Marble 0.10 was released on August 10th, 2010. It is part of the KDE 4.5 Software Compilation. In the good tradition of recent years, we have collected those changes directly visible to the user. Unfortunately we were a bit late with our visual changelog for the release. So please enjoy looking over the new and noteworthy:
Do you want to plan a bicycle tour in the nearby wood? Need driving instructions to get to an address in a foreign city? Besides searching for places, Marble can now display possible routes between two or more of them.
Places to travel along can be entered using search terms (e.g. addresses) in the new Routing tab on the left. Of course Marble also allows you to input them directly on the map. Routes are retrieved using OpenRouteService and displayed on the map. Turn-by-turn instructions are displayed on the left.
You can customize the route using preferences like transport type (car, bicycle, foot). An arbitrary number of via points can be added easily: Use either search terms or create stopovers quickly and conveniently by dragging them out of the existing route and dropping them at the desired position. While a real-time navigation mode is scheduled for Marble 0.11, you can already export the route in the GPX format now. This feature is handy for using routes in conjunction with your navigation device or other software.
For normal usage, Marble downloads the map data that is needed on the fly in the background. It also saves the data that has been downloaded on the hard disc. Now imagine that you make a trip to Norway, and you don't know for sure whether you'll have internet during the trip. So you want to download the whole Oslo area in advance. Up to now this hasn't been possible. But with Marble 0.10.0 you can click "File->Download Region ..." and you get a dialog where you can specify the region and the zoom levels that you want to download. This feature was brought to you by Jens-Michael Hoffmann.
So far, Marble has had support only for displaying a single map texture on top of the globe. (The only exception was the cloud feature which allowed having clouds displayed on top of the satellite map. This, however, was hard-coded and not extensible.)
As described before, Marble has support for multiple layers now. Layers can get blended
Lots of map data is provided on the internet on servers via the Web Map Service ("WMS") protocol. Bernhard Beschow has added initial quick and dirty WMS support to Marble. This means that there are now a huge number of maps that can be easily displayed using Marble.
With KDE 4.5, we have completed the first step toward mobile platform support: Marble will show a slightly different and simplified UI on the N900 Maemo platform compared to the desktop. For KDE 4.6 we aim for an even better user experience and improved performance.
This is one of our first more specialized Online Service Plugins: The APRS plugin created by
We are still looking for programmers who would like to create more Online-Plugins: e.g. Twitter, News, Earthquakes or a social network plugin. It's easy to do and there's an Online Service Plugin tutorial available on our website that shows how to do it.
In addition to these major improvements, our Marble developers have worked on several other small features, bug fixes and performance improvements: