Sunlit Earth
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The original Sunlit Earth Dashboard Widget for Mac OS X returns! This simple and aesthetic widget will display the sunlit portion of the Earth, position of the Sun and lights at night.

Images of the Earth used by the widget are courtesy NASA and NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS).

Painting top layer and bathymetry created by Don Carona based on bump maps courtesy of J. Hastings.
What's New
Version 4.1: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6.8 or later



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Ronadam reviewed on 03 Feb 2013
Version 4.1 was already available in October 2012.

To me, the most important change in version 4.1 is that this widget no longer needs the Java internet plugin.

I am a happy user of Sunlit Earth for years and I am glad I can continue to use it without the need to install the Java plugin. (I removed the plugin because I do not need it anymore.)
[Version 4.1]

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Ronadam replied on 03 Feb 2013
And another change is that the graphics are optimized for Retina display. I haven't seen it myself, but I am told it is really beautiful on a Retina display.
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marvinbass1 reviewed on 27 Oct 2012
Well for some reason it can't find the Java Plugin any more in OSX 10.8.2
I thought I downloaded the plugin and installed it, but now it's crashing the widget!!
[Version 3.3.1]

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Rei_vilo replied on 02 Nov 2012
There is a new version 4.1 available at http://observatory.tamu.edu/widgets/sunlitclassic/

It works like a charm on OS X 10.8.2.

It seems MacUpdate isn't update!
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marvinbass1 replied on 02 Nov 2012
Thank You So Much Rei_vilo !!! Cheers!!
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Sebuchen tipped on 30 Jul 2010
Take the widget out of your home folder widget directory (~/Library/Widgets) and move it to the main computers widget directory (/Library/Widgets) and everyone should then be able to use the widget. This will work for any widget, by the way.
[Version 3.0]

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Roro01 replied on 30 Jul 2010
What you say is obvious to most users, however, the developer specifically writes: "This version must be installed for the user (it cannot be installed system-wide)" so I thought it would not work if I install it in the main library but it works. Thank you!
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Roro01 commented on 21 Aug 2010
NO, IN FACT IT DOESN'T WORK!!!

If you put it in /Library/Widgets it would appear in the dashboard but will not update itself. Developer, please fix this.
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Etnier commented on 10 May 2006
Seems nice, but it's a shame the 'controls' are not made accessible through radio buttons or something of the sort. As it stands now, I would have to save a text file somewhere to hold the operating instructions.

A resizeable (as in make it bigger) display would be nice too... ;-)
[Version 2.0]


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Bruce_Y reviewed on 10 May 2006
Pretty cool.
Both previous ver 1.0 and new ver 2.0 work fine on my G5 iMac.
Now v2.0 has customizable display.
[Version 2.0]


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Roro01 had trouble on 30 Jul 2010
Why does this version must be installed for a particular user only and not system wide for all users? This is very silly!!! All the users of my computer are interested in this beautiful widget so now I've got to install it in three places ... I hope the developer would fix this.
[Version 3.0]

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Negritude replied on 12 Sep 2010
It's probably storing data inside the widget itself, rather than in separate files. That's bad programming practice.

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Derekcurrie rated on 11 Nov 2013

[Version 4.1]



Nickrr rated on 07 Feb 2011

[Version 3.3.1]


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Version Downloads:1,338
Type:Multimedia Design : MP3
License:Free
Date:02 Feb 2013
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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The original Sunlit Earth Dashboard Widget for Mac OS X returns! This simple and aesthetic widget will display the sunlit portion of the Earth, position of the Sun and lights at night.

Images of the Earth used by the widget are courtesy NASA and NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS).

Painting top layer and bathymetry created by Don Carona based on bump maps courtesy of J. Hastings.


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