ww2d, better than google earth

WW2D is an Open Source Java replacement for Google Earth. It is not quite as good yet, but it is very close. The biggest defect at present is that the maps are not nearly as detailed - quality maps probably cost a lot and this is an Open Source project.

It makes the case that Google could have saved a lot of money by writing their application in Java, making it available on all platforms inlcuding Linux simultaneously.

In any case, we now have a nice tool to hack on.

Via Sun Mink

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The best thing about it is that it can run a free software stack now, thanks to the work of GNU Classpath developers. See Mark's blog. cheers, dalibor topic

Posted by Dalibor Topic on April 02, 2006 at 09:36 AM CEST #

Although I greatly appreciate cross-platform software, Google's online maps are pretty good and perhaps negate the use of WW2D. For example: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=&ll=48.858101,2.294415&spn=0.001973,0.003895&t=k

Maps.google.com appear to have the same access to highly detailed maps from Google Earth. Perhaps WW2D could find a way to utilize these maps into their frontend? This web-based version is quite cross platform, much more so than, say iTunes. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge, Apple!

Posted by Wes Williams on April 02, 2006 at 03:48 PM CEST #

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