developer Trygve H. Inda has released a new version of EarthDesk, the dynamic desktop map application. The new version, EarthDesk 2.0, boosts performance and adds features too.
EarthDesk replaces your Mac’s desktop picture with an animated, real-time rendered image of the Earth. The image continuously updates in the background, and can display 11 different map projects, political and satellite views, and accurate solar, lunar and city lighting.
The new version now supports pre-emptive multitasking, and gains performance and efficiency. Multi-display support has also been added, so you can now display a different map on each screen connected to your Mac. Higher quality twilight shading has been added, and moonlight shading can be turned on or off. EarthDesk also now updates when waking from sleep.
Other changes have also been made, like more precise control for map update frequency; Help system and Atlas files are now encapsulated in a single application file; and the interface has been revised to better support Mac OS X’s Aqua interface.
EarthDesk requires Mac OS X 10.1 or higher or Mac OS 9.1 or higher. It costs US$19.95 to register; upgrades from previous versions are $9.95.