Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Amnesty fixes OS X Widgets and brings them to Panther

$20. I have to try this. OS X's Widget implementation is absurd. Who needs yet another layer besides the desktop and the application layer? This app lets widgets live in the desktop and in 10.3.x. I've got to give it a try. (Via Macintouch)
Mesa Dynamics

Amnesty Widget Browser is a utility for Mac OS X Tiger and Panther (10.3.9) that allows Dashboard widgets to have expanded capabilities as they run directly on your desktop via a convenient icon in your system menu bar.

Widgets loaded in Amnesty Widget Browser run completely outside of Apple's Dashboard environment, maintain their own preferences and feature adjustable display settings such as window level (desktop, standard or floating), opacity (transparency) and shape (now you can rotate and scale your widgets so they fit on your desktop where you want them). And to keep things nice and tidy, groups of widgets can be arranged into multiple virtual workspaces that can be called up —by menu or hot key—to your screen at any time.

Best of all, this 'independence' from Dashboard means Panther users can—for the first time—get in on Apple's widget experience, using Amnesty Widget Browser to run many third-party Dashboard widgets (a library of sample widgets is also bundled with every copy).

And Amnesty widget technology also powers our freeware Amnesty Screen Saver, which lets you get widgets all the way out of Dashboard (and into your screen saver).

So whether you're a Tiger user looking for a way to keep the Weather widget embedded in your desktop, or a Panther user who wants to try out the latest and greatest Dashboard widgets, Amnesty Widget Browser offers something for everyone. Download your copy today and take your widgets out for a spin.

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