Konfabulator Will Have Some Company

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.

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