Dock Widgetop with Fluid (Mac OS X only)

Posted July 31, 2008 by widgetopadmin
Categories: Ajax, Apple, Dashboard Widget, fluid, HowTo, News, Prism, Sharing, Tips, Web 2.0, Web Desktop, Widget

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Quite a while ago we showed you how to integrate the Widgetop webtop into your Windows desktop or your Linux desktop with the help of Mozillas Prism platform. While you can use Prism to add Widgetop to your Mac there is a much better alternative – Fluid. Its current version is much better integrated into the Mac desktop then Prism (but requires Leopard though).

Just download Fluid, run it and create a new entry for Widgetop. You will get:

  • A link to Widgetop in your Programs folder.
  • Run it and you will see the Widgetop icon appear in the dock like any other Mac application. Just login to your desktop (or create a new account) and your Widgetop desktop is just a click away.
  • By choosing Convert to Embedded SSB from the Widgetop menu you can even put your widgets on the Mac desktop itself.

Hints:

  • In addition to your own Widgetop desktop you can run one or many of the shared desktops from http://www.widgetop.com/shared.html. Just give them a distinct icon for better differentiation.
  • If you want to use better icon you can download and use this:

New Widget Download: Photo Finder

Posted July 9, 2008 by widgetopadmin
Categories: Ajax, Apple, Dashboard Widget, Downloads, iphone, iPod Touch, News, Web 2.0, Web Desktop, Widget

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Panoramio Screenshot

We just made our new Photo Finder widget available on the Widgetop web desktop and on our downloads page.

Get inspired by finding out what photos others have shot on a certain location. Adjust the map to the area you want and get the most popular or most recent photos from Panoramio. You can put this application as a widget on your website from http://photofinderwidget.speedymarks.com.

Go and download it from here.

Don’t miss the iPhone version of this widget: photofinder.speedymarks.com


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New Widget Download: Slideshow

Posted June 9, 2008 by widgetopadmin
Categories: Ajax, Apple, Dashboard Widget, Downloads, feed, iphone, iPod Touch, Mobile, mobile phone, News, rss, Slideshow, Web 2.0, Web Desktop, Widget

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Slideshow Screenshot

We just made our new Photo Slideshow widget available on the Widgetop web desktop and on our downloads page.

This widgets displays slide shows from images in RSS feeds. Either select the most recent feed from Flickr or Photobucket or enter your own feed URL. The feed can parameterized by using %s in the URL which will be replaced by the tags from the front side.

Go and download it from here.

Don’t miss the iPhone version of this widget: phototags.speedymarks.com


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Adding Slideshows to Widgetop

Posted June 4, 2008 by widgetopadmin
Categories: Ajax, Dashboard Widget, feed, HowTo, Mozilla, New Feature, News, Opera, rss, Safari, Slideshow, Tips, Web 2.0, Web Desktop, Widget

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We enhanced the Add RSS Feeds section to easily add image slideshows to your Widgetop desktop. Just enter the URL of an RSS feed which contains images (e.g. from Flickr or Photobucket) and press the Add Slideshow button:

Add Slideshows

This will add our new Slideshow widget to your dewsktop:

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Dashboard Widgets in the browser sidebar

Posted May 27, 2008 by widgetopadmin
Categories: Ajax, Apple, Dashboard Widget, External Links, Firefox, HowTo, iphone, Mobile, Mozilla, New Feature, News, Opera, panel, sidebar, Site Announcements, Tips, Web 2.0, Web Desktop, Widget

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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┬ácheck 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.

Popular Language Translator Widget updated

Posted May 23, 2008 by widgetopadmin
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Our very popular Language Translator widget (#1 on Apple’s Top 50 list for several weeks) has been updated to a new version. Now it translates text between 22 different foreign languages.

You can download the update from here or test it on Widgetop before.

Dashboard widgets on your iPhone homescreen

Posted May 15, 2008 by widgetopadmin
Categories: Ajax, Apple, Dashboard Widget, HowTo, iphone, iPod Touch, Mobile, mobile phone, New Feature, News, Nokia, s60, Safari, Site Announcements, Standalone Widget, symbian, Tips, Web 2.0, Web Desktop, Widget

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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┬áthe 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:

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

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  • 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.