Cesium Release Roundup January 2020

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2019 was an amazing year for Cesium that wrapped up with worldwide press coverage of NORAD Tracks Santa. News outlets from The New York Times to ZDNet described how the CesiumJS app shows Santa Claus’s trek around the world delivering presents on Christmas Eve.

NORAD Tracks Santa is built with CesiumJS.

Cesium ion updates

You can now export your 3ds Max models to Cesium ion, tile them with 3D Tiles, and see them in geospatial context.

Uploading CAD models to Cesium ion is a great way to see potential designs embedded within real-world 3D data. This model is fused both with photogrammetry data of San Francisco from Vricon and the global Cesium World Terrain.

CesiumJS 1.65 release

CesiumJS 1.65 is now available. Highlights of this release include:

  • Improved culling for primitives and terrain below the ellipsoid.
  • Added Globe.backFaceCulling to support viewing terrain from below the surface.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause Globe.pick to miss the closest terrain intersection and return a background terrain intersection instead.
  • Fixed a lighting bug affecting Macs with Intel integrated graphics where glTF 2.0 PBR models with double sided materials would have flipped normals.

For the full list of changes to CesiumJS, see the change log.


CesiumJS 1.65

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Cesium is providing greater access to the high resolution data collected by our friends at Nearmap.

Nearmap’s photogrammetry models cover cities across Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. With their 3D Viewer built with Cesium, Nearmap lends geospatial context to these datasets by fusing them with Cesium World Terrain. Users can stream Nearmap’s 3D content with the 3D Viewer, or download data in a variety of formats, including 3D Tiles.

Nearmap’s 3D city model of Las Vegas, visualized in CesiumJS and combined with global terrain from Cesium ion.

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