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Bruce Schubert edited this page Apr 9, 2019 · 3 revisions


The WorldWind Java API provides a rich set of features for displaying and interacting with geographic data and representing a wide range of geometric objects.

General Features

  • Open-source, high-performance 3D Virtual globe API and SDK
  • Adds 3D geographic visualization to any application
  • Runs on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux
  • Free run-time and development license
  • Unencumbered use on any number of devices
  • Huge collection of high-resolution imagery and terrain from NASA servers
  • Displays high-resolution imagery, terrain and geographic information from any open-standard public or private source
  • Open-standard interfaces to GIS services and databases
  • Large collection of geometric and geographic shapes
  • Simple to extend and modify, designed to be extensible
  • Uses Java and OpenGL

Graphics Capabilities

  • Point, Path, Polygon, Curtain
  • Volumes: Extruded Polygon, Ellipsoid, Sphere, Cylinder, Cone, Pyramid, Box, Airspaces (see below)
  • Terrain conforming shapes: Path, Polygons, Ellipse, Circle, Quadrilateral, Rectangle, Square, Text, Image, Icon
  • Airspaces: Box, Cake, Capped Cylinder (full and partial), Curtain, Orbit, PolyArc, Polygon, Route, Sphere, Track
  • Annotation: Text, Text Balloon, HTML5 web-browser Balloon, Image, Icons, all with geo-located and screen versions
  • Placenames, Political boundaries
  • Transparency
  • Picking, Selection
  • Navigation and Viewing: Orbit View, First Person, Stereo, application-defined
  • Multiple WorldWind windows
  • Interactive shape editors
  • 2525C Tactical Symbols and Tactical Graphics

Data Formats

  • Imagery: JPG, PNG, GeoTIFF, JPEG2000 and many others
  • Government formats: NITF, MrSID, RPF (CADRG, CIB, etc.), DTED and many others
  • GIS formats: Shapefile, KML, VPF, GML, GeoJSON, GeoRSS, GPX, NMEA and many others
  • Coordinate Systems: Lat/Lon, UTM, MGRS.
  • Datums: WGS84, NAD27 and many others

Analysis Capabilities

  • Measurement, geometric and terrain following
  • Line-of-sight with high-resolution terrain and shapes
  • Terrain intersection
  • Shape interactions

Miscellaneous Capabilities

  • Deploy as Java Application or Java Web Start Application
  • GIS web service protocols: WMS, WFS
  • Swing, AWT and JOGL integration
  • Layer model with visibility and transparency control
  • Highly configurable and customizable
  • Automatic image and terrain retrieval from web services
  • Animation: View, globe, object
  • Local data cache
  • Automatic region sorting
  • Over 100 programming examples
  • API documentation
  • Community support forum
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