been working for a while on mac dashboard widgets. quite an eye opener in terms of market and opportunity.
usingÂ the mac dashcode tool i built a cheat sheet type widget with all the main vi commands. initially just released it to mac’s download site. however when i updated and got rid of the errors and duplication i also switched analytics on and saw quite a spike in visits. turns out that several other site had picked it up and added it toÂ theirÂ sites. one of these helpfully puts the download stats on line for the developer and i could see that about 300+ had been downloaded.
encouraged by this i released three more. sed, awk and grep in the same format. and over christmas iÂ combinedÂ sed and awk into one widget to saveÂ dashboardÂ space.
At the current moment the downloads from this site are
- vi 604
- sed 309
- awk 288
- grep 325
- sed+awk 287
the last one was something of a surprise as i released i about 18:00 on christmas day and the figure had got to that by 22:00 on boxing day. so quite quick growth.
next i plan to release them as iPhone/iPod applications.