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New Picasa Photos Gadget

Conveniently view photos on your iGoogle page with my new Picasa Photos gadget.  There are several Picasa gadgets in the directory right now, but this one has some features the others don’t have.  There is a full screen mode, a thumbnail mode, a keywords/tags search.  Even if you don’t have a Picasa account, you can search for photos that are in the public gallery to display on your iGoogle page.  The gadget on this site is set to show pictures of dogs.


New Look for

I finally got around to redesigning the site!  At first, I was just going to use one of the ready made minimalist themes, but I wasn’t completely happy with any of them.  What I ended up doing was stripping down and tweaking the default Kubrick theme that comes with WordPress and adding a little code to generate the navigation tabs.  I’m probably going to be adding more to the footer over the next few days, like recent post links, recent comments links, and a search box.

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New Ball Clock Gadget

Check out the new Ball Clock gadget. Watch the balls as they drop every minute to display the current time. The balls in the top two ramps represent minutes and the balls in the bottom ramp represent the hours.

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Updated Look for Disc Drop

The Disc Drop gadget has been overhauled. I updated the code to actionscript 3 and in the process made it a little more pleasing to the eye. I also made it so that you can modify the colors. Here’s the link to the customization page:

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Customization Pages for the Stingray and Clock

Here are the customization pages for the Stingray and the Pendulum Clock gadgets.

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Create Custom Designs for iGoogle

This is some great news for you web designers out there.  You can now create your own themes for iGoogle and submit them to the theme directory for others to enjoy!  You can even create dynamic themes that change according to the time of day.

Here are some links to help get you started.

Theme Directory

Developer Guide

Submit a Theme

Themes API Group

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A Couple Bug Fixes

  1. Fixed the size option for the Spider on iGoogle and Google Desktop.
  2. Fixed a problem that caused the Turtle gadget not to render in some browser.
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Got the Latest Google Desktop?

I’ve been reading through a lot of the comments this morning and noticed that some people don’t have access to all the options for their gadgets. Google has fixed that problem by adding a scrollbar to the options page for universal gadgets. Another problem that people have reported is that they see a 10-15px white border around the gadgets of Google Desktop. You should update or install the latest version of Google Desktop to fix these problems.