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Topic: Nasa Worldwind: Alternative To Google Earth
Username: Aloha717200
Posted 2005-10-31 02:14:22 and read 2962 times.

My local news station did a little story on this program, so I decided to download it and try it out, and it's really neat!

I actually think it's better than Google Earth in some ways, though its real disadvantage is that the program is slow loading and takes a lot of connection speed to download the imagery, but once it is downloaded, it's worth it.

You can get Landsat7 imagery, USGS topo maps, rendered terrain, bathymetric relief...you can even see hurricanes and weather fronts that exist right now on the earth!!

It's also got the moon. You can go to the moon in this thing and explore impact craters and ridges and other things. It's really neat.

Some features of Google Earth are superior, and certainly google earth is more user friendly, but Worldwind is pretty amazing. I now have them both on my computer. Worldwind also has an advantage in that it's 100% free, you can add addons or develop your own to enhance the program, you can even add planets to it like Mars developed by 3rd party developers...its all open source. You can really customize it to encompass a lot.

If you want to try it out, you first download Version 1.3.1, then download the "blue marble" update set, that upgrades it to version 1.3.3. Read the online user manual and before long you'll get the hang of using it.

What do you think?


Here's the link to it, have fun exploring this cool program.

http://worldwind.arc.nasa.gov


Here's a screenshot:



[Edited 2005-10-31 02:18:36]

Topic: RE: Nasa Worldwind: Alternative To Google Earth
Username: DfwRevolution
Posted 2005-10-31 03:02:39 and read 2942 times.

Quoting Aloha717200 (Thread starter):
Some features of Google Earth are superior, and certainly google earth is more user friendly, but Worldwind is pretty amazing.

A few weeks ago, NASA and Google announced they will be cooperating on information sharing in various capacities. Among other things, upgrades to Google Earth and Google Local are expected to be part of this cooperation.

We may soon see some of these features in new Google products...

http://www.forbes.com/technology/ebu...arch-cx_cn_0929autofacescan01.html

Topic: RE: Nasa Worldwind: Alternative To Google Earth
Username: Usnseallt82
Posted 2005-10-31 07:00:01 and read 2879 times.

Quoting Aloha717200 (Thread starter):
What do you think?

I've been messing with this thing for a few minutes now and I'm pretty impressed. The quality of the program is great! But, I can see how a slower computer or connection speed would hinder some from enjoying it. I wish the close-up images of the regular sat. pictures had a little more detail at the lower levels. Other than that, its pretty cool program! I'm very impressed!  bigthumbsup 

Topic: RE: Nasa Worldwind: Alternative To Google Earth
Username: BA
Posted 2005-10-31 07:11:29 and read 2870 times.

I used to use World Wind a lot, but I think Google Earth is better...

Topic: RE: Nasa Worldwind: Alternative To Google Earth
Username: Aloha717200
Posted 2005-10-31 13:44:25 and read 2828 times.

Quoting Usnseallt82 (Reply 2):
But, I can see how a slower computer or connection speed would hinder some from enjoying it.

Yeah, I'm on a dialup connection and one of the frustrating things is that when this program is running it will disconnect me every few minutes. I dunno why but perhaps the amount of data transfer is just too much for my ISP to allow. But once the tiles are loaded it's really neat.


What I'd like to see is the user-friendliness and speed of Google Earth combined with the detail and amazing features of World Wind.

[Edited 2005-10-31 13:50:33]

Topic: RE: Nasa Worldwind: Alternative To Google Earth
Username: HAWK21M
Posted 2005-10-31 15:07:02 and read 2805 times.

Looks good.Thanks.
regds
MEL

Topic: RE: Nasa Worldwind: Alternative To Google Earth
Username: Aloha717200
Posted 2005-10-31 18:37:38 and read 2780 times.

Here's a screenshot from the surface of the moon:


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