Way back when, back in the earlier days of the 21st century, back when Apple was still experimenting with features and functions on Mac OS X, Dashboard was born. Dashboard? Yeah. Uh huh. That Dashboard.
With a swipe of the mouse I could summon an entire Mac screen full of little utilities that did was utility apps did not. Widgets in the form of Calculator, Stocks, Calendar, Weather, Clock, and many others. Those days are about to become history.
We Hardly Knew Ye
What I liked about Dashboard was ease-of-use. I set up a Hot Corner on each of my Macs to invoke Dashboard to the screen. Swipe the mouse pointer to the corner, and, wooooosh! Dashboard appeared. It was and remains customizable. Utilities can be moved around the screen to wherever you need them.
Remember the good old days?
Various reports have surfaced regarding the status of Dashboard widgets in macOS Catalina, the next macOS version due later this year. It was a good run as not-so-worthy features go. Dashboard made its debut on Mac OS X Tiger (10.4; Catalina is 10.15) in 2005.
To be fair, I had almost forgotten about Dashboard.
Instead, I adopted PCalc, Menubar weather forecasts, a full-fledged stock market app, and then, one by one, each of the Dashboard widgets was replaced by a utility or app with more robust features, and where instant ease-of-use was less of a requirement.
Goodbye, Dashboard and widgets. We hardly knew ye. May ye rest in peace.