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NerdTool is a GeekTool-like application that displays information directly on your desktop. It can display shell outputs, such as system vitals, todo lists, and weather conditions. It has the capability of displaying text in any color, size, and font on any background of any color, and NerdTool supports the use of ANSI escape sequences to color text, so you can embellish your text with an additional 8 forground and background colors. Additionally, NerdTool allows displaying images, websites, and even Quartz composer files directly on the desktop.
Main features:
  • Shell support
  • Image support (both local and more...

What's New

Version 0.8.1:
  • Hotfix
  • [Fix] Adds Lion compatibility

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.5 or later

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Filou53 Member IconComment+3
Filou53
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Broken link !

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Version 0.8.1
echix Member IconComment+8
echix
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NerdTool v. 0.8.1 is INTEL-only!

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Version 0.8.1
jims525 Member IconReview+3
jims525
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Excellent Geektool replacement, we are fortunate that the developer took on this project. Easier to use, better interface, better performance with far less memory, and several new features over the original geektools - my favorite is customizable ansi escape colors. Can't figure out a way quickly get an item to refresh when tweaking a script though, have to switch to another log and back again, maybe someone can enlighten me or maybe the dev. can add a refresh button. Also would love to see an option for rounded corners.

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Version 0.8.1
Jbarley
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The requirements state NerdTool is compatible with PPC but the downloaded file is for intel only.

Orytek Member IconComment+95
Orytek
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Thanks for keeping this updated.

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Version 0.8.1
Anosachenko Member IconComment+1
Anosachenko
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Doesn't work under Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion)

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Version 0.8
itistoday Member IconComment+89
itistoday
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Great job! Just one request: Can you make it so that "Stay On Top" places the tool above the menubar?

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Version 0.7
itistoday
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Woah, I just noticed a problem, this doesn't work with Spaces. It should show on all spaces but it doesn't.

Also, how do we download the source? The website says it's open source but I couldn't find a link on sourceforge for it.

Allocinit (Developer)
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I'll try to make an option so you can display things on top of the menu bar.

Also, the problem involving Spaces, I believe, is out of my hands. The original Geektool suffered from this problem as well (http://projects.tynsoe.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=1928). I am unsure if it is possible to fix at this time. Other than that, it should work as intended. Remember, you must assign the NerdToolRO.app (not the NerdTool.app) in your Spaces configuration. You can find the RO app by right-clicking NerdTool->Show Package Contents->Contents->Resources.

As for the source code, it can be obtained through GitHub (http://wiki.github.com/balthamos/geektool-3). I will try to make it more apparent on next release.

hced Member IconComment+171
hced
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I'm still experiencing the same problem as @MRK below. New log messages don't appear on a new line, but instead get added on the same line after previous message (if there's space).

While running main app, it's all worky, but when quitting it and running the 'daemon' app, the problem appears. I'm using NerdTool 0.6 on a MacBook Pro mid 2009 OSX 10.5.7 and the log file I'm referring to (haven't tried anyone else) is the /var/log/system.log file, setup to be viewed in full screen (i.e. all the way until it hits the exposé borders on all sides).

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Version 0.6
erinwentworth Member IconComment+0
erinwentworth
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Nice little APP for the right price. I have not had any trouble with it yet

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Version 0.6
Mrk Member IconComment+2
Mrk
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NerdTool displays the system.log file correctly when the main app is running. When I quit the app, all further lines from the log file are concatenated to the end of the last line without any breaks. When I start the app again, it redraws the log correctly with line breaks.

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Version 0.6
Allocinit (Developer)
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Thanks for the error report. It actually happens with the main app open and closed. The error has been corrected now, so expect another release in a few days.

Mrk
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Now working for me in 0.7. Thanks!

Fongd Member IconComment+27
Fongd
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I was looking at this as a replacement for MkConsole but 0.6 doesn't seem to respect the font size setting. It also took me a while to figure out that I have to toggle the logfile on and off before any font changes apply. This needs to be more intuitive, IMHO.

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Version 0.6
Allocinit (Developer)
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Could you give steps to reproduce this error? Text size/type/color should change immediately after you modify one of those attributes.

Fongd
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Yup, I launched NerdTool, add /var/log/system.log to the Default group, then change the font and font size. Nothing happens after I select the font or size. However, if I toggle the checkbox for the system.log entry, the log redisplays with the new font but the size seems to be completely ignored.

Allocinit (Developer)
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Maybe the name of the log is selected (like you are renaming it)? That would yield some of the errors you are getting. Do the font size, face, and colors change in the font selection box as you are changing them? Also, does this error occur when using a Shell log as well, or is this strictly a File log problem?

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Downloads 14,809
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Date 22 Aug 2011
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
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