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World Wide Telescope - Windows Only:

To me, the World Wide Telescope (WWT) was one of the most anticipated programs to be released in a long time. Here was software that laid out all available scientific surveys using a typical planetarium software platform, and switching views is a simple as the press of a button.

  • No more using SIMBAD selecting a target.
  • No more searches in MAST, VLA or some obscure server to find the correct image.
  • No more downloading the wrong plate.
  • No more scaling the multiple wavelength images for overlay.

I go to download my copy and, oops - PC only. I switched to a Mac over a year ago and use Windows software in Parallels (Windows XP) which is a virtualization program. WWT will only run on native Windows - that is if you run Windows using Boot Camp - which I don't.

I tried out the WWT on a friend's PC and really liked the program. I can see students using this program for a variety of projects and surveys. I already had a brief plan to perform a survey of galaxy clusters and their corresponding X-ray signature, which is possible with the WWT.

However, I cannot use the program - and I am not alone (just Google "World Wide Telescope for OS X").

I just simply cannot fathom the Microsoft's Research department's choice in making this a PC only program. Professional astronomers use a Linux program (which also runs on OS X) called IRAF for image processing, and (at least when I was going through school) Macs are popular with students.

This is not some money-maker, PC versus Mac type software. This is essential software that should be made available on as many platforms as possible.

Microsoft take note...

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