NerdTool
NerdTool
0.8.1

5.0

NerdTool free download for Mac

NerdTool0.8.1

22 August 2011

Display shell outputs directly on your background.

Overview

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 online)
  • Constant file monitoring
  • Quartz file support
  • Website support
  • Customizeable font, color, and size
  • Magnetic logs and other tools for layout perfection
  • Accepts colored (ANSI escaped) shell output
  • Full import/export
  • Auto-updating with Sparkle
  • Open source
  • 100% free

What's new in NerdTool

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

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How would you rate NerdTool app?

12 Reviews of NerdTool

SawtoothRising
24 July 2009
Version: 0.5

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so what does your version of geektool offer over the original?
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Filou53
24 July 2014
Version: 0.8.1
Broken link !
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echix
09 July 2013
Version: 0.8.1
NerdTool v. 0.8.1 is INTEL-only!
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5
jims525
23 August 2011
Version: 0.8.1
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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Orytek
22 August 2011
Version: 0.8.1
Thanks for keeping this updated.
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Anosachenko
25 July 2011
Version: 0.8
Doesn't work under Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion)
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Itistoday
27 August 2009
Version: 0.7
Great job! Just one request: Can you make it so that "Stay On Top" places the tool above the menubar?
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hced
06 August 2009
Version: 0.6
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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erinwentworth
06 August 2009
Version: 0.6
Nice little APP for the right price. I have not had any trouble with it yet
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Mrk
05 August 2009
Version: 0.6
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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fonginator
05 August 2009
Version: 0.6
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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SawtoothRising
29 July 2009
Version: 0.5
simply put, it's a remixed geektool that uses less ram and has handy features like tick box option for expose border, magnetizing your log fields so they cling to each other. The best bit is the one window interface which uses today's interface conventions to put everything that geektool was into one window making it easier to set up.
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SawtoothRising
24 July 2009
Version: 0.5
so what does your version of geektool offer over the original?
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