OziExplorer3D is an optional add-on to the OziExplorer software, details of the software and an evaluation version can be obtained from our web site

OziExplorer3D is software which allows map images to be viewed in 3D with the ability to rotate in all directions and zoom in and out of the view.

The 3D maps are created using the OziExplorer GPS Mapping Software, the 3D maps are then viewed by OziExplorer3D, in this respect OziExplorer3D can be considered as an add-on to the OziExplorer GPS Mapping software.

A 3D map can be created from any map that can be loaded in OziExplorer provided you have elevation data for the region.

When the term OziExplorer3D is used the 3D map viewer is being referred to, when the term OziExplorer is used the OziExplorer GPS Mapping Software is being referred to.

A 3D map is composed of a map image (or image part) and a grid of heights at a spacing specified by the user. The software plots the height grid in 3D and then overlays the map image on the grid (this is called texturing) to produce a 3D map.

OziExplorer creates the grid of heights using the height data you have obtained and writes this to a file. Other required information is also written to the file and the file is then passed to OziExplorer3D which loads the file and the map image (or image section) and displays the 3D map.

The evaluation version of OziExplorer3D will work with the evaluation version (shareware/demo version) of OziExplorer but the limitations of both packages will apply.

To get the full benefit of creating and viewing 3D maps you must have a purchased copy of OziExplorer3D and a purchased copy of OziExplorer.

Design Philosophy

Because OziExplorer can handle maps and also requires the use of height data for its own needs it was decided to include the creation of the 3D maps within OziExplorer rather than duplicating its map handling functionality in OziExplorer3D as well. OziExplorer can use a normal OziExplorer map and the height data which the user has installed to create a 3D map file which is then sent to the OziExplorer3D map viewer.


Computer systems with 3D graphics cards with acceleration will obtain better performance.  OziExplorer3D uses OPENGL programming which is highly dependent on your graphics card drivers.  It is expected some systems will have problems because of this.