Just like iOS, starting with Yosemite, OS X now supports having widgets in notification center, enabling you to take a quick look at something or do a simple task real quick without firing up an app. With just a click, now you can see weather forecasts, view calendar events, check stocks, make snappy calculations, and much more. Ever since this huge update, several app developers have started updating their apps to take advantage of the widget functionality. To access these widgets, simply open the notification center by clicking on the top-right of the OS X menu bar – you can manage and customize widgets by using the ‘Edit’ button at the bottom of Notification center panel.
In this post, I’ve rounded up some of the best and most useful notification center apps out there for Mac OS X.
Istatmini is a useful piece of widget sits in the notification center, displaying percentage of CPU and memory has used, the amount of storage your data consumed, and network activity.
At the price tag of $2.99, this notification center app offers enough information about your Mac’s performance. But if you are a power user and need a clear picture of how things are going on your Mac, you’d better go for Monity widget.
Monity is another useful system monitoring app, which helps you see some incredibly useful information about your Mac right within the Notification center. This widget ready system-monitoring tool can also be launched in standalone mode.
This notification center widget can provide several system information, including memory usage, system uptime, processes, temperature, network activity, battery usage, and much more. And of course, you can configure what categories should be in the widget and remove what’s not useful to you. Talking about price, it will set you back $4.99.
MonthlyCal is a beautiful and colorful monthly calendar widget that can be added in notification center. This handy widget comes with the price tag of $1.
Even though OS X 10.10+ comes with a calendar widget, it isn’t much useful. The default calendar widget only displays events and appointments you have added for the current day. What if you want to see all events and appointments you have added for the current month or coming months? Obviously, you would have to launch the calendar app for the same. But having this widget on your Mac’s notification center, you get a full calendar view of the current month, and let you browse added events and appointments without launching the calendar app.
Swift Note is another amazing notification center widget for OS X, which let you access and create quick notes on the fly. You could even change the background color of your notes.
Having this note widget on the notification center, you can create unlimited notes in a unique way without launching a dedicated app for the same purpose. But it doesn’t come free – will set you back $2.99.
Lyrical is a free Mac Notification center widget that shows the lyrics of whatever song being played on iTunes. Along with the lyrics, this beautiful widget also shows artist, song name, album artwork, set ratings and it even lets you control the playback and sound, right from the notification center.
Now you know some of the best notification center widgets available for Mac. These handy widgets are easy to use and don’t take up a lot of space. And it’s really useful to have widgets on the notification center to do small tasks real quick without launching a full-blown app. If you have come across any other handy OS X notification center widgets, just drop their names in comments.