EarthDesk
EarthDesk
7.4.5

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EarthDesk free download for Mac

EarthDesk7.4.5

10 August 2020

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

Overview

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 7.4.5:
  • Updates to the earthquake downloading system.

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84 Reviews of EarthDesk

Wijnand
28 April 2018
Version: 7.2

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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?
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Wijnand
28 April 2018
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?
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pettifogger0712
19 August 2017
Version: 7.2
Very nice app BUT I found that it is a bit of a CPU hog at times....
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kosovarnye@yahoo-com
06 September 2016
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)
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steveoliver360
15 June 2016
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!
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Bonobo
16 May 2016
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.
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anonymous-dingo-1033
10 May 2016
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.
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kosovarnye@yahoo-com
09 May 2016
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.
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Brighton-Pete
29 April 2016
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!
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piquadratpi2
29 April 2016
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...
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Wts
28 May 2014
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.
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romirro
13 July 2013
Version: 6.3.0
Nice
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SvenAERTS
20 December 2012
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?
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JBA
22 September 2012
Version: 6.0.2
Is EarthDesk 5.9.1 fully compatible to Mountain Lion (10.8.2) or are there some issues (showstoppers).
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SvenAERTS
21 September 2012
Version: 6.0.2
Can it be mentioned if there a trial version? thy
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WordWeaver
02 August 2012
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.
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anonymous-squirrel-4040
02 August 2012
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.
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anonymous-gopher-3364
01 August 2012
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.
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piquadratpi2
16 July 2012
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.
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Earthdesk
14 July 2012
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.
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joey2-k
18 June 2012
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!!
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Sgginc
19 May 2012
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.
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Buzzard
24 February 2012
Version: 5.8.3
Current version is broken in OSX 108 Mountain Lion
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SegN3rd
30 January 2012
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.
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Jumpjim
26 January 2012
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 :(
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Ok14me21
06 January 2012
Version: 5.8.2
I LOVE EarhDesk. Today I bought High res cloud images. Now I am in the heaven of clouds ;-)
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Wile-E-
31 October 2011
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.
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Antoinesynopsis
31 October 2011
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.
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Katie-Carter
31 October 2011
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?
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Earthdesk
25 October 2011
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.
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L-b-j-
24 October 2011
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.
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plainprogrammer
03 October 2011
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.
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Edley
24 September 2011
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
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Poikkeus
11 September 2011
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.
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Corpsecorps
20 April 2011
Version: 5.7.1
Very cool. Especially the map projections. But $25 for a background?! 8^(
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polarpop
16 April 2011
Version: 5.7.1
Awesome
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emalele
05 April 2011
Version: 5.7
I like it! Especially with a discount!
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Kraftaktuell
05 April 2011
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.
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Lee123
22 February 2011
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.
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siamlotus
28 September 2010
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.
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Prvtnet
20 July 2010
Version: 5.4.1
I have had this for years and enjoy it every single day. Very stable and constantly changing in real time.
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liang-case
21 January 2010
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.
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Onyxgaze
27 November 2009
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.
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kosovarnye@yahoo-com
27 October 2009
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.
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Syrosl
04 October 2009
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
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Bhoff
01 August 2009
Version: 5.0.2
I'm still not upgrading until the author adds weather/temperature data.
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Earthdesk
25 July 2009
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.
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Dcannis
24 July 2009
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
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Loosygoosy
09 July 2009
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.
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kosovarnye@yahoo-com
02 July 2009
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.
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kosovarnye@yahoo-com
01 July 2009
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.
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Aaanouel
07 June 2009
Version: 4.8
Too heavy... My 4Mgb RAM used more than 50% on it. So I got rid of it.
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kosovarnye@yahoo-com
27 August 2008
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.
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Awt
27 January 2007
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.
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Petr1
24 January 2007
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.
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Xericdesign
24 January 2007
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.
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-rondykes
24 January 2007
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.
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Umijin
23 January 2007
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.
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Xericdesign
23 January 2007
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
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Jmgriff
23 January 2007
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 ?
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Ericob
23 January 2007
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.
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Rickmoen
22 January 2007
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.
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StrictlyBagel
22 January 2007
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.
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Musicpenguy
09 December 2006
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!
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Drtyrell969
07 December 2006
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.
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Jshop
06 September 2006
Version: 3.5.3
OSXPlanet 1.0 is now out and really rocks! You might try that instead since it's free.
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Gazman
03 August 2006
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.
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Anonymous
10 July 2005
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!
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Anonymous
05 May 2005
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!
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Wjb3wvu
23 April 2005
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.
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Anonymous
21 April 2005
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.
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Anonymous
20 April 2005
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.
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2.5
Anonymous
20 April 2005
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.
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4.5
Wjb3wvu
20 April 2005
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.
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Anonymous
19 April 2005
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.
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Anonymous
10 September 2004
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!!!
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4.5
Anonymous
30 June 2004
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!
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3.5
Anonymous
28 June 2004
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.....
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Anonymous
25 May 2004
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!!
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Anonymous
24 May 2004
Version: 2.6
Use OSXPlanet. It's FREE, and quite lovely.
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3.25
Anonymous
11 March 2004
Version: 2.5
agree with bugaboo - lovely app but it isn't worth the asking price.... a tenner, maybe!
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3.5
Anonymous
06 March 2004
Version: 2.5
Great program!!! but come on - the price??? wow... :-(
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4.25
SlaveZero
05 August 2003
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
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4.75
MikeWelsh
03 June 2003
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.
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4.5
Anonymous
15 February 2003
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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