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Search and find Mac OS X Dashboard Widgets right from your Dashboard !
With the MiniDashboard widget, you can search and find new dashboard widgets right from your Mac OS X Dashboard.
To open Dashboard:
- Click the Dashboard icon in the Dock, or open it from the Applications folder.
- If Dashboard is set as its own space, swipe from right to left across your trackpad using two fingers.
- Enter Mission Control. Choose the Dashboard space to switch to it.
Once you’re in Dashboard, you should see some widgets appear, such as the World Clock or Calculator. You can move these widgets anywhere you want by simply dragging them with your pointer.
To activate a widget, just select it. For example, once you click the Dictionary widget, you’re ready to type a word in its search field. Click the Stickies widget to type a note or two.
Adding Dashboard widgets:
To see all the widgets on your Mac, click the add (+) button in the lower-left corner of the screen. This enters the widget browser. It shows you all the widgets installed on your Mac.
Some widgets allow you to customize them so that they display information that applies to you. For example, add and remove your favorite stocks from the Stocks widget, or choose a time zone or city for the World Clock widget.
To customize a widget, look for an info (i) button. Click this button to view its settings:
- Open Dashboard as described above.
- Move the pointer over each widget. Widgets with settings or options have a small info button (i) in one corner.
- Click the Info button to see the settings you can change.
When you’re ready to exit dashboard, do any of the following:
- Press the escape (Esc) key.
- Use Mission Control or Application Switcher to switch to another application.
- Swipe from right to left using two fingers on your trackpad.
Want to learn more about Dashboard? Use the built-in Help included with OS X. From the Finder, choose Mac Help from the Help menu, then type Dashboard in the search field.
Using your mouse or keyboard as a piano, the city lights up in a new pattern of color with each keystroke. Three modes are available, ”Futuristic City,” “Rock City,” and “Edo City” . Each one features a specific set of lights giving a different atmosphere to the city. Record your own symphony and share it on Facebook, Twitter or Google +.
In this variation of the classic number puzzle game, you’ll have random puzzles with four different levels of difficulty. You also have the option to reveal an incorrect answer, use “pencil” marks for temporary numbers, time the games so you can see how much better (or worse) you are getting, show high scores, use blank puzzles and many more. All we can say is, spare a big chunk of your time to enjoy this one.
At first, I thought that this one was not a Dashboard game. Widgets, to me, are simple mini-applications with a certain function. But the size and the complexity of Mars Explorer go beyond that.
The description of the game goes like this: Ascend massive volcanoes, race atop elevated plateaus, splash through lava seas, and execute aerobatic stunts using deployable wings while playing laser tag with your friends over the internet!
What more can you ask?
This one is a multi-dimensional maze program. A classic puzzle with increasing levels of difficulty: once you have mastered the two-dimensional mazes you may progress to three-dimensional mazes and so on, up to six dimensions.
4. Space Fighters and Asteroids
For those who love spaceship adventures, why not try these two widgets? Both are variations of the classic “Asteroids” game. Just remember not to destroy your keyboard.
Your job is simple: group bubbles with similar colors together and get a score as high as you can. But don’t be fooled by the simplicity of the rule, this one is very, very addictive.
Want to know how good you are in creating a new world? Maybe you’ll get a clue by playing this widget game.
Chrysalis-B is a real-time causal pace evolution widget/game. You start with nothing but plants and dirt within a glass chamber. By figuring out the right temperature that promotes growth/evolution, you must guide an unknown species through several stages of evolution until it hopefully evolve into the Elders.
Do you have a good eye? Try to spot the differences between the two cartoon images.
If you love to drive like crazy, get crazy with this one. The goal of 3D Crashdrive is simple: have fun. It is a freeroam race/stunt game. You can play around on your own, but better yet: you can also play it in multiplayer mode. You can play together with friends or random players from all around the world and compare your records and score.
A remake of the classic arcade game. I played this back in the 80′s on the big machine with a large ball to control the anti-missile circle. This game is also featured in one of the episodes of Chuck. Even though much smaller in size, this widget version isn’t any easier than the original version. At least, not to us.
10. Crate mania
There are many first-person shooter multiplayer games out there. To stand out among the masses, one must have something special. Crate Mania twists the common scenario a little by giving players the ability to disguise themselves as crates.
Open your favorite Mac widgets directly, without the need for any sort of special hacks. WidgetRunner is a free Mac app that opens your widgets outside the Dashboard, allowing you to use them more-or-less the way you would any other program.
Relegated to a separate desktop since Lion, developers seem to have abandoned the Dashboard in favor of making apps for the iPhone. That doesn’t mean there aren’t still useful widgets, though. From Delivery Status(tracks packages) to GV Connect (use Google Voice) to built-in staples like the calculator and unit converter, Widgets can be quite handy. Many users, however, wish they lived directly on the desktop instead of in the dedicated Dashboard.
If you like OS X Mountain Lion widgets, but wish you could access them on your desktop, WidgetRunner is perfect for you. With it you can use your favorite widgets as though they were regular pieces of software – or even pin them so they become part of your desktop wallpaper. Here’s how.
Using Widget Runner
Start Widget runner for the first time and you may not notice anything happening. Look at the menu bar, however, and you’ll see that the program is running — and that you can load widgets.
Click Add and you’ll be taken to the folder where the widgets you’ve installed live. Pick one and it will run.
The folder you’re seeing is /Users/username/Library/Widgets, where “username” is the account you use to sign into your Mac. Of course, you’ll note that not every widget on your system is there – the default ones are notably missing. Instead, they’re at/Library/Widgets on your operating system drive.
Add the widgets you want until you’re satisfied. By default they’ll all behave as standard windows – neither hovering above other programs or staying beneath them. You can change, that, though.
Right-click any widget to configure it. You’ll see the following options:
By default all widgets are “Normal”. Clicking “Desktop” will embed your widgets as part of your desktop. You cannot interact with widgets set to this mode – you’ve basically turned them into part of the wallpaper. To close such widgets, or turn them back to normal, you need to first click the Widget Runner icon in the dock, then right-click the widget.
Clicking “Top” will put a given widget above any and every window you might open. Put simply: Widgets set to “Top” show up over everything else you’re doing. Many will find this annoying, but it’s nice to have upon occasion.
Are you a big fan the multiple desktops (Spaces) feature of Mission Control? You’ll quickly notice, then, that widgets show up on only one desktop. If you want to change this, right-click the Widget Runner dock icon. You’ll see these options:
Simply click All Desktops and your widgets will show up everywhere.
Ready to check this out? Go ahead and Download Widget Runner. There have been no updates since 2010, but Widget Runner still works well on Mountain Lion (we tested it).
It’s a free program created by Sam Madden, an MIT Professor. Thanks for the app, Sam!
Pros and Cons
Longtime Mac users know there’s another way to place your widgets on the desktop. It involves turning on developer mode and dragging your widget from the Dashboard to the desktop. Knowing this exists, why should Mac users run a dedicate program instead?
Well, for one thing, this undocumented hack results in widgets that float above every other window – like those set to Top in Widget Runner. Some (if not most) users will find this annoying. And another thing: it’s unclear whether this trick even works in Mountain Lion. For every person you find in a forum who got it to work you’ll find nine more who can’t. I’m among the nine, so I’m glad I found Widget Runner.
Of course, there are cons to using Widget Runner as well. Some widgets are buggy, and certain features don’t work in certain widgets. Did you get the developer mode hack working? Let me know in the comments below, and which version of OS X you’re using!
Widgets To Try Out
Wondering what kind of apps you’d actually use this with? Check out Jackson’s list of Mac widgets you can’t live without. We also recommend the (previously-mentioned) Delivery Status and GV Connect, as well as Symbol Caddy.