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GlobeViewer Apps

The GlobeViewer apps provide high-resolution elevation data as an interactive 3D map model for anyone interested without any special knowledge of GIS applications. With a smartphone or a tablet you can explore the real surface of the earth, moon and Mars. It is not about a realistic representation of the visible surface, as e.g. Google Maps does with photos, but about the pure representation of the planetary surface based on the freely available elevation data.

GlobeViewer (Earth)

GlobeViewer

 

 

GlobeViewer Moon

GlobeViewer Moon

 

 

GlobeViewer Mars

GlobeViewer Mars

 

 

Apps are still in the works

All three apps are currently still in work, i.e. additional functions and maps will be submitted from time to time as soon as new data is available. Especially with Mars there is currently only global elevation data in 200 m per pixel resolution. Over the next few years, however, a 50 m per pixel map will gradually be created at the FU Berlin. As soon as there is a major update from there, the data will be entered in the app. The same applies to the HiRISE data from NASA. With the moon we have already achieved a resolution of 1 m per pixel, with the earth it is 15 m per pixel in the raw data - but in the app this is reduced to approx. 50 m per pixel in order to reduce the amount of data to be transmitted.

Advertising in the app

The three apps are available for you to download free of charge in the stores. Some users are annoyed by the fact that promotional videos are integrated into the app. The reason for this lies in the decision on the app structure that we had to make:

Option A - App combination (demo & Pro app): The app is divided into a paid pro version and a free but severely restricted demo version. With this model, customers cannot try out all the functions before buying and have to buy a "pig in a poke". In addition, there is only one purchase option. The only advantage: no advertising.

Option B - Advertising and In-App Purchases: Here everything is concentrated in one app. Users can test all functions before purchasing. However, promotional videos "disrupt" the process so that misuse of the free version becomes inconvenient and unattractive. In-app purchases have the advantage of being able to offer several purchase options at the same time.

We decided on the more flexible variant B . The biggest advantage here is the complete access to all functions before the purchase . In addition, we can not only divide the apps at full price, but also into smaller and cheaper products . But you can make a significantly better purchase decision than with option A - and that was the crucial point. Unfortunately, the disadvantage of this decision is the advertising in demo mode. So it's a compromise.

If you want to use the apps without advertising, you can activate a corresponding upgrade via the integrated shop. After the upgrade, there are no more advertisements in the activated areas. With your purchase in the app you support the further development of the apps. Thanks a lot for this!

 

 

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