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Stattoo  3

IconThis is another excellent application from Panic.

Your digital life has a lot of statistics: incoming mail, appointments, disk space.

Stattoo “tattoos” stats right on your desktop picture: out of the way, but always handy!

You drag “capsules” of information onto a dock of sorts, in any order you like. This dock can be dragged up or down the screen to where ever you like and the capsules can be centred or left or right aligned.

The information on offer includes:

The current world time at a glance
Disk Usage
How much space is left on any of your drives
The next three events in any or all of your calendars
Early warning if you’re running out of juice
Too lazy to stick your head of the window?
Playing Song
Can’t remember the name of the track playing in iTunes?
Tells you if the mail that’s just landed is from someone important
Everyone forgets the date at one time or another …

A lot of this information can be shown elsewhere, e.g. the date and time is most likely already in your menu bar and laptop users will probably have a battery meter somewhere, but you could free up some space in your menu bar if need be.

Desktop, 30 Nov 05

For me at least, the iCal and disk space modules are very useful: I have a terrible track record when it comes to remembering appointments and such and I already use the iCal Events widget on my Dashboard, but having it on my desktop is better because I don’t have to do something specific to see it, e.g. invoke Dashboard - whenever I close or minimise an app window and see my desktop, it’s there as a reminder. That may seem like a pretty lame reason to use it, but I am really forgetful sometimes and I need all the help I can get!

The disk space info is also useful for me because I’m always filling up my iDisk - I hate it when I drag ten or so items into my iDisk only to be told five minutes later, mid-way through uploading the files, that I’ve run out of space and have go in and remove some other files.

In my desktop screenshot, above, you’ll notice the wallpaper is quite dark - if you happen to have a light(er) wallpaper, you can alter the colour of the text and the transparency of the capsules to suit your set-up.

All-in-all this is a great looking and useful little app, plus it’s a bargain at 12.95USD (~7.53GBP).


Enjoyed some of your posts. I’m fairly new to Macs and I’ve been looking at peoples desktop screenshots to get an idea of what they run. It’s helped me find out about what most would consider ‘essential’ apps. I’m about to get a Nokia 6230 phone and it seems to have limited Mac support. I noticed what seems to be a 6230 icon on your dock. Care to share? - ER

It’s an app called PhoneDirector and it lets you do plenty of things with your phone+Mac. It won’t let you synchronise your address book like iSync does, but it does have plenty of other good features. I actually have a 6021 and it works just as well as I assume a 6230 would apart from the absence of a camera. - Timmargh

On the PhoneDirector site: it lists a whole lot of things that you can do with PhoneDirector and a compatible phone. The 6021 is not listed as a compatible phone. However I am very interested to hear that you have been able to use your 6021 with PhoneDirector Can you tell me what things from the Phonebook, SMS messages, Calendar and To-Do lists at the PhoneDirector site that you can and do with your Mac/6021/PhoneDirector combination? That would be a fantastic help. Thanks!! - rossmck