Widgety goodness

Superseded by version 2.2.

Welcome, visitors from Dashboard Widgets! And from Apple.com, as of 12th June. Please don’t be too scared.

I suppose I should make a post about my widget here. It’s, uh, really cool. It plays radio streams from the BBC, and looks pretty smart to boot. And yes, of course I’m biased.

Any suggestions or support queries – please check out the helpful comments to this thread. I’ll try to get them organised into an FAQ. You can also send them to me via email if you like. :)

I’ll be submitting it to Apple soon… but their submission guidelines say I need a “specific supporting website” – so I actually have to think of some stuff to put on a page :roll:

Oh yeah, if you didn’t come here from the widget and don’t fancy wading through the archives over at Dashboard Widgets, you can get it right here.

Update: I uploaded the widget to Apple, and it’s there right now. Quadrupled my blog traffic overnight!

26 Responses to “Widgety goodness”


  • I used to use this widget on Tiger with great joy, but now I that I just got a new iMac running Leopard, I have re-downloaded it again about 20 times, and it just won’t work. It keeps telling me that I need a Real-Player plugin, but I have downloaded and reset Real Player a bunch of times too, and frankly, I don’t know what to do anymore! Please help!

  • seems not to work in Leopard, the stream stops as soon as you leave dashboard :(

    I have just downloaded version 3.1 from the Apple website, and also have this problem.

  • seems not to work in Leopard, the stream stops as soon as you leave dashboard :(

    I have just downloaded version 3.1 from the Apple website, and also have this problem.

    I would first download the widget at this link:

    http://homepage.mac.com/neticen/devmode.html

    which then allows you to use the dashboard in developer mode. This lets you drag the widget from the dashboard on to the desktop or vice versa, simply by opening the dashboard, clicking and holding on the widget, closing the dashboard (with the widget still selected with the mouse) and then un-clicking it on to the desktop, and the widget behaves exactly as it would if it were in the dash. The only flaw is that the widget will stay on top of any windows, but this doesn’t bother me as it fits right in the corner and is the same height as my dock :)

  • seems not to work in Leopard, the stream stops as soon as you leave dashboard :(

    I have just downloaded version 3.1 from the Apple website, and also have this problem.

    I would first download the widget at this link:

    http://homepage.mac.com/neticen/devmode.html

    which then allows you to use the dashboard in developer mode. This lets you drag the widget from the dashboard on to the desktop or vice versa, simply by opening the dashboard, clicking and holding on the widget, closing the dashboard (with the widget still selected with the mouse) and then un-clicking it on to the desktop, and the widget behaves exactly as it would if it were in the dash. The only flaw is that the widget will stay on top of any windows, but this doesn’t bother me as it fits right in the corner and is the same height as my dock :)

    thanks alex thats great i can now listen to the radio without having to keep the dock on great help

  • thanks alex great help

  • is there a fix or an update of this widget for us leopard users in the near feature… Bringing the widget to the desktop is not all that convenient. sniff sniff…

  • The BBC uses its own version of RealPlayer10, evidently due to some rule about advertising. Even though RealPlayer11 is downloadable through a link from the BBC website, the BBC version of RealPlayer seems to be required in order to play their streams in Tiger or Leopard. I had to remove RealPlayer11 completely from my laptop and install RealPlayer10 from here. After install, open (BBC)RealPlayer10, let it do its little video, then close. Then open the Dock, install the PG BBC player, and it should spring to life. Mine runs infinitely now with no breaks, whether Dock is open or not, on both a PPC laptop and an Intel IMac, both running the current version of Leopard. Hope this helps.

  • is there a fix or an update of this widget for us leopard users in the near feature… Bringing the widget to the desktop is not all that convenient. sniff sniff…

    I add one more request for this. It would be really great to be able to listen to the BBC whilst doing anything else than standing on Dashboard. Many thanks in advance !!!
    Greetz
    Vincent

  • Yep, I have the same problem. I used to be able to browse the internet or work on Word while listening to the radio through this widget, but now that I have Leopard the stream stops as soon as I leave Dashboard.

  • I should also note that this happens with other radio widgets I have, so I think it’s a problem with the Dashboard on Leopard more generally, and not necessarily a problem with this widget in particular.

  • It doesn’t work, thats all. It did on the old OS but now…

  • It doesn’t work, thats all. It did on the old OS but now…

  • Is anyone else having trouble getting the new widget to work? I am running 10.4.11, just normally through Dasboard, but it now fails to connect and I keep getting the following error message:

    Exception: EXC_BAD_ACCESS (0x0001)
    Codes: KERN_PROTECTION_FAILURE (0x0002) at 0x00000000

    Any advice?

    Thanks,

    seien

  • hi, i’ve downloaded the widget but i don’t know how to install it. there doesn’t seem to be an install folder when i download it. how do i install it?

  • One would have thought that the recent update (11.0.1) for RealPlayer 11 would have fixed the widget-dashboard issue which so many of us have experienced… Fat chance, sadly.

  • Hello!
    Your widget must be very great! Is that possible to port it as widget to Fedora Linux?
    or maybe someone knows similar widget for linux? Or Opera.

  • I’m having the same problems as ‘seien says’ from Nov.2 ’08 :The widget isn’t working for me any more (ever since the BBC threatened to sue of trademark issues). I downloaded it, reloaded it, no luck. I have to use Real Player 11 since version 10 was interfering with wireless connectivity between my MacBook Air and Apple’s “Time Capsule”, essentially a hard drive with wireless connection abilities. Well, welcome to WiFi in the 21st century, I guess. Any help would be appreciated.

  • I’m having the same problems as ‘seien says’ from Nov.2 ’08 :The widget isn’t working for me any more (ever since the BBC threatened to sue of trademark issues). I downloaded it, reloaded it, no luck. I have to use Real Player 11 since version 10 was interfering with wireless connectivity between my MacBook Air and Apple’s “Time Capsule”, essentially a hard drive with wireless connection abilities. Well, welcome to WiFi in the 21st century, I guess. Any help would be appreciated.

  • I’m having the same problems as ‘seien says’ from Nov.2 ’08 :The widget isn’t working for me any more (ever since the BBC threatened to sue of trademark issues). I downloaded it, reloaded it, no luck. I have to use Real Player 11 since version 10 was interfering with wireless connectivity between my MacBook Air and Apple’s “Time Capsule”, essentially a hard drive with wireless connection abilities. Well, welcome to WiFi in the 21st century, I guess. Any help would be appreciated.

  • I am having the cutout problem in 10.5.6 – I do need RP 11, so I tried the developer dashboard trick, but, on my macbook it does not work (neither the “F4”, “F12” or “fn-F12” worked to unlock the widget). How do I do this?

  • Dashboard developer mode lets you drag a widget out – click and hold on the widget, and press your usual Dashboard key. The widget will come with you!

    However, I have a beta version which addresses the audio problems. Anyone having issues, please email me: hawkman@ this domain.

  • WorldServiceFan

    BBC World Service no longer seems to be working at all. I have RP 10 and other stations connect without any problems, but World Service no longer seems to connect. When I try, I just get the spinning wheel.

    Additionally (I personally never used them, so I don’t know how long this has been an issue), the schedules no longer seem to be loading in the sidebar.

  • BBC World Service no longer seems to be working at all. I have RP 10 and other stations connect without any problems, but World Service no longer seems to connect. When I try, I just get the spinning wheel.

    I’m not noticing any similar problem here – are you using the latest version?

    Additionally (I personally never used them, so I don’t know how long this has been an issue), the schedules no longer seem to be loading in the sidebar.

    The BBC’s web API appears to be temporarily down. Schedules should start working again soon.

  • WorldServiceFan

    I am using version 3.41.

    Just tried closing the widget and then loading a fresh one — seems to be connecting normally again. Phew! This had been an issue for me for a week!

    Thank you! This is my daily dose of sanity :)

  • Although the Devmode widget can help, I sincerely hope that the next release will, like older version, continue to run even users are off dashboard, if possible.

    By the way, did you ever think about making an iphone app of this player? It would be great.

    Thanks a lot.

  • I have a beta version which addresses the audio problems. Anyone having issues, please email me: hawkman@ this domain.

    As for an iPhone app, unfortunately the necessary decoding plugins – Flash, or RealPlayer – aren’t available. If the BBC ever stops using closed, proprietary formats, things like that will be possible.

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