KDE * 4.5.1 has been tagged last week and should be available from your friendly distribution soon. Alongside some bugfixes for Marble, Bernhard Beschow added a new feature: Alpha blending joins the list of supported blending types in layers which Jens-Michael Hoffmann implemented for Marble 0.10. Just in time for our latest map theme addition: The Hike & Bike Map, contributed by Colin Marquardt, available now via the New Stuff feature (File => Download Maps in Marble). Let’s take a look at it in all its glory:
Notice how the hillshading — activated via the checkbox in the Legend on the left — gives a nice terrain impression. This is where alpha blending comes in. Hillshading won’t work with Marble 0.10.0 because alpha blending is not available there yet. Of course the Hike & Bike Map can also be used in conjunction with our Maemo version on the Nokia N900:
If you look closely at the screenshot, you’ll notice another new feature in the Routing department: Monav can now be used as an alternative offline router. In contrast to the Hike & Bike Map, this feature is not available in the 4.5 / 0.10 series of Marble though.
Adding yet another offline router is justified by both gosmore and routino being unable to calculate longer routes on the N900. Monav is able to calculate a route of 250 km in less than two seconds on my N900 – with the potential to do it even faster in the future. Different transport types, turn restrictions and driving instructions are not supported yet, so it cannot be used as a full replacement for the others at this time.
The two screenshots are taken from SVN trunk btw. Can you spot the new features added by our three GSOC students?