Uncool ripple effect in Mac OS X Tiger Dashboard

Michael Geary | Sat, 2005-04-30 02:01

Mike Sax reports on the new Dashboard feature in Mac OS X Tiger.

Two things struck me watching the demo movie:

Flipping the widgets over to enter settings on the “back” of them is a great idea. It ties together the settings panel and the normal display panel very nicely. OTOH, it wouldn’t help in a case where you’d like to see the effect of your settings immediately. What do you do then: Keep flipping the widget over back and forth until you have it the way you want?

When you drop a widget on the dashboard, it appears with a “cool ripple effect” (Apple’s words). To me, this was interesting the first time, annoying the second, and by the third time I was hoping I would never have to see that “cool ripple effect” again.

Why would a dashboard ripple anyway? Am I supposed to believe it’s a body of water? Maybe it wouldn’t be so annoying if it made the slightest bit of sense.

Submitted by Allan (not verified) on Wed, 2005-07-27 14:40.

The ripple effect with widgets literally makes me nauseous and nearly running for the bathroom. I am extremely disappointed that there is no apparent way to turn it off. I am equally surprised that no one considered that, while some people may consider it “cool,” others may not. I would wager that the rippling action could accidently trigger an epileptic seizure (I’m actually serious here) and that Apple could be liable.

Is there no way to turn it off!?!?

Submitted by beeman (not verified) on Wed, 2005-08-10 07:39.

by default this is not enabled afaik…

Submitted by chaoszcat (not verified) on Tue, 2008-06-10 07:48.

Haha, it’s kinda annoying, really. When it starts rippling, just click the widget again to cancel the ripple Don’t think there is way to turn it off. Lol.