What's New in VirtualGeo 5.0

The latest release of VirtualGeo brings you many enhancements and technical innovations and is centered around four major capabilities:

VirtualGeo 5.0 offers also many other enhancements : see here for more details.

Easy and intuitive server data management

VirtualGeo Server is a new and out-of-the-box component to stream and publish your geospatial data on your intranet or on the Web, with full integration into our VirtualGeo solution. Server is an OGC-compliant solution to facilitate integration into an existing infrastructure.

A key benefit is how easily you manage your data on Server. Using VirtualGeo Studio, it is very straightforward to add your data originating from any source in the Studio, visualize it, edit its parameters and then publish it on the server. All the publishing process is completed in just a few clicks.

And finally to customize your workflow with the Server, SDK also provides a processing module to build your own tools to upload and configure data.

Advanced Web visualization without plugin

Now you can use VirtualGeo Web using a pure HTML5 solution without the need for any plug-in installation. Using the latest Web technologies (WebGL, Web Worker), data can be accessible via your Web application to explore, analyse, and annotate high-resolution, interactive geospatial 2D & 3D environment.

VirtualGeo provides a high-level API to facilitate the integration of the 2D/3D cartographic view into your Web application, and is packaged with out-of-the-box graphical controls, fully customisable via CSS.

Interactive tools for large 3D textured mesh

VirtualGeo makes it straightforward to manipulate and edit massive 3D textured mesh, often used for large city visualisation. A number of new features and improvements have been introduced:

  • Draw lines and polygon directly on top of 3D mesh to annotate the data, or mix conventional SIG 2D data on the 3D mesh
  • Use improved 3D measure tools and viewshed to analyse 3D mesh
  • Edit 3D mesh interactively: remove and flatten areas using intuitive editing tools
  • Export a small area as a 3D standard model which may be reused in any 3D modeling software

New defence extension in Studio

With the new defence extension you can now drag'n'drop a large set of military formats (DTED0/1/2, ORTHO-0/1/2/3, USRP/ASRP, VMAP, etc.) directly into the Studio to prepare and visualise your geospatial environment.

For VMAP data, Studio provides a new dedicated wizard to select layers to be imported.

Also, VirtualGeo offers much better performance for JPEG2000 format (ORTHO-3 Geobase Defense) : gyga-bytes JEPG2000 images can now be visualised in real-time without any pre-processing.

In details

VirtualGeo Studio

  • Manage VirtualGeo Server data
    • Populate a VirtualGeo Server with your local data
    • Support all sources : raster, elevation, features and 3D mesh
    • Import Server layer, edit data and then validate your modifications
    • View and manage Server data : rename and delete layers
  • Annotation bar
    • A toolbar to quickly annotate your environment
    • Add point annotations using simple drag'n'drop
    • Quick access to create, edite and delete tool
    • Quick access to line width, arrow, fill and stroke colour during feature creation
  • 3D export
    • Export a small area to standard 3D format
    • Compatible with terrain and 3D textured mesh
  • Raster and elevation export
    • Merge all your project data into a single raster (or elevation)
    • Recognizes all data formats: 3D models, vectors, network, etc.
  • Data source edition
    • Add, remove or replace data sources used by a raster or feature layer
    • Provide improved fine-grained control to your layer content
  • New Defence extension
    • Access to many military formats (DTED0/1/2, ORTHO 0/1/2, USRP/ASRP, etc.)
    • Better compatibility with JPEG2000 (ORTHO3)
    • Dedicated Wizard to import VMAP data
  • 3D annotation improvement
    • Draw lines and polygons draped on a 3D mesh
    • Arrows and dash now available in 3D annotations library
  • Measuring tool improvement
    • Linear measurement available in terrain or 3D mode
    • Intervisibility tool now integrated into the Studio
  • Out-of-the-box Linux version
    • RPM package for RHEL compatible distribution
    • DEB package for Debian compatible distribution

VirtualGeo SDK

  • Server publication
    • Create your own tool to process and upload local data to a VirtualGeo Server
    • Automate your data transfer on the Server
  • Raster improvement
    • Better visualisation performance for all genuine raster format
    • 10-fold improvement in JPEG2000 performance
    • HDR available with automatic scaling (JPEG2000 12-bit mode)
  • Secured network request
    • Authentification negotiations available
    • Kherberos available
    • Improved compatibility with HTTPS
  • Surface modifications
    • Real-time adjustment on 3D mesh
    • Flatten or remove 3D mesh to replace terrain areas with new buildings
  • New primitive
    • 2D : radarc, orbit, polyarc, track, bearing
    • 3D : box, sphere
  • New style parameters
    • 3D Arrows
    • 3D Dash line
    • Smooth line
    • Texture animation
    • Draping on 3D mesh
  • Overlay improvement
    • Nautical miles and MGRS formatted in standard measurements
    • New Georef graticule
    • New scale bar
  • Platform support
    • Visual C++ 2013 is now supported on Windows

VirtualGeo Web

  • Pure HTML5 solution
    • WebGL and Web Worker
    • WebAssembly coming soon !
  • Raster
    • Compatible with OGC standards (WMS, WMTS)
    • Fast-tile based access (OSM, VirtualGeo, etc.)
    • On-the-fly reprojection to combine sources from multiple projections (Web Mercator and Geographic)
  • Terrain
    • Combine multiple elevation sources with different resolution levels
    • Drap vectors on terrain at no cost
  • Vector
    • Compatible with KML and GPX
    • Drawing and editing tools
    • Rich styling (extrusion, label, icon, texture, 3D model, etc.)
    • Rich geometry (circle, rectangle, ellipse, radarac, orbit, etc.)
  • Measurement tools
    • Measurement unit display customisable
    • Distance, azimuth, area and point tools available
  • Drawing and editing tools
    • Draw point, line, polygons interactively on the terrain
    • Edit control points after creation interactively
  • Graphical Control
    • Navigation, Scale Bar, IPR, MiniMap, Layer List
    • Fully configurable via simple CSS

VirtualGeo Server

  • Layer management
    • Add raster, elevation, vector and 3D mesh layers
    • Obtain all available layers via a single interface
    • Delete layers and their content (files)
    • Update layer content
    • Rename layer
  • Vector
    • Can be rasterized and cached on server
    • Apply complex styles
    • Support 3D models for point
    • SLD support
  • Authentification and security
    • Centralised via LDAP
    • Manage various workspaces within your server
  • OGC-compliant
    • Raster/Elevation : WMS/WMTS
    • Vector : WFS
  • Geocoding service
    • JSON based REST service
    • Based on Geodata
    • Includes autocorrection and autocompletion