3DF Zephyr 3.0 is out now!

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After a long three months beta testing period, 3DF Zephyr 3.0 is now ready for download! The whole reconstruction engine has been updated: many new technology improvements make Zephyr 3.0 faster than ever and even more accurate than before – all in the same stable, powerful and easy to use interface we all know and love, with new tools and many other improvements! Enjoy the latest state of the art photogrammetry pipeline at your fingertips!

Technology improvements
Technology improvements
laser scan support
Laser scan support
many new tools and filters
Many new tools and filters

3DF Zephyr 3.0 major changes

  • Updated 3DF Samantha Structure from motion pipeline (all versions)
The structure from motion reconstruction engine has been updated now with a powerful and faster global pipeline – experience faster than ever accurate sparse point cloud reconstructions! The “old” incremental pipeline is still there, improved as well. You will always have the control over your reconstruction workflow, as usual!
  • Photoconsistency based Mesh Optimization (all versions)
Extract even more details when reconstructing a mesh with our state of the art photoconsistency mesh optimization: although this step may take a while, you will love the extra details Zephyr 3.0 can give to your meshes! See a few examples on our development blog here!
  • Native Laser Scan format support (all versions)
Since Zephyr 3.0 we are starting to natively support laser scan formats. Starting with Faro’s .fls and .fws file formats, you will be able to view these native formats directly inside Zephyr (all versions) or even import them as unstructured objects in your workspace (Pro and Aerial only). As we add new formats to our supported list, you can simply download and install the required native laser scan format plugin from our free download area.
  • Multi ICP registration (Pro and Aerial only)
Automatically and easily register your point cloud scans inside Zephyr with our state of the art Multi ICP registration algorithm. As usual, you can still color laser scan point clouds directly inside Zephyr, however 3.0 makes this process much easier and allows you to make any point cloud structured if a photogrammetry point cloud has been generated: when this is done, you can also use any other tool on those structured point clouds, such as mesh generation, contour line generation, and everything else Zephyr can offer
  • Manual and automated polyline extraction (Aerial only)
Quickly and easily generate drawing elements (and export them in .dxf format) either manually by drawing them on pictures or by letting Zephyr do the work for you.
  • A special announcement for 3DF Zephyr Lite users!

All 3DF Zephyr Lite 2.x license owners – including Steam Edition users – have been upgraded to 3.x licenses for free! Enjoy the biggest update to 3DF Zephyr to date! But wait, there’s more!

3DF Zephyr Lite now has advanced mode support. Enjoy even more control over your reconstructions!

3DF Zephyr Lite now has the full Image Quality Index tool available! Enjoy a visual representation of your taken pictures!

Among these features, we’ve lowered the price of 3DF Zephyr Lite by 25%!  Enjoy also an additional 3DF Zephyr Lite discount of 40%!

  • Technology improvements, bugfixes and interface improvements!

The – huge – full changelog of Zephyr 3.0 is the following:

– Updated 3DF Samantha Structure from motion with global pipeline (all versions)
– Photoconsistency based Mesh Optimization (all versions)
– Native Laser Scan format support (all versions)
– Multi ICP registration (Pro and Aerial only)
– Manual and automated polyline extraction (Aerial only)
– 3DF Zephyr Lite 2.x users have been upgraded to 3.0 licenses for free
– 3DF Zephyr Lite can now use advanced mode
– 3DF Zephyr Lite can now use the full image quality index tool
– 3DF Samantha speed improvements (all versions)
– 3DF Stasia speed improvements (all versions)
– Many technology updates and improvements (all versions)
– Added new retopology filter (all versions)
– Improved memory management (all versions)
– Miscellaneous interface improvements (all versions)
– Miscellaneous workspace optimizations (all versions)
– 3DF Masquerade fixes and improvements (all versions)
– Added volume measurements after projection (Pro and Aerial only)
– Improved workspace merge (Pro and Aerial only)
– Elevation profile dialog now exports also in svg (Pro and Aerial only)
– Added cloud comparison tool (Pro and Aerial only)
– Fixed a bug with psz import (Pro and Aerial only)
– Added logo on printed markers (Pro and Aerial only)
– many, many bugfixes and other minor improvements!

We’d like to shout out a special thank you to all betatesters who helped us making 3DF Zephyr 3.0 the best release of Zephyr so far!
3DF Zephyr is as usual available as Lite (standard and Steam editions), Pro and Aerial. More information are available at http://zephyr.3dflow.net – you can get in touch with us anytime at support@3dflow.net or on our forums!