Pix4Dmapper 2.1 (beta) Technical Release Notes

This is the beta release of Pix4Dmapper 2.1. Get a preview of the new features and help us improve the product by reporting any issues to support@pix4d.com. Any question will be answered in the Q&A Webinar.

New Date for the 2.1 Q&A Session: 17th of March 2016. Register here.

Note that the beta is available only for Windows.

Disclaimer: Documentation is not yet ready for 2.1 Beta, and no support is provided. We do not recommend using the Beta for production work.

VersionRelease dateRelease type
2.1.34 February 24, 2016 Beta bug fix
2.1.30 February 10, 2016 Beta bug fix
2.1.28 February 8, 2016 First beta

 

 

Version 2.1.34

Known bugs and issues

  • Project management
    • Cannot open .p4d files that have some special characters in their name.
  • Processing
    • Random crash may appear in step 2 or 3.
    • Sometimes the software crashes when running step 2 with SGM. This happens often when a Processing Area is defined.
    • Known issues in calibration for some thermal datasets.

Bug fixes

  • New project
    • Fix bug where software crashed when merging projects.
  • Open project
    • Fix bug where the output coordinate system was not correctly set when opening .p4d project files created by Pix4Dmapper Capture App.
    • Fix bug where could not open .p4d files that contain index regions with less than 3 vertices.
  • Save project as
    • Fix bug where no log file is created when using the Save As option.
  • GCP/Manual Tie Point Manager
    • Fix bug where could not change the coordinate system of the GCPs after the GCPs were imported.
  • Processing
    • Fix crash when generating the reflectance map at step 3 using some custom resolution values.
    • Fix bug where sometimes for oblique datasets step 2 might be 3 times slower than before.
  • Processing output status
    • Fix bug where the output status window did not always get properly updated.
  • Mosaic Editor
    • Fix bug where the images in ortho projection contained black parts.
  • Index Calculator
    • Fix crash that happened when opening the index calculator.
    • Fix bug where the reflectance map disappeared from the view when zooming while drawing a region.
    • Fix bug where thermal indices could not be generated.

 

Improvements

  • Processing window
    • Rotating arrow indicates that processing is going on.
  • rayCloud
    • Do not allow to create
      • Processing areas with less than 3 vertices.
      • Polylines with less than 2 vertices.
      • Surfaces and Volumes with less than 3 vertices.

 

 

Version 2.1.30

Known bugs and issues

  • Automatic update window
    • Link to release notes is not correct.
  • Project management
    • Cannot open .p4d files that contain index regions with less than 3 vertices.
    • Cannot open .p4d files that have some special characters in their name.
    • No log file is created when using the Save As option.
      Workaround: close the project and open it again.
  • Templates
    • Processing options for the templates are not definitive and will still change.
  • Processing
    • Random crash may appear in step 2 or 3.
    • Sometimes the software crashes when running step 2 with SGM. This happens often when a Processing Area is defined.
    • Sometimes for oblique datasets step 2 might be 3 times slower than before.
  • Processing output status
    • Output status window does not always get properly updated.
  • Output
    • When opening some KML files in Google Earth, they appear "vibrating".

Bug fixes

  • Processing output status
    • Fix bug where output status window was not closed when closing the application.
  • Index Calculator
    • Fix bug where the user could create regions with less than 3 vertices.
    • Fix bug where software crashed when opening the Index Calculator. This affects projects that have been processed with version 2.0.x and that have results for the Index Calculator.

 

 

Version 2.1.28

Known bugs and issues

  • Project management
    • Cannot open .p4d files that contain index regions with less than 3 vertices.
    • Cannot open .p4d files that have some special characters in their name.
    • No log file is created when using the Save As option.
      Workaround: close the project and open it again.
  • Templates
    • Processing options for the templates are not definitive and will still change.
  • Processing
    • Random crash may appear in step 2 or 3.
    • Sometimes the software crashes when running step 2 with SGM. This happens often when a Processing Area is defined.
    • Sometimes for oblique datasets step 2 might be 3 times slower than before.
  • Processing output status
    • Output status window does not close when closing the application.
    • Output status window does not always get properly updated.
  • Output
    • When opening some KML files in Google Earth, they appear "vibrating".
  • Index Calculator
    • Software crashes when opening the Index Calculator for projects that have been processed with version 2.0.x and that have results for the Index Calculator.

What’s new

  • Enhanced volume calculation
    • Set the base plane for volume calculation.
    • Volume is computed using the DSM (if it has been generated) instead of the densified point cloud. This leads to more precise volume measurements as noise has been filtered out in the DSM.
  • Enhanced 3D textured mesh generation
    • New processing options for the 3D textured mesh allow the generation of larger meshes and larger textures. This mainly improves mesh quality for large areas or detailed terrains, such as cities.
    • Select mesh resolution according to your application needs (web upload, 3D animation, ...).
  • New processing method improves processing of rolling shutter cameras
  • New processing method and model for rolling shutter cameras. This increases the accuracy of the reconstruction, especially when flying at higher speed. Using the rolling shutter model implies that:
    • The camera is a rolling shutter camera.
    • The flight plan is a linear flight plan such as a grid flight plan.
    • The images have been acquired using Pix4Dcapture or a drone with a gimbal.
  • Enhanced monitoring of processing status
  • The Local Processing Window enables monitoring of both the current processing status as well as the overall processing status.
  • The new Output Status window enables a visual overview of the steps that have been processed, will be processed or are currently being processed. It also displays which outputs are or will be generated and gives a direct access to the generated files.
  • Visualize the project log file in the user interface
  • The new Log Output window displays information about:
    • Processing status
    • Error messages
    • Warning messages
    • UI interactions from the user
  • Select which image groups to use for the densification and mesh generation
  • Select which image groups to use to densify the point cloud; to generate the mesh geometry and the mesh texture. This is useful for datasets acquired with different cameras or to process large datasets. Example: RGB+thermal dataset. Generate the densified point cloud and mesh geometry using the RGB image group and the mesh texture using the thermal image group.
  • Enhanced generation of the reflectance map
  • Select the downsampling method to compute the reflectance map in order to obtain optimal results for your application.
  • New login window
  • New login window design. Allows Pro Trial start and selection of license (Discovery, Pro, ...).
  • Project management
  • Open and close projects using the Project menu.
  • Email notification when processing finishes
  • The Resources and Notifications tab of the Processing Options window allows the activation of email notification of completed processing.

Improvements

  • Project loading
    • Faster project loading: up to 50% faster.
    • Improved loading progress status.
  • New project creation
    • Decide to start processing automatically when project is created.
  • p4d project file
    • New format and structure.
  • Processing options
    • User interface
      • Two different tabs for point cloud densification and 3D textured mesh generation options.
      • Better indication of dependency between outputs.
    • 3D textured mesh
      • Use color balancing to enhance the texture of datasets with large changes in brightness between images.
  • Outputs
    • Export densified point cloud as single file using the Merge Tiles option.
    • Export 3D Textured Mesh with tiled texture.
  • Templates
    • New default templates for agricultural applications replacing the former template Agriculture:
      • Ag Multispectral: generate indices using multispectral cameras.
      • Ag Modified Camera: generate indices using modified cameras.
      • Ag RGB: generate orthomosaics using RGB cameras.
    • New default template Thermal Camera to generate thermal reflectance maps using Tau 2 based cameras (FLIR Vue Pro, thermoMAP).
  • Quality report
    • Display multiple blocks in the 2D Keypoint Matches figure. A different color is used for each block.
    • Quality report information is partially exported in XML format.
    • New option to disable automatic display of the quality report when a processing step is finished.
  • Processing area
    • A unique Processing Area replaces the former Densification Area and Orthomosaic Area. It still defines which area to densify (if it is selected in the processing options) and which area to use for the DSM and Orthomosaic generation.
  • rayCloud
    • New Cancel button in the right sidebar to cancel editing for:
      • Processing area
      • GCPs
      • Animation trajectory
      • Objects (Polyline, Surface, ...)
    • GCPs: New look in 3D View and new layout of the GCP information in the right sidebar.
    • 3D View: Improved display for close range projects.

 

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