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
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
You can browse the catalog to optionally add widgets to your My Widgets sidebar panel.
Updating widgets from the catalog
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
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
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
You can open a widget, for example, a local weather display, using one of several options.
Opening a widget in a dashboard
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
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
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
You can set or change default component properties. For example, properties available for a local weather component could include a zip code.
Hiding and showing all widgets in the My Widgets sidebar panel
A user can right click on one or more widgets and select the Hide action to hide the widgets in the My Widgets sidebar panel. The widget actions are still available to use.
Reusing sidebar panel for the same widget action
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Specifying a custom widget icon for the sidebar
Power users and administrators can add a viewImageUrl attribute to the palleteItem element in a widget's extension.xml definition to specify a custom icon to use in the sidebar view/title bar.
Installing a widget from a .zip file
Users can install a widget that is supplied to them as a .zip file. Users can either drag and drop the .zip file into their My Widgets sidebar panel or use the Import menu option from the My Widgets sidebar panel.
Publishing to the widgets catalog
From your client, you are able to publish a widget directly to the Widget Catalog.