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Capaware

Platform for development of virtual 3D environments with a free licence which permits the creation of geo-referenced applications.

Description

Capaware is a platform, based on free software, for the development of multilayer 3D geographical applications, which has arisen from an initiative of the Instituto Tecnológico de Canarias in close collaboration with the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

This environment simplifies the creation of 3D applications on extensive geographical territories, using a very visual tool which supplies a new and very important point of view for effective decision making.

Capaware supplies an easily used and very flexible interface which simplifies the development of new applications, allowing the rapid creation of virtual environments with multiple layers of information on the land.

With the classic capacities of a Geographical Information System (GIS), Capaware currently allows the loading of WMS layers onto 3D environments, adding 3D objects on the land and visualising dynamic elements, offering a new perspective of the information analysed. We can also administer the layers of resources and elements which can be represented on the geographical area in question.

Capaware has been developed in C++, using the open code graphic motor, Open Scene Graph, and the interface library WxWidgets, which is also free, with which it becomes a multi-platform software. With a system of plugins, it allows any developer to complete the system with new specific functions.

Potential Benefits and Uses

With Capaware, the developer of the application need not be concerned about the matters of 3D graphic programming and geo-localisation, but can devote all his efforts to the raison d'être of his tool, thus enormously simplifying the processes of creation of the said environments.

On the other hand, the use of primary programming languages in this platform makes possible the use of medium to low level hardware for execution and avoids dependency on expensive systems. With the classical capacities of a Geographical Information System, we have the possibility of creating our own 3D fields, the capacity of working off-line and above all the fact that its licence is GPL, and therefore free.

Specifications Summary

Capaware is programmed in C++, and also uses other free libraries with different types of licence compatible with the Capaware licence (Boost, OpenSceneGraph, wxWidgets and Curl).

Transfer / Commercialization

Capaware has a GPL 2.1 licence, and its source code can be obtained at any moment from the project web page.

References

http://www.capaware.org

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