A programmable World Globe, for Windows
Version 3.31 3 Aug 2009
PMGlobe is a program which displays the Earth as a globe on a Windows 2000 or later Windows platform. It can be run both as an application or as a screen saver.
You can choose to view the globe from any direction, or select one of a number of ‘standard’ views. You can also choose the image shown on the globe’s surface, or supply your own. As an application, PMGlobe can be viewed in a normal Windows window, or as a circular window, or full-screen.
In addition to simply displaying a picture of the world, PMGlobe will let you light the globe as though by sunlight – so you can see at a glance those areas of the globe where the sun has risen, and where it is night. Additional options add shading to the globe for a three-dimensional effect, and let you measure and track distances between points on the globe. Other features are described in the PMGlobe documentation listed below.
With the command interface included with PMGlobe, you can add markers, labels (such as city and place names), clocks and drawings to the globe and have more control over its actions. If you wish, you can use Rexx as a macro language for PMGlobe – all of the PMGlobe commands can be used in a Rexx macro.
PMGlobe was originally written as a demonstration program for IBM, and IBM has kindly given me permission to continue to distribute it privately. Updates and enhancements may or may not be possible; use at your own risk.
PMGlobe can be downloaded and installed directly from this page, using the Microsoft Installer distribution of this package. Simply click on the first link in the table below.
The PMGlobe documentation and software are distributed free of charge under the conditions of the IBM Employee-Written Software program. If you download or use the PMGlobe package you agree to the terms in the IBM License Agreement for Employee-Written Software. Please read it before downloading.
The PMGlobe documentation is also available separately in PDF/Acrobat (.pdf) format in addition to the on-line (.html) version below.
PMGlobe can also be installed manually, using the downloadable .zip file. This includes the program itself (pmglobe3.exe), the software license, readme.txt, the documentation in PDF format, and some sample macros. Manual installation is described in Appendix A.
This is the online documentation for PMGlobe 3. It is also available in
PDF (Adobe Acrobat) format.
History and other implementations
PMGlobe was first released in November 1991 as a 16-bit application for OS/2. It was then converted to a 32-bit OS/2 application in 1992, and enhanced through 1994. The most recent OS/2 version is called PMGlobe2.
In 1998, much of the geographical code from PMGlobe was reused for the Palm OS version of the program, which was released in August 1998. The Palm OS version includes a Sun Compass option, as it is used on a portable device.
Both of these versions are still available from the links below, though be warned that they may not run on the latest versions of their operating systems.
The current version, PMGlobe3, runs on Windows, and was ported from the OS/2 code in 2003. This added the ability to wrap arbitrary images on the globe, automatic time zone handling for clocks, circular window and other options, and the ability to use it as a screensaver.
PMGlobe seen with a USGS topographic image and a NASA Earthquake/plates image (both available on the Web)...
See also, for example, http://visibleearth.nasa.gov for some other suitable images.