Skip to main content

Cesium Release Roundup May 2020

Though we all remain isolated, we continue to work to improve Cesium ion and CesiumJS. Our updates this month improve the workflow for those in real estate and urban planning who need to visualize large collections of buildings in 3D, complete with per-feature data.

Cesium ion updates

We have good news for streaming 3D buildings. Cesium ion can now create 3D Tiles from KML/COLLADA with custom per-feature data. Cesium ion tiles 3D buildings into 3D Tiles to optimize them for the web while still allowing you to inspect every building.

3D buildings in Philadelphia, tiled into 3D Tiles in Cesium ion and combined with Cesium World Terrain. Each building can be clicked on to display its name, address, and parcel number.

Also this month Pelican Mapping announced support for loading 3D Tiles and Bing image layers from Cesium ion to their osgEarth globe rendering toolkit. They join a growing list of integrations that connect seamlessly with Cesium ion, allowing you to easily share your data over the web with your favorite tools.

CesiumJS 1.69 release

CesiumJS 1.69 is now available. Highlights of this release include:

  • Added RequestScheduler to the public API; this allows users to have more control over the requests made by CesiumJS.
  • Added support for high-quality edges on solid geometry in glTF models.
  • Fixed several problems with polylines when the logarithmic depth buffer is enabled, which is the default on most systems.

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

Powered by Cesium

When the annual meeting of the American Association of Geographers (AAG) went virtual, we jumped in to support the event with a virtual tour of Denver, where the meeting had been scheduled to be held.

Created with Cesium Stories, this tour combines several open datasets with Cesium World Terrain to show of points of interest around Denver, where the meeting was scheduled to be held.