Widgets enables you to create and edit Web-based XML extensions (widgets) and make those widgets available to users from a central widget catalog.
Wizards are available to assist you in configuring new widgets.
Setting Widgets preferences: XPD622
Use the Widgets preferences panel to specify the name of the catalog server, update interval, and widget catalog categories to install. Also use the Widgets preferences panel to toggle display of the Widgets toolbar buttons, the Tools - Widgets menu options, and the My Widgets sidebar panel. The catalog is a central repository for widgets that you can add to, update, and retrieve from or be provisioned with. These settings can be initially set using Eclipse preferences (PLUGIN_CUSTOMIZATION.INI file).
Browsing the catalog: XPD622
You can browse the catalog to optionally add widgets to your My Widgets sidebar panel.
Creating a new widget category: XPD622
You can create category names to group widgets relative to a user distinction, such as a project team or job type, when you publish the widget to the catalog.
Updating widgets from the catalog: XPD622
You can update widgets from the catalog so that any new, updated, or deleted widgets in the catalog are reflected in your local client.
Configuring widgets using the wizards: XPD622
Wizards are available to power users for all widget creation tasks. Click the Getting Started with Widgets
toolbar button to begin.
Importing and exporting widgets: XPD622
You can add a new widget to the My Widgets sidebar panel by importing its properly formatted XML extension file. You can also export the XML extension for selected widgets in the My Widgets sidebar panel to a single XML file.
Opening a widget in a dashboard: XPD622
You can select two or more widgets in the My Widgets sidebar panel and open them in a dashboard. This enables you to display and link between multiple services in a single pane. For example, you may want to create a widget that displays both a map and a weather forecast.
Changing a published widget and updating the catalog: XPD622
You can change a widget in your My Widgets sidebar panel that you had previously published to the catalog. However, once you change the widget locally, for example by changing a default property value, you must update the catalog master.
Removing a component: XPD622
You might be able to remove a widget from the My Widgets sidebar panel using the Remove
option. You cannot remove a widget in this manner if it was installed as part of a widget category.
Setting or changing component properties: XPD622
You can set or change default component properties. For example, properties available for a local weather component could include a zip code.