SkylineGlobe Server is a private cloud solution that provides a comprehensive set of web services for publishing, storing, managing and streaming 3D spatial data. All your spatial data types can be streamed including imagery (MPT/TBP/WMS/WMTS), elevation (MPT/TBP/WMS/WMTS), feature (WFS/WFS-T), 3D Mesh (3DML, OGC 3D Tiles, Esri I3S/SLPK), point cloud (CPT, OGC 3D Tiles), project files and other resources. Through a single publishing operation, data is made ready for consumption by all TerraExplorer clients: Desktop, Web and Mobile, as well as other geospatial applications including Esri, QGIS and Cesium-based viewers.
How to Upgrade to SkylineGlobe Server 8.0
New SkylineGlobe Deployment Options
SkylineGlobe Server Edge for Windows
The new release introduces SkylineGlobe Server Edge for Windows, a new and convenient way to get started with SkylineGlobe Server. With this version, we provide you with everything you need to run SGS on any Windows platform in an installation-free click and go package, eliminating the requirement of Windows Server or IIS installation. Simply download the SkylineGlobe Server Edge for Windows version, and you'll have all the necessary components pre-configured and ready to use. This streamlined setup process saves you time and effort, allowing you to focus on leveraging the powerful features of SkylineGlobe Server without any installation hassles.
SkylineGlobe Server Edge for Linux
Based on our new SkylineGlobe Server Edge for Windows, which requires no installation or web server software, SkylineGlobe Server is now available for Linux operating systems. This SGS deployment provides users with greater flexibility and the ability to run the software across a variety of on-premise and cloud-based Linux platforms for improved cost optimization. Our SkylineGlobe Server Edge for Linux has been thoroughly tested and verified on the Ubuntu Linux distribution, assuring reliable performance. Support for other Linux distributions will follow in upcoming releases.
Integrated SSO/OpenID User Authentication
SkylineGlobe Server 8.0 features integrated Single Sign-On (SSO) user authentication. Users can now sign in using a commercial Identity Provider (IDP) like Google Workspace and Facebook or using an enterprise identity provider server. The new SkylineGlobe Server SSO authentication mechanism is based on an OpenID protocol to simplify the login process and improve security.
For full control over the authentication process, you can use the new SkylineGlobe Server API to create and manage Sites, Groups and Users to match your IDP database.
Postgres Catalog Database
SkylineGlobe Server v8.0 features the PostgreSQL open source database as the main catalog database for multi-computer setups. PostgreSQL offers enhanced performance, scalability, and reliability, providing seamless integration and efficient data retrieval across multiple servers. With the new SkylineGlobe Server database management tools you can easily setup your enterprise PostGreSQL database schemas to support your multi-computer on-prems or cloud setups.
The new categories mechanism included in the SkylineGlobe Server layers catalog enables users to organize and categorize their layers and projects for easy retrieval. With this feature, a category tree is displayed on the Layers page, allowing users to easily filter layers according to their assigned category. Administrator type users can create new categories and organize the category tree to match their organization’s requirements.
To activate the categories mechanism, turn on the “Enable Categories Mechanism” option in the Settings page.
Project Update Option
New project update option provides greater control and agility when managing and updating your online projects, facilitating a seamless and efficient workflow. Now you can easily edit and update your TerraExplorer project and save it back to SkylineGlobe Server while maintaining the same catalog URL. This ensures that users automatically get the latest version of the project. This option also maintains a history of all previous project iterations, offering the ability to revert to any prior version when necessary.
Integration with TerraExplorer Fusion
SkylineGlobe Server 8.0 bundles and integrates with TerraExplorer Fusion, our new web-based viewer. TerraExplorer Fusion allows you to view and analyze high-resolution, stunningly realistic 3D content right in your web browser with no download or installation required. TE Fusion takes the capabilities and performance of our previous web app to new heights with faster application loading times, smoother and faster rendering of even the most massive layers, and full support for TerraExplorer Desktop layer styling, objects, and API.
Publish Once, Use Many
With the new TerraExplorer Fusion, and the new TerraExplorer for Mobile, there is no need to publish and manage multiple project versions. Now, a single project file (.fly) that is published from TerraExplorer Pro 8.0 is compatible across all different TerraExplorer clients.
Note that if you’re working with TerraExplorer Pro 7, you can use the TerraExplorer for Desktop URL (.fly) for the new TerraExplorer Fusion and TerraExplorer for Mobile.
Vertical Datum Grid Shift (TIFF/GTX/GSB) Repository
SGS now includes a repository of grid shift files which are streamed dynamically to the various TerraExplorer clients. Grid shift files (TIFF, GSB, GTX) are used for accurately shifting and transforming layers and data between coordinate systems that have a vertical grid file, as part of their vertical datum definition.
Streaming Photos for Photo Inspector
The latest update to Photo Inspector introduces support for streaming photos in a multi- resolution-tiled format (SMPT) created by PhotoMesh. This enhancement significantly improves the performance of Photo Inspector. Instead of loading entire JPEGs or TIFFs, Photo Inspector now requests only the required tiles at the appropriate zoom level. This feature also enables support for additional photo formats, previously not supported (e.g., RAW and IIQ).
Manage Project Layers
Using the new TerraExplorer Pro 8.0 publishing tool, a publisher user can easily manage the published project and all layers published with this project. This new option in the publishing dialog opens the SkylineGlobe Server Layers page with all associated layers, allowing better access control management, category ordering, tagging and other SGS layer settings.
SkylineGlobe Server 8.0 provides a new set of REST API functions to remotely add and control Sites, Groups and Users to support the new authentication options. In addition, several new API functions for retrieving the server version, the owner of a layer and more were added.
Bug Fixes and Stability Improvements
- Added SGSProvider support for latest Cesium versions
- Solved bug that prevented the serving of a PostgreSQL layer with a period in the layer’s name
- Resolved issue causing 3DML layers (SLPK) loaded in ESRI Earth to show blocks with gaps in them
- SGS now serves PNG MPTs as WMS/WMTS PNG
- SGS notifies when application pool is running with Worker Processes greater than 1