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As a cartographer / cartophile you need something on your computer desktop that screams “Maps!” Technically, Desktop Earth isn’t it since it is a compilation of remote sensing images but this will be the closest you come. Download a wallpaper generator that will display an image of the earth on your desktop according to the time of day and year. The download file is a hefty 34 MB and expands to 110 MB once installed. This only runs on Windows so Linux and Mac users will have to content themselves with an image generated from a web-interface.

By way of La Cartoteca and Very Spatial.


2 Responses to “Desktop Earth”

  1. Anonymous yaayaa 

    Linux (and Windows) users have xplanet. It is highly configurable and works fine.

  2. Anonymous Trygve 

    Mac users (and Windows too) can try EarthDesk to get a similar effect... with real time clouds... all updated as often as once a minute. http://www.xericdesign.com where you can download a free trial version.

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