Plus: the anything widget (beta)

Extend your Dock or desktop onto your Dashboard. Create visual shortcuts to your favorite sites. Create a button to open new widgets. Or just decorate your Dashboard.

Just by dropping a file or two onto Plus, you can:

  • Create a widget that launches any application, widget, file, folder, or web address just by dropping it onto Plus. It’s perfect for quick access to things you don’t want cluttering up your Dock, or widgets you open often (like Stickies or Delivery Status).
  • When you drop on an application, file, or folder, Plus will automatically grab the icon—but if you prefer, you can drop in another image to display.
  • If you just want to decorate Dashboard, you can drop in any image—even animated GIFs! You can drag images from your computer or straight from your web browser.
  • A simple slider lets you adjust the image size. For larger images, check the “Max” box (where applicable).
  • To edit your settings later, drop in a new file, or move the widget slightly and press + on your keyboard.

If you don’t already know how to drop a file into Dashboard: first you need to make sure you have a keyboard shortcut, mouse button, or screen corner set up to open Dashboard. To do this, open System Preferences in the Apple menu. Click the Exposé & Spaces icon, then click the Exposé tab. Once your shortcut of choice is set up, you can start dragging a file, activate the Dashboard shortcut without letting go of your mouse button, and then drop the file onto the widget.

Download Plus 1.0 beta 5. Leopard is required. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Update: This beta is now closed.

Comments

This entry has 10 comments.

Rob Hawkes

Rob Hawkes

This looks excellent. Call my stupid though, but the download link takes me back to this page.

Mike Piontek

Mike Piontek

Sorry about that! Download link is fixed.

Rob Hawkes

Rob Hawkes

Thanks Mike, I’ve installed it and will be checking it out later.

Daniel Huynh

Daniel Huynh

Tried this out, this is pretty good actually… May actually get me to use my dashboard more often, which is more than almost never. XD

El Rafa

El Rafa

Hmm. Mike, is Junecode dead?

Sorry to post off-topic, but as the Delivery Status apps have pretty much matured, when I was hoping this entry would be an update about Junecode. And, oddly, at Junecode.com there’s literally nothing about… well — Junecode. (o_O)

Please don’t take this as criticism; I *love* your work and I know you’re a busy guy. Have you considered open-sourcing Junecode? It seems to have a lot of potential; just not enough love.

Mike Piontek

Mike Piontek

Junecode is definitely not dead! It’s been getting a lot of love actually—just not publicly. I know we’ve been dragging our feet for a while, and I apologize. We’re gearing up to make a lot of public progress very soon, including a new site at Junecode.com. In the meantime, if you weren’t already aware, there’s a beta version here (updated in November) and most of the information at the old Tense Code site is still accurate (particularly helpful if you’re looking for info on the template system).

If you have any questions, want to give feedback, or anything else, feel free to send me an email!

el Rafa

el Rafa

That’s great news, Mike!
I was definitely aware of the beta, but hadn’t seen the November update as it didn’t appear in the RSS feed.

Downloading beta 2 now as I type. (~_^)

I’ve been considering Junecode for my site as Blogger has got me so frustrated I haven’t even *tried* adding a post in months. There were some issues I had with beta 1, so I’m looking forward to beta 2 and will definitely give you some feedback ASAP.

ONW

ONW

great “app”. definitely beats using spotlight to find those apps i don’t need in my dock.

Ben Wells

Ben Wells

This is almost super tight - If you could add the functionality to choose a URL to link to for a whatever image, this would become a visual bookmarking killer app in my opinion.

Also, the ability to quickly add a quick note about it…mmm hmm…. now we’re talking….

Mike Piontek

Mike Piontek

Ben, you can choose any URL to link to. Just click and drag a link in a web page, or the icon in the address bar.

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