Deploy Hi-Def and 3D Map for GIS iOS App in Objective C

Create your own beautiful Hi-Def and 3D map in such an easy way!
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1,981 students
Deploy Hi-Def and 3D Map for GIS iOS App in Objective C
Rating: 5.0 out of 5 (1 rating)
1,982 students
Understand the workflow of adding Hi-Def and 3D to iOS apps;
Add ArcGIS Runtime SDK for iOS to Xcode project in cocoapods;
Select and display Vectorized Basemaps;
Select and display 3D Basemaps;
Set 2D and 3D ViewPoints;
Set Animation for ViewPoints;
Add HomeButtons for 2D and 3D maps;
Identify map scale;
Synchronize 2D and 3D map locations;
Make geometry conversion for geographic coordinate systems;
Pass data from 2D Map View Controller to 3D Map View Controller;
Synchronize 2D and 3D map headings;
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  • No programming experience needed;
  • Hardware: An Intel-based Mac with OS Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8.4) or higher is required;
  • Software: XCode 8 or higher are preferrable (free download from Apple App store);

“The world we live is full of coordinates and I love it!" - Alfred Lam, the course instructor.

“The essence of creating a beautiful map is balance!" - Alfred Lam, the course instructor.

This GIS course is going to teach students deploying their Hi-Definition and 3D maps for iOS apps using ArcGIS Runtime SDK for iOS version 100.0. My goal is to provide an effective solution for sutdents who want to deploy both high quality 2D and 3D maps for their clients with minimum time expenditure. I hope that everyone will be benefited by taking this course.

Some part of the SDK like 3D are still in beta version. But I do want to create this course at the first place and to introduce its capabilities for iOS developers who are interested in integrating hi-def and 3D maps into their apps. ArcGIS gives out a relative large size SDK this time. However, considering this is an entry level course and students may be from all levels. I tried to make the code as simple as possible. For time constraint, I didn’t introduce other classes like AGSRenderer which I think are quite useful. If you are an experienced programmer, please don’t blame on that.

In this course, I tried to demonstrate the workflow step-by-step and to make the code simple, straightforward, and easy understanding. All the code are put to my lecture resources files in pdf format. The important thing is that you can repeat my experiment successfully, and I believe you can achieve a higher goal later. If you are new to using GIS maps in mobile app development, you are encouraged to spend a bit of time to browse the ArcGIS SDK library. The ArcGIS Runtime SDK for iOS has been developed by ESRI, which is so far the biggest vendor of GIS systems and applications in the world.  

Time is precious for many app developers and programmers. This course was condensed with all necessary steps for building Hi-Def and 3D GIS iOS apps with working code. For those GIS users, students, iOS developers, and anyone who are interested in developing GIS mobile or web GIS apps with ArcGIS SDKs, please be aware of my other course announcements about Android, JavaScript, and iOS in the future.

Who this course is for:
  • GIS users;
  • Students;
  • Developers;
  • Entrepreneurs;
  • Anyone who are interested in making GIS Hi-Def and 3D maps for iOS apps;
Course content
2 sections • 20 lectures • 1h 18m total length
  • Introduction
  • Project Setup
  • Add ArcGIS SDK in CocoaPods
  • Display a Vectorized Basemap
  • Set a ViewPoint
  • Add a Home Button
  • Set a Home ViewPoint with Animation
  • Find Out Map Scale
  • Add a Segmented Control
  • Select a Vectorized Basemap
  • Add a Scene View Controller
  • Display a 3D Basemap
  • Set a Camera View and ViewPoint
  • Add a Home Button
  • Set a Home ViewPoint with Animation
  • Select a Basemap in 3D
  • Add a Segue Connection
  • Pass Data
  • Convert Coordinate System
  • Set Heading in 3D

GIS Developer
Alfred Lam
  • 4.0 Instructor Rating
  • 1,098 Reviews
  • 41,235 Students
  • 16 Courses

“The world we live is full of coordinates and I love it!" - Alfred Lam

“The essence of creating a beautiful map is balance!" - Alfred Lam

I am an enthusiastic GIS specialist and I have been using GIS for more than ten years. My previous position was a senior officer at a NGO maintaining geodatabase, doing field data collection, and perform GIS analysis with remote sensing, GIS, and GPS data for the whole organization. With the advent of mobile technology, I have been studying and working hard to code for iOS, Android, and JavaScript. I believe this is one of the most useful technologies that can help people in many aspects.

I am going to dedicate some of my time to be a GIS instrcutor here and teaching is fun. It is also great to let many mobile and web developers to know and use ESRI technology which is so far the best and the most comprehensive GIS system. The part I am giving lectures is even only a very small fraction of the whole ArcGIS system.Please find all my courses and special offers at my profile website. 

Coding is boundless. Like many other teachers, I’d like to share my knowledge and experiences here. As students are from all levels, I try not to make the code complicated. Maybe sometimes my pace is a bit slower, but I tried to make the code effective in a straightforward and simplest way. So that students can understand the mechanism of the code easily.