We have developed our software programs to bring the "best of the web" directly and safely to your home computer (or your school library, science center, or museum). They have been tested and used by over one million visitors at the Houston Museum of Natural Science and other fine science centers. Our software is some of the least expensive, up-to-date, NASA-developed resource available - easy enough for a child to use, and in depth enough to students of all ages.
SPACE UPDATE & EARTH UPDATE
Our 2 main software suites are Space Update and Earth Update. We know that science isn't static, so this software is designed to allow easy updates of the images and movies it displays. Once you install the software to your hard drive using the simple Setup application, you can easily keep it up to date. When you see an image that can be updated, an "Update Image" button will enable - just click and the new image will download to you, either from the original source or from our mirror site.
Behind the scenes we are browsing the internet for new images and discoveries, and receive all NASA press releases of new material. We combine new material (suitable for middle-school students), and post it to our servers. Selecting "Update Data" from within any of our software applications will enable you to do a complete update of your installation, downloading new topics and media files from our servers. In this way any installation can stay up-to-date with the very latest space research!
Most of our software titles are available in full-screen versions that black out the remainder of the display window, preventing access to the desktop and any OS menus or toolbars. These versions are perfect for kiosks or computer classrooms where there's a need to limit access to the computer, and are available from the various software page links, as application-only downloads, without any required support files. You will need to have purchased or installed the regular version of the software title first, then place the full-screen version of the app in the same folder. Full-screen versions of our software all require a registration number to run beyond their 30-day demo. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to acquire a registration number.
Here is a summary of all our current software. Explore the links for detailed information.
|Earth Update||5 spheres of Earth science - updating with today's data||BUY||FS, REG|
|-- Atmosphere||Earth Update module - weather, global warming||with EU||EU, FS, REG|
|-- Biosphere||Earth Update module - biodiversity, vegetation||with EU||EU, FS, REG|
|-- Cryosphere||Earth Update module - snow,sea ice||with EU||EU, FS, REG|
|-- Geosphere||Earth Update module - earthquakes, volcanoes||with EU||EU, FS, REG|
|-- Hydrosphere||Earth Update module - hurricanes, El Niño||with EU||EU, FS, REG|
|Space Update||4 modules of space science - updating with today's data||BUY||FS, REG|
|-- Astronomy Update||Space Update module - astronomy objects and discoveries||with SU||SU, FS, REG|
|-- Sky Tonight||Space Update module - night sky stars, constellations, planets||with SU||SU, FS, REG|
|-- Solar System Update||Space Update module - solar system objects and discoveries||with SU||SU, FS, REG|
|-- Space Weather||Space Update module - aurora, solar forecasts, satellites||with SU||SU, FS, REG|
|Tic·Tac·Toe||game featuring software data, included w/ Space Update, Earth Update, Space Weather||FREE||EU, SU, SW, FS|
|Tic·Tac·Toe Editor||edit existing game datasets or create new ones||BUY||REG|
|Survey Software||survey/quiz app that tracks user input data for analsis, includes Survey Editor||BUY||FS|
|Marquee||kiosk app that lets user view videos by selecting poster thumbnails||BUY||REG|
|MediaShow||buttonbox interface planetarium display software, includes MediaShow-Mirror||BUY||REG|
|MediaShow-Mirror||limited version of MediaShow with screen-locked control window strip||BUY||REG|
|Polar Explorer||kiosk application with 7 sections exploring polar topics||FREE||FULL|
|Unsupported Software||Description||Sales||Download Notes*|
|Cosmos Clock||screensaver, counts up/down from set time using planetary clocks||FREE||FULL|
|DataMiner||mine numerous data topics from World Research Institute database||FREE||EU, FULL, FS, REG|
|HotSpots||game activity trying to locate topical hot spots on the globe||FREE||EU, FULL, FS, REG|
|Evolution Of Our Solar System||explore timeline of solar system formation and Earth evolution||FREE||FULL|
|Telescope Time Machine||demo application using time & distance to explore astronomical objects||FREE||FULL|
|Mars Update||Mars only version of Solar System Update||FREE||FULL|
|Mars Panoramas||Standalone app that displays Mars panoramas as explorable VR images||FREE||FULL|
|Weather Almanac||region specific kiosk app dislpaying current and historical weather data||FREE||FULL|
EU = included with Earth Update purchase
SU = included with Space Update purchase
SW = included on free Space Weather disc
FS = full-screen version of application-only available for download
FULL = full application package available for download
REG = requires a registration key after 30-day demo period