Ever Fresh Desktop Pictures


Ever Fresh Desktop Pictures
Mac Tip #328, 05 March 2008

Go to the Photo of the Day page to see the current pick.

Go to the Photo of the Day page to see the current pick.

I love it when readers suggest Tips, as Peter did recently. Thanks to Peter I’ve discovered the many wonderful photos available at the National Geographic Photo of the Day and a quick and easy way to use these photos as the desktop picture on my Mac. I really want to share this delight with you.

Download the photos manually

Go to the Photo of the Day page and you see the current pick.

Download a copy of the photo at your preferred size.

Download a copy of the photo at your preferred size.

Click the Wallpaper link at the bottom of the photo. A new page appears where you can click on a link to download a copy of the photo at your preferred size.

Now use the instructions in OS X and Desktop Pictures, Mac Tip #113/06-Aug-2003 to set up your Desktop Pictures.

My screen as I write this Tip: a gorgeous image of bison at Yellowstone Park.

My screen as I write this Tip: a gorgeous image of bison at Yellowstone Park.

The screenshot shows my screen as I write this Tip: a gorgeous image of bison at Yellowstone Park.

Automate the downloads

Update, April 2010: Andy has pointed out that the links to Duncan’s site now lead to junk, so I’ve deleted them. There are some useful looking scripts at MacScripter.net in the thread National Geographic Picture of the Day Script: Feedback please! I haven’t tried them. If you do, please let us know how you get on.

A much easier way to do this though is to visit Maxwell Duncan’s site [link deleted] and download a small Automator script.

Double click the script each day to download the current Photo of the Day to your pictures folder without visiting the web page.

Automate the automation

Even better is to use iCal to automatically run the script each day, so you don’t have to remember. Duncan explains how [link deleted].

My thanks to Duncan for this wonderful script, and Peter for drawing it to my attention and suggesting this Tip.

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3 Comments

  1. Miraz Jordan said:

    My pal Peter emailed me the following info:

    “I have found a new application that does the same thing. Set the automating in prefs. Don’t forget to delete the iCal bit!
    http://www.troz.net/Pic-a-POD/

    I haven’t tried it myself, but I trust Peter’s recommendation.

  2. Miraz Jordan said:

    Thanks for the alert Andy. I’ve updated the Post by removing the links and adding a new possibility. If you try the MacScripter approach, please let us know how you get on.

    Miraz

  3. Andy said:

    Hi,

    I’m looking to download the automator script for the photo of the day by Duncan Maxwell, but the link is broken. I was wondering if you have the script and if I can get a copy of it. I have been searching the internet for a similar function, but I can’t seem to find anything that will automate the process.

    Thank you,
    Andy

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