Thursday, April 14, 2005
Tiger Mauls Konfabulator
Posted by Sam at 3:32 PM
While this isn't necessarily new news, it is still Tiger related news and definitely worth mentioning.
There exists an application called Konfabulator (Mac/Win). It's a really cool app. It's lightweight, very powerful, customizable, expandable, and extremely handy... and you can read all about it on Apple's Tiger page, under the feature listed as Dashboard. Konfabulator and Dashboard - two separate applications, made by two separate companies - are so strikingly similar in look and function that one has to wonder if this is legal.
Despite the fact that Dashboard is way too similar to Konfabulator for it to be coincidental, I am still excited to see what Apple's version is like. I'm sure Dashboard will be heavily integrated into the OS X experience... probably part of Exposé. Like most apple software, it will be slick and usable without any complications.
I don't know what to feel for the makers of Konfabulator. Having not yet used Dashboard, I can only speculate as to their impending rivalry. Who knows, maybe Konfabulator is more sophisticated than Dashboard. Maybe the true Widget users/developers will scoff at the idea of using/developing for Dashboard. I guess we'll find out in a short 15 days.
Next up: Tiger Mauls Quickeys
Macworld: Konfabulator, Dashboard controversy flows out of WWDC
Daring Fireball: Dashboard vs. Konfabulator
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Ther'es a lot of things about Konfabulator that are different from Dashboard and vice versa.
Apple's dashboard, on the ohter hand, is fully integrated into Expose -- using very little additional memory on top of the memory foot print of the display system. Also, by using the standard XHTML and CSS to control the display of the items, Apple has provided a much strong mechanism for creating Dashboard widgets.
But yes, it look like Konfabulator. But Konfabulator looks a lot like a pretty version of Apple's original desk accessories from 1984...
Comment By Dr. Kennedy on April 16, 2005 6:19 PM