Pix4Dmapper 2.1 Technical Release Notes

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VersionRelease dateRelease type
2.1.61 July 5, 2016 Bug fix release
2.1.58 June 16, 2016 Bug fix release
2.1.57 June 9, 2016 Bug fix release
2.1.53 May 12, 2016 Bug fix release
2.1.52 May 3, 2016 Bug fix release
2.1.51 April 20, 2016 Bug fix release
2.1.49 April 8, 2016 Bug fix release
2.1.47 April 7, 2016 Bug fix release
2.1.43 March 23, 2016 New release

 

 

 

Version 2.1.61

Bug fixes

  • Project management
    • Fix bug where .p4d files in minimum format that contain the name of the pre-defined template were not loaded correctly. The feature scale option is not correctly set. For images between 2MP and 40MP the feature scale was set to 2 instead of 1, which slows down the processing. This affected the .p4d file generated by senseFly's eMotion and Pix4DCapture (iOS: version 1.2.0 and higher).
  • Processing
    • Fix bug where in a few cases the point cloud could not be exported when using a processing area.
  • Output files
    • Fix bug where the *_bingo file located in the folder 1_initial/params did not contain good ATPs (i.e. ATPs that are well distributed and that adequately cover the image).

Known issues

  • Index calculator
    • When scrolling the mouse wheel while inserting a region, the reflectance map disappears.

 

Version 2.1.58

Bug fixes

  • Index calculator
    • Fix bug that affects sensefly's S110 camera. The reflectance map was generated with wrong values. This bug was introduced in version 2.1.57.

 

Known issues

  • Project management
    • .p4d files in minimum format that contain the name of the pre-defined template to load are not loaded correctly. The feature scale option is not correctly set. For images between 2MP and 40MP the feature scale is set to 2 instead of 1, which slows down the processing. This affects the .p4d file generated by senseFly's eMotion and Pix4DCapture (iOS: version 1.2.0 and higher).
      Workaround: re-select the template. Open the Processing Options window from Process > Processing Options.... Select Load Template and select the same template again.

 

Version 2.1.57

Bug fixes

  • Project creation
    • Fix bug where Tetracam projects were created with incorrect band information. The .mca file, used to get the correct band information, was never requested at project creation.
  • Project opening
    • Fix bug where .p4d project files generated by eMotion and acquired with senseFly's S110 camera were not correctly opened. Because of this the NDVI index could not be selected for such projects.
  • Processing
    • Fix bug in the point cloud densification that appeared when using the rolling shutter model. This resulted in noisy point clouds which caused noisy DSMs.
    • Fix bug in DSM generation where the automatic tie points were always used to generate the DSM. Now, the DSM is generated from the densified point cloud if it exists. If if the densified point cloud does not exist the automatic tie points will be used.
    • Fix bug where processing failed when exporting the point cloud to LAS/LAZ for large datasets.
    • Fix bug where for large datasets the point cloud densification failed in some cases.
    • Fix bug where the reflectance map could not be generated if the densified point cloud (i.e. step 2) was not done.
    • Fix bug that happened for projects with under/over exposed images acquired with Sequoia cameras with firmware version 1.0.0. In this case, the reflectance maps for the bands were constant with value 0.
  • Mosaic Editor
    • Fix bug where in some cases the Mosaic Editor was crashing while saving the changes.
  • Index Calculator
    • Fix bug where in some cases the reflectance map was not centered in the Index Calculator view. This resulted in a white background and the user had to center reflectance map manually.

Known issues

  • Outputs
    • Mapbox tiles are of lower quality/resolution compared to the Google Maps tiles and KML.
      Workaround: Orthomosaic GeoTIFF files can be uploaded to Mapbox.
  • Project compatibility
    • Cannot open a project processed with a 2.1 version into an earlier 2.1 version. For example, a project processed with 2.1.57 cannot be opened in 2.1.53.

 

Version 2.1.53

Improvements

  • Project creation for Sequoia projects
    • Currently the software cannot process the RGB images and the single band images in the same project. When creating a project with both type of images, the RGB images will automatically be discarded. The RGB images should be processed in a separate project. On the other hand, all single band images coming from different sensors can (and should) be processing in the same project.

Bug fixes

  • Project management
    • Fix bug where in some cases p4d project files created with eMotion 2.4.10 could not be opened.
  • Processing
    • Fix bug where the .par file generated at step 1 did not contain the external orientation of the images.
    • Fix bug where step 3 failed when all the following conditions are met:
      • A processing area is used.
      • The project is large enough to generate multiple tiles for the DSM and orthomosaic.
      • The processing area covers only part of the point cloud.
  • Index calculator
    • Fix bug where in some cases the reflectance map had negative values, which caused wrong indices.

 

Known issues

 

Version 2.1.52

Bug fixes

  • Processing
    • Fix bug where points that were manually deleted were still used to generate the DSM at step 3.
    • Fix bug where the project was not always automatically saved when starting the following processing actions.
      • From the menu Process > Generate Quality Report.
      • From the menu Process > Save Undistorted Images.
      • From the menu Process > Generate Google Maps, KML and Mapbox Tiles.
      • From the rayCloud, when selecting an orthoplane and clicking Generate.
    • Fix bug that affects Airinov's MultiSpec4C cameras with firmware version 2.34. The firmware was writing wrong albedo values. When this is the case the software was generating wrong reflectance/index maps. With the bug fix, albedo values that are detected as being wrong will be discarded and not used.
    • Fix bug that affects the S110 cameras from senseFly. Gamma correction was not read and therefore not used correctly for the reflectance map.
  • rayCloud
    • Fix bug where Copy to Clipboard did not work for Polylines and Surfaces.

 

Mac version

  • Bug fixes:
    • Fix various bugs that made the software crash.

 

Version 2.1.51

Bug fixes

  • Project management
    • Fix bug where could not open .p4d files created with version 2.1.43 and that contain information for Site Calibration.
      To open a project created in version 2.1.43 in version 2.1.51 or later:
      1. Open the .p4d file in a text editor (e.g. Notepad++).
      2. Under <siteCalibration>, replace imageVerticalCoordSystem by verticalDef.
      3. Save the changes and close the text editor
      4. Open the .p4d file in Pix4Dmapper.
    • Fix bug where projects with an orthomosaic resolution larger than 1xGSD could not be opened.
  • Processing
    • Fix bug where colored indices were accidentally generated at step 3. Colored index can only be generated from the Index Calculator.
  • rayCloud
    • Fix bug where software crashed when pressing Update Measures for volumes.
    • Fix bug where exporting all polylines, surfaces or volumes was exporting one file per object instead of exporting one file containing all the objects.
    • Fix bug where in some cases some layers were not displayed (cameras, GCPs, external point clouds, etc.). This affects mostly projects with a large number of cameras or GCPs.
    • Fix bug where an external point cloud imported in the rayCloud by drag and drop was not correctly placed.
  • User interface
    • Various bug fixes.
  • Command line
    • Fix bug where templates created by the user in version 2.0 could not be used in version 2.1 in the command line.
    • Fix bug where the software crashed when processing finishes when starting the software from command line and using --close-gui.

 

Improvements

  • Languages
    • New: software available in Japanese.

 

Known issues

  • rayCloud
    • 3D Textured Mesh is displayed black in the rayCloud on Dell XPS 13 machines.
    • Copy to Clipboard does not work for Polylines and Surfaces. The information pasted is not correct. However it works for Volumes.

 

Mac version

Beta Mac version available for 2.1

  • Bug fixes:
    • Fix bug where the Map View was tiled.
    • Fix bug where the Annotation tool did not work properly.
  • Known issue: The software cannot automatically prevent the computer to go in sleep mode while processing. For more information on how to manually disable the sleep mode while processing: 208355936.

 

Version 2.1.49

Bug fixes

  • Project management
    • Fix bug where some .p4d projects in minimum p4d format could not be opened anymore.

 

Version 2.1.47

Improvements

  • New camera models added to the database
    • DJI Zenmuse XT (FLIR)
      • FLIR_7.5_640x512
      • FLIR_9.0_640x512
      • FLIR_13.0_640x512
      • FLIR_19.0_640x512
    • FLIR VuePro
      • VuePro6409mm_9.0_640x512
      • VuePro64013mm_13.0_640x512
      • VuePro64019mm_19.0_640x512
    • FLIR Tau2
      • FLIR_TAU2_13.0mm_640x512
    • DJI Zenmuse X5 with DJI MFT 15mm f/1.7 ASPH lens
      • FC550_DJIMFT15mmF1.7ASPH_15.0_4608x3456

Bug fixes

  • Project opening
    • Fix bug where projects created with some of the 2.0.x versions could not be opened in version 2.1.
  • Image properties editor
    • Fix bug where images could not be enabled/disabled after sorting the images.
  • Quality report
    • Fix bug where in some cases the image positions were not properly displayed.
  • Outputs
    • Fix bug where the orthomosaic was not georeferenced in AutoCAD. This is due to a bug in the .tfw file.
  • User interface
    • Various bug fixes.

 

Version 2.1.43

What is new

  • Enhanced volume calculation
    Set the base plane for volume calculation. For more information: 202558219.
    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.

Fit plane Base Surface aligned with Average Altitude Base Surface aligned with Lowest Point

 

  • 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, ...). For more information: 208194103.



  • 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.

For more information about how Pix4D models the rolling shutter: scientific white paper.

  • Enhanced monitoring of processing status
    The Local Processing Window enables monitoring of both the current processing status as well as the overall processing status. For more information: 202557869.




    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. For more information: 208114683.


 

  • 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
    For more information: 207772556.

  • 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. For more information: 204644369.
  • Enhanced generation of the reflectance map
    Select the downsampling method to compute the reflectance map in order to obtain optimal results for your application. For more information: 203891879.
  • New login window
    New login window design. Allows Pro Trial start and selection of license (Discovery, Pro, ...). For more information on how to log into Pix4Dmapper: 207948656.
  • Project management
    Open and close projects using the Project menu. For more information: 202557559.
  • Email notification when processing finishes
    The Resources and Notifications tab of the Processing Options window allows the activation of email notification of completed processing. For more information: 202557909.

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. For more information: 204619819.
  • p4d project file
    • New format and structure.
  • Processing options
    • User interface
      • Two different tabs for point cloud densification (202557799) and 3D textured mesh generation (208194103) 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. For more information: 208194103.
  • Outputs
    • Export densified point cloud as single file using the Merge Tiles option. For more information: 202557799.
    • Export 3D Textured Mesh with tiled texture. For more information: 208194103.
  • Templates
    • New default templates for agricultural applications replacing the former template Agriculture. For more information: 205319155.
      • 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). For more information: 205319155.
  • Quality report
    • Display multiple blocks in the 2D Keypoint Matches figure. A different color is used for each block. For more information: 202558679.
    • 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. For more information: 202558129.
  • 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. For more information: 202558179.
    • 3D View: Improved display for close range projects.

Known issues

  • multiSPEC 4C project: for some projects processing is not optimal.

 

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