Microsoft’s WorldWide Telescope finally has SpaceNavigator support

When WorldWide Telescope came out earlier this year, it blew a lot of people away — including me.  It’s a phenomenal program!

However, it didn’t support the excellent SpaceNavigator device, making it much more difficult to use.  I thought it was a bug at first, but it was simply not a supported device.

Today 3Dconnexion announced support for the software, and it works wonderfully.  I’ve spent a good deal of time just browsing around this evening, because the SpaceNavigator makes it so easy.  If you already have a SpaceNavigator, so download the latest version of WWTS and have some fun!

3Dconnexion releases SpaceNavigator for Notebooks

As many of you know, I am a huge fan of the SpaceNavigator. As Stefan Geens says, there is simply no better way to navigate Google Earth. Today, 3Dconnexion has released a portable version of the SpaceNavigator, at about half the size and twice the cost ($129 vs. $59). Is it worth it?

My initial thought was that the lower weight could be a problem. I wouldn’t mind if the current one was a bit heavier (and it’s already pretty heavy). PC Magazine listed that as their primary gripe about the new model, though they seem to like it pretty well overall.

More info can be found in their press release, on their site or at the Google Earth Blog. If I get my hands on one, I’ll be sure to post an in-depth review.