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Utech Spinning Earth

Description

This sophisticated little Flash animation of our spinning planet looks real and can be inserted via simple shortcode. Incredibly it is smaller in file size than many static jpg picutures. It shows the planet earth smoothly spinning in the right direction (!) and will run even with older versions of Flash therefore it is highly compatible. Unlike conventional movie clips, it is extremely small in size (less than 50kB!), yet rich in graphical content. Other rotating globes are either huge in file size or have very basic graphics. A sophisticated algorithm “wraps” a single picture around a sphere, and therefore produces the best of both worlds; a small file and great looking graphics.

Quick Start

Put the following shortcode anywhere on your post or page to insert the Spinning Earth:

    [spinningearth]  

Use the ‘size’ parameter to change the size of the planet:

    [spinningearth size=100]  

Change background color to black and set size to 160:

    [spinningearth size=160 color=000000]  

Complete list of parameters of this version

size

Changes the size of the earth in pixel

wrap 

can be left, right, center or none (default is none)
Determines placement of the globe on the page. Please note text will flow around the globe with ‘left’ or ‘right’ option.

brightness

Range from 0 to 100, default is 50

color

Sets background color, default is white FFFFFF

‘url’
modify link

Screenshots

  • Static sample of Spinning Earth 100x100
  • Static sample of Spinning Earth 260x260

Installation

  1. You can use the WordPress installer, or you can install the plugin
    manually by uploading the entire plugin folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Place shortcode in your post or page, eg. [spinningearth]

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Contributors & Developers

“Utech Spinning Earth” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

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Changelog

1.2

October 13, 2010
*Link destination can now be changed if required.

1.1

April 3, 2010

*Added the option to center the globe on the page.

1.0

April 2, 2010

*Initial release