Widgets

Widgets IconWidgets is now available for pre-order on the Mac App Store (USA Only).


Widgets is a collection of digital gadgets, designed to inform, entertain and assist you.

Clock – This widget displays the date and time in a traditional fashion. This is great for running Widgets in Full-Screen mode, when the menu bar clock is not always visible.

Calendar – Get a quick glance at the days of the month. This widget is helpful to know the upcoming days of the week.

Weather – Get your local USA weather forecast, with up-to-date information from weather.gov. In addition to customized icons that display the upcoming conditions, textual descriptions of the weather are included too.

Calculator – Make short work of basic arithmetic with this handy widget. 12 Scientific Calculator buttons are included too!

Unit-Converter – Quickly translate the values from the American System to the Metric System, or vise-versa.

Text-to-Speech – Are your eyes tired? This widget can read aloud the text for you. Sore throat? Have the computer speak for you instead. (This works great with the text from the weather forecast!)

Slide Puzzle – This game was popular in the 80s… the 1880s… but it’s still fun today

The Widgets app is ridiculously polite. It respects you! It doesn’t waste your CPU power, which easier on your electric bill and nice for the environment. The storage space is kept lightweight too.

The app also respects your privacy. 6 out of the 7 Widgets work offline. The Weather widget asks for your zip code to get an approximate location, in order to find the nearest weather station. Photics doesn’t collect this information. However, the Weather widget will create a connection to api.weather.gov. For more information on their privacy policy, see https://www.weather.gov/privacy. The general goal is to allow the widgets to work offline. But some cool widgets, like Weather, simply require Internet access.

The app is also ridiculously responsive. The idea is to maximize space. If you want to squoosh the app off to the side, the app is fine with that. Each Widget is designed to fit in a 200×200 square. But if more space is available, many of the widgets will stretch out to maximize the available area. This shapeshifting design makes Widgets more versatile.

The final list of widgets has not been determined, but here’s a tentative list…
(Bold text denotes a widget that is currently included in the app.)

    1. Clock
    2. Calendar
    3. Weather
    4. Calculator
    5. Unit-Converter
    6. Text-to-Speech
    7. Game – Slide Puzzle
    8. Contacts
    9. Music Player
    10. World Clock
    11. Percentage Calculator
    12. Interest Calculator
    13. Web – Base64 Converter
    14. Web – Color Selector
    15. Web – Dictionary

Under consideration

    • CPU Stats
    • System Stats (Hard Drive / RAM)
    • RSS Feed Reader
    • Dictionary
    • Thesaurus
    • Notes
    • To-Do
    • Game – B.R.O.O.M. (Mini Classic)
    • Game – Mini Pinball
    • Game – Mini Picopede
    • Game – Tic-Tac-Toe
    • Web Frame