Actually, I just spent some time googling for a factoid I heard long ago: some of the software included with system 8 or 9 had been developed as freeware/shareware, and Apple included it into the system with no alterations.
I can't find a reference on the net, and I can't remember which software it was. It was one or two small things, like desk accessories, I think.
Last edited by lpkmckenna; Jul 12th, 2005 at 10:27 PM.
Why didn't they simply include Konfabulator and recognize Arlo and Perry's work, instead, they just ripped it off!
While they could have given more recognition to Arlo and Perry, the truth is that Konfabulator would never have been appropriate to include into the OS.
Konfabulator used a bizarre format for creating widgets. Dashboard's widgets are just web pages, making them far simpler to develop but more powerful.
Konfabulator was a resource hog. Dashboard is pretty lightweight.
I think the technical reason's Apple didn't buy and use Konfabulator are pretty clear.
But in terms of the new widget manager, Apple's does nothing that Daniels' didn't. And Apple has made their own Shelf completely obsolete. I simply don't understand why Apple made the Shelf in the first place! It's the least capable interface Apple could have come up with.