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Google Desktop for Mac updated “adds Google Gadgets for the Mac”

Google has released a new version of Google Desktop for Mac, with a new feature Google Gadgets for the Mac. This was previously available on the Windows version only. One difference is that the gadgets on the Mac version will be placed on the Dashboard instead of a separate sidebar in the Windows version.

From Google Blog post: With this launch, we’re bringing hundreds of Google Gadgets to the Mac OS X platform. You can take advantage of gadgets to do things like browse YouTube videos, nurture a virtual flower pot, or even check your day’s agenda in Dashboard.

Not only that, the new Google Gadgets applications let you add gadgets with one click and interact with them beside your Apple widgets in Dashboard. There’s an automatic update to the gadget list each week….

What’s the use of Google Desktop Gadgets if Mac already have Dashboard widgets, you may ask? Well, answer is quite simple: the Mac users will have more choices for what to put on their Dashboards, there are currently about 700 Google Gadgets in their Plugins directory.

Since the gadgets are mostly written in XML and JavaScript (and often times CSS), they are cross-platform that can be run on iGoogle, and both Windows and Mac version of Google Desktop, without having the developers to rewrite the gadgets again, there are a few rules to watch out though.[googlified]

Watch the Gadget application in action:

Google Desktop, Google Gadgets, Mac OS X, Gadget, New Features, Google, Internet Video, YouTube

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