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Import images to CAD from different providers in satellite, map or hybrid mode at different resolutions.

Import Google Earth images to CAD

Import Google Earth™ images to AutoCAD

Images can be imported from major service providers (Google, Google Earth, Bing,) in different resolutions (Normal, medium, high, highest) and image modes (satellite, map, hybrid) in full color or grayscale in major image formats (BMP, JPEG, TIFF). 


Export AutoCAD drawings to Google Earth

Export AutoCAD drawings to Google Earth™

Export CAD drawings to Google Earth as image overlays in full color, grayscale or B&W, in different image formats (BMP, JPEG, TIFF, PNG, GIF). Background color and opacity can be adjusted. Multiple screenshots can be taken to increase the final image resolution.


Insert georeferenced images

Insert georeferenced images

Accurately place an image world file with spatial data in your drawing, applying XY scale and translation transformations. Use this command to insert images having the corresponding world file with spatial data information. CAD-Earth has the option to create world files when importing images from Google Earth.


Easily import & export objects between CAD and Google EarthTM

Export AutoCAD objects to Google Earth

Export AutoCAD objects to Google Earth™

Lines, polylines, arcs, circles and points can be exported to Google Earth as polygons, routes or placemarks. Object line thickness, outline, fill color and opacity can be adjusted. Curve smoothness can be controlled by specifying the maximum segment length and deflection angle. Placemark name, description, scale and icon can also be set.

Import Google Earth objects to AutoCAD

Import Google Earth™ objects to AutoCAD

Images can be imported from major service providers (Google, Bing, Yahoo, Ovi) in different resolutions (Normal, medium, high, highest) and image modes (satellite, map, hybrid) in full color or grayscale in major image formats (BMP, JPEG, TIFF). 


Preview position of entities in a map

Preview position of entities in a map

You can preview the position of selected drawing entities in a map when selecting a coordinate system to georeference a drawing. Drawing entities can be moved, scaled or rotated in the map until they match the site.



Get contour lines, profiles and sections from Google EarthTM

Import Google Earth terrain

Import Google Earth™ terrain

A terrain mesh can be imported selecting an existing closed polyline or along a polyline path calculating point elevations. By specifying the origin point, rotation angle and and mesh resolution the density and precision can be adjusted. The resulting mesh can be processed to get contour lines, dynamic profile and section drawings complete with annotations. You can link the site image to the mesh when importing.

Draw contour lines in AutoCAD

Draw contour lines in AutoCAD®

Selecting an existing terrain mesh contour polylines can be created. Vertical separation, layer, color and smoothness factor for contour polylines and the text layer, color, size, prefix, suffix, decimal places and placement options for contour labels can be specified. Existing contour polylines will be automatically updated if settings are changed.


Mobirise

Profile and sections from mesh

After a terrain mesh is imported to AutoCAD®, a polyline can be drawn to indicate a path where a profile and sections will be extracted. Station lines with chainage annotations will be inserted along the polyline, and the corresponding profile and sections will be created, complete with elevation, station and scale annotations. The user can specify the color, layer, text style, size and placement for each profile and section element.


Easily georeference your drawing.

More than 3000 coordinate systems available

More than 3000 coordinate systems available

Convert accurately between any coordinate system in the world and Google EarthTM. If you have georeferenced your drawing using AutoCAD® commands, CAD-Earth® can use this information to convert coordinates when importing or exporting objects, images and terrain meshes.

Georeference your drawing placing entities on a map

Georeference your drawing placing entities on a map

Georeference your drawing selecting some reference entities in your drawing (like lines, polylines, arcs and circles) and locating them in a map. You can move, rotate and scale the reference objects until they are correctly placed.

Georeference your drawing selecting two points

Georeference your drawing selecting two points

If you know the corresponding latitude and longitude coordinates of at least two points in your drawing the georeference parameters can be calculated with this information.



Terrain Mesh Viewer (CAD-Earth Premium)

New in CAD-Earth Premium!
Instantly get cut-fill volume calculations, display the mesh by elevation or slope colors, show contour lines, create animation videos, and much more.

Visit our Youtube channel for videos about our software's features.

CAD-Earth Instant Cut-Fill

Instantly get cut-fill volume calculations 

Get instant cut-fill volume calculations by selecting polygon points on the surface, an existing polyline or a mesh in the drawing. The area will be colored according to the depth and color defined for each cut-fill range. You can insert a summary table, along with the plan view in your drawing. 

CAD-Earth Elevation Slope Ranges

View the surface by elevation or slope ranges

The mesh can also be displayed with colors according to defined elevation and slope ranges. The color can be applied to the whole surface, defining points on the surface, or selecting a closed polyline in the drawing. The total calculations will be shown instantly for each range. 

CAD-Earth instant contour lines

Display instant contour lines

Contour lines can be displayed defining line color, the gap between them, and the base elevation. When you change the camera position or direction, the contour lines are instantly updated. 


CAD-Earth Animation Videos

Create animation videos

Awesome video animations can be created defining camera position and view direction, speed and pause time. The resulting file can be opened in any mp4 compatible player, such as the Windows Media Player. You can also save and load animation sequences. 

CAD-Earth Mesh Cross Section

Inspect an ortographic view of a mesh cross section

Defining a rectangle over the surface, you can view a cross section of the area. The rectangle can be moved, scaled or rotated to adjust the area, and the cross-section view will be automatically updated. You can maximize the cross section window to see more detail. 

CAD-Earth Screenshot

Insert a screenshot of the current view

Selecting various predefined resolutions, and save it to an image file or insert it in the current drawing as a raster image reference. 


CAD-Earth Animation Videos

NEW! Export 3D models to Google Earth® or import them  from a file.  

3D models can be imported from files in different formats (DAE, 3DS, FBX, OBJ). Once the 3D model is inserted in the current drawing as a block, it can be rendered, shaded, copied, rotated, scaled, moved, and measured as a regular entity. 

CAD-Earth Mesh Cross Section

NEW! Terrain Mesh editing, importing and visualization commands

Commands to insert, delete, move, and flatten mesh vertices and triangulation. Import mesh from LiDAR, and GeoTIFF, and text files.  Create, edit or select predefined mesh visualization styles.        

CAD-Earth Screenshot

NEW! Earthwork volume calculation and reporting commands 

Perform cut/fill volume calculations by the grid method. Every element of the grid can be customized, specifying line type, color, layer and scale, text size, style, and color. Get an earthwork summary report in Excel® format.

CAD-Earth Licensing Comparison

CAD-EARTH AVAILABLE FEATURESCAD-EARTH BASICCAD-EARTH PLUSCAD-EARTH PREMIUM
Georeference drawing commandsYESYESYES
Grab map/imageYESYESYES
Import image from Google Earth™
YESYESYES
Import objects from Google Earth™
YESYESYES
Export CAD screenshot to Google Earth™
YESYESYES
Export CAD Objects to Google Earth™
YESYESYES
Insert Georeferenced Images
YESYESYES
Make point blocks
NOYESYES
Export 3D models to Google Earth™
NOYESYES
Import 3D models from file
NOYESYES
Import terrain mesh from Google Earth™
NOYESYES
Export terrain mesh to LandXML file
NOYESYES
Draw contour lines
NOYESYES
Set mesh visibility
NOYESYES
Draw cross sections from mesh
NOYESYES
Annotate cross sections
NOYESYES
Draw profile from mesh
NOYESYES
Annotate profile
NOYESYES
Slope analysis
NOYESYES
Instantly get cut-fill volume calculations NONOYES
Volume grid and earthwork reports in Excel™ format NONOYES
Terrain mesh editing and visualization commands NONOYES
Create terrain mesh from contour polylines NONOYES
Import terrain mesh form LiDAR, GeoTIFF and text files NONOYES
Terrain Mesh Explorer and Profile Viewer NONOYES
View the surface by elevation or slope rangesNONOYES
Display instant contour linesNONOYES
Create animation videosNONOYES
Measure distance, slope and angles directly on the meshNONOYES
Inspect an orthographic view of a mesh cross sectionNONOYES
Take a screenshot of the current viewNONOYES

CAD-Earth comparison with our competitors

FEATURE   CAD-EARTHOTHER APPS
Import curvature corrected high resolution tiled imagesYES   All license types, no extra cost.YES Only in Business or Enterprise versions at an additional cost.
Import objects from Google Earth™ or from KML/KMZ files.YES  Dialog box provided to set importing options.YES  No graphical interface. No importing options provided.
Export drawing entities to Google Earth™ KML/KMZ files
YES  Dialog box provided to set exporting options.YES  No graphical interface. Point and text objects can’t be exported.
Export a drawing as an image overlay to Google Earth™
YES  Options to set background color and transparency.YES  Feature not provided.
Import terrain mesh inside a closed polyline.
YES   Dialog box to set grid resolution and rotation, mesh properties and show the grid in Google Earth.YES   No graphical interface. Mesh resolution, grid spacing, resolution and rotation can't be set.
Import terrain mesh along a path.
YES  Distance to the left and right and between stations can be set.YES  Feature not provided.
Commands to edit  terrain meshes.
YES  Invert, delete and cut triangles, refine mesh border, insert, delete, flatten and move vertices among others.YES  Feature not provided.
Export 3D models to Google Earth™   
NO  Dialog box to set view heading and tilt.YES   No graphical interface. View options can’t be set.
Import 3D models from file
NO  Import from DAE, 3DS, FBX, OBJ files. Options to select linear units, Z-Up direction, merge coplanar faces and shade the model.YES  Feature not provided.
Import terrain mesh from text file
NO  Dialog box to select the file format, data and decimal separator. File can be previewed before importing.YES  No graphical interface. X, Y, Z column numbers and data delimiter must be manually specified. File can’t be previewed.
Import terrain mesh from LiDAR and DEM files.
NO  Mesh properties, refinement options and other processing parameters can be specified. An area to process can be selected.YES  Feature not provided.
Import terrain mesh from LandXML file.
NO Dialog box to preview mesh information and set mesh properties. LandXML files from Civil 3D™ can be imported.YES  Feature not provided.
Create terrain mesh from points.
NO  Mesh properties such as name, description, color, layer, visualization mode, linear units, and boundary parameters can be specified.YES  No graphical interface. Mesh properties can’t be set. Mesh boundary can’t be refined.
Create mesh from polylines
NO  Dialog box to set mesh properties. 3D polylines can be selected.YES  No graphical interface. Mesh properties can’t be set. 3D polylines can’t be selected.
Create mesh from 3D faces.
NO  Dialog box to set mesh properties.YES  Feature not provided.
Export terrain mesh to LandXML file
NO  File created can be imported by Civil 3D™ and other CAD software.YES  Feature not provided.
Terrain mesh visualization styles.
NO  Predefined elevation and slope ranges styles can be selected,  created and saved. Mesh can be visualized as contour lines, points, boundary, slope arrows or a combination of several styles.YES Only elevation, slope and direction ranges can be visualized.
Historical imagery.
NO  Historical imagery date can be selected in Google Earth before importing the image.*YES  Historical imagery can be selected at an additional cost.
Mesh 3D Viewer NO  Instantly get cut-fill volume calculations, view the surface by elevation or slope ranges, display instant contour lines, create videos, measure distance, slope and angles directly on the mesh, and inspect cross sections.NO  Feature not provided.
Mesh ExplorerNO  Tool to organize your projects and access mesh importing, editing and visualization commands from context menus.NO  Feature not provided.
Insert georeferenced imageNO  Dialog box to select image path type and initial directory. Option to save image within drawing.NO  No graphical interface. No option to save image within the drawing.
Get cross sections and profiles from terrain meshNO   Options to set elevation, station and scale annotations. The user can specify the color, layer, text style, size and placement for each profile and cross section element.NO  Feature not provided.
Georeferencing. NO  The drawing can be georeferenced by selecting a coordinate system,   locating drawing entities on a map, selecting two points in the drawing , or by loading georeference parameters from a file. AutoCAD™ and Civil 3D™ georeference parameters are recognized.NO  The drawing can be georeferenced by selecting a coordinate system, selecting a point or typing lat/long coordinates. Georeference parameters defined by AutoCAD™ or Civil 3D™ are not recognized. Latitude / longitude values can’t be entered as degrees-minutes-seconds. Grid rotation can’t be specified.
Insert images, objects and terrain meshes without georeferencing the drawing. NO  You can specify any point in the drawing and the insertion units, if you don’t need them to be georeferenced.NO  Feature not provided.
Technical SupportNO  You can submit a support ticket, contact us by chat at our webpage, by email or get remote assistance by TeamViewer at no extra cost.NO   Support is offered only by email or by submitting a support request at their website.

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