World Wind

World Wind


Editors' Rating:
3
Good
Average User Rating:
3.3
out of 151 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.4.0
File Size:
15.98MB
Date Added:
July 02, 2008
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP
Total Downloads:
643,961
Downloads Last Week:
9
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Windows 2000/XP, Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0, DirectX 9.0c drivers

Editors' review

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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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    3.3

    out of 151 votes

    • 5 star: 51
    • 4 star: 27
    • 3 star: 20
    • 2 star: 17
    • 1 star: 36
  • Current Version:

    4.0

    out of 4 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 4 stars

    "i like it's abilities"

    January 28, 2012   |   By wazba

    Version: World Wind 1.4.0

    Pros

    with this software i do alot of stuffs

    Cons

    information

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  • 3 stars

    "Not for looking up Martian mailing addresses"

    January 25, 2009   |   By Jonnyabc

    Version: World Wind 1.4.0

    Pros

    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)

    Cons

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

    Summary

    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

    "Information"

    September 15, 2008   |   By garciacamp

    Version: World Wind 1.4.0

    Pros

    Information

    Cons

    Information

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  • 4 stars

    "add my knowledge"

    July 10, 2008   |   By lysn

    Version: World Wind 1.4.0

    Pros

    with this software i can get more and actually knowledge

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