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Title Slide

Welcome to this spoken tutorial on Introduction to Marble.
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Learning objectives

In this tutorial, we will learn
  • About Marble interface and
  • Different menus
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System Requirement

To record this tutorial I am using,
  • Ubuntu Linux OS, version 16.04
  • Windows 10 OS
  • Marble version 1.8.3
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To follow this tutorial, learner should be familiar with basic Geography.
Cursor on Ubuntu Desktop. Let us open the Marble application in Ubuntu Linux OS.
Click on Dash Home. Click on Dash Home.
In the Search bar type Marble.

Point to Marble icon.

In the Search bar, type Marble.

Marble icon is seen.

Double-click on Marble icon. Double-click on it to open the Marble application.
Let us open the Marble application in Windows 10 OS.
In the Search bar, type Marble.

Point to Marble icon.

Click on it.

In the Search bar, type Marble.

Marble icon appears in the list.

Click on it, to open the Marble application.

Cursor on Marble Virtual Globe interface. This is the interface of Marble Virtual Globe.
Point to left panel and topographical map of earth. Interface has two sections, left panel and topographical map of earth.
Point to Overview map. On the top left corner of the map we can see an Overview Map of the globe.
Point on white circle on Overview Map.

Cursor on the white round

Observe that the Overview Map has a small white circle.

This circle depicts a particular location on the globe.

Rotate the globe. Now I will rotate the globe.

As I rotate, observe the changes in the position of the circle on the overview map.

Point to Scale bar at the bottom left corner. At the bottom left corner of the map we have a Scale bar.
Point to the Scale bar. Scale bar shows the ratio between actual distance and distance shown on the map.
Point to compass on the top right corner. On the top right corner of the topographical map we can see a compass.
Shows four directions on the compass. It shows the four directions – north, south, east and west.
Drag the Overview map, Scale bar and Compass and show position change. As per our convenience we can change the location of Overview map, Scale bar and Compass.
Point to white circle on the right side of the globe ie windrose and 4 arrows. On the right side of the map, we see a white circular tool named as windrose.

It has 4 arrow buttons.

This tool is used for navigation on the globe.

Click on up and down arrow buttons of the wind rose. I will click on the up and down arrow buttons of the windrose.

Observe that earth rotates on its axis back and forth.

Click on Left and right arrow buttons of the wind rose.

Globe rotates around its physical axis.

Next I will click on the left and right arrow buttons of the windrose.

On clicking these arrow buttons, the earth spins around its physical axis.

Press Up and down arrow key of the keyboard. The arrow keys on the keyboard allow us to change the directions on the globe.
Shows changes in direction in the globe. As I press the arrow keys, notice the changes in direction of the globe.
Point to the Home button below the wind-rose.

Click on Home to reset the globe.

Below the windrose we have a Home button.

This button resets the globe to its original position.

Point to vertical slider. Next we have a vertical Zoom slider.
Point to the + and – buttons. On the slider, plus(+) button is for zoom in and minus (-) is for zoom out.
Click on plus(+) or minus (-) buttons. Click on plus(+) or minus (-) buttons or drag the slider to zoom the globe as required.
Scroll mouse wheel. We can also scroll the mouse wheel to zoom in or zoom out.
Scroll the mouse wheel. Notice the changes on the size of map, as I scroll the mouse wheel.
Drag the zoom slider or click Zoom in(+) button to show India map clearly. Let us drag the zoom slider to see the map of India clearly.
Scroll the mouse wheel or drag the zoom slider. I will zoom out to get the previous location on the map.
Point towards bottom left corner.

Point to show Position, Altitude, date and time.

At the bottom of the window we see a Status bar.

The Status bar shows Position, Altitude, date and time of a particular location.

Cursor on the interface. Next we will look at the menu bar of Marble.
Point towards menu bar

Show each menu item.

Menu bar has standard menu items like,

File, Edit, View, Bookmarks, Settings and Help.

Show short-cut keys of the File menu.

Point on Command tabs.

Notice that short-cut keys are available for some of the sub-menus.

For example, short-cut key to open a file is Ctrl O.

Short-cut key to Download Maps is Ctrl N.

These short-cut keys are called Command tabs.

Point on tool-bar

Show Open, Print, Copy map icons.

Below the menu bar, we can see a toolbar.

It has Open, Print and Copy map icons.

Cursor on the interface. Now I will demonstrate how to set a default home location.
Point India on the globe. I am taking India, as my default home location.
Go to Bookmarks menu >> select Set Home Location. To set the Home location, go to Bookmarks menu and select Set Home Location.

We can also use the Home button on the keyboard to set the Home location.

Point to Mumbai on the map. Now we will set a bookmark for Mumbai on the map.

Locate the position of Mumbai on the map.

Go to Bookmarks menu.

Select Add Bookmarks option.

Point on Edit Bookmarks- Marble dialog box which appears on the screen.

Go to Bookmarks menu and select Add Bookmark option.

Edit Bookmark- Marble dialog box appears on the screen.

In the Description field field, type the name as Mumbai.

Click on OK button.

In the Description field, type the name as Mumbai, India.

Click on OK button.

Cursor on the Bookmark created for the location Mumbai. A bookmark for the location of Mumbai has been saved with latitude and longitude.

I will zoom out to get the previous location on the map.

Cursor on the interface. Let us check whether our Home location is set properly or not.
Close the application by click on x button So, I will close the Marble application by clicking on (x) cross button.
Click on Dash Home >> Click on Marble icon. Now I will reopen Marble application using the Dash Home.
Point to the view location. Notice that, the interface has opened with the same view as we closed earlier.
Cursor on panels - Search , Routing and location , Map views, Legend Below the toolbar, we can see 5 Panels.

Search , Routing, Location, Map view, and Legend.

Cursor on the interface. We will learn more about these panels in the upcoming tutorials
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As an assignment:

1. Locate Delhi and Chennai on the India map.

2. Bookmark these positions on the virtual globe.

3. Hint: Use Bookmarks Menu.

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Let us summarise what we have learnt.

In this tutorial we have learnt,

  • About Marble interface and
  • Different Menus
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This will help to reduce the clutter.

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  • National Mission on Education through ICT and
  • Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya National Mission on Teachers and Teaching, MHRD,Government of India.
Spoken Tutorial Project is funded by, MHRD, Government of India.
This is Viji Nair from, IIT Bombay signing off. Thank you for watching.

Contributors and Content Editors

Madhurig, Nancyvarkey, Snehalathak, Vijinair