Due to the current shutdown of the US government, the NASA web sites are completely offline. For Pic-a-POD, this means that the Astronomy and Earth Observatory PODs are unavailable.
Pic-a-POD for iOS will continue showing some info about the last pics available (1st October) but will be unable to download the images.
Pic-a-POD for Mac is in more trouble as it tries more actively to fill in the blanks. With entire domain names off the net, this can take a very long time. So I suggest turning off Astronomy & Earth Observatory in the Sources menu until the government shutdown is over.
Pic-a-POD for iOS is in the final stages of revision for iOS 7.
So to fit with the new look & feel of iOS 7, I have changed the web site theme.
This theme is also more responsive so will look better on phones.
The Pic-a-POD web site and all associated files were transferred to a new server last night (December 3rd).
The site contains files & databases where Pic-a-POD gets it’s lists of sources, URL of pics, news etc. It appears that these files did not survive the transfer!
So Pic-a-POD for Mac is currently incapable of getting any information or new pictures.
Pic-a-POD for iOS uses a different mechanism so it is still working but will not get any new pics.
Sorry for the inconvenience – I am working hard to get it restored as soon as possible.
UPDATE: Partial success – Pic-a-POD for Mac is now managing to get enough data so it can display the current pics (December 3rd). Changing the desktop will now also work. You may need to restart Pic-a-POD in order to see this.
However it is not yet capable of displaying any new pics – still working on it.
UPDATE 2 – 5th December: The server issues are gradually being resolved. Now it is reduced to a single problem – I cannot access the Pic-a-POD database on my server. Once that is fixed, Pic-a-POD for Mac & iOS should start functioning normally again.
UPDATE 3 – 6th December: Pic-a-POD for iOS is now working as expected. Pic-a-POD for Mac is still sometimes querying the wrong data (I think there is a caching problem caused by my multiple attempts to create a work-around), but some new pics are coming through now. The Lunar POD is causing some more problems, either by a massive coincidence or due to some incompatibility with my new server. Pic-a-POD is using computed addresses for the Lunar pics, but cannot get captions or text data. The computed addresses may be wrong sometimes, but I figured they were better than nothing!
UPDATE 4 – 8th December: Pic-a-POD should now be back online. There may be some issues with missing pics for 5th December but all new pics should now be coming in correctly. If there looks to be incorrect data for any day, refresh that pic and it might solve itself.
In August 2012, both versions of Pic-a-POD (Mac & iOS) were updated.
The Mac version was made fully compatible with Mountain Lion.
- Desktop changes posted to Mountain Lion Notification Center so you can get info about your current desktop with a swipe.
- Sharing a link to a pic will use Mountain Lion’s new sharing facilities if available.
- Closing main window no longer quits the app.
I have my own way of using the Pic-a-POD app for Mac, but it has been brought to my attention that there are multiple possibilities. This post will discuss some of them and suggest ways to make them easier.
Fully compatible with Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8)
Now sand-boxed for security as required by the Mac App Store.
If you want to send a bug report, but are using a web-based email client, select “Copy app report to clipboard” from the Help menu. Create your email as usual and paste the report in. Send the report, with any extra comments and screens shots, to email@example.com
The latest update for Pic-a-POD for Mac is now available through the Mac App Store.
- selecting an iPhoto pic from the Recent Desktops menu now works correctly.
- Better indication of downloads and when large pics are not yet available
- Direct link to App Store in Help menu – please rate or review.
A few days ago, Pic-a-POD for Mac received the following review on the Mac App Store:
Separating this out, the reviewer has the following issues:
- Not enough info during downloads.
- Resets desktop change on download.
- Should be more controllable by the user.
- Could have a prettier interface.
Since Apple provides no way to communicate back to reviewers, I am posting my response here in the hope that the reviewer will read this and contact me.
Just added a new page to this site that displays the PODs for the day. This is for people who may want to have a look when they are away from their computer or iOS device.
Or for those who used to have Pic-a-POD for Windows which is no longer supported.
Anyway, here it is: Today’s PODs
With the iPad, Apple introduced a new user interface element called the popover. This was mainly used in apps where there was a navigation list and a larger view showing more information: what Apple calls a Master-Detail application.
In landscape mode, the list is shown fully on the left of the screen and the details on the right. Switch to portrait mode and the list disappears, but is accessible from a button in the top left that shows the popover.