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Make a Dashboard Widget with iWeb

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I almost made a screencast.  Then I tried Screen Steps instead.  Here’s a link to a tutorial for this post.

This is kind of a stretch, meaning there’s a good chance you’ll never want to do anything like this.  But maybe you will.  Remember, Widgets can live on your desktop, they’re not limited to the Dashboard Widget layer.  That means you could use this process to design custom content that’s laid right into your desktop.

So – what are we talking about anyway?  Well, you probably know you can make a Dashboard  Widget using a tool provided with Safari.  But maybe there isn’t a page that has the content the way you want it for your widget.  No problem, just make a web page using iWeb, lay it out the way you want your Dashboard Widget to look, then publish it.  Use the Dashboard Widget maker and you’re done.

The steps are outlined in the tutorial below.  Murphy made a web page with two Flickr badges on it.  One that pulls from Murphy’s Flickr collection and another that pulls from all of Flickr.  Both grab random photos from their respective collections.  From that page he made a widget that shows both Flickr controls side by side.  Again, this might be most useful for making a widget that will live within your desktop.

Is this reaching too far or what?

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7 comments to “Make a Dashboard Widget with iWeb”

  1. I like your tutorials, I learned a lot from them. but I wish you have made a screencast of this tutorial.

  2. Mohammed – I’m trying to find a new way to create them. It takes a really LONG time. I’m going to experiment with some new tools. Thanks.

  3. hey murphy have a question for you, do you know how to add widgets to an iweb page, i’m talking about a calander, twitter and a map which can be tagged with photos for say a vacation? any help would be greatly appreciated.

  4. Murphy: What version if iWeb are you using (from iLife 9?) and is the Web Widgets option standard or did it have to be added to iWeb?

    Also. . . is this what was done to create the widgets on yourminis.com?

  5. @Tyger –

    This was from the previous iWeb, not ’09. It was standard stuff.

    I don’t know about yourminis.com, sorry.

  6. good program

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