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Replace all of your Mac’s Dashboard widgets using the new Today view in Yosemite. Here’s where to find Notification Centre widgets for sports scores, currency value, package tracking, and literally anything you can get by typing a Terminal command.

The Dashboard is dying. Most users ignore it, and not many developers are building things for it. Apple knows this, and added an option to Yosemite to turn the Dashboard off altogether.

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Of course, there might be some Dashboard widgets you actually still use 11 Mac Dashboard Widgets You'll Actually Use 11 Mac Dashboard Widgets You'll Actually Use How long has it been since you used your Mac's Dashboard? If you're like most users, it's been a long time – and that's too bad. Read More – I know there were for me. Which is where the new Today view in Notification Centre comes in.

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Can this new feature replace Dashboard entirely? I wanted to find out, so I tried to replace every widget in my Notification Centre. Included by default are options for seeing my Calendar, Reminders, the weather, stock prices and even a calculator. That’s half my uses for Dashboard right there, but I needed more. Here’s what I found.

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See The Scores With Yahoo Sports

One of the default widgets Apple offered for Dashboard was ESPN, which gave you the latest scores for whatever sport you liked. The Sports Fan widget did an even better job.

For some reason there isn’t a default tool for this in Notification Centre, but don’t worry: Yahoo’s got a great offering.

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Yes, Yahoo. Don’t be surprised: we’ve told you about Yahoo’s surprisingly good mobile sports app Yahoo Sportacular: A Sports App For Fan And Geek Alike [Android] Yahoo Sportacular: A Sports App For Fan And Geek Alike [Android] Stay up-to-the-second with scores from your favorite sports teams. With support for most sports – including the NHL, NBA, NFL and several different football (soccer) leagues – Yahoo's Sportacular app for Android is the easiest... Read More , which lets you pick your favourite teams and gives you the scores for them. Their Mac app does the same thing, but in the Notification Centre.

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Just add your favourite teams and you’ll always know the score – click to see when the next games are. There’s support for a wide range of leagues:

  • NFL
  • MLB
  • NBA
  • NHL
  • NCAA (Football and Basketball)
  • Barclays Premier League
  • Spanish La Liga
  • Italian Serie A
  • German Bundeslia
  • Champions League

Track Incoming Packages with Deliveries ($5)

For years, JuneCloud’s Delivery Status for Mac was a great argument for keeping the Dashboard around. Not anymore: Junecloud just released Deliveries, a full desktop app for Mac. Naturally, it comes with a Today widget.

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If you’ve been using JuneCloud’s (free) widget for years, you know this tool is worth the $5 – reviews on the App Store seem to agree.

Still, if you’re not willing to pay, a free app called Parcel is worth checking out. Just know that it can only track three shipments at a time without a $2 annual subscription.

Compare Currency Prices With Coinverter (direct link to public beta)

If you’re travelling, it’s good to know what your money is worth. Coinverter, long a favourite currency app for the iPhone, is currently offering a public beta for Mac – and it supports the new Notification Widgets.

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There’s even support for Bitcoin prices, so even digital speculators cryptocurrency users can find a use for this. The app is currently in open beta, and will be release on the Mac App Store when it’s ready (at which point the above link will probably break).

See Your Inbox With Airmail

A number of existing apps added support for these new widgets – if you have the app, the widgets should show up without the need for you to do anything. Minimalistic email app Airmail, which our own Matt Hughes said is making email beautiful again Airmail for Mac OS X Is Making Email Beautiful Again Airmail for Mac OS X Is Making Email Beautiful Again When I first heard of Airmail, I must admit I questioned if I really needed a new way to check my email. Like many people, Mail.app satisfied all of my email requirements, and I struggled... Read More , is among them.

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With the new widget you can open, reply to and delete emails directly. It’s great for quickly cleaning out your inbox before you dive into it later.

Manage Your To-Do List With Wunderlist

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Not a fan of the defaults Reminders list for tracking your to-dos? Wunderlist also offers a Today widget, letting you see and complete your tasks.

See The Output Of Any Terminal Command

Just days after Yosemite was released, Reddit user 5HT-2a created an app for displaying Shell scripts. With it you can display the output of any Terminal command, similar to Geektool.

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I’m sure you guys can suggest a few commands in the comments below, but I thought I’d show you how to get the features above. Note that the long spaces followed by a semicolon is required for the clean seen above – otherwise you’ll see the entire command.

Quote Of The Day

This one pulls a quote from BrainyQuote.com. Here’s the command:

curl --silent www.brainyquote.com/quotes_of_the_day.html | egrep '(span class=\"bqQuoteLink\")|(div class=\"bq-aut\")' | sed -n '1p; 2p; ' | sed -e 's/<[^>]*>//g'

And here’s the command again, this time with a title and spacing so it will look nicer:

Quote of the Day                                     ; curl --silent www.brainyquote.com/quotes_of_the_day.html | egrep '(span class=\"bqQuoteLink\")|(div class=\"bq-aut\")' | sed -n '1p; 2p; ' | sed -e 's/<[^>]*>//g'

Battery Status:

This simple command tells you how charged your battery is, and how long it will last. Here’s the command:

pmset -g batt | { read; read n status; echo "$status"; }

And here it is with a title and spacing:

Battery                                        ; pmset -g batt | { read; read n status; echo "$status"; }

Uptime:

This couldn’t be simpler: it just tells you how long your computer has been on. Here’s the command:

uptime

And here it is with a title and spacing:

Current Uptime                                 ; uptime

What Will You Add?

I’m sure you guys can offer plenty of other commands for this widget, so let’s talk about that below. Or, if you find any other cool Notification Centre widgets, feel free to point those out as well.

  1. Peter
    September 18, 2016 at 11:22 pm

    Actually Dashboard is much superior to notification center. Use it all the time for:
    - dictionary
    - world time
    - weather
    - translate
    - contact search
    - calendar
    - stocks
    - wake on LAN
    - unit converter
    - sticky notes
    - clip of a webpage I follow

    Notification center is:
    - too small
    - clumsy / slow to access its functions (because it's small)
    - overlays the stuff behind it (Dashboard is semi-transparent unless you set/keep the non-sensical setting "show as space" for it). Thus, you can actually use the information being displayed on your screen when working with a widget.

    I truly hope the dashboard will not be removed. Notifications center is useless for me and not at all a replacement.

  2. boris
    January 12, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    I am missing a simple post-it note for writing notes or general todolists - don't want to use an external service...

    I can't find anything like that. Have you?

    • Justin Pot
      January 12, 2015 at 9:41 pm

      I'd just use the Reminders widget for this. I can't seem to find a straight-up sticky note service that lives in the notification center.

    • Anonymous
      March 21, 2015 at 4:05 am

      Stickies is still under Applications.

    • Justin Pot
      March 21, 2015 at 3:09 pm

      Stickies as an app is pretty cool, but I think Boris is looking for a widget.

  3. billybob
    December 8, 2014 at 8:29 am

    Don't understand the hate (or maybe disinterest is better) of Dashboard.

    Why drag a nearly useless tight little screen into your workspace with Notifications, when you can move over to a whole page with USEABLE space.

    If you want the "concept" of popup notifications, that's fine, manage them with reminders or something.

    • Justin Pot
      December 8, 2014 at 3:22 pm

      I love the Dashboard, actually – I just think developers mostly stopped making new widgets for it a long time ago, and that there are increasingly few widgets still updated regularly.

      I guess I'm just seeing the writing on the wall and am trying to prepare.

  4. Lee
    November 27, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    I much prefer to have a calendar that displays month view, to have other related things handy (like calc, notes, weather...), that I can move around, like on a desktop. I don't like the fixed location of the notification centre when I can have widgets spread conveniently across the screen for me to use.

    It's much quicker to have dashboard on a hot corner & simply flick the cursor there for it to open / close.

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