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This document is intended to list all currently available widget engines.  Please edit it and insert your comments about advantages, disadvantages, and desired features.  If a particular platform (like Yahoo! Widget Engine) has features that we'd like to use for enterprise use, we can contact Yahoo! to see if they can implement them.

Yahoo Widget Engine

http://widgets.yahoo.com/

Advantages

  • Runs on Mac and Windows
  • Great Documentation and How-to
  • Lots of examples at the Yahoo! Widget Gallery
  • Each Widget runs in its own system process, seperate from other Widgets and the main Konfabulator system process itself, thus improving the stability of the software application as a whole. Should a problem occur with a Konfabulator Widget requiring it to be shut down, that particular Widget can be shut down without affecting other Widgets or the main Konfabulator application

Disadvantages

  • Performance Hog!  (Some features more than others)
  • Only single user license available - makes it quasi-legal to deploy centrally to all users in the company.
  • No "trust" settings - all widgets not published by Yahoo! have a scary-sounding warning dialog.
  • Proxy exception list gets ignored. (Even for sites in proxy exception list, it tries to access via proxy server)
  • Not officially supported under Vista
  • Extra computer memory needed for each process to run

Feature Wish List

  • Enterprise deployment license
  • Support for digital signing

Apple Macintosh Dashboard

http://www.apple.com/downloads/dashboard/

Advantages

  • Included with the OS, so no additional downloads required.

Disadvantages

  • Only works with Macintosh computers

Feature Wish List

Microsoft Vista Gadgets

Advantages

  • Included with the OS, so no additional download required.
  • Enabled by default in Vista
  • It doesn't take up that much RAM relative to other gadget/widget engines
  • Good organisation,because Gadgets are based around the whole sidebar concept

Disadvantages

  • Only works on Microsoft Vista
  • Quite few in number(but will expand rapidly upon Vista's release)
  • Microsoft's documentation and help is not as robust as Yahoo!'s

Feature Wish List

Serence KlipFolio 4

More info and download

Advantages

  • Klips (widgets) are always visible
  • Rich API — create a Klip in 7 lines of XML and JavaScript
  • Digital signature/encryption support to build/deploy trusted Klips
  • Built-in support for RSS feeds
  • Full Unicode (over 24 languages)
  • Free for unlimited users (enterprise deployment options available with KlipFolio Enterprise)
  • Low resource usage
  • Extensive developer documentation

Disadvantages

  • Works only on Windows
  • Unable to create arbitrary interfaces in a Klip

Feature Wish List

  • Support for Macintosh and mobile versions
  • Create arbitrary interfaces in a Klip
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