Mac Widgets for Filmmakers

Some people using Macs love this new Dashboard thing in OS 10.4, but others (like myself) are agnostic about its usefulness. In an attempt at self-conversion I went searching around the internet looking for some (hopefully) useful widgets for filmmakers. So, Mac-based filmmakers, here they are…

Two caveats: First, I’e only tested some of these. If something doesn’t work, post a comment. Secondly, this list (probably) isn’t comprehensive. If you know of one I should add, post a comment or email me. I’ll add it and maintain it on a permanent page on this site (found in the right hand column, under “Pages”).

By the way, if you’re using a Mac with 10.3.9 you don’t have to feel left out. Get Amnesty Widget Browser, which lets you partake in the Dashboard experience.

Film Tools:

    Depth of Field: Seems a little buggy to me, but this one will be nice to have if I can get it to work. 

    Sol: A sunrise and sunset calculator.

    TimeCalc: A timecode calculator.

    TV Safe: Shows TV-safe areas on QuickTime movies.

    VLC Widget: This widget controls the ever-useful VLC media player when in fullscreen mode.

    Carpenter’s Level: Let’s you use PowerBooks with motion-sensor detection as a level. I’m sure someone can think of a way to use this.

Film-related News:

    OnSuper8: News about Super-8 film stuff. Cool!

DVD and Moviegoing:

    Dashflix: Netflix widget. Comes in two sizes. 

    Tuesday’s Coming: A DVD release widget. I’ve not tested this, so I don’t know if it covers anything off the beaten path.

    Movie Trailers: Lets you view stuff from the Apple QuickTime Movie Trailers site.


    IMDB: Searches for films, people, etc. on Internet Movie Database. 

    Wikipedia Search: Just like it says. Useful for researching.

    Google Search: Again, self-explanatory.

Generally useful:

    PackageTracker: Self explanatory. 

    WikityWidget: Described as “sticky notes on steroids.” Useful for note-taking.

    MakeZine: If, like a lot of people, you first discovered this blog through Make Magazine’s blog, this widget is for you.

    Einstein: Searches for the nearest Apple support center near you. Mariposa Software, the developer, also offers a widget called MacGyverisms. Not the most useful widget you’ll find, but pretty amusing.

Last of all, if you’re interested in developing some widgets, this article is a good place to start.

6 Responses to “Mac Widgets for Filmmakers”

  1. Jerry F. Says:

    Carptenters Level…. Sweet! Now this dolly grip can carry his 15″ PB instead of a 4′ ft level.

  2. Giles P Says:

    Try this, its very handy….


  3. Paul Says:

    Thanks, Giles. I’ve added it to the permanent “widgets page” that I’ve set up.

  4. .anthony.a. Says:

    why not a widget that lets you control a camera or record deck, watch what’s on a tape or even digitize?? thats what i want to see.

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