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Marble

4.8.2 for Ubuntu

A world atlas with multiple features

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Although there are already desktop programs like Google Earth, and other interesting services like Virtual Earth and Google Maps, which let you study the details of our planet with satellite images, all of them require an Internet connection.

Marble, on the other hand, is a free and open-source desktop application for GNU/Linux that lets you access a comprehensive world atlas on your PC, offering interesting features without having to be connected to the Internet.

You can maneuver your way around the map using the four panels on the left of the screen. The biggest one shows you the entire planet; you can zoom in, move around the map, and search for cities from the Navigation panel.

The Legend panel shows you what the different symbols, colors, and drawing on the map mean. The last panel, View, lets you choose from different viewing options for the world map: atlas view, plain view, night view, and satellite view.

The first time you open Marble, the maps are loaded from the Internet. After that one-time download, you won't have to worry about having an Internet connection in order to use the program ever again.
Requirements

Architecture: i386

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