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EarthDesk 3.0.1

Have an image of the world on your desktop.

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Okay, this is hardly essential, but it is a nice extra for those bored with the same old desktop pictures.

EarthDesk puts an image of the world on the desktop, and keeps it updated according to the time of day. See the approach of sunset or, if you're working really late, the approach of dawn on your screen, as the shadow position on the globe image march steadily onwards. Moonlight is also calculated, and lights up the nighttime parts of the world as appropriate.

Pick any part of the world and from a wide range of different map projection methods (everything Mercator to Sinusiodal is on offer), and switch between the natural 'Living Earth' image and a 'Political' image with countries picked out in different colours.