WidgetRunner
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WidgetRunner lets you run Dashboard widgets on your desktop, rather than having to separately enter the Dashboard to view and manipulate them.

Though there is an undocumented hack that allows you to run Widgets on the desktop, they always float above all other windows, which can be annoying. WidgetRunner allows you to specify whether each widget should float on top, act like a normal window, or be pinned to the desktop.
What's New
Version 1.0.3:
  • Fix to remember window positions, plus other minor bugs.
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.5 or later



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ver. 1.x:
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AlexHughy reviewed on 01 Sep 2013
Great app. This should be default or at least a preference for OS X
[Version 1.0.3]


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UserinNEW reviewed on 18 Sep 2012
Great little program. Thanks for taking the time to put it together.

Works in Mountain Lion as well.
[Version 1.0.2]


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Psychosynthesis reviewed on 02 Mar 2011
I like this app but its always a toss up between paid versions like amnesty and something like this.

The problem is they all work reasonable but don't do everything wanted.

Amnesty does not seem to have been developed for quite a while now but still works on SL but has some funny glitches.

Widgetrunner does not render all widgets very well e.g the bbc news widget ends up with a scroll bar at the bottom

Widget does have one great advantage and that is that it can push the widgets to the back ground.

There are other free widget on desktop utilities out there but none do quite what I want with ease of use.

desktop widgets, not top floating etc have been in demand for a long time, when are apple going to wake up to the fact that widgets could be a lot more popular if they just added a few extra bells and whistles.
[Version 1.0.2]


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Tim27 commented on 29 Jan 2011
Developer's site is down. Also, widgets render poorly when passed through this app. For example. DoBeDo has "separate" edges from the body of the widget. iStat Nano won't even show up. Etc. I guess development has ceased.
[Version 1.0.2]

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Psychosynthesis replied on 02 Mar 2011
its up again now
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Robk reviewed on 01 Aug 2010
I have tried many of the other solutions including HoverDash, Widget-to-Desktop, DevMode Widget and Mach Desktop.

But ONLY WidgetRunner and MachDesktop let you keep the widget on the Desktop Layer. With the other solutions, the Widgets FLOAT on top of the other windows on your Desktop. This is ANNOYING for many widgets.

But unlike MachDesktop, you can specify on a widget by widget basis whether the widget will FLOAT on top of other Desktop Windows or not. This gives you great control. e.g. You may want most of your widgets to be BELOW application windows like Safari except for one or two like a widget displaying your current song playing in Tunes.

All in all, I have found WidgetRunner to be the BEST Solution for running Apple Wodgets on your desktop. But it is NOT perfect, some widgets will not run properly. (But all the other solutions I have tried have this problem too!)
[Version 1.0.2]


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Wanderer commented on 24 Feb 2010
Works fine with 10.6.2

Right click on the widget to set how it floats, stumbled on this as there seems to be no read-me.

Now how to hide the dock icon?
[Version 1.0.1]


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BarakM5472 had trouble on 19 Jan 2014
Hi, thanks for great app which I use to put ical widget "on top". Only trouble is it doesn't show events entered into ical properly, even though these do show in the dashboard. I had to restart my mac to get an event to show on the "on top" clone, which is for this reason not a perfect clone if you know what I mean. Would be very grateful if this bug can be fixed.
Barak
[Version 1.0.3]


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Roro01 had trouble on 24 Feb 2010
Widgets don't work on the desktop. iMac Intel 10.5.8
[Version 1.0.1]

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Legal Eagle replied on 24 Feb 2010
This application works fine for me on my 2.4 GHzIntel Core 2 Duo iMac7,1,
running Mac OSX 10.5.8.
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Roro01 replied on 24 Feb 2010
The widgets appear on the desktop but don't work. For example the functions on the calculator widget are inoperable.
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Legal Eagle replied on 24 Feb 2010
My apologies. You are quite right. They came up on the destop without any problems at all.
I simply assumed that they would work. But they don't. Pity !
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Smadden replied on 24 Feb 2010
I'm the developer of this application. I've just posted version 1.0.2 which makes Calculator work (though you have to use the mouse to input data.) I've tried to maintain compatibility with the Apple-supplied widgets, and some 3rd part widgets, but there are definitely some that do not work. Most of the Apple widgets -- iTunes, iCal, Weather, Clock, etc -- however do work.

The issue is that this application has to emulate the Apple Dashcode environment, which turns out to be somewhat tricky to do perfectly.

For anyone who is interested, this is an open source application and I'd love some support developing it -- please see:

http://code.google.com/p/widgetrunner/
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Version Downloads:1,486
Type:Internet : Reference
License:Free
Date:01 Sep 2013
Platform:Intel 64 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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WidgetRunner lets you run Dashboard widgets on your desktop, rather than having to separately enter the Dashboard to view and manipulate them.

Though there is an undocumented hack that allows you to run Widgets on the desktop, they always float above all other windows, which can be annoying. WidgetRunner allows you to specify whether each widget should float on top, act like a normal window, or be pinned to the desktop.


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