How to add a basemap - PIX4Dfields


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Basemaps in PIX4Dfields

PIX4Dfields allows using some standard basemaps (Satellite, Street) to add a different basemap by connecting to a tile service (Custom) or no basemap (None). In PIX4Dfields, the standard Basemap provider is MapBox.

Change a basemap in PIX4Dfields

  1. Open PIX4Dfields.
  2. Click on Select basemap globe.jpg.
  3. Select Custom, Satellite, Street, or None basemap depending on your needs.

Use a custom basemap in PIX4Dfields

To add a custom Basemap provider:

  1. In the Dashboard screen, click SETTINGS settings.jpg.
  2.  In the APP SETTINGS section, click Basemaps.
  3. Select Your custom basemap.
  4. Type or paste the URL for the map service. 
  5. Create a new project in PIX4Dfields. See How to create a new project in PIX4Dfields.
  6. Click on Select basemap globe.jpg.
  7. Click on Custom.

Supported arguments for a custom basemap in PIX4Dfields

Note:  Generally, the URL has this format:{z}/{y}/{x}.  For more information:  Tiled web map.

The table below describes the arguments supported on PIX4Dfields:

Arguments Description


X position of tile

{y} or {-y} Y position of the tile, starting at the top/north. Use {-y} if the origin is at the bottom/south (TMS).
{z} Zoom
{r} Scale value. Can be used to add "@2x" to the URL to load retina tiles
{q} Quadtree
Bounding box coordinates for WMS Urls. If ‘latlon’ or ‘lonlat’ are not provided then order is determined by version, where < 1.3 uses lonlat
{s} Subdomains a,b,c.

Use python and QGIS to add an orthomosaic as basemap in PIX4Dfields

  1. Create a local server using python:
    • Create a dedicated folder on the windows machine (e.g. “Local_Basemap”).
    • Open a windows console and navigate to the folder “Local_Basemap”.
    • Execute the following command: "C:\Program Files\QGIS 3.16\apps\Python37\python" -m http.server (check that the path to where python is installed is correct).
    • The console will show the following message: Serving HTTP on port 8000 ( …  The URL of the local server will be http://localhost:8000/
  2. Generate XYZ tiles from the orthomosaic that you want to use.
    • Open QGIS and load the orthomosaic.
    • Click Processing> Toolbox> Raster tools>Generate XYZ tiles (Directory)
    • Fill in the following parameters as follows:
      • Extent: the orthomosaic.
      • Zoom level range: it depends on the ortho size, but 12-19 should be ok for all cases.
      • Tile format: JPG.
      • Output directory: save into the folder “Local_Basemap”.
      • Output html: give a name and save it in the “Local_Basemap” folder (to test if the tiles were created correctly).
  3. Open PIX4Dfields and add the following URL http://localhost:8000/{z}/{x}/{y}.jpg in the custom basemap section.
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  • Tim Bayer

    How do you change the basemap in Pix4Dreact?  An online search only has info on Pix4Dcapture.

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