Of Interest: JHelioviewer, Bing Maps Makeover


The entire library of images from the SOHO solar and heliospheric observatory has been made available by ESA and NASA.  The freely downloadable JHelioviewer  allows users to access over 1 million images from SOHO and NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory.  Imagery can also be viewed at Helioviewer.org. JHelioviewer is written in Java and is opensource.

To download visit: http://jhelioviewer.org/

The press release: ESA makes the Sun available to everyone

A screenshot from the program JHelioviewer, developed by ESA. The solar image was taken by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. It shows a prominence on the solar surface. Credits: ESA JHelioviewer Team

Bing has a two-part announcement about updates to their map service.  The first is about updates to the map styles based on user feedback.  According to the blog post, the major changes are:


A. Increased city density while preserving a clean, visually appealing map
B. Clearer differentiation between major and minor city streets
C. Greater color contrast at the city-level so streets “pop” out more
D. Altered font sizes and contrast for crisper, less cluttered map labels
E. Improved highway shields for US and added new shields for 7 countries

The second part of the announcement involves four new features to Bing Maps and Local Features.

The theme for this release has been around three areas: i) Delivering new types of visual detail, ii) Simplifying local tasks, and iii) Improving maps on mobile. With that in mind, today we’re announcing four new features we’re really excited about:

· Interior Views: Provides users with immersive 360-degree panoramas of local businesses
· OpenTable Integration: Lets users interact with OpenTable directly from restaurant pages
· Real Time Transit on Mobile: Gives users real time info if a bus is on-time or delayed
· Streetside for Mobile: Brings users street-level imagery + some mobile-exclusive enhancements

(via James Fee)


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