Scenes are the fundamental document for sharing and storing collections of 3D geographic data, analogous to the 2D map. Scenes are supported across the ArcGIS platform, including ArcGIS Online and Portal. This document explains how to display a scene stored in ArcGIS Online or Portal.
Open from Portal item
You can open a scene directly from an ArcGIS Portal item or from ArcGIS Online (which can be thought of as a cloud-hosted Portal).
Open from URL
You can open a scene directly from a URL in one of the following formats:
- Scene viewer URL - https://www.arcgis.com/home/webscene/viewer.html?webscene=a13c3c3540144967bc933cb5e498b8e4
- Item URL - https://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=a13c3c3540144967bc933cb5e498b8e4
- Item data URL - https://www.arcgis.com/sharing/rest/content/items/a13c3c3540144967bc933cb5e498b8e4/data
Display in a SceneView
Once you've opened a scene from a URL or a portal item, you can display it using a SceneView. The view provides services to display the scene, enable selection, present overlay graphics, and navigate using one of several camera controllers.
Monitor scene drawing
Whenever the view into your scene changes, the scene needs to be redrawn. This happens whenever the user pans or zooms, a camera controller updates the camera, or any other event occurs that requires the scene view to redraw the scene.
You can add an observer on the SceneView to detect when the drawStatus has changed.
Navigate the scene
The scene defines the initial viewpoint. Users can then navigate the scene using mouse or keyboard as available. See Navigate a scene view to learn about the various interaction options and how to programmatically navigate the scene.
Configure the SceneView
There are two important concepts to consider when configuring a scene view:
- Camera controllers - define how navigation works in the scene.
- Atmosphere effect - defines how the sky looks.
To learn about camera controllers, see Follow a graphic in a scene view.
There are three effect options:
- None - There is no atmosphere effect; anything that isn't a part of the scene is rendered black with a starfield consisting of randomly placed white dots.
- Realistic - There is an atmosphere effect applied to both the sky and the surface as viewed from above.
- Horizon only - There is an atmosphere effect applied to the sky (horizon) only.
You can apply any of these options to the scene view's AtmosphereEffect property.
Filter data by time
Some layer types are time-aware, meaning they contain data that can be filtered by time values. Runtime has rich support for time-aware layers and data. See Visualize and compare data over time to learn more.