Xeric Design has released EarthDesk 3.0, a major upgrade to its popular dynamic desktop map application. EarthDesk replaces your static desktop picture with an animated, real-time rendered image of the Earth, continuously updating in the background while you work. Version 3.0 adds: high resolution, real-time cloud cover; increased map resolution; enhanced realism; more accurate map positioning; new map shading options, including daylight-only; improved city selection interface; and improved processor efficiency. EarthDesk sells for US$19.95.