Pointcloud viewing on Mac

3DUserNet, Pointbox, Potree, TrueView, WebShareCloud, Etc.
Post Reply
User avatar
Ped_Col
I have made 30-40 posts
I have made 30-40 posts
Posts: 39
Joined: Tue Aug 23, 2011 11:43 am
Full Name: Peder Colfach
Company Details: Norconsult AB
Company Position Title: Surveying Engineer
Country: Sweden
Skype Name: coolfach
Linkedin Profile: Yes
Location: Stockholm
Contact:

Pointcloud viewing on Mac

Post by Ped_Col » Tue Nov 03, 2015 5:06 pm

anybody have any pointers for me, i have clients using Mac, and they want to be able to use a viewer or something of the kind (recap of sorts). Any programs out there that support mac OS X and forward..??
tips ideas?
Norconsult AB, interdisciplinary engineering and design consultancy, Hantverkargatan 5K ,Stockholm Sweden.

Mark Christy
V.I.P Member
V.I.P Member
Posts: 256
Joined: Tue Aug 20, 2013 1:11 pm
Full Name: Mark Christy
Company Details: Veesus Ltd Arena4D.
Company Position Title: Technology Director
Country: United Kingdom
Linkedin Profile: Yes

Re: Pointcloud viewing on Mac

Post by Mark Christy » Tue Nov 03, 2015 6:29 pm

Hi,

We've got a few Mac options..

Our Arena4D desktop software runs on OSX natively. It's available as a free viewer or the paid for full feature set tool. The data format used by Arena4D can be streamed to web browsers and mobile devices via our Server software in collaboration with PoTree..

More details here
http://www.veesus.com

Mark

adriantaylor09
I have made 60-70 posts
I have made 60-70 posts
Posts: 68
Joined: Wed May 07, 2014 8:57 pm
Full Name: Adrian Taylor
Company Details: Revisia Ltd
Company Position Title: Industrial 3D Specialist
Country: New Zealand
Linkedin Profile: Yes

Re: Pointcloud viewing on Mac

Post by adriantaylor09 » Tue Nov 03, 2015 7:28 pm

Cloudcompare is free, easy to use and provides nice visualisation of point clouds. It is available for Mac although I've never tried it personally so can't comment on how well it works.

Cloudcompare can struggle with really big point clouds, so it'd be in your interest to cut your scans down to the areas of interest and probably do some sub-sampling.

http://www.danielgm.net/cc/release/

SAttaya
V.I.P Member
V.I.P Member
Posts: 325
Joined: Mon Mar 23, 2009 4:04 pm
Full Name: Steve Attaya
Company Details: Geocent
Company Position Title: Sr. Software Analyst [RemoteSensingEngr]
Country: USA
Linkedin Profile: Yes
Location: New Orleans, LA
Been thanked: 3 times

Re: Pointcloud viewing on Mac

Post by SAttaya » Tue Nov 03, 2015 9:05 pm

Daniel,

How many point are in a "really big point cloud"?

How much memory/cpu would you consider as adequate for a point cloud (pointcloud?) that size?

Scott
V.I.P Member
V.I.P Member
Posts: 792
Joined: Tue Mar 29, 2011 7:39 pm
Full Name: Scott Page
Company Details: Scott Page Design- Architectural service
Company Position Title: Owner
Country: USA
Linkedin Profile: No
Location: Berkeley, CA USA
Has thanked: 6 times
Been thanked: 8 times
Contact:

Re: Pointcloud viewing on Mac

Post by Scott » Wed Nov 04, 2015 12:49 am

I've been working on a 27" Mac for Scene registration since I began scanning four years ago. With a fast i7 chip, plenty of RAM (32gb) it works quite well using Parallels VM to run Win7 -except for Trimble RealWorks and ReCap, that require OpenGL 3.3+. Parallels only supports OpenGL 2.2.

I later installed Bootcamp to maximize all of the RAM on the Mac and OpenGL 3.3+ on the Mac system. Both work smoothly, giving me flexibility for whatever I need to do. The latest 27" iMacs come with 5K monitors...very nice!
Good luck!

User avatar
jtorres
I have made <0 posts
I have made <0 posts
Posts: 2
Joined: Wed Nov 04, 2015 10:39 am
Full Name: Jordi Torres
Company Details: Mirage Technologies
Company Position Title: Project Manager
Country: Spain
Linkedin Profile: Yes

Re: Pointcloud viewing on Mac

Post by jtorres » Wed Nov 04, 2015 2:04 pm

Did you tried PointCloudViz? ( www.pointcloudviz.com ) It is a free viewer with some intuitive tools (annotations, measurement, image overlay, etc..) and it works in windows, linux and mac. There is also a pointcloud server and web client.

Cheers.

Bill-Wallace
V.I.P Member
V.I.P Member
Posts: 140
Joined: Thu Oct 29, 2009 11:14 pm
Full Name: Bill Wallace
Company Details: Leica Geosystems
Company Position Title: HDS Sr. Software Product Manager

Re: Pointcloud viewing on Mac

Post by Bill-Wallace » Wed Nov 04, 2015 4:46 pm

If they don't need to be inside any specific application, just work with point clouds, then TruView Global is surely an option.

http://truviewglobal.leica-geosystems.com/welcome

This public site doesn't let you use the markup tools but you can play around a bit.

Works from Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android, any browser with HTML5 and WebGL support

User avatar
danielgm
V.I.P Member
V.I.P Member
Posts: 156
Joined: Thu Jun 20, 2013 10:45 am
Full Name: Daniel Girardeau-Montaut
Company Details: CloudCompare
Company Position Title: Administrator
Country: France
Linkedin Profile: Yes
Location: Grenoble, France
Been thanked: 4 times
Contact:

Re: Pointcloud viewing on Mac

Post by danielgm » Wed Nov 04, 2015 5:58 pm

@Steve: I'm not the one who said "really big point cloud" ( :? ) but here's what I can say: with the 64 bits version you can load several hundreds of millions of points without too much problem. Generally you can load between 50 and 100M points with 1 Gb of memory (it depends on whether the points are colored or associated to normals, etc.). Some users even reported having loaded more than a billion points with the standard version and 3 billion in command line mode (you may have to tweak the virtual memory settings of Windows). Anyway displaying more than 200M points would be veryyyy slow (even with a high end graphic card).

Since version 2.6.2 we use a LOD structure to get a more reactive display with very big clouds. It takes some time to prepare - computations are done in the background - but once ready the interactivity is much better.

Regarding the current topic, the only issue would be that the 2.6.2 version is not available on Mac yet :oops:
Daniel
CloudCompare admin
http://www.cloudcompare.org/

adriantaylor09
I have made 60-70 posts
I have made 60-70 posts
Posts: 68
Joined: Wed May 07, 2014 8:57 pm
Full Name: Adrian Taylor
Company Details: Revisia Ltd
Company Position Title: Industrial 3D Specialist
Country: New Zealand
Linkedin Profile: Yes

Re: Pointcloud viewing on Mac

Post by adriantaylor09 » Wed Nov 04, 2015 11:00 pm

danielgm wrote:@Steve: I'm not the one who said "really big point cloud"
That was me!

I guess what I was getting at is that if you work in Scene, for example, and you create a project with say 20 scans, and you then export that data as a .pts file or something similar, you can end up with 100's of millions of points (depending on your scan resolution of course). Expecting clients to view this on a mac (or anything for that matter) without specialized software is unrealistic. Cloudcompare will help the OP in getting the data to his client, but it won't solve the problem of viewing "really big point clouds" - as in more that about 100M points.

By specialized software I mean Recap, Scene, Scene LT etc. - Suites designed specifically for handling multiple long range laser scans

That's definitely not to say that cloudcompare isn't useful, in fact I think it's miles ahead of some very expensive pieces of software out there.

User avatar
josia.damas
I have made 10-20 posts
I have made 10-20 posts
Posts: 15
Joined: Tue May 27, 2008 5:08 pm
Full Name: Jose de la cruz Damas
Company Details: IKTAN Serivicios Integrados S.A. de C.V.
Company Position Title: General Director
Country: spain
Skype Name: hermanitrox
Location: pamplona, spain
Contact:

Re: Pointcloud viewing on Mac

Post by josia.damas » Fri Aug 30, 2019 6:48 pm

im using potree to provide a Viewer online for a really big point clouds
José Damas
Project Manager
www.grupoiktan.com
Scanning the past to build the future.

Post Reply

Return to “Web Based Software”