Softpedia Editor's Review for Earth 3D
An engaging and high-quality Mac OS X screensaver and live wallpaper that turns your desktop into a true-to-life space shuttle window
Written by Octav Fedor on October 16th, 2013
Earth 3D is a beautiful Mac OS X application that provides a 3D Earth interactive live desktop wallpaper and screensaver.
The Earth 3D application displays Earth in all its splendor on your desktop. What's more, Earth 3D gives you the impression that you are an astronaut who looks through the window of a space shuttle window.
The shuttle is moving and you get to see the whole Earth globe by flying around it from space. Earth 3D provides an accurate reproduction of Earth's geographical features: oceans, clouds, mountains, plains, cities, rivers and more.
With Earth 3D, you can explore our planet from outer space. Over 1300 geographic objects and 300 wonders of the world are displayed in the full version of the application. You can view important building structures, a political map and more.
What's more, Earth 3D comes with high-definition textures for screen resolutions of 1920 x 1080 and up. It also includes an original music track that goes hand in hand with the awe-inspiring view of Earth.
The application puts an item on your menu bar that you can use to access the Preferences window and start the screensaver mode.
From the preferences, you can select the monitor, choose where to put the application icons, set the rotation speed and select the view options (clouds, water animation and compass).
Furthermore, from the Advanced tab of the preferences, you can select the running mode on AC power and on battery power.
In addition, you can set the time before starting the screensaver mode, choose to ask for password on exit and assign a keyboard shortcut to start the screensaver.
Since Earth 3D renders high-quality graphics, the resource consumption is quite high: about 350 MB or real memory and 3% CPU power.
Earth 3D description
Here are some key features of "Earth 3D":
- explore our planet with Interactive mode
- more than 1,300 geographic objects
- more than 300 wonders of the world
- compatible with Mountain Lion
- high-quality 3D graphics and effects
- HD-textures for 1920x1080 and up
- Retina display ready
- original music track
- screen saver mode
- multi-monitor support with monitor selection
- remove dock icon
- autostart at login
- doesn't prevent your computer from going to sleep
- The additional features in the full version are: explore our planet with Interactive mode; 311 world sights; 1306 geographic names; HD-textures for 1920x1080 and up; original music track
- new Interactive mode: now with a zoom option and brief information about any object or point on the Earth
- ability to set up a password for the screen saver mode
- automatic optimization of the CPU usage: the more of the desktop space is covered with apps, the fewer of the computer's resources are used by Earth 3D
- power saving modes: you can choose different modes for working on battery and working on A/C power
- new, easier-to-read fonts for the geographic names
- animated water
- new amazing structures and sights
- new geographical objects
- full multi-monitor support: we have added a mode for expanding the image over all the monitors
- the political map is available for purchase
- the global weather is available for purchase