New Features in Yahoo! Widgets 4.5
The Widgets are tiny little application which runs on your desktop and can do vast variety of tasks without even opening a browser
Yahoo! Widgets 4.5 is now supported in the following Operating Systems
- Windows XP SP2, 2000 SP4
- Windows Vista
- Mac OS X 10.3.9 and above
Product tour for the Yahoo! Widgets 4.5 is available at the following location:
The most prominient feature of Yahoo! Widget 4.x was Widget Doc, which helps in keeping all the widgets organized over the desktop. Widget Doc is a place holder for keeping all of your widgets over one place and it can be placed over any corner of your desktop, even across multiple monitors. Widget Doc can also be used to display vital updates when a particular widget is running in hiden mode.
Top ten new enhancements in this release of Yahoo! Widgets includes
- Performance improvements
- Less memory consumption
- Mini widget concept
- Gallery Widget – A widget to browse and download new widgets from the Yahoo! widget gallery from the desktop itself.
- Widget Doc – a new way to keep your desktop uncluttered.
- Improved Security concept
- HTML Support
- Adobe Flash Support
- AJAX Support
- Video Support
I was able to install the Yahoo! Widgets 4.5 in just less than 5 minute. And all my previous widgets ran.
Local & Remote HTML Support
Now Yahoo! Widgets can be built using HTML.
Although remote HTML, HTML Fetched from Internet is als supported but it can only be executed in a sandbox kind of environment for security reasons.
Multimedia Content Support
Yahoo! Widget now includes Adobe Flash 9. Yahoo Widget UI can now be also built in Flash. The Flash objects allows developers to load Flash content into their Widgets. The Flash object exposes all methods that are normally available to Flash developers (Play, Stop, Back, Forward, Rewind, etc.). As with HTML objects, Flash objects can be combined with other Yahoo! Widget objects, rotated, etc.
As with Remote HTML objects , the integration between Flash and Yahoo! Widget is only unidirectional, it is not possible to call Yahoo! Widget APIs from within Flash.
Yahoo! Widgets can now also play multimedia contents on the desktop as they can now embed videos as well.
Yahoo! Widget 4.5 now includes an enhanced security block concept.
Enhanced Security Concept
Yahoo! Widgets version 4.5 allows developers to specify Widget operations, such as file system access or Internet access, in fine-grained detail. This information is displayed to the end-user in a redesigned security dialog when the Widget runs for the first time. If the Widget tries to perform a potentially malicious operation that was not declared in the security block, Yahoo! Widget Engine stops the execution of the widget. If the security block is not present, the user is notified that full rights are being granted to the Widget — this allows legacy Widgets, which were created without a security block, to run.