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Four More Reasons to Love ReCap!

Autodesk just released a new version of ReCap 360. This update (version 3.1) includes four new features that are sure to please ReCap users:

  • Expanded capabilities for registering and combining point clouds,
  • Importing Navisworks models (and by extension CAD models) into the ReCap environment,
  • Exporting ReCap views to standard image files, and
  • Changing the background color of ReCap.


Expanded registration

ReCap now allows you to combine high-end, high-fidelity terrestrial laser scans with unstructured point clouds. Unstructured point clouds are created when data is scanned without a reference frame. Common examples are point clouds from scans performed with UAVs, or mobile scanners that are mounted on cars or boats or planes, or even hand-held sensors.

Before this new feature, you could manually combine these two kinds of point clouds only if the unstructured point cloud came from photographs. But it took a lot of time because you had to identify common points between the photographs and the terrestrial scan. And it was impossible to align terrestrial and mobile scans.

Now ReCap allows you to align data from terrestrial scanner and unstructured point clouds with just a few clicks. You simply view the two different point clouds in ReCap, pick three common points from both views, and the unstructured data will automatically scale and align.

This new feature will enable project teams to pick and choose the best scanning method for different parts of a project, without worrying about combining them. For example, an architectural firm working on a building renovation can use a terrestrial scanner to capture the existing condition of the building’s exterior from the ground, a UAV to fly over the top of the building to capture the roof top conditions, and then effortlessly combine the two types of scans in ReCap.

This workflow is showcased in the following video:


Importing CAD models

The panoramic Real Views capabilities of ReCap represent a powerful visualization and communication tool. Wouldn’t it be great if you could use ReCap to view design models in the context of those panoramic existing conditions? Well, get ready to check another thing off your wish list.

A new ReCap feature allows you to import a Navisworks project (a NWD file) into ReCap. And because almost any kind of CAD file can be imported into Navisworks, this feature basically lets you import almost any kind of CAD geometry into ReCap! Buildings, plants, furniture, etc…

After importing the Navisworks project, you can toggle project visibility, refresh the project, or delete it. By refreshing an attached project, you are synchronizing any updates made to the file outside of ReCap. All the standard ReCap tools for markup & annotations, measurements, sharing, and collaboration will work with both the Navisworks data and the Real View data—enabling detailed analysis between real world conditions and digital designs.

Seeing design models in the context of a project’s existing environment—displayed in high resolution ReCap panoramas versus 3D point clouds—will help your clients and other project stakeholders better visualize their project and make more informed decisions.


Exporting images

The ability to export images from ReCap has been one of the most common suggestions in the online ReCap Ideas Board. And we’ve been listening … so this new ReCap update includes functionality for exporting high-resolution JPEG or PNG image files.

Many people use ReCap and the product’s Real Views to communicate spatial information about a project. To date, this has been accomplished using screen captures. But now you can export your current view or a saved View State as an image file for use in presentations, documentation, or to share with colleagues. To export an image, you select the format, the dimensions, the image name, and browse to a file destination. Done.

Press here for more info on the exporting image feature.


Changing the background color

Let’s face it – the dark background of the ReCap environment can get pretty boring. And it can also cause projection issues. So for better visual impact, you can now change the background color of ReCap.

You can either choose a single color or a two-color gradient. For a single color, you can choose the color and adjust its intensity with a color wheel, or manually identify RGB (Red, Green, Blue), HSV (Hue, Saturation and Value), or HEX (Hexadecimal). The latter option is handy if you want to use a specific color (to match your company’s logo, for example). For a two-color gradient, you use the same color wheel and just select or identify two colors.


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Mitko Vidanovski

Mitko Vidanovski is an author and manager of the Autodesk ReCap blog. A Master's Degree Architect who joined the Reality Solutions Team in 2012 helping Autodesk lift two new innovative products on the market ReCap and ReMake. He is responsible for leading the online community efforts, developing product analysis, and making pilot tests of new technologies involving 3D laser scanning and photogrammetry. Previous to Autodesk, Mitko worked in progressive environments such as Otherlab and Because We Can, where he gained experience in various fabrication technologies, such as 3D printing, laser cutting and CNC milling.