Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Textured Billboard utility released

Now that polygon placemarks can be filled with a texture image, they can be used to simulate TV screens and other textured surfaces. Furthermore, the textures can be dynamically changed through a simple API call.

However, positioning the PolygonGeometry in the right place can be rather tedious. That's why we're providing a billboard utility to do most of the legwork for you. Simply provide it with the 3D coordinates of the two bottom corners, the height (or a point along the top), and the image to be used, and it will automatically generate a placemark like the one in the picture to the right.

For more advanced uses, the utility can also create curved surfaces. Check it out.

Ian Loh

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