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Yahoo! Widgets

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  • Windows 2000
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Latest version:
4.5.2 15/01/10
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Yahoo! Widgets is fully compatible with:

  • Windows 2000
  • Windows XP
  • Windows 2003
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8
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Keep the stuff that you love right at your fingertips

James Thornton

Recent changes

  • Yes! We've added HTML support to Konfabulator! It is provided by an embedded version of WebKit, the open-source engine that is also the basis of Apple's Safari browser.
  • HTML objects behave like other Konfabulator objects. The content of an HTML object can be manipulated at will, and standard Konfabulator effects, such as rotation or transparency, can be applied. It is also possible to invoke Konfabulator functionality via JavaScript from within an HTML object. This allows a developer to create the entire Widget UI using HTML and Ajax.
  • For security reasons, only local HTML (HTML that is included in the Widget bundle) can access Konfabulator functionality. Remote HTML (HTML fetched from the Internet) is strictly sandboxed.
  • As if HTML weren't enough, we've also added Flash support to Konfabulator. The new Flash object allows developers to load Flash content into their Widgets. The Flash object exposes all methods that are normally available to Flash developers (Play, Stop, Back, Forward, Rewind, etc.). As with HTML objects, Flash objects can be combined with other Konfabulator objects, rotated, etc. As with 'fetched' HTML, the bridge between Flash and Konfabulator is strictly unidirectional - it is not possible to call Konfabulator APIs from within Flash.
  • If you really want to geek out, then you'll be pleased to know that Konfabulator version 4.5 implements a W3C-compliant Document Object Model (DOM). The elements within the DOM are bridged to their JavaScript capabilities. Want to have some real fun? Walk your Widget's DOM tree using Konfabulator 4.5.
  • An enhanced security block in version 4.5 allows developers to specify Widget operations, such as file system access or Internet access, in fine-grained detail. This information is displayed to the end-user in a redesigned security dialog when the Widget runs for the first time. If the Widget tries to perform a potentially malicious operation that was not declared in the security block, Konfabulator stops the widget from running. If the security block is not present, the user is notified that full rights are being granted to the Widget -- this allows legacy Widgets, which were created without a security block, to run.

Review last updated: 15/05/13

  • Thousands of widgets available
  • ‘Floating’ widgets mean they don’t intrude on the desktop environment
  • Functionality for creating your own widgets
  • Not compatible with My Yahoo!
  • Running many widgets can tie up system resources, though this is much improved in the latest release

Yahoo! Widgets (formerly known as Konfabulator, then The Yahoo! Widget Engine) is a JavaScript runtime engine for Windows and Mac OS X that lets you run little files called Widgets that can do pretty much whatever you want them to. Widgets can be alarm clocks, calculators, can tell you your WiFi signal strength, will fetch the latest stock quotes for your preferred symbols, and even give your current local weather.

What sets Yahoo! Widgets apart from other scripting applications is that it takes full advantage of today's advanced graphics. This allows Widgets to blend fluidly into your desktop without the constraints of traditional window borders. Toss in some sliding and fading, and these little guys are right at home in Windows XP and Mac OS X.

The format for these Widgets is completely open and easy to learn so creating your own Widgets is an extremely easy task. For the "skinning" crowd, Yahoo! Widgets is a dream come true. You can easily change the look, feel, layout, even functionality of a Widget so that it matches your lifestyle, your desktop, or the pants or skirt you have on that day.

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