Flash help needed, how to make a rotating earth

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  1. sk3pt1c macrumors 6502a

    sk3pt1c

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    hi there, i've found examples and tutorials of rotating globes like this one
    but what i wanna do is animate just the longitude/latitude lines over a sphere with a gradient fill so that it looks like it's spinning...
    any thoughts?
    thanks!
     
  2. Ride9650 macrumors 6502

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    Unless I'm forgetting something, animating latitude and longitude wouldn't make the image appear to be spinning,

    Your best bet is to follow the example, or, for a better effect write some code using a 3D library.

    I know Papervision has a built in sphere object, and I'm betting Away3D does too. Animating a globe like that would look MUCH better, and you wouldn't have to come up with a complicated .fla setup.
     
  3. sk3pt1c thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    i had no knowledge of Papervision, the examples look amazing but are sadly beyond my level on Flash so i will stick to animating the background behind the long/lat lines as you suggested, thank you kind sir :)
     
  4. mzd macrumors 6502a

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    did you get this far in your research into papervision?
    http://code.google.com/p/papervision3d/wiki/Getting_Started_FAQ

    it really doesn't look that difficult and most of the code is copy+paste. i imagine you could figure it out in at least as much time as it would take you to re-create and modify the youtube example to give you the rotating lines.
     
  5. sk3pt1c thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    i've already done a small animation that looks passable but thanks for the link, i will definitely take some time this weekend to set it up and play with it
    thank you! :)
     

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