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Reviewing the list of Tiger enhancements makes it fairly apparent that Konfabulator is not the only 3rd party application who’s functionality will be mimicked in the new version of OS X. Every piece of software (especially operating systems) ships with little holes in functionality that leave […]

Reviewing the list of Tiger enhancements makes it fairly apparent that Konfabulator is not the only 3rd party application who’s functionality will be mimicked in the new version of OS X.

Every piece of software (especially operating systems) ships with little holes in functionality that leave great niches for enterprising software developers to fill. As an operating system matures, the niches either stay filled by 3rd party products, or are integrated in subsequent updates. It’s a sore subject for the 3rd party innovators and the devout following their apps have accumulated.

I think there will be plenty of users who will stick with their longtime favorite 3rd party solutions, and I hope they do. Those developers deserve the support. But many will make the migration to the newly integrated features and leave the ‘outside’ apps in the dust.

As Tiger looms just around the corner, it stands to replace a few 3rd party applications and utilities – and not just Konfabulator.

iCal Events in System Clock
My favorite, MenuCalendarClock is the first that comes to mind. You Control also has similar functionality. From the sounds of it, these apps (and any others like them will be ousted by Tiger’s iCal Events in the System Clock.
Birthday Calendar from Address Book Entries
iCal Birthday Shifter is a great little utility that grabs all the birthdays listed in your Address Book, and loads them into iCal so you never miss someone’s big day. This’ll be integrated (integration seems to be the defining word for Tiger) for Tigers Address Book and iCal.
Dashboard
One word: Konfabulator. Stolen, a new iteration from the OS 9 days, whatever.
Remapping Modifier Keys
As in fn, ctrl, opt, enter. I don’t know if this only pertains to use within the Terminal or if it’s for global use within OS X. Currently there are a few apps doing this. uControl & Double Keys are a couple I’ve used.
Safari’s RSS capabilities
This is more of a move to align with the rest of the RSS craze. But I’m sure it will take some share away from the likes of NetNewsWire, NewsFire, Pulp, FireFox’s Sage plugin, etc, etc. (I believe the more hardcore RSS users will stick with their current apps, but newbies will probably opt for the built in functionality that Safari 2.0 RSS will offer.
Inline pdf Viewing in Safari
Currently, Schubert|it has a couple of fantastic plugins (that I use in FireFox) that allow me to view pdfs and Word docs inline (inside the browser window) instead of launching their respective apps. Seems Safari will now handle this out of the box. Which in this writer’s opinion, is something that should’ve been done long ago anyway.

So that’s what I got out of the list of 200 new features. Some of them were logical steps that seem like they’re overdo for OS X. Others seem like more blatant rip-offs. Either way, you’ll have your choice of the original solutions, or the new Tiger implementations.

  1. Steve Savery Friday, April 22, 2005

    iChat Status will also fall foul of Tiger – iChat 3 will sport a new feature to allow the current song in iTunes to be displayed in the status message.

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  2. Nick, you just said two completely wrong things.

    1) Konfabulator sucks. Really, it does. It’s a CPU and Resource hog. But of course, that’s not what the problem is. The problem is that, once again, you’re dragging out that old and *completely discredited* chestnut of “Dashboard was stolen from Konfabulator”. That’s completely wrong and you should definitely know by now why.

    2) Safari RSS will *not* reduce market share for existing newsreaders. If anything, it will increase the market share. Why? People who currently use a newsreader will stick with it – newsreaders are more powerful and flexible than Safari RSS. What Safari RSS will do is introduce more people to the world of RSS. Sure, there will be plenty of people who will stick with Safari RSS, and that’s fine. But there will also be plenty of people who, once introduced to RSS, will decide they need something more powerful and will move on to other newsreaders.

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  3. Steve – thanks. I’d [obviously] forgotten that one.

    Kevin – read it again. I was simply stating the arguments surrounding Konfabulator.

    “Stolen, a new iteration from the OS 9 days, whatever.”

    with the “whatever” portion signifying that it’s a beaten-to-death horse. Dashboard is practically here, and the issue matters no longer.

    Good point about Safari. I’d revise my stance to agree with you somewhat on that. For me, I prefer my browser and rss all together in one package. (I’ve got NetNewsWire, but user FireFox/Sage much more often.) In the end, it’ll come down to personal preference.

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  4. Why did Apple choose to play dashboard widgets in a seperate konfab-lieke container? That to me is the big limitation.

    Check out mProjector. You can make the same kind of widgets that are independent of dashboard — they run as normal apps.

    Tell me you favorite widget and I will make a version that doesn’t require dashboard or konfabulator contatiner.

    B.

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  5. The modifier key remapping seems to include only the following keys: Caps Lock, Control, Option, Command. It works globally. My guess is it’s primarily so UNIX types who want their control key where caps lock is can have it there.

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  6. You forgot to mention LaunchBar being redundant because of Tigers Spotlight.

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  7. You forgot to mention LaunchBar being redundant because of Tigers Spotlight.

    Negative. I used Spotlight for about fifteen minutes before switching back to Quicksilver. It’s nice for searching, but crap for launching: too slow, and the highlight doesn’t default to the top search result. Now I’m just wishing I could get that stupid icon out of my menu bar…

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  8. I’m curious about your comment regarding displaying iCal items in the system clock… I’ve got Tiger and I don’t see any way of doing this.

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  9. Noah – I don’t know from personal use, I’m just referring to what was said on the Tiger New Features page:
    http://www.apple.com/macosx/newfeatures/newfeatures.html

    I would assume to activate you would single click the time in the menubar. if that doesn’t work, then maybe there’s a setting to turn it on/off in System Preferences Time settings.

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  10. BTW… Acrobat 7 ships with it’s own Browser Plug-In for viewing PDFs in Safari

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