OSXplanet
OSXplanet 2.0b02 Universal
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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
  • PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A BETA VERSION OF OSXPLANET. IT HAS NOT BEEN TESTED AS MUCH AS IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN. PLEASE REPORT BUGS BY GOING TO WWW.OSXPLANET.COM

    OSXplanet is now UNIVERSAL, however, it has not been tested on a PPC machine, so please give me feedback on this. Thanks.

    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
  • PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A BETA VERSION OF OSXPLANET. IT HAS NOT BEEN TESTED AS MUCH AS IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN. PLEASE REPORT BUGS BY GOING TO more...

    Requirements
    Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later





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    OSXplanet User Discussion (Write a Review)
    ver. 2.x:
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    Psifi commented on 04 Aug 2011
    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.
    [Version 2.0b02 Universal]


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    Stainboy commented on 02 Jun 2011
    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.
    [Version 2.0b02 Universal]

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    Likos replied on 02 Dec 2011
    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.
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    Pl_svn commented on 01 Mar 2011
    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 :-)
    [Version 2.0b02 Universal]

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    Earthdesk replied on 05 Apr 2011
    EarthDesk is using a memory-mapped file as a cache. It will release this memory to other applications as needed.
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    Brainguy commented on 01 Sep 2010
    Has the developer stopped support?
    [Version 2.0b02 Universal]


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    Zeebie commented on 07 Jan 2010
    Crashes with every startup. Simply unusable.
    [Version 2.0b02 Universal]


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    W_h_k reviewed on 20 Oct 2009
    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.
    [Version 2.0b02 Universal]


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    Aaanouel commented on 04 Oct 2009
    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.
    aaanouel
    [Version 2.0b02 Universal]


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    Carbonide tipped on 26 Dec 2008
    Just found out that OSXplanet gobbled up about 6 GB of my hard disk space by archiving every generated screen in it's support folder (although I had this option turned off in the settings and also tried to limit it to 1 item).

    I now simply made that folder read-only in the hope that that will cure the symptom.
    [Version 2.0b02 Universal]

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    RcktMan77 commented on 22 Jan 2009
    Carbonide,

    I looked at what effect setting the permissions of the parent folder where all the .png images are stored had on the application. You should have noticed that your desktop no longer updated with a refreshed image as the application can no longer write the new image to that directory and subsequently refresh the image displayed on the desktop with the new one.

    To the developer, the way in which this should be implemented is that older images are not stored separately, but either overwritten with the new image, or prior images be erased. When you're on a 2560 x 1600 display and refreshing every 30 min, it takes only a short period of time before this directory becomes a depository for a large amount of wasted hard disk space.
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    boomer commented on 03 Sep 2008
    This is, and has been the best program of it's type, by FAR.
    The graphics are superior to Earth Desk and the program is donationware.
    I am so happy to see it finally being developed for OSX 10.5.
    I donated for earlier versions and I am donating for the latest version.
    Everyone should give it a try.
    I guarantee you'll find it superior to anything else out there.
    [Version 2.0b02]


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    +10
    Uggerholt commented on 03 Sep 2008
    Thank you Gabriel Otte!
    I stopped to use this wonderful little app. some time last year - as far as I remember, it didn't work properly on Leopard.
    Now it's back on my desktop. Very appreciated :-)
    [Version 2.0b02]


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    Fat78 had trouble on 20 Jun 2010
    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
    [Version 2.0b02 Universal]

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    Arkbear replied on 19 Jul 2010
    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.)
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    Louis Dusapin had trouble on 07 Mar 2010
    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

    lodusi@hotmail.com
    [Version 2.0b02 Universal]


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    bomba had trouble on 19 Apr 2009
    Really nice app but has memory leaks. Quit and relaunch often if you don't want it to hog your mac's memory.
    [Version 2.0b02 Universal]


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    Jumpjim had trouble on 21 Feb 2009
    I would agree with the last poster regarding the program crashing.

    I have been an avid user of OSXPlanet for a number of years but swapped to Earthdesk when it became incompatible with Leopard.

    Having recently switched back with the release of 2.0b2 I have also found that after an extended period of being open the app crashes, and istat menus has the program using almost 100% of BOTH cores until the program is force quit.

    I also had the problem of it not remembering presets but this seems to have settled down.

    I will be reverting to Earthdesk until Gabriel can sort these problems out. Sorry Gabe!
    [Version 2.0b02 Universal]


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    RcktMan77 had trouble on 21 Jan 2009
    I've downloaded and launched OSXplanet 2.0b02 on my Mac Pro. It certainly is a very nice-looking desktop providing a wealth of interesting information. I realize this is a beta and the developer is young and has limited time. However, my enthusiasm for this app and it's future improvement has Iead me to post here--without being able to find some other central forum--some of the troubles I've encountered with this beta on Leopard, specifically Mac OS X v. 10.5.6.

    First and foremost, on my Mac Pro with Mac OS X v.10.5.6 the 2.0b02 app does not graphically remember my main preset settings. I believe at launch it reads the settings from the .plist file stored in ~/Library/Preferences but at times the app by itself begins refreshing the map every minute as the settings have reverted to something other than those originally specified. The only temporary "fix" is to delete the preset listed, add a new one. Then you have to go through and make any changes to the settings that you desire. However, given enough time, the preset settings will again revert to settings that weren't set, and the app begins refreshing the map every minute once again.

    The second issue I've noticed is that earthquake data is not visible. The recent 6.1 earthquake in Indonesia never displayed on the desktop; eventhough, my settings explicity state to gather this data for any earthquakes worldwide above a 5.0. Another earthquake recently in San Bernardino was registered as a 5.1 and again was not displayed on the map.

    The last issue I've encountered is that the application crashes after an extended period of time open ( > 10 hours normally).

    If anyone has any solutions to these issues, then I would certainly appreciate hearing them.

    Thanks.
    [Version 2.0b02 Universal]


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    igizmo had trouble on 02 Sep 2008
    Unfortunately, the program cracks after running a couple of secs... I wait for the next update... :(

    using macbook (black) with 2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    4 GB RAM
    MAC OSX 10.5.4

    rgds
    MrMarcuz
    [Version 2.0b01]

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    Osxplanet (developer) replied on 02 Sep 2008
    Please file a bug report at www.osxplanet.com so that I may further assist you. Also try removing the following files before restarting OSXplanet.

    /Users/your home/Library/Application Support/OSXplanet

    /Users/your home/Library/Preferences/com.gabrielotte.osxplanet1.0.plist

    /Users/your home/Library/Preferences/com.gabrielotte.osxplanet2.0.plist

    Thanks.
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    mayormccheese had trouble on 24 Jan 2007
    How can I get big earthquakes to appear? I have it set for everything above 5.0 to show up. I get a lot of 5.4 types showing up, but whenever there is a big-momma earthquake in the 6s or 7s, it never shows. What gives?
    [Version 1.0.1]


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    jab47 had trouble on 06 Sep 2006
    I love this application but the cloud update fails all the time. All other visuals update fine.
    [Version 1.0]


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    OSX maniac had trouble on 26 Aug 2006
    Sometimes clouds rendering fails completely and it seems like this depends on the chosen view.
    [Version 0.88]


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    Cemil had trouble on 26 Jul 2004
    Love it though I seem to have a crash problem with Exposé. And then when I want to shutdown, it won't let me. Working to resolve. Will use a few more days and then definitely donate. Wish I could use it as a screen saver...
    [Version 0.6]



    garvanit@gmail.com rated on 07 Apr 2011

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    Version Downloads:21,297
    Type:Utilities : Desktop
    License:Free
    Date:04 Sep 2008
    Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
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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.


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