Installation and login

PIX4Dmapper installation for computer lab

Note: This page describes how to set up PIX4Dmapper in a computer lab or classroom so that students are not required to sign in when using PIX4Dmapper.

Check with the IT department to have them do the following.

  1. While the PC is in a thawed state, open up the task scheduler and create a task.
  2. Set the account to use when running the task as the "Users" group
  3. Set a trigger for the task to be run whenever a user logs in to the workstation.
  4. Set the command to be run
    • Browse for pix4dmapper.exe which should end up similar to: "C:\Program Files\Pix4Dmapper\pix4dmapper.exe" including quotations.
  5. Then add the following command-line arguments in the Program/script box:
    • -c --email <email> --password <password>
  6. The final result should be a an entry in the Program/script box that looks similar to:
    • "C:\Program Files\Pix4Dmapper\pix4dmapper.exe" -c --email <email> --password <password>
Note: Substitute <email> and <password> with the Pix4D account information

This procedure creates a task to log in to PIX4Dmapper which should run every time any user logs in. The task file containing the account user and password itself is protected and unreadable unless a user has local machine admin privileges.

Similarly, a task can be set to perform the --logout option upon log off or shutdown of the computer.

For that the trigger should be "On disconnect from user session" set Program/script box should have:

  • "C:\Program Files\Pix4Dmapper\pix4dmapper.exe" -c --logout

Windows Tasks in this manner will create a Task file located in /System32/Tasks which can be distributed through many deployment options.

As an alternative, the login command function can be placed within the PIX4Dmapper Shortcut item on the desktop. To do this you will need to perform the following steps with administrator privileges.

  1. Right-click the PIX4Dmapper shortcut icon on your desktop, if one is not present you will need to create a new one by right-clicking PIX4Dmapper in Program Files or the Start Menu.
  2. Select Properties at the bottom of the context menu.
  3. Navigate to the Shortcut tab in the PIX4Dmapper Properties window, and locate the Target text box.
  4. Adjust the text in the Target text box to include your login credentials such as:
    • "C:\Program Files\Pix4Dmapper\pix4dmapper.exe" --email <email> --password <password>
  5. Hit Apply in the lower right-hand portion of the window to save the change
  6. If seat count is a concern be sure to include a --logout task as described above, or another process to perform that action.
Note: Substitute <email> and <password> with the Pix4D account information and do not include the -c argument as in the previous scenario.

This procedure logs the user into PIX4Dmapper when they click the shortcut option to launch PIX4Dmapper. This process is only recommended for use when the relevant file property views are restricted by administrator privileges so as not to reveal the login information.