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24 Ideas for Openbravo Workspace Widgets

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

With Release Candidate 3 (RC3) we are one step closer to delivering the promise of Openbravo 3.0. In this blog post I want to focus on the most important change in RC3: Fully functional Workspace Widgets. I will give you 24 examples of all the cool things you can do with them.

In RC1 and RC2 the MyOpenbravo tab (from now on called: Workspace) already featured a set of static "fake" widgets that served as a preview of the real thing. In RC3, we have rebuilt them as components that are defined in the Application Dictionary and can be packaged as modules. This means that from now on you can start designing, developing and deploying widgets and share them with your team, company or the world. We will get you started with a set of out-of-the-box widgets but the real interesting ones will be developed by our community. Although our audience is different and smaller in volume than that for the iPhone or Android App Stores, I can´t help believing in a similar burst of creativity for our Openbravo Workspace Widgets. Everybody to whom I explained the concept of Workspace Widgets in the last months, instantly came up with amazing ideas, whether they be productivity enhancing, insight providing, process streamlining or just fun.

Through this blog post I want to get the creative juices flowing so here´s a bunch of raw ideas for Openbravo Workspace Widgets. Leave your comments below the images.

I am very excited to learn what you will come up with. Start building widgets now or first share your ideas here.

In a few days I will explain how to create a simple widget. [ update: here it is ]


Anonymous said...

Hi Rob,

Those widgets are great! :)

Have also a look at Netvibes for some examples:
* Netvibes & Sage
* Netvibes @ LeWeb

Rob Goris said...

Rafa, these are great examples (hilarious Sage/Netvibes presentation :-)). The LeWeb conference set of widgets is interesting; I can imagine having theme-packs for OB as well, packed in one module.