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There is a new entry into the desktop widget/customisation world and that goes by the name of PlexyDesk. PlexyDesk was originally an open source Ubuntu-based application designed to provide desktop widgets and multiple workspaces (desktops) on version 16.04 of that environment. PlexyDesk has been around for a while on Ubuntu but has recently grown in capability so that it now provides the identical desktop/widget functionality not only on Ubuntu but now Windows and Mac OSX.

The current version of Plexydesk is still beta but provides multiple desktops (workspaces), background image management and a default set of widgets which includes:

   Note pad
   Task pad

Supposedly there is 3rd party developer support that allows you to write your own widgets using QML and HTML but information is thin on the ground at the moment and I have not yet shelled out the required $9.99 which is required to download the beta version of the software. The use of QML indirectly implies that javascript will be supported to allow the logic of the program to be controlled. This bodes well for existing developers of other javascript based widget engines such as the Yahoo widget engine (and Xwidget users that may be familiar with javascript to a lesser extent) as there exists the possibility that some Yahoo/Xwidgets could be ported to run on Linux/Mac platforms.

The product is new so we can't expect much at the moment, some bugs perhaps. It is also quite expensive which is strange given that the majority of apps these days cost no more than a couple of pounds/dollars. I would have expected Plexydesk to cost less than a fiver in order not to put off the casual purchaser, one or two dollars/pounds would make the software much more accessible and be more likely to bring the developers a steady stream of income. It makes not a lot of sense to price the software so high that very few will buy it. I expect the developers to see sense here soon,  as they are currently cutting off a great deal of would-be users. PlexyDesk's main competitors are Xwidget, Rainmeter and the Yahoo Widget Engine all of which are entirely free.

However on the positive side, a true multi-platform engine that allows widgeteers to create thin client apps in QML/javascript with full access to the OS via well-coded APIs all sounds very nice indeed. Possibly a fitting replacement for the no-longer-supported yahoo widget engine and an alternative/complement to Xwidget?

At the moment the documentation is sparse, there is no designer GUI (which will put off the Xwidget community) and the price is high. I don't expect everyone to dive in and start using it immediately, given that it is in beta too. However, I would keep an eye out for it here at their website:

Read through the site, it is quite new and as a result it is choc-full of typos, grammar mistakes and chopped text but be positive and hope that it will all mature soon enough.

As you can see, some quite uninspiring widgets running on an Ubuntu desktop. Not the most graphically exciting of widgets in comparison to my own steampunk monstrosities but it shows the default set in operation.
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Yahoo Widgets are still the most elegant widgets for the desktop. They work on both Windows and Macs and are easliy created using photoshop, javascript and XML. No programming skills are needed to create a basic widget from an Photoshop image.
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Mar 15, 2013


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Steampunk Player for xwidget by Jimking
Steampunk Orrery Calendar Clock Yahoo Widget MkII by yereverluvinuncleber
The Mickey Mouse Audio Remote by skinsfactory
Steampunk Chronometer for xwidget by Jimking
Yahoo Widgets
BR01-94.widget by Weissboard
Big Ben Yahoo by rochdale
The Mickey Mouse Audio Remote by skinsfactory
Panzer Clock on Yahoo Widgets running  OSX 10.11.3 by Weissboard
Steampunk Weather for xwidget by Jimking
Steampunk Desk FULL SCREEN for xwidget by Jimking
The Book Of Time 3D Clock (animated) for xwidget by Jimking
Steampunk Player for xwidget by Jimking
Rainmeter Widgets
Ratchet and clank 1.0 by svenkaboot
Dark by NiketanG
Spherical 1.0 for Rainmeter by NiketanG
Windows 10 x64 Litestep x64 Rainmeter x64 by tackmack
QT KDE Widgets
Kubuntu14.04 KDE 4.12.2 Qt 4.8.6 by artbhatta
KDE4 - SLAVE by half-left
KDE4 - Ubuntu Ambiance by half-left
Steampunk Orrery Plasmoid Widget for Linux Kubuntu by yereverluvinuncleber
Eleanor Screenshot by kjc66
Steampunk XP desktop using widgets and rocketdock by yereverluvinuncleber
Stranger and train desktop by yereverluvinuncleber
Train Desktop Windows 10 Steampunk to the max! by yereverluvinuncleber
icons, resources
Steampunk C Open Envelope Icon by yereverluvinuncleber
U-Boat Clock Widget About Us image by yereverluvinuncleber
Steampunk Xwidgets Icon by yereverluvinuncleber
Steampunk Xwidgets Icon by yereverluvinuncleber
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Hello! I created this group as I know there are still a few Widgeteers out there and so this is a place for you to come and submit your widgets. This group is not just for Yahoo widgeteers but for those that produce or use Rainmeter/Xwidgets/ KDE Plasmoids/Yahoo Widgets.

Xwidgets has a friendly IDE and has enormous off-the-ground capability. The Yahoo engine is still the most elegant, reliable and easy way to create desktop widgets for all versions of Windows. All you need is photoshop and a script which you can get from here….

KDE plasmoids take a little more effort, Rainmeter is a widely used tool to create wonderful desktop adjuncts. All of these are welcome here.

With a tiny bit of knowledge regarding javascript you can make the various bits and pieces in your image actually do things.





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Jimking Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
yereverluvinuncleber I saw your last requests and thank you for that. About my "Windows Seven Start Menu" widget I suggest you to add to your collection the v2.0 that it's much better..  :)
Thank you…
Jimking Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for your Request!  :)
yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Do feel free to join this group Jim, happy to have the Xwidgets here too
Jimking Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I made my request for your group. :)
yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
You have joined! Welcome.
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cookiebaby722 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so sad that i cant get my yahoo widgets to work correctly some do but my fav mycokerewards widget won't

yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Can't help I am afraid - it probably needs information from a specific location that just isn't there any more. It is entirely possible to open a widget using the widget converter tool, to extract and see what is inside and then change the code to make the thing work again.
cookiebaby722 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for replying back. I decided to uninstalled it, don't know enough to go messing with converter tool lol but thank you :)
yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
It does take some coding knowledge unfortunately.

After you've simply dragged the widget onto the converter, it extracts the javascript and XML code and the image files used by the widget into a folder. Once you have these it is possible to open them using a code editor and start to look into the reason why it isn't working anymore. You'd need javascript skills and an understanding of data feeds. You need to find someone who'd be willing to do it for you.
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