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Starting up!

Hey there Everyone!

Time sure has ran quite passed, and GSoC has finally started! I've been stumped with exams, and will be for a few weeks still, but please gear up to join me on my adventure with GSoC 2017. While still a bit behind with all this schoolwork, I'm determined to finish and catch up ASAP. So much to do and see!
Last years SOCIS I had quite a blast with meeting Marble, you can read all about that over here, but this year shall come with its own challenges as we are tasked to update the Marble Maps UI.

Marble Virtual Globe is an open-source globe that allows users to explore  a 3D model of Earth, Mars, Venus, and the Moon, with a wide-variety of maps ranging from political to topographic. This year we will be focusing on its Android version, Marble Maps, and in my case, I am tasked with tidying up the UI, adding features and making sure it's all up to Material Design standards!

Some images of the current Marble Maps interface.

In the following posts I shall detail the current state of Marble Maps compared to other map applications available to Android users. By contrasting and comparing we'll see exactly where we need to brush up our application.

And just to keep excitement up, here are a few mock-ups of future design touch ups and features!

A new sidebar concept and a redesigned Detail View concept.

Concept images for colored Bookmark features. Bookmarks currently use an Up and Down arrows for sorting, which could be replaced with a simple Drag & Drop button. Colors are chosen from Material Colors.

Let's all have a great summer together! I can't wait so I'll be off studying so I can much as I can so I can focus as soon as possible! Please wish me luck so I can finish quickly, and tune in next post for the first tasks!


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