Virtual History ROMA
By Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A.
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Mondadori presents a fantastic voyage to Ancient Rome, the capital of the largest empire in the ancient world, which has been reconstructed in virtual form and which you can explore in a “full-immersion” panoramic experience.
The format provides the viewer with an astonishing insight into Roman civilization, using innovative functions and multimedia content: from the spectacular digital reconstruction of the city's statues to breathtaking aerial views of the metropolis as it stood 2,000 years ago, from the manipulation of models of the legionaries, gladiators and war engines to the 3D exploration of monuments such as the Colosseum, the Circus Maximus, Hadrian’s Mausoleum and many, many others. The reconstruction of their original appearance, as seen from various angles, is overlaid and compared with their appearance in today’s Rome.
As if in a time machine, we can observe how the site of the Colosseum was transformed from the original marshy hollow, to the great fire and Nero’s “Domus Aurea” (Golden House), and finally to the amphitheatre itself.
The virtual tour proceeds south to Pompeii, Ercolano and many other important Roman cities – in Europe and the Mediterranean – which are presented with 3D models, information pages and hundreds of superb quality images.
Previously-unpublished material includes a reconstruction of the original appearance of the “Court of the Gladiators” (part of which collapsed recently) as it stood in Via dell’Abbondanza in Pompeii.
Maps and introductory data sheets make it possible to make an in-depth study of the origins of Rome, its conquests and the fall of the empire, the Romans’ extraordinary engineering feats, art, wars and public spectacles, profiles of the various emperors, and we can discover how much of Roman civilization has survived to the present day.
This is the first application to use ‘bubble view’ technology, which was conceived in Italy and patented in the USA. The system uses sensors built into the moving books (accelerometer and compass) to create a new generation of illustrations in digital bubble form.
The new digital book becomes a sort of telescope that can be used to examine a three-dimensional reconstruction of Imperial Rome. Future editions will present virtual reconstructions of other cities and many other imaginary scenarios.
What's New in Version 1.2
Bug fix and interface optimization
Good, but could be improved
I just bought this, and basically like it. But in just a few minutes of looking at it, I wanted to make some suggestions... I love the "bubble view" idea, but some other programs that make use of this technology also give you the option of disconnecting the picture from the compass and gyroscope so you can navigate the picture by touch. This would be a helpful addition to his program. When I'm sitting in my recliner to view a bubble scene, I don't want to have to stand up and turn around to see what is behind me.
Another frustration I've found with this program are the text boxes that slide into place when you open a picture. The text is helpful, but it sometimes covers up a third of the picture. I'd appreciate the option of hiding the text to better view the picture. With a few changes like these to provide a better user experience, this could easily be a FIVE STAR app.
Amazing: The Future of Books
This is what the iPad was created for. This brilliant "book" uses the iPad's accelerometer, GPS, gyroscope and every other thing that makes tablet computing the future.
Imagine seeing a 360 degree picture of ancient Rome that spins with you as you turn your iPad. Imagine pressing a button and being able to view a 3D version of the Pantheon. Imagine seeing a video timeline that shows you how Rome changed over the centuries. Well, you no longer need to imagine this -- it's all a reality with this iBook/app.
This is the future of books. I can't speak highly enough about this. Bravo!
This app has some wonderful features, and beautiful illustrations, but needs a few easy tweaks to make it great.
For instance, after playing with it for just a few minutes, I am frustrated with the bubble viewer -- I can't stand up and turn around to tour Rome and see what's behind the Pantheon, because I'm sitting on a train and I can't move! It would be great if you could turn bubble view off and navigate with your fingers.
Also, the photos are beautiful but besides the fact that you can't remove the text, there are no captions, so you don't know what you're looking at: Jerash? Herculaneum? Pont du Gard?
Otherwise, it is brilliant. Here's to hoping they fix it soon, and to virtual Athens...
- Category: Education
- Updated: Aug 02, 2011
- Version: 1.2
- Size: 211 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A.
- © Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A. - Applix S.r.l.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.2 or later. Compatible with iPad.