Project management

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Tip: It is possible to create a new project, open existing project or import files by simply drag and drop input files on the screen.

New project

New projects in Pix4Dsurvey can be created by drag and drop input files on the screen, using the home screen or the menu bar. New projects can also be created using the Ctrl + N or ⌘ + N shortcut.

Drag and drop input files

  1. Drag and drop the input file on the screen.
  2. Specify the Project name and the Path of the new Pix4Dsurvey project.
  3. Click Start.

A new project is created and is ready for vectorization. To import additional input files use the File - Import... menu or drag and drop them on the screen.

From the home screen

  1. Click Select from disk (first thumbnail) on the home screen.
  2. On the pop-up Open File, specify the input file and click Open.
  3. Specify the Project name and the Path of the new Pix4Dsurvey project.
  4. Click Start.

A new project is created and is ready for vectorization. To import additional input files use the File - Import... menu or drag and drop them on the screen.

From the menu bar

  1. Click File on the menu bar.
  2. Click New...
  3. Specify the Project name and the Path of the new Pix4Dsurvey project.
  4. Click Start.

A new empty project is created and is ready to import the input files using the File - Import... menu or by drag and drop them on the screen.

Open project

It is possible to open existing Pix4Dsurvey (.p4s) projects by drag and drop it on the screen, using the home screen or the menu bar. Projects can also be opened using the Ctrl + O or ⌘ + O shortcut.

Drag and drop project files

  1. Drag and drop the project file in Pix4Dsurvey.

From the home screen

  1. Click the project's thumbnail on the home screen. Only available for projects that were previously opened and saved on the machine.

Or

  1. Click Select from disk (first thumbnail) on the home screen.
  2. On the pop-up Open File, specify the file and click Open

From the menu bar

  1. Click File on the menu bar.
  2. Click Open...
  3. On the pop-up Open Project, specify the file and click Open.

The project is opened and a new screen displaying the project opens.

Import point clouds

When importing a Pix4Dmapper (.p4d) or Pix4Dmatic (.p4m) projects, the densified point cloud will be automatically imported if the original folder structure is preserved. Pix4Dsurvey will use the coordinate system defined in the Pix4Dmapper or Pix4Dmatic project.

In a new project

When importing a point cloud in a non-existing project, a new project will be created. For more information see New project section. 

In an existing project

When importing point clouds in an existing Pix4Dsurvey project:

  1. Drag and drop the input file on the screen.
  2. (Optional) If the coordinate system of the file is unknown or is different from the project's coordinate system:
    • Click Import anyway to import the file. 
    • Click Do not import to cancel the import.

Or

  1. Click File on the menu bar.
  2. Click Import...
  3. Locate and specify the File name of the file.
  4. Click Open.
  5. (Optional) If the coordinate system of the file is unknown or is different from the project's coordinate system:
    • Click Import anyway to import the file. 
    • Click Do not import to cancel the import.
 
Information: When importing external point clouds, such as laser scanner or LiDAR, the coordinate system needs to be:
  • Written directly in the .las or .laz file.
  • When importing multiple projects or files, all coordinate systems must match.
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