Winner of an Apple Design Award in the iPad category in June 2010, Vito Technologies today released a Mac version of Solar Walk, available now in the Mac App Store at $2.99. Pretty much like Star Walk for the iPhone and iPad (which Cody originally reviewed here), Solar Walk for Mac is a full-featured 3D solar system model that allows you to move between stars and planets with your mouse, zoom in to check on the planets’ details and read accurate descriptions about them. You can zoom out to view the entire galaxy (well, at least through what’s known of this galaxy), see a planet’s inner structure and learn about its history of exploration. The 3D graphics aren’t breathtaking but they get the job done, the popover menus with descriptions seem to be taken out of the iPad app.
The app also allows you to move in time to see the position of planets and satellites in a certain day, month and year. There’s even a 3D mode that will require you to wear cyan-red glasses – too bad I don’t have them here right now. Neat stuff anyway.
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