10 of the Best Google Gadgets

We’re actually in a growing world of Google Gadgets, and I wouldn’t be surprised if you’re building a Gadget while reading this. But, if you’re looking to make your Google Gadget and don’t know where and how to start? Just read through this tutorial, I’m sure it comes in handy!

Google Gadgets? What are they really? I hear of them a lot now a days. In simple terms, Google Gadgets are mini-web applications or widgets you can easily embed into Google products, like iGoogle, Google Desktop and Blogger.

A Google gadget can range from simple HTML to a complex app. It can be a Calendar, a Clock gadget, a Weather Globe, a Media Player, a Diagram Viewer or just about anything you’d like to have on your web page. There are so many Google Gadgets out there, but I’ve picked the best 10 which I thought are fun, interesting and useful to be working with. So here you go!

1) TwitterGadget

twitter-gadget

This is a functional gadget that can be added on your iGoogle page. TwitterGaget lets you update your status and also fetches the New Tweet Alerts, Trending Topics and Twitter Lists. It’s quite handy, since you can now manage your Twitter account from the iGoogle page.

2) Official YouTube Gadget

youtube-gadget

Embedding this gadget helps you browse, search and watch You Tube videos from your iGoogle, your blog or your website. With this gadget, you can link to You Tube videos and let your website visitors check them out.

3) Creately Diagram Viewer

creately-gadget

Creately is an Easy Online Diagram and Collaboration application, which helps you draw flowcharts, UML, Mindmaps, Sitemaps, UI Mockups and more. Now, you can add an always-updated Creately diagram with zooming and panning to your page. Whenever anyone updates the diagram, the latest version will be shown inside the gadget. No more manual image uploads!

4) Digg

digg-gadget

Add this gadget to your iGoogle or your website and discover the best news, images and videos as voted on by the Digg community. You can also now customize your Digg gadget by topic, Select the topic you are interested in and get the latest diggs relevant to that topic!

5) Life tips of the Day

life-tips-of-the-day-gadget

Are you looking for a tip on Skin Care, Health or Cooking? This gadget offers free tips, advice and how-to guides on anything and everything you want – cooking, gardening, health, jobs and more!

6) Movie Trailer of the Day

movie-trailer-gadget

Want to watch a movie, but not sure which movie? No more confusion! Get this gadget and start watching the movie trailers of the latest and upcoming movies.

7) Hangaroo

hangaroo-gadget

Want to play? Then add this gadget and start playing Hangman! This is a Hangman clone that hangs a Kangaroo instead.

8) Financial Calculator

calculator-gadget

The Financial Calculator gadget makes your calculations easy. It saves a lot of your time, is an attractive gadget and will not occupy much of your space. This calculating gadget is a good pick.

9) Socializer by web2announcer.com

socializer-gadget

This is a great gadget which connects you with all the web 2.0 sites. It brings together a whole list of latest stories from Digg, Del.icio.us and more.

10) Wikipedia

wikipedia-gadget

Do you use Wikipedia a lot? Embed this gadget and search for articles or keywords on Wikipedia directly from your iGoogle page, your blog or your website.

Guest post by Indu Kandasamy, the Marketing Maven at Creately.com, a collaborative diagramming software for teams. When she’s not working on marketing strategies for web start-ups, she paints and loves to create designs for printed textiles. You can read more of her writing on the Creately Blog or follow her on Twitter: @creately @induja

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Creately turns One with a major update to its collaborative diagramming platform

Creately turns One with a major update to its collaborative diagramming platform

PRLog (Press Release)Sep 17, 2010 – This week Creately celebrates its first birthday by announcing a major product update to its
online collaborative diagramming platform introducing new capabilities and features tosimplify how businesses collaborate on diagrams and non-text based documents.

“We’ve been selling the Creately Online Diagramming platform for a year now and it has been extremely well received by the market. We feel the time is now right to expand our offering to reach the professional segments in the market.” said Chandika Jayasundara, CEO of Cinergix Pty Ltd.

In line with this, Creately comes with a refreshed interface, brand new customizable smart
objects for Wireframing, UML and Database designs and the Creately Diagram Viewer, a simple embeddable widget that allows user’s to include a zoom-able, sharable and always updated Creately diagrams in any web page.

Creately Diagram Viewer is a HTML5 web widget that’s designed to make sharing business and technical diagrams very easy. The new Diagram Viewer will come with full zoom and pan capabilities that will allow users to embed even large diagrams without losing any of the diagram’s resolution. Along with built in sharing buttons from popular online communities, the new Diagram Viewer will provide an innovative collaboration experience.

“With this viewer, its now faster and easier for businesses to share their flowcharts, org charts, and other business diagrams with their staff. And we’ve added a Google Gadget to the mix, so our Google Apps customers can include the Diagram Viewer in their Google Sites.” added Mr Jayasundara. “With this announcement, Google Sites finally gets what it was missing - built-in diagrams that work just like the wiki does.”

Besides the viewer, Creately now comes with new smart shapes for Wireframing, UML and
Database design. “We’ve worked hard in putting the final touches to a brand new smart KObject framework to bring a new level of ease of use and flexibility to your Creately diagrams.” says Chandika Jayasundara, CEO, Cinergix Pty Ltd. “These shapes can now be easily configured, which means you can change the way they look by simply editing the Text in them”.

The Diagram Viewer is available immediately to all Creately users. Examples of the Viewer can be seen on the Creately Community Diagram Pages - http://creately.com/diagram-index.

More information on this announcement can be found on the Creately blog -
http://creately.com/blog/announcements/a-bigger-badder-c …
http://creately.com/blog/announcements/beautiful-new-cre …

About Cinergix

Cinergix is an Australia based company that builds and sells Creately - a diagramming platform and its patent-pending KObject technology. Creately is a powerful web-based software with an interactive interface and collaborative capabilities that are changing the way teams communicate and collaborate online. This new paradigm of leveraging user-generated content for design work will enable Cinergix to support the long trail of design problems. Started in 2008 by a team from Sri Lanka, the UK, and Singapore, the company also runs a research and development centre in Colombo, Sri Lanka. For more information, visit http://creately.com/about-us.

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Creately is a collaborative diagramming software used by teams around the world to communicate more effectively. Creately lets users invite team-members and clients to collaborate on flowcharts, software designs, wireframes and business diagrams easily. Loaded with a large selection of smart objects and ready-made templates, Creately offers unlimited possibilities with the types of diagrams that can be created. Creately is offered as a web-based application with an intuitive and powerful interface which runs in your browser.


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Creately Blog » Beautiful new Creately Diagram Viewer

We are really excited to launch our Creately Diagram Viewer today. It’s a simple embed widget that lets you add a zoomablealways updated Creately diagram in any web page. To top it off, we’ve created a Google Gadget for our new Diagram Viewer, so it works nicely on Google Sites for all our Google Apps customers too.

Diagram Viewer Widget

First off, the Diagram Viewer Widget. This is a HTML5 web gadget that lets you easily embed an interactive diagram viewer into any webpage. By simply pasting the embed code into your webpage, you’ll be able to publish and share your diagram anywhere.

Great Features

The Diagram Viewer, comes with some great features that makes sharing diagrams with Creately a breeze.

First off, you can set up the dimensions of you widget so it fits perfectly into any webpage. But the best part is the Zoom and Pan features that make it perfect for large diagrams. There’s now no need to scale your exports and lose the details of your diagrams. Simply set up the size of your widget and embed it into any webpage.

Mouseover to see the Viewer in action

Alway Updated

Your embedded diagram is always up to date. With this widget, your embedded diagram is automatically updated when anyone makes a change in the original Creately diagram. So there’s no need to keep uploading updated images to your website.

And to help you share, we’ve built in Facebook share and Twitter buttons in the widget. Embed your diagrams on your site and get more love for your work.

Community Diagram Pages

You can take the Diagram Viewer Widget for a spin on our Public Diagram Pages. The embed code for all the diagrams is right there, so copy and embed away! If you liked any diagram, show your love by sharing it via Social Media with 1-click!

Creately Diagram Viewer Widget

Google Gadget For Apps and iGoogle

Creately is loved by thousands of google apps users, and we’ve been working hard to bring better diagram collaboration to them. So this week, Google Sites finally gets what it was missing - built-in diagrams that work just like the wiki does.

The brand new Creately Gadget for Google Sites and iGoogle makes it easy to embed the new Diagram Viewer into the Google Platform. This way, anyone who edits the Site can also access and update the Creately diagram from right within Google Apps.

Just like the HTML5 viewer, the Gadget’s diagram is alway up to date for true collaborative working.

Creately Diagram Viewer Google Gadget

No More Squinting

The Google Gadget allows you to embed multiple diagrams from the Creately App in a single page along with explanatory text. You can create really big diagrams, and still embed them on site pages without having to scale them down. Just alter the display dimensions of the gadget and click to embed. Your site page now remains neat and intact with all the Creately diagrams appearing within a Creately Player in uniform dimensions.

You can learn how to embed this gadget on Google Site by visiting our Embed Gadget Instructions page! Or check out the Creately Google Gadgets listing page - and dont forget to leave us a review :-) Thanks!

@Creately Team

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