My Mac’s Desktop wallpaper might as well be a picture of neutral gray pixels because the screen is usually covered with windows from half a dozen open apps. That screen clutter doesn’t stop some Mac users from delving into the world of Desktop photos and wallpaper images. There’s a whole industry devoted to customizing the screen’s background with images you’re not likely to see very often.
Enter the coolest and probably the most expensive Desktop wallpaper app your Mac has never seen.
It’s called EarthDesk and you can guess what it is from the name. Yep. It’s a dynamic image of the earth as if viewed from outer space (though not too far into outer space).
What you’ll see on your Mac’s screen are features astronauts on a space station probably see from space, though not quite in real time– including clouds, sun, moon, and city lighting, and more.
EarthDesk has a dozen different map projections, four maps (both satellite and political), and thousands of centering options (including a few from the International Space Station). Take a look.
Don’t think of EarthDesk as a simple collection of earth maps as viewed from space. It’s dynamic, continually updating cloud cover, sunlight or night, and tracks the International Space Station on screen. Watch sun, moon, daylight and dark, and the ISS move across the screen in near real time (don’t get excited– the movement is very slow).
Presets make it easy to view collections of settings, and EarthDesk has built-in multiple display support– setup different maps on different Mac displays, or span the whole map across multiple displays.
EarthDesk may be the most expensive Desktop background your Mac has never seen, but there’s nothing quite like it. It seems a shame to cover up all the high resolution imagery with Mac apps.