3D & Performance
Laptops with dedicated graphics processors (GPU’s, mostly from Nvidia) require a settings-change. To save energy, the GPU is disabled while browsing the web. To enable the high-performance video chip for use in Windplanner, go to the Nvidia control panel (through the Windows task bar or Windows control panel) and add your browser to the power-save exceptions. Optionally, see “how to enable Harde Acceleration in Google Chrome”. There are too many hardware- and browser-specific combinations to explain, so kindly refer to your favorite search engine or ask our support staff.
To enable the graphics hardware acceleration in Google’s Chrome Web browser, use the following steps:
- Open the Chrome Web browser.
- In the address bar, enter “about:flags” (without the quotes), and then press Enter. A list of experimental features should be displayed.
- Search for “GPU Accelerated Compositing”, and then click the “Enable” link.
- Next, search for “GPU Accelerated Canvas 2D” and click the “Enable” link.
- Close and restart the Chrome Web browser.
It is possible to link to different terrain servers. If you host your own height data, please contact Windplanner support. If you do not host your terrain data online but manage it offline, we can import it for you. Please see our Request page.
- USA: 10 to 30 meters in between
- Europe: 30 meters
Satellite images are supplied by Mapbox, which in turn processes them from the sources below (relative to zoom levels, 19 being closest to the earth). Pixel density depends on many different factors, please consult relevant local sources.
- 13–19: a combination of open and proprietary sources, including DigitalGlobe’s GBM 2011+ for much of the world, USDA’s NAIP 2011–2013 in the contiguous United States, and open aerial imagery from Denmark, Finland, and parts of Germany.
- 9–12: Landsat 5 & 7, 2010–2011
- 0–8: MODIS 2012–2013
For more information, see: mapbox.com/maps/satellite.
If you require more detailed satellite & 3D terrain data, please contact us for a quotation.
A note on Safari: Windplanner does work, but in order to minimize artefacts and maximize performance we recommend a browser with better WebGL support.
A note on the recent Chrome update (12/15/2016): combined with a certain Windows update and older AMD-graphics hardware: a decrease in performance can be noticed. If so, please try another browser or upgrade your computer hardware.
Please see the compatibility chart for more information.
High-performance, up-to-date computer specs are highly recommended. Windplanner is a forward-thinking application which runs best on a modern PC. Older hardware will work in most cases, but you are more likely to run into limitations.
- Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7
- DirectX version: 11.3
- Operating System: MacOS 10.x
- Any supported Linux distribution
- Due to demanding graphics, using Windplanner on a thin client or virtualized desktop will degrade user experience (ask your administrator if 3D graphics are disabled on your thin client). It’s probably best to request a stand-alone laptop if your organisation uses thin clients.
Windplanner works on mobile phones with fast graphics processors. Currently, the best performance is experienced with recent Samsung smartphones and with any Google Daydream Certified handsets, such as the Google Pixel or the ZTE Axon.
iOS devices do work, but performance is low.
Please log in to app.windplanner.com on your smartphone and press the VR-button.
Try taking the following steps to determine why Windplanner won’t open, please first take a look at the minimum system requirements:
- Check your browser (check our FAQ: which browser are supported)
- Turn your browser off/on and try again
- Update your current browser, when there is an update available
- Check your internet connection speed
- Disable low power mode
- Enable GPU (check our FAQ: how to enable the dedicated GPU in laptops)
- Try to run Windplanner on another laptop or PC
- Use the left mouse button to look around in 3D
- Right button moves the camera right, left, back- and forward
- Press the scroll button and drag to rotate around wind turbines
You can find more information in the Windplanner Manual
- You need to be logged in on app.windplanner.com
- You need to be in the home screen (if you are in the application, please press the Windplanner logo to go to the home screen)
Click on “Create project” button at home screen.
See steps (Windplanner Manual): How to start a project
TIP: See Quick Start Manual to Visualize your first windproject in 3 mouse-clicks.
Open the Geolayer window.
Each active layer has a slider on it, to configure transparency. You can change the transparency of a layer by moving the slider.
To move the slider you need to:
- Place your mouse cursor on slider of the layer you wish to change transparency settings
- Hold your left mouse button
- Move the grip to left to make it transparent or move it to right to make it opaque/less transparent
Note: You can find information about changing transparency of layer in paragraph 2.5 Geolayers of Windplanner Manual
Currently, you can import and export turbines in the Scenario-menu. It is also possible to import from other software applications. Please supply us with different file formats if yours is not compatible. We will create importers for most -if not all- applications.
- Select a project at home screen
- Click on “Share” button
- Enter e-mail address of the person you want to invite
- Select user role * (collaborator or observer)
- Click on “Send invite” button
Preconditions to share a project:
- You need to be logged in on app.windplanner.com
- You need to be in home screen
- Collaborators are external users which can see and shape a project
- Observers are only allowed to see a project
See steps (Windplanner Manual): How to share a project
Currently available GIS* layers are:
- Open Street Maps – a wiki (community populated) world map platform
- Open Sea Maps – Nautical map
- Open Topo Maps – Height map showing terrain elevation
- Thunderforest Landscape – Natural landmarks & forrest and wildlife reserves map
- China Satellite Imagery – Asia originated satellite data
- WindAtlas – Average wind speeds measured at 50m, 100m, 200m
* A geographic information system (or GIS) is a system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyse, manage, and present spatial or geographical data.
Street View images are not available everywhere. Some places are limited or unsupported by Google Street View. See coverage of Google Street View at:
Note: You can upload your own spherical panoramas to Windplanner.
Yes, it is possible to add your own layers by uploading a map in KML or GeoJSON file format. It’s also possible to link to external map providers. If your organisation hosts map data online, there’s a good chance it can be linked.
To request additional layers please contact us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Billing & pricing
We will send you a upgrade email about 5 days before your trial version is due to expire. Follow the instructions (which are defined in the mail) to upgrade.
You can change the subscription plan by phone or email.
To change the subscription plan, please call: +31 (0)515-439230 or send us an email: email@example.com
More information about subscription plans, click here
You can cancel your account by phone or email.
To cancel your account, please call: +31 (0)515-439230 or send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Subscription period is for a minimum of 3 months, after which it can be canceled monthly before the new billing time. For example: if we charge your credit card on April 9th, and you cancel your account on April 12th, you are still reequired to pay for the entire month. No subsequent charges are applied to your credit card, but the amounts already charged are not refunded.
You can pay your Windplanner-subscription by credit card or by invoice.
- To scout the best location, with the help of geographic data layers
- To shape your plan, using the 2D sketching tool
- To get in touch with stakeholders, at any stage of the project
- To make adjustments yourself during the project
- To create alternative layouts and consult with stakeholders for the best option
- To easily collaborate with colleagues and co-creators
- To get realistic and accurate visualizations in the most cost-effective way
- To present your visualizations in different ways
- To speed up your project and convince stakeholders
- To use visualizations from idea to realization
For more information, see 10 reasons why
Windplanner is both a sketching tool for the first reconnaissance phase and a visualization tool to enhance stakeholder dialogue.
Privacy & Security
We take privacy and security very seriously. Your data is encrypted with the most secure encryption methods (which are constantly updated to the newest industry standards).
More information about Privacy & Security.
Windplanner uses Stripe as payment gateway. Windplanner does not store your billing information.
Windplanner is constantly being updated. Please see the Production Roadmap and the voting form on the features page .