It looks like Apple is killing the Dashboard with the “Catalina” macOS 10.15 update. If you’re like me, this is bad news. I probably press F12 over a dozen times a day. I like checking on the Weather, Stocks and other useful gadgets.
It looks like I’m not alone in this disappointment…
I’ve decided to modify my 10-Year plan to address this issue. Instead of doing the “Photics: Tools” app in a future year, I’m moving it up to this year.
It’s called “Widgets”
I’ve already made significant gains on this project. Stuff I thought was beyond my ability is now possible.
If you’re interested in being notified when this app is available, just heart this post.
There are some downsides though…
- I only have weather data for the US right now, and among other reasons, this will be a US app only. (At least, that’s the plan for launch.)
- The target price for the app is $5. (The eventual goal is to have 50 widgets at 10¢ each.)
- This will delay the Hype 4 book project. (I simply don’t have the time to work on two major apps at the same time.)
That last bullet point might be a blessing, as I can use the widgets as learning examples for the book.
If there’s a particular widget that you’re looking for, even if it’s not listed right now, you can request them on this thread. No guarantees, but if a request is popular enough – and not too difficult – maybe I can add it.
Here’s the current list of widgets (subject to change)
- Slide Puzzle
- Unit Converter
- RSS Feed App
- Pythagorean / Pi / Math Calculator
- Web – Color Picker
(Bold denotes a possibly difficult app.)
Note – Look into Hype’s Export-to-Widget functionality, perhaps that can work with this.