Creating Mac Widgets with Dashcode (Firstpress) by William Murray, Chris Pappas

By William Murray, Chris Pappas

With the appearance of Mac OSX Leopard and Dashcode, it has develop into really easy to put in writing your personal widgets (small courses that sometimes do one task). Even company humans can write little courses to do such things as graph revenues that instantly replace. So this e-book is written for all clients who should want to create their very own widgets. the subject will be lined intimately and so we are going to hide Javascript integration and utilizing different Mac scripts to combine widgets in functions.

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The point? You have the front face view and the back face view—that’s what Dashcode arrived with. Do you want to live dangerously? If the answer is yes, you can view the Run Log, Stack Frame, Breakpoints, Source Code, Code Evaluator, Files, or Steps windows. However, most of the time you will not need these features. As an example, load your Hello World widget project, and select Source Code. A window will open showing the Dashcode-generated program code for this project. It is possible for you to now tweak this code to suit your needs, but you’re really far away from needing to do anything like this right now.

Select the Photo option on the new window. It should find your iPhoto library on your computer. You can select any image from those visible in your library. Drag the image and resize it to fit on your Custom Template, as shown in Figure 2-15. Figure 2-15. The widget with an inserted picture 38 Creating Mac Widgets with Dashcode With a picture in place, let’s reshape the entire widget. Resizing the Whole Widget Place the mouse pointer inside of the design area of the Custom Template and right-click so that the Select All menu item appears.

Your screen will appear something like that shown in Figure 3-3. Creating Mac Widgets with Dashcode 55 Figure 3-3. The countdown timer’s attributes can be changed on the attribute screen. Let’s change the default information to something more interesting. m.? Make the changes shown in Figure 3-4. 56 Creating Mac Widgets with Dashcode Figure 3-4. ” We did this so that when we pass the date, we’ll know how much time has elapsed. Now, flip back to the front face of the timer. In order to complete our countdown timer project, we’re going to resize the template and add a picture.

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