NerdTool
NerdTool
0.8.1

5.0

NerdTool free download for Mac

NerdTool

0.8.1
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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SawtoothRising
24 July 2009

Most helpful

so what does your version of geektool offer over the original?
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Version 0.5
Filou53
24 July 2014
Broken link !
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Version 0.8.1
1 answer(s)
Filou53
Filou53
31 July 2014
here is a good one:
http://mutablecode.com/apps/nerdtool.html
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echix
09 July 2013
NerdTool v. 0.8.1 is INTEL-only!
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Version 0.8.1
jims525
23 August 2011
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
Orytek
22 August 2011
Thanks for keeping this updated.
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Version 0.8.1
Anosachenko
25 July 2011
Doesn't work under Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion)
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Version 0.8
Itistoday
27 August 2009
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
2 answer(s)
Itistoday
Itistoday
27 August 2009
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.
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Version 0.7
Balthamos
Balthamos
31 August 2009
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.
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Version 0.7
hced
06 August 2009
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
06 August 2009
Nice little APP for the right price. I have not had any trouble with it yet
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Version 0.6
Mrk
05 August 2009
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
2 answer(s)
Balthamos
Balthamos
05 August 2009
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.
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Version 0.6
Mrk
Mrk
10 August 2009
Now working for me in 0.7. Thanks!
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Version 0.7
fonginator
05 August 2009
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
3 answer(s)
Balthamos
Balthamos
05 August 2009
Could you give steps to reproduce this error? Text size/type/color should change immediately after you modify one of those attributes.
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Version 0.6
fonginator
fonginator
05 August 2009
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.
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Version 0.6
Balthamos
Balthamos
05 August 2009
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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Version 0.6
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5.0

App requirements: 
  • Intel 32
  • PPC 32
  • Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later
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