Camera

Mappedin SDK version 6 is currently in an alpha state while Mappedin perfects a new design. Breaking changes may occur, which will be posted in the v6 release notes.

Controlling the view of the map allows apps to create visually rich experiences using the Mappedin SDK. This guide shows how to focus the map view on targets, move the camera and listen to camera events.

Web SDK v6 Camera

Note that the MapView class implements the ICamera interface and exposes it as MapView.Camera. Use MapView.Camera to utilize ICamera's methods.

Focus the Camera on Targets

The Mappedin SDK has built in functionality to focus the camera on a TCameraFocusOnTarget.

The following sample code acts on the click event to focus on the Space the user clicked on. Note that the Space must be set to interactive to allow it to be clickable.

// Act on the click event to focus on the Space that was clicked.
mapView.on('click', async event => {
// Focus on the space that was clicked.
mapView.Camera.focusOn(event.spaces[0]);
});

The CodeSandbox below allows you to test the ICamera.focusOn capability. Click on a room to focus the camera on it.

Controlling the Camera

To Control the camera, set it with new pitch, bearing or zoom using ICamera.set(). It accepts a TCameraTarget object that contains bearing, center coordinate, pitch and zoom level.

Experiment with these camera controls using the CodeSandbox below.

TCameraTarget

  • bearing - Bearing for the camera target in degrees.
  • center - Center Coordinate for the camera target.
  • pitch - Pitch for the camera target in degrees.
  • zoomLevel - Zoom level for the camera target in mercator zoom levels.
mapView.Camera.set({
bearing: 30,
pitch: 80,
zoomLevel: 100,
center: e.coordinate,
});

Animation

The camera can also be animated into position using the same transforms described in the Controlling the Camera section above. This is done using the ICamera.animate() method. Similar to ICamera.set(), the animate method accepts a TCameraTarget object. In addition, animate also accepts TCameraAnimationOptions that allow setting of the duration of the animation in milliseconds and setting the easing curve.

The next code snippet acts on the click event to animate the camera to the click position. It uses easing ease-in-out over 4000 miliseconds.

// Act on the click event to animate to a new camera position.
mapView.on('click', async event => {
mapView.Camera.animate(
{
bearing: 30,
pitch: 80,
zoomLevel: 100,
center: event.coordinate,
},
{ duration: 4000, easing: 'ease-in-out' },
);
});

The types of easing anmiations are defined in TEasingFunction.

The next CodeSandbox makes use of animates to fly the camera to all points of interest on the map.

TEasingFunction

  • Linear: This function implies a constant rate of change. It means the animation proceeds at the same speed from start to end. There's no acceleration or deceleration, giving a very mechanical feel.
  • Ease-in: This function causes the animation to start slowly and then speed up as it progresses. Initially, there's gradual acceleration, and as the function moves forward, the rate of change increases.
  • Ease-out: Contrary to ease-in, ease-out makes the animation start quickly and then slow down towards the end. It begins with a faster rate of change and gradually decelerates.
  • Ease-in-out: This function combines both ease-in and ease-out. The animation starts slowly, speeds up in the middle, and then slows down again towards the end. It offers a balance of acceleration and deceleration.

Resetting The Camera

While there is no method in the Mappedin SDK to reset the camera to its default position, this can be easily built into an app. To do so, store the camera position after the map is shown and then use those values to reposition the camera at a later time.

The code sample below stores the initial camera position. When a user clicks on a location it first focuses on that space. The next click will return the camera to its original position.

let focused: boolean = false;
//Display the default map in the mappedin-map div.
const mapView = await show3dMap(document.getElementById('mappedin-map') as HTMLDivElement, mapData);
const defaultCameraPosition: TCameraTarget = {
bearing: mapView.Camera.bearing,
pitch: mapView.Camera.pitch,
zoomLevel: mapView.Camera.zoomLevel,
center: mapView.Camera.center,
};
// Set each space to be interactive and its hover color to orange.
mapData.getByType('space').forEach(space => {
mapView.updateState(space, {
interactive: true,
hoverColor: '#f26336',
});
});
// Act on the click event to focus on the Space that was clicked or reset the camera.
mapView.on('click', async event => {
if (focused) {
// Reset the camera to its default position.
mapView.Camera.set(defaultCameraPosition);
focused = false;
} else {
// Focus on the space that was clicked.
mapView.Camera.focusOn(event.spaces[0]);
focused = true;
}
});

Listening to Camera Events

There are several camera events that can be acted on by setting a listener with mapView.on('camera-change'). The camera-change event contains a CameraTransform object. CameraTransform provides the bearing, center coordinate, pitch and zoom level.

// Log camera change events to the console.
mapView.on('camera-change', async cam => {
console.log(
'Bearing: ' +
cam.bearing +
', Pitch: ' +
cam.pitch +
', Zoom Level: ' +
cam.zoomLevel +
', Center: Lat:' +
cam.center.latitude,
+', Lon:' + cam.center.longitude,
);
});

The following CodeSandbox implements the code snippet above to print out camera change events to the console.

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