Apple finally kills vestigial Dashboard in macOS Catalina

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  • Reply 41 of 53
    Funny, I never use Notification center - never found anything useful there. The fact that people here say I can add widgets to it is a surprise. I use Dashboard daily - mostly current weather, calculator and conversions. Yes, you can do those things in other ways - but with one keystroke it's all in front of me. Any other way is multi step requiring more work by the user. If all that can be in the notification center, then that could be an option (until Apple feels like abandoning that) But along those lines, being a decades long Apple fanboy, I am getting tired of seeing "here is the greatest feature ever" being left to rot on the side of the road..Or apps that should be useful but get no love - like Contacts
  • Reply 42 of 53
    zoetmbzoetmb Posts: 2,652member
    I did not have to specifically enable Dashboard in recent OS updates - it just was always there and always worked.   But I always thought it was a stupid design.   I would like to have those gadgets on my regular desktop.   
    command_f
  • Reply 43 of 53
    Dashboard is 32-bit, as are all the widgets. Thus, no way will it boot, even if still in the system. Much as I like notifications, I use Dashboard every day, seeing as it still has some brilliant working widgets that can’t be as functional in Notifications. *sigh* There is the ability to create a dedicated desktop space for widget equivalent little apps, which is my inclination if I give up on fave old apps going 64-bit.

    I’ll add for those concerned that Apple officially went to 64-bit hardware at the end of 2006. (Not a typo). Apple themselves dragged their feet moving to 64-bit software. Some major developers are still dragging their feet, which astounds me. (The usual suspects. *Cough* adobe *Cough*) So, inexplicably, the final transition may not be pretty for some users, over 12 years after 64-bit Macs arrived.
  • Reply 44 of 53
    fastasleepfastasleep Posts: 6,396member
    Soli said:
    nikdim said:
    The screenshot you have in the article shows Launchpad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Nice catch. I can’t believe no one else pointed it out and that AI posted it.


    lotones said:
    Among other things, I webclipped weather radar of my area and always had a quick live local weather radar view available, one button away.

    That was extremely useful. Really going to miss that.
    There are apps for that, just saying.
    There are apps and websites, but a single keyboard button or swiping s mouse cursor to a corner will likely be faster and easier than loading complex apps.

    This isn't complex. There might be others that live in the Notification Center's Today view, which is about as close to Dashboard as you get now. 


  • Reply 45 of 53
    fastasleepfastasleep Posts: 6,396member

    ednl said:
    What I'll miss terribly is Calcboard, a free form calculator with functions. One keypress away and with a transparent view of the desktop, to see the numbers I need.
    Check out PCalc, it's got a Notification Center widget too:

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pcalc/id403504866?mt=12
  • Reply 46 of 53
    fastasleepfastasleep Posts: 6,396member

    proline said:
    Please tell me Stickies.app is still alive?
    No, it’s dead as a door nail. Not sure how to recover my data either. 
    Stickies is still in Catalina.
    Thank dog. I cried myself to sleep last night over this.
  • Reply 47 of 53
    fastasleepfastasleep Posts: 6,396member

    I actually prefer to use Notification Centre rather than Dashboard, but have had to hang on to the latter because I can’t find a unit conversion widget for NC that’s anywhere near as good as the one in Dashboard. Third-party widgets don’t seem to include currency conversion, and It seems currency conversion is only offered by elaborate, dedicated widgets that are constantly updating, when all I need is to occasionally check “How much is that in Canadian?”
    Use Spotlight. Hit cmd-space and type $6.66 and it'll show you CAD and a few others.
    lorin schultzspheric
  • Reply 48 of 53
    fastasleepfastasleep Posts: 6,396member

    wozwoz said:
    How can we continue to use Apple's Converter App (which converts lengths, currencies etc). It is really cool and easy to use.
    Calculator.app does conversions...
    lorin schultzspheric
  • Reply 49 of 53
    How To:
    Find 32-bit only apps on your Mac. (The stuff that is inert on macOS 10.15 Catalina)

    I) Basic method:
    1. Go to the Apple  menu and choose "About This Mac".
    2. In the 'Overview' tab, click "System Report..."
    3. In the resulting window, scroll down on the left to 'Software' and click on"Applications". The more apps you have, the longer it will take for a table to be created on the right side of the window.
    4. The resulting 'Applications' table will have a heading on the far right entitled "64-bit (Int...". (Yes, the full name is permanently cut-off, a bug in macOS. It should say "64-bit (Intel)". Click on the 64-bit heading to sort the apps. Click until you see "No" at the top of the listing, "No" meaning that the apps aren't 64-bit.
    The result is an alphabetical listing of all your 32-bit apps. Scroll through the potentially long list. Sadly, Apple didn't think to provide a way to copy/paste the list or create a textclipping. You can Print this list, for example to a PDF file. But what you get is not logically sorted, which isn't helpful. The meagre search engine inside Preview is no help. Another PDF reader, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader, is likely to provide an adequate search. Use this search term: "64-Bit (Intel): No". Command-G (⌘-G) your way down the illogical list.

    II) 32-bitCheck and ArchiChect apps:

    These free apps are kindly provided by Howard Hoakley HERE. Highly recommended!
    • 32-bitCheck lets you scan any folder (Hint: Applications folders) on your Mac for 32-bit only apps. 
    • ArchiChect lets you drag-and-drop any app in order to determine if it is 32-bit only.
    It's also useful to read through Howard Hoakley's article:
    How to find all your 32-bit apps: a non-buyer’s guide
  • Reply 50 of 53
    lorin schultzlorin schultz Posts: 2,771member

    I actually prefer to use Notification Centre rather than Dashboard, but have had to hang on to the latter because I can’t find a unit conversion widget for NC that’s anywhere near as good as the one in Dashboard. Third-party widgets don’t seem to include currency conversion, and It seems currency conversion is only offered by elaborate, dedicated widgets that are constantly updating, when all I need is to occasionally check “How much is that in Canadian?”
    Use Spotlight. Hit cmd-space and type $6.66 and it'll show you CAD and a few others.

    wozwoz said:
    How can we continue to use Apple's Converter App (which converts lengths, currencies etc). It is really cool and easy to use.
    Calculator.app does conversions...
    I hadn't uncovered either of these little gems. Thanks 1,000,000! Really helpful.
    fastasleep
  • Reply 51 of 53
    I hope they fix the "news" in the new stock app if dashboard is going away. News is Weeks old in the new stock app but on dashboard its up to date. I reported this and what I noticed was that a link to Yahoo showed up saying "more data from Yahoo". Pita-full. Not the Apple way of solving a problem
  • Reply 52 of 53
    chasmchasm Posts: 3,229member
    proline said:
    Please tell me Stickies.app is still alive?
    No, it’s dead as a door nail. Not sure how to recover my data either. 
    Stickies is an app. Perhaps you haven't tried launching the app version? But if you have and it doesn't work in the beta, the preference file for it in your backup should contain all the data that was stored in it, and of course you can just roll back to or boot up from your Mojave update and get the data back -- and hopefully export that data in case the death of Stickies in Catalina is permanent.
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