Saturday, April 26, 2008

Use a Dashboard Widget outside Dashboard

Although it seems strange, it is true: you can use a Dashboard Widget outside the Dashboard environment! The way to accomplish it includes the following steps:

- First you open Dashboard.
- After opening Dashboard, you should press the little circle with the cross on the bottom left corner of Dashboard.
- Then you select the Widget you want to bring outside Dashboard and click on it.
- You start dragging the Widget.
- You should now keep your mouse button pressed and close Dashboard (by pressing the F12 key for example).
- You now release the pressed mouse button.
- Your Widget is still there but Dashboard is gone! You are in Finder now.
Note: Before doing the above steps, you should give the following command at your terminal:
defaults write devmode YES
This command activates the Dashboard Development mode and keeps it active until you type the same command, having a NO instead of YES at the end. You should now login/logout or restart your Mac for the setting to take effect.

If you want to insert a Widget that is located outside Dashboard, inside Dashboard you should follow the reverse procedure!

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Widgets and the defaults command

You can use the defaults command (from to learn more about the options of a Widget.

Example: defaults read
    "41a9b19e2d5c5543-fromLanguage" = 3;
    "41a9b19e2d5c5543-toLanguage" = 5;
    fromLanguage = 3;
    toLanguage = 5;

Found it in Dashboard-dev mailing list.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Monday, April 7, 2008

Do not use a directory called "resources" inside a Widget

If you have a folder called "resources" inside your Widget, this will create troubles with the Widget's concept of "Resources". Do not use that name.

(from the dashboard-dev mailing list)