Monday, December 15, 2014

Goodbye Google Earth, Hello 3d Scene Viewer

Any map developers still mourning the demise of the Google Earth API might be cheered a little by the news that maps in ArcGIS Online can now include a neat WebGL 3d globe view.

The ArcGIS 3d Scene Viewer allows ArcGIS Online users to add an interactive 3d WebGL globe view to their created maps. Now when you add a layer to an ArcGIS Online map you can view it as an interactive 2d map and as a 3d globe. For example, here is a 2010 World Population layer which you can explore as a 3d globe.

The 3d WebGL globe view includes the options for users to adjust the environment settings. This allows users to adjust the sunlight by date and by time of day.

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