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Dashboard was an applications layer for Mac OS X (starting with 10.4 "Tiger") that allowed users to perform small tasks in mini-apps called "widgets". It is based on HTML, CSS and JavaScript, which has been compared to Konfabulator and classic desk accessories.

Activated by clicking the icon in the Dock, a semi-transparent layer appears over the desktop, upon which the widgets appear. Dashboard became a platform for fastcoded mini-applications like calculators, weather-feeds, news-feeds, and graphical clocks, which became predecessors to early iOS apps for the iPhone.

Widgets[]

Mac OS X 10

Invoking the Dashboard

Dashboard10.4

Some Dashboard widgets

Widgets are small web pages housed in a .wdgt package that can be created with Apple's Dashcode widget creation software (included with Apple's Xcode). The stock widgets were:

  • Address Book
  • Business
  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • Dictionary
  • ESPN
  • Flight Tracker
  • Google Search
  • iTunes Controller
  • Movies
  • People Finer
  • Phone Book
  • Ski Report
  • Stickies
  • Stocks
  • Tile Game
  • Translation
  • Unit Converter
  • Weather
  • Web Clips
  • World Clock

Discontinuation[]

Dashboard was gradually phased out of macOS as 10.14 "Mojave" had it turned off by default. It could be turned back on in the Mission Control pane in System Preferences.[1] However, it was removed completely with the release of macOS 10.15 "Catalina" in October 2019.[2]

References[]

  1. How to Get Dashboard Up and Working Again in macOS Mojave by Tom Nelson, Rocket Yard. 2018-11-13.
  2. Apple will permanently remove Dashboard in macOS Catalina by Nick Statt, The Verge. 2019-06-04.

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