Viewing globes

Globe Viewer uses Google Earth plugin to display 3D models of globes. Each globe model is a standalone layer. Several globes can be displayed at the same time (but unless transparency only one of them is actually visible). Apart from the globe models the viewer shows the default layer - orthophoto of physical earth and the state and landmass borders layer, both provided by Google.


The viewer has a main window and a side panel. The main window displays the model(s) of Earth and globes. The models can be rotated and zoomed in/out with mouse (left-click and drag to rotate, middle button to zoom) or with the controls in upper right corner.

The side panel list available layers - globes and borders. You can turn on/off the individual layers by (un)checking the checkbox next to the layer's name. You can also change the layer's transparency (default is no transparency) on the transparency slider in the layer's row.

You can hide the side panel by clicking the division stripe between the panel and the main window (gray stripe with a little black arrow).

The globe layers are ordered according to the order they are turned on - layer turn on last is the topmost layer. It is therefore possible to change to order by turning layers off and back on.

Requirements to run the viewer

Google Earth plugin supports the following web browsers:

  • Microsoft Windows (Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8)
    • Google Chrome 5.0-37.0(32-bit)
    • Internet Explorer 7-9, 10-11 with Compatibility View (32-bit)
    • Firefox 2.0+ (The plug-in won't install while Firefox is running.)
    • Flock 1.0+
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.6 or later (any Intel Mac)
    • Google Chrome 5.0-37.0
    • Safari 3.1+
    • Firefox 3.0+ (The plug-in won't install while Firefox is running.)

The models are high resolution so you can expect relatively high amount of transferred data.