Virtual Hiker version 0.0.3 (pre-beta) released

Virtual Hiker is a Java program that allows a user to easily and interactively use map data to plan hikes or explore new areas. This program includes features helpful to the hiker such as interactive 3D maps of the terrain rendered in real-time; the ability to trace trails across the terrain and get height verses distance profiles; and the ability to tile together adjacent maps to create seamless map areas. Version 0.0.3 adds the following new features:

* Updated to the Epoch 2005 World Magnetic Model (WMM) which should remain valid though the end of 2009. The WMM is used to estimate the offset from true north at any location in the world.

* Added a method to VH Editor for resampling a DEM at any resolution.

Virtual Hiker 0.0.3 can be downloaded from:

Virtual Hiker comes in two parts: Virtual Hiker itself and VH Editor. This release contains a binary version of VH Editor only, the source release contains the still immature Virtual Hiker as well.

Posted by Joseph A. Huwaldt 2005-01-09