EarthDesk
EarthDesk 6.3.0
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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
What's New
Version 6.3.0:

Note: Upgrades from version 5.0 are $12.95; upgrades from versions 1.0-4.0 are $17.95.
  • Added a Lambert azimuthal equal-area projection.
  • Changes to support future OS X versions.
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6 or later



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EarthDesk User Discussion (Write a Review)
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+5

romirro reviewed on 13 Jul 2013
Nice
[Version 6.3.0]


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JBA commented on 22 Sep 2012
Is EarthDesk 5.9.1 fully compatible to Mountain Lion (10.8.2) or are there some issues (showstoppers).
[Version 6.0.2]

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Xeric Design, Ltd. (developer) replied on 09 Oct 2012
5.9.1 works with Mountain Lion.
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SvenAERTS commented on 21 Sep 2012
Can it be mentioned if there a trial version? thy
[Version 6.0.2]

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Misha replied on 21 Sep 2012
There is (that's what the Shareware model provides).
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WordWeaver commented on 02 Aug 2012
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.
[Version 6.0]

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burypromote
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Xeric Design, Ltd. (developer) replied on 02 Aug 2012
The free clouds you are getting now are the same as we have always provided for free. For about 8 months, we were forced to drop the resolution as our original provider stopped offering the service. However in mid-July 2012 we restored the original resolution for free. Our paid service of course provides much higher resolution.

You mention GEOS is updated every hour. This page says 3 hours: www.goes.noaa.gov/goesfull.html

If we can get hourly images, we'd be happy to provide them, but we need the images without the white political borders in them.
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Xeric Design, Ltd. (developer) replied on 02 Aug 2012
There is no annual upgrade fee for the software. The last paid upgrade was three years ago.
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WordWeaver replied on 02 Aug 2012
Developer, I can assure you that what I have stated regarding NOAA's GOES satellite image for our region of the world being updated every hour is accurate and correct. I ought to know, because I have been viewing them and downloading them for quite a few years now, and I know how to read the time and date stamp on them. Furthermore, I could not possibly make a fluid movie if frames were only available every three hours. It would be jerky due to the missing frames.

It has occurred to me that perhaps your error is in assuming that I was referring to satellite images of the continental USA. If you more carefully re-read my previous message, you will note that I specifically stated "our region of the world", just as I have said the same thing in this current message.

If you will have the courtesy to proceed to the following page, you will quickly see that it plainly states that images for our region are made available every hour at 25 minutes past the hour:

http://www.goes.noaa.gov/guam/


In case you are wondering why the images are updated so frequently, it is probably because our region is noted for being one of the most active typhoon/hurricane regions in the entire world, and produces some of the most powerful SuperTyphoons -- Category 5 hurricanes -- in the world as well. Locally, it is referred to as "Typhoon Alley".

Our last major strike was SuperTyphoon Pongsona in 2002. In the over 25 years that we have lived here, it was clearly the worst and most powerful typhoon ever. We were without electricity in the tropical heat for 32 days, and others fared even worse. As odd and as strange as it is, we have not experienced a direct strike since that year, possibly due to Global Warming. It has not gone unnoticed by long-timers here.

At any rate, thanks again for offering 6.0 via email, but I am really not interested. Please have the courtesy to remove me from your email list.

Thank you kindly!
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Xeric Design, Ltd. (developer) replied on 02 Aug 2012
I have removed you from the update list. I do see that your image for ht local region is updated hourly, but it is not really a useful image on a global scale as they are not full-dic images. It's possible we could offer higher detail is some areas by using images like this, but we'd need to get them without gridlines and country borders. I'll see if I can find someone at NOAA that might be able to arrange this.
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Boomer replied on 03 Aug 2012
I really love this update. Finally, Earthdesk is now what I have been hoping for. The Sun, Moon and ISS are nice but what I like most is the ability to place cities around the world on the map. It makes the desktop even more pleasing to the eye.

Also I find the hi-res clouds to be improved. IMO, it's certainly worth the upgrade price.
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Davidpabian commented on 02 Aug 2012
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.
[Version 6.0]

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Xeric Design, Ltd. (developer) replied on 02 Aug 2012
EarthDesk uses Sparkle (as most apps do) to check for updates. Sparkle is a great piece of software but it doesn't really have a good way to handle free/paid upgrades. Version 5 will report the latest version 5, but there is no good way for it to notify you of v6.... since if you "update" to v6 you'd be left with an unlicensed product and that's not what users would expect.
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+3

glasser reviewed on 01 Aug 2012
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.
[Version 6.0]


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piquadratpi2 reviewed on 16 Jul 2012
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.
[Version 5.9]


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Xeric Design, Ltd. (developer) commented on 13 Jul 2012
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.
[Version 5.8.5]

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JBA replied on 22 Sep 2012
Ok, so what you are saying is that the free clouds are basically back to the old resolution right?

Does this also apply to EarthDesk 5.9.1 or do I have to buy EarthDesk 6.x to restore the functionality I initially bargained for when I paid money for this product like 10 months ago?
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joey2_k reviewed on 18 Jun 2012
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!!
[Version 5.8.5]

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Xeric Design, Ltd. (developer) replied on 05 Jul 2012
We have never provided free clouds... they were offered by a third party who subsequently cancelled the service and now charges $36/yr. We were able to build a free service at a slightly lower resolution, and a paid service at a much higher resolution.

If you can point out a service that will give us 1TB in bandwidth per day for free, I'd be happy to build a free service around it.
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joey2_k replied on 06 Jul 2012
But, this was never told to us before paying for the app. You took away something that was paid for! And, gladly bought the app for what it was! We didn't know less! I would understand your new charges for new users, but you kicked the stool out of our feet.
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Xeric Design, Ltd. (developer) replied on 07 Jul 2012
Our site has always stated that the clouds are not guaranteed. Prior to the free/paid service spilt, (and since 2003) the site stated: "it is hoped that this free data service can continue indefinitely". Unfortunately the individual providing the data decided to start charging for his bandwidth. We found a way to do it for 1/3 of his price. I think that is a pretty good solution, but if we can find free bandwidth obviously we will take it.

Since we do not own the satellites, or the service that provides the images, it is impossible for us to guarantee such data. We are looking for ways we can increase both the free and paid resolutions.
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+155

Sgginc reviewed on 19 May 2012
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.
[Version 5.8.5]


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SvenAERTS had trouble on 20 Dec 2012
I need to see what time it is in the cities where my friends/co-workers live. I can't do that EarthDesk?
[Version 6.1.1]


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Jc had trouble on 20 Jan 2010
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.
[Version 5.2.0]

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Xeric Design, Ltd. (developer) replied on 20 Jan 2010
Can you please contact our support so we can get a screen capture of this? I have looked at the cloud servers and the images are currently ok (sometimes one or more of the satellites transmits a corrupt image). It is working here for me.

Thank you,

Trygve Inda
President, Xeric Design
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+12
Vectorpanda replied on 21 Jul 2010
milky white at the bottom of the map? is there actually graphics corruption, or are you talking about antarctica? lol
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nross83 replied on 07 Sep 2011
I'm seeing this as well on OS X 10.6. The clouds image appears to get corrupted and pixelated at the bottom of the map. The workaround is to delete the jpg at ~/Library/Application Support/EarthDesk/Clouds and then force an update in EarthDesk.
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SvenAERTS replied on 20 Dec 2012
You don't mean the south pole ice cap, right?
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+16
dcannis had trouble on 24 Jul 2009
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
[Version 5.0.1]


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+6
Loosygoosy had trouble on 09 Jul 2009
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.
[Version 5.0.1]

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Xeric Design, Ltd. (developer) replied on 11 Jul 2009
Can you please contact us to supply more details about your hardware and some samples of what you are seeing?

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romirro rated on 19 Mar 2014

[Version 6.3.0]



pr16vs3 rated on 18 Dec 2012

[Version 6.1.1]



cesarhidalgo rated on 13 Dec 2012

[Version 6.1.1]



lil.pig rated on 24 Nov 2012

[Version 6.1.1]



Arnech rated on 23 Nov 2012

[Version 6.1.1]



Danielmc rated on 19 Nov 2012

[Version 6.1.1]



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Mindplay rated on 17 Nov 2012

[Version 6.1.1]



Pmu8158 rated on 04 Nov 2012

[Version 6.1]



msanders2006 rated on 26 Sep 2012

[Version 6.0.2]



Physhbourne rated on 13 Sep 2012

[Version 6.0.2]


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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.

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 new Presets option lets you name and save collections of settings - even for multiple screens. Toggle between them with ease!

New to EarthDesk 6 is the ability to watch the sun, moon and International Space Station move across the screen. You can also add grid lines, such as the equator or the Arctic Circle.

With so many options at your fingertips, gazing at the Earth from space has never been easier!


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