Boarrd gives users a place to compile all of their widgets. The user can add almost anything to their Boarrd boards, from a clock and calendar to images or weather updates. The user can organize their Boarrd easily as well. The site offers a demo to allow users to get a feel for how Boarrd looks and works. The full version gives the user access to more customization options. The user can visit their Boarrd each day to get updates or use the widgets they love.
Boarrd was created by WeLaika in 2010. The application was constructed as an entry for the Rails Rumble MMX contest. It was completed in less than 48 hours. The application currently gives the user a great deal of flexibility in terms of what type of widgets they add to their Boarrd. Many people use the Boarrd as a better way to bring together their favorite widgets in a clean, user friendly environment.
The service offered by Boarrd is very simply, but useful for anyone who likes widgets. The application allows users to add all of their favorite widgets to one organized board. The user can review their board any time to get weather updates, check the time or view other stats or information provided by the widgets they have added. Boarrd is highly customizable so each user can create Boarrd board that is all their own.
The Boarrd website invites users with a pleasantly dark color scheme that features a lot of black against hints of vibrant blue and bits of pure white. The amusing Boarrd icon features the silhouette of a pirate complete with a hat and parrot on his shoulder. The letters “arr” are highlighted in white, hinting at one of the most timeless pirate phrases. The actual Boarrd maintains its dark appearance, which creates a beautiful backdrop for elegant widgets that utilize color or images. The design has a mature feel to it without losing the pleasantries that come with its fun, almost playful naming concept.
A new user can begin by clicking the grey “Create a New Boarrd!” button found along the right hand side of the homepage (beside the demo button). This takes the user to registration form. The form asks for a valid email address and password. After filling out the short form and clicking the grey and white “Sign Up Now!” button below it, the user is taken to their dashboard. From there, they can click the grey and white “Create a New Boarrd!” button at the bottom of the page to get started.
Boarrd offers a simple service that is really only helpful to those who like to use many widgets. Charging a fee would be a bit unreasonable unless more features were added to increase the functionality of the application. Luckily there are no subscription fees or other charges for using Boarrd. Users are given access to all the current features just be registering for an account.
Boarrd is a tool for anyone who uses many widgets. The application provides the user with a place to store and access their widgets in an organized, clean layout. The application is also free for all users, which makes it an appealing option for most.