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Finding the perfect wallpaper for your Mac takes some time and searching. Then, you get bored of it after a while and the process begins again. If you want a...
06-20-2012, 05:14 PM #1
Use A Live Satellite Image As Your Mac's Wallpaper
Finding the perfect wallpaper for your Mac takes some time and searching. Then, you get bored of it after a while and the process begins again. If you want a wallpaper that is forever changing, intuitive, and fun, then check out a new Mac application called Satellite Eyes by software developer Tom Taylor. The application will set your wallpaper to a Bing (Microsoft) Satellite image of your current location.
Satellite Eyes comes with a good deal of settings. First of all, you can change the scope of your map. This option, called Zoom Level in the preferences, allows you to choose between Street view, Neighborhood view, City view, and Region view.
The application also comes with a fair number of map styles. You can choose between Bing Aerial’s default appearance, a Watercolor appearance, a Toner appearance, or a Terrain (US only) appearance.
Finally, you can also choose between three nice image effects including, the default (None), a Pixelated appearance, or a Halftone appearance.
Since Satellite Eyes requires your location to show you your general region as a Mac wallpaper, you will need to allow the application to use your location. It will update your location every couple of minutes to make sure that you location is always accurate and that the map always suggests your current location. As long as the application is using your location, you will see a location services icon in your Mac’s Menu Bar right next to the Satellite Eyes icon, which also appears in your Menu Bar. To make things easier, you can even make Satellite Eyes open up when you turn on your Mac.
Satellite Eyes is a free application, so if you have a Mac, you can give it a test drive from this link. If you don’t like it, uninstalling it is easy; just drag the application to the trash.
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06-20-2012, 05:48 PM #2
10 minutes in and still "Waiting for location fix"
06-20-2012, 07:09 PM #3
Very pimp if it would work!!!
06-20-2012, 07:51 PM #4
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not live. pretty lame.
06-20-2012, 08:03 PM #5
06-20-2012, 08:53 PM #6
Pretty sweet, too bad I don't own a Mac
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06-20-2012, 10:49 PM #7
The vast majority of both Google and Bing content is aerial photography from surveying aircraft. True satellite imagery tends to be expensive and difficult to acquire (except for very low-resolution material that NASA, USGS, etc. provide for free).
06-20-2012, 11:44 PM #8
Snow leopard users beware.
06-21-2012, 03:25 AM #9
Works like a charm for me. Picked up my location right away. I must say that it uses Bing aerial maps which are much much sharper and brighter than those of Google Maps. I'm impressed.
06-21-2012, 04:08 AM #10
Gonna try this out tonight
06-21-2012, 08:11 AM #11
So, so cool. Especially the watercolor map style! I like it.
06-22-2012, 01:25 AM #12