Neat real-time earth wallpaper renderer ‘xplanetFX’ has received a refreshed GUI in its most recent update. Here we take a quick look at what’s been revamped and refresh your mind on how to install the app itself.

XPlanetFX was a big hit with readers when we first covered it. So much so that demand for it crashed their site! As and when people were able to try it out the response was positive, however one area which did draw criticism was UI inconsistencies present in the applications’ configuration window.

Consider many of these, and more, fixed in the latest release, which brings UI improvements and changes, all of which are sure to be welcomed by users. Some of these include: –

  • Consistency between tabs, padding and buttons used throughout
  • ‘Display’ now gives a more accurate preview of changes
  • ‘View’ Position widget has colour, a new grid, more
  • The application has a new Splash screen and application icon

Amongst those changes come a few new features, notably: –

  • Ability to change corona blur
  • Star field can be zoomed
  • More shadow options
  • Faster rendering time


The latest release of XPlanetFX, provided pre-packaged as a .deb, can be downloaded @

Once installed the application can be launched the from the ‘Applications > Accessories’ sub-menu.

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