Saturday, September 16, 2017

Autodesk ReMake changes to ReCap Photo

Autodesk ReMake (originally "Project Memento") is a reverse-engineering application, a complete reality-capture tool for converting 3D scans or photos to high-resolution 3D models. This application now moves to ReCap Photo and becomes a part of the subscription to the existing Autodesk ReCap Pro, a tool for processing point clouds from laser scanning. The user interface in ReCap Photo is almost the same as in the original ReMake. You will install a separate Windows desktop application (64-bit) in addition to ReCap Pro.

Existing ReMake subscribers can continue using ReMake till the end of the current subscription period. The cloud service for converting photographs to 3D models will be only available in ReCap Photo after December 1st 2017. So all subscribers of ReCap Pro now get also the ReCap Photo application (ReMake). The prices of ReCap Pro remains unchanged (the same as for ReMake).

ReCap Photo at work:

Features available in ReCap Photo:
  • New kernel can process up to 1000 photos for a single model/scene, i.e. 4x more than the limit of 250 photos in ReMake.
  • You can set survey points GCP (Ground Control Points) in any coordinate system.
  • New functionality supports vertical and nadir photos (snaps from drones 90 degrees above the site)
  • Viewing meshed and photo-textured 3D models.
  • Viewing orthographic geolocated views, including zooming, and adding measurements, tags and annotations.
  • Sharing projects including added metadata (measurements, tags, annotations) with anyone on the internet.
  • Merging laser-scanned point clouds with drone-acquired point clouds.

With the increased capacity of the conversion service to 1000 photo, you may also need more cloud credits for the individual conversion jobs - the credit consumption depends on the number of converted photos:
1 to 300 photos consumes 12 cloud credits.
301 to 700 photos consumes 30 cloud credits.
701 to 1000 photos consumes 55 cloud credits.

Additional functions of ReCap Photo compared to ReCap Pro:

  • Importing photos in any rectilinear (not spherically distorted) format
  • Importing photos from GoPro (Hero 3+ and Hero 4 Black editions)
  • Support of GPS tags in EXIF for automatic scaling and geolocation of the scene
  • Importing survey points (GCP) in the X,Y,Z, ECEF and LLA formats – WGS84
  • Automatic conversion photo-to-mesh in the RCM, OBJ, FBX formats
  • Automatic conversion photo-to-orthoview and depth-map (GeoTIFF)
  • Automatic conversion photo-point cloud in the RCP/RCS format (e.g. for CAD apps)
  • Web viewing of computed 3D meshes and 2.5D orthoviews
  • The option to process multiple projects in parallel
  • Importing survey points (GCP) in various coordinate systems
  • Tools for mesh editing, hole filling and surface healing
  • Precision reports
  • Measurement tools
  • Tools for comparing 3D mesh models
  • Mesh-decimation and texture-baking tools
  • Exporting in various coordinate systems
  • Video-creation tools

You can also control your projects from ReCap Photo in your web browser on the page

The output from ReCap Pro is compatibile with Revit, AutoCAD, Navisworks, Civil 3D, InfraWorks, 3ds Max, Stingray and more.

More information (in Czech) about Autodesk ReCap Pro and about the former ReMake. ReCap price information - see CAD eShop.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Autodesk Industry Collections - now with new tools

All major Autodesk products like AutoCAD, Inventor, Revit, Civil 3D, 3ds Max, Navisworks and new cloud-based tools like Fusion 360 and BIM 360 are offered in the form of complete "Industry Collections". These sets cover all or almost all parts of common design workflows in the given industry. And the price tag is just slightly above the price of a single product.

There are 3 collections: the Autodesk Product Design & Manufacturing Collection for product design, CAD/CAM/CAE; the Architecture, Engineering & Construction Collection for AEC and BIM workflows; the Media & Entertainment Collection for multimedia, film and game development. All these three Collections has been recently enhanced with new tools, without changing the price and with access to these new tools also for existing customers who has previously bought (subscribed) the Collection.

The Product Design & Manufacturing Collection now includes (besides Inventor, AutoCAD Mechanical, Fusion 360, Navisworks and 3ds Max) two new important products:

  • Autodesk HSM - 5-axes CAM, CNC output from digital models
  • Autodesk Nastran In-CAD - simulation and analysis of digital models

The AEC Collection now includes not only AutoCAD, Revit, Navisworks, Civil 3D, Plant 3D and 3ds Max but also:

  • Revit Live
  • Robot Structural Analysis Professional
  • Structural Bridge Design
  • Dynamo Studio
  • Advance Steel
  • Fabrication CADmep

Revit Live allows you to visualize your Revit models by turning them into immersive visual experiences. You can also even bring your designs into a virtual reality environment - simply with just two mouse clicks.

Robot Structural Analysis Professional is an analysis and computational design software for structural analysis. Structural Bridge Design helps to design and analyse bridge structures. The visual programming tool Dynamo Studio allows to automate workflows and drive the geometry and behavior of your design models.

Advance Steel and Fabrication CADmep now added to the Collection are compatible with Revit and Navisworks. Now you can conceive, model and fabricate better MEP and structural steel systems on an integrated platform.

The Media & Entertainment Collection (M&E) is extended with new products and services (and promos):

  • Cloud Rights - all subscribers of M&E Collection have a new benefit - the can use cloud rendring tools for 3ds Max, Maya and Arnold. Cloud rights allow to perform CPU-intensive rendering tasks in a form of batch (scripted) operations in your custom Autodesk 360 cloud space.
  • Sketchbook for Enterprise - this sketching application can be used for illustrations, conceptual sketches, storyboards, brainstorming, etc.
  • Arnold Subscription promo - 5-license pack of the awarded Arnold Renderer discounted by 50%; Arnold can be used locally or in the cloud.