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.

Audio Player – Quickly and easily play your local iTunes music files. Available metadata (album cover, song title, album name and artist) is shown for the song that is being played. Just press the “Play” button to shuffle and play all of the available songs.

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

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

Contacts – This widget displays an alphabetized list of contacts available on your computer. Each item can expand to reveal contact data, such as email, phone or postal address.

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.

System Stats – This widget displays information about your computer, such as Thermal State (Is your computer too warm?), Storage Space and Uptime. Press the widget title to reveal other stats, such as the user name, number of processors, operating system version and total physical RAM.

Unit-Converter – Maybe one day the United States will switch to the Metric System. Until then, this widget can be used to quickly translate the values from the American System to the Metric System – or vise-versa!

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.

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. Use the foreign language voices to speak text from different languages.

World Clock – Immediately see the time from major cities across the globe. 2-6 clocks can be displayed, with 46 cities to choose from. (Anchorage, Athens, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Baghdad, Bangkok, Casablanca, Chicago, Christmas, Copenhagen, Denver, Dubai, Dublin, Easter, Edmonton, Fiji, Hong Kong, Honolulu, Iqaluit, Jakarta, Jerusalem, Johannesburg, Kolkata, London, Los Angeles, Manila, Mexico City, Moscow, New York, Paris, Perth, Phoenix, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Rome, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Vancouver, Wake, Warsaw, Winnipeg, Zürich)

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

The Widgets app is ridiculously polite. It respects you! It doesn’t hog your CPU power, which is easier on your electric bill and nice for the environment. The storage space is kept lightweight too. (Using Xcode and a 2018 Mac mini for testing, normal use of Widgets typically showed zero-to-low Energy Impact.)

The app also respects your privacy. 10 out of the 11 Widgets can 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 squish 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…

Current Widgets

    1. Audio Player
    2. Calculator
    3. Calendar
    4. Clock
    5. Contacts
    6. System Stats
    7. Text-to-Speech
    8. Unit-Converter
    9. Weather
    10. World Clock
    11. GAME: Slide Puzzle

Feature Requests
This page documents feature requests from actual customers of the Widget app.

Technical Issues
If you’re experiencing technical difficulties with the app, this page might help.

Under Consideration
While future development is not guaranteed, this is a list of widgets that are under consideration.