Earth - The Blue Marble
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Earth - The Blue Marble

Updated Aug 16, 2004 by Will Rose

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Comment #21 Sunday, August 22, 2004 11:37 AM
Carpe: Mapping it isn't the problem. The problem is that you can't really animate a very large object smoothly (CPU or DX constraints?), so you have to shrink it down to something manageable, like less than 200 pixels high. By the time you've done that, the nice little pinpoints are just a yellow smear. I did a sample run, and I had a black sphere, with recognizeable continents, with yellow smears on them. (basically a 3-color image). Honestly it didn't look very nice, and it wasn't up to my standards for release.

_Mabey_ (but I doubt it the original of this is high res, it's the shrinking that kills) with a higher quality source image the situation would improve, but I haven't seen one that's suitable.
Comment #22 Tuesday, August 24, 2004 7:05 PM
Would love to haveIE . I could produce one at up to 1000x1000 pixels, but I doubt any PC is capable of animating that at 40fps....and yes DL no problem on a T1 server and yes could run at up to 60-80 frames,at the high resolution,,,, Glenn ,,,nice to watch spinning around LOL,,good Job indeed,,,,,
Comment #23 Tuesday, August 24, 2004 9:12 PM

Thanks for looking into doing the lights globe. I see your point about losing the detail when it's reduced in size.
Will Rose
Comment #24 Friday, August 27, 2004 11:43 AM
For everyone that asked for the moon, check out "LunaVista" or "Phase of the Moon" now available at Not only do they show you the actual phase of the moon each night, but LunaVista is animated with the same quality as this object. Enjoy!
Comment #25 Sunday, August 29, 2004 5:47 PM
can u maybe make it a ani gif and put it on like deviantart or something
Will Rose
Comment #26 Sunday, August 29, 2004 9:26 PM
Mo619, the answer is no. The GIF format does not provide the required alpha channel. This animation cannot be properly rendered in that format.
Comment #27 Monday, August 30, 2004 2:33 AM
oh i understand, ok
Comment #28 Sunday, September 12, 2004 6:06 PM
hi its a great desktop x object. even better if i could use it as a shortcut for internet explorer, but dont know how, can anyone help? i cant change the settings or target destiniation when clicked goes to ie, or can i incorporate it into icon x?
Comment #29 Tuesday, September 14, 2004 9:20 AM
hi when i shrink the size of the globe a horrible black grided effect appears over the globe when decreased in size can i remove this grid? thanks bye!
Will Rose
Comment #30 Tuesday, September 14, 2004 11:49 AM
Jamesu1: Resizing the image isn't a function of the object, it's a function of DesktopX. If you think you're getting graphic corruption when DX resizes the object, you should talk to Stardock support. They can also point you to the documentation which will teach you how to make shortcuts.
Comment #31 Friday, September 17, 2004 1:55 PM
Does anyone remember the good old rotating globe for OS/2?
Because you have 240 images, it's easy to slow it down to 10 images/hour. The only thing missing to actually represent "current earth position" would be to start the rotation on image X, where x is the PC time HHMM / 10

That would be the ultimate earth object!
Will Rose
Comment #32 Friday, September 17, 2004 4:32 PM
"Earth's current position" only has meaning if you say "as viewed from this spot". Every frame in the animation is always the correct image as viewed from somewhere...
Comment #33 Sunday, January 2, 2005 9:04 AM
Incredible! I clicked on 5 stars, but I can never tell if that rating thing is working. I can tell just from the number of comments and suggestions that people are inspired by your work.
exodia necros
Comment #34 Wednesday, May 18, 2005 9:43 PM
Hi there i just want to ask why i didn't get to my internet explorer window when i click it
Will Rose
Comment #35 Thursday, May 19, 2005 1:53 PM
Exodia, because as downloaded, this object does nothing except look pretty, as it says in the description. If you want it to be a shortcut for anything, just make it into one using normal DesktopX methods: Make it an "Object of Type: Shortcut" in the properties dialog. That process is described in the DX documentation... Enjoy.
Comment #36 Saturday, October 8, 2005 10:34 AM
I would be _VERY_ interested in getting a larger version of this, something around the 480 pixel size, and if possible permission to use it in a DX theme i'm doing. If I can't get the permission i'd still love to get the larger version for my own use if possible
Comment #37 Tuesday, April 18, 2006 3:26 PM
Dude, your stuff ROCKS !!!!
Comment #38 Sunday, July 15, 2007 9:07 AM

This is inctredible work!

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