Awesome Clock & Sand Desktop (Mac Showcase)

This gorgeous clock that stands behind a sandy mountain is a good example to show the capabilities of Geektool for Mac OS X desktops. Flickr user Europevagabond has created this desktop  using White Sands Pack for the wallpaper  and this “Desert and Sand” video tutorial:

The menu bar color is also changed to black.This can be done in several ways such as this simple non-hacking tutorial for Snow Leopard 10.6  using Nocturne:

You can find more details on Europevagabond ‘s Flickr. Hover your mouse on the photo to see the description for different items of the desktop.

25 Responses

  1. SP

    What is that wonderful favorites browser you are using? It appears at the start of the tutorial and then again briefly at 9:39.

    Can you tell me where i can get it from?
    Is it part of a browser?



    August 29, 2011 at 7:53 am

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  4. hellohello

    What font are you using in the photo, not the video, and how did you get the weather up there? thanks

    September 5, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    • Steve

      the font in the picture is helvetica neue ultra light, i had to check every damn font but i finally got it

      October 2, 2011 at 8:59 pm

  5. lain

    i tried to make a browser like yours in the first video and i edited the sand but i can’t seem to fit it to the sand on the same picture on the background of my Mac. Every time i put the edited sand picture into the URL in geektool and try to line it up it never stretches all the way. the image stops? any suggestions?

    September 5, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    • evan

      Hey! I had the same problem!!! The way i fixed this was by taking the picture i want to overlap, and then when posting that picture in a new image by itself, you need to make the new image the size of your desktop! That is how i fixed it!

      September 7, 2011 at 12:33 pm

  6. sean williams

    the clock does not change for me.. it just stays at the same time. i put the refresh rate at 1 second as well. please help?

    September 7, 2011 at 7:43 am

  7. Jason

    What is the 1/3rd blue circle around the image of SBTRKT? Is that a progress meter?

    September 7, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    • Kilian

      In case you haven’t found out already, that is the currently playing iTunes title beautifully displayed with a little program called Bowtie.

      December 4, 2011 at 9:39 am

  8. dholms


    Great stuff.. What was used for the White Sand Wallpaper? i.e. font size etc..


    September 9, 2011 at 5:25 am

  9. Sean

    Hey how can i keep dekstop icons and apps such as bowtie from hiding behind the sand layer?

    September 19, 2011 at 5:48 am

  10. chris

    im about to lose my mind. like laine & evan, every time i add the 2nd sand image to overlay, it won’t stretch big enough. i tried making it the same size as the desktop, but still no luck. please help !!!

    September 20, 2011 at 2:25 am

    • Wiseman

      chris, in the geek tool properties set the image size to your display size (in my case this was 1280 x 800). If you made your background image the right size then they will now line up perfectly. you might have to drag the box around the screen a little bit until you find the sand overlay. this solved the problem for me.

      for people making the white sands background (the first image on this page), i personally thought it looked better if you use a slight feathering around the edge of the overlay, makes it look like the numbers and letters are buried in the sand. that being said, the sharp edge looks good too.. just a matter of personal preference.

      September 25, 2011 at 9:55 pm

  11. Nathaniel Tunberg

    Hey when you’re walking through the steps for the itunes shells can you just write out the command in a response because I can’t get it to work and I’m beginning to think that I’m entering the wrong thing

    September 24, 2011 at 9:16 pm

  12. ekw

    I can’t seem to get the weather icon to change. It always shows sun.

    October 5, 2011 at 8:04 pm

  13. hi

    hi, what is your flikr page

    October 28, 2011 at 9:52 pm

  14. Valerie

    Thank you so much, it’s was clear and easy to follow. Thanks Steve for having tried all the fonts to figure out the right one too ^^ I am really thankful :)

    November 9, 2011 at 4:32 am

  15. Marin


    Thanks for the tutorial, was a real help:)
    Quick question though: How do I make an overlapping layer of sand to hide the numbers behind? I don’t get how you hid the numbers behind the sand in short :( Thanks again!!

    November 30, 2011 at 7:11 am

  16. Carlo

    Hey, I’m new to Geek Tool and I made the desktop from the tutorial, but how do I get the weather icon on it as well? Please respond ASAP! THANKS!

    December 2, 2011 at 7:23 am

  17. Jon

    Hi, just wondering if anyone knows what font is used next to the weather image in the first desktop screenshot

    December 21, 2011 at 1:29 am

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  20. that is the only thing i am looking for

    May 20, 2012 at 4:49 am

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