I’ve been working on a short report with some colleagues about widgets, what they are, do, etc. The report is currently in draft, but the main points are:

  • Widgets can be many things
  • Widgets add functionality
  • Widgets have a threshold for take-up
  • Smart people make widgets that can be deployed on different platforms with the minimum of fuss

Anyway, it’s nice to have some prototype to view, so here’s a ten-minute widget based on an old widget: BIBSYS Ask search for Mac OS X 10.4.3 and later.

Another updated widget: Ordnett for Mac OS X 10.4.3 and later (it will only work for those who have an ordnett.no subcription/VPN from NTNU).

I recently tried another take on widgets I made years ago, which is a Cocoa Service written in Objective-C for Mac OS X. The funny thing was that it was compiled for use with OS X 10.2.8 on PowerPC, while I installed it on an Intel-based Mac with OS X 10.5.3 and it still works more or less.

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4 Responses to “Widgets!”

  1. NTNU mac user Says:

    A yr.no dashboard widget (showing the hour-by-hour / long term forecasts) would be great, if you could code it.

  2. brinxmat Says:

    Like this one…?

  3. NTNU mac user Says:

    Yes, thank you very much for going through the trouble of coding it. By the way, the BIBSYS Ask widget is very useful.

  4. brinxmat Says:

    No problem! Thanks for commenting! I’ll be fixing the weather widget so that it provides more views when I come back from holidays.

    I’m glad that the BIBSYS Ask widget is proving useful; we’re testing this and some other ideas, which I will post later.

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