TwitterCounter Dashboard Widget

I’ve recently had some fun with developing the TwitterCounter API (to which we’ve added Twitter Rank yesterday) and my first Mint Pepper for it, and I decided it was time to add another milestone to my development career.

I’d never developed Widgets for Apple’s Dashboard yet, but I had seen Dashcode, and that it seemed pretty easy to use. So I started going about developing a TwitterCounter Dashboard widget, and well, I succeeded. It looks like this:

twittercounter dashboard widget

You can download it here.

Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger is required. If you’re using Safari, click the download link. When the widget download is complete, Show Dashboard, click the Plus sign to display the Widget Bar and click the widget’s icon in the Widget Bar to open it. If you’re using a browser other than Safari, click the download link. When the widget download is complete, unarchive it and place it in /Library/Widgets/ in your home folder. Show Dashboard, click the Plus sign to display the Widget Bar and click the widget’s icon in the Widget Bar to open it.

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14 Responses

  1. WesleyBy Wesley on 3 January, 2009

    Great to see you experimenting with something other than wordpress, looks cool :)

  2. Chris AbernethyBy Chris Abernethy on 3 January, 2009

    Agreed! Is there a tutorial in the future?

    • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 3 January, 2009

      Hmm, might be nice, I’ll look into it!

  3. asynadakBy asynadak on 4 January, 2009

    Very nice work! It would be intresting a wordpress plugin doing the same job!

    • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 4 January, 2009

      I’ll build that, that’s pretty easy :)

      • asynadakBy asynadak on 5 January, 2009

        HEHE!!! Thanks in advance!

  4. Boris MahovacBy Boris Mahovac on 4 January, 2009

    I’m on OS X 10.5.6., downloaded the widget, but it shows in the Finder as a regular “folder” and dowsn’t show in the widget bar. Any ideas?

  5. Boris MahovacBy Boris Mahovac on 4 January, 2009

    Never mind, just figured it out: you have to unpack the .zip file INSIDE the Widgets folder, if you unpack it on the desktop then move to the widgets folder it doesn’t work.

    thanks Joost – another useful addition to my library of utilities.

    • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 4 January, 2009

      Good to know that it works :)

  6. Ricky BuchananBy Ricky Buchanan on 4 January, 2009

    Hint for those with multiple twitter logins: If you open a copy of the widget package (Finder’s context menu -> show package contents to open it) and edit the info.plist file you can change the bundle ID in the copy to add a 2 on the end or something similar and then the Dashboard will let you have a second instance of the widget on your dashboard. You could theoretically do this with as many copies as you wanted to, as long as you change each bundle ID to something different.

    The only problem is they don’t show login names so you’ll have to remember which is which!

    Thanks for a handy tool, Joost. I’ll second the request for a WP dashboard version – then I could keep my blog ID there and my personal one in the OS X dashboard for less confusion :)

  7. iskandarXBy iskandarX on 4 January, 2009

    Wow look nice and simple. Thanks for sharing.

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