Dashboard KickStart
Dashboard KickStart
3.3

4.0

Dashboard KickStart free download for Mac

Dashboard KickStart3.3

04 January 2014

Eliminates long Dashboard startup sequence (was Dashboard Start).

Overview

With Dashboard KickStart (formerly Dashboard Start), you'll always have the Dashboard ready to use the first time you want. Without it you'll have to wait for a complete Dashboard start-up sequence as soon as you are ready to use it for the first time, making its quick accessibility rather useless.

This application runs in the background and reacts to the starting or re-starting of the Dock and to waking up from sleep mode. When that happens it initiates the starting of the Dashboard.

What's new in Dashboard KickStart

Version 3.3:

Note: This product is not compatible with macOS Yosemite and later.

  • Added support for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and OS X 10.9 Mavericks
  • Fixed setting login item, auto start at start up
  • Fixed persistence of 'Activate after sleep' setting
  • Fixed activation when not using the Dashboard as a space

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23 Reviews of Dashboard KickStart

Sonnendeck
05 January 2014
Version: 3.3

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Welcome back!
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Sonnendeck
05 January 2014
Version: 3.3
Welcome back!
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2.5
hubby
27 November 2011
Version: 3.2.1
The dashboard remains open after a kickstart - I thought it was supposed to open and then close the dashboard. And the option to activate after sleep is not stable. Also - the developer is not responsive!
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Vitaly
12 August 2011
Version: 3.2.1
in system prefs the option activate after sleep does not stay unchecked
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3.5
Macboy85
05 July 2011
Version: 3.2
not bad.cool stuff
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5
Winco
01 July 2011
Version: 3.2
Great solution. I don't have an issue being a System Pref either. It's free. Stop complaining.
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5
Fking
30 June 2011
Version: 3.2
simple, useful app. don't mind it as a system pref (i RARELY visit sys prefs anyway!)
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Strider72
04 January 2009
Version: 3.0
A shame the author chose to make this a Preference Pane in version 3-- it adds clutter to an already crowded screen, rather than just giving me a simple app that I can have run on login. I'll stick to v2 for now, thanks....
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asmeurer-2
07 October 2008
Version: 2.4
Copy this into Script Editor and save as an Application: do shell script "open /Applications/Dashboard.app/;open /Applications/Expose.app/;open /Applications/Expose.app/" Then set it to open at login.
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jppereztr
17 August 2008
Version: 2.4
Awesome useful utility. A+
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Francola
20 March 2008
Version: 2.3
Locks up spaces for me :(
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Nealnt
04 November 2007
Version: 2.3
Version 2.3 works on Leopard with one problem. It leaves expose activated.
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5
Nitewing98
10 January 2007
Version: 2.1
Works like a charm on my G3 iMac! I've hated the upgrade to Tiger because Dashboard is so slow to start when I use it the first time, and this solved the problem. To the person who complained about it staying open in memory watching the dock, you can turn off that behavior by selecting "Quit after first activation." Please read the directions before posting sloppy, mean reviews.
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5
Macuser25
11 August 2006
Version: 2.1
I think this a really cool addition to Mac OS, it does what it says and doesn't hang up log in time or slow down dashboard. I like it, and works on both mac platforms, PPC and intel based.
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1.5
Bdlatimer
30 January 2006
Version: 2.1
Sorry, but this is a really really BAD implementation. Instead of doing its thing and getting out of the way, this app remains in memory, constantly listening for changes to the Dock. In addition, it is distributed in the form of a .pkg, for NO reason - it would be more easily distributed as a drag-install. Not to mention, the ownership & permissions on the app (which is installed to "/Applications/Utilities/") are INCORRECTLY set to "755, 501:501", when they should be "775 root:admin". Again, this is simply a really really BAD implementation, which should not be used by anyone. A better solution is the much-smaller, much-more-correct "DashboardStarter" - see
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Anonymous
08 November 2005
Version: 2.0
Positively, absolutely great app!!! Dashboard used to be reaaallyyy sllooww to access, but not anymore. To the folks at Apple, take heed of this app!
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4
Anonymous
07 November 2005
Version: 2.0
Now can you make it invisible? I keep seeing the preferences dialog window everytime I log in...
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5
Anonymous
06 November 2005
Version: 2.0
A very good idea executed flawlessly.
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5
Anonymous
05 November 2005
Version: 1.0
Wonderful - saves me having to do the Dashboard-2-step (open and close) every time I login. Apple should have built the damn thing right in the first place, but this'll do very nicely until they get around to fixing Dashboard's launch-time.
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5
Bob_weiner
19 October 2005
Version: 1.0
Does what it says it does - which is something that Apple should have done in the first place. Kudos to the developer!
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5
Anonymous
12 October 2005
Version: 1.0
Brilliant! This solves one of the things that has really bugged me about the Dashboard - waiting for the widgets to load when I need them quickly. Thank you!
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5
Anonymous
03 October 2005
Version: 1.0
awesome stuff, been waiting for something like this for ages, flawless so far
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5
Anonymous
03 October 2005
Version: 1.0
A simple but very welcome app. This complements the functionality of Dashboard.
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5
Anonymous
02 October 2005
Version: 1.0
A simple, but excellent app! Thanks! :D
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