Sunday, October 19, 2008

Why change the Volvo's Virtual Spectator?

Why did the Volvo - or Virtual Spectator - change the race viewer? The figure above is what they are proposing we use to follow the fleet.

The last race had this superb 3D viewer than enabled overlays such as isobars and wind speeds. It worked really well and greatly enhanced the experience of following the fleet.

The software would have only needed a minor update for the latest race - such making it run a bit better under Microsoft Vista (my old copy is a big clunky on my new laptop).

But instead they've gone for a new web based architecture that is a backwards step with inferior graphics and controls.

This is what it used to look like:

Isn't that much better?

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