Sure, there are lots of applications available for OS X, but you may have a very basic need that doesn't justify developing a full-blown application. Although Apple's developer tools are freely available, there's still a learning curve involved in developing an application. If only there was a way to quickly develop simple applications...
Spiffy Battery Widget
Also available is a Reference Guide that explains how to format an XML file, and the objects that are contained in the XML file, to make a widget. But rather than diving into widget development, it may be best to check out the XML code contained in the current widgets. This can be done by control-clicking on a widget, choosing Open Package Contents, and examining the enclosed "kon" file with a text editor or word processor. Or check out the Konfabulator site, where, as of this writing, there are 218 widgets you can download and check out.
So start experiencing some great Mac OS X gadgets, and give Konfabulator a try.
Have any other cool OS X gadgets that act like a part of OS X? Send an e-mail to John, and he'll check it out ASAP.
Monday's Mac Gadget is here to help you with those cool things that we all just have to have on our Macs. Shareware, Freeware, Postcardware, Emailware, and even commercial apps, Monday's Mac Gadget is here to help you find and use the best of these programs.
John is a software engineer who works in the corporate R&D group of a Fortune 500 company, focusing on all aspects of communications technology. He has several degrees that claim he knows what he's doing when it comes to computers. After watching co-workers reinstall Windows, search for device drivers, and experience other horrors during the day, he's glad that he comes home to a Mac (compatible) computer. Have any comments, suggestions, or favorite Gadgets? Drop John a line at