Dashboard is history in Catalina

So Dashboard is out of WebKit and out of Catalina. It’s a goner. No surprise, still a bummer.

Multiple little weather widgets only a keystroke away appeals to me much more than the single low-density weather I have now in the notifications panel.

What I’ll really miss though is being able to take any part of a web page and make a widget out of it. Simple minimal interface for creation built right into Safari and macOS. Used that a lot. Now I’ll have to see if I can extract relevant parts of web pages, make my own HTML page of that and put it into one of my favorite bookmarks so I can reach it with cmd-1-9 in Safari.

I wonder what percentage of Mac users even knew about Dashboard, much less used it? I haven’t seen it mentioned in years and last time I tried to make some Web clips, they didn’t work very well, which I attributed to Apple ignoring it for many releases of macOS.

I’ve never made a Web Clip, but I use Dashboard daily for a quick calendar and weather. Up until a few months ago, I had a radar widget in there too (it randomly stopped working).


Oh, you’re definitely on to something.

I’d say it’s quite the usual story. Apple introduces something neat with potential. They hype it. We all get excited. It comes out and some users make it part of their workflow, others migrate to it from other tools. A brief while goes by until Apple gets bored or distracted or makes an accountant their CEO (or some other boneheaded personnel decision). Then, they lose interest and stop developing that tool. The tool deteriorates and its use case starts to fall apart to the point where users are essentially forced to abandon it. A few cycles later Apple determines nobody is using the tool so they can it. And as that unfolds, the 140-character universe starts to wonder if anybody ever used that obscure tool. Rinse, wash, repeat.

Dashboard was first introduced in Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger in Apr 2005, so not all that brief.

Notification became the new location for widgets in macOS 10.10 Yosemite announced five years ago.