July 25, 2005
Konfabulator is a Windows/Mac tool to allow users to run small mini-apps (called Widgets). The company was created by former Apple employee Arlo Rose, and preceeded the Tiger Dashboard by several years. It remains my favorite over Dashboard - as it has a simply amazing catalog of user-created widgets, and best of all the apps remain on-screen at all times, easily accessible from a menubar icon or expose-like function key reveal feature.
Frankly, I keep one of my two office monitors cluttered with widgets. I've got several webcams on there, rotating through radar images, a local Atlanta TV station towercam (all via the WebImages widget). I have Hong Kong, San Fran, Denver, Atlanta and London wall clocks (WorldClockPro). I also have a minicalendar, a couple of spiffy uptime/cpu usage monitors, a weather warning widget, and a great widget called the iTunes Companion. If I play a song w/out album art, it fetches it and installs it in the MP3. Sweet!
I had paid for Konfabulator (it used to be a nag-ware product) for the Mac a couple of years back. When the PC version came out, I was bummed to discover that my existing SN wouldn't work on the new version - I'd have to pony up cash for the PC independent of the Mac. This past weekend, I was actually considering a purchase for the PC - but Y! made that decision a bit simpler.
Anyway, it's great news that Yahoo has seen this as a product to spread via their considerable market reach. The PR indicates that they saw value in using Konfabulator as a means to extend access to Yahoo's APIs. Seems like another in a series of major portals buying a pay service and setting it free. Google's Maps/Earth (Keyhole) and Picasa are just two examples...
Posted by jetrotz at July 25, 2005 07:30 AM
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