Disable GateKeeper

Disable GateKeeper

If you downloaded a widget and was unable to open it because a window appeared telling you:  “App can’t be opened because it is from an unidentified developer”  then go to system preferences – security and privacy – under allow applications downloaded from – click on anywhere.

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A brief history of widgets…

Apple Desk Accessories (1984) Apple’s desk accessories were originally called desk ornaments, and were created by founding Mac team member Andy Hertzfeld off an idea from fellow early Apple employee Bud Tribble. The goal was to get single-purpose apps like a calculator, clock, puzzle game, sticky note, and control panel for various settings. In a(…)

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Xcode Template

Xcode Template

Want to start developing Dashboard widgets now? Get started quickly and easily with the Dashboard Widget Xcode Template. To install the template, create a new folder called “Dashboard” in the /Library/Application Support/Apple/Developer Tools/Project Templates/ folder and drop the “Dashboard Widget” template there.The template includes all the basic components for new widgets (except a Default.png file)(…)

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Dashboard Environment

Dashboard Environment

Dashboard widgets provide an easy way for people to access important information and perform simple tasks without disturbing their work on the desktop. The Dashboard application, available in OS X v10.4 and later, provides the environment widgets run in and allows users to manage their widgets. This article introduces the Dashboard environment and explains how(…)

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OS X Yosemite Dashboard Tips

OS X Yosemite Dashboard Tips

Dashboard is a collection of small programs, called “widgets,” that let you quickly do a wide variety of tasks such as checking stock prices, finding weather information, and more. Note:   You can also use widgets in Today view in Notification Center. For more information, see See your day at a glance. Turn on Dashboard Choose Apple menu >(…)

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Dashboard Hacks

Dashboard Hacks

A Dashboard Dilemma When you look at the Dashboard of the average Mac user, it’s likely empty and never used, or overwhelmingly full of sports-news feeds and sticky-notes. Sometimes you see festive Christmas lights as well! Surely, there must be more to the Dashboard than this. The dashboard was never meant for this! Well, hopefully(…)

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Is Dashboard still in OS X Yosemite?

Is Dashboard still in OS X Yosemite?

Yes, Dashboard is still in OS X Yosemite. Settings for it are in System Preferences under Mission Control.

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xWidget

xWidget

xWidget is a free desktop customisation software that runs like a dashboard in Mac OS, including its graphical user interface. The application itself is simple, clean, lightweight and fast without taking up too much resources. Most importantly, you can customise your desktop with widgets and there are plenty of widgets that you can choose and add from its(…)

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Make Your Own Dashboard Widget

Make Your Own Dashboard Widget

That dashboard button is the route to an awesome desktop resource: custom widgets. One feature of OS X and Safari we are surprised gets little love is Web Clipping. When you just can’t find a widget or need to have quick access to information, web clipping can save the day. If you are unfamiliar, Safari(…)

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WidgetRunner

WidgetRunner

WidgetRunner lets you run Dashboard widgets on your desktop, rather than having to separately enter the Dashboard to view and manipulate them. Though there is an undocumented hack that allows you to run Widgets on the desktop, they always float above all other windows, which can be annoying. WidgetRunner allows you to specify whether each widget(…)

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