Widgets Preference Pane
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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
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later



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Don Morris commented on 03 Nov 2006
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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Anonymous reviewed on 07 Sep 2005
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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Anonymous reviewed on 13 Jul 2005
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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Anonymous reviewed on 22 Jun 2005
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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Anonymous reviewed on 22 Jun 2005
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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Anonymous reviewed on 22 Jun 2005
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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Anonymous reviewed on 21 Jun 2005
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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Thez rated on 09 Jun 2011

[Version 1.0]


Downloads:7,261
Version Downloads:4,848
Type:Utilities : System
License:Free
Date:21 Jun 2005
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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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 possible, but Apple didn't give you an easy way to do any of them.


Our Widgets Preference Pane for Mac OS X allows you to truly take control of your Widgets by allowing you to:
  • See all of your installed Widgets and deactivate, activate or delete any of them.
  • Install new Widgets with a simple drag and drop.
  • Secure both the System and User Widget folders via Tiger's new Access Control List (ACL) security system.
  • Control Safari's "Open Safe Files" function.
  • Disable the Dashboard completely.
  • Allow Widgets on the Desktop.
  • Change the the Dashboard shelf graphic. (We even provide 4 great new graphics to get you started!)


Unlike similar utilities, there's no rebooting required and no logging out and back in. Everything happens immediately, and you control it all from one convenient preference pane. (As an added bonus, a Universal Binary version of the Widgets Preference Pane is included on the disk image.)


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