CityServer3D Version 5.0

Mittwoch, 21. August 2013

The new version 5.0 of the CityServer3D has just been published. The update contains a bunch of new features in addition to several improvements in its stability. The rollout throughout our customers is starting by now.

Raytracer: High quality screenshots

The CityServer3D now includes a new feature for raytracing. therefore it is possible to create high-quality screenshots of your current 3D scene.

The first step is to load your scene in the AdminTool and then select the menu item * View/Ray tracing... *. The screenshot of the current scene will be stored a directory of your choice.

This feature requires internet connection on its first use.

New Renderer for higher performance

The renderer of CityServer3D was revised and it has some advantages:

  • The visualization requires less powerful computers
  • Larger scenes are easily represented without perfromance issues
  • The renderer enables more complex visualization techniques that find application in future versions.

New component: ViewService

With the CityServer3D - ViewService users edit the data as usual in the CityServer3D Admintool and export them to the Visualization in the browser. The used technologies, WebGL and X3DOM, enabling a high-performance rendering of large city models.

The key: To watch 3D city models on the Internet, users do not need to install browser plug-ins. Modern web browser (eg Firefox, Google Chrome, ...) already contain everything you need.

Public participation or similar projects where wide mass is addressed, can now be supported by 3D visualization. Since the web visualization does not require much computing power mobile devices also benefitfrom this solution.

An example visualization of Darmstadt, see here.

Optimized project management

Already in version 4.0, the project management has been introduced for fast access to frequently used data and rules. In this version, the project management has been improved. New rules, data or projects can be added to a button.

In future versions the porject view will be expanded by many more features and forms the basis for the new interface for the rule-based CityServer3D system.


  • The welcome page is showing a list of formerly opened files. Thus it is possible to begin with work quickly as soon as you start the tool.
  • The speed of the document-oriented database has been accelerated further as well as the speed of the W3DS interface.