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EarthDesk
EarthDesk
7.5
3.6
0.0
EarthDesk free download for Mac

EarthDesk for Mac7.5

14 January 2021

Striking real-time animated image of the Earth for your Desktop.

What is EarthDesk for Mac

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.

Features
  • 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!

What's new in EarthDesk

Version 7.5:
  • Universal Binary to run natively on both Intel and Apple Silicon Macs.
  • The minimum macOS version is now 10.14.
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samuel_h
samuel_h
May 24 2021
7.5
5.0
May 24 2021
5.0
Version: 7.5
although it takes a lot of resources - it gives you the most stunning walpa[er
Wijnand
Wijnand
Apr 28 2018
7.2
0.0
Apr 28 2018
0.0
Version: 7.2
Hello, I've bought your app and got the license. But I can't register the serial in the app. I copied and pasted the license key into the program, but it doesn't stay in there. Also Data subscription? What do I enter in there?
pettifogger0712
pettifogger0712
Aug 19 2017
7.2
0.0
Aug 19 2017
0.0
Version: 7.2
Very nice app BUT I found that it is a bit of a CPU hog at times....
kosovarnye@yahoo-com
kosovarnye@yahoo-com
Sep 6 2016
7.1
4.0
Sep 6 2016
4.0
Version: 7.1
Version 5.9.1 is working just fine on the latest beta release of MacOS 12 Sierra. The developer claimed to be "surprised" his product worked on OS X 10.11, but it's also working on 10.12 . It seems to me he's just trying to milk more money through mostly pointless upgrades on a product that has offered very little that's new or innovative in years. (IMHO)
steveoliver360
steveoliver360
Jun 15 2016
7.0.2
5.0
Jun 15 2016
5.0
Version: 7.0.2
Attention EarthDesk developer. I recently bought a new computer and restored my computer via Time Machine. After the transfer I've lost my desktop settings. I've found the .jpg that shows the cities I've added. How do I restore this desktop? All in all I love EarhDesk!
Bonobo
Bonobo
May 16 2016
7.0.2
0.0
May 16 2016
0.0
Version: 7.0.2
The new version 7 of EarthDesk doesn’t seem to work well with Path Finder: It hides Path Finders desktop icons.
anonymous-dingo-1033
anonymous-dingo-1033
May 10 2016
7.0.2
0.0
May 10 2016
0.0
Version: 7.0.2
Dear developer, I have used EarthDesk for several years and have upgraded several times as I remember. Version 6 has worked well on the most recent versions of OS X. The version I have works flawlessly on 10.5.5 & 10.11.4 . I scoured your website, but I see no documentation about why I should upgrade to version 7. What has changed or improved since version I paid for, that makes it compelling to upgrade If no more clouds providers. It seems you ask a new buy for (7.x) with clouds subscriptions.
kosovarnye@yahoo-com
kosovarnye@yahoo-com
May 9 2016
7.0.2
4.0
May 9 2016
4.0
Version: 7.0.2
Dear developer, I have used EarthDesk for any years and have upgraded several times as I remember. Version 5.9.1 has worked well on the most recent versions of OS X. The version I have works flawlessly on 10.11.4 and 10.11.5 (beta). I scoured your website, but I see no documentation about why I should upgrade to version 7. What has changed or improved since version 5.9.1 that makes it compelling to upgrade? I don't plan to use any data or cloud subscriptions.
brightonpete
brightonpete
Apr 29 2016
7.0
5.0
Apr 29 2016
5.0
Version: 7.0
I just received an e-mail yesterday noting this app had been updated. I haven't used it for a couple years, but am glad I received it. It's a fantastic backdrop on my 27" iMac! There are more pref's to play with and the hires data looks great. Now I have to move everything off the desktop to see all displayed. I just wish the ISS icon was designed like the ISS and not a small yellow circle. It took me a while to figure that out. Looks great - get it!
piquadratpi2
piquadratpi2
Apr 29 2016
7.0
5.0
Apr 29 2016
5.0
Version: 7.0
Since yesterday I updated to version 7.0 of EarthDesk and I find it better than before and better than ever. I use it on my 27'' jMac and with the new Gradicule options I can orientate everything much better. The preferences now are much better and easy to use. And the updatefee is ok. A big thanks to the developers...
Wts
Wts
May 28 2014
6.3.0
3.0
May 28 2014
3.0
Version: 6.3.0
Using EarthDesk for your desktop looks rather messy especially the evening view with a huge blob of black. It's also difficult to see the various folders etc that I have parked on my desktop. There also should be hot keys to go from start desktop to stop desktop. Now you have mouse way up to the apple menu, find the icon and select start or stop from a drop down menu. Not certain it's even worth the discount price for my budget on shareware. Maybe the next version will be improved.
romirro
romirro
Jul 13 2013
6.3.0
4.0
Jul 13 2013
4.0
Version: 6.3.0
Nice
SvenAERTS
SvenAERTS
Dec 20 2012
6.1.1
0.0
Dec 20 2012
0.0
Version: 6.1.1
I need to see what time it is in the cities where my friends/co-workers live. I can't do that EarthDesk?
JBA
JBA
Sep 22 2012
6.0.2
0.0
Sep 22 2012
0.0
Version: 6.0.2
Is EarthDesk 5.9.1 fully compatible to Mountain Lion (10.8.2) or are there some issues (showstoppers).
SvenAERTS
SvenAERTS
Sep 21 2012
6.0.2
0.0
Sep 21 2012
0.0
Version: 6.0.2
Can it be mentioned if there a trial version? thy
WordWeaver
WordWeaver
Aug 2 2012
6.0
0.0
Aug 2 2012
0.0
Version: 6.0
Thank you for your email advisory regarding 6.0, but I am no longer interested in your product, and I haven't even use it in many months, even though I paid for it. Like so many other people who have expressed their thoughts regarding your product, for a long time now, I haven't been very impressed by the quality of the cloud maps, particularly given the fact that they are now an additional annual charge to your product's price. I understand your side of the story, but if I recall correctly, hi-res cloud maps -- even though the hi-res maps back then were of lower quality than the ones which are now available -- were originally included as part of the purchase price for EarthDesk, or am I mistaken? That is why so many people are now complaining. They feel cheated. They feel that something has been taken away which they paid for, regardless of whether or not that situation has been under your control. It is very difficult to win back the confidence of customers once they feel they have been conned by a developer. Please note that I am not accusing you of anything. I am simply informing you of how some of your customers feel. Personally, being as I live in a tropical region which is subject to potential typhoons each year, the cloud coverage was the most important aspect of your program to me. The Earth shadow, etc., is of little interest to me. To be quite honest, I can obtain higher quality, more timely cloud coverage images from NOAA's GOES satellite which covers our region of the world. Their images -- while in black and white -- are updated every hour 24/7 during the entire year -- and not once every three hours like your program -- except when there are occasional satellite glitches. In fact they are so good, that in years past, I have created two-week long movies which display a continuous cloud coverage cycle with developing typhoons. At any rate, between requiring an annual upgrade fee, plus an annual hi-res cloud coverage fee, as with others, your product has simply lost its appeal for me. It is basically a one-trick pony which just isn't financially worth it. Others obviously feel differently.
anonymous-squirrel-4040
anonymous-squirrel-4040
Aug 2 2012
6.0
0.0
Aug 2 2012
0.0
Version: 6.0
The app's update check says 5.9.1 is the newest available and I don't see how to upgrade on the site, only option seems to be full purchase.
anonymous-gopher-3364
anonymous-gopher-3364
Aug 1 2012
6.0
5.0
Aug 1 2012
5.0
Version: 6.0
Just upgraded to 6.0. Fixing the Mission Control/Spaces bug alone makes this upgrade worth it. Loving the ISS/sun/moon overlays. real-time updates, etc. These fixes and features, plus the fact that this has been my sole background for years, make the upgrade a no-brainer.
piquadratpi2
piquadratpi2
Jul 16 2012
5.9
5.0
Jul 16 2012
5.0
Version: 5.9
A big thanks to the developers... This is one of my mostly used software ever. It's stable, comfortable and without any glitches. The new higher resolution is a big improvement for me. I hope that it will work with OS 10.8 as well as with Snow Leopard.
Earthdesk
Earthdesk
Jul 14 2012
5.8.5
0.0
Jul 14 2012
0.0
Version: 5.8.5
Today we nearly doubled the free cloud resolution, from 1.125 megapixels, to 2 megapixels. This matches the standard resolution that EarthDesk has used since the cloud feature was added in 2003. We will soon be increasing the paid high-res clouds from 18 to 32 megapixels, but it will require an update to the software.
joey2-k
joey2-k
Jun 18 2012
5.8.5
2.0
Jun 18 2012
2.0
Version: 5.8.5
Why DO WE NOW HAVE to PAY MORE for Hi-Resolution Clouds?? When I bought this app "Hi-Res" clouds were included. I initially bought the app for its nice visual look. BUT NOW, It IS HORRIBLE TO LOOK AT... unless we pay for what was once included free!! SHAME ON YOU!! NEVER GOING TO BUY ANY OTHER APPS FROM YOUR COMPANY!!
Sgginc
Sgginc
May 19 2012
5.8.5
5.0
May 19 2012
5.0
Version: 5.8.5
Of all the screen savers I have this is the only one I use. I like to watch the clouds/storms. The rendition of the earth and clouds are beautiful. There are a lot of options to choose from on how you want the map/clouds displayed. Well worth the price (including the $9.95/yr) for me.
Buzzard
Buzzard
Feb 24 2012
5.8.3
0.0
Feb 24 2012
0.0
Version: 5.8.3
Current version is broken in OSX 108 Mountain Lion
SegN3rd
SegN3rd
Jan 30 2012
5.8.3
0.0
Jan 30 2012
0.0
Version: 5.8.3
Regardless of who you agree with, I think it is inappropriate for the developer to keep complaining to customers about the cost of bandwidth. Whatever concerns you have about bandwidth are between you and your bandwidth provider. We don't have anything to do with that. The deal you have with us is to provide a certain program for a certain price. Many people have taken the opinion that you have taken that price and are now suddenly refusing to provide the service unless we pay more money. Although you have pointed out a loophole that makes it legal for you to do this, personally I am not especially eager to give my money to developers who take the money and find a loophole.
Jumpjim
Jumpjim
Jan 26 2012
5.8.2
3.5
Jan 26 2012
3.5
Version: 5.8.2
Has a BIG issue with memory usage in 5.8.2. Having installed iStat menus to keep an eye on my newly installed memory usage I noticed Earthdesk gradually increases its usage over time. Having been away for 5 days I find it is using 1.7Gb memory! No wonder my machine was slowing down... I emailed Xeric as I thought it was retaining coud images and got the following response... "It is not the clouds files (though we will double check that), but rather the image data for the maps. We have fixed this for a future release. It might be released with EarthDesk 6, but is more likely to be sooner." Nice! We might have to pay extra to fix a major bug in the program having already paid for it, AND paid extra for high-res clouds.. Not impressed :(
Ok14me21
Ok14me21
Jan 6 2012
5.8.2
5.0
Jan 6 2012
5.0
Version: 5.8.2
I LOVE EarhDesk. Today I bought High res cloud images. Now I am in the heaven of clouds ;-)
Wile-E-
Wile-E-
Oct 31 2011
5.8.1
5.0
Oct 31 2011
5.0
Version: 5.8.1
Outstanding app. I resisted a bit to pay for the High res cloud images but decided to this morning and I do not regret it. The imaging is exceptional. I have never experienced any problems with EarthDesk and appreciate the care that has gone in to its design. There are quite a few configurable options but they are not overwhelming in the manner of some apps that try to offer too much. Easy-peasey to set up and has been rock solid throughout. I can't comment on Xeric's support because I have had no need to ever contact them.
Antoinesynopsis
Antoinesynopsis
Oct 31 2011
5.8.1
4.0
Oct 31 2011
4.0
Version: 5.8.1
I'm happy to see that the cloud definition is now acceptable. These last week, the cloud quality decreased for people who didn't pay the high res but it is now very good.
Katie-Carter
Katie-Carter
Oct 31 2011
5.8.1
0.0
Oct 31 2011
0.0
Version: 5.8.1
Is 24.95 a one-time payment, or are there any recurring fees involved? I mean if I'm a paid user, shall I have to pay for those hi-res clouds annually as well?
Earthdesk
Earthdesk
Oct 25 2011
5.8
0.0
Oct 25 2011
0.0
Version: 5.8
We understand some people are disappointed in the recent changes that have required us to charge for high-resolution cloud data. It was not a happy change for us either. Since early September we have done nothing except work on building a suitable infrastructure to deliver this data. For paid users, we are working on the possibility of doubling the resolution currently distributed. Internal testing is looking good so far and these very high resolution images look fantastic. For free users, we are looking at ways to increase the resolution somewhat, perhaps at the expense of update frequency. We welcome your comments here and on our EarthDesk facebook page.
L-b-j-
L-b-j-
Oct 24 2011
5.8
2.0
Oct 24 2011
2.0
Version: 5.8
It is one thing not be able to deliver high res cloud pictures for free. But I can see no reason the pictures of the earth it selves are in an ugly resolution. Sorry, but that's a no-go.
plainprogrammer
plainprogrammer
Oct 3 2011
5.7.3
4.0
Oct 3 2011
4.0
Version: 5.7.3
EarthDesk is a great little toy app, it makes you desktop and screensaver feel more lively, if you are into the changing views of the earth. But it isn't always reliable in running and it can eat resources.
Edley
Edley
Sep 24 2011
5.7.3
1.0
Sep 24 2011
1.0
Version: 5.7.3
Be careful if you're thinking of downloading. I just installed it, and it looked great for a while. Didn't justify the $25, but worked as part of the bundle. The clouds recently stopped being displayed in HD, and they look terrible in SD. Apparently the person that used to prepare the HD clouds for free is now charging, and Xeric are planning to charge $12 per year for the clouds alone. http://www.xericdesign.com/clouds.php
Poikkeus
Poikkeus
Sep 11 2011
5.7.3
4.0
Sep 11 2011
4.0
Version: 5.7.3
I've never been a fan of glorified screen backgrounds, but a MacUpdate package, EarthDesk is especially appealing. Watch the surface of the Earth change as the planet rotates, and play around with the various effects and map settings. Moreover, the planetary images change with weather patterns (or at least they seem to). Most users will be using their browser or favorite applications, so you'll be using EarthDesk when you boot, wake from sleep, or power down. But the application is appealing and nicely designed.
Corpsecorps
Corpsecorps
Apr 20 2011
5.7.1
3.0
Apr 20 2011
3.0
Version: 5.7.1
Very cool. Especially the map projections. But $25 for a background?! 8^(
polarpop
polarpop
Apr 16 2011
5.7.1
4.5
Apr 16 2011
4.5
Version: 5.7.1
Awesome
emalele
emalele
Apr 5 2011
5.7
4.0
Apr 5 2011
4.0
Version: 5.7
I like it! Especially with a discount!
Kraftaktuell
Kraftaktuell
Apr 5 2011
5.7
4.0
Apr 5 2011
4.0
Version: 5.7
Looks very nice on the Desktop.. Multiple settings between you can choose. However, only a few are good looking and the earth is not moving smooth.
Lee123
Lee123
Feb 22 2011
5.6.2
4.0
Feb 22 2011
4.0
Version: 5.6.2
There seems to be some spam unrelated to the actual program in this thread. Please delete the thread below this one, thank you. Earthdesk is actually a really nice program but not really a neccesity.
june8
june8
Sep 29 2010
5.5.0
0.0
Sep 29 2010
0.0
Version: 5.5.0
Almost everything can be set/changed from the menu bar item, except clouds display toggle. It would be nice if this option were existed too.
siamlotus
siamlotus
Sep 28 2010
5.5.0
5.0
Sep 28 2010
5.0
Version: 5.5.0
EarthDesk is brilliant on an iMac screen. I personally hope not to see cities and weather etc in a future update as this would just clutter EarthDesk for me, or at least let us be able to disable this in the preferences. The customer service is outstanding as well. A lost keycode query took ten minutes to get a reply to on a Sunday.
Prvtnet
Prvtnet
Jul 20 2010
5.4.1
5.0
Jul 20 2010
5.0
Version: 5.4.1
I have had this for years and enjoy it every single day. Very stable and constantly changing in real time.
liang-case
liang-case
Jan 21 2010
5.2.0
0.0
Jan 21 2010
0.0
Version: 5.2.0
Hi, I tried the latest version of EarthDesk. How can I remove the milky white in the bottom of map? I've tried the instruction from your website. But deleting the file at ~/Library/Application Support/EarthDesk/Clouds doesn't help at all. I'm currently using 10.6. Thanks.
Onyxgaze
Onyxgaze
Nov 27 2009
5.1.1
0.0
Nov 27 2009
0.0
Version: 5.1.1
Nice app. I would have liked it better if time palette were integrated with Earthdesk. I would have loved to flag cities on the earthdesk wallpaper and have the time show up alongwith the additional features of time palette.
kosovarnye@yahoo-com
kosovarnye@yahoo-com
Oct 27 2009
5.1
4.0
Oct 27 2009
4.0
Version: 5.1
EarthDesk is such a resource hog, I'm sure it would benefit from being rewritten as a 64-bit program. About once a week, there is a temporary defect in the downloaded cloud cover graphic function, which mars the desktop appearance. The solution seems to be to delete the cloud graphic file and let the program re-download it from scratch. Other than this, I think the feature set is fine and it makes a dynamic and fascinating desktop for my 24" iMac.
Syrosl
Syrosl
Oct 4 2009
5.0.2
0.0
Oct 4 2009
0.0
Version: 5.0.2
just bought this app ten days ago, so far so good, but adding a little cocktail to it will be appreciated, like showing temperature or weather information, I think I'm not alone for this opinion, so waiting for another upgrade, and look forward to some new features from the dev.. btw, it's a good app and it worths the money. :D
bryanh-1
bryanh-1
Aug 1 2009
5.0.2
0.0
Aug 1 2009
0.0
Version: 5.0.2
I'm still not upgrading until the author adds weather/temperature data.
Earthdesk
Earthdesk
Jul 25 2009
5.0.1
0.0
Jul 25 2009
0.0
Version: 5.0.1
There is a setting to control this behavior in the Display Tab. You an either leave the last generated image on the screen, or remove it to restore the original desktop.
Dcannis
Dcannis
Jul 24 2009
5.0.1
0.0
Jul 24 2009
0.0
Version: 5.0.1
With the latest versions (5.0.1)when I stopped Earthdesk the background turn with the map still loaded. MacBook Pro unibody 15" Intel Core 2 Duo 2,40 GHz
Loosygoosy
Loosygoosy
Jul 9 2009
5.0.1
0.0
Jul 9 2009
0.0
Version: 5.0.1
With the latest versions (5 and 5.0.1) I've noticed that sometimes the background will either turn black or white with the map partially loaded.
kosovarnye@yahoo-com
kosovarnye@yahoo-com
Jul 2 2009
5.0
4.0
Jul 2 2009
4.0
Version: 5.0
I contacted the developer and was surprised to receive a response within two hours, along with the aforementioned (by Xeric Design) beta of EarthDesk attached. I installed beta 2 of version 5.0.1 and Voila! cloud images display now perfectly. Xeric Design's website references the known bug, although the wording there was much vaguer than how the developer explains it here. I'm living in Germany, using a brand new iMac running OSX 10.5.7 with the english module active, but with the international preference pane setting for German numbers formatting. That appears to have been the problem, but once again, EarthDesk works now without any further tinkering. Now that it works and because it seems the upgrade might be a bit snappier than version 4, I'm doubling my previous the rating, but especially for the super-fast email support.
kosovarnye@yahoo-com
kosovarnye@yahoo-com
Jul 1 2009
5.0
4.0
Jul 1 2009
4.0
Version: 5.0
I've always liked this program when it worked. It worked well for a couple of years after I first bought version 1 or 2 (?). Then I upgraded to version 4, but it was months before I could get it to display satellite cloud images. Everything else worked OK, except for it drawing a bit heavily on system resources and being sluggish. Yesterday I upgraded--fool that I am!--to version 5 in spite of my past headaches with EarthDesk. Since then I've spent hours trying to figure out why, once again, the cloud image won't display. Since the time I was having problems with version 4 of EarthDesk, I'd switched from a Powerbook Pro 17" to a new iMac 24" and OSX version 10.5.7. The preference pane confirms "Cloud image downloaded:" with a specific date and time, but it also displays "Cloud image captured: Never" So what does this mean? I've already repaired permissions, reinstalled the preference pane, discarded the old cloud image manually and waited for the re-download, removed the old preference files, restarted, tinkered with preference pane settings, restored system permissions, over and over, and still no clouds. I am going to contact the developer again, and wait for his advice on something I haven't tried already.
Aaanouel
Aaanouel
Jun 7 2009
4.8
0.0
Jun 7 2009
0.0
Version: 4.8
Too heavy... My 4Mgb RAM used more than 50% on it. So I got rid of it.
kosovarnye@yahoo-com
kosovarnye@yahoo-com
Aug 27 2008
4.3
4.0
Aug 27 2008
4.0
Version: 4.3
After purchasing and using EarthDesk for a couple of years, it simply stopped working on my notebook as of a month ago. I've tried every problem-solving trick I know (including re-installation), but EarthDesk just sits there displaying nothing. Before this, Earthdesk worked perfectly and was a very nice program which has become useless on my MacBook Pro running 1.5.4.
Awt
Awt
Jan 27 2007
4.0.1
3.0
Jan 27 2007
3.0
Version: 4.0.1
Requires a lot of memory, uninstallation prodedure provided only on support developers site. Better would be a, uninstaller as you have to go through user and home libraries, delete caches, preferences and so on. Anyway nice to look at sometimes.
Petr1
Petr1
Jan 24 2007
4.0.1
0.0
Jan 24 2007
0.0
Version: 4.0.1
YES! Untill now the EarthDesk used to be the only breath-taking software like this. But since OSX Planet was launched couple of day ago am afraid EarthDesk will lose many customers. I mean have a look for yourself at http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/13521 It's showing not only earth and clouds, but satelittes, storms, earthquakes and all planets. It's just freaking ahead of EarthDesk. Sorry.
Xericdesign
Xericdesign
Jan 24 2007
4.0.1
0.0
Jan 24 2007
0.0
Version: 4.0.1
80MB of this is a cache on disk that will be purged if other apps need the space... the rest depends on the number as resolution of your displays.
-rondykes
-rondykes
Jan 24 2007
4.0.1
0.0
Jan 24 2007
0.0
Version: 4.0.1
not too stoked w/ this paid upgrade. just paid in sept for 3.x license now have to pay again? will stay with vesion 3 for now, there are really no new features anyway.
Umijin
Umijin
Jan 23 2007
4.0
0.0
Jan 23 2007
0.0
Version: 4.0
I really dislike the way this update is announced/distributed without any clear indication that owners of previous versions have to purchase an upgrade license. There's no indication of it on the install .dmg. Worse, when you type in your old serial number, there is no indication of why it doesn't work. The only way one can find out that he/she has to purchase the upgrade is that you have to dig on the xeric website to find it. Regardless if this is intentional or not, it leaves a bad taste in the mouth for owners of the previous version. I purchased ED version 3.5.5 earlier this year, and frankly I'm not sure having a pref panel version of the same app is worth the upgrade price. I doubt I'm the only one who feels this way.
Xericdesign
Xericdesign
Jan 23 2007
4.0
0.0
Jan 23 2007
0.0
Version: 4.0
EarthDesk 4.0 can be used as a screen saver. You need to point your screen saver to use the proper folder. Instructions are on our site at: http://www.xericdesign.com/support_edsk.php
Jmgriff
Jmgriff
Jan 23 2007
4.0
0.0
Jan 23 2007
0.0
Version: 4.0
I bought EarthDesk v1.0 and then the paid upgrade to 3.0, and I like the program a lot ... but I cannot see why I would pay $10 to upgrade again to v4.0 ?
Ericob
Ericob
Jan 23 2007
4.0
0.0
Jan 23 2007
0.0
Version: 4.0
Now, if this could be activated as a SCREEN SAVER, I could get interested... my desktop is so cluttered I'd barely be able to see the map.
Rickmoen
Rickmoen
Jan 22 2007
4.0
0.0
Jan 22 2007
0.0
Version: 4.0
Version 4 requires a new serial number. Haven't seen if there's an upgrade price, but my version 3 number won't work, so the reminder message goes across the screen. Trying to uninstall now.
StrictlyBagel
StrictlyBagel
Jan 22 2007
4.0
5.0
Jan 22 2007
5.0
Version: 4.0
Moving the app into the system preferences is truly not enough for me to warrant the upgrade price of $10. I had high hopes for new features such as marking places I've been on the map... suggested almost a year ago. Albeit, version 4 is the same old and not much new. Will have to think ahrd before upgrading.
Musicpenguy
Musicpenguy
Dec 9 2006
3.5.5
5.0
Dec 9 2006
5.0
Version: 3.5.5
Wow! This is such a great product. I got this through the MacHeist and can't believe how I lived without out. This is an incredible piece of software. It is definitly worth the 20 dollar price! This is a true macgem of software!
Drtyrell969
Drtyrell969
Dec 7 2006
3.5.5
0.0
Dec 7 2006
0.0
Version: 3.5.5
This is a really neat product, but $19.99 is just a price I can't justify for something that creates ZERO dollars and LOW entertainment for my business or home. Maybe at a stretch $9.99 would reduce it to an impulse buy item, but when I get any casual game on the market for $19.99 and play it for a month, there is no way this product behinds to contend with that value. Great job, but too pricey IMO.
Jshop
Jshop
Sep 6 2006
3.5.3
0.0
Sep 6 2006
0.0
Version: 3.5.3
OSXPlanet 1.0 is now out and really rocks! You might try that instead since it's free.
Gazman
Gazman
Aug 3 2006
3.5.3
0.0
Aug 3 2006
0.0
Version: 3.5.3
Yeah, nice trial version! (sarcasm) It centres the map over your home city then straight across the middle of you desktop it writes in huge letters "NOT REGISTERED - evaluation purposes only" with the result that this is plastered right over where you want to watch. Fair enough if the developer wants to put this somewhere on the trial screen but putting it where it is has turned me off this program.
Guest
Guest
Jul 10 2005
3.0.1
4.8
Jul 10 2005
4.8
Version: 3.0.1
Great program... Everything looks great but try as I might I can't get the clouds to appear. Suggestions? I'm using version 3.0.1 (unregistered) but I've tried some of the earlier versions on my computer a while ago (maybe they left behind bad preferences files or something...?) Any (constructive) help would be appreciated. Thanks!
Guest
Guest
May 5 2005
3.0.1
4.8
May 5 2005
4.8
Version: 3.0.1
Been using EarthDesk for a couple years. It's a lot cheaper than those $2000 clocks you can buy at the clock shop which do the same thing, and it looks great on the 23" Cinema Display. When OSXPlanet had the cloudcover, I was envious, but I tried it for a while and had serious crashing problems. This was about 9 months ago, so I don't know if it ever improved -- the instability for a couple weeks of trying put me off, and I went back to EarthDesk which worked great, but missed the clouds. Then 3.0 came out, and now I have my happy clouds. I like the differing views that you can choose, as well as the moon effect, and the fact that you can alter the update frequency. Mine's set to every 15 minutes, because let's face it, it doesn't need to be THAT up to date, and it takes a lot less CPU. It seems to be a bit memory hungry... I had it running for a couple days and saw it was taking up 80 MB of physical RAM. This may not be a leak (Activity Monitor or Top are NOT perfect indicators of memory usage, as the OS can cache things), but it seems a bit more than I'd seen in the past. Two thumbs up!
Wjb3wvu
Wjb3wvu
Apr 23 2005
3.0
4.5
Apr 23 2005
4.5
Version: 3.0
Thought of another feature I'd love to see - how about being able to animate motion of the cloud cover, much like we see on our local weather channels. You'd have to have a fast processor, but it'd be a great feature.
Guest
Guest
Apr 21 2005
3.0
4.8
Apr 21 2005
4.8
Version: 3.0
In all fairness, I have to upgrade my assessment of this program, even if I still think it's a bit overpriced. I finally got it to work after finding that I'd overlooked the deletion of one folder that had been created by version 2. (It usually pays to read the tips that are found in the tech support area on the product website.) Anyway, the desktop graphics with 50% cloudcover are pretty stunning. I still wish I could somehow zoom into the graphics so this could be also be used as a reference tool. Also, the developer might consider an installer program option that would remove all the legacy files that prevent version 3 from working.
Guest
Guest
Apr 20 2005
3.0
4.8
Apr 20 2005
4.8
Version: 3.0
Aloha, This is a fantastic update! EarthDesk has always been the best of this class of applications and 3.0 takes it all to another level. The maps, which already had the highest resolution, are now at an even higher resolution, absolutely stunning. And I love the zoom feature, allowed to 400%. But this release is all about the clouds and EarthDesk 3.0 handles them with aplomb. It simply looks gorgeous and the image download times, even on dialup, are very fast. I'm running ED on a PowerMac 1.25 ghz G4 with 10.2.6 and it runs very well. I find myself minimizing all open windows and gazing at the beautiful living images on my desktop. Is it worth the money? Yes, and the upgrade fee is only $9.95 for us existing users. I believe future updates w/in 3.X will be free. Yes, OSXPlanet is free, but it's written by a teenager who has parents to pay the bills. EarthDesk is written by a professional programmer and the level of polish and function, which move EarthDesk to the head of the class, are very evident. I've tried them all, EarthDesk is still #1.
Guest
Guest
Apr 20 2005
3.0
4.8
Apr 20 2005
4.8
Version: 3.0
The 3.0 upgrade price of EarthDesk is half again the price of version 2, which seems to me rather steep to me for a program with no practical application and especially when there are several free alternatives that do pretty much the same thing. EartDesk is pretty and a bit entertaining, so I didn't balk at paying $20 originally. There's just one problem though: 3.0 doesn't work on my Aluminum PowerBook running 10.3.8. It's just been sitting there for days spinning it's little beachball, even after the usual restarts, permissions fixes, deletion of preference files, etc. I'd suggest that the next version have some sort of zoom and label functions so that a user could at least use it as a reference and learning tool. But for now, I think that the developer should just concentrate on making the darn thing work.
Wjb3wvu
Wjb3wvu
Apr 20 2005
3.0
4.5
Apr 20 2005
4.5
Version: 3.0
This is an upgrade for me from version 2.7 Prior to the upgrade I would have given the nod to the free OSXPlanet, but this upgrade makes the price worth it. Graphics are stupendous, and cloud rendering pulls it all together into a very realistic graphic. Well worth the asking price. I would like to see an opposing globe image. Since the globe is the most accurate rendition, I'd like to be able to view the entire earth that way, instead of just half.
Guest
Guest
Apr 19 2005
3.0
4.8
Apr 19 2005
4.8
Version: 3.0
Actually EarthDesk supports several features that OSXPlanet does not: 1. Accurate Moonlight (very noticeable on the clouds and in North Africa). 2. More than 4 times the map detail. 3. Support for multiple displays. 4. Additional map projections. 5. Political map.
Guest
Guest
Sep 10 2004
2.7.1
4.8
Sep 10 2004
4.8
Version: 2.7.1
great app, well thought out but it took a while to load the desktop picture and you're missing Sheffield, United Kingdom from the city list!!!
Guest
Guest
Jun 30 2004
2.6
4.8
Jun 30 2004
4.8
Version: 2.6
This is a great application! I tried the offerings from other software companies, and EarthDesk is clearly superior, especially in terms of resolution and clarity. DesktopEarth was giving me a headache because of blurriness. All EarthDesk needs is the addition of real time clouds. One could make a case that in its current state it's worth $15 instead of $20, but if you're a map lover like myself, the extra $5 is paid happily, especially for the sharp images. The developer obviously worked hard to produce a quality product. I have Earth Desk set up so it displays where the sun is rising at all times across the world and rotates automatically as the sun makes its way across the planet. Too Cool!
Guest
Guest
Jun 28 2004
2.6
4.8
Jun 28 2004
4.8
Version: 2.6
Great program! Not worth $20 though. The irony is that if they lowered their price to $10 - $12 their registrations would triple and they'd make more money. When a useful program like MacJournal is offered for free, it's hard to justify $20 for a novelty like this.....
Guest
Guest
May 25 2004
2.6
4.8
May 25 2004
4.8
Version: 2.6
Recently it came to our attention that the price listed on this page was in error. At our request, MacUpdate has fixed the listing (Thanks guys!). We value our customer feedback (send us an e-mail if you like), and make strong efforts to price our products fairly... providing good value to our users while earning us a profit so we can reinvest money in the company. Thanks to all of those who have supported us over the years!!
Guest
Guest
May 24 2004
2.6
4.8
May 24 2004
4.8
Version: 2.6
Use OSXPlanet. It's FREE, and quite lovely.
Guest
Guest
Mar 11 2004
2.5
4.8
Mar 11 2004
4.8
Version: 2.5
agree with bugaboo - lovely app but it isn't worth the asking price.... a tenner, maybe!
Guest
Guest
Mar 6 2004
2.5
4.8
Mar 6 2004
4.8
Version: 2.5
Great program!!! but come on - the price??? wow... :-(
Guest
Guest
Aug 5 2003
2.0.3
0.0
Aug 5 2003
0.0
Version: 2.0.3
I am... definitly not mad at this program. Don't know how to say it any beter. It does what it says. One
Guest
Guest
Jun 3 2003
2.0
0.0
Jun 3 2003
0.0
Version: 2.0
Alright! EarthDesk has evolved from fairly interesting desk wallpaper into an extraordinary application that shows multi-faceted views of Earth from different projections. This one has to be seen to be appreciated. Well worth the small upgrade fee. Kudos to the developer.
Guest
Guest
Feb 15 2003
1.2.5
4.8
Feb 15 2003
4.8
Version: 1.2.5
This is definitely a high-quality product. Although $20 may seem a lot to pay for a mere wallpaper program, the quality of the Earth images and the variety of display options available make it a worthwhile purchase. The author does watermark the display until you register, but you'll still be able to play with all the features to your heart's content.
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3.6
0.0
App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • ARM
  • OS X 10.11.0 or later
License: 
PaidOne-Time Purchase

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