PMGlobe, version 3.31 3 Aug 2009
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System requirements

PMGlobe 3 should run correctly on Windows 2000, Windows XP, or equivalent. It may run on earlier versions, such as Windows 98, but this has not been tested, and certain features (such as display as a circular window) may fail.

Your display settings should be for at least 16-bit colour (unless ‘classic’ imagery is used).

PMGlobe requires less than one Megabyte of disk space. Depending on the imagery used and the chosen window size, PMGlobe typically uses between 6 and 20 Megabytes of RAM while running.

Installing PMGlobe

PMGlobe is distributed as a Microsoft Installer (MSI) package, PMGlobe.msi. Opening this file on Windows 2000 or Windows XP will start the installation process.

After installation, you should find a PMGlobe folder in the Start Programs list; click on the PMGlobe icon in that folder to start the application.

Installation of the package also enables the PMGlobe Screen Saver. To use this:

  1. right click on the desktop and choose Properties (or click on Display in the Control Panel). This will open the Display Properties dialog.
  2. click on the Screen Saver tab.
  3. you should now find PMGlobe in the Screen saver drop-down list. Selecting it should show a picture of the globe on the small screen image.
  4. configure the startup settings for the screen saver by clicking the Settings button. This will start PMGlobe in interactive mode to let you change the settings you wish (viewpoint, background colour, imagery, twilight settings, startup macro, etc.). Close PMGlobe to save the screen saver settings and complete configuration.
  5. set the other screen saver settings as required. Click on Preview to see the globe full-size.
You can also install PMGlobe manually; this is described in Appendix A.

Uninstalling PMGlobe

Open the Windows Control Panel then use ‘Add or remove programs’ to uninstall PMGlobe.

Command-line options

The PMGlobe application may be started from a Command Prompt, script, shortcut, or batch file. In any of these cases, the PMGlobe command verb may be followed by one or more of these options:

starts a Windows console when PMGlobe is started; this displays the results of QUERY commands, etc.

starts PMGlobe with the globe filling the screen, as though the ‘Make full screen’ option had been selected in the Options menu

MACRO name
runs the named macro when PMGlobe is started. Enclose the name in single or double quotes if it has embedded blanks. This option overrides any startup macro set from the Options menu.
For example:
  start pmglobe fullscreen macro profile
  start pmglobe fullscreen macro "C:\program files\pmglobe\sample"

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