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An alternative to using Dashboard's own Widget Bar to access your widgets. DashOpener provides you with a smaller and quicker interface to the widgets you have installed. Now DashOpener also lets you manage your widgets right from the dashboard (activate/deactivate widgets or move them to the trash).

It lists all installed Widgets by name and opens them when you click the widget's name. When you don't need DashOpener, click on the title and DashOpener will minimize to take away as little space as possible. Customize the number of columns and the width of columns to suit your needs.

Users of the previous version of DashOpener may be interested in the Version history which lists the new features of DashOpener.

Version History

  • Version 1.2 (2005-07-12)

    • Now supports displaying widgets in multiple columns
    • Columns can be resized to fit the user's needs
    • Added a "management" interface where widgets can be enabled, disabled or moved to the trash
    • When disabling a widget the string ".disabled" is appended to the file name of the widget. This makes the widget invisible to DashOpener and also the Dashboard bar itself. by using this suffix, DashOpener's management features are also compatible to the preference pane "Widget Manager".
    • Now supports using keyboard interaction for a few things:

      • L - Switch to the widget list
      • M - Switch to management mode
      • i - Switch to the info/setup screen
      • C - Decrease column count
      • V - Increase column count
      • B - Decrease column width by 10 pixels
      • N - Increase column width by 10 pixels

      Note that all these commands will only work when DashOpener is the currently active widget. You may need to click on DashOpener to make it the frontmost widget. Also note that while in the widget list or in the management view changing the column count or width will only take effect when the list is reloaded. To do this simply type L or M, depending on where you are or want to go.

    • Remade the interface
  • Version 1.1
    • Never released
  • Version 1.0 (2005-05-13)
    • First release

Last updated: 2005-07-12