Some days ago while procastinating around I discovered a little software jewel:
Emerillon is named after the Émérillon, one of the three boats that visited New France under Jacques Cartier’s command in 1535. Émérillon is also French for Merlin Falcons.
— Emerillon Website
How Cool is that?
But we are not interested in the name (though I like it a lot), the software is neat.
Emerillon is a map viewer for Gnome desktop environment. It features OpenStreetMap layers and a small, easy to use interface.
The feature list is not very long (not as long as Google Earth) but it’s a nice start for a good map viewer.
The beautiful part is that it features a plugin system (currently with 4 basic plugins) that eases extensibility:
- Search bar (using GeoNames)
- Map Coordinates (window center latitude,longitude)
- Link Generator (for ggmap, bing, osm)
There’s a lot of room for improvement, but it seems that the bugzilla page of the project is somewhat dead. The last commit (translation to Japanese) is from a week ago, but the last development commit dates from 2011-11-11.
It’s a shame.