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10.4: Better widget management and security in 10.4.2
Authored by: rhowell on Jul 25, '05 01:14:48PM

This also fixes a mind-numbingly idiotic bug prior to 10.4.2 in which Safari handled downloaded widgets differently than the Finder (still does with PDFs, unfortunately). Only if Safari was set to automatically open "safe" files would widgets get properly installed into one's ~/Library/Widgets folder (creating the folder if needed).

If Safari didn't open "safe" files (or if you used a different browser I suppose), the zipped widget would appear in one's download folder. Let's assume we were all newbies (we were, to Dashboard at least). We would double-click the zipped widget to decompress it, and then double-click the widget to install it. WRONG! It doesn't install it, but it does run it. It appears in Dashboard's workspace, but not Dashboard's shelf. The widget does not get installed into one's ~/Library/Widgets folder either.

To install the widget, one needs to move it to the ~/Library/Widgets folder themselves. But wait! Is this the first widget you downloaded? If so, there is no Widgets folder! You need to create it first! Nowhere are instructions provided that detail this.

Sure, its simple, but in my circle of friends either nobody has Safari opening "safe" files or folks use a different browser, so the handling of widgets was...nonexistent.

10.4.2 includes welcome improvements. How this bug made it through all prior seeds, I'll never know.



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10.4: Better widget management and security in 10.4.2
Authored by: fitzage on Jul 25, '05 10:07:06PM

The reason it made it through all pre-release versions, is that Apple didn't allow anyone to offer widgets for download until Tiger was released.



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