Release 0.6 of the Marble Desktop Globe.
Source Code / Binary Release
Marble is a Virtual Globe and World Atlas that you can use to learn more about Earth: You can pan and zoom around and you can look up places and roads. A mouse click on a place label will provide the respective Wikipedia article.
Of course it's also possible to measure distances between locations or watch the current cloud cover. Marble offers different thematic maps: A classroom-style topographic map, a satellite view, street map, earth at night and temperature and precipitation maps. All maps include a custom map key, so it can also be used as an educational tool for use in class-rooms. For educational purposes you can also change date and time and watch how the starry sky and the twilight zone on the map change.
For developers Marble is a light weight generic geographical map component for use in a Qt 4.x / C++ application. It is provided as a library, a QWidget and a KDE 4 KPart and hence can easily get integrated with KDE 4 or Qt 4 applications. By default MarbleWidget shows the earth as a sphere but doesn't make use of any hardware acceleration (No OpenGL).
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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 10 MB.
* Marble doesn't use OpenGL or 3D hardware acceleration. It just uses Arthur as a 2D painting backend. 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 MWDB II data combined with SRTM.
* Different Projections: Globe, Flat Map, Mercator
* 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 placemarks), Basic GPX support.
* Cities Down to 12000 inhabitants that you can click on using the mouse. Highest Mountains of each continent. Automatic Placemark label placement.
* Several Map Themes: Atlas, Satellite View, OpenStreetMap, Night Map, Temperature and Precipitation Maps.
* Sun Shading, Real-Time Clouds
* Dynamic Coordinate Grid
* Measure Tool
* Basic Wikipedia integration
* Starry Sky Plugins
* And many, many more ...
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