2 Reasons To Hate The Free Dashboard Widget Your Mac Doesn’t Need

Got Widgets? Yes, you do. Dashboard Widgets were all the rage a few years ago, but have become somewhat passé in the face of 99-cent apps on the Mac App Store.

My collection of Widgets is basic. Weather. Stocks. Translate. Battery. I carry the flame of Dashboard Widgets, hoping that one day they’ll become, well, there’s no other way to put this– worthwhile.

I came across DashboardDock. It’s a Widget for your Mac that lets you launch Apple’s apps from within the Dashboard. It’s free. But in this case, you get exactly what you pay for. You pay nothing. You get mostly nothing.

If it were not for a link on MacUpdate, you’d be hard pressed to find DashboardDock. Once you download it, install it, then use it, you’d be hard pressed to come up with a good reason to use it again.

Here’s what DashboardDock looks like on your Mac’s Dashboard.


Exciting, right? It’s like the Mac’s regular Dock, but in Dashboard Widget form.

Now the negatives.

First, you have to switch from your Mac app to the Dashboard, then to DashboardDock, then select an app to launch.

Second, it only launches Apple’s apps. No third party app support included.

Some Mac apps are free and do so much. Others are free and do so little.

DashboardDock doesn’t give you much other than a bunch of links to web sites with other Dashboard Widgets.

Click the DashboardDock information button, and it flips over to reveal– nothing. Well, almost nothing. You get links to other Dashboard Widgets. I had a hard time finding DashboardDock among the mess of Widget links and ads.

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It’s easy to dislike DashboardDock. It only launches Apple apps. It doesn’t do anything else useful. It takes more effort to use than simply clicking on an app’s icon in the Dock.

Sometimes you get exactly what you pay for.