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Everyone’s a nerd about something, and maps are one of my favorite things to be nerdy about. As a kid I drew maps of my neighborhood on graph paper, and on road trips I used to pore over the AAA atlas long past the point of carsickness. So when I heard about Satellite Eyes, I installed it on all my Macs in about five minutes.
A watercolor map of my office’s neighborhood makes the San Francisco Bay look extra enticing.
This little app lives in your menu bar, uses Location Services to periodically check your location, then it changes your desktop image to a map of the area. The default, Bing Aerial, is great—the muted greens, browns, and grays don’t distract too much from my windows, and you can select Street, Neighborhood, City, or Region view. Who knew the building two doors down had a rooftop deck?
Three other map styles include artistic Watercolor, graphic black-and-white Toner, and cheery pastel Terrain. None matches the photographic detail of Bing Aerial, of course, but it’s nice to have options. The Halftone and Pixelated layer effects don’t add much, in my opinion.
The bottom line. It’s free. It’s super cool. You should get it.
Satellite Eyes 1.1.2
OS X, Internet connection, access to Location Services
Automatically stretches maps across multiple monitors. Lots of looks to choose from. Incredibly cool.
A “you are here” sticker could be fun. No way to control how often it rechecks your location.