More about dynamic Google Maps in your drawings or Maps

Some weeks ago, another entry in this Blog explained how to configure dynamic Google Maps in ‘Spatial Manager’ in order to use them as Background Maps in your drawings (AutoCAD, BricsCAD, ZWCAD) or in your Maps (Desktop). But there are more Google Maps types to show and some other interesting parameters that allow you to customize these Maps

AutoCAD / BricsCAD / ZWCAD / Desktop

Multiple Google Maps configured in' Spatial Manager' as User Background Maps

Multiple Google Maps configured in’ Spatial Manager’ as User Background Maps


In the previous entry (Google Maps in your CAD drawings? Of course) you learn how to define User Background Maps for the “Hybrid” and “Standard Roadmap” Google Maps. The following value list for the parameter “lyrs” in the URL is a more complete set of the available map types in Google Maps:

  • h = Roads only
  • m = Standard Roadmap (as seen in the previous entry)
  • p = Terrain
  • r = Roadmap (alternative version)
  • s = Satellite only
  • t = Terrain only
  • y = Hybrid (as seen in the previous entry)

Google Maps Parameters

Google Maps Parameters

More parameters

  1. Available servers: The Google Maps are accessible from more than one server in order to balance the downloading of data. The following names of the servers can be used to define the Maps URL:
  2. Toponymics local language: You can use the parameter “hl” to define the language for the shown Map. If available, the place names on the Map will appear in the selected language
    • Take a look at the next sample image to check how the Map can change from English language (hl=en) to Polish language (hl=pl)
    • The valid values for the language parameter fit the “standard two-characters ISO”: “en” for English, “fr” for French, etc.

Google Maps Language parameter

Google Maps Language parameter

Transparent Maps

Since ‘Spatial Manager’ supports Transparent Background Maps, through the transparent areas you will see the background color of the drawings and maps or any background element, such as grids, etc.. Check this feature when configuring and showing the Google “Roads only” Map:{x}&y={y}&z={level}

Spatial Manager Transparent Maps (Google Maps-Road only sample)

Spatial Manager Transparent Maps (Google Maps-Road only sample)

If you want to learn more about the User Dynamic Background Maps, please review the following technical resources:

· Blog posts

Technical Wikis:

· Spatial Manager for AutoCAD
· Spatial Manager for BricsCAD
· Spatial Manager for ZWCAD
· Spatial Manager Desktop