References - Wikipedia

Description: Fully functional wikipedia browser. Search for and view complete articles from the dashboard.

Features:

Compatible with any language wikipedia, just enter the 2 (sometimes 3 or more) letter code on the back. Defaults to English.

External links open in your preferred browser.

Click the 'wikipedia' button to the left of the search field to open the current article or search term in Safari.

The little '?' button to the left of the search field will pull a random article into the widget (Special:Randompage query).

Back and forward buttons with page caching.

Scroll wheel/trackpad scrolling and keyboard scrolling.

See http://www.whatsinthehouse.com/widgets/ for more on what's coming and known bugs.
Author: sean
Version: 0.9
New in v0.9: -Green, red and grey (along with the good 'ol blue) UI color selections.

-Now collapses horizontally as well as vertically.

-Individual widget instances remember their respective language settings, sizes and colors upon restart, and clean up the preference file when they're closed.

-The update check is now only performed once upon loading, then no more often than once a day. You can opt-out of update checking altogether if you choose.

-When you scroll down in an article, then open a new article or go back in the history, the widget will remember where you were scrolled to, so if you return to the article it'll be where you left off.

-Localization compatible. (If you are willing to help out the project by translating a few strings of text into another language, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks to those of you who have already helped out!)

-Deutsch localization by Christian Wilke

-Español localization by Christian Wilke

-Français localization by Floréal Molina

-Italiano localization by Marco Piccardo

-Another new icon, courtesy of Chad W. again. Thanks Chad.

-The 'cancel loading' behavior (click the progress indicator) has been fixed, I think. It was pretty flakey when you were 'back' in the history a couple articles, clicked a link, then cancelled the loading. A hover graphic has been added.

-A couple scrolling-related bugfixes. Before, if you opened an article too short to fill the entire widget, and pressed the up/down arrows, or scrolled with the mousewheel, the content would jump from the top to the bottom of the viewing area. Also, if you scrolled to the bottom of a large article, then opened a small article, sometimes the small article would be displayed 'offscreen' until scrolling up.

-The stretch animation has been smoothed out.

-Other small bugfixes that have slipped my mind.
Uploaded on: August 19th 2005 at 8:30 PM
Rating: (4.79 stars)   [Show Detailed Ratings]
Downloads: 23147 (all versions), 6735 (this version)
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I don't yet have tiger, but this widget looks promising.

Posted by: google636 on Apr 24, 05 (4:46 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

It's a great start - I like the idea of reading entries i the widget rather than relying on Safari overhead.

Posted by: holycola on Apr 24, 05 (10:12 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

Thanks for the positive comments guys, I appreciate it. I hope to have it nice and polished up by the time Tiger hits the streets.

Posted by: sean (developer) on Apr 24, 05 (11:50 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

Sean,

Great work so far. I'd love to see a small X added to the search field i.e. Dictionary Widget, to clear out the current search, back to a blank screen. Keep it up.

Posted by: ebteksystems on Apr 25, 05 (1:51 AM) for version 1.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

This is wonderful! This is the first 3rd party widget I've seen which I plan to actually keep in my Dashboard! Great work, and thanks!

Posted by: Garcon on Apr 25, 05 (3:33 AM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

This is a very nice widget, and though I don't have Tiger, Safari shows it quite nicely. And in Safari pictures are shown perfectly and external links work fine. I think the interface looks great as is, except I think you should try to mimic the wikipedia logo as best as possible on the top right corner. Once I get Tiger I'm gonna try this one out in Dashboard and I'm sure I'll be impressed. Choosing one widget for that contest will be super hard, but this one's a top contender!

Posted by: thealbinosheep on Apr 25, 05 (3:36 AM) for version 1.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Already Better!! Why not add one of the OS X "spinny" progress things (like the one that shows on boot). This would be put right of the search field, and would become visible as an animated gif / image sequence when the widget is working. This would give just a bit more of a feeling that it is doing something.

Posted by: google636 on Apr 25, 05 (2:03 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

Thanks again for all the nice comments guys. A new, resizable version is almost ready, and should be out tonight or tomorrow if everything goes well. I just need to finish up the graphics and css.

ebteksystems: I've made the x button functional like you requested; it'll be in the next version.

thealbinosheep: Unfortunately, links in widgets need to be handled differently to hide the dashboard before opening, so while links and pictures work in Safari, the won't work in the dashboard (yet). I plan to replace the 'wikipedia.org' on the right with the wikipedia text logo, and I'm going to try to integrate the globe logo tastefully on the left. We'll see how it goes.

google636: I'll try to get that or something similar in there soon. I've played with it a bit, and can't get it to act quite right, so it won't be in the next release, but hopefully I'll get it in there soon. The widget sorely needs it.

Posted by: sean (developer) on Apr 25, 05 (4:09 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

The comment stripped out all of my newlines... kind of hard to read that way. Oh well.

Posted by: sean (developer) on Apr 25, 05 (4:10 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

I don't have Tiger yet but I gave it a good run in Safari, one thing I noticed was I can't view the history or make a change, maybe this was intentional but it would be sweet to change an article from my desktop.

Good job all round.

Posted by: abrooks on Apr 25, 05 (5:25 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Really really nice work. One thing I'd like though is a light greyish indication in the search field of what localization of Wikipedia I am currently using. Just like Google is shown in the Safari search field. The "spinny progress thingy" as someone called it smiley would be awesome too. Other than that, this is the first widget I'll use regularly. Thanks for writing that.

Posted by: Diatribe on Apr 25, 05 (5:34 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

abrooks: I'm still working on getting all of the links working right. I don't think it'll be long before I figure it out. Diatribe: That's a great idea, I'll most likely get that into the next release. Thanks for the comments.

Posted by: sean (developer) on Apr 25, 05 (5:50 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

Cool. One bug (at least in safari) the progress bar does not re-render when the window resizes. You have to reload the page for the progress bar to become a different size. This should happen automatically when the progress bar is mousedowned.

Ps diatribe - I couldn't find a technical name for the spinny thing, sometimes they just don't exist.

Posted by: google636 on Apr 26, 05 (2:12 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

google636: The scroll bar should resize properly if you resize the widget by dragging the widget's corner (which will be the only thing happening in the dashboard), rather than safari's. The scroll bar updating is only triggered when there's a mousedown on the widget's lower right corner.

Posted by: sean (developer) on Apr 26, 05 (11:03 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

awesome awesome widget. i have a few comments. anyway you could enable the trackpad scrolling on the powerbook (that might not be available on the dashboard, i dont know)? also, are there any plans to implement a navigation interface? in other words, if i search dodgeball and then click the link in the entry to phys ed, could there be support to press "delete" or "backspace" to go back to dodgeball?

thanks!

Posted by: dra on Apr 27, 05 (1:31 AM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

awesome awesome widget. i have a few comments. anyway you could enable the trackpad scrolling on the powerbook (that might not be available on the dashboard, i dont know)? also, are there any plans to implement a navigation interface? in other words, if i search dodgeball and then click the link in the entry to phys ed, could there be support to press "delete" or "backspace" to go back to dodgeball?

thanks!

Posted by: dra on Apr 27, 05 (1:31 AM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

Ok. I did mean to say it should update on mouseup of the resize part, but that might cause strain on the computer smiley And I missed it in Safari. I was using the corner, but I didn't notice it until I used the corner of the safari window. Silly Me! I guess I only notice when something is wrong, and forget about when It works right!

Also: Could you work on making it bring a list of search results when the "exact page" wasn't found?

Posted by: google636 on Apr 27, 05 (1:46 AM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

dra: Thanks, I'm glad you like it. I would really like to get the trackpad scrolling working, because almost every time I pull up a long article I put two fingers on the trackpad and pull down... I'm not sure that this is possible without using a cocoa text container though, which I would rather not do. According to Apple, using aqua controls on widgets is a no-no. I'll see if I can figure something out, but it would probably take quite the hack. Back and forward buttons are planned. I would really like to figure out how to cache recent articles, so you don't have to wait for them to load every time you go back and forward. google636: I'll work on getting those pages to work, I agree that it really needs it. I just wanted to this thing working well enough to release into the wild, so I took some shortcuts. It shouldn't be too hard to get it working, so it'll probably be in the next release. Unfortunately, I won't have much time to work on this thing for the next couple of days, but I'll get back on it after that. Keep "constructive criticism" coming smiley

Posted by: sean (developer) on Apr 27, 05 (4:10 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

Doesn't remember it's resize setting. Otherwise, nice job.

Posted by: JohnnyBender on Apr 27, 05 (6:47 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

to google636:
that wasn't meant to make fun of you, I have no idea what this is called either, but I definitely agree with you that this "spinny thing" that Safari uses for the tabs would make a mighty fine progress indicator.

to sean:
thanks again for this awesome widget I can't wait to try it out in Tiger, Safari just doesn't show too much.
I really like the idea of back/forward buttons just please don't blow it up indefinitely, keep it small and simple, because if I want to use a full blown browser I use Safari.
With the proposed changes and your to-do list this should be the most useful widget I have seen yet if it is not already.

Posted by: Diatribe on Apr 27, 05 (8:11 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

I didn't take it as an insult - Interface builder simply calls it a "spinning progress bar".

Posted by: google636 on Apr 28, 05 (2:01 AM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

For some reason, it sometimes seems to match by case. Or maybe it's something else. For example, it can find "Larry David" but it can't find "larry david". Great progress though. Probably my favorite so far of the non-default widgets.

Posted by: holycow on Apr 28, 05 (4:33 AM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

holycow: I didn't notice that until you pointed it out, but you're right. I think I know how to fix that, and I will for the next release.

Posted by: sean (developer) on Apr 28, 05 (2:46 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

I forgot to strip out the search box and check boxes at the very bottom of the search results page (exact article not found), just imagine that crap isn't there for now. I also forgot to thank Chris (holycow) for his input and assistance, so thanks Chris. One more thing: making the window remember its size will be easy, so next time I touch this thing, I'll do that.

Posted by: sean (developer) on Apr 28, 05 (10:06 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

Bug: When you are scrolled down a ways in an article, and you click on a link to another wikipedia article, the scroll bar doesn't jump back to the top. I've fixed this for the next release.

Posted by: sean (developer) on Apr 29, 05 (12:13 AM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

here is my wish list:

A. Better formating. (some pages stick out of the widget and mess with the scroll bar. )

B. Search spinner.

C. External links launch in the default browser, wiki links stay in the widget. (very important)

D. Arrow keys activated for scrolling.

E. "back" button.


Keep up the good work dude!

Posted by: gorby on Apr 29, 05 (7:29 AM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

From now on, I'll be posting mini-updates to the widget on my site, www.whatsinthehouse.com/widgets/ I'll still be posting releases on here in the same fashion I have been of course, but every time I fix a single, simple issue, I'll post a new file on my own site. I'll post it on here when I think the new version is 'better enough' to actually be downloaded by most people. If anyone would like the absolute latest version, with minor fixes and updates, you can find it at my site. For example, I just stopped the tables from overflowing past the scroll bar, which is such a small issue that most people won't care, so that file's posted on my site only. When I make a few more changes, I'll post it here again.

Posted by: sean (developer) on Apr 30, 05 (3:36 AM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

I have a small request, would it be possible to make it look like the Dictionary widget when you make it collapsable? So that it is a little bigger, it collapses automatically when there is no search in the search window, and that it has the pill shaped design when collapsed. The forward/back buttons are pretty nice too. I think a bit consistency in my Dashboard wouldn't be bad. Anyway keep up the awesome work.

Posted by: Diatribe on Apr 30, 05 (10:13 AM) for version 1.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Diatribe: That's the plan. I haven't had much time for development these past few days. That pesky "real" job keeps getting in the way, along with school. I hope to knock off at least a couple of the items on my todo list this weekend.

Posted by: sean (developer) on Apr 30, 05 (7:45 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

hmm.. the link I posted to 'my site' isn't clickable. It's www.whatsinthehouse.com/widgets

Posted by: sean (developer) on May 01, 05 (12:58 AM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

Awsome Widget, I think yours will be the gold standard, I'm sure wiki's website will have your widget on their site soon. My request would be to be able to use my scroll wheel on my mouse to scroll throught the information but either way its a great widget!

Posted by: DPazdan on May 01, 05 (6:24 AM) for version 1.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

good work sean

Posted by: thefack on May 02, 05 (1:13 AM) for version 1.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

best widget out there...especially with all the "todo" features that are on the way...

Posted by: dra on May 02, 05 (3:46 AM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

Best widget, agreed. Instant oracle to peer reviewed articles about everything and anything.

Posted by: johnsolo on May 21, 05 (6:43 AM) for version 0.81b (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Fab smiley

Posted by: ora on May 23, 05 (6:51 PM) for version 0.83b (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Very nice widget. As Diatribe said, could you make the widget collapsable like the Dictionary etc.

Also, could you put the version number of the widget on the back of it? This would be very helpful for whennn updates are released, and I think it should become the standard for all widgets.

Posted by: MikeGA on May 24, 05 (10:49 PM) for version 0.83b (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

The best widget around, honestly.

Posted by: Bing on May 26, 05 (4:24 PM) for version 0.84b (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Hi, I would love to be able to use this widget, but for some reason I can't, and have not been able to for the last 2/3 versions. It just doesn't give me any results anymore. Could it be because I am behind a firewall...or something to do with my proxy settings?! I really have no idea as I am no computer genius and am new to Macs

Posted by: missjunelai on May 26, 05 (7:50 PM) for version 0.84b (previous version)  

missjunelai: The new version should work with fine with your proxy. Let me know if it doesn't.

Posted by: sean (developer) on May 27, 05 (3:39 PM) for version 0.85b (previous version)  

GREAT widget now that it is compatible with my proxy! Most useful widget on my dashboard. Really impressed with how the developer keeps on improving it. Thanks Sean smiley

Posted by: missjunelai on May 27, 05 (5:41 PM) for version 0.85b (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Just few suggestions:

-When the widget is collapsed it can't be scaled. It would be nice if the widget could be scaled even then.

-If click one of the Google links in Wikipedia the Google page is loaded but after that you can't return back to Wikipedia page.

-If you get multiple pages of search results you can only access the first page.

Posted by: Bing on May 27, 05 (7:00 PM) for version 0.85b (previous version)  

Respect for the developer who keeps his widget inproving.Dude,keep this excellent work up!

Posted by: Illogic on May 27, 05 (8:32 PM) for version 0.85b (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Congrats sean! I voted for you! This is just so useful, and keeps getting better and better. Keep it up.

Posted by: Garcon on May 28, 05 (2:43 AM) for version 0.85b (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Well, even though I made a widget, and even though I'd like a mac mini... I could not vote for anything but this widget.

best luck, sean-- this widget deserves much respect.

Posted by: jonlink on May 28, 05 (2:55 AM) for version 0.85b (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

You got my vote. Keep up the good work!

Posted by: Bing on May 28, 05 (11:41 PM) for version 0.85b (previous version)  

No question, this is the best widget here to date. I voted for you!

Posted by: thealbinosheep on May 29, 05 (3:06 AM) for version 0.85b (previous version)  

I voted for you smiley

Posted by: missjunelai on May 29, 05 (9:55 PM) for version 0.85b (previous version)  

I've been using it a lot, it has one of the nicest non-Apple widget designs, and you've made some real improvements with it, so i gave it my vote.

Posted by: emutree on May 30, 05 (11:12 PM) for version 0.85b (previous version)  

Thanks everyone, I really appreciate it. I'll keep the updates coming, regardless if I win the mini. Speaking of updates, I've fixed the random article button if it was bothering anyone. I'll post the update here when the voting is done, but until then: http://www.whatsinthehouse.com/widgets/

Posted by: sean (developer) on May 31, 05 (8:29 AM) for version 0.85b (previous version)  

A great widget. I really like the fact that it doesn't open a Web browser window to display results. Keeping everything in Dashboard is the way to go. Thanks!

Posted by: mlanger on Jun 02, 05 (11:05 PM) for version 0.85b (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Great Widget. I just noticed, though, that if it's expanded horizontally while open, then collapsed, the new horizontal width stays. I'd love if would collapse in both directions.
Good luck.

Posted by: SidneySM on Jun 06, 05 (3:53 AM) for version 0.85b (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

featured on wwdc!!! wow!

about the expanding, the width doesn't stay on reload.

Posted by: google636 on Jun 07, 05 (12:10 AM) for version 0.85b (previous version)  

Just FYI, Steve Jobs on the current WWDC keynote said that your Wikipedia widget is one of his favourites - way to go, man! smiley

Posted by: kingmob on Jun 07, 05 (11:13 AM) for version 0.85b (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Great Job Man,
This is some really good work.

Posted by: novis on Jun 27, 05 (9:30 PM) for version 0.85b (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Great widget. Trackpad scrolling works, but isn't smooth enough; I still use the arrow keys. Very useful.

Posted by: tie on Jul 12, 05 (5:10 AM) for version 0.85b (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Thanks again everyone. tie: I haven't been able to smooth out the trackpad scrolling on long articles. It seems that scrolling that much content is just too hard on it.

The next version is nearing completion, and will be out soon. I've addressed as many requests as possible this time around, and I'll try to get tackle the rest soon. Stay tuned!

Posted by: sean (developer) on Jul 20, 05 (3:11 AM) for version 0.85b (previous version)  

This widget is brilliant imo, both visually and functionally. It seems like a v1.0 smiley looking forward to any update, thanks for the great work! Cheers

Posted by: weisheng on Aug 07, 05 (12:38 PM) for version 0.85b (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Just got the update through the widget.

I haven't checked out if it works as it used to, but I assume it does. Great colors! I've been so anxious for that red color. The grey looks schweet too.

I imagine this is one of the most useful widgets in terms of functionality. Now it blends into my Dashboard quite nicely, too.

Thank you.

Posted by: BagOfHammers on Aug 19, 05 (9:56 AM) for version 0.85b (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

That was a comment on version 0.9.

Posted by: BagOfHammers on Aug 19, 05 (9:57 AM) for version 0.85b (previous version)  

smiley Awesome. I especially like the ability to make it green, It is now easier to tell apart from my other widgets.

Posted by: google636 on Aug 19, 05 (11:46 PM) for version 0.9 (current version)  

Best update yet. I love this widget!

Posted by: Motoi on Aug 19, 05 (11:52 PM) for version 0.9 (current version)   View Detailed Rating

Thanks for the update! smiley

-m

Posted by: mattf (Administrator) on Aug 20, 05 (2:00 AM) for version 0.9 (current version)  

as always this is great!

Posted by: jonlink on Aug 21, 05 (4:53 AM) for version 0.9 (current version)  

I find that the Wikipedia widget is one of the most useful tools on my Mac .

Posted by: cerberus on Aug 25, 05 (8:22 PM) for version 0.9 (current version)   View Detailed Rating

The randomizer button should look like the iTunes shuffle button.
http://www.dashboardwidgets.com/news/images/article_inc/shuffle.gif


Diatribe said: "One thing I'd like though is a light greyish indication in the search field of what localization of Wikipedia I am currently using. Just like Google is shown in the Safari search field."
Why not have that as an option on the back?

Posted by: IanTheMacFan on Oct 04, 05 (12:58 AM) for version 0.9 (current version)  

Ian: I'll play around with the shuffle idea and see how it looks. Yours is the best idea I've heard for a replacement for the misleading '?'.

The gray language-in-the-search-field has been in there for quite some time now, and I don't think it needs the option to turn it off.

Posted by: sean (developer) on Oct 18, 05 (9:44 AM) for version 0.9 (current version)  

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