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Konfabulator

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#1
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Konfabulator-150.zip (4.80 MB)
MD5: c4159b765971844eb58c2156546c2e47
For Mac OS X
#2
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Konfabulator-153.zip (4.54 MB)
MD5: 92d58bfef84ce76ae43d232bf279f7ec
For Mac OS X
#3
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Konfabulator-156.zip (4.20 MB)
MD5: e0de677def0c8f22df662ed68bf93954
For Mac OS X
#4
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Konfabulator-160.zip (4.19 MB)
MD5: 2a2f0e385bcbca666eeb82d1594801d3
For Mac OS X
#5
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Konfabulator-161.zip (4.25 MB)
MD5: 6a1101958465f7a540e11d83aabf4fd9
For Mac OS X
#6
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Konfabulator-170.zip (4.20 MB)
MD5: f971978097ab1227f7d11f70419246eb
For Mac OS X
#7
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
Konfabulator-171.zip (4.39 MB)
MD5: 9806380ac44982253b212c373ad4ae55
For Mac OS X
#8
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Konfabulator-widgets.zip (9.42 MB)
MD5: bcb05a95f68cedeb8666c110dd3583e5
For Mac OS X
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Konfabulator_Reference_1.5.pdf
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Konfabulator_Ref_1.5.1.pdf
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Konfabulator_Ref_1.8.pdf
Emulation
Guides on emulating older applications

For at least a couple of years and Mac OS versions before Dashboard came along, there was Konfabulator, a JavaScript run-time engine for Mac OS X that let you run little files called Widgets which could do pretty much whatever you want them to.
Widgets can be alarm clocks, calculators, games, stock market tickers, weather clients, etc etc.

When Dashboard arrived on the Mac it was installed for free along with Tiger. Dashboard looked and behaved so much like Konfabulator, that it pretty much killed any need for Konfabulator and the livelihood it brought these two remarkable software designers, Arlo Rose and Perry Clarke. With the "writing on the wall", they sold off their interests in Konfabulator to Yahoo!.

Arlo Rose had once worked for Apple, he was involved with designing the Appearance Manager, he also collaborated on creating Kaleidoscope with Greg Landwebber. Later, while working at Sun Microsystems he met up with Perry Clarke, a software engineer who in the early 1980's, had also worked for Apple. Together they came up with the idea of Konfabulator and then embarked upon it's development and release for Mac OS X.

A lot of places have been writing up the Konfabulator versus Dashboard story, and a lot of them are taking choice sound bites from interviews and using them to make me sound like I've... well... lost my mind.

First off, I was never fired from Apple. The group I worked for was laid off and I was given a chance to go work somewhere else inside Apple. I had been there for quite some time and was ready to move on, so I took a voluntary layoff package. It was my choice to leave.

Next, we've never said the word widget was our creation. The word widget has been around forever and then some, but what we did do is coin it as a term for a small user created application that was specific in purpose. It's our document type, and we do feel it was uncouth of Apple to co-opt it. Also note that I make a habit of capitalizing it in the context of a Konfabulator Widget as I feel that it's always been a proper noun in this usage.

Regarding the conspiracy theory about Konsposé and prior knowledge of Dashboard, here's the scoop. We knew Dashboard was coming, and we'd been told by *many* people that it was being developed as a "Konfabulator Killer". We never knew the specifics of it other than it was rumored to be the exact same thing as Konfabulator integrated at the system level. We didn't know that it was going to be touted as part of Exposé, and we didn't know that their format was going to be closer to a web page than a structured XML file.

As for Apple having Dashboard technology in Copland or Mac OS 9, they didn't. My idea for Konfabulator was born from wanting to have a really simple run-time environment for people to develop small specialized applications that could look and behave however they wanted. The key point being that it is up to the user to make the cool Widgets. The user would know what they needed, and the user could then create that. The concept had nothing in the slightest to do with Desk Accessories, and it had absolutely nothing to do with Active Desktop. It was about empowering the user to make their own little apps that did what they wanted.

Excerpt: Arlo Rose: Clearing Up Some Points (Web Archive)

The downloads above, are of several versions of Konfabulator up until just before it was purchased and distributed by Yahoo! in July, 2005. Konfabulator was then re-branded as Yahoo! Widgets (Wikipedia) and eventually distributed for free on both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Development of Yahoo! Widgets ended in April, 2012.

The final download (DL #8) is a collection of some 55, 3rd party Widgets made by fans, etc, that I managed to find via the Web Archive. Some may require Konfabulator 1.7.1 but most will run on earlier versions too.

The included PDF manuals are all I could locate at the WA. They give instructions on how to roll-your-own Widgets.

See Also: Yahoo! Widgets

Compatibility
Architecture: PPC

Konfabulator (all versions) will run on Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar) and Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther). It may also run on 10.4 (Tiger) but this introduces Dashboard and adding Konfabulator to Tiger's desktop may be overkill.

Konfabulator tho', is pretty cool software. It may be just the excuse you need to fire up an old Mac.