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OurWorld Released
Posted by Michael on 4 June 2004, 03:57 GMT

[OurWorld on the 89]Kirk Meyer of Detached Solutions has released a new flash application for the 83+/89/92+/V200: OurWorld. OurWorld is a world atlas that is fully zoomable and has political boundaries defined by 30,000 data points. There are also labels of countries, capitals, major cities, and lakes. The 83+ version uses a flat projection while the 89 version and 92+/V200 version use an orthographic projection for a globe-like appearance.

It's also worth mentioning that this app won the grand prizes in the 2003 TI App Development Contest for both the Z80 and 68k divisions.

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Re: OurWorld Released
Jake Griffin  Account Info
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This looks pretty cool! BTW, if anyone lapped another person in the post race, I would be before the send person to do so...

Reply to this comment    4 June 2004, 04:13 GMT

Re: Re: OurWorld Released
Jake Griffin  Account Info
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Excuse me..."send was supposed to be "second"...that's a huge typo.

Reply to this comment    4 June 2004, 04:14 GMT

Re: Re: OurWorld Released
KermMartian Account Info
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Wasn't TI going to make this into a paying APP?

Reply to this comment    4 June 2004, 15:10 GMT


Re: Re: Re: OurWorld Released
Lewk Of Serthic Account Info

Yeah but Kirk Meyer explains below.

Reply to this comment    4 June 2004, 20:03 GMT


Re: Re: OurWorld Released
no_one_2000_  Account Info
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This is cool. Now if we were only allowed to use calculators on Geography tests... :)

Reply to this comment    4 June 2004, 19:51 GMT

Re: OurWorld Released
Ben Cherry  Account Info
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wow, awesome app for... well im not sure what exactly it could be used for, unless you could convince national geographic to allow calculators in the geography bee...
This looks like a ton of work to program, and I commend Kirk for his effort.

Reply to this comment    4 June 2004, 05:04 GMT

Re: OurWorld Released
Memwaster  Account Info

pity it only shows detail in the USA... maybe a later version will show more...

Reply to this comment    4 June 2004, 06:09 GMT

Re: Re: OurWorld Released
mike White Account Info
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that is just a screen shot

Reply to this comment    4 June 2004, 12:24 GMT


Re: Re: Re: OurWorld Released
Memwaster  Account Info

I know it's just a screens shot, but the full version only shows the extra stuff of the USA too (eg.states).

Reply to this comment    4 June 2004, 12:31 GMT


Re: Re: OurWorld Released
Kirk Meyer Account Info
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I added the USA state outlines because I suspected that most users would be from the USA. In an effort to keep the size of the application somewhat reasonable, I didn't add any other political boundaries - and I certainly don't want to release a separate version for each country! The data points may not even be freely available for some countries.

Reply to this comment    4 June 2004, 13:39 GMT


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Bram Tant  Account Info
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You should make for Europe and Asia and such too, i think only 1/2 of the people here are from USA!!

Reply to this comment    4 June 2004, 15:05 GMT


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Kirk Meyer Account Info
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Find the datasets for free and I will consider it. I suspect however that doing a whole continent worth of "states" would be very large. For example, I didn't do all of North America because the Mexican provinces added a significant amount of size.

Reply to this comment    4 June 2004, 15:39 GMT


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dabud15 Account Info

Try an Almanac?????

Reply to this comment    4 June 2004, 15:43 GMT

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Kirk Meyer Account Info
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Heh I meant data points in a computer-usable format, i.e. GIS data. I'm not about to vectorize the maps with that amount of precision by hand, but if you would like to, go ahead...

Reply to this comment    4 June 2004, 17:55 GMT


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Kevin Kofler Account Info
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There's the CIA World Map, but AFAIK it is _way_ too detailed to be used as is in OurWorld. (There is no way to fit all that on a calculator.)

Reply to this comment    5 June 2004, 10:50 GMT


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Kirk Meyer Account Info
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And it's not GIS data...

Reply to this comment    5 June 2004, 15:44 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: OurWorld Released
angelboy Account Info
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What's that? Is it similar to mapquest? ;)

Reply to this comment    5 June 2004, 12:57 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: OurWorld Released
Ben Cherry  Account Info
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no, i think its a kind of nut...

Reply to this comment    6 June 2004, 07:27 GMT


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Lewk Of Serthic Account Info

Never mind then, I'm alergic to nuts. (not really)

Reply to this comment    7 June 2004, 23:43 GMT

Re: OurWorld Released
Matthew Marshall  Account Info
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Hold it, wasn't this supposed to be a "for pay" app? Did TI back out of the deal?

MWM

Reply to this comment    4 June 2004, 13:41 GMT


Re: Re: OurWorld Released
Kirk Meyer Account Info
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There was never a "deal" finalized - let's just say that TI can take a long time to respond to things sometimes, and finally it was determined that this program did not fit with their current math/science focus.

Reply to this comment    4 June 2004, 14:52 GMT

Re: Re: Re: OurWorld Released
Maarten Zwartbol  Account Info
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I wonder if I will win the app contest if I make an app that shows the geography of The Netherlands...hmmm.

Reply to this comment    4 June 2004, 16:08 GMT


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Rob van Wijk  Account Info

Whether you'll win the app contest I don't know, but as long as you put Flevoland in, I'll definitely download your app. :D
@Kirk, looks like your GIS-data is a bit out of date. In the Netherlands, you're missing an entire province (that's our equivalent of a USA state).

Reply to this comment    7 June 2004, 00:13 GMT


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Lewk Of Serthic Account Info

I think he left out all provinces and stuff besides US states on purpose...

Reply to this comment    7 June 2004, 06:51 GMT


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Rob van Wijk  Account Info

I didn't mean the border isn't drawn, I meant *Flevoland is not there*. (It's displayed as if it were sea.)
You see, we had this huge lake (or small sea, whatever you wanna call it) where we built a couple of dykes, threw the water out, and got ourself another province. (Yes, people are actually living on what used to be the bodem of a sea. We Dutch are a wacky lot, aren't we? ;) )

Reply to this comment    7 June 2004, 22:47 GMT

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Lewk Of Serthic Account Info

Oh, I get it now... That's Awesome! I'm moving there!

Reply to this comment    7 June 2004, 23:48 GMT


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Adm.Wiggin Account Info

Dutch is a good way to be :P

(I'm about 1/2 Dutch myself :))

Isn't most of The Netherlands reclaimed land? (in other words, the sea's land taken by dikes :P)
If not most, then isn't a good percentage?

Reply to this comment    9 June 2004, 18:36 GMT


Re (8): OurWorld Released
Rob van Wijk  Account Info

Not most, but indeed a rather large part. I couldn't slap a percentage on it, but I can assure you the map would look very different if we hadn't taught the sea who's the boss. :D
If there wouldn't be any dikes, and the sea level raises by 5 lousy meters, about half the country is reclaimed by the sea (which happens to include the most densly populated areas)....

BTW, I'd like to congratulate Kirk on finding a new use for our beloved calcs (or should I say 'a new class where we can use them'?), good job!

Reply to this comment    10 June 2004, 22:13 GMT

Re: Re: Re: OurWorld Released
Lewk Of Serthic Account Info

TI is so dumb some times. This thing is sweet!

Reply to this comment    4 June 2004, 19:56 GMT


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Coolv  Account Info

Yes, sweet... I use it even though I have a real map!

Reply to this comment    4 June 2004, 20:06 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: OurWorld Released
Lewk Of Serthic Account Info

So do I but I'm not about to open it up in class. :)

Reply to this comment    5 June 2004, 03:47 GMT

Re: Re: Re: OurWorld Released
Coolv  Account Info

WHOA! Wait a second! How is this program not science-related? TI must be breaking down...

Reply to this comment    4 June 2004, 20:08 GMT


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Ben Cherry  Account Info
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well, it does not directly relate to the three core sciences (in high school): chemistry, physics, and biology.

Reply to this comment    4 June 2004, 20:36 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: OurWorld Released
Coolv  Account Info

Well, social studies is a science.

Reply to this comment    4 June 2004, 20:46 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: OurWorld Released
Ben Cherry  Account Info
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yeah, but its also a humanity

Reply to this comment    4 June 2004, 21:19 GMT


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W Hibdon  Account Info
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Nope, there is no way in hell you are conviencing me of that.

-W-

Reply to this comment    6 June 2004, 03:01 GMT


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Lewk Of Serthic Account Info

Social Studies: The study of society.

Now geography on the other hand...

Reply to this comment    7 June 2004, 06:52 GMT


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Tzazak Account Info

Why is geography considered under Social Studies anyway?

Reply to this comment    7 June 2004, 15:20 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: OurWorld Released
Lewk Of Serthic Account Info

Beats me, I can see why Social Studies is a humanity but not how geography is a social study.

Reply to this comment    7 June 2004, 19:31 GMT


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Coolv  Account Info

It is in my school... OR IS IT?

Reply to this comment    10 June 2004, 00:44 GMT

Re: Re: Re: OurWorld Released
Matthew Marshall  Account Info
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Oh, so they didn't want to branch out into geography?

MWM

Reply to this comment    5 June 2004, 00:03 GMT


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no_one_2000_  Account Info
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I think they should. It's a good program, I don't see why not. Besides, TI obviously cares about money (a lot), so you think they'd want to expand to get MORE MONEY... *shrug*

Reply to this comment    5 June 2004, 17:54 GMT


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burntfuse  Account Info

That's REALLY stupid of them-it seems just like the kind of thing TI would like (and it looks awesome, too!!!!).

Reply to this comment    6 June 2004, 22:20 GMT

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