Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Google Gadgets for Linux 0.10.4

The 0.10.4 release of Google Gadgets for Linux is out, with optimized performance and memory consumption, as well as many bug fixes. To install or upgrade your copy of Google Gadgets for Linux, just download and install the binaries for your platform.

The new release supports more gadgets, including the recently released YouTube, Gmail, and Google Docs gadgets. Here's a picture of the YouTube gadget running on Linux.

The next picture shows the Gmail and Google Docs gadgets running on Linux. Note: If you've already unsuccessfully tried using the Gmail gadget, be sure to download the latest version of the Gmail gadget.

If you're a developer, try the dramatically improved Gadget Designer. It can now create new gadgets, and it runs as a separate application. Here's a picture.

As always, you can find the source code at the google-gadgets-for-linux project.

Friday, December 19, 2008

The Docs gadget

We just released a neat little gadget that helps you find and open your Google Docs documents. And if you want to upload files to Google Docs, just drag them into the gadget. Please check out the announcement on the Google Docs blog.

This gadget has been well received among Googlers, and we hope you'll like it too. It runs on Linux and Windows and supports Google Apps accounts. Please try it out and let us know what you think.

We've released quite a few gadgets lately (Gmail, Google Docs, YouTube), but my favorite one is coming in January. Mark your calendar!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Winter Holiday Gadgets

'Tis the season for new Desktop gadgets to help you celebrate the winter holidays. Here's a guide to the some of the most recent additions.

by Benjamin Schirmer

Every desktop needs a snowman. To switch accessories, just click the part you want to change.
Hanukkah Menorah TwoHanukkah Menorah Two
by Glenn Rivkees

Use this gadget to help you keep track of when Hanukkah starts. Once the Festival of Lights begins, the gadget keeps each night's candle burning on your desktop.
The Dreidel GameThe Dreidel Game
by Glenn Rivkees

Whether or not you've ever spun a real dreidel, now you can play with your own e-dreidel.
Christmas Hat
by Lahiru Lakmal Priyadarhsana

If it's Christmas, it must be time for Christmas hats! Put a photo of your loved one into the special Christmas photo frame, and then adjust the hat for a perfect fit.

Click the snowflake in the bottom-right corner to show and hide the settings, or right-click for the context menu. You can even drag and drop a photo into the frame.
Countdown To New Year 2009
Countdown to New Year 2009
by Teodor Filimon

This multi-purpose gadget gives you snow, carols, gift shopping, calendar, the time left until Christmas, and finally a countdown to the New Year!

Want to see other seasonal gadgets? Check out the holiday gadget page.

Happy Holidays from the Google Desktop Team!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

The YouTube gadget

The Google Desktop team is pleased to release a YouTube gadget for Google Desktop. It plays YouTube videos right inside the gadget and shows a feed of the day's most popular videos. Please check out the official announcement on the YouTube blog.

Watching YouTube videos is a favorite pastime of mine while waiting for code to compile or team meetings to conclude. Now with this gadget, I am able to waste time more productively, as I can bring up the gadget in an instant and search for videos (hint: pressing the shift key twice brings up all your hidden Desktop gadgets).

Please give it a try and stay tuned for more new gadgets ...

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

The Gmail gadget

Google offers a free, search-based webmail service called Gmail. Yes it's completely free, vanquishes spam, and includes over 7 GB (and growing) of space so you'll never have to delete another message. Not convinced? Just search Google for "i love gmail" and behold the many positive testimonials and reviews.

We like this Gmail so much, we developed and released a Desktop gadget that you can use to monitor your Inbox, read messages, and compose new emails. Check out the announcement on the Gmail blog.

Please give Gmail and the gadget a try, spread the word to all your friends, and let us know what you think about the gadget.

More information | Download gadget | Gmail