I have arrived at Plex.Earth 3.0, which I have had time to test while defining the availability date in final version. Possibly in the month of November of 2012.
Run with AutoCAD 2013
Perhaps the most novel, is that this version is made specifically for AutoCAD 2013, or any of its vertical versions (Civil 3D 2013, AutoCAD Map 2013, etc.)
This is important to mention, because AutoDesk from this version disabled the possibility that brought Civil 3D to import the image of Google Earth and the digital model, agreement on which ran the capacity of what Plex.Earth did in previous versions, just as I talked about it the day that We touched on the issue whether it was illegal or not.
As of this version, PlexScape has its own agreement with Google to be able to import the image, synchronize, import the grid and the contour line. While AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013 no longer offers that possibility, although it was a grayscale image with a very poor resolution.
Support for WMS services
This version brings in the tab Plex.Earth - Map Explorer, the option to load web map services, extremely interesting because until now no user of AutoCAD would aspire to this that only makes Civil 3D.
I remember that in previous versions what I was doing was uploading the WMS on Google, if it supported it and from there it would import the image. Now the services can be searched either by direct URL or by location area. It is interesting, because you can choose the available layers as shown in the following image.
It can also be saved as xml in a pxmap extension file, and as you can see in this case, in which the maximum resolution PNOA and Cadastral Cartography layers of the IDE Española are defined. Then you can call the file and the layers are already configured.
Once the service in use has been defined, it can be imported into a single image, mosaic or irregular geometry type polygon as we did in Google Earth. Right here are tools to clipe the edges of an image or merge several into one.
From the best, you can search available maps by country. I really like this idea, since it guides the common user of AutoCAD, who is not a GIS expert but a draftsman, who does not expect to know much about IDEs, but who occupies a background image for a work that is being developed. So the genius of these Greek designers of Plex.Earth simplify the solution:
Where are you? Here is the map it occupies!
Reordering the Ribbon
The contextual functionality of the ribbon and deployment panels have been greatly improved. The tools that we knew before have been left in the second tab: Plex.Earth - Google Earth, where are the options of publication of AutoCAD to Google Earth, import of image in mosaic, polygon or route and the creation of digital model and contour from Google Earth to AutoCAD.
The third tab is left Plex.Earth - Extensions, Where are the tools for image processing, creation of surfaces and conversion of coordinates through the service WS with what can be seen on Google Maps coordinates Using almost any system Of coordinates of the world.
In summary, it seems to us a great step of Plex.Earth in the integration of Web Map Services that added to the synchronization with images of Google Earth represent functionalities that AutoCAD does not have, and that possibly will not have in the short term.
I confirm what I said before when I saw For the first time Plex.Earth: The simplicity of these friends' solutions is surprising:
Do you want the Google Earth image in AutoCAD? Here it is
In high resolution? Sure, lower it in mosaic
Along a road? Go ahead, lower it as buffer on the axis
The level curve? As well
Now the map service.