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Mac Widgets

I'd like to see a simple Mac widget which integrates with SmartyPig. The widget could be as simple as a small image of each goal represented by a pig with the percentage complete on his belly. That way, any time I wanted to check how close I am to my goals, I just click on "dashboard" and I know, instantly. No need to visit the website, log-in, and all that jazz.

Web 2.0 companies do well catering to the mac crowd early in the development process. Mac users are generally more tech-savvy and "involved" in the tech community. They're also very good at "spreading the news" about new and upcoming websites to their PC owning friends/family.

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  • EMPLOYEE
    I’m digg'in this suggestion.
    @fivepoint,

    That's a good idea. Our current widget does integrate with dashboard (requires Mac OS 10.5 Leopard or newer). But our current widget displays just one goal at a time. One consolidated widget is a great idea and something we should consider. Would provide a nice snapshot for quick reference.
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  • Mike, perhaps you could shed a little more light on the topic. I'm pretty good at this stuff, and I can't find it anywhere! I see the facebook widget icon, and the blogger one, google, myspace, etc. but where is the mac/dashboard one?

    Also... separate but related topic... How about some iPhone love? :)
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  • @fivepoint,

    Couple things. In order to see the widget option, you must make your goal "public". Once the goal is designated as public, you will see the following option when managing your savings account. I really want to add some nice video tutorials demo'ing certain features of the site but we are rolling out some updates in the next month or so and wanted to wait until those were live. iPhone love eh? Yep. Have heard that from a few folks as well. What would you like to see on a SmartyPig iPhone app? Like to get your input. Thanks!

    • Mike, I just got off of the phone with your customer support staff, talked to a few separate individuals... neither of whom would tell me which icon represented the "Mac Dashboard" widget. If it is there, I can't find it... maybe it should be an image of an apple, or the "finder" icon. Not sure, but whatever it is now, isn't doing a good enough job.
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  • @fivepoint,

    Thanks for the heads-up on customer service. Will discuss this with them later today. The SmartyPig widget is actually built off the Clearspring widget platform. The icons are something we don't have any control over. But I have included a quick snapshot of the appropriate icon for dashboard.

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    Ahhhh! Ok, now I've got it. Here was my problem... I thought each of the icons onder the "option 2" section were individual links. Depending on which icon I clicked I would be sent to a different place.

    Ignore my comments earlier about the icon being wrong. That is the Dashboard icon. It is fine. The problem, I guess now is from a usability perspective. The first page isn't clear enough for me that you click the group of icons first, and THEN decide which widget you are going to be using. It seems as if you must make a commitment right there.

    Anyway, kind of my mistake here... Thanks for your help, Mike!
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  • @fivepoint,

    Glad to help. Ahh. I can totally see the confusion now. Will think about this a bit and see if we can better clarify in a future build.

    Thanks!
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