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  • Common FAQs add remove

  • What are features of this platform? add remove

    Earthbook, name of this website, is a 4D platform operated through browsers. You can upload and display UAV’s aerial photos, 3D models then share to others through earthbook’s APIs.

  • What functions are provided in earthbook? add remove

    It provides:
    1. post wall- It lists yours and others public work.
    2. data warehouse- You can choose multi type data from the warehouse and show it on 3D map.
    3. release post- You can release your work on post wall.
    4. studio- It provides screenshot, screen recording and multi time-stage images comparison
    5. measure- It provides distance and area calculators.
    6. plot- You can add line, circle, rectangle, polygon and POI on 3D map
    7. basic setting- You can adjust base map, digital terrain model, vertical exaggeration, fog, coordination system and display features here.
    8. upload- You can upload your aerial photos, orthographs and 3D models to your cloud space.

  • Does this platform need GIS background? add remove

    You don’t need GIS background to use earthbook. It provides a place to show uav’s work. Moreover, you can visit others work through post wall to enhance your skills.

  • How to contact if I have problems about earthbook? add remove

    You can contact us by email (service@earthbook.xyz),
    call (03-6578062) or fax (03-6577225).
    We appreciate your feedbacks.

  • Sign Up add remove

  • Is it free for registration? add remove

    Yes, there is no extra fee for becoming a member. However, you can pay for enlarging cloud space and some special functions.

  • Where I can register? add remove

    In home page, you can choose Facebook account or Google account to login. You can fill your email address, name and password to register alternatively.

  • Functions add remove

  • Basic Setting add remove

    There are some functions can be adjusted in setting tab, including base map, 3D terrain, coordination system and so on. In base map function, there are several types of images you can choose like satellite images or street maps. In 3D terrain function, there are three different resolution models can be selected, ellipsoid, Cesium world terrain and Taiwan 20m DTM provided by MOI. You can adjust vertical exaggeration by selected last two DTMs. This platform also provides some effects to help you generate a vivid earth like coordinate grid, sun lighting, terrain, water ripple and cloud. Showing metadata of *.shp file is possible, if you turn on the” Layer information” function.

  • Data Warehouse add remove

    Users can choose interested files to be imbedded on the map as an integration data, including 3D models, 2D layers and user’s photos or videos took by UAV. 2D layers took in same area but at different time can be compared as a time-lapse GIF picture (for more than two photos) or a swipeable screen (for two photos), which is shown in studio function.

  • Release Post add remove

    Users can release integration data and description for it on the post wall. Privacy level for posts can be set as public, privacy or shared between cooperation. In the post, we provide several ways to share it including direct web address, posted to facebook and imbedded-available iframe code to website.

  • Studio add remove

    Users can print screen or take short video to demonstrate an integration data. Moreover, time-lapse GIF picture (for more than two photos) or a swipeable screen result (for two photos) can be generated when users select them in data warehouse function.

  • Measurement tools add remove

    We provide basic measurement tools for users including ruler and area calculator.

  • Plot add remove

    Users can plot points, lines and polygons on the map, which are adjustable with their color, transparency, locations and can be added with hyperlinks or pictures. These make maps are easier to read.

  • Flying Missions add remove

  • File Upload Considerations add remove

    Video:The supported file formats are .mp4 and .mov.( SRT is required )
    Flight path:Accept only csv file
    CSV Example * Csv file can be generated via AirData (requires FlightRecord_xxx.txt) Field names must be the same

                                    - datetime(utc)
                                        * y-m-d h:i:s
                                    - latitude
                                    - longitude
                                    - altitude(feet) or altitude_above_seaLevel(feet)
                                        * Elevation (Above Sea Level)
                                    - gimbal_heading(degrees)
                                    - gimbal_pitch(degrees)

  • My Files add remove

  • Layers - File Upload Considerations add remove

    The supported file formats are:shapefile, .tif, .tiff, .gif, .jpg, .png, .kml, .czml and .geojson.
    * shapefile(mandatory files):.shp, .shx and .dbf
    * shapefile(optional files):.prj, .sbn, .sbx, .fbn, .fbx, .ain, .aih, .ixs, .mxs, .atx, .shp.xml, .cpg and .qix
    * notice:all the files in a shapefile must have the same name and upload at the same time.

  • 3D model add remove

    Refer to the following example structure, you can choose to upload as ZIP or upload the entire folder directly

    Please place all files in the root directory or the first level folder

    Example Structure:
                                      - model.xxx
    Example Structure:
                                      - model/
                                        - model.xxx
    Wrong Structure:
                                      - model/
                                        - model/
                                          - model.xxx

    earthbook supports the following types of 3D models:

    Wavefont OBJ

    Wavefont OBJ is a 3D model file format. Due to its open file format and simple structure, it is currently widely used by 3D applications.
    When uploading the model, please compress .obj, .mtl (material description file) and material image in a ZIP file and upload.
    Note: Please name all files in the ZIP file in English to avoid garbled characters

    Example ZIP Structure:
                                  - model.obj
                                  - model.mtl
                                  - textures/
                                    - tex01.jpg
                                    - tex02.jpg

    Please modify the original mtl file according to the placement location of the texture file. If the above file structure is used as an example, the texture reading path is adjusted as follows:

    Example mtl File:
                                newmtl metrail_0
                                Ka 0.200000 0.200000 0.200000
                                Kd 1.000000 1.000000 1.000000
                                Ks 1.000000 1.000000 1.000000
                                Tr 1.000000
                                illum 2
                                Ns 0.000000
                                map_Kd ./textures/tex01.jpg
    Sample file download
    Altizure Model

    Altizure provides high-quality online 3D reconstruction services. Users upload image files and generate model files after reconstruction (OBJ files are packaged in ZIP format) for users to download.
    earthbook supports loading model files produced by Altizure. Before uploading, please make sure that the parameter file config.json and all model files are located in the root directory of the ZIP archive.

    Example ZIP Structure:
                                  - config.json
                                  - tile_0_0_0_tex.mtl
                                  - tile_0_0_0_tex.obj
                                  - tile_0_0_0_tex_tex0.jpg
                                  - tile_1_0_0_tex.obj
    Sample file download
    Cesium 3D Tiles

    3D Tiles is an open 3D model file standard, which is developed and maintained by the Cesium team. 3D Tiles have good streaming efficiency in network applications and are suitable as model files in network applications.
    When uploading, please package the 3D Tiles file as a ZIP. By default, the system will find tileset.json in the root directory as the model starting file.

    Example ZIP Structure:
                                  - tileset.json
                                  - part_1.b3dm
                                  - part_2.b3dm
                                  - part_3.b3dm
    Sample file download

    glTF (derivative short form of Graphics Language Transmission Format or GL Transmission Format) is a standard file format for three-dimensional scenes and models. The GLB file format is a binary form of glTF that includes textures instead of referencing them as external images.
    You can choose whether to keep the animation when uploading

    Example ZIP Structure:
                                  - model.glb
    Sample file download(GLTF) Sample file download(GLB)

    COLLADA defines an open standard XML schema for exchanging digital assets among various graphics software applications that might otherwise store their assets in incompatible file formats. COLLADA documents that describe digital assets are XML files, usually identified with a .dae (digital asset exchange) filename extension.

    Example ZIP Structure:
                                  - model.dae
                                  - texture_01.png
                                  - texture_02.png
    Sample file download

    FBX originated as a replacement file format for Canadian company Kaydara's Filmbox, a software for recording data from motion capture devices. Prior to 1996, Filmbox 1.0 used a file format called FLM.

    Example ZIP Structure:
                                  - model.fbx
    Sample file download

    Export 3D model via ContextCapture

    Select the type of model you want to export. The supported formats are:

    Please select the format you want to upload and pack it into ZIP or directly drag the entire folder to upload.
    Example: OBJ path -> D:\{{Project name}}\Productions\Production_22_obj

    Choose ZIP to upload, please right click and upload it.


    Sample file download(Wavefont OBJ) Sample file download(Cesium 3D Tiles)

    No tiling

    Sample file download(Wavefont OBJ) Sample file download(Cesium 3D Tiles)
  • QGIS Plugin add remove

  • How to install? add remove

    You can run the installation file directly or install it through a URL.

  • Installation tutorial by installation file add remove

    *Please making sure default installed path of QGIS plugin is C:\Users\user name\.qgis2\python\plugins for QGIS v2.x and C:\Users\user name\AppData\Roaming\QGIS\QGIS3\profiles\default\python\plugins for QGIS 3.x
    For QGIS versions newer than 3.0:
    For windows, please downloading earthbookTool_windows_v3.bat and double clicks on it to execute installation;
    or Linux, please downloading earthbookTool_linux_v3.bat and type ./*.bat in the terminal to execute installation.

    For QGIS versions older than 3.0 but the oldest version is only supported to 2.04:
    For windows, please downloading earthbookTool_windows_v2.bat and double clicks on it to execute installation;
    or Linux, please downloading earthbookTool_linux_v2.bat and type ./*.bat in the terminal to execute installation.

    After the plugin installation, executing QGIS then clicking plugins tab>Manage and Install Plugins, you can search earthbookTool and click checkbox for it.

    The installation is complete.

  • Installation tutorial through a URL: add remove

    Executing QGIS then clicking "plugins tab">"Manage and Install Plugins..."

    Clicking "Settings">"Add..."

    In Repository details, inputting earthbook Tool for name and URL
    => Name : "earthbook Tool"
    => URL : "http://layer.earthbook.xyz:8080/earthbookTool/earthbookTool.xml"
    (For QGIS versions newer than 3.0: http://layer.earthbook.xyz:8080/earthbookTool/earthbookTool_v3.xml)

    You can search and see the plugin of earthbookTool represented in Plugins>All>Not install
    Clicking "earthbook Tool">"Install plugin"

    The installation is complete.

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