Posts tagged Kludgets

Netvibes on the Kludget Engine

Netvibes is a great source for widgets.

I tested several of their widgets. And they look really good on the desktop.

netvibes

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Kludgets and Cygwin

Warning: This is a little bit of a technical post.

When a widget is installed by the engine, it will prompt you to grant access permissions. There are a lot of widgets that will require system commands. They usually come in the form of shell commands like:

/usr/bin/id
or
/usr/bin/curl

And these commands are called in javascript through the widget.system() method.

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Features and Wish List

A few days after the first beta release, Kludget Engine has a couple thousand downloads. That’s motivation enough to continue working on the engine.

One feature that’s repeatedly requested through email and comments is the F12 hotkey. It will definitely be included in the feature list.

  • F12 Hotkey – to show and hide the widgets
  • WidgetDock – a widget manager widget
  • Animations and Effects – not a priority for now
  • Plugins – QT-based to make it really easy to create. I’ve sample codes of the dashboard’s plugins, really messy.
  • More widgets – include a larger set of default widgets. dictionary, calendar, maps, system stats.
  • Linux – because it’s QT based, we could easily make a linux version of the engine. Or even a MacOS version. (Thanks QT and Nokia)

What other features do you think should be included?

Kludget Engine first beta Release

kludgets-preview

The Kludget Engine Beta is finally here. Dashboard compatible,Webkit-based, Nokia QT-based (multi-platform), Yahoo Widget Engine inspired, open sourced.

Kludget Engine – Free :)


The source may be downloaded from code.google.com, project name is kludgets.