PMGlobe   PMGlobe2

    a World Globe for OS/2 [2.19]

PMGlobe2 is a program which displays the Earth as a globe using OS/2 Presentation Manager. You can choose to view the globe from any direction, or select one of a number of 'standard' views.

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 two 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, 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. However, I no longer have an OS/2 system and hence cannot enhance or change the program; use at your own risk.


There are two documents for PMGlobe, each available in three formats: "plain ASCII" (.txt), PostScript (.ps), and PDF/Acrobat (.pdf). The program itself is included in the .zip file, which also includes the software license and the documents in plain ASCII form.

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 PMGlobe package you agree to the terms in the IBM License Agreement for Employee-Written Software. Please read it before downloading.

PMGlobe Installation and User's Guide pmglobe2.txt
PMGlobe Command Reference pmglobex2.txt
PMGlobe program download
Version 2.19 [7 Jan 1995]


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 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. This 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, and a screensaver option.

* PMGlobe2: A world globe for OS/2
* Palm Globe: A world globe for Palm OS and the IBM Workpad
* PMGlobe3: A world globe for Windows


PM Globe screenshot

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