Archive for the ‘Site Announcements’ category

Widgets are back

May 10, 2013

Finally we fixed the bug, which prevented the addition of new widgets. Thanks for your patience.

Dashboard Widgets in the browser sidebar

May 27, 2008

sidebar screenshotRunning iPhone web applications in the browser sidebar becomes more and more popular. And it makes sense because the iPhone and the browser sidebar share the same small width restriction.

Therefore we made the little tweaks to optimize our mobile desktop for the sidebar of Firefox and the Opera panels.

How to run in Firefox sidebar:

  • Open http://m.widgetop.com?ForceOnDevice and bookmark the page
  • Open the properties for the just created bookmark and check Load this bookmark in the sidebar
  • You might want to move the bookmark to the bookmark toolbar for quick access

How to add to Opera Panels:

Just click this link.

Dashboard widgets on your iPhone homescreen

May 15, 2008

We are happy to announce a new feature:

Now you can run single Dashboard widgets from our catalog standalone without loading your Mobile Widgetop Desktop first. This makes it possible put them on the homescreen of the iPhone and access them very quickly.

How To

  • Go to the Mobile Widgetop Desktop with the Safari browser: m.widgetop.com
  • Just open the Add Widget page on your iPhone by tapping this icon: Add Widgets Icon
  • Browse the catalog and select the widget you want.
  • Tap the the new Open as Application button:

Screenshot

  • It opens a new browser window with the selected widget:

Screenshot

  • If you want to bookmark the widget or put it on your home screen just press the little plus sign at the bottom bar of Safari:

Safari Plus Button

Limitations

The standalone widgets on your home screen won’t make your desktop obsolete because there are a few limitations:

  • All widgets of the same type share their settings. This means there can only be one instance per widget type.
  • The settings for each widget are stored in a local cookie on the iPhone. They aren’t synced back to our server and you can’t modify them from your desktop computer. If you clear the cookies you will lose all settings (You can remove the settings for a single widget type by tapping the icon on the tool bar).

So the standalone feature will be perfect mostly for tool widgets like calculators, which don’t store any important state and need one instance only.

Problems solved

April 25, 2008

You might have noticed that your Widgetop desktop became quite slow lately. Especially the reload of your widgets (which fortunately shouldn’t have happened happen too often) took much longer than it should be.

We worked hard to find the bottlenecks and we succeeded. Now Widgetop should be again as fast as you expect it to be. Thanks for your patience.

RSS Feeds on Mobile Widgetop

April 22, 2008

While it is already much easier to add RSS news feeds to your Widgetop desktop we make it much simpler for the mobile and iPhone version of Widgetop as well.

Tap the Add Widget Icon then click the new RSS Icon to open the new Add News Feeds page:

RSS Feeds

Same as on the desktop version you can search for feeds by keyword or add feeds by their URL.

Adding RSS Feeds to Widgetop

April 10, 2008

There is lots of valuable information available as RSS feeds. Therefore we decided to make the adding of news feeds to the widgetop desktop a lot easier. Just open Add Widget and go to the new RSS Feeds tab:

Add RSS Feeds Tab

Here you can either:

  • enter the URL of a RSS feed
  • enter the URL of a web site which feed you want to subscribe
  • search for feeds by keyword

This will add the new RSS Feed widget with the selected feed to your desktop:

RSS Feed widget