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Konfabulator: An open widget-controller

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CraniacPerson was signed in when posted
02-15-2003
09:12 AM ET (US)
This is not proven, but it seemed to slow my system down in the same way that hidden dialogue boxes do at times. Otherwise it was very cool. How else would I know what the weather was in my dungeon cubicle?
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Jerry KindallPerson was signed in when posted
02-12-2003
02:08 AM ET (US)
Mac people are willing to pay for something that works better. That's why they bought a Mac in the first place.

In any case, the cool thing about Konfabulator is not that it comes with cool widgets. It's that you can change the widgets, make your own, and use the ones others have made. On "classic" Mac OS, there was an indispensible utility called OneClick that let you create floating palettes, then write scripts triggered by buttons on those palettes. Unless you've seen it, you wouldn't believe just how sophisticated some of the utilities people made with OneClick turned out to be.

Konfabulator (plus AppleScript and GUI Scripting) is pretty damn near the same thing for Mac OS X.

Oh yeah. I paid $80 for OneClick. It was worth every penny.
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Ashley YakeleyPerson was signed in when posted
02-10-2003
06:28 PM ET (US)
I'm getting a bit fed up with all this Mac OS X software being released as shareware. The same kind of software for Linux is almost always Open Source. I can't believe writing Mac OS X code is any harder, what with ProjectBuilder etc., why do these people always have to do their pathetic $25 begging?

Why is there so little Open Source software for Mac OS X (real stuff for Aqua, not ported X11 apps)? If I had the time, I'd consider writing an actual free (as in Stallman) Konfabulator.
Edited 02-10-2003 06:29 PM
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King LuddPerson was signed in when posted
02-10-2003
05:08 PM ET (US)
I don't find myself nearly as impressed by this app. Just about all of the functionality of the available widgets can be had elswhere and for free. I prefer my Airport signal strength monitor smaller and in the menu bar where I have it (gets set in System Preferences/Network/Airport), the same goes for the battery power indicator. Apple also has a clock app that puts a small clock face on your desktop, it can be analog or digital though I prefer it on the menu bar which is standard. The weather panel is nice but I've got a better, more informative weather indicator (5+ day forecast, etc.,) from Meteorologist which puts it in the menu bar (yeah, the menu bar's getting pretty full) and is free to boot. I don't really understand the Picture panel, what's the point? But the iTunes control is handy. And the Calender panel is nice and not so bulky as iCal when all I want to do is check a date. Finally, the Stocks panel is nice if you're into that and saves one having to open up Sherlock to check one's stocks but it should indicate the refresh rate somewhere, it'd be nice if changing the refresh rate were an option in the preferences.

All in all, not a bad start but nothing too exciting. I await third party widgets to make this app much more useful.
Edited 02-10-2003 05:10 PM
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Owen WilliamsPerson was signed in when posted
02-10-2003
04:24 PM ET (US)
I thought at first this was a KDE app, which confused me for a while. I was wondering how this was different from the panels that already exist for linux, and why anyone would pay 25$ for it.

It seems that the major non-windows desktops (mac, gnome, kde) and converging. They all have panels to which launchers, applets, and other doo-dads can be added and tweaked. Windows seems to be content with five widgets: start button, launchers, window list, tray, and clock.

Gnome looks more like mac, and mac looks more like gnome every day. I find myself liking the mac these days, I don't see it as competition or a bunch of snooty morons. The world seems to be divided between those happy to be using unix-based systems, and windows users. How long can windows hold on?
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erniePerson was signed in when posted
02-10-2003
03:08 PM ET (US)
marc1: see also 'cat's pajamas', (uk: dog's bollocks)
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marc1Person was signed in when posted
02-10-2003
02:32 PM ET (US)
what does 'bee's knees' mean?
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roadknightPerson was signed in when posted
02-10-2003
01:55 PM ET (US)
It's Gkrellm on steroids for OS X....kewl!
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Dan DickinsonPerson was signed in when posted
02-10-2003
01:03 PM ET (US)
I don't know why VersionTracker said it was free; Konfabulator is $25.

http://www.konfabulator.com/purchase/
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triptychPerson was signed in when posted
02-10-2003
12:48 PM ET (US)
some other cool features - applescript support (calling applescript scripts), as well as shell scripting - so you could write a wrapper around some UNIX application and use K to create the GUI.
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triptychPerson was signed in when posted
02-10-2003
12:41 PM ET (US)
I was one of the beta testers.. I'll be releasing an RSS viewing widget in a day or so... This app is the bee's knees :)
Edited 02-10-2003 12:41 PM
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triptychPerson was signed in when posted
02-10-2003
12:39 PM ET (US)
you can set widgets to "always be on top".
Jason - have you got a copy yet?
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pmcaleerPerson was signed in when posted
02-10-2003
11:46 AM ET (US)
Does anyone have a mirror for the developer docs? (How about one for shaving?)
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jkottkePerson was signed in when posted
02-10-2003
11:27 AM ET (US)
Answering my own question:

http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/18302
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jkottkePerson was signed in when posted
02-10-2003
11:25 AM ET (US)
Anyone have a mirror of the installer? The site is getting pounded right now.

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