List of programs for point cloud processing

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This is an overview of programs for processing 3D point clouds from appropriate photos or surveys with laser scanners.

Programs for photogrammetric creation of point clouds[edit]

The programs create point clouds based on appropriate photos to process them to 3D models, e.g. for meshing.

Product name Manufacturer Photogrammetry Scan data import Import formats Processing Export formats License Operating systems
3DF Zephyr 3DFlow yes yes photo, laser scan (PTX, E57) registration, meshing mesh, point clouds, DSM/DTM, geotiff, KML Commercial Windows
Bentley ContextCapture Bentley Systems yes yes photo, laser scan (PTX, E57) registration, meshing mesh, web, point clouds, DSM, geotiff, KML Commercial Windows
RealityCapture Capturing Reality yes yes photo, laser scan (ptx, e57)[1] registration, meshing point data, DSM, geotiff [2] Commercial Windows
Agisoft Photoscan Agisoft yes no photo meshing point data, DSM/DTM Commercial Windows, Mac, Linux
123D Catch Autodesk yes no photo meshing Autodesk cloud Commercial Android, Mac, Windows
ReCap Photo Autodesk yes no photo meshing Autodesk cloud, RCM, OBJ, STL Commercial Windows
Pix4Dmapper Pix4D yes yes Any photos in jpg and tiff

4K videos in avi, mov, wmv, and mp4

aerial triangulation, point cloud densification, 3D meshing, orthorectification

<2D>

• Orthomosaic in GeoTIFF

• Map tiles in KML, HTML

• Vegetation index map in GeoTIFF

• Application map in SHP

• Thermal maps in GeoTiff

<3D>

• 3D PDF for 3D mesh

• DSM and DTM in GeoTIFF

• 3D textured mesh in OBJ, PLY, DXF, and FBX

• 3D level-of-detail (LoD) mesh in SLPK and OSGB

• Point cloud in LAS, LAZ, XYZ and PLY

• Contour lines in SHP, DXF, and PDF

• Vector objects in DXF, SHP, DGN and KML

Commercial Windows, Mac, Linux

Programs for importing laser scanner data as point clouds[edit]

The programs can import data of laser scanners or point clouds to preprocess them for 3D modeling.

Product name Manufacturer Photogrammetry Scan data import Import formats Processing Export formats Operating systems
Bentley Descartes Bentley Systems no independent of manufacturer various format meshing, classifying, coloring, texturing, draping, orthographic projection, merging with CAD or GIS data point data, obj, ply, pod, las, xyz, dsm, geotiff, ortho, textures Windows
Pointools Bentley Systems no independent of manufacturer various format classifying, coloring, texturing, animation production point data, pod, las, obj, ply, xyz Windows
RealityCapture Capturing Reality yes independent of manufacturer ptx, e57 meshing, coloring, texturing, orthographic projection point data, obj, ply, xyz, dsm, geotiff, ortho, textures Windows
Trimble RealWorks Trimble no independent of manufacturer various scanners, XYZ, E57, PTX, PTS, LAS, LAZ, ZFS, RSP, FLS, DP automatic registration with or without targets, layouts, profiles, meshing, contouring, volume calculation, modelling, classification, coloring, texturing, animation production, ortho photo creation, storage tank inspection, 3d and projection based comparison of surfaces and point clouds, publish projects for sharing E57, ASC, LAS 1.2, LAS 1.4, LAZ, POD, PTS, PTX, TZF, BSF, KMZ, DWG, DXF, DGN, FBX, OBJ Windows
Leica CYCLONE Leica Geosystems no Leica, Faro and others Leica, Faro and others scanners meshing point data, CAD formats Windows
ReCap Autodesk no independent of manufacturer XYZ, E57 meshing AutoCAD, RCP, RCS AutoCAD plug-in, Revit plug-in, 3ds Max plug-in (Windows)
Voxxlr Voxxlr no independent of manufacturer XYZ, E57, PTX, PTS, LAS, LAZ, Cloud application to store, process and share large 3D point clouds entirely online using only a standard web browser. Provides a growing number of measurement and annotation tools as well as various point cloud visualization techniques. ply, pdf Web browser

Programs for processing laser scanner data and photographs[edit]

The programs can import data of laser scanners, images or point clouds and process them for 3D modeling.

Product name Manufacturer Photogrammetry Scan data import Import formats Processing Export formats Operating systems
RealityCapture Capturing Reality yes independent of manufacturer photo (various types, codecs), ptx, e57 meshing, coloring, texturing, orthographic projection point data, obj, ply, xyz, dsm, geotiff, ortho, textures Windows

References[edit]

  1. ^ RC import formats, April 2016
  2. ^ RC export formats, April 2016