This help page only applies to 3DPlaneta (formerly EarthView3D) Windows version. For 3DPlaneta (formerly EarthView3D) VR app related instructions, please check the Download VR page.

EarthView3D allows users to explore the earth in an immersive 3D environment. Generated from satellite imagery with our patent pending technology, EarthView3D can be viewed in stereoscopic 3D with NVIDIA 3D Vision technology, anaglyph 3D (red and cyan), as well as traditional 2D.

Table of Contents

1 System Requirements
    1.1 Hardware
    1.2 Software
2 Installation and Uninstallation
    2.1 Install EarthView3D
    2.2 Uninstall EarthView3D
3 Stereoscopic 3D Operation Guide
    3.1 Viewing in Anaglyph 3D
    3.2 Viewing in NVIDIA 3D Vision
4 EarthView3D Operation Guide
    4.1 Launching the Application
    4.2 Map UI
    4.3 Navigating in EarthView3D
    4.4 Other Operations
5 Video Tutorials
6 Troubleshooting
    6.1 Resolving Graphics Issues
    6.2 Download Newest Drivers
7 Terms of Use

System Requirements


Recommended hardware working in NVIDIA 3D Vision mode:
  • CPU: 2GHz or above
  • System memory: 4 GB or above
  • Graphics card: NVIDIA graphics card with NVIDIA 3D Vision support, 1GB video memory or above
  • 3D display and 3D glasses: 3D monitor with NVIDIA 3D Vision support, NVIDIA 3D Vision Glasses
  • Alternative 3D display and 3D glasses: 3D projector/ TV, 3D glasses compatible with the 3D projector/TV. NVIDIA 3DTV Play software is required in this configuration.
  • Internet Connection: 2Mbps or above
Recommended hardware working in Anaglyph 3D mode:
  • CPU: 2GHz or above
  • System memory: 4 GB or above
  • Graphics card: Any modern graphics card supporting Microsoft DirectX 9.0c, 1GB video memory or above (can be shared with system memory)
  • Display and 3D glasses: Any modern monitor/projector, red and cyan 3D glasses.
  • Internet Connection: 2Mbps or above


  • Operating system: Windows 7/8/8.1/10
  • Required components: Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5, Microsoft DirectX 9.0c

Installation and Uninstallation

Install EarthView3D

  1. To install EarthView3D please download the setup file at
  2. Ensure the EarthView3D setup is run as Administrator. You can do this by right clicking on the setup icon and selecting: Run as administrator admin
  3. If Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 and DirectX 9.0c are not installed on your system, please accept the prompt to install these components as these are required for EarthView3D
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  5. Once Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 and DirectX 9.0c are successfully installed please proceed to installation of EarthView3D. On Windows 8 and 8.1 you may be additionally prompted to download and install .NET Framework, please click the “Install this feature” button to proceed. You may be prompted to reboot the computer after the .NET Framework 3.5 installation is done.
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  7. Accept the Terms of Agreement and choose the installation path (Default: C:\Program Files(x86)\EarthView3D )
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  9. Once the setup is finished installing you can launch EarthView3D from the Start menu or the desktop shortcut
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Uninstall EarthView3D

  1. Windows 7: Click Start   >   Settings  >   Control Panel Windows 8: Click Start and type “Control Panel”. Click on the search result to open the Control Panel.
  2. Under Programs click Uninstall a program
  3. Find EarthView3D from the list and click Uninstall
  4. You will be able to repair or uninstall the programuninstall

Stereoscopic 3D Operation Guide

This section details the setup for running EarthView3D in different stereoscopic 3D modes.

Viewing in Anaglyph 3D

To use EarthView3D in anaglyph 3D mode, you will need a pair of red-cyan 3D glasses like the ones below. Any regular monitor will be sufficient when viewing in anaglyph 3D mode. When wearing the glasses please ensure that your left eye is viewing through the red filter and your right eye is viewing through the cyan filter. redCyanGlasses2 You can also test your anaglyph 3D glasses with sample screenshots from EarthView3D from the links below.

Viewing in NVIDIA 3D Vision

To use EarthView3D in NVIDIA 3D Vision mode you will need to meet the system requirements mentioned in the installation section. These include a 3D display monitor/projector/TV, a computer with an NVIDIA graphics card with 3D Vision support, and NVIDIA 3D vision glasses (If using a 3D TV OR projector, NVIDIA 3DTV Play software and glasses compatible with your 3D TV/projector are required). With this mode you can get the best 3D viewing experience. Please follow the links below for more information regarding NVIDIA 3D vision.

EarthView3D Operation Guide

Launching the Application

  • Launch the EarthView3D application from the Start menu or the desktop shortcut
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  • By default Monitor will be selected for Display Type
  • Choose the appropriate display mode
    • 2D – Displays 2D map. No special glasses or monitor needed
    • Anaglyph 3D – Displays map in anaglyph 3D mode. Mode displays on any monitor but requires a pair of red-cyan glasses
    • NVIDIA 3D Vision – Displays map in NVIDIA 3D Vision mode. Usually requires a 3D monitor/projector/TV, 3D glasses and an NVIDIA graphics card with 3D Vision support
  • Click Run button when you have chosen the correct settings for your machine
  • The Help button takes you to our website for more information and support
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Map UI

  • EarthView3D currently only runs in full screen mode. Below is the UI snapshot:
  • Initially, a tour mode is switched on by default and the UI will be shown as follows. You can switch it off by either pressing the “Quit Tour” button, or uncheck the “Tour Mode” check-box on the top menu (item 3 on the above UI snapshot), or choose any demo scene from the demo scene drop-down list (item 2 on the above UI snapshot). To switch it on again, just tick the “Tour Mode” check-box. In tour mode, a serial of demo scenes will be automatically showcased one by one every 20 seconds, and you can also manually switch to next or last scene by clicking the “Next Scene” or “Last Scene” buttons.
  • Below are two examples of a scene from the Grand Canyon in 2D and Anaglyph 3D
canyon2d canyon3d

Navigating in EarthView3D

Get started by positioning the mouse cursor anywhere on the screen. Actions from the mouse result in changes on screen. Using the mouse you can pan the view and zoom in or out
  • Clicking and dragging the mouse in any direction will pan across the map
  • After clicking on the map, the mouse cursor (cursor) changes to a hand pointer (hand). Drag the hand pointer to pan through the map
  • Alternatively you can navigate around the map using the arrows keys on your keyboard
  • In order to zoom in you may double click the LEFT mouse button anywhere on the map. Alternatively you may scroll up on the mouse scroll wheel
  • Zooming out is accomplished by scrolling down on the mouse scroll wheel

Other Operations

  • For help and hot key mapping, you can press the “Help” button on the top menu, and you will see the help page as follows.

Video Tutorials

Check Out Our Video Tutorials:

EarthView3D Overview     Installation and Operation


Resolving Graphics Issues

  • Seeing two side by side images after launching EarthView3Ddisabled
  • Not seeing stereoscopic 3D even with NVIDIA 3D vision selected or the map has a red tintdiscover
  1. Right click on the Desktop and select NVIDIA Control Panel. Alternatively (Windows 7), you can click Start > Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > NVIDIA Control Panel
  2. From the left panel of the NVIDIA Control Panel select Set up stereoscopic 3D from the Stereoscopic 3D section
  3. Under the Stereoscopic 3D display type header ensure the correct display type is selected. In this case, the Asus 120Hz 3D LCD is selectedtutorial

Download Newest Drivers

You may find the newest NVIDIA drivers here
If you have an issue that cannot be solved from the help above, please contact us.

Terms of Use

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EarthView3D Terms of Use