Friday, April 29, 2011

KDE Marble Desktop Globe 1.1

Developers have released Marble 1.1, which implements a model of the earth and provides a world atlas linked to various additional sources of information such as Wikipedia. It is in some ways similar to Google Earth, but is more targeted towards educational applications.
You can choose from a variety of map styles, such as topographic layout, satellite view, or street map. Temperature and precipitation annotations can be added as well.
The release includes several new features that were developed as part of the Google Code-in event. One of the new functions is a map creation wizard that simplifies the process of creating additional map schemes. For example, if you wanted to create a map that displays the distribution of ground water across the globe you could use this tool to create the required files and distribute them other users.
Marble 1.1 was released on April 15th, 2011. This release is special: With many new features being developed during Google Code-in (GCI) we decided to make an early release between the usual ones synchronized with the other KDE applications. The Marble library released alongside is binary compatible with the one shipped with Marble 1.0. 
See the release announcement for more information.

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