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  • World Wind RC2

    We are proud to announce the release of World Wind Beta Release Candidate 2.

    You can download it from - WorldWind Central

    Any bugs should be reported on the same page.

    Please note the installer does not correctly detect your current version of DirectX, you will need to install DirectX December 2006 or World Wind 1.4 will not run.

    NASA World Wind 1.4

    Release Notes


    * Windows 2000, or XP
    * 3D graphics card (
    * Internet connection
    * DirectX 9.0c and Managed DirectX 9.0c (December 2006)
    * .NET Framework 2.0 runtime libraries

    Minimum configuration

    With the minimum configuration, performance and functionality may be less than expected.

    * 700 MHz or higher CPU
    * 128 MB RAM
    * 1.5 GB disk space

    Recommended configuration

    * 1.4 GHz or higher CPU
    * 256 MB of RAM
    * DSL/cable connection or faster
    * 3 GB of disk space

    NEW Feature/Fixes IN 1.4

    * Plugin: Movie Recorder (added avi xport)
    * Plugin: Place Finder Loader (Supports more geocoders)
    * Plugin: Satellite Tracker
    * Plugin: Virtal Earth, downloads Microsoft local live data (must be loaded from the plugins menu, then activated by clicking the toolbar icon)
    * Plugin: Improved WMS browser with GetCapabilities support
    * Data: New NRL data
    * Data: WFS placenames and boundaries
    * Core: New accurate sunshading
    * Core: Support for 3D models
    * Core: Atmosphere (Improved with atmospheric scattering)
    * Core: Added widget support
    * Widget: New scalebar
    * Widget: Time controller
    * Widget: 3D compass widget
    * Installer: Removed background
    * Installer: Mars, Moon, SDSS icons removed
    * Installer: .Net 2.0 check
    * Installer: Added command line tags NODOTNET, /NODX, /NOMDX) to skip detection of .NET, DirectX 9.0c, and Managed DirectX, to skip checks respectively.


    * If you received some installer messages in English or all messages in English even though you picked another language please see and click edit.

    Getting help

    For answers to frequently asked questions, visit:

    The World Wind Forums ( are an excellent source of news, information, and peer support. You can find an extensive knowledge base at the World Wind Wiki:

    To chat with other users, visit the World Wind chat room at or #worldwind on

    File a bug report or a feature request by logging into the World Wind issue tracker. See for details.


    Some add-ons are included with this patch of World Wind. There are other great add-ons available at these pages: and

    NASA-created add-ons

    Lewis and Clark
    Created by Chris Maxwell

    Astrobiology Field Guide
    Created by Randy Kim

    Landmark Catalog
    Created by ShockFire, Camille Boykins, Ratna Rao, Fred Liao and David Goldfarb

    Flags of the World
    Created by Randy Kim

    ================ (Oct 25, 2005)
    * Minor changes

    1.3.3 (Oct 21, 2005)

    * NASA Blue Marble Next Generation integrated (Issue WW-443)
    * NRL Realtime weather integrated (Issue ADD-29)
    * Startup Wizard enabled (WW-380)

    * World changing support through menu system (Issue WW-444)
    * Moon atmosphere disabled (Issue WW-445)
    * Single VS.NET solution (Issue WW-361)
    * Blue Marble uses terrain (Issue WW-239)
    * Added transparent color for textures (Issue WW-442)
    * Opacity Control for showing index of ThemeLayers (Issue WW-25)
    * Added distance measuring tool (Issue WW-131)
    * Configuration Wizard addresses all settings (Issue WW-301)
    * Removed unused DLLs (Issue WW-333)
    * Removed obsolete projects (Issue WW-347)
    * Renamed Startup Wizard to Configuration Wizard (Issue WW-360)
    * Seperate XML settings file for different versions (Issue WW-368)
    * Plugin unloading when quiting (Issue WW-393)
    * Terrain data won't download and build a mesh when terrain is disabled (Issue WW-394)
    * Menu bar can remove buttons (Issue WW-399)
    * Network path support (Issue WW-402)
    * Bathymetry rendering (Issue WW-398)
    * Tiny icon text fixed (Issue WW-400)
    * Redundant rescaling icons fixed (Issue WW-423)
    * SVS loads layer list fixed (Issue WW-422)
    * configuration Wizard runs first (Issue WW-416)
    * Mouseover text appears first (Issue WW-252)
    * Improved error window during crash (Issue WW-351)
    * Dynamic custom terrain loaders (Issue WW-397)
    * Alpha transparency for tool bar icons (Issue WW-405)
    * World Wind version number based on .exe (Issue WW-413)
    * Fullscreen command from an extra running copy ignored (Issue WW-414)
    * Removed non existant settings stored in app.config (Issue WW-424)
    * Removed OEMPipe and Enter as zoom controls (Issue WW-420)
    * Removed unused code (Issue WW-16)
    * Removed unused assembly references (Issue WW-410)
    * Terrain mesh code updated (Issue WW-404)
    * logfile HTTP error messages formatted (Issue WW-415)
    * Vsync setting added (Issue WW-409)

    * NSIS script files updated to compile under NSIS 2.10
    * Installer contains update for Managed DirectX 9 October 2005

    1.3.2 (Aug 13, 2005)

    * You can now toggle the opacity setting on image layers, in the property window. Layer properties windows added. (Issues WW-233, WW-238, WW-231)
    * WorldWind.config is no longer used. Its settings are now stored in WorldWind.xml (local settings folder). (Issues WW-219, WW-230, WW-228)
    * Download tiles in single thread (back out multithreaded downloading due to performance problems). (Issue WW-203)
    * Use download queue. Improve download performance. (Issues WW-261, WW-277, WW-268, WW-248, WW-215, WW-309)
    * Images are converted to DDS by default (same as (Issue WW-321)
    * New security warning dialog on plugin load. (Issue WW-214)
    * Unload plugins on application shutdown. (Issue WW-216)
    * Fix plugins could load multiple times. (Issue WW-232)
    * Add go to URI function for plugins. (Issue WW-212)
    * Add "Show Legend" to context menu for image layers with LegendImagePath tag. (Issue WW-223)
    * Add OutlineText setting that outlines placenames for readability. (Issue WW-332)
    * Call mouse event handlers in plugins before local handlers. (Issue WW-218)
    * Remove measure tool. (Issue WW-270)
    * Speed up World Wind startup, especially with large XML config files: calculate icon world coordinates when enabled instead of on startup. (Issue WW-255)
    * Screenshots can again contain position info (if position info is enabled upon save). Metadata files are now created. (Issue WW-242)
    * Cache, toolbar render, and tile memory usage optimizations. (Issues WW-42, WW-322, WW-325, WW-326)
    * Add support for loading GIF and TIFF files. (Issues WW-28, WW-259)
    * Reorganize help menu; new Credits button in About dialog. (Issues WW-260, WW-339)
    * With downloadable Blue Marble (World Wind Lite), change cached Blue Marble folders so existing Blue Marble data from previous World Wind versions can be used. (Issues WW-196, WW-157, WW-201)
    * Loaded images default to DXT1 format. (Issue WW-235)
    * Fixed Blue Marble tiles appeared at lower altitude in 1.3.2a2 than in 1.3.1. (Issue WW-206)
    * Fix WMS browser goes to the wrong location on certain SVS WMS layers. (Issue WW-312)
    * Support pluggable download protocols. (Issue WW-263)
    * Fix tile refresh and missed download problems. (Issue WW-160)
    * Fix WMS layers not working, download progress doesn't show, and playback controls don't work. (Issues WW-207, WW-208, WW-209)
    * Add support for new SVS layers. (Issue WW-236)
    * "Enable plugin support" confirmation dialog removed. (Issue WW-213)
    * Proxy configuration now correctly migrates from 1.3.1. (Issue WW-204)
    * Terrain paths now update when the camera location changes. (Issue WW-258)
    * Fix World Wind doesn't render if a toolbar icon is missing. (Issue WW-288)
    * Fix anti-aliased text option wasn't working. (Issue WW-324)
    * Fix changing Direct3D setting while WW is running causes an error. (Issue WW-303)
    * When both position and diagnostic info are on screen, only display position info. (Issue WW-334)
    * Settings dialog is now modal. (Issue WW-327)
    * Fix place names truncated. (Issue WW-24)
    * Fix image tiles outside of view were being downloaded. (Issue WW-296)
    * Fix parts of lat/lon grid disappear near poles when tilted. (Issue WW-295)
    * Optimize path list layer. (Issue WW-244)
    * Fix layer manager sluggish when many nodes are open. (Issue WW-220)
    * Fix duplicate icons in layer manager. (Issue WW-166)
    * Fix using opacity with transparent layers renders transparent areas black. (Issue WW-241)
    * Remember place name on/off setting from last session. (Issue WW-247)
    * Make plugin icons come to the foreground on mouseover. (Issue WW-246)
    * Fix turning place names on/off toggles all other label layers too. (Issue WW-269) (May 26, 2005)

    * Community Landsat server changes and optimizations. (Issue WW-13)
    * NLT Landsat server change. (Issue WW-13)
    * Hang during font install fixed. (Issue WW-34)
    * Estonian and Hungarian installer translations added; other translation fixes. (Issue WW-13)
    * patch upgrades both 1.3 and 1.3.1. (Issue WW-85)

    1.3.1 (March 29, 2005)

    * Tile downloading optimizations
    * New measure tool (press "M" key)
    * New menu item to redownload imagery for the current view
    * Added icon layer mouseover text
    * Fixed bug with downloading tiles outside bounding box
    * Added minimum and maximum display altitude for TerrainPath layers
    * LayerSet.xsd schema changes; add-ons for previous versions may need to be updated
    * Added optional anti-aliasing of placenames (configure in the World Settings window, Alt+W)
    * Cache: .txt placeholders for tile not found errors now deleted after one day
    * For certain user interface elements, World Wind now uses the World Wind Dings font instead of Wingdings 2 and Wingdings 3
    * Added command line option "/f" for full screen
    * "Planet Gravity" renamed to "Planet Inertia"
    * Added distance, tilt, and field of view to extended position information
    * When Tahoma font isn't available, default system font is now used
    * Installer: translations added or fixed for several languages; corrupt installer bug fixed
    * TerrainAccessor now saves terrain cache in \Cache\Earth instead of \Cache
    * Local settings directory moved from \Documents and Settings\[user]\Application Data\NASA\NASA World Wind\[version] to \Documents and Settings\[user]\Application Data\NASA\World Wind 1.3
    * Source code now builds under NAnt
    * 3 new community-contributed add-ons: Highest Mountains; Population Density; and World Cities.

    1.3 (March 2, 2005)

    * Significant user interface improvements, including tile download indicator
    * New NLT Landsat7 dataset
    * New NLT elevation dataset
    * New community Landsat7 mirror dataset from
    * Camera: added planet gravity, camera banking, field-of-view, and axis lock options. Planet gravity is on by default
    * Place finder: fast search with index generator, columns, favorites, history, GPX coordinate import/export
    * Scripting capability added, based on 1.0 specification (Tom Gaskins, NASA:
    * Now interprets new worldwind://wmsimage= URI format
    * Provincial borders added for Canada, municipal borders added for Norway and Sweden
    * Installer: optimized, correctly checks for .NET 1.1, doesn't run multiple instances, has several translations. Rapid Fire MODIS base dataset included in install
    * SVS now compatible with new server data format
    * New "Flags of the World" and "County Municipalities in Norway" add-ons

    1.2e (January 26, 2005)

    * Added smooth zooming with mouse wheel.
    * Added full-screen mode (Alt+Enter).
    * Added "always on top" mode.
    * Five add-ons created or co-created by World Wind community members--Appalachian Trail, Landmark Catalog, Norway's Prehistoric Hillforts, Tsunami Marker, and the Voyage of Ottar--are now included in the installation.
    * An "Add-ons" button was added to the toolbar.
    * Added "Useful Sites" menu.
    * Fixed display of terrain elevation for certain locales.
    * Fixed number conversion problems in Rapid Fire Modis for certain locales.
    * TerrainTile files are automagically moved to the correct folder.
    * Reduced number of decimals in the CoordsToClipboard function (from 9 to 5).
    * Fixed GLOBE "Connection Error."
    * Fixed parsing error in MODIS.
    * Fixed "Copy coordinates to clipboard" giving an error.
    * Fixed Pearl River display in Animated Earth.
    * Changed 'Animated Earth' to 'NASA SVS'.
    * A User-Agent header was added to tile requests.
    * Performance enhancements, error handling enhancements, and code cleanup.
    * The installer was refined, slimmed down, and converted to Nullsoft Install System.


    World Wind is licensed under the NASA Open Source Agreement. You may use, reproduce, distribute, modify, and redistribute World Wind subject to the terms of the Agreement. For details, see the "license.txt" file that came with your copy of the software or visit


    Copyright © 2004-2005 United States Government as represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. All Rights Reserved.

    Copyright © 2004-2005 Contributors. All Rights Reserved.
    Last edited by bull; 12-24-2006, 12:01 AM.

  • #2
    In the PlaceFinder dialog, the Virtual Earth geocoder tab's textbox should say "Keywords or address" so that it is clear that the user can type in addresses as well as keywords. Right now, the textbox implies that only keywords will work.


    • #3
      Good idea.


      • #4
        WTF do I have to install a browser plugin to download the Dec 2006 MDX?


        • #5
          There ise a full redst on the MS site its 40mb though


          • #6
            So is it possible, or recommended to install the RC2 version, and also have my own build of the latest code from SVN?


            • #7
              I do that, running my build from \bin\Debug in the source dir and the release from \Program Files\NASA\whatever. You just have to delete the NASA folder in %appdata% whenever you change which version you are running to make sure that your config files and cache are being read for the correct version.

              Alternatively, you could figure out how to change the version number on your local copy of the code so that you build and the official install don't share user settings directories. This is why you can have 1.4 and 1.3 installed at the same time; the settings folders include the version number in their name.

              Whenever 1.4 is official someone will probably update the version number in svn and then regular 1.4 settings could be there at the some time as 1.4.1 (or whatever) without crossing wires.
              Last edited by withak; 12-27-2006, 12:16 AM.


              • #8
                Downloaded the RC2 build, installed it, and it doesn't even make it to a splash screen. Just says that it has encountered a problem, and wants to call Microsoft and tell them about it. RC1 was a little better I think. At least it would run. Now I'm downloading new DirectX stuff, hoping that that will get it going again. I doubt I get this working tonight...

                I was wrong. Fresh install of DirectX, and I'm up and running....
                Last edited by James_In_Utah; 12-27-2006, 04:17 AM.


                • #9
                  The description portion of the KML Icons still don't show up. This was marked fix I think on the previous bug list. Apparently the description is supposed to be in a popup bubble, but it never displays for me. Any answers on this would be great...


                  • #10
                    I'm not sure if the bubbles ever worked.


                    • #11
                      Someone crossed it out on the old page, and bellow is the comment on the bug in JIRA. What does he mean? There needs to be some way to easily display the information in the description.

                      Tishampati Dhar [07/Dec/06 12:04 AM]
                      The description support is currently html only and opens popups linked to the icon. I will look at putting the description sections back in the Layer manager.


                      • #12
                        Use regular WW xml. It works fine.


                        • #13
                          Maybe that will work. We now have a data parser engine that records the radar data, and can publish it to a file on local host, so I can access it through a network link at http:\\\tracks.KML, or *.CSV, or *.XML. I just have to tell the engine what to produce. I need it to refresh about ever 10 seconds though. Do you think it can handle pulling down 60 - 80 KB ever 10 seconds?

                          I tried the following in the Config/Earth directory. No luck. No placemarks showed up. It works as KML.

                          <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
                          <LayerSet Name="ORCA" ShowOnlyOneLayer="false" ShowAtStartup="false" xmlns:xsi="" xsi:noNamespaceSchemaLocation="LayerSet. xsd">
                          <name>ORCA Link</name>
                          <description><![CDATA[Live Track Data]]></description>
                          Last edited by James_In_Utah; 12-27-2006, 02:41 PM.


                          • #14
                            This might be an obvious question you have a web server running on that local machine?...because it looks like something local is needed to serve your stuff to WW?

                            "No Silicon Heaven?! Preposterous!...where would all the calculators go?"


                            • #15
                              It's like a web server, but it just puts the information in a share memory location. You access it just like you are going to a local web server. I have it running right now, so I know it works....