able to install widgets in the ~/Library/Widgets by draging and droping them in the window. Thanks for making it available for free. :)
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Anonymous
08 May 2005
Version: 1.0
This works well, though I did have to move all my System widgets into my ~User widget library in order to see all of them. Two feature requests: (1) live update links -- knowing the version number is useful only when we know whether there's an update available. (2) track System and User widget libraries.
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Anonymous
08 May 2005
Version: 1.0
hmm... my prefpane isn't finding any widgets. also, the pane's text in the main menu is nearly overlapping another pane, though i've never made a pref pane it still seems that there is a way to space the pane better. i like the idea, widget management isn't grueling, but making it more simple is nice.
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4.5
Jimw
08 May 2005
Version: 1.0
This is a great little tool for many users. It does for Widgets what the "Extensions Manager" did for Classic. It is simple and clean and allows the user to quickly and easily control what is in the "Widget Dock" so that they don't have to flip through a multitude of panels to find the desired Widget. I also agree with the other commenter that having an option to display the System Widget Library would be a very useful addition. Access could be by having a checkbox to turn the feature on and requiring a password to confirm as it is a System function. It is a perfect adjunct to Diablotin, a more generalized extension manager for OS X.
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Leoofborg
08 May 2005
Version: 1.0
Yup, I read the author's page, and yup he's making it out to be harder than it is. I don't know what's harder, digging thru my ~/Library/Widgets/ folder or digging thru his list of both stock and User widgets (and not knowing the difference. If you want to make this thing useful, here are some pointers: 1/ Discern between /Library and /User/Library widgets. 2/ Find some way to do version checking on the widgets so that we have the current ones (impossible, maybe). This might be your first programming effort, so.. um, nice job, but please don't take user criticism lightly.
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Anonymous
08 May 2005
Version: 1.0
He's not being negative, he's saying that it's not as difficult as the developper makes it to be. You don't have to restart the dock of any such things, you simply have to delete the widget from a folder. To install a widget you need to put it in a folder, removing it from the same folder is a simple matter. Do you use a pref pane to put your documents in you Documents folder? Simply open your library and drag the Widgets folder to the toolbar of your window and it's always available. Drag a new widget to it to install, open it and drag to the trash to remove. Simple.
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4.75
Anonymous
08 May 2005
Version: 1.0
This operates exactly as claimed and was able to identify widgets I didn't even lnow I had, since they were hidden on the second "page" of the widget bar. Very useful.
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Anonymous
08 May 2005
Version: 1.0
When I want to remove a widget I just delete it from the folder and switch pages in the dashboard bar. So I don't see much use for this. Sorry.
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4.5
Vitalis
08 May 2005
Version: 1.0
pretty nice would be handy if it could look for updated versions of widgets, and perhaps if you could make it disables Apple's widget aswell (located in "computer > lib.." rather then User > Lib..")
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