Mac OS X is about 10 years old. With that age comes more capability, more power, more functionality. And, more boredom. Sure, OS X does more, but it’s often more of the same.
Finder. Dock. Menubar. Desktop. Folders. Windows. What I’d like is some way to customize my Mac a little beyond the ordinary. For free. Enter Pic-a-POD and a free picture a day for your Mac’s desktop.
The Drudgery Of The Desktop
Out of the box there are not really that many ways to customize the look of your Mac without some major surgery. One of the more popular customization methods is to change the desktop picture.
Apple gives Mac users a bunch of photos and graphics.
No offense is intended, Steve Jobs, but it’s just a variation on a theme. Photos of beaches. Photos of the universe. Photos of stuff. Or, my own photos.
How can you put a little pizzaz into your Mac? By using Pic-a-POD. What it does is simple. Each day it downloads a new photo of the day from someplace on the internet and stuffs said photo into your Mac’s desktop picture.
Brilliant. First, a disclaimer. Pic-a-POD has nothing to do with an iPod. Or even a pod. POD. Picture of the day. The second disclaimer—you have no idea what the daily photo will be.
You wanted a little excitement on the desktop, right?
Here are a couple of photos from the National Geographic site:
Imagine how cool some of those photos would look on your Mac’s desktop. Click on either photo for a larger, pop up view.
Pic-a-POD is about as straightforward as you can get but comes with a boatload of somewhat confusing options. First, you have to set your desktop picture to a specific downloaded photo, but you can schedule downloads to update automatically.
You can also use Pic-a-POD to go back and download photos for any selected date that’s available.
Finally, there’s a mini Pic-a-POD app which lets you view the downloaded images and easily select one as your desktop photo of the day—or just add to your photo collection.
Not bad for free, huh?
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