Autodesk has revamped its ReCap offering with new packaging, new features, and—best of all—dramatically low pricing!
While free version ReCap 360 still exists, there is now only one option available for upgrade that unlocks the gates to all of the advanced features for working with laser scans or photo data and it’s called ReCap 360 Pro. As part of a subscription plan, ReCap 360 Pro can be obtained for only 300$ annually, or rented on a monthly basis for only $40! All current subscribers to Ultimate can directly enroll to the new offering and get access to all the latest Pro features.
Beyond this dramatic price offering, ReCap 360 Pro includes some very impressive new features.
- ReCap 360 Pro now lets you convert point clouds into 3D textured meshes. With this Scan-to-Mesh service, you can isolate objects in your project’s point cloud, and use cloud computing to create a 3D textured mesh. This is similar to the photogrammetry process that you use in ReCap 360 for converting photos into a high-resolution 3D mesh. You simply upload the scan data to the cloud, and you’ll get an email when your mesh is complete and ready for download. This means that numerous projects can be processed in parallel and instead of tying up and relying on your desktop’s computing power, the processing is offloaded to the cloud. See some great examples on this video from this new Scan-to-Mesh feature in action:
- Another is an Auto-Cleanup tool, which lets you easily remove noise from scanned data, like people in motion, moving cars, and so forth. Instead of spending hours at doing this work manually, now all of it can be done with one single click. Check out the following video tutorial to see a full demo of this latest feature.
- Fly features for UAV/drone photos are part of the ReCap 360 Pro offering. The Photo-to-3D web service has been updated with UAV/drone specific features such to allow the creation of geolocated ortho views and depth maps, photo-based point clouds and photo-textured 3D meshes from photos tagged with GPSinformation. The user can also input survey points (also called Ground Control Points) in the stitching process to increase accuracy or to align a UAV-photo based point cloud with a laser scan point cloud.
- ReCap 360 Pro also offers batch project creation from a whole host of input files, letting you convert raw format point cloud files to the RCP and RCS indexed formats without the need of going through ReCap at all. RCS is the native point cloud format for all Autodesk software. By converting raw scan data to RCS point clouds, now that data can be brought directly in your Autodesk design software such as AutoCAD, Revit, 3Ds Max, Infraworks, Civil 3D, Navisworks, Inventor, Plant 3D, Map 3D and more…
ReCap 360 and ReCap 360 PRO feature comparison
This chart shows all the upgrades that goes with Pro compared to the basic ReCap 360. The initial version (ReCap 360) can still be used for free for all the essential functions like importing, viewing, editing and measuring tools for point cloud data. ReCap 360 is available in most Autodesk suites or as a download and offers 5 GB of cloud storage on A360 Drive.
With ReCap 360 Pro, you can experience the increased speed and workflow capabilities for scan and photogrammetry projects. Pro offers a full spectrum of cutting-edge features such as automatic scan registration and photo stitching into 3D models, advanced editing and measurement tools, scan-to-mesh data service, Fly features for UAV/drone photos, and collaborative tools, along with 100 GB of A360 cloud storage. The photo-to-3D web service, users can turn UAV capture projects into orthographic views, 3D point clouds, or photo-textured 3D meshes. It also features alignment of laser scan and photo-based projects into one!
Check it out and let us know what you think! A 30-days trial of the Pro version can be downloaded from this link.
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