Wonderful Widgets - Getting The Best From Your Desktop
Widgets are charming small program applications that run on your
desktop to create a productivity dashboard. They include things
such as work organisation tools, computer system monitoring, iTunes
management, eBay notifications, Website performance tracking, adsense
income tracking. A whole world of wonderful things to make your
life easier and save a lot of time.
How many times do you check your traffic stats at AWStats in Cpanel?
- How many times do you check your Adsense?
- Do you have performance monitoring on your website?
- All these tasks can be performed easily or automatically by
Widget applications are downloadable from Widget Galleries
such as Yahoo Widgets.
How To Load Widgets
- Download the Yahoo Widgets
Engine Application from Yahoo
- Install as directed by the Text File
- Select and download widgets from Yahoo
- Install as per directions on each widget
Recommended Widgets For Digital Publishers
I have done a lot of the hard work for you, and selected some of
the best widgets I thought would suit digital publishers and Internet
Marketers. These widgets support:
Organise Your Desktop with Tab based shortcut, file, URL launcher.
Drop links onto tab or .ico/png onto tab to change tab graphic.
BBB Bar - BigBadaBoom
A simple Widget that displays links in a little vertical bar.
- Customizable colors
- Customizable transparancy for several parts
- Drag and drop shortcuts onto the bar
- Drag & Drop sites and links right onto the bar
- Nice little Mouseover effect
- Expand/Colapse the bar
Organise all of your shortcuts to applications, web sites, or files
- User definable categories
- Multiple views: icons, text, text & icon
- Persistent storage of data
- Complete control over shortcuts
Does your Program List in Start Menu take up your whole screen
and take 5 seconds to load. Lazy Launcher, allows you to start any
program with a few keystrokes.
Minimize, restore (from minimized), cascade, and tile (horizontally/vertically)
all of the windows on the desktop.
Colors provides an interface to the Color Picker. [ One of my favorite
Approver.com is a free and easy way to share documents with colleagues.
The Approver.com Document Alert Widget lets you easily see when
someone has sent you a document for review on Approver.com.
Easily take screenshots of your whole screen, a portion of the
screen or of an individual window. More adaptable than print screen
to photoshop! And ideal for tutorial building.
- Take screenshot of whole screen
- Take screenshot of individual window
- Take screenshot of user-defined portion
- Save images as JPG, TIF, BMP, GIF, or PNG
*IMPORTANT* Requires Microsoft .NET Framework v1.1 or greater
A very simple resizable Widget for leaving little notes. Drag the
lower right corner to resize. Notes are automatically saved.
A publishers dream, this WIdget looks up a word you enter using
Thesaurus.com or Dictionary.com
A quick entry panel into any URL you like. Direct into those blogs
for easy posts. Even launches your default browser automatically
Keep those back ups happening
This Widget allows to transfer files via Secure Copy (SCP). It
allows the user to use password or private key authentication. Files
may be uploaded by dropping them onto the icon. Folders may be listed
and files may be downloaded to a local folder again.
We all do it - use the same password or one of 2 or 3 for everything.
We know it's dangerous, but how many can one remember. This widget
acts like MS Passport. By assigning your a centralized access system,
PasswordMaker (also available as Firefox, Mozilla, and Netscape
extensions) creates unique, secure passwords that are very easy
to retrieve. Nothing is stored anywhere, anytime, so there's nothing
to be hacked, lost, or stolen.
Another option to keep passwords safe. A password manager secure
all your passwords with a single master key. All data is encrypted
Keep prying eyes away and prevent accidental deletion whilst you
run out for that quick meeting or a cup of coffee. Lock-It! is the
quick and easy way to lock your computer to prevent someone from
being able to access your data.
Shows you all the local system information you need. Fully configurable!
The most comprehensive system monitor I came across.
- Network Cards (LAN)*
- Remote IP (WAN)
* Only works on Windows, automatically disabled under Mac.
Keep those performance hungry programs closed until needed. Another
favorite - Skyper Widget will allow you see a specific contact's
online status without opening up Skype to check.
With "My Site Monitor" you can:
- Continually monitor your site's or blog's availability.
- Play WAV, MIDI, or MP3 files when errors are detected.
- Log errors to a text file.
Monitors the Google PageRank for any website in a small clean interface.
Keep track of traffic without Cpanel access. A slimline bar that
shows the current unique and total visitors from an AWStats installation.
You can get a copy of AWStats at
This Widget displays the current income directly from your Google
Receive text messages and/or hear voice alerts when price changes
or auction ends. See the item's status on the Widget. Let the Widget
refresh the info for you, or refresh it manually.
- Let Bid-O-Mania track the items for you!
- View featured seller of the day, today's joke or interesting
quotes to brighten up your day. :-)
Want to know how your eBay sales are progressing for today and
for the month? This Widget will provide you periodic updates per
your preferences. This Widget is an eBay certified application!