3D World Atlas
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Dorling Kindersley (DK) 出品的三维电子世界地图，真实再现整个地球的 3D 模型，犹如身处太空俯视地球一样。可通过滑鼠拖动自由旋转，点选一个国家，会蹦出有关这个国家详情的视窗。地图提供缩放功能和五种不同的查看方式，可自由切换。
使用时先执行 AutoRun.exe 安装，之后便可以从硬碟或是光碟来开启程式。支援 Windows 98/2000/XP 作业系统。
1974年 Peter Kindersley 和 Christopher Dorling 建立 DK 公司。他们的愿望就是创作既有视觉冲击力又包含信息丰富的图书，使读者能够理解每一个主题。DK 图书被认为是从出生到年老不断学习的生活指南。
DK 在开始的时候像一个工作室，为其他出版商创作图书，并且从那时候国际化就成为 DK 图书的重要理念。
使用更多的图片使 DK 图书在一开始就与众不同，它强调图文并茂，这使 DK 图书更易于阅读和理解。同时也旨在创作能够在市场中长期销售的书，DK 很多70年代创作的书至今已经卖出了上百万册，而且现在还不断改版，重印。如摄影大师 John Hedgecoe 的“New Book of Photography”《新摄影手册》，“Complete Book of Mother and Baby Care”《妈妈宝宝护理大全》，“the First Aid Manual”《急救手册》，这些书也被翻译成中文出版销售。在国际上最为畅销 DK 图书是于1988年开始出版的目击者指南系列“Eyewitness Guides Series”，这套书以44种语言在世界各地销售超过5500万册。
1982年，DK 开始在英国以自己的商标出版图书，并很快成为知名品牌。DK 还和世界知名组织如红十字会、Smithsonian 研究所、皇家园艺协会等，建立联系，进行合作，很快使 DK 的品牌更加值得信赖。
DK 与中国出版界有着长期的合作历史。1992年 DK 第一次来到中国，参加了北京国际图书博览会。1994年 DK 与广西接力出版社签署了第一份版权协议――《妈妈宝宝护理大全》，这本书至今已经成功销售120,000册。
1997年 DK 建立了北京办事处，郭志平先生为办事处的首席代表。2000年何奕女士成为 DK 北京办事处的一员。现在 DK 北京办事处与培生集团旗下的其他兄弟公司在北京东城区共享一个办公环境。
目前 DK 每年有50-100本书在中国出版。这些书既有针对成人读者的也有适合少年儿童的，主题涵盖母婴护理、体育健康、自然历史、摄影旅游、百科辞典、儿童科普读物以及园艺等多个方面。
2006年9月 DK 中文网正式运行。DK 一直关注通过多种方式加强与中国出版合作者密切的合作，推动由中国出版社出版的 DK 图书在市场上获得成功。
3D World Atlas
- Hot links lead you to helpful geographic information
- Virtual technology renders flat maps as 3D globes
- Unique 'horizon' view of planet Earth
- Measure the distance between two or more locations
- Shows latitude/longitude co-ordinates
- Print or copy maps, text, and graphics
- Country Overviews cover: Climate, Education, People, Economy, Crime, Wealth
- Politics, Environment, Tourism, and history
a 3D atlas of the world, as you'd expect
Okay, let's throw out a tangential line here. What if you were an alien, visiting Earth - imagine that. If otherworldly inspiration lets you down, just pretend you're Bill Bailey or Grace Jones. What's the first thing you'd do? Aside from wondering (a) What that wet stuff falling from the sky is (assuming you're in England); ( b ) What the hell an "asshole" is (if you're Stateside) and © Why do DJ's exist? Hint: "Take me to your leader" is a complete non-starter.
But navigation would be an important consideration, so nipping to the nearest software retailer and picking up a copy of 3D World Atlas would be high on the list of beneficial possibilities. It would be a font of edification in which to bathe your extraterrestrial mind, with knowledge of the geographical, political and social aspects of our planet. Or would it?
This program is quite simply what it says on the box - a 3D model of the globe you can spin around with your mouse hand. Graphically it's reasonably impressive and the globe scrolls fairly smoothly. Click on any country and you're offered a chance to examine detailed statistics concerning the place.
These go into some depth, with information provided on population, level of education, crime, tourism, along with economic and political status (with some very interesting and detailed pieces of text on these sections). Much of this is commendably current, covering up until the end of last year.
There are five different modes of display into which the globe can be switched, with five levels of zoom. These include a general map, a physical map showing tectonic plates and volcanoes, a satellite view displaying physical features such as mountains (you can click on any mountain or river to see its name, although no further info is offered), along with bio-geographic zones and an earth-by-night view.
Along with this solid core material, extra content is provided in the form of Earth-related topics. Those that wish to learn about the environment, natural disasters, the global climate and similar issues can explore a range of sub-topics based on these themes. They're rather skimpily detailed however, and only a few photos are provided with some concise text.
It seems that developer Dorling Kindersley missed the chance to really flesh these extras out. The multimedia content is pretty scarce and they could have gone to town with videos in these sections. Still, it wasn't to be.
Nevertheless, the program is fundamentally concrete and well presented. It also boasts an easy to use interface and some smart extras like the ability to bookmark any number of places on the map and add your own comments, along with a distance tool to measure the miles between any number of points.
Dorling Kindersley - 3D World Atlas features - Verdict
Essentially this is a well presented atlas containing a good range of informative details on every country in the world. The interface is well thought out and easy to use, although the multimedia content is rather weak and the developer could have done much more with certain sections of the disc. It's a fair price to ask, however, for a fairly impressive program.
Travel has never been more popular. Yet no matter how many footloose gap-year students stream to the corners of the globe, armchair travel probably remains almost as popular. Dorling Kindersley's 3D World Atlas is a new CD-ROM package firmly in the armchair bracket, giving in-depth coverage of every country in the world--from maps, through demographic statistics to information on geographical phenomena. Why move from the sofa when you can (virtually) experience the world in your living room?
3D World Atlas includes the range of features you would expect from a printed atlas and more. The general world maps are set to an optimal scale, allowing different levels of focus, and there are also the physical maps to view. However, the most striking aspect of this package is its unusual features, particularly those that come from space.
The two satellite image-projections of the earth are revealing. First comes the ordinary view of the earth's physical features from the heavens--yes, you really can pick out the Great Wall of China--and then an image of the earth by night, showing all the lights around the world: it's a sparkly and revealing picture of the spread of economic development across the planet. Add to this brilliant photography of deserts, mountains and jungles in the bio-climate zones and the package transcends the limitations of traditional atlases. --Toby Green
From Pole to Pole, this stunning, interactive 3D world atlas lets you explore the world as never before! 3D World Atlas is a complete, concise, and exciting way to explore the world. Featuring over half a million mapped locations, 3D World Atlas provides a level of detail to satisfy even the most demanding traveler or researcher.
a. Put the CD in the CD drive. It is recommended to quit any programmes running in the background, and to disable screensavers, anti-virus programs etc.
b. The CD setup should start automatically under WIndows. Go to Para d..
c. If the CD does not start, choose Windows <Start>, <Run> and then type "D:\SetupDat\Install.exe" (where "D" is the letter assigned to the CD drive).
d. Follow the instructions on screen.
e. The setup program will install the files into Program Files/ Xamba.
f. The set up will install a shortcut in the Programs menu: under DK Multimedia or 3D World Atlas.
2. Internet Explorer 5
Parts of 3D World Atlas are implemented using HTML. To dispaly this data correctly, you must have Internet Explorer 4.0 or above installed. If you do not have this installed, please go to http://www.microsoft.com, where you may download this product, according to the conditions stipulated there.