A very happy #MapInfoMonday and welcome to the release week for MapInfo Pro v2023! As you may have guessed this means that it's #MapInfoMonday all week long with articles going into the details of the new release.
We are quite excited to announce the support for a new 3D map in MapInfo Pro. This is also the biggest new feature and therefore it's also the topic for this first article about MapInfo Pro v2023.
In this article, I will share several ways to create a 3D map from MapInfo Pro v2023. This will be more of an inspirational article than a technical deep dive article. They will follow in the coming weeks.
In this first example, I want to show you how easy it is to create a 3D map using online resources brought to you by MapInfo Pro.
Start by opening one of the Precisely Maps into a map window. I'd recommend that you zoom into an area with mountains or deep valleys.
If you have global data, you may consider using a Globe View for your data in the 3D map. Let's have a look at this.
In my example, I'm using a couple of datasets: countries of the World, a table with a polygon illustrating the oceans, and a gridline layer.
With MapInfo Pro, we often use a thematic map to determine the low and the high values. A thematic map allows you to assign values to your spatial objects depending on the value range they fall into. This works very well and helps you to identify the high and low areas.
Here is an example of such a thematic map with population data for Denmark. You can clearly see that the darker areas have a larger population than the lighter areas.
As you have seen above, MapInfo Pro v2023 allows you to visualize your existing MapInfo data in a 3D map.
You can also take your point data, and replace these with a 3D shape. This could be elements such as windmills, telco towers, trees, or other elements that you want to illustrate in your 3D map. You can find various websites that offer these models either for free or for a small fee.
MapInfo Pro 3D supports the GLB file format. "The GLB file format is a binary form of glTF that includes textures instead of referencing them as external images. GLB was introduced as an extension to glTF 1.0 and incorporated directly into glTF 2.0". Read more about the glTF format on Wikipedia.
Once you have a 3D map, you can add 3D Shapes to it. From the Layers dropdown on the 3D tab, select 3D Shapes.
3D Map creation, creation of elevation sources, and adding additional layers to a 3D map are limited to MapInfo Pro Advanced. MapInfo Pro Standard and MapInfo Pro Viewer can view 3D maps created and stored in workspaces.
This is like the way we have implemented the raster capabilities in MapInfo Pro where the creation is limited to MapInfo Pro Advanced.
MapInfo Pro Subscription does give you access to the full Raster and 3D capabilities. For the rest of 2023, we have a program in place that allows you to switch to a MapInfo Pro Subscription from a maintained MapInfo Pro at no additional cost.
Currently, we also have a few limitations regarding layers and styling.
We want to work our way through this list and also add more capabilities but we want your feedback from you - our customers and partners - in order to understand what is most important for you.
If you want to give the new version of MapInfo Pro a try, grab a 30-day trial version and take it out for a spin. We would love your feedback!
As I mentioned above this is the first of several #MapInfoMonday articles about the new features of MapInfo Pro v2023. Stay tuned for more!
------------------------------Peter Horsbøll MøllerPrincipal Presales Consultant | Distinguished EngineerPrecisely | Trust in Data------------------------------