Custom Base Maps

By default, NEON Command includes several ESRI Base Map sources for imagery. The Custom Base Maps editor allows you to add other imagery sources for use in the visualizer of NEON Command.

Main Window

To view and edit base maps sources, click “Edit->Custom Base Maps”. This will bring up a new window that manages custom base maps for the software.

Manage Base Maps

Creating a Custom Base Map Source

To create a new base map source, click the “Add Tile Source” button in the bottom left. This will bring up the Tile Source Edit Dialog.

Add New Tile Source

Here, the display name of the Tile Source must be set, as well as the information on where the base map tiles come from.

There are three types of Tile Sources:

  1. Web Source - A Webserver hosting a TMS Tile Server
  2. File Source - A directory on the local filesystem containing tiled image files.
  3. GeoTiff Source - A geo-located GeoTiff file for an area.

For Web and File Sources, a “placeholder” URL is generally required. The special tokens “{x}” “{y}” and “{z}” will be replaced when querying the URL with the TMS tile coordinates of the area desired.

For examples, here are the tile URLs used in the default tile sources built into the NEON Command software:

  • https://clarity.maptiles.arcgis.com/ArcGIS/rest/services/World_Imagery/MapServer/tile/{z}/{y}/{x}
  • https://server.arcgisonline.com/ArcGIS/rest/services/World_Imagery/MapServer/tile/{z}/{y}/{x}
  • https://server.arcgisonline.com/ArcGIS/rest/services/World_Street_Map/MapServer/tile/{z}/{y}/{x}
  • https://stamen-tiles.a.ssl.fastly.net/terrain/{z}/{x}/{y}.jpg