NASA World Wind 1.4.1 Alpha for Windows

by NASA

Avg. Rating 4.0 (150 votes)

File Details

File Size 20.0 MB
License Open Source
Operating System Windows 2000/XP
Date Added
Total Downloads 84,486
Publisher NASA
Homepage NASA World Wind

Publisher's Description

World Wind lets you zoom from satellite altitude into any place on Earth. Leveraging Landsat satellite imagery and Shuttle Radar Topography Mission data, World Wind lets you experience Earth terrain in visually rich 3D, just as if you were really there. Virtually visit any place in the world. Look across the Andes, into the Grand Canyon, over the Alps, or along the African Sahara.

Latest Reviews

Banquo

Banquo reviewed v1.4.1 Alpha on Feb 10, 2009

Great to see they're still updating this, it's been a while and I was worried it was going to be abandoned.

To the poster below, It's all in your mind, there's really no reason that installing .Net framework would slow your computer down.

wodez

wodez reviewed v1.4.1 Alpha on Feb 10, 2009

"don't get people that complain about .NET like it's some kind of malicious spyware"

Because it is perhaps? Ok, not spyware but for some "strange" reason my computer is much faster and responsive when either the .net or java frameworks are not installed.

Howell

Howell reviewed v1.4.0 on Feb 8, 2007

Excellent, as usual, and the new interface is much better.

As it has already been said this is NOT the final release but a RC5. The final is scheduled for the Valentine's Day.

Remember also that the comparison between NWW and GE is a bit odd because NWW :
- is an open source project
- uses free data
- has unique features in this new version (3D glasses usage, dynamic sun lighting,...)
- is mainly intended for scientific purposes
- can display Earth but also other planets...

I gave it a 5 :D

Do you want to see what the planet would look like if the temperature keeps on rising ?
Use NWW :
-> http://forum.worldwindce...m/showthread.php?t=8592

Skyfrog

Skyfrog reviewed v1.4.0 on Feb 7, 2007

I don't get people that complain about .NET like it's some kind of malicious spyware. It doesn't hurt anything and more and more software is going to require it, plus it comes as part of Vista. Get over it.

This is not the final by the way, wait until Feb 14

onestar

onestar reviewed v1.4.0 on Feb 7, 2007

Skyfrog:

You misunderstood. My apologies.

I merely wished to let everyone know it required .NET. Usually, that's listed as a prerequisite.

As for the 2...that was an error. I clicked at the wrong time. That has now been resolved.
---
World Wind now requires .NET 2.0 as of release 1.4

kingclyde

kingclyde reviewed v1.4 RC5 on Jan 27, 2007

Excellent program for the people who know what it's for. Unfortunatly we still seem to be getting people who just can't understand that this is not for looking up streets. If you don't understand a program, 1)Why are you downloading it? 2)Don't write a review bashing it when YOU can't read a description! Again for those who can't read a description but can read a review, THIS IS NOT GOOGLE EARTH nor does it claim to be. Also if you have a 800Mhz processor with 128MB of ram,this isn't for you.

jspratjr

jspratjr reviewed v1.4 RC5 on Jan 27, 2007

Terrific program and as comeoffit mentioned, "getting better and prettier".

mtnsteve

mtnsteve reviewed v1.4 RC5 on Jan 27, 2007

Comparing GE to WW is like comparing Adobe Photoshop to Paint.

WW is for education and serious map users, not for looking up road maps or seeing 3D images of your house. One feature I especially like is the USGS Topo maps. You pay literally hundred of dollars to get these maps with other programs and that is just for one state. You get the whole US for free with WW. That alone is a feature worth using this amazing program for.

If you want to find the local Taco Bell use Google

comeoffit

comeoffit reviewed v1.4 RC5 on Jan 27, 2007

World Wind is getting better and prettier.

No offense to Google Earth users but the fact that WW is different than GE and you aren't smart enough to use it doesn't make World Wind a bad program. In fact, it is a great tool in which you can make things that GE can only dream of.

doctorsmith

doctorsmith reviewed v1.4 RC5 on Jan 27, 2007

goes from bad to worse.
No offense to World Wind users but it makes idiots feel like they're doing something clever or important because it has the word NASA on it.

Avg. Rating 4.0 (150 votes)
Your Rating
Banquo

Banquo reviewed v1.4.1 Alpha on Feb 10, 2009

Great to see they're still updating this, it's been a while and I was worried it was going to be abandoned.

To the poster below, It's all in your mind, there's really no reason that installing .Net framework would slow your computer down.

wodez

wodez reviewed v1.4.1 Alpha on Feb 10, 2009

"don't get people that complain about .NET like it's some kind of malicious spyware"

Because it is perhaps? Ok, not spyware but for some "strange" reason my computer is much faster and responsive when either the .net or java frameworks are not installed.

Howell

Howell reviewed v1.4.0 on Feb 8, 2007

Excellent, as usual, and the new interface is much better.

As it has already been said this is NOT the final release but a RC5. The final is scheduled for the Valentine's Day.

Remember also that the comparison between NWW and GE is a bit odd because NWW :
- is an open source project
- uses free data
- has unique features in this new version (3D glasses usage, dynamic sun lighting,...)
- is mainly intended for scientific purposes
- can display Earth but also other planets...

I gave it a 5 :D

Do you want to see what the planet would look like if the temperature keeps on rising ?
Use NWW :
-> http://forum.worldwindce...m/showthread.php?t=8592

Skyfrog

Skyfrog reviewed v1.4.0 on Feb 7, 2007

I don't get people that complain about .NET like it's some kind of malicious spyware. It doesn't hurt anything and more and more software is going to require it, plus it comes as part of Vista. Get over it.

This is not the final by the way, wait until Feb 14

onestar

onestar reviewed v1.4.0 on Feb 7, 2007

Skyfrog:

You misunderstood. My apologies.

I merely wished to let everyone know it required .NET. Usually, that's listed as a prerequisite.

As for the 2...that was an error. I clicked at the wrong time. That has now been resolved.
---
World Wind now requires .NET 2.0 as of release 1.4

kingclyde

kingclyde reviewed v1.4 RC5 on Jan 27, 2007

Excellent program for the people who know what it's for. Unfortunatly we still seem to be getting people who just can't understand that this is not for looking up streets. If you don't understand a program, 1)Why are you downloading it? 2)Don't write a review bashing it when YOU can't read a description! Again for those who can't read a description but can read a review, THIS IS NOT GOOGLE EARTH nor does it claim to be. Also if you have a 800Mhz processor with 128MB of ram,this isn't for you.

jspratjr

jspratjr reviewed v1.4 RC5 on Jan 27, 2007

Terrific program and as comeoffit mentioned, "getting better and prettier".

mtnsteve

mtnsteve reviewed v1.4 RC5 on Jan 27, 2007

Comparing GE to WW is like comparing Adobe Photoshop to Paint.

WW is for education and serious map users, not for looking up road maps or seeing 3D images of your house. One feature I especially like is the USGS Topo maps. You pay literally hundred of dollars to get these maps with other programs and that is just for one state. You get the whole US for free with WW. That alone is a feature worth using this amazing program for.

If you want to find the local Taco Bell use Google

comeoffit

comeoffit reviewed v1.4 RC5 on Jan 27, 2007

World Wind is getting better and prettier.

No offense to Google Earth users but the fact that WW is different than GE and you aren't smart enough to use it doesn't make World Wind a bad program. In fact, it is a great tool in which you can make things that GE can only dream of.

doctorsmith

doctorsmith reviewed v1.4 RC5 on Jan 27, 2007

goes from bad to worse.
No offense to World Wind users but it makes idiots feel like they're doing something clever or important because it has the word NASA on it.

godzila

godzila reviewed v1.4 RC5 on Jan 26, 2007

bad

Alex Stevens

Alex Stevens reviewed v1.4 RC3 on Jan 8, 2007

Great program if you understand what it's for. This is not a competitor to Google Earth, please stop comparing it and giving it bad ratings because it doesn't have road maps or directions to Hardee's. No offense but for many Google Earth users this is probably over their head.

Ian C.

Ian C. reviewed v1.4 RC2 on Dec 26, 2006

It's a good program for what it's designed for. People keep giving it really low scores because it's not as useful to them as Google Earth, well it was designed for science research, not getting driving directions. Although I must speculate that this project will probably be discontinued seeing as how NASA has teamed up with Google. All of the several petabytes of atmospheric data NASA collects each month will be available for researchers, as well as everyone else, very soon via some interface in Google Earth.

landfish

landfish reviewed v1.4 RC2 on Dec 26, 2006

This is a real So So product;
So much promise,
So little delivered,
So many bugs,
So just get Google Earth

gmartau

gmartau reviewed v1.4 RC1 on Nov 6, 2006

To avoid wasting your time you must know that if you download the zip version available here at fileforum, to be able to run this program you need
- Microsoft .Net Framework 2.0
- DirectX 9.0c SDK (directx 9.0c that come with Windows XP is not enough)
Program interface needs many improvements or some of your time to figure out how to use it. It is very hard to use comparing with Google Earth.
I dragged with the mouse the globe to locate my country but this started to rotate with no chance to stop it. I had to restart the program.
It locate my country from Europe with the Earth globe upsidedown that is not the way we are familiar.
The data is absent or needs a lot of bandwidth comparing with GoogleEarth.
Sorry. I was very excited to try it but this version is not usable for me. I hope will be better in the future.

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