Scriptures Dashboard Widget

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Scriptures Dashboard Widget

Postby cameronmoll-p40 » Mon Feb 04, 2008 1:55 pm

Hi everyone, first post here. The usual disclaimers that I'm a church employee at SLC headquarters and such (Interaction Design team).

I'm curious to know if any of you are interested in putting in some time to develop a Mac Dashboard Widget and/or Yahoo Widget for accessing scripture references quickly from one's desktop? My team has talked about building one in our downtime, but we have yet to find the time.

I recognize many of you are waiting for a scriptures API (see http://tech.lds.org/forum/showthread.php?t=78), but I also realize it's possible to put together an initial prototype even without an API.

At a minimum, I envision the widget being extremely simple, having a search field that functions like the one on this prototype:

* Go directly to a verse or search by keyword
* Shortcuts for book names: Try selecting the "Go to" radio button with these searches: "al 32 27", "1 ne 1", "jo 1"
* Full text of search results/verses would link to scriptures.lds.org

I'm excited to hear any replies here or by email.

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Windows Version

Postby Lane-p40 » Mon Feb 04, 2008 9:14 pm

This sounds like a great idea. I have created some Gadgets for WIndows Vista and am very interested in working on a Windows version.

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What about a google gadget?

Postby jimr17 » Tue Feb 05, 2008 6:13 pm

I'd be much more interested in a google gadget. Because of the over abundant use of advertising on too much of the screenspace, I have switched over to igoogle.com

Additionally, If one uses a DNS provider/blocking system like http://www.opendns.com then the pages for yahoo.com don't even display correctly.

BTW http://www.opendns.com is AWESOME for preventing even accidental loading of pornography or other malware because it prevents the domain from even resolving correctly, and advertisements on "legitmate" websites that are being served up by domains flagged by the system (and at a level that you have chosen to block) show up as blank boxes rather than racy pictures, or pictures that link to malware. It has my highest recommendation!!!

Jim

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Prototype = Amazing = You Have My Attention

Postby Josiah-p40 » Tue Feb 05, 2008 9:40 pm

cameronmoll - I LOVE your prototype! You've added meaning to my otherwise gutless 'free' phone. I also used it in a Religion class today when I forgot my other scriptures and we were called on to read a scripture together. I really owe you lunch.

I would love to do what I can to bring these widgets to life (though I can't promise the stars with time and talent). Like jimr17, I would also prefer a Google Gadget - particularly with the (IE) Toolbar beta 5 that lets nests widgets into the toolbar buttons now emerging (as I expect the Firefox version will soon follow). It is SO nice not have to go back to a homepage to use a widget.

But, in fairness, Google gadgets weren't your proposition, and we may be better serving to go to the Google Gadget thread to further that cause.

Let us know how you want to proceed with your widgets - I'm all ears.

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Postby cameronmoll-p40 » Wed Feb 06, 2008 12:29 pm

Awesome, thanks for the feedback and volunteering.

Anyone else?

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Postby bhofmann-p40 » Thu Feb 07, 2008 1:53 pm

jimr17 wrote:I'd be much more interested in a google gadget.


I'd like to put my vote in for a Google gadget.

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Postby bhofmann-p40 » Thu Feb 07, 2008 1:54 pm

Your prototype looks great by the way!

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You are serious?

Postby timzheng-p40 » Fri Feb 15, 2008 12:13 am

I thought you weren't serious about this widget thing. Ask Clifton to make a shinny html page and I will port it to Mac. It will take about 2-3 months though. hahaha. Sorry, school is killing me softly.

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Scriptures Widget Prototype

Postby chuckphillips-p40 » Mon Mar 03, 2008 4:04 pm

I decided to whip up a prototype for the Mac OS X Dashboard. It needs plenty of work, but it was pretty easy to get this far and wouldn't take much to finish the build out if you guys want to give me a hand with the aesthetics.

Download it here: http://www.scripturesapp.com/Scriptures.zip

Try searching for "1 ne. 3:1", "1 Nephi 3:1", "tent", "temples".

-Chuck

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Postby WelchTC » Tue Mar 04, 2008 5:48 am

chuckphillips wrote:I decided to whip up a prototype for the Mac OS X Dashboard. It needs plenty of work, but it was pretty easy to get this far and wouldn't take much to finish the build out if you guys want to give me a hand with the aesthetics.

Download it here: http://www.scripturesapp.com/Scriptures.zip

Try searching for "1 ne. 3:1", "1 Nephi 3:1", "tent", "temples".

-Chuck

I'm not running a Mac. If you have a screen shot that you can post, I'm sure that there are a lot of people that would love to see what you are doing.

Tom


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