Marble 0.10.1 Packages for Maemo

Do you own a Nokia N900? We just released the first stable* Marble packages for Maemo. If you read this on your N900, they’re just one click away:

Like the versions released earlier, the packages are based on the Qt version of Marble. It’s the first time we provide one-click install packages, though. They’re expected to install seamlessly using the graphical program manager. Marble can be started from the application menu afterwards. Notice that the one-click installer above installs the light version of Marble (5.7 MB) that only has the OpenStreetMap theme installed. Install marble-maps from the Navigation section of the program manager to get all other themes. Please report feedback to

*The fine print:

We call the packages stable because they come off the stable (KDE/4.5) Subversion branch. Indeed I don’t expect any serious bugs. However, we are aware of some annoyances in the current user interface that we plan to improve in the upcoming versions. Please don’t report any bugs against the tab bar on the left taking too much space, some dialogs being hard to navigate or some map themes rendering slow. We are aware of this and plan to fix it. With that in mind, have fun using Marble on Maemo 🙂

Besides improving the user interface and responsiveness, we do have exciting new features like offline routing and a turn-by-turn navigation mode in the pipeline for 4.6 / Marble 0.11. Are you interested to help out? We can use all sorts of talents who help us improving graphics, write documentation, sort out bugs or add new features… Please join our mailing list or lurk around in #marble on Freenode.

9 Replies to “Marble 0.10.1 Packages for Maemo”

  1. We’re working on that, but it takes longer than we’d like to. The blocking problem right now is that we don’t get working packages out of the automated armel build process on Scratchbox: The Qt jpg plugin fails segfaults in Scratchbox, leaving our map packages corrupted. As they are arch independent, we can build them on x86 fine, but that’s not possible on the automated build process as far as I know.

  2. Quick first impression (on N900): Can’t read the fonts.. however close I go. Can’t figure out how to get it to download anything? I enter the dialog but nothing appears to happen after that. There’s some unreadable (folded) menus or something in there too. Will go and try that marble-maps thingy now.

  3. After installing marple-maps too everything works better.
    Fonts (on map) are still quite unreadable though, and in the download
    menu there is a ‘Selec..’ something overwritten by two lines which appear
    to be folded menus or something.
    Also, the zooming +/- via the zoom icons is quite tedious.
    Otherwise looking good (I wonder though if it would be possible to
    share downloaded openstreetmaps data with other apps also using openstreet maps.. e.g. Mappero (former Maemo Mapper). That would be nice,
    but maybe it’s not feasible in practice.)

  4. The two folded checkboxes in the Download Region dialog are “Visible Region” and “Selected Region”. The upper (default) is for downloading the map region visible on the screen, the lower to specify coordinates directly. You’ll rarely need that. The dialog is improved in trunk, maybe I should backport it. Notice that the “Download Region” feature is meant primarily for offline usage. If you have Internet access while zooming/panning the map, Marble downloads everything as needed.

    I looked into the Mappero download format some time ago, but it seems to me they use one binary file to store all tiles, while Marble stores the tiles in their raw format as images. Therefore it’s not easy to share the data.

  5. Thanks for the packages! I’d like to check out the sources, could you tell me which branch you used? Where’s the debian/ stuff checked in?


  6. was very excited about such big news. kde on mobile devices is growing.

    map-sharing would be really great. mappero does use the folder “.maps” in MyDocs for storing the tiles in raw format. there doesn’t seem to be one binary file, but it uses the same storing-format as marble on desktop does (0,1,…). maep already uses the same folder.

  7. That’s interesting, thanks for the note. If it’s really that easy, we could extend the package to setup a symbolic link to point to the MyDocs/.maps folder for our openstreetmap theme. I’ll look into that.

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