Apr 27 2009
Now at version 2.1, Konfabulator boasts more than a thousand widgets and a strong cross-platform user base. Konfabulator now represents the only free solution for running desktop widgets for users of pre-Tiger OS X and Windows.
So, whatever your OS (provided it is not Linux) you can join in the celebration of desktop eye-candy. If you previously downloaded Konfabulator (whether you purchased it or not) all you will need to do is download and install a current version to rid yourself the the shareware nags.
Now, once installed I anticipate that you will tire of the built-in widgets – exciting as they are. The first place you’ll want to go shopping is widgetgallery.com. Part of Konfabulator’s own site, this is by far the biggest collection of Konfabulator widgets around.
For a small set of Konfabulator widgets intended to replicate the default widgets in Dashboard, stop by osx-e’s Dashboard Widgets. Studio Widgets also sports a widget directory compatible with Konfabulator.
While there are plenty of widgets to sift through, here are a few of the must-haves:
Don’t miss the built-in PIM Overview. It shows your current calendar items and tasks from iCal and isn’t active by default. Find it stashed in your widgets folder.
Adrian Gonzales has a pair of very useful widgets. His Gmail notifier can hide until you have a new message. He also has a money saving widget, GasWatch, that will guide you to cheap gasoline, by zip code.
This is only the tip of the iceberg. There are widgets you can drag files to to upload them, widgets to monitor your POP and IMAP email accounts and even widgets to notify you of voicemail messages in your Vonage account.
With the Yahoo acquisition expect more widgets to come and be sure to join me next week for more free downloads.