What's new in 1.3.4

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This is a working document for information on NASA WorldWind's 1.3.4 release. NASA WorldWind version 1.3.4 is expected to enter beta testing the first week of April 2006 and be released mid April.

What's New

New Included Plugins

In this release, we're including some of the best community-contributed plugins:

  • KML Importing: this will allow compatibility with Google Earth placemarks, network links, and more, via ShockFire
  • SDSS
  • Starfield: adds a dynamicaly rendered starfield background to World Wind using data from the Hipparcos catalog, via Patrick Murris
  • Measuring tool: measure distances/bearings on the globe, via Mashi
  • Compass Rose: renders a compass in WorldWind, via Patrick Murris
  • Movie Recorder: Movie recording script. Plays back a script file with camera positions and records each frame to sequentially numbered bitmap files on disk, via Mashi
  • Clock: On-screen clock, via Mashi

Updated Earth Datasets

  • New 15m landsat via OnEarth
  • 15m pansharpened Landsat mosaic (comparison images, courtesy Bull); refer to WWForums Post NLT Landsat Pansharpened...? (get details from ddh)
  • Improved elevation data based on SRTM+ and SRTM
  • ZoomIt! data: Additional datasets for parts of the US (MA, NY, IN, FL) and South Africa's Robben Island (approved but not added yet, problems with network layer loading?)

New Extraterrestrial Datasets

Bug Fixes

  • review SVN commit logs for bugfix list

PR places

Here's a list where we can announce the release and its new features along with target rationales.

  • 'street team' - Our contributors and bloggers should reference our release, focusing on what they think are the neatest technical features
    • WW dev/users gis blogs
    • other users' gis blogs, such as individuals who use esri, Y!/G/MS maps, etc (list here)
  • geo-oriented tech blogs - The press release should have these guys as a target, focusing on the continued usability and rounding out of technical features
  • open source / tech related blogs - Tailor to the open source nature and general goodness / utility of WW
  • joint PR opportunities - Focus on partners and larger acceptance
  • larger pr outlets - Big impact things highlighted here (Mars, etc)
    • Microsoft
    • traditional media
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