AC.earth (click for larger image) displays Earth as seen from Space (or flatly spread out on a table). The image is updated regularly as the globe revolves and day and night silently move over continents and oceans.
AC.earth offers a variety of configuration options so you can tweak this standard-behavior quite a bit. Like hovering over your home town, or zipping around in a satellite, or looking down from the moon, or...
AC.earth, which is written in Java, is based on XEarth, which was written a long while ago by Kirk Johnson in C. Yes, porting the code from C (pointer arithmetic) to Java (object oriented) was... an interesting exercise. I'd like to thank Kirk for this great little program and for making the source code available to everyone. So did I. See Kirk's original license.
AC.earth runs on any platform (Windows, Linux, Apple, any!)
because it is written in Java. Java usually will be allready installed on your system.
In the case it is not (shame on the manufacturer!), the Java Run Time Environment
(JRE version 1.4 or higher) can be downloaded from
Sun. Just select
the JRE for your operating system. It's not too big,
and it's well worth the effort ;-).
AC.earth is freeware, so it costs nothing.
You might want to leave your email on the download page if you don't want to miss new updates and plugins. I promise your email address will NOT be used for any other purpose. In particular I will NOT give it to any third parties.
Currently two plugins are packaged with AC.earth:
AC.earth is available from the download page.
None so far. You've got one? Email me!