Virtual Dashboard
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Create widget sets that can be switched in and out.   Shareware ($10.00)
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Virtual Dashboard... With the release of Apple Mac OS X 10.4, Apple released the Dashboard. The Dashboard allows you to use mini applications called widgets. These widgets allow you to see information such as the date and time, or the running value of stocks that the user can setup. They also can be games or just about anything that developers can come up with. The Dashboard makes it very handy to easily access these widgets and the type of data or information that the user wants to look at. There are literally thousands of these widgets that have been developed and can be downloaded from
What's New
Version 1.3.4:

Bugs Fixed:

  • No longer shows no update available window if no update available.
  • Fixed small problem with some widgets not showing in selection of widgets window
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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azsterling reviewed on 06 Nov 2007
I've used this mini application the way it is intended and I haven't had problems. I too have replaced MultiDash and have bought it.
[Version 1.3.2]


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Bitblasters Software (developer) commented on 06 Nov 2007
TELMAH was correct, my support email address was missing from the product web site, and also for some reason it was missing in the documentation (pdf). This has been fixed on the Web site, and this will be fixed in the document and re-released very soon. But as for the rest of his review, I take great exception to this. For one Virtual Dashboard was not made to function like the way they are trying to make it function. I don't know how there dashboard functions at all putting them in different folders and removing them from the Widgets folder. According to Apple the Dashboard should not be used like this. I have talked to Apple Engineers over a year ago about this, and they said it should not work. As for there apps reloading that just does not happen. What they where seeing was the Dock reloading when Virtual Dashboard was starting. This is so we can get info on the Widgets in the Dashboard layer. I do take responsibility that this bug occurred, and I will look into making this work somehow. But I don't have a lot of faith that I can make this work, as the Dashboard should not even work like this. So please give Virtual Dash board a chance. Thanks.
[Version 1.3.2]


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telmah reviewed on 06 Nov 2007
I was really excited about this and prepared to pay had it worked.

I currently organize my widgets by putting them in folders (which removes them from the dashboard manager), but still lets them load perfectly, etc. I keep the widgets I always use and ones I need regularly for reference there, but all games in a folder and things I don't use often in a folder. Since a lot of the widgets that got in the way were ones that came in the system, I did the same thing under HD/Library too.

So, I was really excited about this. I opened it and this caused my dock to blink and all of the apps on my dashboard to reload (which is not good if any of those apps are holding information that isn't saved, or saveable) Since I didn't know this was going to happen I didn't get the opportunity to save anything I wanted to. I don't think it was, or if it was, the pdf didn't mention it. I didn't have any further problems, except that I couldn't create any sets, change my preferences or access anything.

I went to the website to contact the developer and the developer has left no contact information. If there's a problem or you want to review, you're referred here, or to a couple other sites. This is a problem on a number of levels. Anyone who has a problem or wants to leave a review or anything has to come elsewhere to and hope that the developer is paying attention. This also requires them to create an account at one of the sites.

The real problem is that if you buy the software you have no way to contact the developer for anything, for a refund, for whatever. If the serial number doesn't work, whatever. It's sending your money into thin air and hoping that everything goes right.
[Version 1.3.2]

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Bitblasters Software (developer) replied on 06 Nov 2007
Telmah,
I am sorry that the link on my products web site was left off this last update of it. It was an oversight on my part. It also should have been in the documentation but it is not there either for some reason. I don't blame you for being mad about this and wish to apologize. The web site has already been fixed and the documentation will be fixed ASAP.
But I do take exception to your review. Virtual Dashboard was not made to work in the way you are trying to make it work. It look's in a certain place as Apple has defined where Dashboard widgets should be. This is not to say that I should have not been prepared for this to happen that is my fault. But the Dashboard itself was not made to function that way. I asked this of an Apple Engineer about 1 1/2 years ago, and he told me at that time, that he would be surprised if the Dashboard functioned at all if the widgets where not in the top Widget directory. I will look into this though, as maybe it has changed in 10.5. But the other thing you talk about is your apps reloading. What you are seeing is the Dock reloading not the apps, the apps did not quit at all, just the dock. Unfortunately that is the way this works, it is not ideal, but until Apple supplies some kind of Dashboard API to get info in Dashboard items I have to quit the dock in order to get the location of the widget on the screen. If you would like to talk more about this please email me at support@bitblasters.com
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telmah replied on 06 Nov 2007
I am contacting the developer off-site, but I did want to clear something up. I was not trying to use virtual dashboard with any widget that wasn't in the main folder. All of my widgets that run regularly are in the main folder.

Having a widget in a different folder and not having run it is just like downloading a widget to your desktop, uncompressing it and not yet installing it and this shouldn't interfere with any program of this type should you choose to do the same. As I said in my earlier review, this was a workaround I created having not found a product like this.
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Syzzygy commented on 28 Mar 2007
Not wanting to give the developer an undeserved black eye, I'm updating my previous comment, below.
I've been in contact with him and found that my problem with Virtual Dashboard seems to be one relating to a unique conflict between a menu bar app that I have and Virtual Dashboard; he's gotten no other reports of problems nor can he duplicate my particular problem.
The chances of you experiencing the same issue are quite slim, so do give Virtual Dashboard a fair trial.
[Version 1.3]


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Syzzygy commented on 27 Mar 2007
After I installed this, half my menu bar items disappeared. When I tried to restart, my Mac froze.
Had to forcequit using the power button.
After I restarted, had the same problem.
Only by deleting EVERY last Virtual Dashboard file(especially p.lists) did my Mac return to its previous state of calm repose.
I'm not willing to give this app another go....I don't need the aggravation.
[Version 1.3]

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Bitblasters Software (developer) replied on 27 Mar 2007
We have not seen this happen. Can you tell us what OS version you are using? Have you installed Virtual Dashboard int he past. We would really liek to find out why this happened to you, but without your help we can not duplicate it. Thanks in advance.
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Syzzygy replied on 27 Mar 2007
My Mac is running OS 10.4.9; I've never installed Virtual Dashboard before.
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Bitblasters Software (developer) replied on 27 Mar 2007
Can you contact me at support@bitblasters.com. I would liek to ask you a few more questions.
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hced reviewed on 01 Nov 2006
Very useful and nifty application! Robust and stable and, just great!

I have only one wish:

I have set Command+F1, F2, F3, etc. to switch between my Dashboard sets. Now, If I am within the Dashboard environment and I press one of these keycombos, it switches my set (which is all great), but it actually -closes- Dashboard (which means that I need to -manually- open up Dashboard once again, to be able to use my new set of widgets.

In other words, personally I'd prefer if the app switched on Dashboard automatically, so that I can quickly switch sets -within Dashboard- itself.

Ultimately, if there was an option in the Preferences that let the user pick his/her prefered behaviour, that would be awesome.

Finally, to stretch things further, I also suggest - in those cases where you are in the Finder or elsewhere - that you implemented the option of having the app actually -opening- Dashboard and the chosen set of widgets, when you press its keyboard shortcut. In my opinion, that would make more sense, since you would probably want to enter Dashboard/and the chosen set, when you press the key its key combo.

Thanks for a lovely application!
[Version 1.1.1]


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Mike Ratt commented on 06 Oct 2006
Nice icon :)
[Version 1.1.1]


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Alan reviewed on 11 Sep 2006
This mini application has replaced my MultiDash. Love it and will definitely buy it.
[Version 1.0]


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License:Shareware
Date:14 Apr 2008
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
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Virtual Dashboard... With the release of Apple Mac OS X 10.4, Apple released the Dashboard. The Dashboard allows you to use mini applications called widgets. These widgets allow you to see information such as the date and time, or the running value of stocks that the user can setup. They also can be games or just about anything that developers can come up with. The Dashboard makes it very handy to easily access these widgets and the type of data or information that the user wants to look at. There are literally thousands of these widgets that have been developed and can be downloaded from various sites.

The problem with the Dashboard is that the number of widgets that can viewed on the screen at one time is limited to the amount of viewable screen space that the user has. To solve this, Virtual Dashboard was created. With Virtual Dashboard, users can create widget sets that can be switched in and out either through a menu or keyboard shortcuts. This allows users to create different sets and add or remove the widgets that they want to see. Virtual Dashboard allows the user to create as many sets as they desire. Users could literally have access to hundreds, if not thousands of widgets right at their fingertips.


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