Friday, September 26, 2014

Autodesk ReCap family updated

Autodesk's point cloud processing software - Autodesk ReCap, ReCap Pro and ReCap 360 was updated to new versions. The latest Windows version is You can update to the latest version via the Application Manager or by downloading and installing the "trial" version of ReCap Pro 2015. The "Pro" functionality (e.g. targetless scan-to-scan registration, survey points) reverts automatically to the standard version after your trial period or Pro license expires. The standard version of ReCap is a free application. ReCap is available in 14 languages (switchable inside the application).

Autodesk ReCap is a popular and easy to use tool allowing to effectively process very large point clouds (billions of points) from laser scanning (LiDAR) in all major point cloud formats. Indexed point clouds can be then directly read into AutoCAD, Autodesk Revit, Inventor, Navisworks or 3ds Max or published through the ReCap 360 cloud service on the internet.

Some of the new functions in version 1.4:
  • Create accuracy reports based on checkerboard or sphere targets (for problem detection and quality-information)
  • Target-based registration refinement (improves the registration of low feature environments, automatically extracts target center points)
  • Registration rollback (deleting scans without the need to re-register)

The intro image is a ReCap scan of the historical city hall and Old square in Prague - done by Turn 10 Studios for the Forza Motorsport 5 game for Xbox One.

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(via Between the lines)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

123D Catch - turn your mobile phone into a 3D scanner

The mobile application Autodesk 123D Catch employs cloud technology for easy to use 3D scanning. It converts a series of photographs of any object taken from different angles to a realistic textured 3D model - directly on your smartphone or tablet. 123D Catch was available only for iPhone, iPad or Google Chrome web browsers. Now it is newly released as an Android application so you can 3D-scan also on the most widely used phones and tablets based on the Google operating system (requires Android 4.0.3 and higher).

This "modeling" application, originally known as "Photofly" has also a professional version - "Autodesk ReCap Photo". But the 123D Catch app is free. You can easily create and then share, interactively display and print 3D models of people, artefacts, buildings, plants - anything, what you can capture from all directions and angles so that the application can reconstruct a 3D model from the photographs. 123D Catch also offers functions for model healing, 3D printing and exporting to different 3D formats (also for CAD applications).

You can download Autodesk 123D Catch from Google Play and from iTunes.

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