The Marble Team has just released Marble 1.1.
As with every Marble release there is a feature guide with screenshots available at:
This release is special: With many new features being developed during Google Code-in (GCI) the Marble Team
decided to make a new release in between the usual KDE application ones. The new version provides several new features and improvements:
* Map Creation Wizard and Map Sharing
* OpenDesktop and Earthquakes Online Service
* Extended Plugin Configuration
* Map Editing
* and Voice Navigation
The Marble library released alongside is binary compatible with the one shipped with KDE 4.6 (Marble 1.0).
The source code has been tagged on April 14 (see http://edu.kde.org/marble/obtain.php). Binaries for the Nokia N900 are already available in the extras-testing repository at http://maemo.org/packages/view/marble. See also Dennis' blog at http://nienhueser.de/blog/?p=309 .
Desktop packages of this release will appear on the Marble download page (http://edu.kde.org/marble/download.php) during the upcoming week (for Linux, Windows and Mac).
Via the blog entry of its developer, I learned about WebGL Earth, a new open source 3D digital globe for the web and mobile devices. From their official site: "WebGL Earth is an open source software enabling to explore, zoom and “play” with the globe in any browser on any platform including mobile devices."
From the Google Earth Blog, there is a new release which brings three big updates. First there is a tighter integration with Street View imagery, as well as a new navigation mode (ground navigation) which allows you to easily navigate at ground level (ala fps). Secondly, there is better/native support for 3D trees. Not quite sure there is an API around it, but at least they are slowly populating GE with 3D trees. Lastly, there is an update the the historical imagery to make it easier to detect and switch between the imagery. Check out the blog for more details and youtube videos.
We mentioned it three times in the past, here's now a technical overview of Marble, an open source virtual globe for KDE and Qt.
From the overview: "Marble is an open source digital globe application that is capable of displaying a number of local and Internet data sources. Intended for educational applications, Marble could be likened to an "open source Google Earth". Marble is cross-platform and has versions for the KDE environment and Qt. [...] So in conclusion, Marble is good at what it is intended for. Data resolution is limited, but it has an interesting set of different map types, plus a well implemented gazetteer which should prove useful for its intended educational mission."
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Mark Williamson writes "As described on Torsten Rahn's blog, the KDE 4.1 desktop environment is slated to include OpenStreetMap support in the Marble desktop globe. Marble will be able to download map tiles from the OSM servers and display them on its own globe interface. This is in addition to the various other map resources already provided by Marble.
This has also been discussed on the OSM-talk mailing list."