Mac OS X Dashboard Widget development tool ‘Dashcode’ coming soon?

“An Apple developer recently put together a 13 minute video demonstrating the capabilities of a yet unreleased development tool dubbed Dashcode. Designed to make developing Widgets as easy as possible, Dashcode sports an efficient and polished interface that can accommodate novice and expert JavaScript/Widget developers alike,” Ryan Katz reports for Think Secret. “The demo video showed four templates that made creating templates a very fast and drag-and-drop affair: QuickTime, Web search, Webcam, and RSS.”

“Dashcode handles all aspects of Widget management, from the front and back of a widget to its default image, Widget icon, and other attributes. From the Inspector developers can specify button shapes, sizes, and styles, backgrounds, colors, and more. A powerful debugging tool and robust Spotlight-like search functionality is also part of the package,” Katz reports. “A release date is unknown at this point, as well as whether Dashcode will be released through Apple or be made available as a third-party application.”

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  1. I find several of them useful at times, such as the unit converter, the calendar – it’s great that it is right there and can easily look up when a date is, and I use the countdown timer – I like counting down to things.

  2. I use widgets daily. When I need to date an illustration to be published a few days ahead, I hit F12 and look at the calendar there instead of opening up iCal. Handy. If I like to listen to Norwegian Broadcasting Radio, it is F12 again. Not that I own Apple-shares, but I look at them for fun:) Having lots of American contacts, the converter is something I couldn’t live without! That goes for the row of clocks as I have, too. No problem seeing when my sister is awake in Sydney now. Writing much in English, the thesaurus is something I look up often and sometimes I use the translator, too. If I need the phone number or address of someone in Norway, I use the Gule Sider-widget (Norwegian Yellow Pages). I follow the animated weather on the and I check out the temps at my mother’s place and enjoy staying in Portugal:) There are more, but these are the ones I use most frequently, some for fun but lots because they come in handy.

  3. I use widgets every day. My favorites are the widgets for google maps, package tracker and the Seattle traffic tracker.

    Now to those of you who think widgets are useless, why is M$ putting “gadgets” into Vista? Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

  4. to claim that widgets are usefull just because M$ puts them in vista doesn’t quite convince me.
    Are the security holes also nice, since they probably put loads of them in vista as well? ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  5. Only usefull widgets I found are:
    yahoo weather widget, CPU widget, Permissions Doctor widget. I use Retrograde 3 widget just because it looks cool on the desktop- tells time. I have the taz widget now running, but it eats a lot of CPU.
    That be it……….

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