Got Dashboard Widgets? Yes, you do. But do you use them anymore? I’m not a charter member of the Mac Dashboard Widget Fan Club of San Diego, but I use a few Widgets.
Weather. pCalc. Conversions. Battery Level. Delivery Status. And a few others. For all of Steve Jobs’ hype about Widgets back in the day, they don’t amount to much. Here’s one I like and you can use and it’s free.
The most beneficial aspect Dashboard Widgets is how quickly the whole screen of Widgets can be invoked. On my Mac, I have a hot corner. Flick the Mac’s mouse pointer to the hot corner, up pop all the Widgets.
The problem with Widgets is that they don’t do much.
Most Widgets are free, too.
When you find a Widget that’s both free and useful, hold on to it, cherish it, use it regularly, and remember to tell others. You know; just to keep the faith alive.
My 4th Favorite Widget
TeaTimer is moving up my Top 10 Widgets Chart, now with a bullet point at #4. It’s a timer Widget. It’s free. And, no, you don’t have to use it to time boiling water or steeping tea.
In fact, TeaTimer becomes more useful the more you use. Did I hear you say, “Duh?” Did I?
What I mean is, TeaTimer finds its way into your daily routine, your Mac workflow, because it’s so incredibly easy to use, very useful in many situations, and is just a flicked-wrist away (not that there’s anything wrong with that).
Here’s the Widget’s whole deal in a single glance:
I reserve the right 1/5th of my Mac’s Dashboard Widget screen for TeaTimer. Rather, that’s multiple TeaTimers. You can load up many.
During the day I’ll set up one timer after another for different tasks that need to get done and where I need a reminder.
Each TeaTimer timer has multiple options. Set the Background color by clicking Design and selecting a color. Click Done when done.
Click Alarm to set the alarm for various sounds or Mac voices. TeaTimer can speak your reminder when it’s ready. I prefer Alex or Victoria.
TeaTimer is easy to operate. Click the Tea text and enter your reminder’s name. Click the time to set the countdown for hours, minutes, and seconds. Click the arrow button to start the timer.
That’s about it. TeaTimer is ease-of-use personified, and uses Growl, too, so you get the nice pop up reminder when you’re busy using another app. You can’t beat the productivity, how easy it is to view and use, or the price tag. Free.