Application Interfaces - Buddy Status

Description: Want to stalk your friends, but hate having a buddy list open? Buddy Status is a simple Dashboard widget for Mac OS X v10.4 which will display the name of a buddy from your iChat buddy list in a color which indicates their current status. This gives you access to your buddy’s status with the press of a single key! You can have as many Buddy Status widgets on your Dashboard as you want, for as many different buddies as you want. Clicking on the widget opens up a new IM window to your buddy (if they are online). Hovering over the widget display's the buddy's status message.
Author: admanimal
Version: 1.4u
New in v1.4u: Now a Universal Binary!
Uploaded on: March 8th 2006 at 5:20 AM
Rating: (3.72 stars)   [Show Detailed Ratings]
Downloads: 1306 (all versions), 496 (this version)
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Little big and not a fan of the design, but the purpose is great.

Posted by: ZicklePop on Jun 10, 05 (10:04 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Thanks for the feedback. I agree with your comments- I'm working on a better design as we speak!

Posted by: admanimal (developer) on Jun 10, 05 (11:02 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

Your getting there! The green text is a little hard to read; but it is put togethere very well.

Posted by: ZicklePop on Jun 14, 05 (2:55 PM) for version 1.1 (previous version)  

Thanks again for the feedback...and once again I still agree with you...next version will be easier to read!

Posted by: admanimal (developer) on Jun 14, 05 (5:37 PM) for version 1.1 (previous version)  

OK...I think I nailed it this time...

Posted by: admanimal (developer) on Jun 17, 05 (4:22 AM) for version 1.2 (previous version)  

Very nice!

Would like to see it open IM when clicking on that buddy, if in "available" state.

Posted by: gr8tfly on Jun 17, 05 (5:32 AM) for version 1.2 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Yeah I really like the new interface. Great example names, too.

Posted by: Garcon on Jun 17, 05 (5:58 AM) for version 1.2 (previous version)  

Excellent! Simple, sleek design. But could we maybe get a more appropriate color for offline? Gray seems to be a more obvious choice than blue.

Posted by: Darkside on Jun 18, 05 (4:16 AM) for version 1.2 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

So its not possible for it to work w/o iChat open? what a shame.

Posted by: Liquidrums on Jun 21, 05 (9:16 PM) for version 1.3 (previous version)  

you dont need iChat to be open as long as you use the iChat menu bar icon. The widget will only open iChat in order to open a new IM window.

Posted by: admanimal (developer) on Jun 21, 05 (9:56 PM) for version 1.3 (previous version)  

Isn't it possible to make this work without having to indicate my own status with the iChat menu bar icon? That is the most important thing that I want in a buddy widget. Maybe it's not possible, I don't know, but I tried another buddy widget and it wouldn't show my my buddies' status w/out me indicating my own with the ichat Menu item either.

And what about getting more than one buddy into one window (consolidate available buddies), so as not to have a bunch of little windows floating around?

Posted by: Frumius on Jun 22, 05 (2:32 AM) for version 1.3 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

I'm not really sure how you expect to be able to see your buddies' status without being online yourself....

Posted by: admanimal (developer) on Jun 22, 05 (2:39 AM) for version 1.3 (previous version)  

i think the design is great and i love the idea! the ability to open an im is really nice and helpful.

umm... i'm sorry, but it's not a buddy list widget... the point is to stalk one or two people, not 45. i also don't understand how you think you can just see your buddies without actually being online. is there a way to do that with a regular aim program that i'm totally missing, because i suuuure would love to see that!

Posted by: plek on Jun 22, 05 (2:56 AM) for version 1.3 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

I am talking about when I do have a live internet connection, but do not have AIM/iChat running or indicating my status. I never said I wanted this without being connected to the internet (online). When I am "online" (connected to the internet), I don't see why this can't go see if my buddies are available...unless they're all trying to be anonymous like me smiley

Posted by: Frumius on Jun 23, 05 (1:22 AM) for version 1.3 (previous version)  

Sorry, I was referring to "online" as in connected to AIM. In order for you to see your buddies' statuses, you must connect to the AIM server. In order for you to connect to the AIM server, you must log in. Once you log in, everyone can see you. AOL's own client supports being invisible but not iChat, so there is no way to do this without writing a whole AIM client just for the widget, which is very difficult.

Posted by: admanimal (developer) on Jun 23, 05 (2:21 AM) for version 1.3 (previous version)  

THE WIDGET IS WONDERFEL
BUT IS IT POSSIBLE TO ADD JABBER BUIDDIES TO THE CONTACT LIST?
CAN YOU ADD THIS FONCTIONALITY ?

Posted by: faisrisette on Jun 30, 05 (8:17 PM) for version 1.4 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Thanks for your comments! I will probably add support for Jabber and Bonjour in the next version.

Posted by: admanimal (developer) on Jun 30, 05 (9:14 PM) for version 1.4 (previous version)  

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