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how do people make widgets for the dashboard in mac os ( feel like a numpty asking this ) but there are so many added on the apple site so often that it makes me wonder how hard it is and how its done ?
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Eoin OSullivan earned 2000 total points
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Developing Widgets can be a simple or as complex as you want. There are loads of sites dedicated to Developers with tutorials aplenty.

For an overview .. see the Apple Website
http://developer.apple.com/macosx/dashboard.html
and an alternative description here
http://andrew.hedges.name/widgets/dev/


Apple provide FREE development tools called XCode available as a free download once you join the Apple Developer Network plus a detailed Tutorial on how to get started
Join the Network for free online - http://developer.apple.com/membership/online.html
Tutorial - http://developer.apple.com/documentation/AppleApplications/Conceptual/Dashboard_Tutorial/


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Also .. it looks like the forthcoming OSX Leopard will have a handy tool called Dashcode to allow you to make all sorts of Widgets very easily ...
You can see a preview here ...
http://www.apple.com/macosx/leopard/dashboard.html
And even Download a developer version of dashcode templates here
http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/17783
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great suggestions, looks like you have the points and thanks for the help. However I just wanna leave it open for a few days just to see if anyone else has there $0.02 to put in and to give others a chance.
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