Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Students, get paid by Google to work on NASA World Wind
- OpenGL port
- Mono Port
- Student-Teacher Interaction System
- Easy Data Addition
- Integrated browser
- GDAL/OGR and Proj.4 Integration
- Scene Graph/3D Support
- Vector Support - Shapefiles/OGR/GML/GEOS/NTS
- Vector Styling/Attribute Filtering GUI
Another Summer of Code mentoring organization is Refractions Research--an open source consulting company working on geospatial technology software. Their information and proposal ideas can be found here.
Thursday, April 20, 2006
NASA World Wind 1.3.4 released
Since it just released, if the download is slow, you might consider grabbing the software from one of the mirror sites (listed on the sourceforge download area).
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Microsoft / Vexcel finalized?
Notes on the origin of Google Earth
Stefan Geens makes the following observation regarding Mark Aubin's entry:
So now we have Keyhole co-founder John Hanke claiming the inspiration was Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash, Google Earth CTO Michael Jones claiming the inspiration was the tricorder, and Mark Aubin claiming it was Powers of Ten. Get your stories straight, guys :-)
For additional insight on the early development of Keyhole/Google Earth, see this 18Apr06 weblog post by Avi Bar-Ze'ev.
Sunday, April 16, 2006
NASA World Wind 1.3.4 beta [updated]
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Celestia 1.4.1 changelog
NASA World Wind: Jupiter and 1.3.4b3
NASA World Wind 1.3.4 beta 3 is out. Developer Randy Kim states that beta 3 has minor code changes and is "almost there." Again, I recommend visiting the World Wind Forum beta discussion before installing. Otherwise, the direct download link is here.
Experimenting with the Geography 2.0 RSS feed--which is off right now.
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
Some additional notes on NASA World Wind 1.3.4
Besides the measure tool mentioned in my earlier post, some other 1.3.4 features I noticed include:
- An ESRI shapefile loader---for points, polylines, and polygons. It requires a user-created XML helper file, so things are far from automated. Better shapefile functionality is listed as a goal of the release
- A movie maker plug-in bundled with the installation
- Atmosphere effects somewhat similar to Google Earth as an optional layer
NASA World Wind 1.3.4 beta
World Wind developer Randy Kim demonstrated today's build (5Apr06) in Santa Barbara, and it seemed pretty stable. I'm running beta 2, which is several days old, and it has performed normally. The 1.3.4. updates are discussed in an earlier post. I do not think it is on their formal list, but NASA also added a line/arc measuring tool.
Visit the discussion at the World Wind forum for information (and downloads): http://forum.worldwind.arc.nasa.gov/index.php?showtopic=6362
Issues and bugs for 1.3.4 are being tracked at:
The Mars THEMIS imagery used by World Wind 1.3.4 is stunning. No reason to wait for Google.
On a different note...
Google Earth API:
The blog Let's Push Things Forward has a few notes and links concerning programmatically accessing Google Earth.
Virtual Earth plug-in for NASA World Wind