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Earth 3D Lite your monitor into a realistic space shuttle window! Our planet looks exactly as it's seen by astronauts. You see the blackness of outer space with sparks of stars on it. You are flying around the Earth, a colorful ball with a veil of atmosphere.

Features:

  • compatible with OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
  • high-quality 3D graphics and effects
  • screen saver mode
  • multi-monitor support with monitor selection
  • removing dock icon
  • autostart at login
  • doesn't prevent your computer from going to sleep
Additional features in the more...

What's New

Version 2.0.0:
  • Fixed issue where initial Patch change MIDI events were not always delivered at piece start.
  • Online help links from the FX and Sound Generator units now working.
  • MIDI File Recordings now saved to ~/Music/Noatikl/MIDI Recordings; this folder is now a fixed location. All Noatikl MIDI recordings files that are found in the old folder location (assuming it was not more...

Requirements

  • Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later
  • Intel 32

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Steve Copley
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I dream of going into orbit... this is probably the closest I'll actually get!

This is a really well implemented application. It provides a view of earth smoothly passing by 'below' the viewport of your Mac's display. I can't stop gazing at it.

A couple of little issues...

The earth texture is fairly low resolution, so coastlines, etc. are a bit blurry. (I'd happily pay for a version with higher resolution textures).

The textures are high-mapped (so that mountains, etc. are shown in '3D') but the heights are over-emphasised. The result is the sight of comically huge, pointy mountains passing by. I think this is done to compensate for the low resolution high map. (Once again, for a more detailed height map, and more realistic display of those heights, I'd happily pay)

The paid version offers lots of extra details (famous sights, labels, etc.) but I think the lack of information is what makes this free version all the more charming - just the view of our blue/green planet.

Thanks to the dev. for this.

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Version 1.0.0
Steve Copley
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'high-mapped' should be 'height-mapped'

(Grrrr... Why can't I edit my comments?!)

Ean
+0

I totally agree with all your points, especially about less being more. Skip the soundtrack and place names. Though, I would like to see some weather. Oh, and the mesosphere looks too fuzzy in the screenshots.

Steve Copley
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Yes... it is too fuzzy.

This is the awesome reality: www.vimeo.com/32001208

I *really * want to see this with my own eyes! :-(

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Downloads 13,438
Version Downloads 10,687
License Free
Date 19 Nov 2012
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price Free