Cre­ate cus­tom desk­top wid­gets

Mac Format - - RATED | MAC APPS - £2.99 De­vel­oper The Al­chemist Guild, theal­chemist­ OS OS X 10.9 or later Novem­ber 2014

Re­mem­ber OS X’s Dash­board? Then you’ll have some idea of what to ex­pect from Desklets.

The app dis­plays the out­put from shell scripts or HTML, and it comes with a hand­ful of precre­ated wid­gets. Among them are date and time, Re­minders, events from Cal­en­dar, and a weather dis­play. Th­ese can all be styled so they suit your desk­top and come with op­tional pre­sets that con­trol the in­for­ma­tion they dis­play. To move a wid­get around the desk­top, just click and drag it.

Also in­cluded in Desklets is a script ed­i­tor, which al­lows you to write your own. This aims to make the job of cre­at­ing scripts as easy as pos­si­ble, by in­clud­ing var­i­ous lists of pa­ram­e­ters at which you can point and click to add them.

In the­ory it’s great, and use­ful. In prac­tice, it’s buggy – and crashed sev­eral times in our tests; it’s also dif­fi­cult to use and deeply frus­trat­ing. Most of all, it feels un­fin­ished and not ready for a con­sumer au­di­ence. Shame. Kenny Hem­phill

It’s a neat idea, but far too dif­fi­cult to use for most of us. The app is also let down by a hand­ful of crip­pling bugs.

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