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Amnesty Singles - Convert Dashboard widgets into apps
Authored by: bradleyd1971 on Nov 08, '06 09:35:49AM

Okay, I don't understand the 2 posts above (the one I am replying to, and it's parent).

Widgets take over the UI? How? If you want to use widgets, activate Dashboard, if not you never know they are there. How is that taking over the UI?

The actions needed to activate widgets... if you are using the default Apple single button mouse this might be a valid complaint - if you have a physical disability that prevents you from pressing function keys. If you are using any multi-button mouse (more than 2 buttons), you can easily set one of the extra buttons to open Dashboard.

On my mouse, I have the 3rd and 4th button set to activate Dashboard, and to show all of the open app windows. This is as difficult as moving my thumb about an 1/8th of an inch.

Maybe I am misunderstanding what the above posters have said, but the way I read it the complaints about widgets/Dashboard just are not valid.

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Amnesty Singles - Convert Dashboard widgets into apps
Authored by: wgscott on Nov 08, '06 03:31:46PM

Sure they are valid. You may disagree that it is an annoyance to have the interface go into a separate realm in which only widgets can be accessed, but the fact that the OS is set up like this isn't an invalid point. I like my F12 key to eject disks and my mouse buttons to do the canonical unix things. The nice thing about OS X is you can set things up however you like to. The widget/dashboard interface annoyed me in the same way that rooted X11 annoys me, or rebooting to access another operating system annoys me -- it seems needlessly complicated and precludes interaction with the rest of OS X. Widgets that run in the standard OS X mode are fine with me. Rootless X11 is fine with me. Running other OS in Parallels is fine with me.

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Amnesty Singles - Convert Dashboard widgets into apps
Authored by: MtnBiker on Nov 25, '06 07:35:13PM

I agree with the poster below. And I would add with a real application, you can use just that application without waiting for all the others to load as you would in Dashboard.

One can use launchers such as Butler with applications.

One can leave a application running and toggle right back to it from another application.

How do I drag say a tracking number in the Package Tracker?

I'm happy enough with how the Finder works, let me use it rather that forcing me into another realm where things work differently.

Hermosa Beach, CA USA

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