One of the things we decided at the Marble sprint was to release the next version of Marble as version 1.0. This underlines that we consider the Marble application to be mature and reliable. Now we’re not at that point yet; you can help out by testing our beta packages however! Get a hold on Marble 1.0 Beta 1 (KDE flavor) from your distributions packages for KDE 4.6 Beta 1. Owners of a Nokia N900 are just two clicks away from Marble 1.0 Beta 1 (Maemo flavor): This is the first click.
What’s new in Marble 1.0 (Maemo), compared to Marble 0.10 (Maemo)? Quite a lot actually:
- Improved user interface. The tab widget on the left is gone for good. You’ll find new and improved dialogs.
- Offline routing. Marble supports three different offline routing backends. Packages for Monav are shipped alongside the Marble packages. Offline routing maps for all countries worldwide can easily be downloaded from within Marble.
- Configurable route profiles. Select which backends are used for routing and configure them.
- Alternative routes. If different routes are found, you can switch between them with one click.
- Guidance mode. Turn your N900 into a personal navigation device and have Marble guide you to your destination. The map follows your current location, driving instructions are announced at turn points.
There are more changes and new features; some visible, some under the hood. As usual, we’ll provide a visual changelog for the final release. We’re looking for feedback on the beta packages. Keep in mind, however, that these are packages of beta quality. They may be unstable and may harm your system. Don’t use them for real-world navigation tasks.