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OS X app to automatically set your desktop wallpaper to the satellite view overhead you.
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Satellite Eyes

Satellite Eyes is a small OS X application that sits in your system tray (next to the clock) and automatically updates your desktop wallpaper to the satellite or map view overhead.

It's available for download at


Satellite Eyes (SE) is an Xcode 4.4 compatible project, targeting 10.7 upwards. It seems to work best on 10.8, as 10.7 has a few bugs in Location Services that I haven't got round to looking at properly.

It's not very well documented, sorry, but it's not a big codebase, so I'm sure you'll work it out.

To build for Debug:

  1. Create a new Code Signing cert named "Mac Developer".

  2. Set up the LaunchAtLoginHelper:

    cd LaunchAtLoginHelper
    python satelliteeyes
  3. Build!


Many thanks to the following folks for their contributions to Satellite Eyes:


If you want to contribute a feature or a bug fix to SE, that'd be great. I'll do my best to review them and include them where possible. Contributions would be especially appreciated for:

  • Ability to display imagery from interesting places around the world.
  • Controls for configuring each Space independently (the official APIs to do this are deprecated in 10.8).
  • Improving the visual appearance of the preferences pane
  • More map styles

If you are planning to land a major feature, please raise an issue to discuss it first.

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