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January 25th, 2012: Marble 1.3.0 and "Marble Touch" released

Marble 1.3 has been released with lots of new gems: Marble — the virtual globe and world atlas — now integrates with KDE Plasma's KRunner. By allowing for coordinate and bookmark searches, Marble can be opened directly from the Plasma search bar.

The new Elevation Profile shows the incline of routes, which can be edited interactively.

Stargazers can view and track Earth satellites thanks to Marble participation in the European Space Agency (ESA) Summer of Code in Space.

During Google Summer of Code, Marble gained initial support for display of .osm (OpenStreetMap) files in vector format.

Owners of the Nokia N9/N950 are the first to receive the new mobile application Marble Touch. Further details can be found in the feature guide.


July 27th, 2011: Marble 1.2.0 released

For KDE users this update is the "Mc Double" release: It provides the features from two releases (1.1 and 1.2) in a single update. This release highlights:

  • A new Bookmark Manager
  • Marble Voice Samples for Voice Navigation
  • Offline Search
  • Improved Map Creation Wizard and Map Sharing
  • ... and numerous other improvements

The Marble library released alongside is not binary compatible with the one shipped with KDE 4.6 (Marble 1.0).

Binaries for the Nokia N900 are already available in the extras-testing repository. See also Dennis' blog.

Desktop packages of this release will appear on the Marble download page during the upcoming week (for Linux, Windows and Mac).

As with every Marble release there is a feature guide with screenshots available.

June 15th, 2011: Could You Be the Voice of Marble?

Thousands of people use Marble on the Nokia N900 to find their way and explore the world. Become their voice!

Record your voice speaking a handful of turn instructions like "bear left!" and participate in the Voice of Marble contest. With a bit of luck, your voice will be chosen as the default speaker for voice guidance in Marble's next version (1.2, to be released in July 2011).

We're looking for an English speaker (male or female) whose voice will be shipped with the Marble packages. And we're also looking for alternative speakers for each language supported by KDE - at least one each, and that's a lot!

Please participate in the contest and spread the word among your friends. The five best contributions will get a cool Marble T-shirt as a little present.

Interested? Please head over to the Voice of Marble wiki page which contains all the details you need to participate. The deadline for submissions is July 15th 2011.

April 15th, 2011: Marble 1.1.0 released

The Marble Team has just released Marble 1.1. This release is special: With many new features being developed during Google Code-in (GCI) the Marble Team decided to make a new release in between the usual KDE application ones. The new version provides several new features and improvements:

  • Map Creation Wizard and Map Sharing
  • OpenDesktop and Earthquakes Online Service
  • Extended Plugin Configuration
  • Map Editing
  • and Voice Navigation

The Marble library released alongside is binary compatible with the one shipped with KDE 4.6 (Marble 1.0).

The source code has been tagged on April 14. Binaries for the Nokia N900 are already available in the extras-testing repository. See also Dennis' blog.

Desktop packages of this release will appear on the Marble download page during the upcoming week (for Linux, Windows and Mac).

As with every Marble release there is a feature guide with screenshots available.

January 26th, 2011: Marble 1.0.0 released with KDE SC 4.6

Marble 1.0.0 was released on January 26th, 2011. It is part of the KDE 4.6 Software Compilation.

The highlights of the new release are certainly the sophisticated Online and Offline Routing support, Bookmark support and major UI and performance improvements for the mobile Maemo/Nokia N900 version.

In the good tradition of recent years, we have collected those changes directly visible to the user. Please enjoy looking over the new and noteworthy in our Visual ChangeLog.

August 10th, 2010: Marble 0.10.0 released with KDE SC 4.5

Marble 0.10 was released on August 10th, 2010. It is part of the KDE 4.5 Software Compilation.

The new release introduces Online Routing via OpenRoutingService (restricted to Europe, the next version will have global coverage). This major update is also the first version that introduces adjustments for the Mobile platform (Maemo/MeeGo). A lot of work has also gone into Bulk Download of Map Data, Multilayer support and initial support for WMS.

In the good tradition of recent years, we have collected those changes directly visible to the user. Please enjoy looking over the new and noteworthy in our Visual ChangeLog.

March 30th, 2010: Dennis Nienhueser: Maemo 'N Marble

Marble has just been ported to the Nokia N900! The user interface got adapted and GPS now works with Maemo. Join our team at marble.garage.maemo.org and help us to create a Marble MeeGo version!

March 17th, 2010: Joe "Zonker" Brockmeier: Fun with free maps on the free desktop

Playing with open map data can be a fun pastime. Creating and editing open data can be not only fun, but also a boost for free data to go along with free software. [...] Marble is one of the best-known map-viewers for Linux.

March 5th, 2010: New: Marble Facebook Group

Marble is on Facebook now. If you're a user of Facebook don't hesitate to join our Marble Facebook group.

March 30th, 2010: Marble 0.9.2 released with KDE SC 4.4.2

Marble 0.9.2 got released as a part of the KDE Software Compilation 4.4.2. The 0.9 series has added Weather Plugin support, Multitouch support and custom map Url scheme support.

See our Visual ChangeLog for more details.

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