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Emulation Manuals - Chapter 6: The Dashboard

author alang

Dashboard is the new Tiger app that provides quick access to widgets: mini-applications that let you perform common tasks and provide you with fast access to information. With a single click, Dashboard appears, complete with these widgets that provide a world of information — real-time weather, stock tickers, flight information and more — instantly. Dashboard disappears just as easily, so you can get back to what you were doing. Interestingly enough, the following applications all preceded Dashboard, some by over a year.

Default dashboard widgets in Mac OS X

To run look-alike Dashboard widgets on Windows, you need one of these applications.

Konfabulator by Pixoria Inc - Freeware [Download]
Konfabulator is a JavaScript runtime engine for Windows and Mac OS X that lets you small .kon files that can pretty much do whatever you want them to. Widgets can be alarm clocks, calculators, WiFi signal strength indicators, stock quotes for preferred companies, and even local weather reports.

Kapsules by Andrew Powell, Carbon 6 Software - Freeware [Download]
Kapsules is another desktop widget engine for Microsoft Windows. Miniature applications that rest on your desktop, these widgets can show you the current weather conditions, display news from your favorite website, or even check your email for you.

Avedesk by Andreas Verhoeven - Donationware [Donate | Download]
AveDesk 1.2 will enhance your desktop experience and make your desktop more visually pleasing by adding interactive icons and tools, called desklets. These desklets are changeable in size, and can also be alpha-blended (with transparent parts), like on Mac OS X

Most of the default Mac OS X Tiger Dashboard widgets have been ported to Windows: the more popular ones have been listed below.

Dashboard Widget Dock for Konfabulator by SioSae - Freeware [Download]
This is a WidgetDock for Konfabulator, which emulates the Dashboard feature that allows you to drag widgets on and off your desktop

Dashboard Weather for Konfabulator by SioSae - Freeware [Download]
Inspired by Saladin and Ghostwalker’s widgets (one of which is listed below), this is a Konfabulator clone of Dashboard’s weather widget.

Dashboard World Clock by ghostwalker & Saladin - Freeware [Download]
This Konfabulator clone of the Dashboard World Clock (based on the Konfabulator WorldClock Pro by Ricky) allows you to choose the continent and city you live in. Additionally, it can serve as an alarm clock, or display alternate time zones

You can get more Dashboard widget clones for Windows here

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Comment by John Watts on 2006-12-28 19:11:26

How would I make the icon on the dock open up the Heads Up Display on Konfabulator?

Comment by MSThug on 2007-01-15 02:44:34

Yeah John is right, how would I do that and how would I get the Dashboard icon in my current dock?

Comment by John Watts on 2007-02-04 19:21:52

The icon’s easy to get, but I still have no idea on how to open up the heads up display. I use Avedesk now because it’s better than konfabulator.

Comment by Jeremy on 2008-03-10 07:14:00

fix the Konfabulator download link, please!

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