OS X Desktop Picture from Server?

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  1. jricelmno macrumors newbie

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    I have about twenty OS X Avid editing systems. I use a picture of our phone list as a desktop to give our editors quick access to the numbers they need. The problem is the phone list changes at least twice weekly and I need to manually update the desktop picture on each system every time it changes. Is there a way to force the mac to grab a desktop image from a file on a server?
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    You can use AppleScript to make Mac OS X change it to the new image file or symlink the image to a "master" on a shared server somewhere.
     
  3. ergdegdeg Moderator emeritus

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    You could probably use GeekTool to accomplish that. I don't think it can get images from a server, but you could just set a plain background image and use GeekTool to display the data from the server on top of it (using the curl command or something like that).

    Edit: it does let you specifiy a URL of an image so that would work.
     
  4. jricelmno thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm going to try the Applescript method. I neglected to mention that these are mostly 10.4 systems. Thx for the feedback!
     
  5. Mattie Num Nums macrumors 68030

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    Do you have OSX Sever? If so you can use MCX to set desktops.
     
  6. jricelmno thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Out IT Manager is going to try that method too. Thx
     
  7. Mattie Num Nums macrumors 68030

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    Thats the best way to go because you can option it to prevent people from removing it or allowing them to remove it.
     

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