Adding Basemaps from Consumer Map Services
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I’ve used Paper Prototypes to communicate design goals and interaction flows of “Adding Basemaps from Consumer Map Services” feature in AutoCAD Map3D to different stakeholders and different purposes:
- To be used by Senior Developers to further clarify Use Case Documents;
- To be used by Quality Assurance Engineers for high level test planning;
- To be used by User Researchers for planning of Usability Testing/Concept Validation;
Without the capability of adding basemaps from Consumer Map Services, it takes our customers much time and effort to do it manually; customers end up going to Google, Yahoo! And Bing maps, grabbing images, then copying and pasting as their base maps: they wished they could do so easily and quickly.
This project — originally called Project Basejump for AutoCAD® Map 3D® 2013 and AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2013 software — was released as free technology preview that provides functionality for Adding Basemaps from Consumer Map Services by enabling users to access Microsoft® Bing® web mapping services (WMS) maps within AutoCAD Map 3D and AutoCAD Civil 3D.
With Project Basejump, AutoCAD Map 3D and AutoCAD Civil 3D software users can access Microsoft Bing data including aerial imagery, road, traffic, and other information within an AutoCAD environment.
Based on the assumption that the interaction for bringing in data from Consumer Map Services is no different than any other type of layer in our customer’s maps, we’re considering enhancing on the DATA CONNECT functionality, offering Consumer Map Services as a new FDO provider.
Some Consumer Map Services might required our customers to provide an API key, which must be obtained directly from the Map Service Provider:
In some situations, Map3D will not be able to connect to consumer map services:
You can check the final working version of this feature at Autodesk’s Official Youtube Channel at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CduBjK2VzFA or watch the video below: