Desert 01'

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    If you'd like to recreate this desktop, check out my Video Tutorial on YouTube!

    This desktop is similar in style as the last desktop I uploaded - minimal nature photo, plain-esque icons, black bar. The effects in the background (and Current Track) are made using Geektool.

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    Wallpaper by PauloGabrielo


    Check out my work at CarbonMade(dot)com.

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    1. Justariuss 50 months ago | reply

      Great, great stuff here- truly appreciate it.

      Unfortunately the link to the current track script is broke - it's also linking the now playing script. If you could fix that it would be super. Thanks.

      update : both in the upon extraction. I retract my previous statement. Again, I thank you sir.

    2. Ian Michael Smith 50 months ago | reply


      The name's I selected for the scripts were pretty confusing. They even confused me when naming my .zip archive uploaded to CloudApp. Now Playing would otherwise be fitting if there weren't a script which outputted the label "Now Playing".

    3. 40fbe41999aef551f2cf55d7629919dd 50 months ago | reply

      Hi, great toturial....!
      Just one little question regarding the script... my clock shows 12 hour and i how like it to show 24 hour....

      date %l:%m

      Is their something im missing in setting on my computer, or what am i doing wrong?

    4. Ian Michael Smith 50 months ago | reply

      I just deleted someone's comment because I read your question incorrectly, and in turn thought they answered incorrectly.

      jordanw125 says to switch the L for a capital H. That will replace the lowercase L 12 hour command and turn it into a 24 hour clock.

    5. Justariuss 50 months ago | reply

      That is bowtie in the corner. I don't think the scripts that pull the art from iTunes work anymore, in 10.6.6 / iTunes 10, or I'd use that for a little bit more customization.

      Thanks for the inspiration to get back into this.

    6. Ian Michael Smith 50 months ago | reply


      Looks great! I'd encourage you to explore lots of different font types to find the ones you like. I personally dig light and ultralight fonts... don't forget to post your work in the Lifehacker Desktop Show and Tell Pool!

      I'm happy to hear that I inspired you to create! Awesome!

    7. maximus_916 50 months ago | reply

      I could never get the itunes script to work for the life of me. lol. Here it is now.

    8. Ian Michael Smith 50 months ago | reply


      Try using Mirage 1.0.1 to get rid of the dock reflection (if you don't want it). I've included the wallpaper.psd for download in the description incase you want it.

      Try this. Let's say you put the itunes scripts in /Documents/Geektool/Scripts/nameofscripts.scpt

      You would then put into Geektool.
      " osascript ~maximus_916/Documents/Geektool/Scripts/nameofscripts.scpt "

      Try that out. Again, the scripts only work if Geektool is pointed to the right place. If you can't figure it out still, try watching my video tutorial on YouTube. Start the video at about 4 minutes.

      Hope it helps!

    9. maximus_916 50 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the advice on Mirage 1.0.1. I did a google search for "transparent dock" and stumbled upon the older version which I couldnt get to work for Leopard. And I got the scripts working!! I just gotta make the black opaque dock a little higher and I'm all set. Ill do that as soon as I figure out how to do that lol. And thanks again for all your help! None of this would have been possible without your walk thorough! Thanks again! And by the way, the "Now Playing" occasionally disappears when I wake the mac up from sleep. I have to open Geektool everytime to get it to show properly. I am sure it is something with the refresh rate or smth. Any idea what might be the issue?

    10. multisonic 50 months ago | reply

      Very cool - just tried it with my existing desktop and worked like a charm!

    11. stickyriceballs 50 months ago | reply

      I got everything right except the scripts, i've checked over and over to make sure the location of the scripts are correct and they are. Like it works only when i put the scripts on my desktop, just not in the folder i want them to be.

      This is what i used " osascript ~Vinny/Exe Stuff/GeekTool Items/iTunesNowPlaying.scpt "
      " osascript ~Vinny/Exe Stuff/GeekTool Items/iTunesCurrentTrack.scpt "
      both locations of those items are
      /Users/Vinny/Exe Stuff/GeekTool Items
      /Users/Vinny/Exe Stuff/GeekTool Items

      If someone were to help, that would be greatly appreciated.

    12. Ian Michael Smith 50 months ago | reply


      Awesome name.

      The problem is that there's a space in your folder names.
      Copy and paste this into your command bar:

      osascript ~Vinny/Exe" "Stuff/GeekTool" "Items/iTunesNowPlaying.scpt
      osascript ~Vinny/Exe" "Stuff/GeekTool" "Items/iTunesCurrentTrack.scpt

      As you can see, there needs to be " " around spaces. This trick can be used with a variety of commands.

    13. stickyriceballs 50 months ago | reply

      Thanks haha
      Thanks to lifehacker, i found your stuff
      but more importantly, thank you for leading me toward geektool
      This is some pretty exciting stuff haha.

      Thanks for the help, i'm also wondering about your dock icons, i used candybar to change in into kobhens but it only replaced adium and finder, none of the other docks icons were changed, what program do you use?

    14. Ian Michael Smith 50 months ago | reply


      Hey thanks! Good to know I inspired another person to customize their workspace. Personalization is a wonderful thing, and it's sadly underrated.

      I use Candybar. Check in your applications folder to see if the icons have changed. That or restart finder, drag all the unchanged icons off the dock, and the place them there again. Candybar should be changing a majority of them...

      If all else fails, just "Get Info" on the icon you want to use, highlight the icon in the top right, Copy and paste into the Get Info menu of the application you want to change. This will work for anything but the HD, Safari, Adium, Transmission, uTorrent, Finder, and Trash.

    15. fgabarrot 50 months ago | reply


      Great tutorial and great desktop. Thanks.
      Totally inspired me for this one :

    16. logicalways 49 months ago | reply

      Hey Ian, I found after creating the desert very similar to the way you did in your tutorial, my whole system automatically turned extremely sluggish. Takes twice as long to open files, PS CS5, pretty much anything... My system is an 8core Mac Pro, 16 gigs of ram, dual 512 video cards. not a sloppy machine. just curious if you had this issue before? It worked fine on my 13" MacBook Pro, but not my Mac Pro.. Hmmm

    17. Ian Michael Smith 49 months ago | reply

      I have no idea why that is. In all cases, performance and battery life are the most important. For battery life, I created MobileMode, but I've never encountered a problem where my machine ran (a lot) slower than normal. Your Mac Pro sounds like it has more than enough power to handle Geektool. Consider messing around with your refresh rates, or checking just how many programs you have open. Some people have a menu bar full of applications they probably don't use. Those are my best ideas...

      Good luck, and if all else fails, Geektool is mostly cosmetic. Don't sweat it too much.

    18. logicalways 49 months ago | reply

      Okay I Think i've figured it out, Thanks for the help, now to find some decent scripts for the weather and i'm set!! Thanks for the inspiration. I have the date and current song in the dock bar but also decided to hide the date and time within the mountains for fun lol.

      Opal Lake Large


    19. james_adam 48 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the guide, I checked out your site and your work is amazing and very inspiring indeed.

      I have to ask, how did you do the desktop that's in the background of your video (not the Sands one). I love the drop down links!

      Also, I checked out your gallery and I love to know how to do those links to folders, apps etc...

      Again, thanks for being awesome!

    20. anonymous332 39 months ago | reply

      how do you make your dock look black, because mine has remained grey?

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