Art on your desktop
The Rijksmuseum recently launched a new site with brilliant, high resolution images of over 130,000 art objects that are made very accessible. My friends at Fabrique and Q42 designed and built the fantastic site to navigate, show and curate it all. Fluidly exploring the imagery in all its glorious detail is an engrossing, even addicting, experience.
To celebrate the occasion, I wrote a tiny Mac app that turns Rijksmuseum artworks into desktop wallpapers on your Mac. It’s small and simple, and should work on any Mac running Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) and up.
Download for Mac 10.7 and up:
To install, drag the app into your Applications folder.
- How is all of this made available?
All images are provided by Rijksmuseum under CC0.
Source is available under MIT license on Github.
Usage of the app is at your own risk.
- How big are the wallpapers?
Images downloaded are usually around 2500 pixels on the longest side, so it looks fantastic on large screens and retina Macbook pros as well.
- Can I make the app launch automatically at startup?
Yes: go to System Preferences, open “Users & Groups”, click the “Login Items” tab, click the little ”+”, select the the Rijksmusem Wallpaper app, then enable the “hide” checkbox.
- Anything that doesn’t quite work yet?
The ‘change wallpaper’ setting won’t work reliably for longer periods of time (days, weeks)
- My computer says the app can’t be opened because of security preferences. Now what?
On OS X 10.8, you need to change Gatekeeper’s settings to run this app.
- I want to use my own Rijksstudio. Can you make that happen?
I’d love to, but we need APIs for that, which have yet to be added. Asking @rijksmuseum on Twitter in a friendly way (and perhaps sending them boxes of chocolate) might help.
Tuesday November 6, 2012 / project, featured / front page