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Yahoo Adds Search Gadget For Vista


Yahoo has released a Sidebar Gadget for Windows Vista. The Gadget lets you search the web, as well as several other Yahoo search engines (Shopping, Answers, Local, Images, Video, Audio, Directory, Jobs, and News), and comes in five colors (transparent Aero Glass, purple, blue, and pink).

Comparison search Gadgets

In the second screenshot right above this paragraph, you can see the Gadget along with the independent Google and search Gadgets I run on my desktop. While the Yahoo Gadget opens search results in your current browser windows (not even a new one), those Gadgets use an inline window that belongs to the Gadget. Not only is it visually cooler, it’s far more useful, running the search straight in the Gadget. Who knows, maybe Yahoo will add that feature eventually.
(via LiveSide)

February 9th, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | General, Windows, Yahoo, Vista, Sidebar | no comments

Turn Any Google Gadget Into A Windows Sidebar Gadget

Nice! Someone has written a program that will turn any Google Gadget into a Sidebar Gadget for Windows Vista. The Amnesty Generator (version 0.5b) will take the code for a Google Gadget, or almost any type of web widget, and make it work on Windows Vista. This is exactly the sort of thing I’d hoped someone would do, giving Windows Vista access to the thousands of Google Gadgets without installing a ton of GoogleWare.
(via WinMatrix > Digg)

So, here’s what you need to do:

  • Head to Google’s Gadgets for your Webpage directory
  • Find a Gadget that you like (make sure it renders on the page, otherwise it probably won’t work), configure it, and copy the code to add to your webpage
  • Paste that code into Amnesty Generator’s big text box, press Tab on your keyboard, and Amnesty will auto-fill most of the fields. Fix any as necessary, create a thumbnail if you’d like, and click Generate.
  • Open the Sidebar’s Gadget Gallery by clicking the plus sign at the top of the Sidebar.
  • Find your new Gadget (you did name it, right?) in the Gallery and drag it to the desktop or Sidebar
  • Ta-da! You’re done, baby!

Amnesty Windows Vista Sidebar Gadget

The hilarious thing is that this is designed to bring Google web Gadgets to Windows Vista, but there’s no way to bring Windows Live Gadgets into Vista.

Oh, wait! That’s right, I solved that problem two months ago! Just alter this code with the Windows Live Gadget XML you want and the proportions you need, and you can put Windows Live Gadgets on the Vista Sidebar, too:

< iframe frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="margin:5px 0px 0px 0px;width:150px; height:350px;" allowtransparency="true"
src="'WallClock'%7D" >< /iframe >

Here’s that Gadget, the iPhone Countdown Gadget, running on my desktop:

iPhone Countdown Gadget in Vista

If you get the proportions wrong, don’t sweat it, you can re-generate the Gadget, and as long as it has the same name, it’ll replace the one you made before.

The verdict: I’m seeing some bugs and annoyances, but this is going to be the killer Gadget when it’s done. I can’t wait to see the next version, which should hopefully fix any little problems. A must-have Gadget for the Vista Sidebar connoisseur.

February 7th, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | General, Windows, Google, Vista, Live, Sidebar | one comment