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Cloud usage policy
How to process a project on the Cloud?
What are the differences between Pix4D desktop application and Pix4D Cloud?
Which version is used to process on Pix4D Cloud?
Can the results be shared?
Can a project that was processed on the cloud be downloaded?
Which processing options are used when processing on the cloud?
Can a processing area be used on the cloud?
Can GCPs be used on the cloud?
Can a project without image geolocation be processed on the cloud?
What is the output coordinate system of a project that is processed on the cloud?
How to change the unit for measurements?
How to select a preferred solution?
Are my data protected?
What happens to my projects when my license expires?
Which internet browsers and operating systems support Pix4D Cloud?
How to cancel the subscription plan?
Your Cloud allowance depends on your subscription type:
- Trial users (during their trial) can process up to 2,500 images per month or create up to 20 new projects per month.
- Monthly subscribers can process up to 2,500 images per month or create up to 20 new projects per month.
- Yearly subscribers can process up to 30,000 images (4000 max per project) per year or create up to 240 new projects per year.
- Perpetual licensed users can contact our Sales team to learn more about Cloud allowance and options.
The Cloud allowance status can be checked at the top of the Cloud dashboard.
To process a project on the cloud, there are two alternatives:
- Create a project by importing the images using the cloud web uploader. For more information: How to upload images using the cloud platform.
- Upload an existing project (processed locally on a computer or not) from Pix4D desktop application: For more information: How to upload project files from desktop to Cloud.
Pix4D desktop application enables users to have full control of their project: adding Ground Control Points (GCPs) and Manual Tie Points (MTPs), editing the densified point cloud and changing many more settings which can improve the final results.
Pix4D Cloud also allows to achieve high-quality results, however, for user convenience, projects are processed using default templates. Pix4D Cloud is the easiest way to share a project online with just a link and to do some simple but practical analysis.
The cloud servers run the latest stable version of the desktop software for processing, not the preview (download link).
Yes, the results can be shared. Access the project and click SHARE at the top right corner. External links (in the LINK tab) and the HTML embedded links (in the EMBED tab) are created.
When using the LINK URLs, all the content of the 2D and 3D views, together with the annotations, is shared. The elevation profile / cross-section can be generated from the shared LINK URLs. The input images and the output files will not be shared meaning they cannot be downloaded from a sharing link.
Two LINK URLs can be enabled, copied and shared:
1. With the first link, the collaborators with which the link is shared can view and measure: while the link is enabled, collaborators can:
- Open a project as anonymous users.
- Change the properties of each layer (visibility, opacity, background color, etc..)
- After a page refresh, the changes will be discarded.
2. With the second link, the collaborators with which the link is shared can edit and save: while the link is enabled, collaborators can:
- Open a project as anonymous users.
- Change the properties of each layer (visibility, opacity, background color, etc..).
- After a page refresh, the measurements and the changes will remain saved.
When using the EMBED URL, it is only for visualization and measurements are not allowed.
The input images and outputs (complete set or specific files) can be downloaded directly from Pix4D Cloud.
The images and the .p4d file can be downloaded using Pix4D desktop application: How to download / open a previously uploaded project.
The results folder can be downloaded from Pix4D Cloud: How to download results from the cloud.
All the information in What are the templates and processing options applied on the cloud?.
One processing area can be used for processing on the Cloud. However, the processing area should be drawn using Pix4D desktop application beforehand:
1. After installing Pix4D desktop application (download link), create a new project from the images. For more information: Step 2. Creating a Project. Alternatively, if the project was previously processed on the cloud servers, it is possible to download the project. For more information: How to download results from the cloud.
2. Create a processing area. For more information: How to select / draw the Processing Area.
3. Upload the project with the processing area from Pix4D desktop application to Pix4D Cloud. For more information: How to upload project files from desktop to Cloud.
For more information: How to use GCPs for processing on the cloud platform.
Projects without image geolocation can be processed on the cloud. However, the orthomosaic generated might not be correctly oriented.
- Projects without image geolocation that are processed on the cloud will be in an arbitrary coordinate system and thus will not have a map on the background.
- Projects with image geolocation will have as output coordinate system the same as the one defined by the image geolocation. If the image geolocation is in a geographic coordinate system, the output coordinate system will be the corresponding projected coordinate system in UTM zone.
- If a project is uploaded from Pix4D desktop application, then the output coordinate system will be the one selected in Pix4D desktop app.
Web measurements calculated on results are displayed in metric or imperial units. To change the unit system, proceed as follows.
1. Go to the home page of Pix4D Cloud. Click the username and select Account settings.
2. In the panel Solution preference, select the measurement unit.
By default, uploads from Pix4D desktop application and Pix4Dcapture are directed to the solution matching the license. To upload and process using a different solution, proceed as follows.
- Go to the home page of Pix4D Cloud. Click the username and select Account settings.
- In the panel Solution preference, select the solution to use among Pix4Dmapper, Pix4Dbim, Pix4Dfields, and Pix4Dmodel (depending on the license restrictions).
- If a Pix4Dmapper desktop session is open while changing the Solution preference, log out and in again from the desktop application in order to make the changes effective before uploading to the Cloud.
For more information: Retention policy of Pix4D Cloud projects.
The following browsers are officially supported for Pix4D Cloud on Windows 10+ and MacOS:
- Chrome (latest version)
- Firefox (latest version)
- Internet Explorer Edge (latest version)
- Internet Explorer 11 (partially supported, more here: Output is not displayed / feature is missing in the cloud)
- Safari 11+
The subscription plan can be cancelled anytime. Learn how in How to cancel the subscription plan.