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maps with bird's eye view

September 30 2010 | 0 comments
Categories: 3D Mapping, ArcGIS Methods

Is it possible to make birds eye/panorama view vector maps (large scale) in ESRI? Possibly altering the existing projection lets say Mercator to an oblique one by actually choosing viewers point and elevation?

Thank you in advance.

Jenny

Mapping Center Answer:

There are a couple of options that you could try in altering the projection. One of these is changing your projection from Mercator to "World from Space", this uses an infinite perspective and an orthographic view. The closest view to what you want in the regular software is Near-Side Perspective, and it's still a zenith vertical viewpoint with the ability to set height above the surface. We don't have anything that supports a transformation into an oblique surface. The two projection changes listed will have results that will still not be as satisfactory as using ESRI's 3D Analyst. If you don't have this, you can download a 60 day trial version to test it out for yourself.

In the 3D Analyst's ArcScene and ArcGlobe applications, you have full control on choosing your view point and elevation. Take a look at the demos and user stories to get an idea of what is possible.

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