What are some of your favourite widgets? I haven’t rummaged through newer widgets in a while now and probably should. My…uh…widgets, are pictured below.
I labeled a few that may not be so clear. Some are self-explanatory and come equipped with a Mac. Yes, I use two clocks. One for Japan and the other for Canada. Some of the others I use are:
- Adobe Creative Studio Help – provides a collection of hints and tips for Adobe’s Creative Suite.
- BPM Counter – count the beats per minute for songs to enter them into iTunes
- Guitar Chords – Just pick a note and type of chord. Then watch as the widget displays how to fret that chord on the guitar. Scroll up the neck and see alternate ways of playing that same chord.
- Hula Girl – Dancing Hula Girl, Boy, Jesus or Homer to sit atop your Dashboard and provide literally decades of hilarity…seriously. Jiggles to your iTunes as well.
- Leopard Tricks – The Leopard Tricks widget displays an RSS feed of the popular leopardtricks.com website. Leopard Tricks prives tips, tricks and news on Apple’s latest operating system, Leopard.
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- Pianochords 2.1 – shows and plays all the musical chords you can think of. Just press a key on the keyboard to set the root of the chord and click the display to select the derived chord. It’s as simple as that!
- Plasmatube – The PlasmaTube dashboard widget leaves your Dad’s old Motion Light in the 60′s where it belongs!
- Sphere – Helps you design your website, redecorate your home, or perhaps even choose your outfit in the morning. It can even simulates various forms of color blindness! Sphere uses basic color theory in order to automatically provide you with visually appealing colors.
- Tabit – Tabit Widget searches Ultimate-Guitar.com for guitar tabs and chords based on song title.
- Youpi – helps calculate your body mass index. I couldn’t seem to find this widget when I did a search. But, try this one instead. It’s more attractive. Or this one too.
- Not pictured, but I also use Catalyst TuneUp for GarageBand. They offer over 150 helpful and sometimes quirky ideas to solve that creative block. If the first idea doesn’t help, spin the widget again.
It is also worth checking subject specific widgets. I have used some before and installed them onto our class computer where students could simply go and check the item for themselves. Browse through available widgets here. Any other recommendations from readers?
Tags : Free Software & Applications, Mac, Productivity, Widgets
Categories : Classroom Resources, Free Software & Applications, Technology