project on a globe
Posted 15 December 2005 - 11:46 AM
It obviously have to be data and information that is not too detailed (like country statistics) and it has to be covering maximum one hemisphere (preferably a bit less)
I have ArcGlobe, but I have no experience in it. I don't have any access to any fancy 3d software (and don't really have the time/energy to play with that).
It won't be vector, but one possibility would be to create a decently nice map in Illustrator in plate carrée and then projected it using xplanet, outputting a high res png.
One could then bring it back into Illustrator and labels and stuff on top. A problem there would be that stylings might be distorted close to the poles (for instance a glow around the coasts). I might experiment with that, just to see what the result would look like...
Posted 15 December 2005 - 01:46 PM
I've never worked with it to be honest. Not seriously anyway... But there is a large user community and several good tutorials out there to get you started.
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Posted 15 December 2005 - 02:42 PM
In ArcGlobe you can easily spin the globe around to see it from any angle. You can set lighting (or turn lighting off).
Then you can export the globe to various graphic formats for use elsewhere.
Posted 16 December 2005 - 04:24 PM
Posted 16 December 2005 - 04:56 PM
Here's a real quick quickie with population of countries as percentage of total population of the world. Tried png on this one just to see what it would give me.
nice dave. how can you incorporate statisical data while using pattern's earth as a base? can you crank a quick example when you have a momment. I don't have ArcGlobe, but that looks pretty cool.
Posted 29 December 2005 - 05:21 AM
The it came to me - this stuff is actually already accessible in ArcMap - the trick is to use the World from space projection (and set the center lat/long). Then one applies gradients to fake the lighting and stuff in Illustrator.
Check this out:
Quick and dirty proof of concept: population by country exported from ArcMap and two circles with radial gradients applied in Illustrator, one below for sea, and one on top for shade (transparency set to multiply)
ArcMap should be able to re-project most things on the fly, one can even reproject the underlying data to a suitable projection (is probably the best to do when things involve the -180/180 boundary or the poles).
Posted 29 December 2005 - 10:22 AM
As usual there is often more than one way to do things.
Globe lets you spin things around in real time. ArcMap lets you change projection parameters to get the view you want. It all depends on how you want to work and what result and/or output you want.
Posted 30 January 2006 - 11:17 AM
Posted 10 February 2006 - 03:34 PM
you can download it. you have the options of turning layers on such as coutnries etc...
Careful...tad bit of a memory hog.
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