EarthDesk
EarthDesk
7.4.3

4.8

EarthDesk free download for Mac

EarthDesk

7.4.3
10 November 2019

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 7.4.3:
  • Fixes a bug that could cause a crash when closing the Manage Presets sheet in macOS 10.15.

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pettifogger0712
19 August 2017

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Very nice app BUT I found that it is a bit of a CPU hog at times....
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Version 7.2
Wijnand
28 April 2018
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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Version 7.2
1 answer(s)
Xeric Design, Ltd.
Xeric Design, Ltd.
28 April 2018
Are you using copy/paste to enter the key rather than trying to type it? Please contact our support here.
http://www.xericdesign.com/contact.php
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pettifogger0712
19 August 2017
Very nice app BUT I found that it is a bit of a CPU hog at times....
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Version 7.2
1 answer(s)
Xeric Design, Ltd.
Xeric Design, Ltd.
29 September 2017
Make sure you have "Enable distributed rendering" on in the Advanced Tab to minimize CPU time.
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kosovarnye@yahoo-com
06 September 2016
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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Version 7.1
1 answer(s)
Earthdesk
Earthdesk
08 September 2016
Some things that are in v7 that are not in v5:
- Per-screen city labels
- Multi-color city labels
- Presets
- More centering options
- Add/remove cities.
- Grid lines on the map..
- Shows the positions of the sun/moon.
- Adjustable brightness for the night shadow.
- Additional moonlight shading options.
- Updated political map.
- Retina support.
- Better multi-display support.
- Lower memory and CPU usage.
- Earthquakes, Tropical Storms and tracking of the Int'l Space Station (with a cloud/data subscription).

Many things in 5.9.1 are no longer officially supported such as the way the desktop gets set (esp with multiple spaces), how spanning works, and more.

Lots of old software (not just ours) may mostly work on the newest OS, but many things may not work right or at all.
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steveoliver360
15 June 2016
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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Version 7.0.2
1 answer(s)
Earthdesk
Earthdesk
27 August 2016
The easiest way is to just download the most current version of EarthDesk and install it. You will need your license key. Please write to us via our support page if you have lost it.
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Bonobo
16 May 2016
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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Version 7.0.2
3 answer(s)
Earthdesk
Earthdesk
01 August 2016
We are trying to work with the developers of Path Finder and have written to them multiple times, but have only received one response and no follow-ups. In order for it to work, we need some cooperation from them. I wish I had a better answer for you. Perhaps you could ask the Path Finder folks to get in touch with us. If enough people do so, maybe they will respond.
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Bonobo
Bonobo
01 August 2016
Thanks for your reply.
I don’t understand why you put the blame on Path Finder — EarthDesk 6 and older always worked well with Path Finder … only after updating to version 7 of EarthDesk this happened, while I was still using the SAME version of Path Finder with which previous EarthDesk versions had worked.
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Earthdesk
Earthdesk
08 September 2016
Bonobo - EarthDesk 6 sets the *real* desktop picture in a very low-level, tricky way that Apple does not support (and breaks in 10.11 and 10.12 in most cases). It is basically unworkable with spaces. We have spent a lot of time discussing this with Apple Developer Tech Support, but there is no good solution right now. In the past, this allowed EarthDesk to work with PathFinder. EarthDesk v7 displays the image in a window (which Apple strongly suggests doing), which has to compete with PathFinder's window and the two programs need to talk to each other so that the right z-ordering of the windows can take place.

I sincerely wish the folks at PathFinder would get back to me. I'd be happy to call them or even visit their office to work out a solution.
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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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Version 7.0.2
1 answer(s)
Earthdesk
Earthdesk
10 May 2016
If you are coming from version 6, Version 7 adds full Retina support, city labels in multiple colors on a per-screen basis (so different screens can show different data), more positioning options, better support for Spaces, a new city database format that will allow additional features in upcoming versions, better preset handling, and a more modern look such as a thiner label font and white backgrounds for the labels.
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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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Version 7.0.2
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Earthdesk
Earthdesk
10 May 2016
I am surprised that v5.9.1 is working for you on OS X 10.11... although version 6 should work ok. Version 7 adds full Retina support, city labels, position of the sun and moon, more moonlight shading options, more positioning options, grid lines, support for Spaces, an editable database of cities and more.
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Brighton-Pete
29 April 2016
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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Version 7.0
1 answer(s)
Earthdesk
Earthdesk
29 April 2016
Thank you for the kind words. I'll see what we can do about the ISS icon.
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piquadratpi2
29 April 2016
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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Version 7.0
Wts
28 May 2014
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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Version 6.3.0
1 answer(s)
Earthdesk
Earthdesk
30 May 2014
In the EarthDesk's Display Settings, you can disable the night shadow by turning the Shadow to 0%. We will look into adding a hot-key to start/stop EarthDesk. Thank you for the feedback.
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