Marble -- A Virtual Globe for People
Speaker: Torsten Rahn
Marble is a Free Software Virtual Globe for People:
For users Marble is an educational 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 and marble provides a wealth of geographic information: Thematic maps, different projections and integration with Wikipedia allow for a wide range of studies at home or at school. Thanks to the OpenStreetMap integration Marble is also ready to help you finding your way through the world.
For application developers Marble is a light weight generic geographical map component for use in Qt 4.x / C++ applications. 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. As such it has been used in numerous applications already.
We'll present the latest features that are going to be added to Marble in the upcoming version. As such we'll demonstrate the latest improvements in terms of GSoC 2009 results and KML standard support. Also we'll show how easy it is to add Marble to your application -- and we'll show how Marble's GeoPainter API can be used to draw on top of the map according to the projection chosen.
Torsten Rahn works as a senior consultant for Qt solutions at basysKom in Darmstadt, Germany. He has been an active KDE core developer since more than 10 years. Having a passion for all kinds of maps and education he started to work in his spare time on a virtual globe called Marble. When he doesn’t browse maps he’s trying to find directions to the milky way by using his telescope. Torsten’s talk will look at Marble, a light weight multi purpose widget set for KDE that shows the earth as a sphere using OSM data.