Pix4Dmapper 1.2 Technical Release Notes

 

Version Release date Release type
1.2.101 March 11, 2015 Bug fix release
1.2.98 December 18, 2014 Bug fix release
1.2.88 November 7, 2014 Bug fix release
1.2.85 October 24, 2014  Bug fix release 
1.2.82 October 6, 2014  Bug fix release 
1.2.69 September 16, 2014  Bug fix release 
1.2.62 September 5, 2014  Bug fix release 
1.2.53 August 26, 2014 New release

  
Version 1.2.101

Bug fixes

  • Software Login
    • Fix bug where users could not login anymore. The following error message was displayed "Network error: Please check your internet connection. SSL handshake failed"
  • Project Management
    • Fix bug where results could not be loaded when opening the project.
  • rayCloud
    • Fix bug where the Automatic Tie Points had wrong colors in the rayCloud when using non RGB images.


Version 1.2.98

Improvements

  • New camera models
    • COOLPIXA_18.5_4928x3264
    • NIKOND600_24.0_6016x4016

Bug fixes

  • Project management
    • Fix bug where projects could not be opened and results were lost. This bugs happens when moving the project and the images folders and changing the folder structure.
  • User interface
    • Fix bug where the menu Help > Personal Support was disabled for Pix4Dmapper Pro license.
  • Software update
    • Fix bug where the new software update could not be downloaded and installed automatically from the software.
  • Processing
    • Fix bug where when processing Tetracam datasets disabled images were still used for processing.
    • Fix bug where GCPs were not used properly when using the option Process > Rematch and Optimize.
    • Fix bug when using complex point cloud densification areas.
    • Fix bug where in some cases the GCPs were not taken correctly into account and the GCP error was high.
    • Fix random crashes in initial processing.
    • Fix bug where using the option Process > Rematch and Optimize was resulting in a wrong project georeferencement for projects with no image geolocation and GCPs.
  • Outputs
    • Fix bug where DXF files could not be imported in AutoCAD.

 


Version 1.2.88

Improvements

  • Processing
    • Improve aerial nadir alternative processing mode.
  • Extended Camera Model Database
    • GoPro Hero 4 Black
    • Tetracam  Mini-MCA 12

Bug fixes

  • Project Management
    • Fix crash when using the Save As function for some projects.
  • Camera Models
    • Fix bug where the radial distortions (R1, R2, R3) for perspective camera models where considered wrong whereas they were correct.
  • Processing
    • Fix bug where processing projects with GCPs in Arbitrary coordinate system was not producing correct results.
    • Fix bug where for some cases GCPs with not enough image marks or wrong image marks were used at processing.
    • Fix crash at step 1. Initial Processing for Tetracam MiniMCA6 projects.
    • Fix bug where processing of Tetracam MCA projects was not done correctly when no .mca file is used.
    • Fix bug where classification files were corrupted when the file path is too long.
    • Fix bug where points were removed at point cloud densification when using complex densification areas.

 

Version 1.2.85

Bug fixes 

  • Processing
    • Fix bug where step 2. Point Cloud Densification run with the SGM option fails when the output option of Initial Processing "Camera Internals and Externals, AAT, BBA" is not selected.
    • Fix bug where points in the Densified Point Cloud were removed when using a densification area that has twice the same vertex.
  • Index Calculator
    • Fix bug where Pix4Dmapper was crashing when a very large number was entered in the index formula.

 

Version 1.2.82

Improvements

  • Project management
    • Improved compatibility when opening a project that has been processed with an older version.
    • Improved compatibility when moving a project and its results.
  • GCP management
    • Improved multiple edition in the GCP Table of the GCP/Manual Tie Points Manager.
  • Images
    • Support for a new 3D Robotics flight log file format that can be used to geolocate the images.
    • Improved multiple edition in the Image Table of the Image Properties window.
  • Processing
    • Improved initial processing results for non 8 bit images.
  • rayCloud Editor
    • Improved viewing when having disabled images with bad geolocation. When clicking on View All the view centers on the enabled images. If it is needed to view the disabled image and it is far away from the others, select the image in the layers sidebar and click on Focus on Selection.
    • Various display improvements and software stability.
  • Output
    • Allow to upload Mapbox tiles directly from Pix4Dmapper to Mapbox website using the option Process > Upload Project Files...

Bug fixes

  • Images
    • Fix bug where images that have a name with more that one dot (.) could not be imported in the software.
  • GCPs
    • Fix bug that affects the position of Manual Tie Points associated to vertices of objects in the rayCloud. The bug appears when all the following conditions are fulfilled:
      - The Manual Tie Points associated to the objects vertices are not marked in at least 2 images
      - The Geoid height above the ellipsoid is modified for the GCP's coordinate system or for the output coordinate system.
      In this case, the Manual Tie Points' position is not correctly updated
  • Processing
    • Fix bug where wrong camera parameters were used in initial processing from some projects with multiple-camera models.
  • Outputs
    • Fix bug where the contour lines options Contour Base and Elevation Interval had to be entered in meters instead of feet when the output coordinate system is given in feet. The resolution still has to be given in centimeters as in all other software parts.
    • Fix bug where the Point Cloud Classification options had to be entered in meters instead of feet when the output coordinate system is given in feet.
  • rayCloud Editor
    • Fix bug where the background color of the rayCloud remained black in the animation video even if it was not black in the rayCloud.
    • Fix bug where the image preview and thumbnail in the rayCloud was not loaded after having moved projects from location. This bug happened for projects where the images are located in multiple folders.
  • Command line
    • Fix bug where application was not exiting when using the command line mode.


Version 1.2.69

Improvements

  • Coordinate systems
    • Allow the user to enter the geoid height above the ellipsoid for all coordinate systems (images, GCPs, output coordinate system). When the geoid height has been entered, it is displayed next to the coordinate system.
  • GCP management
    • Improved error messages, when GCP import from file fails.
    • Improved workflow to import GCPs from file.
      To import GCPs from file in the GCP/Manual Tie Point Manager:
      1. Select the coordinate system of the GCPs.
      2. Import GCPs from file. If the coordinates system is WGS84, the file format has to be Latitude, Longitude, Altitude or Longitude, Latitude, Altitude. If the coordinate system is different from WGS84, the file format has to be X, Y, Z or Y, X, Z. The values displayed in the table of the GCP/Manual Tie Point Manager are the same as in the file.
  • Images
    • Improved display for 3 bands tiff images that are not encoded in 8 bit and whose camera model is in the internal camera model database. These images are displayed using a false color scale.
  • Processing
    • Improved feature extraction for multi-band tiff images.
  • New camera model
    • CanonEOS5DMarkIII_EF8-15mmf/4LFISHEYEUSM_8.0_5760x3840

Bug fixes

  • Processing
    • Fix bug where step 2. Point Cloud Densification fails in some cases when using a densification area.
    • Fix bug where step 2. Point Cloud Densification fails when reading very large result files.
  • Outputs
    • Fix bug where when generating at step 3. the Google Maps and KML tiles and the contour lines, the google maps and kml tiles are not located at the correct place on earth and the tiles are not displayed. When generating the Mapbox tiles as well, the resulting file is very small.
  • Command line
    • Fix software crash when the command line was not correct.

Known bugs

  • Bug that affects the position of Manual Tie Points associated to vertices of objects in the rayCloud. The bug appears when all the following conditions are fulfilled:
    - The Manual Tie Points associated to the objects vertices are not marked in at least 2 images
    - The Geoid height above the ellipsoid is modified for the GCP's coordinate system or for the output coordinate system.
    In this case, the Manual Tie Points' position is not correctly updated

    Workaround
    If the Geoid height above the ellispoid has to be modified and if there are objects whose associated Manual Tie Points are not marked in the images, mark them in the images.


Version 1.2.62

Improvements

  • Project management
    • Allow to open projects with a folder path with some special characters such as ^.
    • Improve resuming project processing at initial processing when keypoints and matches are already computed.
  • Processing
    • Generate the Mapbox tiles after step 3 is finished through the option Process > Generate Google Maps, KML and Mapbox Tiles. 
  • Mosaic Editor
    • Improved support for multi-spectral cameras in the Mosaic Editor.
  • rayCloud Editor
    • Improved stability of the user interface.

Bug fixes

  • Project management
    • Fix crash that happened when merging two projects with the same objects of same type (e.g. each project has a surface object named "house roof").
    • Fix crash that happened when opening an edited mosaic in the Mosaic Editor after having moved the project from one computer to another.
  • Processing
    • Fix bug where the Quality Report pdf file was not generated.
  • rayCloud Editor
    • Fix bug that did not allow the edit 2D GCPs in the rayCloud Editor.
    • Fix bug where video animation trajectory was not saved correctly.
      Important: When re-using a project with a video animation trajectory created in a previous version:
      1. Before installing version 1.2.62, open the project with the previous version
      2. Export the trajectory to a file (Right click on the trajectory layer and click Export)
      3. Delete the trajectory and close the project
      4. Install version 1.2.62 and open the project
      5. In the rayCloud, on the Animation Trajectory layers, right click and click on Import to import the trajectory from the previously saved file.
  • Command line
    • Fix bug where a project create by command line was not using the correct default processing options.

Known bugs

  • Bug 
    When generating at step 3. the Google Maps and KML tiles and the contour lines, the google maps and kml tiles are not located at the correct place on earth and the tiles are not displayed. When generating the Mapbox tiles as well, the resulting file is very small.

    Workaround

    1) Generate the Google Maps, KML and Mapbox tiles at step 3 or through the menu Process > Generate Google Maps, KML and Mapbox tiles.
    2) Generate the Contour Lines from the menu Process > Generate Contour Lines.
    WARNING: this order is important to get the correct outputs.


Version 1.2.53

What is new

  • Fly-through animation
    Create a video animation trajectory using the rayCloud and create your own video of your 3D point cloud.
    For more details on how to create an animation trajectory with the rayCloud 37237609.

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  • New Interface
    A  "Welcome" view is displayed when the software starts. The welcome view offers a guided tour of the software, allows to open and create new projects, and provides help and tips as well as news about Pix4Dmapper. 
    The different views (Welcome, Map View, rayCloud Editor, Mosaic Editor, Index Calculator) can be accessed through a left sidebar.
    For more information on the Welcome page: 36360369.

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  • Semi-Global Matching: a new alternative mode for point cloud densification (beta)
    The Semi-Global Matching option is a new alternative processing mode to densify the point cloud and is recommended to be used for creating orthomosaics of urban areas.
    For more information on the Semi-Global Matching option: 27417003.

  • Point Cloud Classification (beta)
    New processing option that allows to classify the filtered point cloud into two point clouds, one containing only terrain and one containing all the other points defined as "objects". The terrain point cloud can then be re-imported to generate a DTM.
    For more information on the Point Cloud Classification: 37532715.
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Terrain Point Cloud Objects Point Cloud
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Original DSM Terrain DTM
  • Densified Point Cloud Editing Tool
    Edit the densified point cloud by removing points.
    For more information on how to remove points from the Densified Point Cloud using the rayCloud: 50645169.

  • 3D PDF
    Generate a 3D PDF displaying the cameras, GCPs/MTPs and automatic tie points as well as the orthomosaic wrapped over the DSM.
    For more information on how to generate the 3D PDF: 51732765.
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3D model of the automatic tie points, the cameras and the GCPs
3D model of the automatic tie points, the cameras and the GCPs Orthomosaic  DSM
 

 

  • Automatic download of software updates
    When a new version is available, the software allows to automatically download and install the new version.

  • Background color of the rayCloud Editor
    Change the background color of the rayCloud Editor.
    For more information: 28390233.

  • Export Point Clouds
    Export Point Clouds to file from the rayCloud Editor.
    For more information: 28356968.

  • New languages
    The user interface can be displayed in English, Chinese (China) and Chinese (Taiwan).
    For more information: 27576296.

  • Cloud processing and file sharing
    New upload window that allows to upload the project to be processed on the cloud and/or to upload some of the results generated on the desktop. 
    For more information: 27086038.

  • MapBox Tiles
    The orthomosaic can be generated as MapBox tiles.

  • Point Cloud Densification Quality Report
    Display information about the point cloud densification in the Quality Report, such as processing options, number of points generated and time do densify and filter the point cloud.

  

Improvements

  • User Interface
    • Improve user interface texts and names.
    • Unify status bar among the different views. Display the mouse coordinates in the project output coordinate system.
  • Project management
    • Improved handling of projects whose location have changed.
  • Inputs
    • Images
      • Define a vertical offset for the image geolocation. For more information: 27083748.
      • Improved editing of the image properties through the image properties table. Improved editing of multiple selection. For more information: 28142498.
    • GCPs/Manual Tie Points
      • Improved workflow to import and mark GCPs/Manual Tie Points. GCPs and Manual Tie Points are imported through the GCP/Manual Tie Point Manager and their properties are also edited there. The GCP/Manual Tie Point Manager gives then the choice to mark the GCPs using the rayCloud Editor or the Basic Editor. For more information 48789429.
      • New file format when importing GCPs through a file. Coordinates can be given in (X,Y,Z),  (Y,X,Z), (latitude, longitude, altitude) or (longitude, latitude, altitude). For more information 27056897.
      • Improved editing of the GCP properties through the GCP/Manual Tie Point table. Improved editing of multiple selection. For more information 27896983.
    • Camera model
      • Update camera model by loading optimized camera model parameters after processing. For more information: 36107748.
      • Associate different band configurations to one camera model. For more information: 36107748.
  • Outputs
    • New option that allows to open the folder where the results are generated from the toolbar.
  • Coordinate Systems
    • Search bar to search a coordinate system.
    • Define the unit of an arbitrary coordinate system (meters, feet, none).
  • Processing
    • Improved quality of the orthomosaic.
  • Processing options
    • Point clouds generated at step 2. Point Cloud Densification are not saved by default as .ply files anymore.
    • The grid DSM is not generated anymore by default at step 3. DSM and Orthomosaic Generation.
    • Orthomosaic GeoTIFF without transparency is not generated anymore by default at step 3. DSM and Orthomosaic Generation.
    • New option that allows to generate automatically the Reflectance Map at step 3. DSM and Orthomosaic Generation.
    • Group processing options for additional outputs (triangle model, contour lines, point cloud classification, 3D PDF) in a new tab.
    • Contour lines: two new options ( Resolution [cm] and Minimum Line Size [points]) to improve the quality of the contour lines.
  • Quality Report
    • New contextual help links.
    • Improved layout.
  • Map View
    • Import the Point Cloud Densification Area or Orthomosaic Area from .kml or .dxf files.
  • rayCloud Editor
    • Display initial camera orientation if known.
    • Group rays in a new layer.
    • Display error ellipsoid for GCPs/Manual Tie Points.
    • Display the number of images marked for a GCP/Manual Tie Point in the corresponding layer.
    • Improved export of GCPs/Manual Tie Points.
    • Do not load automatically the Densified and Filtered Point Cloud anymore.
    • Load the triangle mesh from the filtered point cloud by activating the corresponding layer.
    • Improved export of Objects.
    • New button in the Properties Sidebar to copy object measurements to clipboard.
    • Selected layer information displayed in the Properties Sidebar can be copied and pasted to a text file.
  • Mosaic Editor
    • Improved quality of the generated mosaic.
  • Index Calculator
    • Display the Reflectance Map in the index view.
    • Display the Color Scale of the Index in the index view.
    • Export the Index in .shp file format.
  • Command Line
    • Option to use the Semi-Global Matching mode for point cloud densification.
    • Option to generate the Reflectance Map.
    • Option to generate the MapBox Tiles. 
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