Widgets, those wonderfully simple mini-applications that run under OS X’s Dashboard, are great examples of programs that do one thing very well. You can wait for a programmer to create the widget of your dreams, or you can take charge and create your own. Don’t let the word “programmer” scare you; creating a simple widget is actually pretty easy.
Safari 3.0, introduced in OS X 10.5 (Leopard), as well as later versions of Safari can turn a web clipping (an area of a web page that you select) into a widget. In this step-by-step guide, I’ll show you how it’s done.
Load Your Favorite Weather Site in Safari
The first step is to load your favorite weather site in Safari. I’ll use The Weather Underground for this example.
- Click the Safari icon in the Dock.
- When Safari opens, type http://www.wunderground.com in the Address bar.
Set Up the Weather Radar Map
- Enter your city or zip code in the ‘WunderSearch’ field and click the ‘Search’ button.
- When your local weather page loads, scroll down to the weather radar map.
Click once on the weather radar map to load it on a new web page.