Software: Marble Maps – Quality Maps, Available Off Line!

There are lots of online maps available, but what I dislike about them most, is the data mining that they do while you use them. Google especially, knows who, what, when, where, and why about everything you do on their services. Further, the online maps are only good, if you’re on line!

So what to do if you want a map, along with some privacy, and without a network connection? Easy, a wonderful KDE software package called Marble, which can be used in an offline mode, so there’s no snooping by outside sites.

Marble Map Software

Marble Map Software

Marble has both desktop and a mobile version for select cell phones. Installing it pretty easy, just go to the linked side above and click the install button. That will take you to a page to choose your current Linux distribution. In my case Linux Mint.

Included is of course a standard Atlas, a global street map, satellite views, etc. Also of interest is an historical map, and a precipitation and temperature maps.

Playing with the software for the first time, a quick check on route planning, in this case Tampa, FL to New York, mapped the route just fine.

Marble Route Planning

Marble Route Planning

Marble has a ton of plugins preinstalled that will let you do some neat stuff as well. I like the APRS function, which you can use to track amateur radio operators using the APRS position reporting system. Of course you will need to be online to use this function.

Marble Options

Marble Options

Lots of map goodness, without giving up your privacy!