Pix4Dmapper 1.3 Technical Release Notes

 

VersionRelease dateRelease type
1.3.74 March 11, 2015 Bug fix release
1.3.69 March 2, 2015 Bug fix release
1.3.67 February 17, 2015 Bug fix release
1.3.65 February 10, 2015 Bug fix release
1.3.60 February 4, 2015 Bug fix release
1.3.57 January 30, 2015 Bug fix release
1.3.54 January 28, 2015 New release

 

Version 1.3.74

Improvements

  • New Camera Models
    • DMC-GM1_0.0_4592x3448
  • User Interface
    • Improve Processing Options window to remove confusion about memory usage in all steps.
    • Display a warning at project creation when using images taken by Airinov's multiSPEC 4C camera and when there is no information about the disk calibration.
  • Processing
    • Improved memory usage in Step 2.

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"
  • Upload to Cloud
    • Fix bug where projects with a space in the project name were not uploaded.
  • Processing
    • Fix bug where initial processing results might not be optimal for difficult datasets (no geolocation, poor overlap) or for datasets with aerial and terrestrial images.
    • Fix various bugs related to memory usage at step 1.
  • Index Calculator
    • Fix bug where the reflectance map was not correct when using Canon cameras. The aperture information was not used correctly.
    • Fix bug where a wrong Reflectance Map was computed (all values were 0) when using Airinov's multiSPEC 4C camera and when there is no information about the disk calibration.

 

Version 1.3.69

Improvements

  • New Coordinate Systems
    • ESRI:102229: NAD 1983 HARN StatePlane Alabama East FIPS 0101
    • ESRI:102230: NAD 1983 HARN StatePlane Alabama West FIPS 0102
    • ESRI:102629: NAD 1983 HARN StatePlane Alabama East FIPS 0101 Feet
    • ESRI:102630: NAD 1983 HARN StatePlane Alabama West FIPS 0102 Feet
    • ESRI:102698: NAD 1983 StatePlane Missouri West FIPS 2403 Feet
  • New Camera Models
    • DSC-QX30_4.3_5184x3888
    • NIKOND5300_10.0_6000x4000
  • Basic GCP/Manual Tie Point Editor
    • GCPs/Manual Tie Points values and type cannot be edited in the Basic Editor. They should be edit in the GCP/Manual Tie Point Manager. The GCP/MTP table in the Basic Editor does not allow to edit the values anymore.

Bug fixes

  • Image Properties Editor
    • Fix bug where the default accuracy of 5cm/10cm for the image geolocation was not converted to feet when importing the image geolocation whose coordinate system is in feet.
  • GCP/Manual Tie Point Manager
    • Fix bug where the default accuracy of 2cm for the GCPs/Check Points was not correctly converted to feet when adding/importing new GCPs/Check Points whose coordinate system is in feet.
    • Fix bug where importing the GCPs marks was not correctly done for projects with duplicated image names.
  • Processing
    • Fix Initial Processing crash that happened on all computers with a Xeon processor and on all computers with a Core2Duo processor.
    • Fix bug where less keypoints were used than before when processing fisheye images modeled by a fisheye camera model with 3 polynomials.
    • Fix bug where point cloud densification was crashing when using the following options: use annotations, image scale = 1/8, point density = low.
    • Fix bug that created holes in the densified point cloud when using the SGM option and when the output coordinate system is in feet.
    • Fix bug where deleted points were used to generate the DSM. Now all points except the deleted points are used to generate the DSM.
  • Processing Options
    • Fix bug with the Low Resolution (8 GSD) Orthomosaic option in the User Interface. The option was selected and the Processing Options window closed. When opening again the Processing Options window, the option was displayed as not being selected.
  • rayCloud
    • Fix bug where the layers Point Groups was not displayed in the following cases:
      • A new project is created and Initial Processing finished.
      • A processed project is Saved As.

 

Version 1.3.67

Improvements

  • Languages
    • Spanish version available.
  • Inputs
    • Support more formats when reading the image GPS position written in the EXIF data. The following formats are supported:
      • DMS (Degrees Minutes Seconds): 44°27'15.5"N 93°10'59.2"W
      • D (decimal Degrees): 44.454305, -93.183100
      • DM.m (Degrees decimal Minutes): 44°27.2583 N 93°10.986 W
  • New Camera Models
    • Add camera models for DJI Inspire 1.
      • FC350_3.6_4000x3000
      • FC350_3.6_4000x2250
    • Add camera models for GoPro Hero4 Silver.
      • HERO4Silver_3.0_4000x3000
      • HERO4Silver_3.0_3000x2250
      • HERO4Silver_3.0_3000x2250_7wide
      • HERO4Silver_3.0_2560x1920
    • Add camera models for GoPro Hero4 Black with firmware version 02.00.00.
      • HERO4Black_3.0_4000x3000
      • HERO4Black_3.0_3000x2250
      • HERO4Black_3.0_3000x2250_7wide
      • HERO4Black_3.0_2560x1920

Bug fixes

  • User Interface
    • Fix bug where the Quality Report could not be opened from the Main Window toolbar while processing.
  • GCPs/Manual Tie Points Manager
    • Fix bug where GCPs marks were not saved when adding them using the Basic GCP Editor and opening the GCPs/Manual Tie Points Manager.
    • Fix bug where GCP marks were not imported when using a Bingo file. This happened for projects using the same camera model name multiple times or having images with the same name in different folders.
  • Camera Models
    • Correct camera model BOARD_MT9P031_SUNEX_7.5_2592x1944
  • Project Management
    • Fix bug where .p4d project files were not read correctly. This may cause lower quality results at step 1. Initial Processing especially for low quality datasets (low overlap, low image content).
  • Outputs
    • Fix bug that created artifacts at the borders of the orthomosaic.
    • Fix bug that created artifacts on the orthomosaic when using low resolution images (e.g. images of size 640x480) or when using fisheye images.
  • rayCloud
    • Fix bug where the rayCloud was remaining gray when it was displayed after step 1. Initial Processing finished. This bug happened when processing a project that just has been created.

 

Version 1.3.65

Improvements

  • Languages
    • Chinese and Taiwanese version available.
  • Processing
    • Improve Aerial Nadir Alternative processing mode for projects with bad quality images (blurry, few keypoints, etc.). It also improves projects where some images had an orientation computed as being oblique whereas they are not oblique images.

Bug fixes

  • New Project Creation
    • Fix bug where creating a project was not working when using images with special characters in the image folder path and/or image name.
    • Fix bug where when using the Tetracam flight log to geolocate Tetracam images, wrong image positions were read. This bug affects only projects where the image latitude or longitude positions are negative.
  • Project Management
    • Fix bug where when using the Save As option it did not saved correctly the 3D Textured Mesh. The 3D Textured Mesh was copied, but not the texture. Therefore it was displayed without texture.
  • Processing
    • Fix bug introduced in version 1.3.60 where step 1. Initial Processing was never finishing. This affects some projects of bad quality (multiple blocks with small blocks, low overlap, etc.).
    • Fix crash at step 1. Initial Processing when using a camera model with no distortions.
    • Fix bug where feature extraction was not working correctly when using tiff images that are given in byte and that are non RGB (3 bands) or non grayscale (1 band) images.
    • Fix bug where when using the option Process > Import Point Cloud for DSM Generation... processing fails at step 3. DSM and Orthomosaic Generation.
  • Outputs
    • Fix bug where the orthomosaic was blurry in some parts. This bug was mostly visible in projects with cities, buildings. It was not visible in projects with vegetation such as fields.
    • Fix bug where the orthomosaic was not generated when using low resolutions images (e.g. images of size 640x480).
    • Fix bug where no orthomosaic was created when using fisheye cameras.
    • Fix bug where the unit (meter or feet) was not set in DXF output files.
  • rayCloud
    • Fix bug where the rayCloud was remaining gray when it was displayed after step 1. Initial Processing finished.

Known bugs

  • Issue
    Cannot upload on the cloud projects that have a special character in the project name or folder path.
    Workaround
    Do not use special characters in the project name or folder path.

 

Version 1.3.60

Bug fixes

  • Project upload
    • Fix bug where projects that have a space in the project name or folder path could not be uploaded.
  • Processing
    • Fix bug where in some cases initial processing was not correct for project with no image geolocation and with GCPs.

Known bugs

  • Issue
    Cannot upload on the cloud projects that have a special character in the project name or folder path.
    Workaround
    Do not use special characters in the project name or folder path.

 

Version 1.3.57

Bug fixes

  • Camera Database
    • Fix bug where when installing the first time the software on a machine, the warning message W0040 "Cannot find camera database file. Do you want to restore the file and try again?" appears each time the software is opened. 
    • Add coordinate systems: China 2000 and New Beijin.
  • User Interface
    • Fix random crashes.
    • Fix crash when removing GCPs or Manual Tie Points that were used for Surface or Volume objects.
  • Merging Projects
    • Fix bug where merging more than 2 projects with Manual Tie Points was not done correctly.
  • Processing
    • Fix random crashes.
    • Fix crash when not enough RAM is available at step 1. Initial Processing.
  • Command Line
    • Fix bug where pop-up windows where displayed when unsing the command line without UI (i.e. when using the options -c or -r --close-gui).

Known bugs

  • Issue
    Cannot upload projects that have a space in the project name or folder path.
    Workaround
    Do not use spaces in the project name or folder path.
  • Issue
    Cannot upload on the cloud projects that have a special character in the project name or folder path.
    Workaround
    Do not use special characters in the project name or folder path.

 

Version 1.3.54

What is new

  • 3D Textured Mesh
    Pix4Dmapper creates a full 3D textured mesh as a result that is exported in OBJ format and can also be used for Fly-through animations. The mesh can also easily be shared using the 3D PDF output format.
    For more details on how to generate the 3D Texture Mesh: 202560669.

 

  • Improved DTM Extraction (beta)
    Remove buildings and vegetation automatically in the point cloud to generate DTMs. For more information on how to extract a DTM with Pix4Dmapper: 202560579.





  • Improved Point Cloud Editing
    The Point Cloud editing tool has been improved to make the point cloud editing easier.
    • Polygon selection tool: Select points using a polygon area.
      For more information on how to edit the point cloud in the rayCloud: 202560499.

    • Clipping box: Define a box to clip the point cloud and view only the part of the point cloud to be edited. This allows a more precise point editing, especially for point clouds with complex 3D structures.
      For more information on how to use the clipping box: 204048035.

    • Point Groups: Assign each point to a group for better editing or visualization.
      For more information on how to group points: 202560499.

 

  • GPU Support
    Leverage the power of Nvidia GPUs for faster processing. For initial processing GPU support will improve processing speed from 10% to 75%, depending on image content and project size. GPU support is also used for point cloud densification and Semi-Global Matching.
    For more information on which GPU is supported: 203405619.

 

  • Automatic Brightness and Color Correction for Orthomosaic Generation
    This new feature automatically compensates for change of brightness, luminosity and color balancing of images to generate visually improved orthomosaics.



  • Failed Processing Report
    If initial processing fails, a report is generated with information about the failure and with guide lines on how to solve the issue.
    For more information about the Failed Processing Report: 202558689.

  • Project Splitting
    Split big projects automatically into smaller parts for more efficient large-scale mapping.

Improvements

  • Concepts
    • Rename the Stockpile objects in the rayCloud to Volume.
    • Remove the Filtered Point Cloud that was generated at step 2. The Densified Point Cloud is improved. Filters are applied to the Densified Point Cloud at step 3 for DSM generation.
  • Inputs
    • Import images from directories when creating a new project.
    • Define camera models with perspective lens without distortions. For more information: 202558159.
    • Define camera models with fisheye lens with symmetric affine transformation. For more information: 202558159.
  • Outputs
    • Remove the Filtered Point Cloud.
    • Output the 3D Textured Mesh as 3D PDF.
  • GCP/Manual Tie Points Manager
    • Open the GCP/Manual Tie Points Manager from the Basic Editor. For more information: 202557859.
  • Processing
    • More keypoints are extracted at step 1 Initial Processing.
    • Faster DSM and Orthomosaic generation (45% in average).
  • Processing options
    • Move filtering options for the Densified Point Cloud to the options of step 3 for DSM generation. For more information: 202557769.
  • Map View
    • Remove the Grid map as background map.
  • rayCloud Editor
    • Import volumes from .shp files. For more information: 202558089.
    • Export point cloud groups. For more information: 202558049.
    • More shader options to view the triangle mesh. For more information: 202558079.
    • Add a new option that allows full 3D rotation in the rayCloud. For more information: 202558069.


Known bugs

  • Issue
    When installing the first time the software on a machine, the warning message W0040 "Cannot find camera database file. Do you want to restore the file and try again?" appears each time the software is opened.
    Workaround
    Click Retry each time this message is displayed.
  • Issue
    Cannot upload projects that have a space in the project name or folder path.
    Workaround
    Do not use spaces in the project name or folder path.
  • Issue
    Cannot upload on the cloud projects that have a special character in the project name or folder path.
    Workaround
    Do not use special characters in the project name or folder path.

 

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