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Downlink puts the Earth on your Mac desktop

Anthony Colangelo at Main Engine Cutoff:

While browsing the GOES Image Viewer a few months ago, I had an idea: with the data frequency that these new GOES satellites provide, I could build a Mac app that pulls the newest image every 20 minutes and sets it as your desktop background.

What resulted was a simple little menu bar app that gives you a near real-time view of Earth all day long. I’ve been using it for a few weeks as I’ve built it, and it is an absolute joy to have a window to Earth all day.

I’ve been using Downlink for the last week and it’s been a lot of fun to see live pictures of the Earth on my desktop. In the future I hope Anthony can add support for zooming in to specific areas and better multiple-monitor support. It’s free on the Mac App Store.