3D Web Client XNavigator goes Open Source!

This is just a quick post to mark the release of 3D Web client XNavigator as an Open Source project licensed under the GNU Public License. It was a decision wisely made by the GIScience research team at the University of Heidelberg.

If you have never heard of 3D Web client XNavigator before, just think of the Google Earth desktop client. Both clients are more or less the same but the Java-powered 3D Web client XNavigator accesses W3DS (Web 3D Service), Open Geospatial Consortium’s latest 3D geodata toy that is still in the draft stages.

You can try out 3D Web client XNavigator today if you want to. Visit osm-3D Europe and have some fun playing with the site’s 3D geospatial data of Europe. Let me warn you in advance, the site is a RAM-killer. If you do not have more than 2GB of RAM, don’t even bother trying. You can also check out Heidelberg 3D but try to avoid loading XNavigator straight from your browser. Download its binaries and run it from your desktop.

XNavigator - Screenshot 1

XNavigator - Screenshot 2
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