March 19, 2007

Instruction, Tutorials and screencasts

Posted in OSX Software at 2:29 pm by Michael Sweeney Media

I have started to help on a site called Macinstruct where there are free tutorials, screencasts, columns, articles and podcasts available on a wide variety of Mac subjects. In the spirt of this site, I spent a bit of time using the new Dashcode tool from Apple which will be part of Leopard when it’s released soon. It takes the process of building widgets and makes it much easier to get a basic widget together and running with a nice easy to use GUI interface.

dashcode1

You can see from these screen shots that the interface has been really improved over the tools in Tiger for creating widgets.

dashcode 2

And finally, here is my own widget that I made for getting the RSS feed from Macinstruct. Download it here.

This widget took about 2 hours start to finish. I used the basic RSS template but I added an image of an Apple monitor, pushed the image back a few times to get the RSS feed to show on the monitor screen, added a link to the default “created using Dashcode” image and played with the colors and sizes. Some of this does require you to get into the code itself which if you know HTML and some XML, it is not a big deal.

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