Zeepe is much richer than other widget platforms on windows currently, not least because it allows complete connection to all windows COM objects - so you really can connect to anything, I use it for automating Windows Media Encoder and recording video streams, or as a Database management tool. I don’t know how capable the OS-X dashboard is, it may well be able to do similar stuff, but until there’s a powerbook with a nipple and release IE6 for OS-X I’ll stick with XP.
The widget system from Opera is new, last week at the gathering Opera ran a widget competition, and lots of widget folk arrived in #svg on freenode asking how to use all that cool opera SVG in the widget. I had a couple of hours so I decided to join in and create a quick widget.
Opera Widgets currently have a few problems, which make the sort of widgets I like to create not really viable, the 2 big ones are:
- You can’t decide where to position your initial widget, or control its location, this means widgets like widgnaut which really need full screen rely on the positioning it in a particular place.
- The screen darkens! This just seems very silly, I can’t understand the use case for this at all, if I want a widget, it doesn’t mean I don’t want the other stuff on the screen. A calendar widget, I still need to copy info to my other applications, once they’ve gone dark, I can’t even access them, let alone anything else. This didn’t happen on builds earlier than the Beta, so hopefully it will go away again.
Opera widgets are still good though, easy to create, and useful, just not quite ready for my perhaps odd requirements.