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Wordcount Widget!

I've been tracking my wordcount since December with some really great results, but I've also been burning up vacation days that I had to use by 1/31 and therefore I've been home to write. I decided that I wanted to shift to a weekly goal rather than a daily goal, which would allow me to be more flexible depending on the other obligations I had on a particular day. I decided I wanted to write 10K words per week, and I wanted a widget to keep track of that for me.

It seemed like something that should be out there. A simple progress bar of some sort, y'know? I scoured NetVibes, since I've been tracking to-dos and keeping notes there, but came up empty handed. I decided that I'd get a Dashboard widget instead, since there were probably more to choose from.

I swear, I burned at least two hours searching. I was searching broadly, too, even for something like a check register, since that would allow me to start with a balance of 10K and "deduct" my word count for the day.

I finally, finally found one.

I loved the ways in which it could be customized, from the title to the units of measure (I changed to "words"). You change the date in the center and enter your amount. You can enter multiple amounts. Let's say I wrote 1000 words and put it in, and then later I surprised myself and wrote 500 more. I would leave the date as-is and add the 500. The tray on the right tallies my count and shows how close I am to my goal. You can set the tally for months, days, year-to-date, whatever it is you're tracking.

The left tray shows your daily progress as a graph. (I would have liked a cumulative graph instead of a comparative one, but it doesn't look like I can do that. Wait, I just looked at the site, maybe I can if I upgrade from the free to the $5 version!) If you hover the cursor over a point, it will give you expanded data for that day.

It's a Mac thing. Sorry, PC users.



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Jan. 18th, 2008 01:38 pm (UTC)

I thank you for doing the searching. *bows to you*
Jan. 18th, 2008 01:52 pm (UTC)
Hah, I wondered if this would float your boat!

I also got a laugh from your icon.
Jan. 18th, 2008 02:00 pm (UTC)

Did you see my post on Tuesday? I'm getting a new toy. :>

I'm GIDDY, I tell you. GIDDY.
Jan. 18th, 2008 02:35 pm (UTC)
OMG, I missed that. Holy Cow! Do you know when you'll get it?

The last time I upgraded, I splurged on the biggest, most powerful iMac they had so that I could run things like Photoshop, Garage Band, etc. A Power PC would have been beefier but I couldn't afford one for home. I've got one at the day job, though.

I think laptops function differently than desktops. You don't expect to run memory-hog programs on them. These are just things I'm thinking in response to your thread on your new toy.

In that sense, I've been pretty pleased with my AlphaSmart Dana, for the money. You turn it on, and it's just on. No booting, no virus scan, no BS. I have a Windows Laptop and I've maybe used the CD/DVD drive on it twice in the past year and a half. Once was to try and take screen caps of a DVD that my Mac couldn't read. I spent hours and got a bunch of black screen caps for my trouble. I wouldn't miss the CD drive.

I wonder how you load software on it, though. All through the Airport?

Jan. 18th, 2008 02:46 pm (UTC)
You load by piggybacking onto another machine if you can't do it wirelessly. :D

I was seriously looking as a ......... oh shoot, I deleted the link. Asurus? Could that be right? A $600 laptop for word processing and wireless. But Mr B told me to wait a week and see what Apple was doing.

I will *never* go back to a desktop. I've been using a laptop for almost 4 years (running everything I could possibly need -- All of MS office, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, all the iLife programs, Quicktime Pro for video editing, Toast Titanium etc etc) and for the way I use a computer I can't see in anything in a desktop to lure me back.

Except a huge ass monitor. But I'd give that up in a heartbeat to work from bed all the time. :D

So now I'm ditching the optical drive and going SMALL! They tell me it will arrive on or around February 18 -- I'm sure I'll be babbling all over the place by then :D
Jan. 18th, 2008 03:15 pm (UTC)
LOL, I use the laptop and Dana to work in bed, too. There's a point where a big screen becomes too much, when you have to move your head around too much to see things. It's great for looking at things side-by-side, but if you're like me and 80% of the stuff you do is WRITING, the big screen isn't really being used.

(And now to flip-flop) I've been planning to move my writing space out of the bedroom, and I've just now realized that's going to really put a damper on all the shows we watch on the Mac. Grr.

Maybe I'll just write with my laptop in the new office. Hm.

I'll bet the Asurus would've driven you nuts. It seems like all my Windows Laptop does is download virus definitions, update itself, scan itself, and block things from legitimate places that I need to see. The only time I sent myself a word doc to work on, it blocked the email and claimed it was a virus. I then figured out that I'd need to use a USB drive to move files if I ever expected those files to show up on the laptop.
Jan. 18th, 2008 03:34 pm (UTC)
Holy cow, that sounds so frustrating! My only worry about the Air at the moment is how it's going to handle the transfer of my third party software, like Photoshop. Mostly because I'm a DORK and don't have a record of the authentication keys, so I'm a little terrified.

I shall request prayers and good thoughts when it's time to migrate :D
Jan. 18th, 2008 03:58 pm (UTC)
I don't blame you! Adobe has cracked down so hard on their permissions that I'm scared to do things that are LEGAL with it. (For instance, my work license states that I can have a copy of it at my home, as long as the two computers are not using the software simultaneously.) I still feel like a cheat having installed the work software at home.

The last time I had to call Adobe re: my authentication keys, I got some guy in India with a fake-westernized name (you know how they do that? "Hi, I'm Bob, how can I help you?" in a super-thick Indian accent, like it makes any difference?) who told me that I could only install my Photoshop on one computer per key. However, I've always known about that two-computer deal, my contact at PCmallgov confirmed it, and careful reading of the policy confirmed it as well.
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