24 Hour Wallpaper

Spend your day around the world
 

24 Hour Wallpaper offers beautiful desktop wallpapers that match the time of day. This new app from the makers of Magic Window syncs your wallpaper with your current time and location. Choose from 42 professionally captured scenes and watch your desktop transition in-time with natural light.
Buy 24 Hour Wallpaper today in the Mac App Store.

Wallpapers

24 Hour Wallpaper includes a great selection of both Nature and City wallpapers at full 5K resolution. Nature wallpapers include the Sierras, Yosemite, Joshua Tree, Pyramid Lake, Sonoma, and more. City wallpapers include New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Tokyo, Madrid, Amsterdam, and more. We hope you will find many in the set that you love having on your desktop, and if you can't decide you can always shuffle between them.


Features

  • 42 total 24 Hour scenes containing 30-36 5K still images each.
  • Wallpapers remains synchronized with your time and location all day.
  • Includes both Fixed View (one perspective) and Mixed (multi-perspective) wallpapers. 
  • Customize time any way you want by adjusting sunrise, sunset, and duration parameters.
  • All images available at 5K 5120x2880 resolution with up to 5GB of images available.
  • Supports all resolution displays and offers lower resolution download options.
  • Full multi-monitor support - use as many displays as your Mac allows.
  • Integrates directly with system wallpaper - not just a window floating on top.
  • Fully supports Mission Control, Expose, Login/Lock Screen, and Spaces. 
  • Minimal CPU, GPU, and Battery use - only computes when wallpaper is download or changing.
  • Shuffle between just your favorite scenes or filter by scene type.
     

Photography

All terrestrial photography was professionally captured by Hal Bergman and Josh Michaels. The two person team behind Magic Window has been working together for more than seven years to capture the photos for this app. They began filming in 2011 and have continually evolved their capture techniques and technologies since.


History

Hal & Josh put in extraordinary effort to capture and master the images in the app at professional quality. Capturing 24 hour long sequences is extremely difficult and often requires many compromises to get right. Our work is inspired in part by photographer Todd Pickering who pursued this with a film camera for the Mac app "Sundial" in the mid 1990s.

While our efforts to create these new wallpapers encountered countless challenges over the years, we were constantly reminded that Todd completed a similar effort with a film camera decades before. With the tools and equipment available today we thought it would be easier. We found that even with best tools filming for 24 hours can be both a challenge and an amazing adventure.

  Hal Bergman & Todd Pickering at Todd Pickering's Photography Gallery in Inverness Park, California   

Hal Bergman & Todd Pickering at Todd Pickering's Photography Gallery in Inverness Park, California
 

  Hal & Todd conferencing with Josh Michaels, discussing the history of Sundial, and 24 Hour Wallpaper   

Hal & Todd conferencing with Josh Michaels, discussing the history of Sundial, and 24 Hour Wallpaper
 

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Skylight - Our Sun Tool

While filming for 24 Hour Wallpaper we used a range of amazing apps on iPhone and iPad to assist. Over time we ultimately needed to build our own sun tracking app to help us track the sun and remind us to tend to the camera. While we built Skylight as an internal tool, we fell in love with it and ultimately had to make it public. You can get Skylight in the App Store for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.
 

Fine Art: 24 Hour Empire

The development of an artistic concept like this often takes interesting twists and turns. For a year this project deviated to create a fine art installation titled "24 Hour Empire" as an homage to Andy Warhol's "Empire." We produced a comprehensive exhibition exploring time, culture, and durational video. This was the first art installation ever to use an Apple TV. If you enjoy the app, we encourage you to check out the exhibition.


Support, Feedback, and Questions

If you have any issues with the app or feedback for us we are more than happy to help. Please visit the support page first to see if your issue is addressed, and if not feel free to contact us at support@magicwindowapp.com. Thank you in advance for your patience.
 

Additional Credits

Images of the Earth taken from the International Space Station in the app are included courtesy of the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center. We greatly appreciate the efforts of the astronauts/photographers aboard the ISS for their amazing photography efforts.