Version 1.0.0 of our mobile Virtual Globe comes with an improved user interface, is significantly faster and brings a lot of new navigation features to your Nokia N900. It is the first version available in the Maemo extras repository. This means that you can install it directly from the application manager of your N900.
“Find your way and explore the world with Marble” is the tagline that decorates the Marble 1.0 release. “Marble is a Virtual Globe with advanced routing capabilities. Use it as your personal navigation device to guide you to any destination in the world. Download maps from a variety of themes and explore the surroundings. Record your trip and share it with your friends.“, our package description continues. Let’s look into that in detail.
Online and Offline Routing
When an Internet connection is available, Marble can retrieve routes from OpenRouteService (Europe) and Yours (Worldwide). An arbitrary number of via-points is supported. Furthermore routing profiles can be created that define which routing backends are run with which configuration. The default configuration sets up motorcar routing (fastest and shortest) as well as bike and pedestrian routing.
Additionally you can calculate routes directly on the N900 without the need for an Internet connection using the Monav backend.
Offline routing requires additional country maps which can be downloaded conveniently from within Marble.
See this tutorial for further instructions.
GPS Tracking and Route Guidance Mode
The internal GPS of the N900 is used to retrieve your current location. The track is shown in the map (red line) and can be saved for further analysis in other programs.
In route guidance mode, driving instructions are announced in front of turn points. The map follows you as you move; Marble adjusts the zoom value automatically according to your speed.
Themable Maps in Different Projections
A wide variety of map themes is supported, each consisting of one or more layers. The interactive legend can be used to adjust the current map theme to your liking.
Note that not all map themes can be shipped due to legal reasons. Google Maps or Ovi Maps themes are therefore not shipped, for example.
Translations for more than 40 languages are included. Compared to Marble 0.10, the first version available for the N900, Marble 1.0 is significantly faster. The OpenStreetMap theme in Mercator projection (default settings) for example renders more than ten times faster thanks to various optimizations. The hard to operate tab widget on the left is now replaced by dialogs. We plan to continue to improve the user interface, speed and memory consumption in future versions.
If you’re interested in Marble on the N900, don’t miss our KDE Userbase tutorials. You can install Marble directly from Maemo’s application manager. Please give feedback on the Marble download page, our mailing list or in the #marble IRC channel on Freenode.
Please note: Some of the screenshots above show map themes from the marble-maps package. This package is still in extras-testing, waiting for at least three more testers before it can be promoted to extras. The same holds for monav-routing-daemon, the offline routing backend. If you can spare some time, please become a tester and vote for marble-maps 1.0.0 and monav-routing-daemon. Thanks 🙂