Win32 and 64, English

The all-powerful AutoCAD plugin gives you the best and most up-to-date 3D satellite & aerial view from Google Earth and the world's premium providers, such as Airbus, Maxar, Hexagon, and Nearmap.

General Usage Instructions

Plex-Earth consists of 5 parts.

1. Georeferencing

2. Importing Imagery

3. Importing Terrain

4. Time views (monitor an area or project over time)

5. Google Earth Visualization

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Ribbon/Toolbar Icon Command Command Description


Start a new Plex-Earth session.


Specify the georeference of the project/drawing.


View Google Maps imagery for the current viewport or a specific area in drawing.


Import an image to cover an area specified in Autodesk® AutoCAD®.


Show the Imagery Manager palette.


Imports terrain to a polygonal area specified by a window or polyline in AutoCAD.


Show the Terrain Manager palette.


Creates surface from the selected points, lines and polylines in AutoCAD.


Creates a surface from an external points file (e.g., txt, csv, xyz).


Creates a surface from a mesh object selected in AutoCAD.


Snaps objects to the selected terrain.


Overlays an image over a terrain surface selected in the drawing to create a 3D visualization of the project area morphology.


Synchronizes the camera of Google Earth to match with the current view of AutoCAD.


Zooms Google Earth into a specified area of the drawing.


Zooms Google Earth camera to focus a position specified by the user in the drawing.


Align the view of Google Earth to a camera specified in AutoCAD.


See your project in Google Earth from an observer's eyes.


Create Placemarks in Google Earth for positions specified in AutoCAD.


reate Paths in Google Earth for positions specified in AutoCAD.


Create Polygons in Google Earth for positions specified in AutoCAD.


Imports objects from Google Earth files (KML and KMZ) in AutoCAD.


Exports the selected objects to a KML or KMZ file that can be opened in Google Earth.


Exports the selected 3D objects (along with textures and materials) to Google Earth.


Imports geotagged photos captured by GPS-enabled devices (cameras or smartphones) into AutoCAD.


Imports images into AutoCAD based on their accompanying World File.


Saves an accompanying World File for any image selected in AutoCAD.


Trim the borders of the selected images.


Replaces an existing image with another of different size/quality, while retaining georeference.


Merges the selected images to reduce their size and make their processing easier to AutoCAD.


Creates a new clipping boundary for the selected images.


Deletes the clipping boundary from the selected images.


Activates the clipping boundary of the selected images.


Deactivates the clipping boundary of the selected images.


Manage your account, activate and check the current status of your subscription.


Change proxy settings to your internet connection.


Sign out from the current session of Plex-Earth.


Videos, tutorials, and help articles to get to know Plex-Earth.


The installer that ran when you downloaded this app/plug-in from Autodesk App Store will start installing the app/plug-in. OR, simply double-click the downloaded installer to install the app/plugin. You may need to restart the Autodesk product to activate the app/plug-in. To uninstall this plug-in, exit the Autodesk product if you are currently running it, simply rerun the installer, and select the "Uninstall" button. OR, click Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features (Windows 7/8.1/10/11) and uninstall as you would any other application from your system.

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Version History

Version Number Version Description


- Support for AutoCAD 2024 and verticals


- Introduces Google Elevations as the new default terrain provider - Improved Quick View image handling to facilitate imagery comparison - Enhanced clipboard management when using copied elements from Google Earth to specify georeference or the project area in various commands - Fixed a problem with the rasterization of clipped imagery, which was causing magenta pixels to appear in some places.


- Improvements regarding the speed of Time views functionality. - Automatic saving of accompanying geo files has been stopped. - Fixed the issue about Drone product details that in some cases were not displayed correctly. - Fixed a problem with the rasterization of clipped imagery, which was causing magenta pixels to appear in some places.


- Improvements regarding the speed of Timeviews functionality. - Automatic saving of accompanying geo files has been stopped. - Fixed the issue about Drone product details that in some cases was not be displayed correctly. - Fixed a problem with the rasterization of clipped imagery, which was causing magenta pixels to appear in some places.


- Google Earth registry fixes in setup - Fixed an error when trying to create a surface from Mesh or File - Fixed an error that allowed a command to continue without selecting a coordinate system


- Support for AutoCAD 2023 - Cesium as a new terrain provider - Google Earth available as a terrain provider - Introduced Google Maps imagery mosaic creation at maximum zoom level 21 - Improvements in terrain volume analysis - Volume labels that show the number of cubic units that need to be cut/filled per sampled grid cell are now available.


- Imagery: Support of .TIF/.TFW in raster image creation from mosaics - Imagery: A pop-up wait window is now displayed during the "Convert to Raster" procedure - Export KML/KMZ/3D: Improved handling of BlockReferences that belong in Frozen or Hidden/Off layers - Printing: Fixed a situation where imagery in rotated viewports on Layouts could not be printed - Fixed an eRegappIdNotFound error that occurred in some drawings


- First release of Plex-Earth 5D - Improved mosaic capabilities New Features: - Timeline feature that allows users to view the most recent or historical imagery from Airbus and Maxar - Ability to create raster images directly from mosaic imagery - Improved mosaic capabilities


New Features: - Introduced advanced image adjustment capabilities - Ability to view and plot multiple mosaics at the same time - Users can now choose which image cutout areas to remove graphically, from within the drawing. - Users can now select mosaic tiles from within the drawing - Support for AutoCAD 2022 Fixes: - Issue with tile boundary (grid lines) visibility in mosaic plotting - Issue with imagery transparency in Realistic and Conceptual visual styles - Removed the "By Objects" option from imagery creation


- Initial release


- Support for AutoCAD 2021 and verticals.


- Now with Timeviews™, for newest-possible images (and look back in time!) - Enhanced for multi-monitor setups - Squashes 2 minor bugs


- Added support for AutoCAD 2020 - Enhanced KML importing and exporting - Enhanced fully-textured terrain importing from Google Earth - New Feature: Copy objects from Google Earth into AutoCAD - Significant improvements in Map Explorer - Fixes 2 minor bugs


- Major improvements in KML importing and exporting - Major improvements in Map Explorer - Fixes minor bugs


- Support for AutoCAD 2019 and verticals - Major improvements in KML importing and exporting - New release of Map Explorer


Release of Plex.Earth 4 plugin for AutoCAD 2015-2018


- Added support for Autodesk® AutoCAD® 2018 and verticals - Export 3D models with textures to Google Earth and Collada format - Ability to export and format XDATA information attached to drawing objects - Fixed minor issue in the import terrain grid process


  • Added support for AutoCAD® 2016 and verticals.
  • Introduced new functionality (PXPHOTOIMPORT) that allows to georeference and import into AutoCAD photos captured with GPS-enabled devices.
  • Improved the terrain import process from Google Earth.
  • Major improvements in the exporting to KML/KMZ process.


  • Compatibility with Google Earth 7 (automatically via Google Maps for image import)
  • Support for Google Maps (Satellite, Hybrid etc)
  • New commands for multiple image clipping
  • Capturing images from Google Earth now only binds the specific monitor in which it is open, so if a user has multiple monitors he can continue working on the others while creating a large mosaic
  • Background image capturing from Google Maps
  • Support for AutoCAD® 2015
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