Creating Mac Widgets with Dashcode (Firstpress) by William Murray, Chris Pappas

By William Murray, Chris Pappas

With the arrival of Mac OSX Leopard and Dashcode, it has turn into really easy to jot down your personal widgets (small courses that usually do one task). Even company humans can write little courses to do such things as graph revenues that immediately replace. So this booklet is written for all clients who probably want to create their very own widgets. the subject will be lined intimately and so we'll conceal Javascript integration and utilizing different Mac scripts to combine widgets in functions.

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That’s all it takes to change the message, as shown in Figure 2-13. Figure 2-13. Entering a new message in the text box 36 Creating Mac Widgets with Dashcode Now, resize the text box by positioning the mouse over the text box top, bottom, side, or corner, and dragging the boundary. Figure 2-14 shows how we completed our resizing. Figure 2-14. The resized text box With these changes in place, let’s add a picture in the next section. Creating Mac Widgets with Dashcode 37 Adding an Image A blank widget can be boring.

This will allow you to open the attributes for the widget as a whole. Figure 2-21 shows the start of our attempt to change some appearance attributes for the widget itself. Creating Mac Widgets with Dashcode 49 Figure 2-21. The default widget image before modifying attributes 50 Creating Mac Widgets with Dashcode Figure 2-22. Various attributes of the widget as a whole can be changed. When the inspector is opened for the widget attribute window, you’ll see an image similar to Figure 2-22. Experiment with the Fill and Glass options to see if you can you produce a widget that looks like Figure 2-23.

Creating Mac Widgets with Dashcode 35 Front Face Changes By default, the Dashcode application starts with the front face of the Custom Template. Let’s make a few changes here. Changing the Text and Resizing the Text Box Double-click the text on the front side image and type in Welcome to Bill and Chris’s World. Well, actually, type in anything you want. That’s all it takes to change the message, as shown in Figure 2-13. Figure 2-13. Entering a new message in the text box 36 Creating Mac Widgets with Dashcode Now, resize the text box by positioning the mouse over the text box top, bottom, side, or corner, and dragging the boundary.

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