Am I like many Mac users? I harbor an elitist class, raised-eyebrow disdain for Dashboard Widgets on my Mac.
They’re comically simple. They’re usually one trick ponies. They’re mostly sizzle with little substance. They’re color and tend to clutter. I disdain them so much that my iMac’s Dashboard is completely cluttered in overlapping Widgets. Some are eye candy. A few or indispensably useful.
Dashboard Widget Or iPhone App
Based on the number of times a FedEx truck or a UPS van or the Postal Service truck tools around our little cul-de-sac each week, I’m not the only one on the block that buys from Amazon.
As for my packages, how do I track thee?
Let me count the ways.
Well, actually, there’s really only three basic ways to track a package from FedEx or USPS or UPS or whatever from wherever.
First, you can log on to the transporter’s web site, enter your tracking number and track your package’s current location. Or, you can get the Delivery Status app from the App Store and use your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to track the whereabouts.
Or, since we’re pretty much all about the Mac, you can use the Mac app that does the same thing. Wait. Did I call it an app. Delivery Status is really a Dashboard Widget.
How does my elitist class, raised-eyebrow disdain for Dashboard Widgets handle the apparent contradiction? I’m a woman. It’s what we do. Among Widgets, Delivery Status ranks in the Top 10 of the couple of dozen which grace my Mac’s screen.
Alright, grace isn’t the right word.
The screen is a little cluttered, with Widgets willy nilly, hither and yon—but they don’t touch.
My obsessive compulsive streak hates it when Widgets touch. It’s just not right. Otherwise, I use the Stock Widget, the Weather Widget, a weather Radar Widget, the Calendar, and the Clock Widget, so Delivery Status makes the Top 10.
Simply click Delivery Status to enter your tracking number for the service handling your package. It’s a healthy list and ranges from Adobe to Yamato Transport, from Canada Post to Swiss Post, from DHL to a list of countries in Europe and Asia. The iPhone version works in a similar manner, sans the clicks, of course.
If you could only have 10 Dashboard Widgets, Delivery Status would be on your list.