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Marble - Desktop Globe
Entry ID: Marble
Abstract: Marble is a generic geographical map widget that is meant to be used by KDE4
applications. It shows the earth as a sphere but doesn't make use of any
hardware acceleration (No OpenGL). So although it might look similar to
professional applications like Google Earth or Nasa World Wind it's rather
meant to be a small light weight multi purpose widget.
Current features include:
-Marble uses a ... minimal free dataset that can be used offline. Currently the
total amount of data that is meant to be shipped is about 5 MB.
-Marble doesn't use OpenGL or 3D hardware acceleration. It just uses Arthur as
a painting backend. Extending it later on to support OpenGL as well shouldn't
be hard however I don't consider that the primary focus. Depending on your
hardware and the maps being displayed framerate is approximately 5-20 fps.
-Marble uses vector as well as bitmap data: Currently it uses the very old
MWDB II data combined with ETOPO 2, which I will update to current SRTM soon.
-Marble displays the world map as a 3D sphere, because it's more fun to use
and less subject to distortion (So with regard to that it's just like NASA
WorldWind, Earth3D and Google Earth)
-Marble should start up almost instantly. Currently it "cold" starts fully
within 2-5 seconds. On each subsequent start it takes about one second.
-Uses KML-Import to display places (Google Earths open format to store
-Cities Down to 12000 inhabitants that you can click on using the mouse.
Highest Mountains of each continent. Automatic Placemark label placement.
-Different Map Themes, Layers
-Dynamic Coordinate Grid
-Basic Wikipedia integration
ISO Topic Category
Access Constraints This software is released under the GNU Lesser General Public License.
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