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.
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.