Google Gadgets will work on your Mac tomorrow!

Google Gadgets will work on your Mac tomorrow!

Summary: Google will release a version of Google Desktop for the Mac tomorrow that lets users install gadgets -- something previous versions didn't support. At first I was skeptical -- why would Mac users need a sidebar when they already have their dashboard?

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Google Gadgets now work on your MacGoogle will release a version of Google Desktop for the Mac tomorrow that lets users install gadgets -- something previous versions didn't support. At first I was skeptical -- why would Mac users need a sidebar when they already have their dashboard? Well, it turns out there is no sidebar, and gadgets are installed into the dashboard.

Until now, developers were forced to port their gadgets using tools like the Amnesty Generator if they wanted their work to run on a Mac -- but that's a thing of the past.

Gadgets still aren't exactly "universal", but it's getting pretty close -- they work on iGoogle, Google Desktop for Windows, and now Google Desktop for Mac. Not too long ago you were forced to create one version of their gadget to work on iGoogle, and another for the Google Desktop sidebar. Now developers can focus on creating a single version of their application and rest assured it will work everywhere.

Unfortunately, there is still no way to get get gadgets to work on Linux yet, but considering Google Desktop for Mac and Linux were released within three months of each other, it wouldn't be unreasonable to hope for a new version that takes care of that soon too.

Topics: Apple, Google, Hardware

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  • What are Google Gadgets?

    As a Macintosh user, I haven't been privy to Google Gadgets, so an article that informs me that they're about to be available isn't particularly compelling. A few examples of them, what they do, and why they might be useful would certainly add some 'meat' to the story. As it is, I generally avoid 'add ons' to my Firefox browser since most of the problems reported tend to occur with them.
    kvmspecialist
    • Agreed...

      I agreed with your point of view, it would not hurt to add some Specs, images and a little MEAT to the story. Even though i am fairly new on mac Platform i too avoid add ons.
      Accell
    • Google Gadgets

      Google offers a desktop "center" if you will, that allows the installation of (whatever you want to call them, gadgets, widgets, miniapps...whatever). These small programs usually only do one thing, such as a notepad, calander, clock, weather forecaster, wikipedia search, small games, cutsy animations like having a flowerpot or kitty growing or pawing on your screen, word of the day, YouTube video feeds, media players, radios, horoscopes, maps, RSS feeds...just about everything. Some stuff useful, some stuff just fun, some stuff just odd.

      If you search for Google Gadgets, you will find a listing of several hundred that are available. On Windows machines, they are installed to a sidebar that is installed with Google Desktop. Some are locked to the sidebar, but some, like the desktop flowerpot are free to be placed anywhere on the desktop. Apparently, on the Mac, they will be installed to the dashboard, and I am assuming that the free-moving gadgets will still be free-moving.

      Silly though it may sound, look it up in wikipedia. They have a lot of info about it, and a gallery of the gadgets.

      Hope that helps.

      Have a nice day. :)
      laura.b
  • Absolutely

    More "Gadget" info would be appreciated! A link would be fine, but something more than what is stated here.
    An Apple a Day
  • Good news! Everyone will use Mac Tomorrow!

    Really! Vista is the best motivation to move in the Mac world!
    msftzzz
  • What's wrong with dashboard?

    I have no problem with calling up Dashboard whenever I want to use my Gadgets, at least for me I certainly don't want my Gadgets to always be viewable...they'd cause too much clutter on my screen.

    - John Musbach
    John Musbach