Using widgets in OS X Yosemite's new Notification Center

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in macOS edited October 2014
With the introduction of OS X Yosemite, Notification Center moves beyond notifications aggregation to include a completely new interactive Today view borrowed from iOS, widgets and a refreshed user interface.




Looking first at Notification Center's new look, the pull-out is no longer a "drawer" that shifts the entire desktop to the left when invoked, but instead produces a translucent pane that lays on top of icons and open apps, revealing a bit of color from what's below. The result is a look more in line with Yosemite's layered aesthetic, which uses transparency to create a sense of depth.

Like the old Notification Center, Yosemite's version is activated with the same two-finger left swipe from the edge of a multitouch trackpad, or a click on the dedicated icon positioned on the right of the menu bar. Alternatively, when notifications come in, users can click on the pop-in window to open the app associated with the alert.

With Yosemite, Apple finally brings over the Today view first seen in iOS 7, adding quick and easy access to a host of new tools. Like the iOS version, Yosemite's Today view includes widgets for the date, calendar, multi-time zone clock, social media, stock ticker, reminders, calculator, weather and tomorrow's events. For Mac, many of these widgets previously lived in Dashboard -- and still do -- meaning users had to switch Spaces to access their features.




At the bottom of the Today view is a static "Edit" button for adding and deleting widgets, including those made available by third-party developers. Clicking "Edit" will pull out a column containing a list of all available widgets and controls for turning them on and off. In addition, handles for repositioning currently active widgets appear when customizing the Today pane.

As in iOS, activated widgets can be tweaked or customized by clicking on the small "i" information icon. For example, additional clocks can be added in Apple's Clock widget through this mechanism.



Developers are already adding widget support to their apps, including notable standouts 1Password, PCalc and Junecloud's Deliveries, which now functions as a true standalone product.

Extensibility support from major developers means powerful interactive widgets are coming and will only be a swipe away. In many ways, Notification Center's Today view is quickly making the old Dashboard feature obsolete.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 16
    Have yet to see any compelling iOS widgets, hopefully the OS X situation is better.

    Dashboard always felt clunky to me, not sorry to see that it's going away.
  • Reply 2 of 16
    bdkennedy1bdkennedy1 Posts: 1,459member
    I don't understand where to add 3rd party widgets.
  • Reply 3 of 16
    bdkennedy1 wrote: »
    I don't understand where to add 3rd party widgets.
    At the bottom hit the little I button on it
    Have yet to see any compelling iOS widgets, hopefully the OS X situation is better.

    Dashboard always felt clunky to me, not sorry to see that it's going away.
    i really like how dashboard was its only thing and that you could have more parts to it, I hate to see it go.
  • Reply 4 of 16
    quambquamb Posts: 143member

    I use the dashboard A LOT.  I'd also hate to see Apple get rid of it.

  • Reply 5 of 16
    My first must-have widget is JuneCloud%u2019s Package Delivery. Been using the Dashboard widget for years, this is a sweet update. http://junecloud.com/software/mac/delivery-status.html

    quamb: a lot of critics think it's on the way out, but a little bird tells me that Apple itself uses it extensively for internal purposes, and is quite happy with it where it is.
  • Reply 6 of 16

    Did you really clean the vacuum filter? :P

  • Reply 7 of 16
    asciiascii Posts: 5,941member

    It's already replaced Dashboard for me. I used the Calculator, weather and world clock on Dashboard, all of which this has. The only thing that would be nice is a translator widget.

     

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by bdkennedy1 View Post



    I don't understand where to add 3rd party widgets.

    They come from the app store. Click on the "Great apps for OS X Yosemite" banner in the app store and there are some there.

  • Reply 8 of 16
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by s.metcalf View Post

     

    Did you really clean the vacuum filter? :P


    No. :(

  • Reply 9 of 16
    Dashboard is still there in Yosemite, and allows you to see many separate widgets in one page, one glance, rather than having to scroll around a small column or section of a page.

    System Preferences can be tweaked (click on "Mission Control") to set it to OFF, as an overlay (press F12 key to view it and again to dismiss it) or as a separate Mission Control page.
  • Reply 10 of 16
    rissriss Posts: 46member
    I love Dashboard and use it almost every day for several widgets... Notification Center might be OK for notification but it ain't what dashboard is. I really really hope they will keep Dashboard alive (as someone hinted here), I wouldn't like to go back to Konfabulator times & 3rd party apps.
  • Reply 11 of 16
    Have yet to see any compelling iOS widgets, hopefully the OS X situation is better.

    Dashboard always felt clunky to me, not sorry to see that it's going away.

    I tried the Yahoo weather widget in notifications and found it to be poorly integrated and a stylistic mismatch. Deleted it after 2 minutes.
  • Reply 12 of 16
    I have just updated the new OS X Yosemite...I love it but seems like there is a small problem.
    When I opened my notification centre and clicked the button "edit"...I could the calculator and the clock widgets! Can someone tell me why?? If possible can someone tell me how I can get those widgets? Thank you so much!!
  • Reply 13 of 16

    I have just updated the new OS X Yosemite...I love it but seems like there is a small problem.

    When I opened my notification centre and clicked the button "edit"...I could the calculator and the clock widgets! Can someone tell me why?? If possible can someone tell me how I can get those widgets? Thank you so much!! 

  • Reply 14 of 16



    I have the same problem - no widgets turn up, when I click edit - I cannot even see my calendar

  • Reply 15 of 16
    asciiascii Posts: 5,941member

    Maybe look in System Preferences, Extensions icon, Today item, and make sure the ones you want are selected.

  • Reply 16 of 16
    If you have an idea about a widget that doesn't exit yet (and I'm sure many of you do), you should post a comment on your idea at http://yosemite-widget.site90.net .
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