I'm very excited to share with you my widgets article that I wrote for the Opera Spanish blog. It received good opinions from the readers and even better, the Opera Software Senior Marketing Manager Sargar Chandna congratulated and even thanked me for my article!
Here is the link to my article in the Opera Spanish blog:
I wrote the article in Spanish, but I translated it for you, so enjoy it!
This time I'll talk to you about a very interesting feature in Opera: Opera Widgets. I'll start by defining what a widget is and what it does, then I'll teach you how install and manage widgets and even how to develop your own widgets.
What are the Opera Widgets?
That is why the widgets are cross-platform and cross-device, which means that they can be implemented on many devices and platforms, from desktop computers, laptops to interesting devices like cellphones, smartphones, TVs and for almost any device.
So, are not proprietary technology from Opera?
Opera Widgets will be aligned to the W3C Widgets 1.0 specification when it is finalized, meaning you won’t get locked into a vendor-specific proprietary technology or delivery model.
It is worthwhile to clarify that Opera Widgets will be able to run on any operative system where Opera already is installed, however you don't need keep open the browser for run its, because Opera Widgets are independent applications like any application/program that you install on your computer such IM client, antivirus, web browser, and so on. Opera Widgets are smaller applications, but that does not mean that they aren't powerful.
How can I install an Opera Widget?
Installing a widget is very simple only go to Menu -> Widgets -> +Get Widgets
These steps will take you to the Opera Widgets Official Gallery. Here you can choose from hundreds of widgets, which are sorted by categories to facilitate your search .
What kind of Opera Widgets can I find?
Currently there are 18 categories at the Official Gallery, where you will find a wide variety of widgets that go from calculators to complete games. Current categories include:
|Time and Date||Science|
|Web Developer||Mail and Messaging|
|Movies and TV||Fun and Games|
|Radio and Music||Search Tools|
How can I use the Opera Widgets?
Once you installed a widget, that behaves like an independent installed aplication or program,so it can be managed both as a independently of Opera.
Managing the Opera Widgets from Opera
Is very simple to control widgets. There are two ways to do it:
First go to Menu -> Widgets -> Manage Widgets
The panel will display the Widget Administrator, where you can run, stop, add and uninstall the widgets.
The second way is simpler than the first, if you have activated the panel (you activate it by pressing F4 ). Just select the Widgets icon (the one that looks like a gear) and the Widget Administrator will be displayed.
|Just click the gear||Administrador de Opera Widgets|
Independently managing Opera Widgets
Running and managing Opera Widgets vary from Operative System to Operative System, below will describe how to do this in Windows (Xp,Vista,7) and on GNU/Linux.
First of all, again I insist that you remember Widgets are independent applications , so you can run the same way you do with the programs/applications.
On all Windows variants you can run any Opera Widget from the Start menu, only search between the installed programs because Widgets are listed there.
On Gnu/Linux, the way how you run and manage the widgets may vary according your distribution and how you have configured Opera. However, if you use desktop environments like GNOME, KDE, XFCE,LXDE, or Window managers like Enlightenment, Fluxbox, etc., the widgets generally aren't placed in a specific category, so you should look in the
Other section, Unknown and something similar.
On most desktops when you press Alt + F2, a text box will appear and you can introduce the name of the command/application that you want to run. This also applies to widgets. You can find the widgets directories and files on your personal directory, but they are hidden. (just press Ctrl+H for unhide ht hidden files)
I want to create my own widget!
You can create your own widget and share it with many people around the world! At the same time you're entering in a development field that allows your applications to be available through several Operative Systems and devices. And this includes interesting things like smartphones and televisions, but the most important thing is that you're giving the users freedom, because you're no longer chaining them to a single device.
Opera Opera has several resources to begin developing widgets on different platforms such:
For more information about this great technology implemented by Opera, we suggest the following useful links: