Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Featured gadget: Miniclip Games Gadget

Name: Miniclip Games Gadget
Cătălin Avram
Description: Play a hundred Miniclip games right from your desktop

More information | Download gadget

Each week this blog features a
recently added Google Desktop gadget that looks promising. If you'd like to see all new Desktop gadgets as they're published, subscribe to the RSS feed.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Featured gadget: Date Display

The Date Display gadget is one of the most popular Desktop gadgets by an external developer.

A reviewer named Srinivas says: "cool gadget..this has become one of my default gadgets ;)"

An anonymous reviewer says: "The calendar is perfect... except the Wedsneday [sic]..."

If you already have this gadget and the misspelling of Wednesday bothers you, download the latest version to get the correct spelling.

Name: Date Display
Author: Paulo Santos
Description: Displays the day, month and year like an old-fashioned wall calendar

More information | Download gadget

This blog periodically features a Google Desktop gadget and a quote from someone who uses it. If you'd like to recommend a gadget, send an email to desktop-gadgets AT google DOT com.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Catch the latest Desktop gadgets

Have you ever wanted to keep track of the newest Google Desktop gadgets right from your sidebar? With our brand new XML feed, that's now as easy as adding it to your favorite RSS gadget.

If you don't already have the Google Web Clips gadget in your sidebar, here's how to add it:
  1. Click the "+" at the top right of your sidebar and search for [ web clips ].
  2. Click the green Add button below the Web Clips gadget.
  3. Click the down arrow in the gadget's top-right corner and select Options.
  4. In the Current Web Clips section, enter and click Add.
  5. If you'd only like to keep track of new gadgets, deselect the checkbox next to "Automatically add clips from frequently viewed sites." You can also highlight any unwanted feeds in the Current Web Clips section and click Remove to delete them.
  6. Click OK.

Now just click the title of any new gadget to see its description, or double-click to download the gadget from our gallery.

Enjoy :)

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

To be(ta) or not to be

In October 2007 we released Google Desktop 5.5 (beta), which enabled you to use hundreds of useful desktop gadgets on your iGoogle homepage. I've been one of the happy gadget fans myself. Since I work in a team spread across a number of locations, I've found the World Daylight Alarm Clock gadget to be very handy. Whenever I open the browser to send mail or look at the calendar, I can see daybreak in other cities and plan my work accordingly. And when I'm researching a particular topic, I use the Wikipedia gadget in my iGoogle homepage to quickly type in the topics and preview them in the little details window in context without opening new browser tabs or windows.

Today, Google Desktop 5.5 is out of beta and available in 31 languages (including 2 new ones, Thai and Indonesian). This is great news for lots of people around the world, even me (I use the Hindi version of Google Desktop), as we can now use our favourite desktop gadgets in the language of our choice in the iGoogle homepage. For those of you who are new to Google Desktop, the installation is more streamlined and it's easier to start using desktop gadgets from the iGoogle homepage. So go ahead, choose your favourites from the desktop gallery and select the 'add to iGoogle' link to make them available in your iGoogle homepage — in your language.