Why is Konfabulator "Pretty?"

Thomas McGrath III 3mcgrath at adelphia.net
Tue Dec 6 14:49:12 CST 2005


I made a widget a while back that extracted a saying a day from a  
remote server and gave it away. Then they changed the server and it  
stopped working.

Sarah has the PicaPod widget that downloads some very cool desktop  
pictures and is awesome in it's simplicity yet it does what 'should'  
be done in a desktop app.

I think without really thinking about it many here are doing these  
things already. What I think is needed is a set of guidelines or  
templates like you said. Sort of the way the Revolution Online  
scripting conference stacks are similarly following a format BUT for  
the widgets it is the actual look and feel that changes and the  
template is for the floating and coding and expected behavior of the  
widgets when deployed.

I like this topic.

On Dec 6, 2005, at 2:44 PM, Bill Marriott wrote:

> So go ahead and make is EASIER. Make it obvious. Or at least make  
> it *LOOK*
> easy.
> - Make a sample RSS displayer that could be tweaked easy with new  
> graphics
> and a different URL.
> - Make something that can play an Internet radio station with some  
> cool
> logos and equalizer effects
> - One of the top Widgets is a Calvin and Hobbes fetcher. A guy  
> called "DMP"
> has something that does this for a site called uComics. (But it  
> doesn't
> work.) Get that thing brushed up, gel-ified, airbrushed.
> - A little flower that sits on your desktop in K. has received  
> almost 10,000
> downloads! All it does it change color!
> http://www.widgetgallery.com/index.php?search=flower
> - How hard would it be to write a little search Widget that does  
> FedEx, UPS,
> USPS, Google, Wikipedia, Answers.com, etc., like a couple dozen of  
> them do
> on the K. site?
> - A HotOrNot widget?

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