Pix4D Desktop Preview technical release notes

Current version 4.3 Preview

Version Release date Release type Link
4.3.24 August 23rd 2018 Preview Download
4.3.21 July 24th 2018 Preview Download
4.3.15 June 12th 2018 Preview Download
4.3.12 May 23rd 2018 Preview Download
4.3.9 May 2nd 2018 Preview Download
4.3.6 April 18th 2018 Preview Download
4.3.4 April 9th 2018 Preview Download

Disclaimer: The preview version contains new features and bug fixes. Documentation and support are not available. We recommend testing the preview version before using it for production work. 

For detailed steps about downloading, installing, or updating the software: 115002439403.

 

What's new

  • (4.3.24) Speed of the initial processing has been improved.
  • (4.3.24) Updated Korean translation.
  • (4.3.21) The Parrot ANAFI  camera model included in the camera database.
  • (4.3.21) Updated language translations.
  • (4.3.15) The DJI Mavic Air camera model included in the camera database.
  • (4.3.12) Pix4Dmapper is GDPR compliant. See here.
  • (4.3.12) Speed improvements of step 1. Initial Processing.
  • (4.3.12) New radiometric DLS corrections for MicaSense cameras. 
  • (4.3.6) Improved support of MicaSense reflectance targets (new and old design) in Pix4Dmapper. See: 206494883.

 


Bug fixes

  • (4.3.21) Fixed project creation workflow from senseFly's eMotion.
  • (4.3.21) Fixed inconsistency in the naming of MSL geoids in the user interface during project creation.
  • (4.3.21) Fixed the limitation of a minimum GSD that can be displayed in the quality report.
  • (4.3.15) Fixed invalid detection of TIFF images with JPEG compression.
  • (4.3.12) Fixed issues opening the Mosaic Editor in projects with several camera groups.
  • (4.3.12) Fixed issues when merging Sequoia projects.
  • (4.3.12) Fixed model conversion issue when opening a project processed with an old version.
  • (4.3.12) Fixed issue of the GCPs coordinate system being changed to WGS84, after changing the vertical coordinate system of the images.
  • (4.3.12) Fixed backward compatibility issue.
  • (4.3.12) Fixed inconsistency in the naming of MSL geoids in the UI during project creation.
  • (4.3.12) Fixed failure of project during creation when non-geolocated images are imported. 
  • (4.3.12) Fixed the unit (meter-feet) conversion issue of vertical coordinate systems.
  • (4.3.12) Fixed project failing when missing certain tags in Sequoia imagery.
  • (4.3.12) Fixed issue of frames extraction from videos captured with iPhone SE. 
  • (4.3.9) Fixed backward compatibility issue.
  • (4.3.9) Fixed inconsistencies in naming of MSL geoids in Image Properties window during project creation. 
  • (4.3.9) Fixed issue of error (Exception thrown) during project creation with non-geolocated images.
  • (4.3.4) Fixed error in EXIF reader for radiometry projects during project creation. 
  • (4.3.4) Fixed issue when command line requires project file to be specified. 
  • (4.3.4) Fixed issue where video animation was showing the disabled points. 

 


Known issues

  • (4.3.6) Issues with the vertical coordinate system:
    • Error exception is thrown when a project with non-geolocated images is created. There is no impact on the processing.
    • Inconsistency in the naming of MSL geoids in the user interface during project creation. Fixed in 4.3.21.
    • Backward compatibility issue. Projects cannot be created in previous versions. The workaround is to delete the coordinate system related entry in the registry.

 

   

Versions 4.2 Preview

Version Release date Release type Download
4.2.17 February 26th 2018 Preview Download
4.2.15 February 6th 2018 Preview Download

Disclaimer: The preview version contains new features and bug fixes. Documentation and support are not available. We recommend testing the preview version before using it for production work. 


What's new

  • (4.2.15) The uncertainties of a list of Automatic Tie Points are exported in a .csv file in the params folder.

 


Enhancements and changes

  • (4.2.15) Pix4Dmapper is used in the EULA dialog, the login dialog and the license selection dialog.
  • (4.2.15) A project is now added to the recent project list when it is loaded, created or saved as.

 


Bug fixes

  • (4.2.17) Prevent users from being affected by a "Failed to write EXIF" error during the DSM generation step.
  • (4.2.17) Fixed issue of having empty tiles in the orthomosaic in cases of steep terrain.
  • (4.2.15) New project name in command line does not get shortened after last "."
  • (4.2.15) Zoom and map center are reset to default when changing between map types (Satellite, Maps) in the Map View.

 

Versions 4.1 Preview

Version Release date Release type Link
4.1.15 November 30th 2017 Preview Download
4.1.10 November 6th 2017 Preview Download
4.1.3 October 4th 2017 Preview Download

Disclaimer: The preview version contains new features and bug fixes. Documentation and support are not available. We recommend testing the preview version before using it for production work. 


What's new

  • (4.1.15) Splash screen: displays the actions taken place while the software is loading.

 


Enhancements and changes

  • (4.1.15) Improvements in the point cloud classification: run classification from the Process menu, add color legend for classification group, rename "Deleted" point group into "Disabled".
  • (4.1.15) Improved templates wizard: new categories for templates.
  • (4.1.15) Texture mesh improvements for spherical cameras.
  • (4.1.15) Remove accuracy information for check points from the quality report.
  • (4.1.10) Support web links in error messages. 
  • (4.1.10) Improved the right sidebar in the rayCloud.
  • (4.1.10) Improved display properties in the layers section of the left sidebar. 
  • (4.1.3) Improved progress bar while classifying the point cloud.
  • (4.1.3) Updating from 4.0 to 4.1 does not require new login.
  • (4.1.3) Changes in the command line log in procedure. 

 


Bug fixes

  • (4.1.15) Improved color matrix correction for senseFly modified cameras.
  • (4.1.15) 3D Textured Mesh settings are displayed in the log file.
  • (4.1.15) Point cloud density in the quality report matches the units of the project.
  • (4.1.15) Geolocation bias is not calculated when using the site calibration option.
  • (4.1.10) Fixed freeze during mesh texturing. 
  • (4.1.10) Occasional crashes of Sequoia projects on Linux machines. 
  • (4.1.3) Fixed issues with camera rig definition of MultiSPEC 4C camera.
  • (4.1.3) Fixed cropping issue in video animation.
  • (4.1.3) Fixed coordinate widget size so that the full name of coordinate systems to be displayed. 

 

Versions 4.0 Preview

Version Release date Release type Link
4.0.18 September 25th 2017 Preview Download
4.0.11 September 5th 2017 Preview Download
4.0.5 August 24th 2017 Preview Download
4.0.3 August 14th 2017 Preview Download

Disclaimer: The preview version contains new features and bug fixes. Documentation and support are not available. We recommend testing the preview version before using it for production work. 

What's new

  • (4.0.18) Point Cloud Classification.
  • (4.0.11) Remotely deactivation of floating licenses.

Other enhancements and changes

  • (4.0.18) Many mesh texture improvements:
    • Processing speed improvements in mesh texturing (regular mesh and LoD mesh).
    • Image annotations are now used when texturing the mesh.
    • Hidden faces get a more consistent texturing.
  • (4.0.18) Mesh .dxf polyline export reports its progress more accurately. 
  • (4.0.18) Various usability improvements in the license management.
  • (4.0.11) The 3D Textured Mesh can be exported in .dxf format as polylines for visualization in AutoCAD Civil 3D.
  • (4.0.5) Export of Index calculator content as a correctly georeferenced KML scene.
  • (4.0.5) Improved radiometric calibration status in processing options after changing the default albedo values.
  • (4.0.5) DJI Spark camera included in the camera database.
  • (4.0.5) Updated Korean translations. 

Bug fixes

  • (4.0.18) Fixed inconsistencies in the update of the username in the login window.  
  • (4.0.5) Fixed compatibility issue of LOD .slpk files with ArcGIS Earth.
  • (4.0.5) Fixed crashes when importing certain sets of images from MAPIR camera.
  • (4.0.2) Fixed restriction of special characters in email and password input form. 

Known issues

  • (3.2.15) Conversion of user templates of a specific version issued errors when being converted from Pix4Dmapper version 3.2 to 3.3.

 

 

Versions 3.3 Preview

Version Release date Release type  
3.3.19 July 27th 2017 Preview Download
3.3.17 July 11th 2017 Preview Download
3.3.14 June 27th 2017 Preview Download
3.3.13 June 15th 2017 Preview Download
3.3.7 May 17th 2017 Preview Download
3.3.4 May 5th, 2017 Preview Download

Disclaimer: The preview version contains new features and bug fixes. Documentation and support are not available. We recommend testing the preview version before using it for production work. 


What's new


  • (3.3.17) New projection algorithm in the rayCloud to better detect outliers when marking the points.
  • (3.3.13) Micasense Atlas uploader connection
    • In the Index Calculator, a new button allows to efficiently upload the reflectance map to your Atlas account.

Other enhancements and changes

  • (3.3.19) The software starts 0.7 seconds faster in Windows.
  • (3.3.17) Up to 30% faster Geometrically Verified Matching in the standard calibration pipeline.
  • (3.3.17) Improved DTM algorithm. Better building detection parameters have been introduced.
  • (3.3.17) Information about the optimizer and lever-arm have been removed from the Quality Report.
  • (3.3.13) Improved color balancing algorithms. This reduces greatly purple artifacts on the edges of the orthmosaics.
  • (3.3.13) Improved Tetracam Rig support. In the rig page, the Tetracam rig is now created correctly with the right bands.
  • (3.3.7) LOD generation available in p4d files.
  • (3.3.4) Improved reading of Micasense Rededge camera.
  • (3.3.4) Improved calibration: correlation parameters are calculated faster and for all projects.
  • (3.3.4) The global mask is now also applied during orthomosaic computation.
  • (3.3.4) Updated coordinate system database, including Japanese Geodetic Datum 2011 and more.
  • (3.3.4) Slight improved calibration speed, mostly for larger projects.

Bug fixes

  • (3.3.19) Fixed reset button in the Mosaic Editor. 
  • (3.3.17) Fixed wrong pixel size determination for Aeryon images.
  • (3.3.17) Fixed Gamma (radiometric) corrections for the S110 NIR modified camera.
  • (3.3.14) Fixed wrong logo in Quality Report in Pix4Dmodel.
  • (3.3.13) Fixed crashes during DTM generation.
  • (3.3.13) Fixed updating of Image dots in MapView during step 2.
  • (3.3.13) Fixed parsing of geolocation file when the image name is a number.
  • (3.3.13) Fixed crash when uploading project with image in multiple directories.
  • (3.3.13) Fixed crash when creating a project out of multiple videos.
  • (3.3.13) Fixed issue in some values not being translated.
  • (3.3.13) Fixed issue when importing geolocation file with image filenames containing a + sign.
  • (3.3.7) The mosaic editor saves correctly its closing state when the user did not generate a DTM.
  • (3.3.7) Fixed missing icons in the quality report after merging.
  • (3.3.4) Fixed merging issue when the project or images are on remote drives.

Known issues

  • (3.3.4) Possible crash at the end of processing when disabling the automatic Quality Report display.
    • Workaround: don't uncheck the automatic Quality Report display
  • (3.3.4) In very rare cases, regression in calibration speed
    • Fixed in 3.3.7

 

Versions 3.2 Preview

This is the release of Pix4D Desktop 3.2 Preview. Get a preview of the new features and help us improve the product by reporting any issues: Submit a request to support.

Disclaimer: The preview version contains new features and bug fixes. Documentation and support are not available. We recommend testing the preview version before using it for production work.

Download

Version Release date Release type
3.2.21 April 20, 2017 Preview
3.2.19 April 5, 2017 Preview
3.2.17 March 21, 2017 Preview
3.2.15 March 7, 2017 Preview
3.2.14 February 27, 2017 Preview
3.2.10 February 7, 2017 Preview
3.2.9 January 25, 2017 Preview
3.2.7 January 11, 2017 Preview

 

Version 3.2.21

What's new

  • Translations:
    • New language: Russian
    • Updated all other languages
  • SGM add-on deprecated

Bug fixes

  • Merging project
    • Fixed issues leading to failed merging introduced in 3.2.19
  • LOD meshes
    • Can now be opened both in ArcGIS online and Earth
  • Various bug fixes and stability improvements

Known issues

  • Merging:
    • Issues when merging projects located on remote drives

 

Version 3.2.19

What's new

  • Quality report
    • Internal camera parameter correlation matrix
  • rayCloud
    • LOD mesh export in SLPK format from the Layers Sidebar. 

Bug fixes

  • Command line
    • Fix bug where --logout failed after command line license activation

Known issues

  • Processing
    • In some cases the software crashes when using Process > Reoptimize
  • Outputs
    • LOD mesh in SLPK format can only be opened in ArcGIS Online and not in ArcGIS Earth

 

Version 3.2.17

Bug fixes

  • Software
    • Fix bug where for some languages, OK/Cancel buttons are not translated. The issue is still valid for Spanish, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese.

Other changes

  • Command line
    • pix4dmapper.com removed.

Known issues

  • Project management
    • Cannot merge projects if there are located on a network drive.

 

Version 3.2.15

What's new

  • Camera models
    • Improved camera model sensor size estimation.
  • Processing templates
    • New template for the thermoMAP/FLIR.

Bug fixes

  • Software
    • Fix bug which increased slightly the time for the application to open.
  • rayCloud
    • Fix bug where in some cases there was an offset between the cursor and the objects in the 3D view when the Microsoft Windows scale is larger than 100%.

Known issues

  • Software
    • For some languages, OK/Cancel buttons are not translated.

 

Version 3.2.14

What's new

  • Processing templates
    • Template description update.
  • Outputs
    • LOD mesh export. Process and export the mesh as a tiled, multi levels of details (LOD) mesh in OSGB 3.4 format (not compatible with 3.2 based viewers).

Bug fixes

  • Software
    • Fix bug where Process > Open Results Folder... was not working when using a network drive.
  • Project creation
    • Fix bug where it was not possible to merge projects anymore.

 

Known issues

  • Project creation
    • Rare crash when creating a project.
    • Rare crash during camera creation.
    • Failed merging in certain cases.

 

 

Version 3.2.10

Bug fixes

  • Software
    • Comma "," is not accepted as a decimal symbol. This affects computers with a locale installation that uses comma for decimals.
  • Processing
    • Fix bug where step 1 failed in some rare cases when multiple images have the same geolocation.
  • Volumes view
    • ± sign between the volume measurement and the estimated error is missing.

 

Known issues

  • Software
    • In some cases the option Process > Open Results Folder ... does not work.
  • Index calculator
    • Point shape file cannot be generated at a Grid Size lower than 4*GSD.
    • When drawing a region with a vertex outside the reflectance area, the region disappears when right clicking to finish drawing the region.
    • In some cases, the MicaSense Rededge camera model is not correctly created, which leads to artifacts in the reflectance map.

 

Version 3.2.9

What's new

  • Camera database
    • Add Phantom 4 Pro camera model with optimized parameters.
  • Upload/Download project files
    • Up to 10x faster (depending on internet connection)
    • Fix various crashes/hanging uploads
    • Faster and more reliable upload/download 
    • Small UI and error feedback improvements

 

Other changes

  • Upload/Download project files
    • No results upload.
    • Upload cannot be resumed. When uploading the project again, upload starts from beginning.
  • Index calculator
    • Rename "Albedo" to "Reflectance Factor" in the Radiometric Calibration window.

 

Bug fixes

  • Index calculator
    • Fix bug where in some cases the sun irradiance was not correctly converted when opening older p4d files in newer software versions.

 

Known issues

  • Software
    • Some values in the software are displayed in centimeters when the project's coordinate system is in feet.
  • Project management
    • Merging projects with processing areas results in a project with a wrongly merged processing area.
      Workaround: Merge projects without area and add it after merging.
  • Upload/Download project files
    • When uploading a project, the user interface changes the status of the upload from "Uploading" to "Uploaded new dataset" after the first images has been uploaded instead of changing it after all images have been uploaded.
  • Image properties
    • Software crashes when importing an empty flight log.
  • Processing
    • Automatic sky masking is not taken into account for projects whose name contain special characters such as "&" "@" "¦".
  • rayCloud
    • Cannot zoom in/out nor rotate in the rayCloud's 3D view while editing the densified point cloud.
  • Volumes view
    • ± sign between the volume measurement and the estimated error is missing.
  • Index calculator
    • Path of radiometric calibration images are not updated when changing the projects location.
      Workaround: Open the Radiometric Calibration window and re-upload the calibration image.
    • Export index map function takes MTPs into account: only the region has index values, however it is surrounded by a large region of black with no value.
  • Command line
    • Creating a new project using a template file with the command --template <template_file> fails. 

 

Version 3.2.7

Bug fixes

  • Map View
    • Fix crash that happened for projects with marked GCPs in the following situation:
      1. Pan in the map view
      2. In the map view, select a GCP. The GCP/MTP manager opens.
      3. In the GCP/MTP manager, click Remove Points.
      4. Click OK. The software is crashing.
  • Processing
    • Step 2. Point Cloud and Mesh crashes for large datasets when using SGM.
    • Fix bug where step 3 cannot be run for projects with multiple camera models in the case all images of a camera model are disabled.
  • Outputs
    • Fix bug where loading the GeoTIF orthomosaic in third party software was slower.
  • Various UI bug fixes

 

Known issues

  • Software
    • Comma "," is not accepted as a decimal symbol. This affects computers with a local installation that uses comma for decimals.
  • GCPs
    • Wrong default GCP accuracies when the coordinate system is in feet. It is currently set to 0.02 feet.
      Workaround: edit the GCP accuracies.
  • Processing
    • The contour lines generated from the Process menu are using the DSM, even if the DTM is generated and the tiles are merged.
      Workaround
      1) In the Processing Options, under 3. DSM, Orthomosaic and Index > Additional Outputs > Raster DTM, select the option GeoTIFF.
      2) On the menu Process, select Generate Contour Lines.
  • rayCloud
    • Cannot generate the orthoplane for some coordinate systems.

 

 

Versions 3.1 Preview

This is the release of Pix4Dmapper 3.1 Preview. Get a preview of the new features and help us improve the product by reporting any issues: Submit a request to support.

Disclaimer: The preview version contains new features and bug fixes. Documentation and support are not available. We recommend testing the preview version before using it for production work.

Download

Version Release date Release type
3.1.15 November 29, 2016 Preview
3.1.13 November 16, 2016 Preview
3.1.7 November 1, 2016 Preview
3.1.5 October 19, 2016 Preview

 

Version 3.1.15

Improvements

  • Processing
    • Improved reflectance map generation

Bug fixes

  • Processing
    • Fix bug where step 1 was slower for all projects using the Alternative Calibration Method. This impacted projects using the Ag Multispectral, Ag Modified Camera, Ag RGB, Thermal Camera templates.
  • Outputs
    • Update and correct format for the files project_name_calibrated_external_camera_parameters.txt and project_name_calibrated_external_camera_position_errors.txt located in the folder 1_initial/params.
  • Mosaic editor
    • Fix bug where the Mosaic Editor could not be opened when the DTM was not generated.
  • Various UI bug fixes.

Known issues

  • Software
    • Display issues when using 2 screens with different resolutions (e.g. a laptop connected to a large screen.
      Workaround: Use the same resolution on the two screens or disable one screen.
  • Processing
    • Cannot generate 3D Textured Mesh from menu when no logo is selected.
    • In some cases cannot compute the reflectance map even if no sun irradiance is requested. This affects old projects using modified cameras.
      Workaround: create a new project.
    • Sky is not automatically removed for Bebop2 projects.
  • Outputs
    • In some third party software loading the GeoTIF orthomosaic is slower.
  • rayCloud
    • In some cases exporting a point group in a custom directory from the layers sidebar is not working.
    • Cannot create a video animation from the menu.
      Workaround: use the button on the left sidebar.
    • Cannot export GCPs/MTPs from the rayCloud layer's sidebar.
      Workaround: use the GCP/MTP manager.
  • Index calculator
    • Index color scale changes after opening the Processing Options Window. This happens only if the gray colored index is selected.

 

Version 3.1.13

What is new

  • Improved DTM generation
    • The DTM generation is now computed from the DSM. It is generated in step 3 which allows a fully automated DTM generation.
    • The DTM processing options can be accessed in the Process > Processing Options... > 3. DSM, Orthomosaic and Index > Additional Outputs.
    • Improved workflow, performance and quality of the results.
  • Contour lines from DTM
    • The contour lines are generated from the DTM if the DTM exists.

Improvements

  • Maps View
    • New maps and satellite background from Mapbox.
    • Single click on an image's position to visualize the corresponding image.
    • Esc key can be used to cancel the drawing of the processing area.
  • Processing
    • Improved processing speed of step 1 for projects with more than 2'000 images.
  • Various UI improvements

Other changes

  • Maps View
    • Project summary and layers sidebar discontinued.
    • Orthomosaic view discontinued.
  • Point cloud classification discontinued.

Bug fixes

  • Quality report
    • Fix bug where the name of the project in the Quality Report was not updated after saving a project as and renaming it.
  • rayCloud
    • Fix bug where the point cloud was not loaded after saving a project with uppercase letter in the project name.
    • Fix bug where the processing area was not displayed correctly in the rayCloud after importing it in the Map View.

Known issues

  • New project
    • Creating a new project using images from a senseFly's drone does not select egm96
      as default coordinate system.
      Workaround: During project creation, in the Image Properties window, select Geoid Height Above the Ellipsoide = 0 as image coordinate system. For more information how to change the image coordinate system: 202560029.
  • Project management
    • Cannot open a project with Korean characters, even if it has been created using the New Project wizard.
      Workaround: rename the .p4d file so that it does not contain Korean characters.
    • When opening a project from an older version which requires to convert the project, the user is asked to either convert the project directly and open it or to make a backup. The loading project progress bar is displayed on top of this window without loading the project and does not allow the user to make a choice.
      Workaround:
      1. Cancel the project loading window
      2. Open the project or make a backup. Note: Cancel will automatically convert the project and open it.
  • Processing window
    • Step 2 of the processing window is displayed in red after generating the 3D Textured Mesh in OBJ format with tiled texture.
  • Processing
    • The Map View freezes when running step 1 for large projects.
    • Step 1 is slower for all projects using the Alternative Calibration Method. This impacts projects using the Ag Multispectral, Ag Modified Camera, Ag RGB, Thermal Camera templates.
  • rayCloud
    • Pressing the Shift key with the desired navigation key (e.g. up arrow) does not allow a faster navigation anymore.
      Workaround: Press Shift+Ctrl to navigate faster.

 

Version 3.1.7

Bug fixes

  • Project creation
    • Fix bug where in some cases it was not possible to create a project from a video. The software displayed an "Exception thrown" error message.
  • Processing
    • Fix bug where step 3 crashed during DSM generation when the DSM Surface Smoothing Type was set to Medium.
  • Quality Report
    • Fix bug where the GCPs were not visible in the XZ and YZ plane of Figure 3 in the Quality Report.

 

Known issues

  • Volumes
    • Volumes exported in DXF format cannot be imported in AutoCAD.
      Workaround:
      1. Drag and drop the .dxf file in QGIS.
      2. Right click in the layer and select Save As...
      3. Make sure the format is AutoCAD DXF and save the document in the desired location.
      4. Click OK.
      5. Open this new .dxf file in AutoCAD.

 

Version 3.1.5

Improvements

  • Minor UI improvements

Bug fixes

  • Processing
    • Fix bug where the calibration results were less accurate for some oblique datasets.
    • Fix bug where for some AG-RGB or Thermal datasets step 1 was slower.
    • Fix bug where it was not possible to run step 3 again after step 3 was done. This happened only in the case where the software was not closed before starting step 3 again.
  • Index calculator
    • Fix bug where in some cases radiometric calibration type incompatible with the project data could have been chosen.
    • Fix software crash when opening the Index Calculator for reflectance maps with invalid data.
    • Fix various bugs affecting radiometric calibration and the reflectance map generation.
    • Fix bug where radiometric calibration was not reseted correctly after pressing the Reset button.
    • Fix bug where regions exported in .shp format from the Index Calculator could not be imported.
    • Fix bug where the reflectance map computed using the Gaussian Fast Downsampling Method was not computed correctly anymore. This bug was introduced in version 3.0.7.
  • rayCloud
    • Fix bug where surfaces could not be renamed.

 

Known issues

  • Project p4d file
    • Any project created in version 2.0, 2.1, 2.2 using an Ag template or with the Downsampling Method set to Warp cannot be opened in version 3.1 more than once.
      Workaround: When opening the p4d file the first time in version 2.2, 3.0 or 3.1, in the processing options under 3.DSM, Orthomosaic and Index > Index Calculator use another Downsampling Method than Warp.
  • GCPs
    • When exporting GCPs marks to a .txt file using the French software version, the file name ends with a comma ".txt,".
      Workaround: rename the file by removing the ",".
  • rayCloud
    • When visualizing multiple external point clouds, only the shader of the first point cloud is taken into account for the display.
  • Index Calculator
    • Exported index shape file is not generated correctly. This bug also affects version 3.0.

 

 

 

Versions 3.0 Preview

This is the release of Pix4Dmapper 3.0 Preview. Get a preview of the new features and help us improve the product by reporting any issues Submit a request to support.

Disclaimer: the documentation is not yet ready for 3.0 Preview, and we do not recommend using the Preview for production work. No support is provided for the Preview.

Download

Version Release date Release type
3.0.13 October 11, 2016 New release
3.0.7 September 26, 2016 Preview
3.0.5 September 6, 2016 Preview
3.0.3 August 23, 2016 Preview

 

Version 3.0.13

Bug fixes

  • Processing
    • Fix bug where the calibration results were less accurate for some oblique datasets.
    • Fix bug where for some AG-RGB or Thermal datasets step 1 was slower.
    • Fix bug where it was not possible to run step 3 again after step 3 was done. This happened only in the case where the software was not closed before starting step 3 again.
  • Index calculator
    • Fix various bugs affecting radiometric calibration and the reflectance map generation.
    • Fix bug where radiometric calibration was not reseted correctly after pressing the Reset button.
    • Fix bug where regions exported in .shp format from the Index Calculator could not be imported.
    • Fix bug where the reflectance map computed using the Gaussian Fast Downsampling Method was not computed correctly anymore. This bug was introduced in version 3.0.7.
  • rayCloud
    • Fix bug where surfaces could not be renamed.

 

Version 3.0.7

What is new

  • Index calculator
    • No Correction
    • Camera Only
    • Camera and Sun Irradiance
    • Camera, Sun Irradiance and Sun Angle
    • New processing options in the options for step 3 > Index Calculator > Radiometric Processing and Calibration that allow to select the radiometric correction type:
  • Quality report
    • Display radiometric correction type used.

Improvements

Bug fixes

  • Merging projects
    • Fix bug where after merging projects, the Index List in the processing options for step 3 > Index Calculator was empty.
  • 3D Textured Mesh
    • Fix bug where the texture of the 3D textured mesh had black parts when using 360° cameras and the Global Masking feature.
  • Index calculator
    • Fix bug where software crashed when opening the the Index Calculator after having merged projects.

Known issues

  • Processing
    • For some AG-RGB or Thermal datasets step 1 is slower.
    • Fast gauss downsampling option of the reflectance map does not discard properly nodata values and the results contains artifacts.
      Workaround: use the average gauss for acurate results.
    • For some oblique datasets, some regression in time/completeness may occur. 
  • Quality report
    • Quality report pdf is not overwritten if it is open.
      Workaround. Close the pdf before re-generating the quality report.
  • rayCloud
    • Cannot rename surfaces.
  • Index calculator
    • Radiometric calibration image paths are not updated when changing the project's location. If processing is done after a project is moved the radiometric calibration will not be done.
      Workaround: In the processing options under step 3 > Index Calculator, update manually the path for all the radiometric calibration images.
    • Cannot reprocess step 3, warning w0033: somes result files or folders are already open.
      Workaround: Save, close the project and reopen it.
  • Volumes
    • Base surface changes are not taken into account when exporting volumes.
Version 3.0.5

What is new

  • Index calculator
    • Faster reflectance map generation when using a value higher than the GSD for the resolution and selecting the Gaussian Fast Downsampling Method.

Improvements

  • Camera models
    • Linear rolling shutter is set as default for the Sequoia RGB camera model.
  • Processing
    • Improve feature extraction for 360° cameras so that more features are extracted on the top and bottom of the images.

Bug fixes

  • Project management
    • Fix bug where when a 2.2 project was opened in 3.0.3 preview, no backup was created and the project could not be opened in 2.2 anymore.
  • Coordinates system
    • Fix bug where GCP and output coordinate system were not automatically updated when changing the image coordinate system from arbitrary to known coordinate system after the project has been created.
  • Camera models
    • Fix bug where no camera model from the user database could be selected.
  • rayCloud
    • Artifacts are visible when displaying the thermal shader for the Mesh on computers with AMD cards.
  • Index Calculator
    • Albedo field for the radiometric calibration does not accept a value with a '0'.
  • Various UI bug fixes

Other changes

  • EULA
  • Processing options
    • Discontinue the option in step 2 > Advanced > 3D Textured Mesh Settings > Maximum Number of Triangles per Leaf.
  • Processing area
    • Discontinue the import of the processing area in DXF format.

Known issues

  • Merging projects
    • When merging projects, the Index List in the processing options for step 3 > Index Calculator is empty.
      Workaround: After merging projects, close the software and re-open it.
  • Quality report
    • The Ground Control Points table is not displayed in the Quality Report for projects without image geolocation, even though the GCPs are taken into account for processing
  • Volumes view
    • When importing volumes from a file, if multiple volumes have the same name, they are imported as one volume.
    • Exporting volumes always contains the default base surface, even if it was changes in the settings.
  • Index calculator
    • Software crashes when opening the the Index Calculator after having merged projects.
      Workaround: After merging projects, close the software and re-open it.

 

Version 3.0.3

What is new

  • Processing
    • Point cloud densification is up to 2x faster while preserving quality and density.

Improvements

  • Various UI improvements

Bug fixes

  • Project management
    • Fix bug where project could not be opened when it was created with version 2.2 and the processing option Use MTPs under 1. Initial Processing > Matching > Matching Image Pairs > Custom were unselected.
  • Map View
    • Fix bug where an error was shown when double clicking on a multispectral image in the Map View.
  • Processing
    • Fix bug where the texture file was not generated when generating the 3D Textured Mesh in OBJ format. This happened when creating a new project and directly processing it.
    • Fix bug where the orthomosaic generated from a project with Sequoia's RGB images was fully transparent.

Known issues

  • Processing
    • 3D Textured mesh has a gray texture when using color balancing. The bug appears when generating the mesh first during step 2 and then re-generating it using the menu Process > Generate 3D Textured Mesh.
  • rayCloud
    • Artifacts are visible when displaying the thermal shader for the Mesh on computers with AMD cards.
  • Index Calculator
    • Albedo field for the radiometric calibration does not accept a value with a '0'.
  • Pix4Dmapper Mesh
    • Cannot use surface objects to improve the mesh.
    • Cannot export a Mesh from the layers sidebar in the rayCloud.

 

Versions 2.2 Preview

This is the release of Pix4Dmapper 2.2 Preview. Get a preview of the new features and help us improve the product by reporting any issues to support@pix4d.com

Disclaimer: the documentation is not yet ready for 2.2 Preview, and we do not recommend using the Preview for production work. No support is provided for the Preview.

Download

Version Release date Release type
2.2.22 August 11, 2016 New release
2.2.19 July 27, 2016 Preview
2.2.15 July 5, 2016 Preview

 

Version 2.2.22

Bug fixes

  • Project management
    • Fix bug where p4d files created by merging projects could not be opened.
    • Fix bug where the software crashed when creating a new project after having merged a project.
  • Merge projects
    • Fix bug where MTPs disappeared when merging projects.
    • Fix bug where when merging projects fails with error e0401f, the projects to be merged cannot be opened any more.
  • Various UI bug fixes
  • Index calculator
    • Fix bug where wrong sensitivity of the Sequoia's sunshine sensor was used in version 2.2.19 to compute the reflectance map.
    • Fix bug where Sequoia's images without sunshine sensor information were used for the reflectance map.
  • Command line
    • Fix bug where the degree symbol was not correctly printed out on stdout.

 

Version 2.2.19

What is new

  • 360° cameras processing
    • A new spherical model has been introduced, which allows processing of images and videos acquired with a 360° camera. Only equirectangular images and videos are supported.
  • Automatic detection of the Airinov calibration targets
    • When an image with an Airinov calibration target is imported at project creation the target is automatically detected and the target region and albedo values are automatically extracted.

Improvements

  • Quality report
    • Display all the processing options used for processing.
  • CLI
    • Pix4Dmapper outputs are now split between stdout (Info, UI, Processing) and stderr (Error, Warning) when using the command line.

Bug fixes

  • Project management
    • Fix bug where a .p4d file created with version 2.1 could not be opened in version 2.2.15.
  • Processing options
    • Fix bug where processing options for step 3 were set to the 3D Maps template options when loading a template created in version 2.1.
  • Quality report
    • Fix display issues appearing in the quality report generated after merging processed projects.
  • Processing
    • Fix bug where processing failed at step 2 when annotating images for masking before step 2 is run.
  • rayCloud
    • Fix bug where in some cases the software crashed when generating the orthoplane and some images were annotated for masking. When this happens the project cannot be opened anymore.
  • Index calculator
    • Fix bug where for some projects the grayscale used to display the reflectance map was not correct. The reflectance map appeared almost black.
  • Various UI bug fixes

Known issues

  • Project management
    • When merging processed projects failed with error e0401f, the individual projects cannot be opened anymore.
  • Processing
    • Cannot reprocess step 3 when the Index Calculator View is open.
  • Outputs
    • The 3D PDF can only be visualized with a texture up to 8192x8192.
  • Maps View
    • Importing a Processing Area using a DXF file does not place it at the project location as there is no coordinate system.
  • rayCloud
    • The adding an orientation constraint for the X and Y axis is not working when following this workflow:
      1. On the menu click rayCloud > New Orientation Constraint.
      2. On the right sidebar, under Axis, select the X axis.
      3. Draw the Orientation Constraint. It disappears.
      Workaround: Draw first the constraint and then change the axis.
  • Index Calculator
    • In some cases the reflectance map displays wrong band information values.
  • Volumes view
    • Volumes export from Pix4Dmapper and re-imported into another project do not have the same number of vertices.

 

Version 2.2.15

What is new

  • New Volumes view
    • The Volumes view allows to easily measure volumes as well as to import and export them.
  • Manually improve the 3D textured mesh
    • Use surfaces drawn in the rayCloud to improve the 3D textured mesh. This new tool helps to flatten surfaces or to fill holes on flat surfaces.
  • Automatic sky masking for Parrot Bebop images
    • New processing option that allows to automatically mask sky in Parrot Bebop images during step 1. When running step 2 Point Cloud Densification masked areas will not be used to reconstruct 3D Points. Therefore sky will not be reconstructed at step 2.
  • Manually remove orthoplane background
    • Annotate images in the rayCloud in order to remove the background for orthoplane generation.
  • Optimized camera position uncertainties
    • The optimized camera position uncertainties are displayed in the quality report. The absolute position uncertainty is displayed in Figure 3 and the relative position uncertainty is displayed in Figure 5.

Improvements

  • Processing options
    • 3D textured mesh: remove zipped OBJ option as it is not compatible anymore with Sketchfab. By default the 3D textured mesh is generated in OBJ and FBX format.
  • Processing
    • Faster processing for multi-spectral rigs (e.g. Sequoia, etc.).
    • Easier and faster processing for images acquired by senseFly's albris.
    • Automatically remove foreground objects when generating the 3D Textured Mesh.
  • Outputs
    • The 3D Textured Mesh can be exported directly from the rayCloud layers by right clicking on a mesh layer.
    • Save the DSM and orthomosaic generated with the SGM add-on.
  • Image annotation
    • Annotate images globally to remove objects that are visible in each image at the same location. E.g: Remove the feet of the drone.
  • send to eMotion
    • The two options Send Map to eMotion and Send DSM to eMotion can now also be used when only step 1 is done or when only step 1 and step 3 are done.

 

Bug fixes

  • Project management
    • Fix bug where the radiometric calibration image path was not updated when moving a project.
  • Processing
    • Fix bug where processing was failing when importing an external point cloud to generate the DSM using the menu Process > Import Point Cloud for DSM Generation...
  • Outputs
    • Fix bug where contour lines shapefiles were not compatible with AutoCAD Civil 3D. The file name for the contour lines was changed such that it does not contain a ".". File names without a "." can be directly imported in AutoCAD Civil 3D.
  • Command line
    • Fix bug where it was not possible to logout with --logout when the user logged in with another version. E.g. When the software was logged in with version 2.0, it is not possible to log out with version 2.1.

Other changes

  • Processing options
    • Discontinue the orthomosaic in Mapbox tiles format. The GeoTIFF orthomosaic can be directly uploaded to Mapbox.
  • Quality Report
    • Figure 7. Georeference Verification will not be shown in the quality report anymore. The Ground Control Table can be used to assess the accuracy of the GCPs. The rayCloud gives a better indication about the GCP marks and reprojection.

 

Known issues

  • Processing
    • Wrong matches are computed when using the Reoptimize or Rematch and Optimize options in version 2.2 for projects that have been processed in version 2.1.
    • In some cases the optimized camera position uncertainty is not computed.
    • For some projects with multiple blocks, the densfied point cloud contains holes.
      Workaround: If possible, disable the images in small blocks and run step 2 again.
  • rayCloud
    • Annotate images for Global Mask. Run step 2 and select again the annotated images. The areas annotated for Global Mask are not highlighted with a color. However, the mask was correctly applied when step 2 was run.
    • When using the spherical point cloud shader, the point cloud does not get correctly displayed on systems with AMD graphic cards.
  • Index calculator
    • When scrolling the mouse wheel while inserting a region, the reflectance map disappears.
  • Command line
    • When applying a template file that was created with version 2.1, all the processing options for step 3 are reset to the 3D Maps processing template options.
      Workaround: re-export the template file using version 2.2.

 

Versions 2.1 (beta)

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.

Version Release date Release 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
    • Processing areas with less than 3 vertices.
    • Polylines with less than 2 vertices.
    • Surfaces and Volumes with less than 3 vertices.
    • Do not allow to create

 

 

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
    • Two different tabs for point cloud densification and 3D textured mesh generation options.
    • Better indication of dependency between outputs.
    • Use color balancing to enhance the texture of datasets with large changes in brightness between images.
    • User interface
    • 3D textured mesh
  • Outputs
    • Export densified point cloud as single file using the Merge Tiles option.
    • Export 3D Textured Mesh with tiled texture.
  • Templates
    • Ag Multispectral: generate indices using multispectral cameras.
    • Ag Modified Camera: generate indices using modified cameras.
    • Ag RGB: generate orthomosaics using RGB cameras.
    • New default templates for agricultural applications replacing the former template Agriculture:
    • 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
    • Processing area
    • GCPs
    • Animation trajectory
    • Objects (Polyline, Surface, ...)
    • New Cancel button in the right sidebar to cancel editing for:
    • 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.

 

 

Versions 2.0 (beta)

This is the beta release of the new Pix4Dmapper 2.0. Get a preview of the new features and help us improve the product by reporting any issues to support@pix4d.com

Disclaimer: the documentation is not yet ready for 2.0 Beta, and we do not recommend using the Beta for production work. No support is provided for the beta.

Version Release date Release type
2.0.67 July 31, 2015 Beta bug fix
2.0.64 July 28, 2015 Beta bug fix
2.0.58 July 15, 2015 Beta bug fix
2.0.53 July 6, 2015 Beta bug fix
2.0.51 July 3, 2015 Beta bug fix
2.0.50 July 2, 2015 First beta

 

Version 2.0.67

Bug fixes

  • User Interface
    • Various bug fixes and improvements in the User Interface, mainly in the Processing Options window and Select Coordinate System window.
  • Project Management
    • Fix bug where a .p4d file could not be opened in some cases when the image location has changed.
    • Fix bug where wrong camera model was selected when opening a .p4d project file with minimum format.
    • Fix bug where a project with images of a different resolution than the camera model could be loaded and processed. This caused processing failure.
  • Processing
    • Fix crashes when processing Airinov multiSPEC 4C images.
  • Mosaic Editor
    • Fix bug where the Mosaic View was not correctly refreshed after changing some visualization properties.
    • Fix bug where the visualization settings are not saved when closing the Mosaic Editor.

Improvements

  • Inputs
    • Improved detection of image geolocation files with wrong format.
  • Index Calculator
    • Improve Reflectance Map and NDVI Index Map generation to remove artifacts for projects with Airinov multiSPEC 4C images.

 

Version 2.0.64

Bug fixes

  • GCPs/Manual Tie Points Manager
    • Fix bug where exporting GCP/MTP image marks was not always possible.
    • Fix bug where GCPs/MTPs could be removed while processing.
  • Processing Options
    • Fix bug where Orthomosaic or Densification Area disappeared after changing template.
  • Outputs
    • Fix bug where KML files could not be opened in Google Earth anymore.
    • Fix bug where the contour lines file name for contour lines in feet was wrong.
    • Fix bug where the coordinate system unit was not correctly stored in LAS files for projects with Arbitrary output coordinate system in feet.
  • Quality Report
    • Fix bug where the Relative Geolocation Variance table was not correctly updated when regenerating the Quality Report after changing the image geolocation accuracy.
  • rayCloud
    • Fix bug where when marking GCPs/MTPs the images were not centered on the correct location. This bug also randomly made the software crash.
    • Fix bug where in some cases the Clipping Box was not correctly initialized and displayed far away from the point cloud.
  • Mosaic Editor
    • Fix bug where the Mosaic Editor was only exporting the transparent Orthomosaic and not the non-transparent Orthomosaic.
    • Fix bug where artifacts were visible in the Mosaic at tiles borders.
  • Index Calculator
    • Fix thermal color palette to use the correct colors.
    • Fix bug where indices from the software database could be edited.
    • Fix bug where artifacts were visible in the Reflectance Map at tiles borders.

Improvements

  • User Interface
    • Various User Interface improvements.
  • Processing Options 
    • New interface to use and manage Processing Options Templates.
  • Quality Report
    • Don't display the Geolocation Details if the external camera parameters are not optimized (i.e. if the image geolocation is not optimized).
  • Index Calculator
    • Import regions from polygon shapefile.

 

Version 2.0.58

Bug fixes

  • Project download
    • Fix bug where projects with special characters could not be downloaded.
    • Fix bug where projects uploaded from the software were not downloaded correctly.
  • Project creation using a video
    • Fix bug where the wrong number of images were extracted for videos other than .mp4 videos from the GoPro.
  • Inputs
    • Fix bug where images with altitude = 0 where not recognized as being geolocated.
  • Coordinate Systems
    • Fix bug where changing the Geoid Height Above Ellipsoid was not taken into account.
  • Processing
    • Fix bug where project with no image geolocation, with MTPs and with arbitrary output coordinate system could not be processed.
    • Fix bug where processing failed when using non marked GCPs that do not lie on the same area than the images.
  • Quality Report
    • Fix bug where the project area displayed in the Quality Report was wrong.
  • Maps View
    • Fix bug where software crashed when re-drawing the orthomosaic or densification area in the Maps View.
  • rayCloud
    • Fix bug where depending the coordinate system used, MTPs where not at the correct position anymore when re-opening a project. This has as consequence that measurement objects (polyline, surface, volume) also appear at the wrong position.
    • Fix bug where MTP marks in uncalibrated images could not be removed.
  • Mosaic Editor
    • Fix bug where mosaic editor was crashing when changing a region from ortho to planar projection.
    • Fix bug where a region drawn outside the orthmosaic area could not be deleted.
  • Command line
    • Fix bug so that all options except -v, -h, --close-gui work with or without the -c option.

Improvements

  • Project creation using a video
    • Improved user interface for video frames extraction.
  • Coordinate Systems
    • Allow to enable/disable site calibration for initial processing.
  • Processing
    • Improve alternative processing pipeline so that for datasets that are not good enough to calibrate processing fails instead of never ending.
    • Improved point cloud optimization.
  • Command line
    • New option (--disable-cs-guess) that allows to select the Output Coordinate System from the UI when opening a .p4d file generated through the command line.

 

Version 2.0.53

Known bugs

  • Index Calculator
    • Crashes when generating the Reflectance Map.
    • Crashes in the Index Map export.
  • Processing
    • Sometimes the matching phase at step 1 enters an infinite loop and never ends.
    • Sometimes crashes after a step completes.
  • rayCloud
    • Nothing is displayed in the rayCloud for project in arbitrary coordinates with densification areas in other coordinate system. This happens when the output coordinate system is changed after having defined the densification area.
  • Command line
    • Command line will launch graphic interface even with -c.

Improvements

  • Index Calculator
    • Improved Reflectance and Index Map generation that reduces artifacts.

Bug fixes

  • Processing
    • Fix bug where the externals camera parameters in the file params/*_calibrated_external_camera_parameters.txt were not saved in output coordinate system.
  • Project management
    • Fix bug where results were not read when moving the project and its results to another directory.

 

Version 2.0.51

Known bugs

  • Index Calculator
    • Crashes when generating the Reflectance Map.
    • Crashes in the Index Map export.
  • Processing
    • Sometimes the matching phase at step 1 enters an infinite loop and never ends.
    • Sometimes crashes after a step completes.
  • rayCloud
    • Nothing is displayed in the rayCloud for project in arbitrary coordinates with densification areas in other coordinate system. This happens when the output coordinate system is changed after having define the densification area.
  • Command line
    • Command line will launch graphic interface even with -c.

Bug fixes

  • Processing
    • Fix bug where the initial processing option "Geometrically Verified Matching" was always used, which slowed down initial processing.
  • Maps View
    • Fix bug where the Orthomosaic Area could not be removed from the Maps View.
  • Mosaic Editor
    • Fix crash that happened when drawing a region outside the mosaic.
    • Fix bug where loading a mosaic processed with version 1.4 or older failed.

 

Version 2.0.50 (BETA)

Known bugs

  • Index Calculator
    • Crashes when generating the Reflectance Map.
    • Crashes in the Index Map export.
  • Processing
    • Sometimes the matching phase at step 1 enters an infinite loop and never ends.
    • Sometimes crashes after a step completes.
  • rayCloud
    • Nothing is displayed in the rayCloud for project in arbitrary coordinates with densification areas in other coordinate system. This happens when the output coordinate system is changed after having define the densification area.
  • Mosaic Editor
    • Cannot load a mosaic processed with version 1.4 or older.
  • Command line
    • Command line will launch graphic interface even with -c.

 

What is new

  • Generate an orthomosaic from any plane
    • Define an orthoplane in the rayCloud and use it to generate an orthomosaic. This allows to generate orthomosaics for building facades, bridge piles, etc.
    • Define surfaces on facades and use them to generate the DSM. This allows to flatten the point cloud and generate orthomosaics for flat surfaces more accurately.
  • Scale and orient the 3D model
    Define the scale and orientation of the 3D reconstruction by creating scale and orientation constraints in the rayCloud. This is useful when having projects with unprecise or no image geolocation and when using no GCPs.
  • Redesigned Mosaic Editor
    The redesigned Mosaic Editor allows to edit the mosaic generated at step 3. The changes done to the mosaic can be directly visualized in the Mosaic Editor before saving them.
  • Create 3D models and maps from video files
    Create a new project using a video file.
  • Processing Options Templates
    Processing options templates can be used to initialize processing options according to the type of images to be processed and which outputs are desired.
  • Processing options window new layout
    A new layout for the processing options allows to easier find the different options for step 1, 2 and 3. Advanced options are displayable only on demand for advanced users.
  • More robust initial processing
    Increase the targeted number of extracted keypoints to reconstruct datasets with low image content or low overlap (e.g. fields). Decrease the targeted number of extracted keypoints to speed up processing for projects with very high overlap or for very large images with a lot of image content.
  • Initial processing calibration method based on image geolocation
    This new processing method allows to process datasets with very accurate image position and orientation. It uses the image geolocation to calibrate the images, i.e. to optimize the internal camera parameters. Processing is therefore faster.
  • New DSM generation method
    New DSM generation method (Inverse Distance Weighting) which improves the orthomosaic quality. The effect is mostly visible on building edges which appear sharper.
  • Download projects from the Pix4D Cloud account
    Download projects from your Pix4D Cloud account to process them on your computer.
  • Redesigned command line
    In order to change the processing options in the command line a processing options template file has to be used. No other command line option allows to change the processing options.

Improvements

  • Concepts and names
    • The Aerial, Alternative, Oblique Processing Type has been replaced by processing options templates used to initialize the processing options.
    • The Full and Rapid processing modes have been removed. It has been replaced by processing options templates, where for each template a Rapid/Low Res template exists, that provides fast low resolution results.
  • User interface
    Various improvements in the user interface such as:
    • New icons for part of the software.
    • Text section in the toolbar.
    • Integrated tutorials.
  • Installer and updates
    • Display the new version number in the automatic update window.
    • Display the version number in the installer wizard on the first page.
  • New project creation
    • Improved new project creation workflow. The user can easier select the accuracy of the image geolocation and can already set the output coordinate system. He can choose the processing options template to initialize the processing options according to the type of dataset to process and the desired type of output.
  • GCP/Manual Tie Point Manager
    • Pix4D marks file (.csv)
    • XML Structure (.xml)
    • Import/export GCP/MTP image marks from 2 new formats:
  • Coordinate systems
    • Allow conversion between MSL and WGS84 ellipsoid
    • Do not convert altitude
    • Additional support for vertical coordinate systems:
    • Improved user interface that displays either general or advanced options to select the coordinate system.
    • Automatically detect coordinate system when possible.
  • Quality Report
    • Display time spent for processing for step 1 (without report generation), step 2, and step 3.
    • Display all processing options used.
  • Outputs
    • Export the image position of all the automatic tie points to a .txt file.
    • Save undistorted images for fisheye cameras.
    • Export the 3D Texture Mesh as FBX or AutoCAD DXF.
  • rayCloud
    • More navigation modes available to navigate in the 3D model. Choose between standard, trackball and first person navigation.
    • Display initial image and GCP position in output coordinate system in the right sidebar.
    • Display Check Points in orange to distinguish from GCPs.
  • Index Calculator
    • Import/export region boundaries from shapefile.
    • Define a prescription for all Regions of a given Class at once.
    • More color maps available for the index classes.
    • Export Colored Index Map as KML and PNG.
  • Command line
    • The Quality Report is now generated as .pdf when processing using the command line.
    • Allow to login/logout from the software using the command line.

 

 

Versions 1.3 (beta)

Version Release date Release type
1.3.47 January 19, 2015 Bug fix beta
1.3.39 December 26, 2014 Bug fix beta
1.3.38 December 23, 2014 First Beta

Version 1.3.47 (BETA)

Improvement

  • Processing failed report, to help analyzing the cause of initial processing failure.

Bug fixes

  •   Various bug fixes and crash fixes in
    • Initial Processing
    • rayCloud

Version 1.3.39 (BETA)

Bug fixes

  • Fix installer inssues with missing dlls when moving from 1.2 to 1.3 installation.


Version 1.3.38 (BETA)

This is the first beta release of the new update of Pix4Dmapper. Get a preview of the new features and help us improving the product by reporting to us any issues at support@pix4d.com

Disclaimer: the documentation is not yet ready for 1.3 Beta, and we do not recommend to use the Beta for production work.

New Features and improvements:

  • GPU support (Nvidia CUDA) and improved processing speed.
    If the software detects that you have a Nvidia CUDA graphic card with at least 2GB of RAM, it will use it in various steps of the processing. General speed improvements speed up the processing up to 2 times with respect to 1.2 !

  • Generate Textured 3D Mesh (obj, ply, 3Dpdf)
    A visually stunning, lightweight, full 3D triangle mesh model is now generated by default after the point cloud. This model can be visualized inside of the rayCloud as well as exported as a 3D PDF or uploaded to a cloud visualization service.

  • New color and brightness adjustment for improved orthomosaic quality
    The new algorithms improve the orthmosaic in case of change of illumination such as moving clouds, as well as generally improving the overall contrast

  • New point cloud annotation and classification tools
    The points can now be selected with a polygonal tool, and a new clipping box allows to have a better control over the selection. In addition, each selection can be assigned to a group. For example, this allows to quickly and easily clean up the results of the object/terrain classifier to produce perfects DTM.

  • Much more!
    faster project loading, improved accuracy, stability and quality of each results, more camera supported

 

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