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Giveaway of the day — Solar System - Earth 3D screensaver

Solar System - Earth 3D screensaver - one of the most spectacular and inspiring Earth screensavers you can find.
$17.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 167 (58%) 122 (42%) 72 comments

Solar System - Earth 3D screensaver was available as a giveaway on November 3, 2007!

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Solar System - Earth 3D screensaver invites you for 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.

System Requirements:

Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/Vista; Videocard with Pixel Shader 2.0 support; DirectX 9.0

Publisher:

Rixane Interactive

Homepage:

http://www.rixane.com/solar-system-earth-3d-screensaver.html

File Size:

16.5 MB

Price:

$17.95

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#72

Thanks very much!
It's greatest for me.
Once again, I thanks for all thing :D
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Reply   |   Comment by Huynh Yen Loc  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#71

Its ok! but priced too high.

Reply   |   Comment by Ujwal  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#70

Thank you for your comments!
I will fix wrong Earth rotation :)
№30 - update your videocard drivers. nVidia periodically make a bugs.

About pixel shaders - don't want to upgrade PC? Use astrogemini screensavers :) Pixel shaders is an old technology today and present on the most videocards that you can buy. About cost you can read in post №61.

Reply   |   Comment by Rixane Interactive  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#69

I d/loaded this program and installed it. I don't know what some of the people are complaining about. As my old uncle used to say.. "some people would kick if they had both legs cut off!" It is a beautiful program, and when my nerves are frayed I just bring it up and look at it. A lot of work and thought went into this program.

I also own Solar System screen saver, and between the two, I can't decide which I like best. Two good programs!!! Thank you.

Reply   |   Comment by Paul Houghton  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#68

When I went to AddRemove Programs to Uninstall this program, I noticed that the installed size was 0.65Mb. So where is the remainder of the 16.5Mb that took me 2 hours to download.
I trust GAOTD, but I feel that some of the program providers are given to much latitude.

Reply   |   Comment by PoorPensioner  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#67

Shucks, missed this. When I signed on yesterday, there was no offering. Didn't see this until Sunday. Would have liked to have had a chance to look at this. :(

Reply   |   Comment by Scott  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#66

I completely agree with #64. This looks great but I couldn't get to it when I looked yesterday and the email never came either. Very sad...

Reply   |   Comment by Oliver  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#65

Unfortunately didnt work for me properly. Installeed OK but I get a blue circle that obscures the image. It also runs very slow. Unlike Danielle (#8) my Earth does rotate correctly!

Reply   |   Comment by Mark  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#64

Graphics are great and doesnt take up much cpu and ram usage.
Installs easily with no useless spyware.

Reply   |   Comment by retro air jordans  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#63

Little upset; GAOTD did not have this available at 6:00 AM yesterday; so naturally I missed out on it. What happened? Today so far, the new one is up; but no game so far posted; it is 5:21 AM EST right now (yes I put my clock back) and still no game up on the board.

Reply   |   Comment by ZephyrDell  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#62

#48: The system requirements are listed in the box at the top of the page with every giveaway. You can't reasonably expect GOTD to tell you whether or not your computer meets those requirements.

Reply   |   Comment by Ding Dong Daddy  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#61

Thank you Alawar & GOTD team! Wonderful screensaver! :) :) :)

Reply   |   Comment by Skye-hook  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#60

Installs/Runs fine on Vista x64. Looks ok... I guess... for an $18 program they could have included a little more than 2 spherical model, a couple texture/bump maps, and lighting effects... and gotten the earth's rotation correct. Some animated weather, more realistic city lights, higher res textures, lower flyby's maybe some other planets... then maybe $10 would be worth it for someone who actually likes screensavers.


As to the amusing people complaining about the need for PS 2.0:
A. Without Pixel shading, it'd look like crud.
B. you don't need a $300-500 video card to run this, the 6600GT was released 3 years ago at $150, and a PS 2.0 supporting card can be bought for about $40 nowadays. Try upgrading, not complaining your ancient PC can't run current software.

Reply   |   Comment by david  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#59

it seems that many users face problem with installation, without being there is problem in the given software, a few things you have to follow while installing a new software anytime.
1. please close all running application. like DAP which is running but stay in the taskbar only. no window other than the installation window should open.
2.you can also check the taskbar to assure that both processor and ram are well free to take the pressure of initial installation.
3. if you are currently downloading anything through net, please pause it for a while dufing installation.

that's all. i have been using GOTD for about a year, and never faced a installation problem, also keep a seriour note in the readme text in the zip file. and always activate it first, then close the related window before starting to use the sepup file.

tapash , india ,

Reply   |   Comment by TAPASH NATH  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#58

Previewed then Uninstalled. Not for me either. Little control of what the screensaver will do. Speed, position, aspect viewpoint. Although old Xearth isn't photographic, it was at least useful and had many settings you could use to customize while being a s.saver or desktop.

Reply   |   Comment by gerry  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#57

High-quality images, pleasant music, and as others mentioned, backwards Earth rotation. One major flaw is an extremely limited number of pre-defined resolutions + the desktop resolution. Since Rixane Interactive has good-quality images on their website, I only posted a few higher-resolution images on BladedThoth's forum.
http://forum.bladedthoth.com/viewtopic.php?p=224#224

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#56

Sorry GAOTD, this application totally is worthless on Vista, why the heck would i want to keep a free download that really looks cool, backwards and all but why does it keep saying your on a trial page, not what i expected, i'll pass on this piece garbage!

Reply   |   Comment by bobzero  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#55

I prefer the basic "Blank screen" screensaver... Now if someone were to write a WinXP converter for my old After Dark Screensavers, then that would be a real keeper!

Reply   |   Comment by notusefulhere  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#54

Blurb says: "The screensaver uses modern shader technologies to produce photo-realistic effects."

B4 i dl, install, and have to clean up if it does not work, would someone in the know tell me if my GeForce 6150 LE (integrated) w/ Ath 64X2 4200 & 2G ram XP qualifys re required config parameters?

Grateful.

Reply   |   Comment by Sam Hell  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#53

I thought the SUN always will rise in the EAST. In this program, it rises in the WEST. Notice when the sun hits the USA, the city lights from LA turn off then the lights in NY City turn off. Maybe I missed school that day, but maybe you can tell me if I am wrong.

Reply   |   Comment by Doug  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#52

Does anyone know of an Emulation software for Pixel Shader 2.0?

Reply   |   Comment by KDF  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#51

It would have been helpful to be informed of any essential system requirements before downloading this screensaver. Some of us are unable to have ADSL and it takes about two hours on dialup only to be infomed that something that I've never even heard of is missing.
Perhaps extra requirements such as this Pixel Shader could be available with the download? I was hoping this screensaver was to have high quality Space Images...so I am disappointed to have missed out. Last of all, the Read Me file was not present.

Reply   |   Comment by PoorPensioner  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#50

Works and looks pretty nice. Music is good. Not real exciting. About the only screen saver I would pay for is the Marine Aquarium that is breathtakingly realistic! http://www.serenescreen.com/product/maquarium25/

Screensaver fans: ELEFun is giving away some nice Christmas animated wallpapers and screensavers the last couple of days. Screen saver today: http://www.elefun-desktops.com/

Reply   |   Comment by Geek Grrl  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#49

No problems for activation, etc.... BUT not interesting.

BYE.

Reply   |   Comment by lucgod1  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#48

Thanks! I like it! Looking forward to a Thanksgiving and Christmas screensaver. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Babie  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#47

Beautiful screensaver, but you'd think with all the effort they put into the graphics, they would have put some thought into the realism. The earth rotating backwards drives me crazy, so much so that I won't be using this. Thanks anyway, GOTD!

Reply   |   Comment by RMC  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#46

@Dan/#31:

It rotates in all different directions, and it's not at all consistent with sun risings.

Everything else:

Either way, it's a good screensaver, and the only reason people can't use it is because they have cheapo graphics cards.

The funny thing is that some of these screensavers by this "company" are also on the Astro Gemini website. But this "company" seems to improve the screensavers and make them more detailed and at a higher quality.

Reply   |   Comment by MASA  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#45

DL in less than 50 seconds on highspeed DSL. Installed fine. Boring. Graphics are so far from "realistic", those claiming realism must be smoking something.

Another CPU/motherboard cooker. Why do these things need 100% CPU for such crappy graphics when I run an XBox emulator playing Halo 3 and even in the most active sections CPU never gets over 85%?

Not to mention that, once again, we are given a demonstration of novice level programming with thier ignorance of how to program for the very multi-monitor cards needed to run this? Yup, no multi-monitor support. Just whatever I was running over there on the secondary monitor.

Uninstalled fine.

I guess if you like "screensavers" (not actually needed for VGA monitors) that cook your CPU and graphics cards, and actually like novice level programming and graphics that are only realistic to those under the influence of psychedelics, then this is for you.

Reply   |   Comment by Hempman  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#44

I installed this just to check out the comments above - what a bad fundamental error to have the sunrise in the West!!

Reply   |   Comment by Terry Pardy  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#43

To all the people copmplaining that they had to uninstall because of Pixel shaders and DirectX 9......Can you not read?

System Requirements:
Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/Vista;
VIDEOCARD with PIXEL SHADER 2.0 support;
DirectX 9.0

You could save yourself the trouble of installing, uninstalling and complaining in the first place if you would just pay attention and READ the system requirements that are listed with EVERY giveaway.

Reply   |   Comment by Jean  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#42

#26 is right. The sun is rising over California, and setting in New York. What can I say, good graphics, good eye candy, but very unrealistic. Probably worth a download if you have a good graphics card. I watched it in 1280X1024. Just dont plan on learning anything about astronomy by watching it. I would rate it a 7 out of 10.

John Glen the astronaut used to live less than 5 miles from me. I saw him in person one time, and that was during a parade in Malibu.

Reply   |   Comment by chuck  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#41

Some time ago I added my comment on one piece of software that I downloaded. I guess that comment never got posted and got me barred. It appears that the last two packages I tried to download I could only get from the mirror site, and could not activate. I don't suppose this comment will make it either, so it can be read by others, so I bid GAOTD farewell and take the link to you off my site. Good luck...

Reply   |   Comment by Gabe  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#40

I have a foot in both camps as far as SS are concerned, but this one is worth the D/L. It is beautiful and relaxing, like you are in some kind of space ship visiting the planet. Most of the time it rotates the right way, I think they have looped it back to make it run longer without seeming to repeat. The city lights on the nightside, the sun and moon, really give it that something extra. The music seems to have been carefully planned; It fits the saver and isn't annoying. I wonder if it is rendering on the fly as it seems to keep showing new angles and I really zoned out on it for quite awhile. I noticed they have a free wallpaper to match, which is a nice extra. I can count on one hand the SS'ers I've kept...three of them are from Rixane Interactive, they must be doing something right, like good quality products, without the snake oil:) Relaxing! Thanks!

Reply   |   Comment by LDahl  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#39

Very nice! It's good to see that the screensaver today is not Astro Gemini, as those always seem to come with a load of useless things, such as links to their sites, and even a screensaver manager. This, however, comes with out anything extra. It's just a screensaver, and that's how I like it. Thanks again GAOTD!

Reply   |   Comment by Gary  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#38

Installed fine on both computers. On the faster computer, it ran normally but on the slower one, it froze the computer. I recommend this screensaver to anyone with a good computer, it will not run well on slow and older computers. Also, if you are running other memory consuming software and programs, your computer may freeze depending on how much memory you have.

Reply   |   Comment by Itsanaece  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#37

#33 uninstall it, or you will wish you'd never installed it. It will ruin your Dell. Hope you had a RESTORE POINT.

ALWAYS CREATE A RESTORE POINT BEFORE YOU EVER INSTALL
A-N-Y-T-H-I-N-G people! USE YOUR HEADS!~!!!

Reply   |   Comment by Joselyn  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#36

I install it and it says that the program has stopped working correctly. I have a inspiron dell laptop with 2 Gig ram and a 8600GT graphics card.. Any help?

Reply   |   Comment by Andrew  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#35

I would never pay $17.95 for a screensaver regardless of how cool it is.

Reply   |   Comment by Itsanaece  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#34

Graphics are great. Realistic views of Earth. However, Earth is rotating in the wrong direction. The sun is rising in the west as opposed to the east. Not a big deal. I’ll keep it and use it as my screensaver.

Reply   |   Comment by Dan  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#33

Screensaver will require additional software. Direct X version 9 is another download. Not for me this time, thank you

Reply   |   Comment by Oldphart  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#32

Cool screensaver thanks GAOTD

Reply   |   Comment by Brad  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#31

Amendment: Pixel shader has to do with Video cards, not display or graphic cards. Sorry.

Reply   |   Comment by Samdi  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#30

Downloaded and installed easliy and quickly and activated fine. When I started to preview the screensaver an error occured saying that I needed the Pixel Shader in order for this program to run correctly. Q: What is the "pixel shader" feature?
A: Pixel shader - is new feature of modern video cards which makes possible to implement very nice and creative visual effects. This feature is supported by video cards like ATI Radeon 8500, nVidia GeForce 3, Intel 910 and greater. We recommend you to use nVidia GeForce 6600 GT or ATI Radeon X700 Pro.
By the way my comp is running the nvidia 6600 GT....
Maybe next time.

Reply   |   Comment by TRE  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#29

Pretty, but realistic? Ummm, on the Earth in the screensaver (or at least on my install), the sun rises in the west and travels east. Kind of ruins the whole thing to see sunset fall across San Francisco while New York has lunch and the UK sees a sunrise.

Reply   |   Comment by boinkme  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#28

Well, I took the two hours necessary to download this thing with a dial up connection and then discovered that I need something called 'pixel shader' to even use it. It seems that 'pixel shader' is the newest improvement in display cards, so if you don't have the newest sort of graphic card, don't bother even trying to install this saver.

Reply   |   Comment by Samdi  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#27

Wow. MASSIVE file. Nice music and the effects are gratifying.
Thanks GAOTD. Good replacement for Haloween screensaver.

Reply   |   Comment by rizla01  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#26

It would be nice if these screensavers actually worked! As has been the case of almost every one I've tried from GAOTD.
This one requires the newest video card adapter and is useless on any but the newest PC's that have graphics cards using "pixel shader 2.0".

Reply   |   Comment by Pedro  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#25

Wow, most kick ass screensaver yet GoTD! Much better then the previous earth screensaver. This one rocks.

Reply   |   Comment by MASA  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#24

Downloaded and installed with no problem. Runs well on a Vista Business notebook with 3GB ram and 1.6 GHz dual-core processors. Looks really nice.

Note that the GAOTD website is having problems. First was not able to see the offering at all. Now, obviously, I can see it and download it with no problem, but there is only one comment showing.

Thanks GAOTD for the software and thanks to all who leave the helpful comments day after day.

Reply   |   Comment by Vernon  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#23

When it starts to run, my system stalls, had to restart the computer, then it just crashes every time it comes on,
Shame, I would have liked this one

Reply   |   Comment by Angela  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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