Application Interfaces - starman

Description: Hate setting your song ratings in iTunes? starman is the answer. See your itunes rating in natural, graphical form and rate the current song with a single click. Works together with any iTunes widget, including Apple's. Friendly graphics make this a perfect addition to any desktop. Free demo, full version $5. New, from the creator of flores.
Author: stephancom
Version: 1.2
New in v1.2: Minor update 1.2.1 now uses asynchronous system calls for better performance
Uploaded on: July 8th 2005 at 12:04 AM
Rating: (1.07 stars)   [Show Detailed Ratings]
Downloads: 716 (all versions), 397 (this version)
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Asking money for just a widget?

Posted by: demon on May 09, 05 (11:39 AM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

Hideous, and asking money for this is a little insulting.

Posted by: dcharti on May 09, 05 (1:24 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

This widget is awkward and annoying - not only is the moving hand a pain but you have to pay to change the rating. I would pay for a good widget - but not this!

Posted by: MacCrazy on May 09, 05 (2:32 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Demon - there's nothing wrong with asking for money for a widget, if the widget is well-designed and does something useful to you. Not everyone can sit around and write software for your leisure, even small items. If it's not well-made or costs too much, then tell the author. In this case I think it's overpriced for what it does, regardless of how it looks (which sounds awful). Stephancom should look at Flickit which does quite a lot and costs $5.

Posted by: holycola2 on May 09, 05 (3:26 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

Why do we have to pay?

Posted by: Rik on May 28, 05 (10:13 PM) for version 1.2 (current version)   View Detailed Rating

I really don't understand widgets as payware, especially when they are badly designed and do less than other already existing widgets for the same purpose. While I agree with you holycola2 I have to say that IMO Mac, and particularly this website, is about people sharing the same passion - and wanting to share it! This widget runs counter to that, jumps on the bandwagon for profit and I think it is a shame. In fact it really blows my mind. Comparatively I much prefer the Pixel widget which has no utility but is at least funny and creative!

Posted by: usjulien on May 29, 05 (6:21 AM) for version 1.2 (current version)   View Detailed Rating

I don't see any problem with commercial widgets, but as widgets are supposed to be helpful and efficient in some way, being sub-apps, etc., one could argue that widgets are too small to justify a price.

That said, there are many widgets that do a lot, although they take Apple's advice and avoid having the user work in the widget, as if it were an app. Such widgets are helpful, especially being free, but it is conceivable that the developer could look to cash in, because people would be willing to pay for the widget's offerings.

In this case, the widget offers 6 graphics of a very pink hand. In my opinion, not something I want to see on the Dashboard - body parts. I don't care if it's just a hand, I want to keep my Dashboard a non-human looking environment. Yikes!

So is it worth $5? Well, if you think it is a "perfect addition to any desktop", as the developer's somewhat over-enthusiastic description says, sure! If you think it's just an ugly pink hand that offers little functionality, nope. I'm with nope (obviously).

I'd change my mind if I could customize it, choosing turqoise skin color and adding an extra thumb and a pinky. Maybe a ruby ring. And a hangnail. Yup. Go finger hair!!! (Of course I'm joking...except maybe about the extra fingers and hair.)

Posted by: BagOfHammers on Aug 24, 05 (7:26 AM) for version 1.2 (current version)   View Detailed Rating

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