Searching - Domain Name Grabber

Description: Have you ever had a great idea for a business or web site, and by the time you checked, the domain name you wanted had been taken the day before? Now, with the flick of your wrist*, you can research your idea and register your domain name as soon as it pops into your head.

Even if this has never happened to you, the Domain Name Grabber is a fast, fun and easy way to research and register internet domain names.

*You can set your Dashboard to activate by moving your mouse cursor into any corner of your screen within the System Preferences under Personal > Dashboard & Exposť.
Author: namecat
Version: 1.04
New in v1.04: Version 1.0.4 now supports searches on 43 different Top Level and Country Code domains. The new additions are .me (tons of great names available) and .asia (also with a lot of opportunity). This version also introduces new version notifications, letting you know when an update is available. To check for new versions manually, simply reload the widget by clicking it, then pressing Command + R on your keyboard.
Uploaded on: May 21st 2008 at 10:39 AM
Rating: (3.27 stars)   [Show Detailed Ratings]
Downloads: 603 (all versions), 128 (this version)
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Nice design, but I don't see myself compulsively checking domain names. If I did, I would want the widget to display the availability before I went to the order site.

Posted by: google636 on Jun 30, 05 (9:00 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Very nice widget! A WHOIS feature would be very nice too.

Posted by: falcoboy7 on Jun 30, 05 (11:21 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Would also be good if it showed up right in the widget if it was available or not (instead of opening up the browser)

Posted by: falcoboy7 on Jun 30, 05 (11:25 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

I'll definitely look into adding these suggested features in future versions. Thanks for the great feedback! smiley

Posted by: namecat (developer) on Aug 16, 05 (3:11 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

kind of pointless. who really looks up domain names and all?

good widget, but not very useful. i would never use it.

nice graphics though...


-x4o

Posted by: x4o09plo on Mar 20, 06 (9:55 PM) for version 1.01 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Pressing the Go! button takes you to a website entirely incompatible with the Mac.

Posted by: NateRiver on Apr 08, 06 (11:01 AM) for version 1.02 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

All this does is take you to a web site using a GoDaddy template (is this a reseller based upon GoDaddy? or did they just rip off the web page code?), doing a search for the domain name you entered. Some prices are higher than GoDaddy, some lower. Me, I'd sooner just create a Bookmark Bar link to GoDaddy and buy from a seller I know instead of this one, which I've never heard of.

I've never understood dashboard widgets which simply lead you to the search output of a web page. Whether you open Dashboard or click on a bookmark link, in both cases you enter a search term and wait for the page to load; it's about the exact same amount of work, the same number of steps. Why use a widget if it gains you nothing? It's essentially just a fancy bookmark for a web page.

Yawn.

Posted by: BlogD on May 23, 08 (11:08 PM) for version 1.04 (current version)   View Detailed Rating

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