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OSXplanet is a Cocoa program that is based on the popular program xplanet (by Hari Nair). It is able to generate live images of the earth as well as other planets in the solar system with additional informations such as the current clouds, storms, satellites, volcanos, earthquakes and times and locations of cities.

What's New

Version 2.0b02 Universal - 09.04.08:
  • OSXplanet SHOULD work with Tiger. It has not been tested at all. Please give me feedback on this.
  • The version is now UNIVERSAL.
  • A few minor bugs have been fixed

    OSXplanet is now more...


    Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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    Psifi Member IconComment+6

    I have been using OSXPlanet since the days of 10.3. It was the best app of its kind – even better than the paid apps. But I discovered a rash of app freezes and system crashes soon after I upgraded my iMac to 10.6.7 and it persisted with 10.6.8. After several visits to my Apple tech where ultimately the hard drive and RAM were replaced, the instability continued. I spent a few weeks testing all of my apps, and I came to the conclusion that it had to be OSXplanet – simply by a process of eliminating all other software.

    I knew I had to ditch it anyway, with the arrival of Lion. So I went looking for an alternative. I trialed EarthDesk which, while similar, is limiting and also overpriced. Then I discovered Blue Planet, which is a fifth of the price of EarthDesk. It’s similar in functionality to both apps and actually suits me better. Also it is in ongoing development by the developer … that’s all I needed to know.

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    Version 2.0b02 Universal
    Stainboy Member IconComment+22

    i've been using OSXplanet for quite a while. decided to see if there was any activity on it recently, came here and saw comments on how it would store copies of pictures on the hard drive. so i checked ~/Library/Application Support/OSXplanet/desktop and found 48 GB of archived screens. that's right, GIGABYTES. and like the commenters below, i didn't have the setting checked for it to do this.

    well OSXplanet, it's been nice, but you're coming off my hard drive for good unless someone picks up development again. sorry to see you go.

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    Version 2.0b02 Universal

    This can easily be remedied. Create an Automator action:
    Get Specified Finder Items
    Select Screen 0 in ~/Library/Applicaton Support/OSXplanet/desktop/screen 0

    Filter Finder Items
    Date Created is not in the last 1 day
    Move Finder Items to Trash

    set in crontab (using Cronix if you like) to run once a day.

    Pl_svn Member IconComment+201

    I was considering EarthDesk but definitely ditched it the minute I saw, in Activity Monitor, it was using 700MB of RAM :-0

    OSXPlanet, two OS versions and more than three years after its last update, seems to still work just fine :-)

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    Version 2.0b02 Universal

    EarthDesk is using a memory-mapped file as a cache. It will release this memory to other applications as needed.

    Brainguy Member IconComment+1

    Has the developer stopped support?

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    Version 2.0b02 Universal
    Fat78 Member IconComment+0

    OSXplanet2.0b2 installed on iMac/i5 and on MacMini/C2D, both running OSX6.3, since january 2010 : OSXplanet works with no major problems (e.g. unable to show weather and temperature for marked cities). But since one whole week, I noticed no updating in clouds (but storm datas are well updated!) and the image "clouds_2048.jpg" does not change ...
    Maybe a problem with cloud's images servers ? (I run also xplanet on a pc and clouds images are daily updated : but xplanet/pc has a dozen of servers' addresses to scan, instead of osxplanet/mac has only three servers' addresses to scan)
    Hoping in an update to fix this problem.
    Best regards

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    Version 2.0b02 Universal

    It is possible to manually update cloud maps when the automatic update doesn't work.

    1. Visit Real Time Cloud Update at http://xplanet.sourceforge.net/clouds.php

    2. Use the preferred download link for the clouds_2048.jpg file; download to desktop.

    3. Open ::users:name:Library:Application Support:OSXPlanet:images

    4. Replace the existing clouds_2048.jpg file with the newly downloaded file.

    5. Select Update Desktop from the OSXplanet menu bar menu.

    There is a selection of sources for composite cloud information at Real Time Cloud Update, but I notice that some links now produce blank images. Very probably the original source for OSXplanet is no longer providing this information, so now there's always "a problem downloading cloud data".

    It would be great, actually, to be able to choose the source for composite cloud data. The cloud data at sourceforge.net uses Coral to distribute downloads among a number of possible servers, so no single server gets overwhelmed with large data requests.

    (Note, if you find clouds_4096.jpg in your images folder, you'd probably want to use the higher resolution link. None of mine do, and I haven't bothered to test the higher resolution image source with OSXplanet.)

    Louis Dusapin Member IconComment+0
    Louis Dusapin

    hi, i'm enjoyed to use osxplanet but now i can't configure anymore there a bug when i try... even i restart or download again, please give me an answer


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    Version 2.0b02 Universal
    Zeebie Member IconComment+71

    Crashes with every startup. Simply unusable.

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    Version 2.0b02 Universal
    W_h_k Member IconReview+12

    This is a very nice app which I use with pleasure. However, there are some very very annoying problems:

    1: Thread creation: OSXplanet starts with 7 threads, but after a few days it runs hundreds of them. Whenever I hit 500 threads, I restart the app.

    2. In its desktop folder, OSXplanet keeps ALL screens. At 2,4 MB every 30 minutes, this can grow quite excessive.

    3. The memory leak is of minor importance, as the restart due to the thread problem takes care of it.

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    Version 2.0b02 Universal
    Aaanouel Member IconComment+7

    I like it a lot.

    My only suggestion is to fade between changing images when updating them for no having the socking flash each time it's updated.

    Congratulations and thanks a lot.

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    Version 2.0b02 Universal
    bomba Member IconComment+3

    Really nice app but has memory leaks. Quit and relaunch often if you don't want it to hog your mac's memory.

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    Version 2.0b02 Universal
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