Working with Makagiga, the digital office

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By default, Makagiga opens the Widgets page on the pinboard each time the program starts. This segment displays the actual workspace, which can be filled with individual work elements. It lets you arrange and administer individual notes. You can also assign titles to each note, plus you can use the Settings button at the bottom edge of a note to create a customized look-and-feel for the note. The note's content can be printed out using the print icon located again at the bottom edge that appears when a note is selected.

There are two methods for adding additional widgets to the pinboard. The first is to select Add Widget in a context menu that you call by right-clicking in free space. This will cause four different alternatives to appear. The second method is to click on the Add Widget button sitting above the pinboard. This allows you to distribute the widgets onto two work areas, which are called using the 1 and 2 buttons directly above the pinboard.

Since Makagiga has been built with a modular design, you can add additional elements. The selection of different themes for modifying the visual appearance ranges from the display software for various file and image formats to clocks that can be placed on the desktop. Even small search tools are available. All of the widgets are compatible with the pinboard. In addition to notes, you can install images, clocks, and a calendar on your clipboard. Clicking on the Get More Widgets option in the Edit menu lets you download additional widgets from the Internet. To install a new widget, you simply mark it and then click on the Install button at the bottom left of the window. A download follows, and then comes installation. Afterwards you will need to restart the program (Figure 3).

Figure 3: Numerous additional widgets are available for download from the Internet.

To remove widgets, go to the Tools | Plugins dialog and click on the red check mark found next to the relevant widget. The widget will be deleted after you have answered a security question that pops up.


You can add a calendar tab for the current month by selecting Tools |Calendar . Right-clicking on a given date lets you enter an item. A control bar found directly above the calendar indicator lets you change the month that is displayed.

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