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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- IMDB: Searches for films, people, etc. on Internet Movie Database.
Wikipedia Search: Just like it says. Useful for researching.
Google Search: Again, self-explanatory.
- 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.