xplanetFX renders high quality wallpapers of mother earth on your desktop. An extensive GUI (GTK) provides a lot of features and settings. Various templates place the planet inside different scenes and make shure your desktop never gets boring again. With realtime light, shadows and clouds!

traGtor is a graphical user interface for the awesome conversion tool ffmpeg. With multi streams, presets, multi language and a lot of other features traGtor is a handy tool for converting all audio and video formats through ffmpeg. traGtor is based on GTK and Python.

Calf studiogear is an extensive and high quality plugin pack for professional audio production under Linux. It provides a lot of synthesizers, effects and signal processing for the use with LV2 audio production suites (like Ardour) or as stand-alone through JACK.

Calf with all of its new features and processors isn't officially released by now so you have to grab the GIT-repository from sourceforge.net until we are ready for a stable release.

» calf.sourceforge.net

guess is a tool to launch (and kill) different setups of programs. It was invented to startup all needed synthesizers, audio suites, MIDI sequencers and stuff with the correct source files on the right desktop for a single audio production with just one click.

xplanetFX - series: Mit xplanetFX ganze Bilderserien erstellen

oRainge Theme: GTK-, GDM-, Metacity-, Icons-Theme

oRainge gDesklets: Sprechende Uhren, Kalender, System-Widgets (manual)

photogen:c SVG-Icons: Diverse High-Quality-Icons im SVG-Format

traffick: Serverumgebungen testen. Durch skalierbares Threading erzeugt traffick Unmengen an Suchanfragen und Webseitenaufrufen, um ein hohes Maß an Vorratsdaten Netzwerkauslastung zu simulieren.

GIMP Plug-In “Moderated Blur” for Tilt Shift and Depth-Of-Field Effects

stuff (de) guess calf traGtor xplanetFX

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xplanetFX: new style „Circle“ in theme „Tron“

Montag, den 2. Mai 2011

techno-style ftw!!11

xplanetFX: new style in theme „Tron“

Mittwoch, den 27. April 2011

I added a new idea as a style to the Tron theme called „Plasma“. The colours of both styles doesn’t fit that well, don’t know by now if it bothers me that much. Although I think the death-star style moon looks funny I disabled it in the theme due to problems with the flashy overlay of the Plasma style.

xplanetFX 2.2.19: Packages renamed !important

Donnerstag, den 21. April 2011

Due to problems with the latest development version of Ubuntu (11.10) I had to change the package name of xplanetFX to xplanetfx. It doesn’t affect the program at all but may be a major change for your DEB package management. The first and ugliest effect you may encounter:

You possibly don’t get updates from the deb repository for xplanetFX anymore!

This just could happen, all tests worked flawlessly by now, so it seems aptitude gives a fuck for capitalization (and so do I ^^)

Just to be clear – the software hasn’t changed. The executable stays „xplanetFX“, the same counts for the folders, pixmaps etc.

If you’re encountering problems you have different options:

Simply install the new package

It doesn’t harm your system if you install the new package called „xplanetfx“ and give a shite for the last version of xplanetFX. Since no new files or folders are installed there’s just a redundant entry in your aptitude waiting for updates ‚till doomsday.

Uninstall xplanetFX first

If you are suffering from mania for cleanliness you could do „apt-get remove xplanetFX“ first before you install the new package xplanetfx.  This will remove the entry xplanetFX from aptitude but shouldn’t change anything else.

Call 0800-mein-neues-blog.de for help .)

I would be happy if you report your problems in the comment section.


I’ve done a lot of testing, but I don’t know how the new package will behave in the wild. So I’m really appreciating bugreports about problems! Tests on different Debians and Ubuntus didn’t show any flaws, the package management got it right by now. This counts for the DEB-repository and the deb packages installed via gdebi.

For example I was able to do an „apt-get install xplanetFX“ on my Machine without a flaw, the same goes for uninstallation. So I don’t expect problems in the first place but one never knows… .)

xplaneFX 2.2.18: Bug with paths

Dienstag, den 19. April 2011
Version 2.2.18:
* Bug with $USERDIR in daemon hitting while installing a fresh working place in
* Call the GUI via variable path (instead of absolute)

xplanetFX 2.2.15: random templates

Mittwoch, den 13. April 2011
Version 2.2.15:
* New function: xplanetFX --random selects a random style and restarts a running
  xplanetFX afterwards
* Bug in install_template() in daemon: variable was set with $cor

xplanetFX: update in theme „bulb“

Montag, den 7. März 2011

I extracted the essential parts of „bulb“ and draw new shadows to be more flexible in coloring the background. The result is an update for „bulb“ you can easily get via the update wizard in the tools tab or the themepool directly.

Btw… the theme works best with orbit enabled at an angle of about -70 degrees.

Update: There was a tiny bug in the night style. If you downloaded within the first seconds it was online please reinstall via theme pool.

xplanetFX 2.2.12: nicer atmo, specular size and render time, bugs

Donnerstag, den 24. Februar 2011
Version 2.2.12:
* Atmosphere creation rewritten (no falloff to border and no 'hot spots' on 0°,
  90°, 180° and 270° anymore, nicer color and blur)
* Specular creation rewritten (lighting gets dodged in a single layer instead of
  two and is a little bit smaller. Reduces specular render time ~30%)
* Switched h/q cloud enlargement from "scale" to "resize" and added a better
  filter type for clouds enlargement (Welsh) to produce less artifacts and blur
* Adjusted sharpening of resized clouds
* Bug in corona section in daemon: don't sign integer values if offset gets
  negative (corona was displaced if it's position was outside the canvas)
* Same bug in the atmosphere section of the daemon

xplanetFX 2.2.9 / 2.2.10: bugfixes

Montag, den 14. Februar 2011
Version 2.2.10:
* Bug in create_pixbuf_theme: convert config var to INT before comparing
  (overlay didn't show up in the preview)

Version 2.2.9:
* Bug in callback of post button: star pixbuf has to be refreshed, too (stars
  weren't updated properly on post f/x toggle)

xplanetFX 2.2.8: new effect – atmosphere

Montag, den 14. Februar 2011
Version 2.2.8:
* Added new effect: atmosphere draws a subtle blue gleam over lit edges of the
  earth (its impact on render time is comparable to the corona. The effect is
  very similar, too but it is located above the earth, not around it. Its main
  intention is to soften the edge between earth, clouds and corona)
* Specular icon modified
* Splash modified
* Show splash through gobject.idle_add to force drawing on the screen even if
  the gtk loop is busy already

xplanetFX 2.2.6: realtime preview on view tab

Samstag, den 12. Februar 2011
Version 2.2.5:
* New feature: realtime xplanet preview of the earths view on the view tab
* New feature: Drag'n'drop of crosshair on the view tab
* Improved appearance of crosshair on the view tab (was hardly visible over some
  areas and covered the target below)
* Speed up of view widget: worldmap and grid are cached on a surface and redrawn
  only on expose event
* Bug in the worldmap: implemented equidistant cylindrical projected map
  (was isographic and therefore inaccurate away from the equator)
* Edited orbit widget background to fit the xplanetFX earths style (and to have
  a thinkpad below ^^)
* Behavior of some events: added blocking states to some event handlers
  (prevents earth previews and cursor from jumping around and keeps some resets
  less cpu intensive)
* Edited the splash a little bit

Version 2.2.6:
* Bug in draw_view: crosshair was inaccurate by 0.5 pixels
* Added the moon to the xplanet preview