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Screensavers have long outworn their welcome, but some people still refuse to live without them. If you wouldn't dream of having a blank black screen when your computer is idle, Solar System - Earth 3D Screensaver is for you. It shows you our planet in all of its glory.
The goofy early-'90s sci-fi music this application features is a weird choice, but it doesn't totally detract from the screensaver. As for the image, it's a cool spinning Earth that is actually fun to watch. It isn't the most accurate view of Earth you'll ever see, but it is pretty. Amusingly enough, if you still had a monitor where screen burn-in was an issue -- which is the reason for screensavers -- then this screensaver doesn't move enough to absolutely prevent it. When you stop using the screensaver, you're greeted by a request that you pay $17 for the full version of Solar System - Earth 3D Screensaver.
If you still love screensavers, this one is a delight to look at. It will keep you entertained and will look especially attractive on larger screens. Don't waste your time with the paid version, though. The free Solar System - Earth 3D Screensaver works well enough to not need the upgrade.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Solar System - Earth 3D Screensaver 1.8.
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From Rixane Interactive:
Solar System - Earth 3D screensaver invites you to an instant trip to space where you can admire the magnificent view of our planet shown against the twinkling stars. You can see the change of night and day along with the play of sunrays, as the Earth slowly revolves round the Sun. The screensaver uses modern shader technologies to produce photo-realistic effects. It's one of the most spectacular and inspiring Earth screensavers you can find.
Version: Solar System - Earth 3D Screensaver 1.8
This is just what I was looking for...a good motion graphic of the planet earth from space. Cnet.com editors recommended it--(the free version) and it is rated as #1.
But while trying it out, I am getting very sick and tired of the small, centered, pop-up buy screen that keeps coming up and additionally of the large buy screen which opens an internet window to their website.
This "CON" annoyance would be the only reason that I might not buy it. A free trial (in my meager opinion,) should NOT include a pop-up buy screen ALL the time!!!
Version: Solar System - Earth 3D screensaver 1.4
I was very impressed with the fluid animation and the detailed graphics. On the dark side of the Earth you can see city lights lit up at night.
Can't think of anything negative to say about this excellent screensaver except that it has a nag screen occationally that pops up briefly.
It has three levels of detail that can be set from LOW - MEDIUM - HIGH. You can set the volume of the music and there are adjustments for different sized LCD monitors. I tried it out with HIGH detail on a Laptop with a 17 inch monitor and it was awesome. The price of this is well worth it if you decide to buy it and the company has many other acreen savers you can buy that are equally as impressive as this one and you can buy them all in a package for a discound price. The nag screen only comes up briefly occationally until you register it by buying it. I recomend this download very much. This pprogram is a must have screen saver because it is that good. Very impressive.