Thursday, August 13, 2009

How to install ISRO's Bhuvan, The new tool to Map India and rival to Google Earth

This is the Home Page of ISRO Bhuvan:

[I thought it would be something like or some small url]

1. Go to this URL to register:

2. Download the exe plugin from here:

This software tool has been make by

Skyline Software Systems, Inc.
4506 Daly Drive, Suite 100
Chantilly, VA 20151 USA

and of course this is an Indian company. I guess the picture has been provided by ISRO are from Indian satellites but the software piece is "foreign".

To start DO NOT launch the desktop icon which says: TerraExplorer, instead log in into the site with the username and password with what you registered. After the successful login you should see the tool working.

On the left hand side there are many places/option to set, You can set District to see the District boundaries. I tried to search Jawahar Nagar, Jaipur. But it returned with an error, shown at the end of this article.

I did not liked:

1. Not an fully Indian, tool (TeraExplorer) made by Skyline, USA.

2. Slow and a very poor GUI. The Indian website is also not good.. If you look as the registration page the GUI look as if some just know to create a simple HTML page has made it. ALL the fields are compulsory and asking Organization, Designation , Address and Purpose of Browsing BHUVAN. I do not understand the purpose of these fields. What should one enter in "Purpose of Browsing BHUVAN": Fun/ exploring.

Anyways, I just entered asdasdas, and this is we all do when stupid question are asked.

3. The website is damn slow, in the beginning you will realise that the maps are blur. But wait for 2-3 minutes and it will make terrain clear.

4. There are many bugs, I just ran into an error after working for 10-15 minutes.

5. Some watermark:


A very good and bold step by ISRO. But the tool is half cooked. I guess the company did not employed any GUI engineer. Also some of the text is hardly viewable.

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