By William Murray, Chris Pappas

With the appearance of Mac OSX Leopard and Dashcode, it has develop into really easy to jot down your individual 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 ebook is written for all clients who will want to create their very own widgets. the subject could be coated intimately and so we are going to disguise Javascript integration and utilizing different Mac scripts to combine widgets in purposes.

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46 Creating Mac Widgets with Dashcode So, the library is important because it allows us to add important parts to our widget projects. Well, then what does the Inspector icon do? Probably not what you think. The inspector is closely tied to the parts you add to your widget project from the library. You’ll see additional examples of using the library in the remaining chapters of this book. Inspector The inspector opens a world of ability when it comes to changing attributes for selected parts. Parts are added to your widget projects from the library, as you have just learned.

Creating Mac Widgets with Dashcode 27 A Quick Look at Dashcode Features Go ahead and click the Dashcode icon to start the application. You’ll be greeted with a screen that looks like Figure 2-6. Figure 2-6. The initial Dashcode design screen 28 Creating Mac Widgets with Dashcode The initial default Dashcode screen allows you to select a design template from a group of ten or more candidates. From this group, the Custom Template is the default. Let’s select the Custom Template for our initial widget.

Use the Developer icon to find all Xcode tools. Double-click the Applications folder to open it. The Dashcode product icon should be sitting near the top of this directory, as illustrated in Figure 2-5. Figure 2-5. The Dashcode icon is used to open the Dashcode product. Since we are going to be using this application many times in the book, why not drag it to your computer’s dock so that it’s always just a click away! Well, that is all there is to it. You have found and installed the free Dashcode application from Apple that will make all of your widget design so easy to implement.

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