I was recently at a client site and they expressed the desire to use several years of old color and black and white aerial photography. I took the opportunity to share the new LIVE MAP Service provided to 2014 users via Autodesk 360. If you don’t know what I’m talking about you can make reference to our old blog post that our very own Rob Wiederman created HERE.
This is really cool feature for the vanilla AutoCAD users who want to create maps. But it creates a small hurdle for my CIVIL 3D and MAP 3D users who want to put to use the new functionality. We will get the imagery but not the contextual ribbon seen if used in vanilla AutoCAD.
Yes… there are other posts out there on how to do this, but they ALL point to launching AutoCAD or whatever product “As AutoCAD”. I walk you through a method that allows you to add the needed tab from within the current CIVIL or MAP session.
When using the GEOGRAPHICLOCATION command, from Civil 3D or Map 3D, there is no way to control the aerial background once it is on or change background map types.