EarthDesk replaces your static desktop picture with a rendered image of Earth showing correct sun, moon, and city illumination.
With an Internet connection, EarthDesk displays near-real-time global cloud cover, allowing users to track hurricanes and typhoons, or simply admire our beautiful planet. User options allow you to adjust the overall transparency of the cloud layer.
- Crisp, Realistic Images - Unique to EarthDesk is accurate rendering of moonlight on the Living Earth satellite map. To create this stunning effect, the phase of the moon and reflectiveness of the Earth's surface are used to determine correct coloring of the image, ensuring a realistic view of the Earth from space.
- Global Cloud Cover - EarthDesk displays near real-time global cloud cover (internet access required), letting you track storms and volcanic eruptions, or simply admire our beautiful planet. You can also adjust the overall transparency of the cloud layer. Standard resolution clouds are free, while high-resolution clouds require a separate cloud key. This also provides access to near real-time earthquake and named storm data.
- Gazetteer - EarthDesk's gazetteer uses the same database as Time Palette, providing detailed geographical information for 10,000 cities worldwide. Your selected cities can now be labeled on the map.
- Customizable - EarthDesk's Presets option lets you name and save collections of settings - even for multiple screens. Toggle between them with ease!