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CB Widget Pageant 2006


Almost one year of OS X 10.4, people have been making and playing with the concept of widgets as an extra layer of GUI goodness called Dashboard on top of the normal OS. Freed from the Aqua design contraints, these widgets are allowing people to alter the interface to fit the purpose and style of the widget. From ridiculous (we're looking at you Dancing Homer) to the utterly useful (WidgetMail) there seems to be a growing momentum to build new funsize applications which do increasingly cool things in new ways.

So to salute this widget sexiness we've decided to hold a beauty pageant of sorts here on creativebits for the widgets. Leaving the borrowed hairdryers and bitchy comments to one side, we want to find out what widget the CB community thinks is the finest example of design currently in circulation. Unlike those normal beauty contests, we're not remotely interested if the widget wants world peace or a career feeding orphans; we're just after looks. So brains are out and superficial, surface sexiness is in.....

[color=orange]The Process[/color]
1. Find a widget that gets you hot under the collar, graphics wise. You can shamelessly plug your own widget or submit something that makes your hand clammy everytime you reach for the F12 key. Whatever widget you think has been planned and executed to perfection, with little finishing touches that Apple would be proud of.
2. Post a link to it in the comments section of this post. Just a link will suffice at the moment.
3. After a week, we'll do a poll on the nominated widgets and put up a page featuring the graphic goddesses.
4. The winners get a gold, silver and bronze award for display on their site. And the warm feeling from knowing that theirs is the hottest widget in Dashboard Land.

Last years winners:

[color=yellow]Gold:[/color] Shortstat widget
Silver: Gmail widget
[color=brown]Bronze:[/color] Weather widget

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Three Degrees's picture
18 pencils

Panic Transmit Widget. I love seeing the little truck drive my files to the interweb

Junior Mint and the Ta-Da List widgets are great also.

Ivan's picture

But, really.. The cb widget v2.0 came out really sexy and it's feature full too.

Teevio's picture
3 pencils

The PureVolume Widget is simple, yet beautiful. It downloads a new song from PureVolume.com for you to listen to every single day of the year. A cool feature is the built in Growl notification system to alert you when the latest song has been downloaded.

fphilipe's picture
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A good small and nice-looking Gmail widget called SimpleG with Growl notification.

pixelfinity's picture
10 pencils

get it here - it's free http://www.islayer.com/

a close seocnd would be a tie between:

GoGo Red ball from: http://heagy.com/?sectionid=10
&
Whoopee Cushion from: http://www.jacobrath.com/download.html

Pixelfinity.co.uk - Beautiful retouched images

Apfhex's picture
324 pencils

iStat Nano is great, but I haven't checked out the Pro widget in a long time. It used to look so ugly, but now it's beautiful (the "wide" skin). Definitely ditching the Nano widget for this one now.

mck's picture
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Fraijanes's picture
273 pencils

http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/27674
http://www.apple.com/downloads/dashboard/games/chipet.html
This are a fun widgets if you can not afford to have a pet around...

Later,

Caya

We´ll always have Paris! Humphrey Bogart

We´ll always have Paris! Humphrey Bogart

mck's picture
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So several weeks have passed...now what?

Tigerstorm's picture
1009 pencils

I guess it could be due to it's still summer yet.. So I think we'll let the pageant nominations go on for a while more..

Just keep posting sexy widgets and you'll see it's time for votes then!

Fraijanes's picture
273 pencils

When the peagent is going to take place or lets open a poll and let people vote! or the judge is pretty busy and we have to be patient....
May we go on posting more widgets?

later

Caya

We´ll always have Paris! Humphrey Bogart

We´ll always have Paris! Humphrey Bogart

saurav's picture

wat r u guys talkin about?

mck's picture
0 pencils

Here's another nomination: the Dashalytics widget. The developer actually emailed me to tell me about it, how cool is that?

It's now at version 2.1, and it's really great.

http://dashalytics.rovingrob.com/

Also the digg RSS widget: http://orb.etl.myfxh.com/

mijlee's picture
500 pencils

I like both of these as well. The Dashalytic widget is a great little addition as it allow me to see the stats of all of my sites really quickly so I can see whats going on daily without having to log in to Google. Digg is one of my nominations and think it is brilliant.

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Jammo's picture
-4 pencils

You have just got to download and try this one - this is my nomination.
The image doesnt do it justice, you have to see and hear this in action

Download: http://iconfactory.com/software/dineomatic

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Goo

Fraijanes's picture
273 pencils

This is a beauty for us widget junkies, where it was when we neadded the most! I love the phone feature is very handy...nice selection....

Later

Caya

We´ll always have Paris! Humphrey Bogart

We´ll always have Paris! Humphrey Bogart

Fraijanes's picture
273 pencils

I know there are a lot of busy judges around but please before the year is over deliver who is the winner...
Thanks

Caya

We´ll always have Paris! Humphrey Bogart

We´ll always have Paris! Humphrey Bogart

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