Monday, October 12, 2020

Sony's New 3D Map Library

Sony has released a new JavaScript map library for creating 3D maps. maprayJS is a JavaScript library which can be used to create interactive 3D globes and 2D maps. An access token is required to use the library but you can sign up to request an access token for free during the Beta testing of the library.

The documentation and 'getting started' page for Mapray are at the moment only available in Japanese. However you can get a good idea of the features and functionality of Mapray by having a look at the demo maps on the examples page. The Mapray GitHub page is also in English.

The 3D mapping on Mapray is powered by WebGL. The map library accepts geographical information from GeoJSON data. 3D models can also be added to Mapray maps using the glTF file format. Looking through the demo examples it is apparent that Mapray includes many of the features common to other mapping libraries, including the ability to add custom place-labels, overlay polylines and polygons, switch between different map tile layers and add map markers to created maps.

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