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xplanetFX

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Submitted:  Sep 3 2010
Updated:  Jan 8 2013

Description:

xplanetFX is a daemon for rendering high quality views of mother earth as wallpaper in real-time (sun, moon and clouds). It comes with a handy GTK interface but is fully usable under CLI.

xplanetFX depends on xplanet and imagemagick and is available as DEB, RPM (untested) and TAR.GZ. The GUI uses pygtk and cairo.

A couple of available templates embed the renderings in different scenes and are downloadable as separate packages which can be easily installed by drag&drop to the themes list in the GUI or since 2.0 directly online via the themepool inside the application.

Features like delayed autostart multi language (japanese, czech, dutch, english, spanish, italian, french, russian, greek and german by now) and a lot of customization make xplanetFX an easy-to-use interface for xplanet drawing the earth in high quality.

The base images of the templates are mostly licensed under creative commons from flickr.com and some free texture stuff from the www.

A lot more information, the users manual and the templates can be obtained under the web adress.

There is a signed repository for the deb package available, please read the infos in the blog under "installation".

Contributions:

* SteveH: maintainance for Arch Linux
* Виталий Камелин (Vitaliy Kamelin): russian language file
* ZoSo Moon: spanish language file
* Greg Drouin: french language file
* Lino Fantasia: italian language file
* bigriver9: japanese language file
* Tim van der Kodde: dutch language file
* Martin Pavlík: czech language file
* vagrale13: greek language file

Thank you very much guys!!




Changelog:

Version 2.5.10:
* Patch by Ryan: CLI setup failed on file paths

Version 2.5.9:
* Check battery state before rendering

Version 2.5.8:
* New address for NASA night map
* New night map for default template

Version 2.5.7:
* Poolview broken since theme \"Sphere Within Sphere\"
* Capitalize all words in theme/thumb/poolview

Version 2.5.6:
* Tray check caused error messages when template process available
* --debug exits after processing

Version 2.5.5:
* Wrong placeholder in language files
* Removed \"swapped\" warning from gtk file

Version 2.5.4:
* Tray icon broke on fresh install without setting language manually first

Version 2.5.3:
* Arch Linux dropped \"pidof\", now caching PID in static file - thanks a lot
to Steve (the maintainer of xplanetFX for Arch) for this patch!

Version 2.5.2:
* Tray icon shows next rendering time while sleeping

Version 2.5.1:
* bug with multiple instances of tray when autostarted

Version 2.5.0:
* New SVG icon
* New system tray icon:
* showing xplanetFX state
* provides on/off-toggle on click
* provides menu to open xplanetFX UI or kill the applet
* configurable (autostart) via UI

Version 2.4.13:
* Notifications disabled by default

Version 2.4.12:
* Autostart entry in XFCE 4 broken

Version 2.4.11:
* Sandbox has composite function, too

Version 2.4.10:
* Updates in Greek language file - many thanks to vagrale13!

Version 2.4.9:
* Bug in ImageMagick 6.7.x: -level is unable to negate

Version 2.4.8:
* Improved city selection

Version 2.4.7:
* Bug: file permissions of Lithuanian language file

Version 2.4.6:
* Added Lithuanian translation - many thanks to Anielius!

Version 2.4.5:
* Use libnotify for status messages (configurable)

Version 2.4.4:
* libwww-perl as dependency in control file and as target in --setup
* Bug in creating autostart entries in GNOME and KDE if xplanetFX is the first
application installed in a fresh home folder

Version 2.4.3:
* Dual-licensed with WTFPL (http://sam.zoy.org/wtfpl/COPYING)

Version 2.4.2:
* Bug with different ImageMagick versions: atmosphere was blurred above the
earths edge and cut on the layers dimensions

Version 2.4.1:
* Fixes in greek language file - many thanks to vagrale13!

Version 2.4.0:
* New feature: templates can hook in the rendering process to execute graphical
processings in a sandboxed environment with reduced binary access
* New feature: xplanetFX --geometry auto
* New feature: xplanetFX --templates (gives a list of all installed templates)
* New feature: xplanetFX --debug
* XFCE >= 4.6 uses xfconf backend
* Environment variable determination transfered in encapsuled function calls
* Debug tries to determine the installed distribution
* Debug throws information about the installed ImageMagick version
* Fixes in greek language file - many thanks to vagrale13!
* ASCII Art in --help .)

Version 2.3.6:
* Use gsettings and gconf always in parallel if installed - thanks to the fucked
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 Sweet work

 
 by jeddycakes on: Dec 30 2010
 
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Mate,

This is crazy good. It would be awesome to have other planets (pretty difficult to do the real time stuff though)

TY


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 Re: Sweet work

 
 by boomshop on: Dec 31 2010
 
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Hey jeddycakes,

thank you very much! I'm sorry to say that no other objects are planned for xplanetFX in the near future for different reasons between "hard time to get clouds images of pluto" and "develop some deep understanding about our own spaceship first".


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 Re: Re: Sweet work

 
 by jeddycakes on: Jan 1 2011
 
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I understand that.

It is not difficult to get full images of planetary bodies like mars and the moon. Try Nasa APOD.

I wasn't necessarily talking about cloud images.

I am not that stupid ffs


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 Re: Re: Re: Sweet work

 
 by boomshop on: Jan 1 2011
 
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Hey!

Ough.. since english is not my mother tongue my postings sometimes sound cautically. After reading my last one twice it feels a bit like that.

> It is not difficult to get full images of planetary bodies like mars and the moon. Try Nasa APOD.

Yes that's right. But xplanetFX is more than just a texture. The earth is built with about 7 or 8 layers of different renderings to get its depth (clouds, shadows, athmosphere, glow, reflections ...) and I watched a lot of movies and images to get a clue about its visual appearance in space. Okay, it's a lot of guessing involved but doing this with uranus will become a complete blind flight. Just one of the points. Another would be the sizing of the planets - the majority of themes would be totally useless. So as I said (obviously way too terse I think) there are a lot of reasons xplanetFX's concept is to render planet earth and to open or sharpen the mind for our mothership of some more people in the world. I made this point more clear in the description after reading your feature request to avoid confusion about this point.

> I am not that stupid ffs

I never wanted to sound like that, so I beg your pardon for my laconic answer.


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Sweet work

 
 by jeddycakes on: Jan 4 2011
 
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Dude,

Sorry, I was a bit off-colour! My bad. Crap-day-at-the-office syndrome :/

I didn't realise the complexity and depth with which the program renders and simulates the image. I stand on my original comment though; I'm a Mars nut and would love to see that! I understand the difficulty though.
I tipped your awesome program to OMGUbuntu Blog, and as I understand it, downloads for XplanetFX have sky-rocketed. Hope it didn't break any servers! lol. Its so good I HAD to pass it on.

Thanks again mate, and keep up the AWESOME work


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Sweet work

 
 by boomshop on: Jan 5 2011
 
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Hey jeddycakes,

np, mine doesn't seem to have been any better. I'm not this reticent usually.

> I'm a Mars nut and would love to see that!

I've thought about a bit since. That doesn't mean _anything_ btw ,)

> I tipped...

They're sucking the freakin' shit out of the machine ^^ it was down for about an hour due to memory overkill and only a hit on the reset button brought it back to life again. I'm with him cherishing him gladly since .) But it doesn't matter at all - I thank you very very much for spreading the word!

> and keep up...

Released a new theme pack yesterday and working on the problem "100% CPU while downloading themes" besides.

Thank you and greetings, markus.


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 thank you

 
 by peispud on: Jan 1 2011
 
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simply perfect


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 Re: thank you

 
 by boomshop on: Jan 1 2011
 
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Oh wow, thanks a bunch!

I personally think perfect is just the subject, the software is far from beeing that.. but it works for now .)


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 Terrific

 
 by balakrishnan on: Jan 5 2011
 
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Now I just need to figure out how to put together some custom themes(like maybe with my own backgrounds).
This is going on both my computers' desktops.
Great work buddy.


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 Re: Terrific

 
 by boomshop on: Jan 5 2011
 
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Hey! Very cool - nice to hear that .) Templates can be edited or created manually. There's no tutorial by now about how to do that so I'll give you some waypoints to work along:

* resolution should be 1920x1200, 16:10 is required
* remember that 4:3 gets cut on left and right side
* Templates consist of a background image the earth gets rendered on and an optional overlay image drawn on top of all the stuff
* main config (position/size of earth, images etc) is located in style.tpl
* xplanet-configs are lying under ./config, refer to http://xplanet.sourceforge.net, easier is to take a template that fits your idea best (moon on/off etc.) and start from there
* folder name is template name (no spaces - use "_" - and no special chars)
* styles need at least the style.tpl and an optional preview (PNG) named style.png @ 400x250

Just some hints to start fiddling around.


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 Re: Re: Terrific

 
 by balakrishnan on: Jan 5 2011
 
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Thanks a lot, that was Very helpful.
I'll probably put something together this weekend, as you suggested I'll start with one of the existing templates.

Cheers.


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 Re: Re: Re: Terrific

 
 by boomshop on: Jan 5 2011
 
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You're welcome.

Some more points surfing through my head:

* use the GUI to set a size of the earth for your final template, place it where it should reside later and render it on the default template to a single image file in the tools tab. Open GIMP on the image. Extract the earth from the layer to have something to play with.

* The post effect will add some contrast and a slight "washed out" effect on top of the cake. Keep that in mind while adjusting your colours (some of my themes are a bit overdone..)

* positioning in the templates is done via percentual values. It's a bit quirky but way more flexible with different resolutions. Only integers are possible so you can't move the planet completely freely; at 1920x1200 only every 19.2x12 Pixel an "anchor" is found (use calculator).

Way more to say but that's better covered in a tutorial.


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 And a question/suggestion

 
 by balakrishnan on: Jan 5 2011
 
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Would an indicator applet work for something like this- something that could let you change the theme, refresh the clouds, or more importantly toggle the special effects, or just exit the program etc.

Not saying you should put in that feature, I just want to know if it's possible. I can imagine a couple of situations where it might make sense, like when you're low on battery power or need to do some CPU/RAM intensive tasks for a while.


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 Re: And a question/suggestion

 
 by boomshop on: Jan 5 2011
 
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To enable/disable xplanetFX temporarily place a starter somewhere with the following command:

xplanetFX --toggle

This will open a little xenity window asking for (re)starting or stoping xplanetFX. After stopping the background will stay as it is until xplanetFX gets started again. Think that's the easiest and fairest solution for saving cpu or battery temporarily.


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 Re: Re: And a question/suggestion

 
 by balakrishnan on: Jan 5 2011
 
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OK thanks, that'll definitely help me for now.
:D
It's not much of an issue on my desktop, but my laptop is a pretty old Toshiba, with a 1.5GHz CPU, an integrated GPU and just 512 MB RAM. It's still got the best LCD screen I've come across though. But OOo tends to slow things down. Plus watching full screen video with VLC also freezes when xplanet gets active.


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 Re: Re: Re: And a question/suggestion

 
 by boomshop on: Jan 5 2011
 
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I would call xplanetFX on a 1.5GHz kind of ... fearless? ^^


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 Re: Re: Re: Re: And a question/suggestion

 
 by balakrishnan on: Jan 5 2011
 
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:D
Heh. Running the full blown Ubuntu Gnome desktop with Compiz enabled on just 1.5 GHz + 512 MB RAM was itself pretty scary at first. But once I got rid of some of the cruft it runs pretty smoothly and fast now.

xPlanet works fine most of the time. It's only when I'm tinkering with the settings or when it's refreshing the images that it causes problems. I've got it with the clouds etc turned off and even with those on, most of the time it just uses around 500 KB RAM and 0% CPU.


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 Hi!

 
 by linuxlex on: Jan 5 2011
 
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I can not download link: (


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 Re: Hi!

 
 by boomshop on: Jan 5 2011
 
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Hey! Try again please ,) just set up a content delivery net, let's see how it works.


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 Re: Re: Hi!

 
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He's all right. Thanks a lot! Very nice!


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 PPA

 
 by NCLI on: Jan 6 2011
 
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Have you considered setting up a PPA to provide easy updates? I think a lot of us would really appreciate it(And it would relieve your server ;)).


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 Re: PPA

 
 by boomshop on: Jan 6 2011
 
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Yes I have. But I didn't have had the time to dive in there by now, so it isn't planned in the near future.


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 Re: PPA

 
 by boomshop on: Jan 6 2011
 
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I forgot to say that it wouldn't take stress from the server since the software itself isn't the problem. Gigabytes of themes and the thumbnails from the themepool are the bottleneck - a repo wouldn't help with this problem.


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 Re: Re: PPA

 
 by NCLI on: Jan 6 2011
 
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Couldn't you just upload the themes to the PPA as xplanetfx-themes.deb?

That should help take some of the load off.


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 Re: Re: Re: PPA

 
 by boomshop on: Jan 6 2011
 
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Themes as .deb doesn't work well in this concept and there is no PPA by now.


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 Re: PPA

 
 by boomshop on: Jan 9 2011
 
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I built a repository server, get the infos about it on the blog.


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