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v1.3.0 GEOlayers 3 for After Effects

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Design and animate maps directly in After Effects

Rebuilt from the ground up with tons of new features and faster and more powerful than ever!

GEOlayers 3 lets you design and animate maps directly in After Effects.

It renders custom maps for you from different online data sources. It also provides direct access to extensive databases of geospatial features of the world. You can easily draw buildings to After Effects shape layers, highlight country borders, streets, lakes, rivers, places, regions, animate driving routes, and extrude buildings. Integrate anything in the world that has geodata as an editable asset in After Effects.

GEOlayers 3 comes with a large set of default map styles. But that’s not all. One-click lets you create a style from the colors of a composition, an image, or an Adobe Swatch file. You can also retrieve imagery from any common image-based tile server. Platforms such as Mapbox can bring all its advantages of customizable base maps directly into After Effects.

What’s new in GEOlayers 3

Rebuilt from scratch, GEOlayers 3 designed to fit your needs. Since version 2, we’ve been collecting user input and improving the extension.

    • New UI
    • Maps can be pitched and rotated in 3D
    • Automatic Labels
    • Mapstyling directly in After Effects
    • Faster Finalization
    • Scripting API

…and much more

In order to make all this possible, After Effects CC 2015 (13.6) or higher is required. Legacy projects created with GEOlayers version 1 or 2 are not supported by GEOlayers 3. You can still import old GEOlayers 2 server profiles, shape layer styles, and label templates

Features

Animate in 3D Space

Intuitive controls to animate maps in 3D space

You can scroll, zoom, pitch, and rotate your maps inside After Effects, create keyframes and animate them. GEOlayers 3 renders all the imagery for your animation.

Online Search

Find geographical features online

Search online for countries, cities, famous buildings, points of interest, and much more. The features you find can be labeled in your animation, they can be drawn to your map, downloaded, and even exported out for further analysis in an external GIS program.

Mapstyling

Style your maps however you want

You can style maps directly inside After Effects. Choose colors, adjust the line width, swap fonts, add hillshading to your maps and even show and hide certain groups of features.

Labels

Add labels to your animation

Label features with one click. Use and customize the default label templates or feel free to create your own ones. Every After Effects composition can be used as a label template.

 

Data Visualization

Create Data-driven shape layer styles.

GEOlayers 3 allows you to easily import datasets in .csv or .tsv file format. Data-driven styling helps you to quickly visualize datasets in After Effects compositions with just a few clicks.

3D Landscapes

Create 3D landscapes with one click

If you have Trapcode Mir 3, Mettle FreeFormPro, or Rowbyte Plexus 3 installed you can create gorgeous 3D landscapes setups in one click. You can achieve stunning animations based on real elevation data.

 


geolayers 3 mapdata

IMPORTANT MAPDATA CHANGES

It’s clear that the native integration with MapTiler’s Mapdata in GEOlayers has been a huge success!

Because of this tremendous success, MapTiler has requested that we change how the Mapdata subscriptions work.

In a nutshell, starting on Dec 1, 2020 you will now need a subscription directly with them instead of going through us. The same native integration will remain (it’s actually getting better, see below), you will just need an account with them directly.

The price remains the same, but you will now get more features!

This is how the transition will work:

  • If you have a recurring monthly subscription, it will NOT be renewed automatically after December 1st 2020
  • All subscriptions that have been purchased before December 1st 2020 are valid until they expire
  • Once they expire you will need to subscribe to a flex plan on maptiler.com
GEOLayers tightened their partnership with MapTiler. This offers a lot of improvements:
  • Apart from the ease of use to style maps directly inside GEOlayers you can use the powerful styling tools of the MapTiler Cloud platform
  • You have access to more worldwide and local datasets and mapstyles
  • Upload your own datasets and imagery
  • In addition, use your customized maps seamlessly on the web
  • All this starts at the same price as before and can of course be canceled at any time

If you want to continue using GEOlayers Mapdata you’ll need to take action before your existing subscription expires!

Subscribe to a Flex Plan on MapTiler.com

Mapdata Subscription

An easy way to license mapdata for your video projects.

We offer a very easy way to access and license mapdata for your commercial and non-commercial projects.

By buying a license for GEOlayers 3 you can use OpenStreetMap-based map data powered by MapTiler Cloud for two (2) weeks. This empowers GEOlayers 3 to style maps directly inside After Effects, automatically create mapcomp labels in different languages, and a lot more. After the two weeks, you can, of course, use GEOlayers 3 without any additional cost. Purchase the data subscription only as you need it.

What’s the data subscription for?

It empowers the following features of GEOlayers 3:

  • A data license for your commercial projects. Particularly, attribute the source. Attribution needs to appear in a corner of the map.
  • For productions with end credits, credit is also welcome.
  • Stylized Mapcomp Imagery
  • Mapcomp Labels in different languages
  • Watermark Mapcomps
  • Feature import for the current view
  • 3D Building drawing

Subscribe to a Flex Plan on MapTiler.com

After Effects 2021, 2020, CC 2019, CC 2018, CC 2017, CC 2015.3

1.3.0  (Current version)  –  Aug 2, 2021

Features
-Import Polygon, Line & Point Features from Shape Layers
-Collapse linked Mapcomps in the Mapcomp List
-Mapcomp naming supports leading zeros automatically (Mapcomp 01, Mapcomp 02…)
-Click remove Features holding SHIFT to clear the whole browser
-Click export Features holding SHIFT exports all features exept your favorites to a features.geojson beneath the project.
-Current View Transport Features have separate ramps
-AE v22 support
-About window shows Build Nr and indicator for Prerelease version
-Help update

1.2.6  –  Jun 22, 2021

Features
-Property Diagrams
-Directly queue Renders after finalization
-Confirm Dialog before removing a Mapcomp
-Shape Layer Transform Properties can be locked (Preferences)
-Mapcomp Filter for Styles and Labels are displayed as fullscreen panel
-UI Improvements

Bugfixes
-Mapcomp filters for Label Templates and Shape Layers styles are not loaded from the project on init
-Advanced Style shows black polygons if street density is set to 5
-Pinned Layer Rotation is messed up if rotate with map is switched on and layer is rotated other than 0,0,0 xyz
-Small fixes

1.2.6  –  Jun 21, 2021

Features
-Property Diagrams
-Directly queue Renders after finalization
-Confirm Dialog before removing a Mapcomp
-Shape Layer Transform Properties can be locked (Preferences)
-Mapcomp Filter for Styles and Labels are displayed as fullscreen panel
-UI Improvements

Bugfixes
-Mapcomp filters for Label Templates and Shape Layers styles are not loaded from the project on init
-Advanced Style shows black polygons if street density is set to 5
-Pinned Layer Rotation is messed up if rotate with map is switched on and layer is rotated other than 0,0,0 xyz
-Small fixes

1.2.5  –  May 21, 2021

Features
-Dashed Strokes can have round caps
-Multi Polygon Shapes are rendered faster due to a different shape layer content structure
-Line Features from csv data can cross the date border
-Label renaming dictionaries can be loaded from files

Bugfixes
-MapTiler Satelite Imagery seems blurry
-Keyframe easing in animations created with ‘Animate View to Feature’ can be wrong in some cases
-DEM tilerequests to servers without a valid response can lead to finalization stalls
-Small fixes

1.2.5  –  May 21, 2021

Features
-Dashed Strokes can have round caps
-Multi Polygon Shapes are rendered faster due to a different shape layer content structure
-Line Features from csv data can cross the date border
-Label renaming dictionaries can be loaded from files

Bugfixes
-MapTiler Satelite Imagery seems blurry
-Keyframe easing in animations created with ‘Animate View to Feature’ can be wrong in some cases
-DEM tilerequests to servers without a valid response can lead to finalization stalls
-Small fixes

1.2.4  –  Apr 26, 2021

Features
-change Mapcomp duration via Mapcomp Settings (also changes related Mapcomp’s durations)
-.tcx file import
-keyframes created by a data-driven property can have non-linear timing
-UI improvements

Bugfixes
-Strange Keyframe interpolation on Zoom leads to expression errors
-Mapcomps with lower zooms than the minzoom of the imagery can end up in extremely long loading times
-Small fixes

1.2.3  –  Mar 26, 2021

Features
-If GEOlayers creates an animation it will show a prompt to adjust its duration
-Features can be drawn with time offsets (also data-driven by its properties!)
-Labels can be added with time offsets (also data-driven by its properties!)
-Labels can be swapped no matter which Mapcomp is selected
-UI Improvements

Bugfixes
-Adding a Current View Feature to the browser fails if the view can not be geocoded
-Small fixes

1.2.2 –  Feb 12, 2021

Features
-Multiple Sources can be used for the Feature Search
-Natural Earth Search API
-Browser Search API
-Browser Downloads Search API
-File Search API (http urls supported)
-Folder Search API
-GitHub Search API (public repos)
-Preload Features for Search on startup
-Improved Feature Preview in Search
-Feature Preview can show bounding boxes (check the preferences to enable it)
-CTRL/CMD Click “Import File” in the browser to import from a remote url
-Circles Imagery for DataViz
-Features of Collections can be sorted by Name
-Default Features can also be loaded by http/https
-Multiple Custom Imagery Styles can be im- and exported in the preferences
-Csv files separated by “;” supportedBugfixes
-Errors handling Multipoint Geometries
-Mapcomp Views drawn by the default script are not rendered at higher zooms
-Custom Label Template Project is not loaded
-geolayers3.githubBrowser() can’t show repos with no ‘master’ branch
-Small fixes

1.2.1  –  Jan 29, 2021

Features
-Data driven color is prviewed with a gradient in the UI
-Merge Features is not blocking the panel and can be canceled
-Subtract Features is not blocking the panel and can be canceled
-Creating Lines from Polygons is not blocking the panel and can be canceled
-Simplifying Feature Topologies is not blocking the panel and can be canceled
-geolayers3.addToBrowser() options for naming features
-geolayers3.getBrowserSelection()
-Label Renaming set up in the prefs also works for Template Labels apart from Mapcomp Labels
Bugfixes
-Preview map is not updating on editing styles in the create mapcomp dialog
-Small fixes

1.2.0  –  Jan 7, 2021

Features
-Quick Start Buttons
-Simplify Geometry by max Zoom
-Dash Speed in Shape Layer Styles
-Preserve Transparency in Shape Layer Styles
-Features are drawn multiple times if they cross the date line
-Natural Earth Admin Boundaries Imagery
-Natural Earth Staes and Provinces Lines Dataset in Feature download
-Inner Boundaries Feature for each country in ‘Find Features at Coordinate’
-Improved Natural Earth Data search by name
-Automatic label point improvements (Now allways centered inside largest polygon)
-Accurate topology geometry simplification (for polygons with shared borders)
-ALT/OPT clicking scripts in the toolbar shows their description
-CTRL/CMD clicking scripts in the toolbar reveals the file on your machine
-add_line_pattern.jsx default script
-blend_in_and_out.jsx default script
-north_needle.jsx default script
-geolayers3.githubBrowser() can for example be used to import geojson files directly from github
-geolayers3.draw()
-geolayers3.drawBrowserSelection()
-geolayers3.removeBrowserSelection()
-help updateBugfixes
-Dashed shape layer lines cause expression errors if ae project is set to legacy expression engine
-Only the top half of the “Create Mapcomp” Button on top of the panel is visible
-Natural Earth Mapcomp Label Rank fixes
-Small fixes

1.1.9  –  Nov 27, 2020

Features
-MapTiler Cloud integration
-Natural Earth Imagery
-Natural Earth Water Mask
-Natural Earth Mapcomp Labels
-Added Natural Earth Physical Areas Land & Water to Feature download
Bugfixes
-Small fixes

1.1.8  –  Nov 19, 2020

Features
-Preview map is displayed in default language set in the prefs
-Drawing Options like “simplify geometry”, “Auto Stroke Width”, “individual layers” ect. are saved in the .aep
-Water visibility separate for oceans, lakes and rivers in Basic and Advanced Imagery
-Choropleth Mapcomp Imagery style for large datasets
-Merge Features in Feature Collections by name
-Pick local tile directories in Imagery setup
-geojson file sequence import
Bugfixes
-Natural Earth Feature download errors out
-3D Landscape Heightmaps and Labels are offset in AE 17.5
-Add Null to Feature doesn’t work
-Expression Errors on too large zoom values
-Memory leaks on web workers rendering tiles with larger datasets
-Empty expressions on MapPivot layer
-Small fixes

1.1.7 – Sep 28, 2020

Features
-Create Arrows from the toolbar
-Dashed lines with Auto Stroke Width look better during zooms (Check out the help and search for “Dash Zoom Threshold”)
-Default Features to be loaded on starting the Extension can be set in the preferences
-Create a scale bar with the scale_bar.jsx default Script
-Create Arrows from Shape Layer Paths with shapes_to_arrows.jsx default Script
-geolayers3.addToBrowser() supports importing features by osm id
-help update

Bugfixes:
-can’t add null to Feature
-Small fixes

1.1.7 – Sep 14, 2020

Features
-Create Arrows from the toolbar
-Dashed lines with Auto Stroke Width look better during zooms (Check out the help and search for “Dash Zoom Threshold”)
-Default Features to be loaded on starting the Extension can be set in the preferences
-Create a scale bar with the scale_bar.jsx default Script
-Create Arrows from Shape Layer Paths with shapes_to_arrows.jsx default Script
-geolayers3.addToBrowser() supports importing features by osm id
-help update

Bugfixes:
-Small fixes

 

1.1.6   –  Jul 20, 2020

Features
  • Filter Label Templates and Shape Layer Styles by Mapcomp. Right-click their filter bars to set this up.
  • ‘Draw Mapcomp View’ default script.
  • Advanced Imagery Style has extra color for rail.
  • geolayers3.filesInDir()
  • geolayers3.importProject()
  • geolayers3.modalActions()
  • geolayers3.modalEditObject()
  • Create Log files
  • help update

Bugfixes:

  • Small fixes

1.1.5 – Jun 28, 2020

Features
-Default Comp specs (Size, Duration, Framerate) can be set in the preferences
-Feature Properties for a whole Feature Collection can be exported to a CSV or TSVfile
-Feature Properties for a whole Feature Collection can be imported from a CSV or TSV file
-GEOlayers asks for missing data if a feature can’t provide all Label Template data fields
-Minor UI improvements and new hints

Bugfixes:
-Label Templates are not updated after switching project
-Click the UI map to select line features between two vertices does not work
-Small fixes

1.1.4 – Jun 2, 2020

Features

-Bing Imagery Dark, Light, Gray added
-Bing Imagery different language support
-Duration of timed data is displayed in the Feature Properties

Bug fixes:

-Drawing on individual layers errors out in some cases
-Shape Layers created to draw on don’t work correctly on larger scales
-Swapping Shape Layer Styles doesn’t apply different layer blending modes
-Adjusting the label position of trimmed line strings doesn’t work as expected
-Swapping a shape layer style to a style saved in a project created with a previous version of GEOlayers doesn’t work
-Layers pinned with a previous version of GEOlayers break when their expressions get updated
-Small fixes


1.1.3- May 19, 2020

Features

  • Feature’s Label position can be dragged around and centered in the feature properties panel
  • Unpin pinned layers or labels by clicking the pin layer button in the toolbar again
  • Language support for Natural Earth Data
  • UI animations… ok, ok, not really a feature. But so nice to look at!
  • help update

Bugfixes

  • Small fixes

1.1.2 – May 11, 2020

Features

  • Shape Layer Styles support layer blending modes
  • Pinned Layers’ animated position can be controlled via “Position Progress” slider
  • Max Zoom can be set in the Mapcomp Settings
  • In the Mapcomp Label settings, you can find a button to create Label Templates
  • Sample Project Elevation
  • Help update

Bugfixes

Point Features are sometimes not rendered depending on the zoom and the selected comp renderer. Especially CINEMA 4D

  • Connect features crossing the date border doesn’t work as expected
  • Some Imagery Style Textures are filtered wrong ending up in slightly blurry imagery
  • Overzoomed Raster Imagery is placed with lower zoom level tiles in AE instead of over zoomed textures rendered in the tiles
  • Imagery from Raster Styles above its max zoom are rendered wrong
  • Swap Label Template errors
  • Small fixes

1.1.1  –  Apr 29, 2020

Bugfixes:
  • Panel won’t init on some machines
  • Error on swap Label Template

1.1.1  –  Apr 28, 2020

Bugfixes:

  • Panel won’t init on some machines

1.1.0  –  Apr 26, 2020

Features:

  • Click the preview map to select Features in the Browser
  • Pinned Layers have Separate Properties for Latitude, Longitude and Height for better control and reduced interpolation inaccuracy

Bugfixes:

  • Animate View along single Feature doesn’t work with certain Features
  • Subtract Features doesn’t work in some cases
  • Layers animated along Features on street scale are not positioned exactly
  • Small fixes

1.1.0  –  Apr 26, 2020

Features:

  • Click the preview map to select Features in the Browser
  • Pinned Layers have Separate Properties for Latitude, Longitude and Height for better control and reduced interpolation inaccuracy
  • Bugfixes:
  • Animate View along single Feature doesn’t work with certain Features
  • Layers animated along Features on street scale are not positioned exactly
  • Small fixes

1.0.9  –  Apr 7, 2020

Features:

  • Pick Shape Layer Styles from Layers or certain Shape Layer Content Groups
  • Points inside Polygons tools in Browser
  • Browser Filter performs a looooot faster
  • Browser only shows necessary Feature Collections on filtering
  • Create Data-driven Styles with one click from a Feature Collections Properties panel
  • Open http link properties in the browser from a Featutes Properties panel
  • Animate the view along multiple selected Features
  • geolayers3.addToBrowser supports geojson urls directly
  • autorun.jsx can be run automatically on opening a project
  • Tilemerger supports tms servers
  • geojsons next to the project get loaded automatically when a project is opened via the projects panel
    help updates

Bugfixes:

  • Labeling Features named by a certain prop error out
  • GEOlayers Mapdata Mapstyles show disputed borders
  • Small fixes

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