Welcome to Earth3D


  • 16.03.2006
    By changing the download behavior of the application it is now much faster (even faster than the C++ version). Try the development version.
  • 07.02.2006
    The program was ported to Java using JOGL for the 3D graphics. It can be started using Java Webstart and should work on the platform Linux, Windows and Mac OS X without any problems and without any installation. A first but yet unfinished version can be found here.
  • 28.05.2006
    Added a donations page and added a first entry! Visit the page: Donations.
  • 27.05.2006
    Working on new website using Apache Forrest. For now the old page can be found here
  • 15.01.2006
    The software to create heightfields for self created planets now also supports PNGs and is available from CVS. A windows binary is available and will be released after successful testing.
  • 29.11.2005
    Binary release of the server software for windows. The source for this and for all other platforms is available from the CVS. The server software supports TIF and PNG as input (the windows binary only supports PNG).
  • 10.11.2005
    Started adding Blue Marble Next Generation data. It contains 500m/pixel maps, one for every month in 2004. I will continue to add these maps one by one. Currently the months January, February, March and July are available.
  • 29.10.2005
    Released version 1.0.4. It now supports local caching (like the 1.1.0) version. It will automatically save and reuse all downloaded data up to a given size (50MB default, which is normally quite sufficient, can be configured using the options dialog). This makes it possible to use earth3d with narrow band connections.
  • 24.06.2005
    Released version 1.0.2. The only difference is, that 1.0.2 has support for using http proxys. The http proxy can be set in the options dialog.
  • 08.05.2005
    Added new Landsat 7 satellite images (15 GB data).
  • 26.02.2005
    Corrected an error in the server sources that occured when trying to import new map data that has a height that is a multiple of 256 pixels.
  • 17.01.2005
    Uploaded server sources to the CVS and added some documentation about it to the documentation page of this website.
  • 12.01.2005
    Added some FAQ questions and a download location for the full dataset (the link is in the FAQ).
  • 24.08.2004
    Windows version released
  • 06.07.2004
    First binary file releases for Linux and MacOS X.
  • 04.07.2004
    Website update, new design