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EarthDesk 6: Mountain Lion ready, uses up to 75% less RAM

2 August 2012 1,542 views 2 Comments

A taste of the natural world, our big blue marble, EarthDesk is enjoyable at any hour of the day and available wherever you and your Mac go.

Whether you are working to beat a deadline or just kill a lot of zombies, losing track of the outside is easy. EarthDesk, especially if you have multiple displays, is a great way keep an eye on the world beyond your Mac.

Xeric Design has released EarthDesk 6 and, among other things, this whole number update is OS X Mountain Lion compatible.

What’s new:
• All new city database with additional data
• Displays the current sun and moon positions
• Displays grid lines (graticule) on the map
• Creates named collections of settings (presets)
• Adjustable slider for night shadow darkness
• Tracks the International Space Station
• New Globe and Azimuthal positioning controls
• Additional moonlight shading options
• Reorganized user interface improves usability
• Pinpoints user-selected cities on map
• Updated political map with current borders
• Supports adding, editing and removing of cities
• Ready for Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8)
• Faster performance and lower processor usage
• Up to 75 percent less memory than previous versions
• Improved appearance in Mission Control
• Supports modern machines with dual GPUs
• Supports MacBook Pro Retina Display systems

Previously, EarthDesk would noticeably slow down my 2007 iMac with 3GB RAM and that issue now appears to have been fixed. Also, though I could be misremembering, this version is the first to include the city where I live — Erie, PA — and being included is always a nice touch.

And, cool, the sun just came up over Spain as I wrote this — EarthDesk is always interesting and fun.

EarthDesk 6 is shareware ($24.95) and can be downloaded here.

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