announced on Wednesday an upgraded version 2.0 of the company’s 3D Weather Globe & Atlas.
The new version, called the Professional Edition, features a much higher resolution than the original software and lets users tilt the horizon to see mountains and canyons in 3D relief. Additionally, real-time weather visualizations allow users to view the weather as they fly from place to place. For example, flying through a snowstorm would show snowflakes falling and blowing in the same direction that the wind is really blowing.
Other new features include an accurate view of the stars and planets, and the ability to turn on the constellations. A Route Map organizer lets users save and store routes and add pictures from iPhoto. Users can explore more than 100 famous routes from real explorers such as Ferdinand Magellan and Amelia Earhart and fictional ones like
. Resolution is seven times higher from enhanced NASA maps, and the program now features 50 percent more real-time weather locations for a total of 60,000. Users can even go back in time to see historical astronomical events such as eclipses.
3D Weather Globe & Atlas 2.0 – Professional Edition will cost $59.95 and is expected to ship in mid-March. All registered users of the first version will receive an email half-price upgrade offer for $29.95 when the product ships. One year of free weather reports is included with the product, and additional years are available on a subscription basis for $9.95 per year. It can be tested during Macworld Expo at booth # S710.