That brings up an annoying little problem for Mac users who use Widgets. They’re slow to respond and update the first time they get used after starting up a Mac. Here’s a way to fix that problem and it’s free.
I Heart KickStart
Whenever I setup a new Mac or upgrade an old one there’s a list of a few dozen Mac apps and utilities which always come along for the ride.
As to Dashboard Widgets, I have a few beyond the ones that come with OS X, including Delivery Status to track packages.
About the only automatic way to avoid waiting for Dashboard Widgets to update themselves the first time you want to use a Widget is with the free Dashboard Kickstart.
This clever utility is free and it’s not really a Widget at all. It’s a Preference Pane utility which runs in the background when your Mac starts up, and then initiates the startup of the Dashboard and Widgets so they’re ready when you need them.
There are few options to confuse you. Dashboard KickStart is about as ‘set it and forget about it‘ as an app can be. All it’s doing is starting up the Dashboard Widgets so you won’t have to wait the first time you use them.
The utility can be run manually, of course, but it’s better to start Dashboard KickStart when your Mac starts up. Set it up. Click the Kick button. And, you’re done. No more delay as you wait for Dashboard Widgets to start up.