Planets -- Live Wallpaper

Developer: Sergey Vdovenko

Current Version: 1.1

Last Updated: 2 months ago

Download Size: 67.2 MB - Download

Description:

Place all planets from our Solar System right on your desktop and
enjoy an amazing interactive Solar System with a calendar, clock and
iCal task list.

Can you imagine what it looks like to look at the Solar System from
Mars or Uranus? Pick and place a planet at the center of the system
(use Options) and look at our Solar System from absolutely new point
of view - right on your desktop!

Features:
* Beautiful 3D Solar System live wallpaper for your Mac.
* Soundtrack with ambient sounds of deep space.
* Calendar and Clock.
* 3 closest tasks for today taken from iCal.
* Change the view - click on the desktop.
* Change rotation speed and angle.
* Place a planet or its satellite at the center of the system.
* Zoom in on a planet or one of its moons.
* Show planet moons and their orbits.
* 4GB of memory recommended
* Requires Mac OS 10.7 or higher.

Learn more:
www.LifewareSolutions.com

Video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8xY8JNZLAU

Note: proportions of orbits and planets were adjusted to fit the screen.

Your support would greatly help us make the application even better:
if you like the app, please write us a good review on Mac app store.

We also appreciate your suggestions - let us know how we can make the
app better.

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Release Notes:

- Perseids added
- Performance improved
- Stars bug fixed
- Orbit pulsation bug fixed
- New asteroid belt

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Most Helpful Reviews

5/5
Version 1.1
Review by Chris the Hun

Fun talking-piece. - I'm middle school science teacher and absolutely love this app. Not only can I teach the planets with some basic information, but I can also talk about and show the lunar cycle! I would like an option under preferences where I can disable the camera movement. Every mouse click changes the angle, which isn't a big deal, but having the ability to disable would be fantastic. Great overall app. Well-made and authors should consider creating science apps for multiple areas: plate tectonics, such as, plate movement, boundary interactions; creating atoms with subatomic particles; so much more you all can do. Thanks for this, from an astronomy-lovin' nerd. **NOTE** to the previous reviewer, and as mentioned by others previously, the circle in your menu bar at the top is the options menu for the app. Again, as another said, the black donut. Hope this helps, it sure helped me. Also, if your animation stops and your using macbook, make sure you're plugged in or that you haven't selected "disable the animation when battery is in use".

Found helpful by 9 out of 10 people
1/5
Version 1.1
Review by TheMattLong

I absolutely loved it until... - This app worked perfectly for roughly two days. The app froze up and when I restarted it I realized that the entire top half and the bottom right quarter of the screen was frozen and the bottom left quarter displayed part of the spinning solar system that was not connected to the other three quarters of the screen. To simplify that, the only part of the screen wsith a spinning solar system is the bottom left quarter of the screen. I have tried changing multiple settings, deleted and re-downloaded the app multiple times, and sent several emails to their app support email but have recieved no reply. I waited a full week for a reply but after silence from the app creators I decided to try this platform prior to giving up. If you contact me with a solution I will change my 1 star raiting back to a 5. If you continue to ignore me, the raitimng will remain at 1 star. Thank you.

Found helpful by 6 out of 6 people

More Reviews for Current Version

5/5
Version 1.1
Review by Chris the Hun

Fun talking-piece. - I'm middle school science teacher and absolutely love this app. Not only can I teach the planets with some basic information, but I can also talk about and show the lunar cycle! I would like an option under preferences where I can disable the camera movement. Every mouse click changes the angle, which isn't a big deal, but having the ability to disable would be fantastic. Great overall app. Well-made and authors should consider creating science apps for multiple areas: plate tectonics, such as, plate movement, boundary interactions; creating atoms with subatomic particles; so much more you all can do. Thanks for this, from an astronomy-lovin' nerd. **NOTE** to the previous reviewer, and as mentioned by others previously, the circle in your menu bar at the top is the options menu for the app. Again, as another said, the black donut. Hope this helps, it sure helped me. Also, if your animation stops and your using macbook, make sure you're plugged in or that you haven't selected "disable the animation when battery is in use".

Found helpful by 9 out of 10 people
2/5
Version 1.1
Review by RQB30022

Freezing - I had to change some features on it because the noise was very distracting and the background movement as well. It moved too fast, so I had to reduce the speed of the movement of the planets. Also, the noise that came out was annoying because how can I listen to my music while listening to the noise of the planets in the background, makes no sense. So, I turned off the sound. Thereafter, the application keeps on freezing. Right now, there is no movement at all and the preferences does not want to open. This happened prior and I had to re-start my mac. I dont believe that the application is ment to change the features/options.

Found helpful by 5 out of 7 people
5/5
Version 1.1
Review by ex2bot

Cool! - I'm impressed with this. You can zoom in on any object you want. Click the black "doughnut" in the menu bar to change the preferences or quit the app. Don't make the mistake I did when I clicked the preference to disable the animation while on battery power--I couldn't figure out why it wasn't moving anymore until I noticed that I didn't have my Mac plugged in. I like the calendar and task list, too.

Found helpful by 5 out of 5 people
3/5
Version 1.1
Review by DowntownClaytonBrown

Sound effects?? (see edit) - Seriously — you can’t turn off the very annoying sound effects? This is a complete deal breaker. What are you thinking, developers? Otherwise this is a really cool thing, but I am stunned that you have to listen to this clicking and whooshing new-agey soundtrack. Developers, PLEASE remove this feature! I will have to disable the app. Bummer. EDIT — I’m an idiot. Preferences are available in the toolbar at the top of the screen. Sound is off now. Sorry, and thank you!

Found helpful by 4 out of 6 people
1/5
Version 1.1
Review by pm011

Settings - I cannot seem to access settings for this app. I am also unable to shut it off by changing my desktop wallpaper natively. Normally an app will sit in the dock when running or at least appear named in the toolbar. The concept is great if I could noly figure out how to adjust settings easier, or at all in my case…I can't even shut it off. Also, astronomically speaking, the axis of our solar system is off in conjunction with our galaxy, our ecliptic is not parallel but perpendicular to it. ADDENDUM: I just discovered how to change settings. It isn't as stated above by clicking on the Desktop, but an icon that appears on the toolbar next to the backup icon. So maybe an update in the above stated method should be made. I like a more realistic orientation of our path through space, which is why I bought this app; because I thought that it would have that perspective. For example our ecliptic crosses our galactic plane on an angle to it. Kind of like how Neptunes alignment is to our own. Discovered it over heats my Mac when unplugged from a power source. Now it is locked up and I am unable to access the settings to make any changes, and the animation has stopped. Code issues on this version I imagine just like a previous version review stated.

Found helpful by 3 out of 6 people
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