- What can you do with OpenCities Planner?
- Registering a user account
- Creating an instance
- Configuring users for an Instance
- Understanding the user interface
- Using Terrain, Reality, and 3D city models
- Preparing content
- Creating, Sharing and Publishing Projects
What can you do with OpenCities Planner?
OpenCities Planner is a visualization platform for web, mobile and showroom experiences. You can do many things, but primarily it is great for visualizing terrain, reality models and 3D-city models in combination with GIS and design data. Use it for internal project communication in infrastructure projects, or in the zoning process in a city or municipality, or any other use-case where you have big quantities of data that you want to share with people in a user friendly way.
Have a look at the showcase page for some inspiration.
Registering a user account
A user account represents an individual, and you need one to access the editor interface of OpenCities Planner (OCP) which is where you create projects.
To register a user, click here.
Next, your user has to be associated with an Instance, which represents the OCP subscription, capabilities, and projects. You either get invited to an Instance by the admin of the instance, or you create one yourself and sign up for an OCP subscription.
Creating an Instance
You can create an Instance from the OCP editor, but it has to be activated by the OCP team and you need an active subscription. To create an Instance, go to Instance settings and click Create instance. To contact the OCP team for activation, use the support form or request a price quota.
Configuring users for an Instance
When your Instance has been activated, you can invite other people to projects and datasets that you create and configure. The number of users and their capabilities depends on the Instance subscription level.
Understanding the user interface
The OCP interface consists of two main parts. The Project View and the Editor. The project view is what a public user or a team member sees when a project is shared with them. It is the presentation interface of a project. The content is prepared and configured in the Editor interface. The Editor interface also embeds the project view.
Using Terrain, Reality, and 3D city models
OCP can handle massive terrains, reality models and 3D city models. There’s also build in OpenStreetMap and Bing maps which you can use directly for your projects. If you want to upload your own terrain, reality and 3D city models, you do so using the DataManager tool accessible from the Editor.