There are times when Apple is as much big daddy as Big Brother. Yes, we love our Macs and iPhones and iPads, and we appreciate Apple’s secure ecosystem, but would it hurt to have a little more customizability, Apple?
Mac users don’t have many choices to make their personal computer more personal. We can skin a Mac notebook with plastic or stickers. We can move icons around on the Dock. We can select different screen saver images. And, we can customize the Desktop with a variety of wallpaper photos. Or, a map.
Where Am I, Where R U?
Mac users have plenty of Desktop wallpaper choices these days with everything from rotating photos built in to OS X, to drop in Desktop movies, to an overabundance of photos for wallpaper. But maps?
Yes. Why not? That’s what MapZap does. Maps. Maps on the Desktop. How personal is this?
Maps are always interesting unless you’re a guy trying to find directions. MapZap puts a map on the Mac’s Desktop to replace whatever wallpaper image you were using. Plus, you can add photos of friends onto of their locations.
Now, if only that feature would track your friends in real time, ala N.C.I.S. style.
MapZap isn’t just maps, though. It can also display satellite and topographic details of land, sea, islands, and everything else, including the location of that hot new neighbor down the street.
Now, if only that feature were real time satellite data, where you could zoom in, ala N.C.I.S. style.
What kind of maps can you display on your Mac’s Desktop?
- Desktop – the standard OS X-like Maps map with the option to drop in photos of family, friends, co-workers to specific locations.
- Satellite Maps – change the map style to satellite which has the option to display cities, roads, and landmarks
- 3D Earth Maps – fell like a god or Q from Star Treck and rotate the earth to whatever position you want to view.
- Flyover Maps – this is incredibly cool in action. Think flyover on your iPhone but on your Mac (almost 200 cities).
- Multiple Mac Screens – yep, put a different Mac on your external display than on your MacBook.
Other than the price tag, there’s not much to not like. Fortunately, there’s a try-before-you-buy option.
That’s me at the bottom of the Eiffel Tower. I’m waving.