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NASA being the big name that it is, we expected its 3D global-imaging program to be made of sterner stuff. Unfortunately, it fell flatter than a collapsed playing-card house.

Less cluttered than Google Earth, with a simple toolbar array of clickable icons that enlarge when you mouse over them, World Wind's promising interface belied too many problems. More than half of those toolbar functions did not work, or were taking so long to render that we had to move on to other things--like sleep. No combination of settings could get the real-time weather maps to show up, nor did the Astrobiology Field Guide do anything at all, despite the cool name.

The Lewis & Clark Trail feature worked, as did the Landmark toggle, the switch from orthographic to topographic renderings, and the Zoom function, so there is hope. You can also look beyond Earth to other planets in the solar system. Some of the app's 3D renderings are very highly detailed, but only for a short list of specific places, like Death Valley.

At this point, though, we can't recommend bothering with World Wind when there are better functioning, more customizable global-mapping programs out there.

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4 stars

"i like it's abilities"

January 28, 2012  |  By wazba

2012-01-28 01:28:03  |  By wazba

 |  Version: World Wind 1.4.0


with this software i do alot of stuffs



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3 stars

"Not for looking up Martian mailing addresses"

January 25, 2009  |  By Jonnyabc

2009-01-25 20:45:12  |  By Jonnyabc

 |  Version: World Wind 1.4.0


1) Good for general geography
2) Great layers for globally tracking almost anything and everything from weather to satellites
3) Shows 3d imagery of Earth (and other planets)


1) Does not plot streets or addresses
2) Does not produce close up details
3) A memory hog (much like Google Earth)


It is clear if you have tried Google Earth that this is nothing like it. You may have been expecting NASA to let you plot a route over the river and through the woods to Grandma, but that is not the design of this program. NASA World Wind is meant for the astronomer, geologist, geographer and meteorologist.

But don't be fooled, this is still a great find. You can explore some of our solar system's planets, view the heavens and even take a spectacular look at our own planet from different views in time and space.

I likely would not put this program at the top of my list of choices for 3d world rendering software, but I certainly would consider it.

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5 stars


September 15, 2008  |  By garciacamp

2008-09-15 10:01:27  |  By garciacamp

 |  Version: World Wind 1.4.0





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4 stars

"add my knowledge"

July 10, 2008  |  By lysn

2008-07-10 20:36:59  |  By lysn

 |  Version: World Wind 1.4.0


with this software i can get more and actually knowledge

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.4.0
Version 1.4 adds GPS Tracker and widget support.
Publisher NASA
Publisher web site
Release Date July 02, 2008
Date Added July 02, 2008
Version 1.4.0
Category Educational Software
Subcategory Science Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP
Additional Requirements Windows 2000/XP, Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0, DirectX 9.0c drivers
Download Information
File Size 15.98MB
File Name World_Wind_1.4.0_Full.exe
Total Downloads 645,596
Downloads Last Week 16
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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