The Mac’s Dashboard Widget craze seems to have died out. Most of us have a few Widgets that we use every day or every now and again. Weather. Stocks. Dictionary. Unit conversion. Maybe Translation. The problem might be that Widgets are most simplistic one-trick ponies that don’t do much but match their typical price tag (usually free).
Here’s a widget that most of us can use. Countdown Widget does exactly what you expect. But it’s not really a Dashboard Widget in the traditional sense; more of a useful, but limited application.
Set the widget to a specific date and time and it begins counting down. That’s what you’d expect from a countdown widget, right? Fortunately, there’s a bit more going on to help justify the price tag, but not too much more.
The Preferences is where you go to create new countdown widgets and you can have many.
Add a title, select the event date, choose an icon color (helps to differentiate one widget from another), and you’re mostly good to go. Countdown Widget will display the event title, and the number of days, hours, or minutes to go.
Nice, right? And useful. And missing a couple of very obvious features. First, the widget needs to float onscreen. That’s a must. Add an option to send an iMessage text or email when the countdown stops and this becomes one useful little widget (that’s not really a Widget).