General
Cities
Visuals
Other
General View

Below is a screenshot of the General Preferences View. In this view, you can manage the basic preferences of the desktop image that OSXplanet will generate.


General


Overview of the Preferences Under General View

View Planet: This menu sets the image of the planet in the solar system that OSXplanet will generate.

With Projection: This menu sets the projection type that OSXplanet will render. This is applicable only for Earth.

Origin Planet: When the "With Projection" setting is set to "As Viewed From:", the Origin menu will appear allowing you to choose a planet to view the planet set under the "View Planet" Menu.

Centered On: This allows you to set the coordinates that the planet will be centered on.

Zoom: Zoom will control how much the rendered image will be zoomed. Default: 45%.

Rotate: This slider will control the 2D rotation of the planet. This option is applicable only projections such as Hemisphere and Orthographic.

Image Quality: This menu allows you to set the quality of image used for rendering. Note that using the high-quality image will take significantly longer to generate the image.
Cities View

Below is a screenshot of the Cities Preferences View. In this view, you can manage the cities that will be displayed in the rendered image. Use the "+" and "-" buttons to add and remove the selected cities.


Cities


Overview of the Preferences Under Cities View

City List: This is the default list of cities. You may add or remove any of them. Checking the checkbox next to each city will enable that city. Double-clicking any one of the cities will bring up the edit city dialog.

Enable Cities: This button at the bottom shows you the number of the cities that are enabled, as well as give you the ability to enable and disable the viewing of the city labels all at once.

Search City: The search field will allow you to search a city by name or country.

Edit: The edit button will bring up the "Edit City" dialog.

Edit Dialog: The edit dialog will allow you to edit the selected cities' settings including: the city color, whether or not it shows the time and more.
Visuals View

Below is a screenshot of the Visuals Preferences View. In this view, you can manage the overlay visuals that will be displayed in the rendered image such as clouds, storms, volcanos, etc.


Visuals


Overview of the Preferences Under Visuals View

Clouds: This renders a live image of the clouds around the world.

Storms: This will show the names and the classes of storms around the world. It will also show the
paths of the storms.

Satellites: Shows the current visible satellites.

Volcanos: Shows the current active earthquakes.

Earthquakes: Shows the earthquakes and their magnitudes for the past week.
Other View

Below is a screenshot of the Other Preferences View. In this view, you can manage the settings dealing with other settings that will be displayed in the rendered image.


Other


Overview of the Preferences Under Other View

Discription Label: This will show some basic information about the current settings in the
upper-left hand corner of the rendered image.

Subsolar and Sublunar: Marks the relative position of the sun and the moon in relation to earth.

Custom Background: If you do not like the default black and stars background, you may set a custom background image.

Splash Screen: Turn On/Off the Splash screen at launch time.

Check for Updates: Turn On/Off checking of new updates on launch.

Launch OSXplanet: Turn On/Off launch of OSXplanet at login.

Set Desktop To: Set the desktop to which OSXplanet set when OSXplanet quits.