PIX4Dmatic technical release notes

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Version Release date Release type
1.18.0 August 25, 2021 Preview

1.18.0

What's new

  • Added dense and depth point cloud fusion for PIX4Dcatch projects with LiDAR and RGB images.
  • Added a Sky filter option in the densify step to automatically remove the sky from the dense point cloud.
  • Added 3D Textured Mesh generation and export.
  • Added the option to select what point cloud is used to create the DSM and 3D Textured Mesh for PIX4Dcatch projects with LiDAR and RGB images.
  • Support of Swiss geoid CHGeo2004.
  • Support of Norwegian geoid HREF2018b.

Bug fixes and improvements

  • Improved progress report for calibrate and reoptimize.
  • Reduced the size of the Windows installer.
  • Fixed a bug with Auto-Mark failing when marking on uncalibrated cameras.
  • Fixed the display of rays on dense and depth point clouds.
  • Fixed the DSM display on macOS.

Known bugs

  • Quality report as .pdf is not available on macOS.
   

Versions 1.17

Version Release date Release type
1.17.0 August 2, 2021 Preview

1.17.0

What's new

  • Auto-Mark button in the image viewer to enable automatic marking of images for a tie point (MTP, GCP, Checkpoint) once two marks were added manually.
  • Added proxy server support.
  • Added application settings to set the proxy and language.

Bug fixes and improvements

  • Improved initial camera and point sizes for PIX4Dcatch projects.
  • Improved the display of cameras when a point is selected is extended from a subset of cameras to all cameras in the 3D view.
  • Improved the error reporting for the HW accelerated densification.
  • Fixed issue of calibration failing with “Unknown error” in case there were no geolocation accuracy values available when importing a .csv file for images geolocation and orientation data.
  • Fixed issue of holes in the DSM and Orthomosaic by adding a region of interest algorithm to the DSM generation to enable a full interpolation.
  • Fixed the “hide all panels” shortcut to include the content panel.

Known bugs

  • DSM display is broken on macOS, but it does not affect the quality of the export. Fixed in 1.18.0.
  • Quality report as .pdf is not available on macOS.

Versions 1.16

Version Release date Release type
1.16.0 July 13, 2021 Preview

1.16.0

What's new

  • PIX4Dcatch compatibility for RGB images and LiDAR.
  • New processing options for oblique projects.
  • ESRI coordinate systems support.
  • Content panel moved to the left side of the interface for better accessibility.

Bug fixes and improvements

  • Improvements in the .pdf quality report.
  • Fixed issue with the calibration sequence indicated as running in the status center even though calibration is finished.
  • Fixed issue of wrong camera orientation for certain PIX4Dcatch projects.
  • Fixed link for buying licenses in the pop-up that appears when saving without a valid license.
  • Fixed export error of the quality report when setting GCP coordinate system without importing GCPs.

Known bugs

  • Quality report as .pdf is not available on macOS.

Versions 1.15

Version Release date Release type
1.15.0 June 21, 2021 Stable

1.15.0

What's new

  • Quality report export in .pdf format on Windows.
  • Available in Japanese language.
  • New Pix4D branding.

Bug fixes and improvements

  • Improvements to the arbitrary coordinate systems support.
  • Improvements to HW accelerated densification and setting this as default densification option.
  • Improvements to AutoGCP algorithm.
  • Improvements to tie points table selection.
  • Improvement in processing when the Calibrate step is rerun.
  • Improvement in the quality report export to include information from all processing steps.
  • Improvements to the log file:
    • Add the versions of dependencies.
    • Improvement of how the camera model is written in the log file.
  • Fixed issue where the locale of a computer had an impact on the .las export.
  • Fixed a crash that happened when selecting the wrong coordinate reference system for a GCP file at import.

Known bugs

  • Quality report as .pdf is not available on macOS.

Versions 1.14

Version Release date Release type
1.14.0 June 2, 2021 Preview

1.14.0

What's new

  • Support of the DJI Zenmuse P1 camera.

Bug fixes and improvements

  • Improvements to the arbitrary coordinate systems support.
  • Improvements in the status center by filtering out messages from the log to only show notifications.
  • Fixed issue, non-unicode characters can now be used in project names.

Versions 1.13

Version Release date Release type
1.13.0 May 10, 2021 Preview

1.13.0

What's new

  • Arbitrary coordinate systems support.
  • Sort image viewer by distance, reprojection error, or image path.

Bug fixes and improvements

  • Output file names get the project name appended by default.
  • Fixed the export time estimation for the quality report in the status center.
  • Fixed a crash when canceling densification at about 20%.
  • Fixed the default sorting of tie points by error metrics in the tie points table. Now the highest error is shown at the top.
  • Fixed the transformation issue when converting from a compound coordinate reference system to another coordinate reference system with a different ellipsoid.

Known issues

  • Non-unicode characters cannot be used in project names. Fixed in 1.14.0.

Versions 1.12

Version Release date Release type
1.12.1 April 22, 2021 Preview

1.12.1

What's new

  • Algorithm for hardware accelerated densification.
  • AutoGCP functionality to automatically detect a certain types of targets.
  • Slider to adjust the size of image thumbnails in the 3D view.
  • Deghosting option for the Orthomosaic that removes moving objects.
  • Add the quality report as an export checkbox in the processing options.

Bug fixes and improvements

  • Fixed issue where holes were created in the dense point cloud.
  • Fixed issue that cleared selection when changing 3D view settings.
  • Improved behavior for canceling processing.

Known issues

  • Non-unicode characters cannot be used in project names. Fixed in 1.14.0.

Versions 1.11

Version Release date Release type
1.11.0 March 29, 2021 Stable

1.11.0

What's new

  • Color consistency of rays in the 3D and marks in the image viewer.

Bug fixes and improvements

  • Improved picking of points and objects in the 3D view.
  • Improvements in the 3D view.
  • Improved the performance in the 2D view for macOS.
  • Improvements in the Tie points table.
  • Improvements for full-screen image view
  • Improvements for the image geolocations and orientations import.
  • Improvements in the GCP file import.
  • Improvements for GCP coordinate system selection.
  • Improvements in the status center.
  • Improvements in the behavior when opening a project.
  • Fixed the image filter in the maximized image viewer.
  • Fixed bug where Alt+tab would deactivate the possibility to mark in the image viewer.
  • Fixed bug where relocating images would mark all processing steps as outdated.
  • Fixed the bug where the message on hover “Right click to find your images” blocks the right click on the message area

Versions 1.10

Version Release date Release type
1.10.0 March 10, 2021 Preview

1.10.0

What's new

  • Status center for more information about what happens in PIX4Dmatic when processing and working in the software.
  • Text file import (.csv/.txt) for image geolocation and orientation.
  • Sky shader and background colors in the rayCloud view.

Bug fixes and improvements

  • Improved image viewer:
    • Display up to 6 columns in the image viewer in the rayCloud view.
    • Increase the default size of the image viewer to 1/4 of the screen for better viewing of image content.
  • Improved marking of tie points:
    • New tie point marking toolbar above the image viewer.
    • Sorting of images by distance to the point.
    • The image list is not resorted after clicking “Add and mark a new tie point”.
    • Images that are used to create the point are added at the top of the list.
  • The right sidebar with panels is moved to the top and the image viewer is a tab. This provides more space for the 3D and image viewer.

Versions 1.9

Version Release date Release type
1.9.1 February 16, 2021 Preview
1.9.0 February 15, 2021 Preview

1.9.1

Bug fixes and improvements

  • Improvements in full screen image marking.
  • Improvements in the image viewer.
  • Fixed bug when changing the tie point type is not taken into account.
  • Fixed bug when the accuracy of images is reset to default values when saving projects. 

1.9.0

What's new

  • Improved marking of tie points:
    • New marking workflow enabled directly in the rayCloud view.
    • Images can be viewed full screen to provide better context for marking
    • New shortcuts for navigation in the full screen (space bar, navigation arrows).
    • Images can be displayed in nine columns in full screen marking
    • Delete all marks of a tie point.
    • Sort columns in the tie points table to improve the quality assessment during marking or after calibration. For example, tie points can be sorted by position or reprojection error.

Bug fixes and improvements

  • Performance improvements in image viewer.
  • Improvements in images displayed when marking.
  • Improvements in tie points table editing.
  • Improvement in point cloud rendering.

Known issues

  • Changing the tie point type is not taken into account. Fixed in 1.9.1.
  • The accuracy of images is reset to default values (5 and 10 m respectively) when saving projects. As a workaround, we recommend updating PIX4Dmatic, and removing and reimporting the images after reopening projects. Fixed in 1.9.1.

Versions 1.8

Version Release date Release type
1.8.0 January 25, 2021 Preview

1.8.0

What's new

  • Improved marking of tie points:
    • Keep the same images and zoom level between the image viewer and the marking mode.
    • Facilitate panning in images by making the CTRL key optional.
    • Improve the marking experience by adding new shortcuts.
    • Improve the marking of GCPs and checkpoints by showing all cameras in case there are no reprojections found.
    • Facilitate marking of manual tie points by creating reprojections after the first mark is added.
    • Performance improvement for marking. The marking is instantaneous, even when there are many marks.
    • Undo can be used when editing the tie points table.
  • Adapt the point size in the rayCloud.
  • Coordinate system selection popup remembers the coordinate selection when one wants to edit it.
  • Support of camera models:
    • Delair UX11.
    • Parrot Anafi USA.
    • DJI Zenmuse X5S.
    • DJI Zenmuse X7.

Bug fixes and improvements

  • Removed the limit of 0.1 feet on the resolution of the DSM and orthomosaic. The new minimum is 0.001 feet.
  • Unicode characters can be used in project names.
  • Improved visibility of uncalibrated cameras.

Versions 1.7

Version Release date Release type
1.7.0 December 7, 2020 Stable

1.7.0

What's new

  • Added Checkpoints for the accuracy assessment of the reconstruction.

Bug fixes and improvements

  • Improved picking of Automatic Tie Points in the 3D view.
  • Faster zooming in images, 3D and 2D views.
  • Improved number formatting in the quality report.

Known issues

  • Marking of Tie Points is slow on Windows when images are fully zoomed in. Fixed in 1.8.0.
  • Images viewer loses selection when entering marking mode. Fixed in 1.8.0.
  • There is a limit at 0.1 feet for the DSM resolution in the processing options panel. Fixed in 1.8.0.

Versions 1.6

Version Release date Release type
1.6.0 November 17, 2020 Preview

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.

1.6.0

What's new

  • Added Manual Tie Points (MTPs).
  • Marking mode improvement with mark propagation based on the position of marks clicked on images. 
  • Extended camera support with a generic camera model based on required EXIF/Xmp tags availability.
  • A backup mechanism for projects.
  • Information message when a new version is available.
  • Support of images acquired using iPad with PIX4Dcatch.

Bug fixes and improvements

  • Fixed bug when calibration fails if the project name contains non-ASCII characters.

Versions 1.5

Version Release date Release type
1.5.0 October 27, 2020 Preview

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.

1.5.0

Bug fixes and improvements

  • Speed improvements on DSM for corridor projects.
  • Performance improvement for the image list for large projects.
  • Fixed cases where a partial Orthomosaic was created in PIX4Dmatic version 1.4.0.
  • The DSM resolution is correctly displayed in the processing panel.

Versions 1.4

Version Release date Release type
1.4.0 October 5, 2020 Preview

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.

1.4.0

What's new

  • Menu action to open the project in PIX4Dsurvey.

Bug fixes and improvements

  • Added dense point cloud, DSM, and Orthomosaic export duration time to the log file.
  • Added available disk space to the log file. 
  • Removed the error icon in the project tab after the Orthomosaic processing is canceled.
  • The processing steps are not selected by default. 

Known issues

  • In certain cases, the Orthomosaic has missing parts. We recommend using a previous version if you encounter this issue. Fixed in 1.5.0.

Versions 1.3

Version Release date Release type
1.3.0 September 22, 2020 Preview

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.

1.3.0

What's new

  • Support of the RTK/PPK workflow.
  • Support new EXIF tags recognition for automatic identification of horizontal (HorizCS) and vertical (VertCS) coordinate system for the images.

Bug fixes and improvements

  • Adjust the accuracy of the image geolocation based on the values in the EXIF of the images.
  • Added new information to the quality report such as processing settings, number of points in the point cloud, resolution of results, time for processing.
  • GeoTIFF location is now correct for left-handed coordinate systems.
  • Improved export file size estimation for DSM and Orthomosaic.
  • Improved display in the Home screen of existing projects.
  • Added GPU, CPU, RAM, and OS information to the log file.

Versions 1.2

Version Release date Release type
1.2.1 August 31, 2020 Stable

 

1.2.1

What's new

  • DSM generation.
  • Orthomosaic generation. 
  • Export of the DSM and Orthomosaic in GeoTIFF.
  • Export settings for DSM and Orthomosaic: Compression (LZW), tiles, and image scale.
  • 2D viewer for the DSM and Orthomosaic.
  • Support of Sony UMC-R10C camera.
  • Support of Japanese geoid GSIGEO2011 v2.1.

Bug fixes and improvements

  • Fixed ordering of projects on the Home screen.
  • Fixed handling of projects with non-ASCII characters.
  • Fixed GCP panel display.
  • Fixed left-hand side coordinate systems.
  • Changed default image folder location.
  • Improved log file. 
  • Improved coordinate system information during the GCP import. 
  • Improved visibility of the Start button.

Known issues:

  • The EXIF image geolocation accuracy is not taken into account. A default image geolocation accuracy is set for processing. Fixed in 1.3.0.

Versions 1.1

Version Release date Release type
1.1.0 July 20, 2020 Preview

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.

1.1.0

Bug fixes and improvements

  • Fixed handling of Ground Control Points (GCPs):
    • Fixed GCP table scroll bar alignment.
    • Fixed GCP marking in the marking mode.
    • Fixed UI notification when importing GCP files. 
  • Fixed history panel.
  • Fixed crashes when opening a previously unfinished project.

Known issues

  • Left-handed coordinate reference systems and non-isometric compound coordinate reference systems are not properly supported and should not be used. Whereas the calibration and densification may succeed and appear correct, the data exports include an incorrect offset which makes them unusable in other software. This includes the importing of PIX4Dmatic projects in PIX4Dsurvey. Fixed in 1.2.1.

Versions 1.0

Version Release date Release type
1.0.1 June 29, 2020 Initial release

1.0.1

What's new

  • Compatible with Windows 10 and macOS Catalina
  • Calibration and Densification of photogrammetric projects with linearly scalable processing
  • Optimized calibration for corridor and large projects
  • Processing Options for Calibration and Densification
  • Easy and user-friendly GCP workflow
  • Support of the latest coordinate systems
  • Support of horizontal grid corrections and transformations
  • Geoid model support for GCPs. 
  • Generation and export of high-quality dense point clouds (.bpc, .las)
  • Generation and export of the Quality Report
  • Native compatibility and integrated workflow with PIX4Dsurvey
  • Support of most commonly used DJI, Parrot, senseFly, and Wingtra cameras. For more information see PIX4Dmatic supported cameras article.
  • Dynamic viewing of large datasets for a smooth experience
  • Integrated keyboard shortcuts for faster navigation
  • Undo/Redo of actions
  • Visible history of actions
  • Log file generation for self-help and troubleshooting

Known issues

  • Left-handed coordinate reference systems and non-isometric compound coordinate reference systems are not properly supported and should not be used. Whereas the calibration and densification may succeed and appear correct, the data exports include an incorrect offset which makes them unusable in other software. This includes the importing of PIX4Dmatic projects in PIX4Dsurvey.

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