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Feature Requests / Oriented scale bars
« on: October 08, 2019, 01:34:16 AM »
Allow to add/import orientation values (YAW & PITCH / AZIMUTH & PLUNGE) for scale bars which are then used to orient the model, similar to camera orientations


Feature Requests / Texture editing
« on: October 08, 2019, 01:12:30 AM »
Allow to edit/adjust the texture

- Tone
- Contrast
- Color
- Highlights
- Shadows
- Sharpen

Best regards,

Bug Reports / Error: XML syntax error
« on: October 01, 2019, 04:01:44 AM »
Hi All,

Just a warning about a known bug related to shapes in Agisoft Metashape (as confirmed by Alexey):

Unfortunately, there seem to be a flaw in the way of shape data storage within the Metashape project files. If the number of shapes and their vertices gets too high the corresponding XML file inside the archive gets corrupted and leads to the project open failure. We are aware of the problem, but have not yet implemented an alternative and therefore can only suggest to avoid keeping enormous number of shapes within the single chunk.

Best regards,
Alexey Pasumansky
Agisoft LLC

Most of the time you would not stumble across this problem. But recently I was dealing with a large project where I computed 1m contour lines for an area of 18km2. Everything worked without any problems. I could open, view and export these contour lines. I then saved the project and closed Metashape. When I tried to open the same project the next day, I was greeted by Error: XML syntax error and the project wouldn't load.

Manually edit the doc.xml file for the related frame. Simple remove the line pointing to archive. You can even delete the whole shapes folder the doc.xml is referring to. DONE.


Bug Reports / Draw polygon/polyline issues
« on: April 02, 2019, 02:27:00 AM »
Hi Agisoft Team,

I am using Metashape 1.5.2. Here are the 2 problems when drawing a polygon/polyline.

1. If a polygon/polyline is drawn on a DEM it automatically assigns a marker symbol (blue flag) to every vertex, which is confusing/annoying.

2. It is not possible to adjust a polygon/polyline vertex by dragging/moving it after it has been generated


Kind regards,

Feature Requests / Adjustable line width
« on: November 10, 2018, 01:08:26 PM »
Hi Agisoft team,

Besides colour and transparency it would be nice if there was an option to change line width for shapes.


General / DJI Phantom 4 RTK
« on: October 16, 2018, 05:09:06 AM »
This is great news for everyone some people working in the field of UAV photogrammetry. DJI just released the Phantom 4 RTK.


Feature Requests / Select mesh by shapes
« on: July 15, 2018, 09:55:00 AM »
Hi Agisoft team,

It would be great to have a function that allows to select mesh triangles by shapes, the same way it is already implemented for dense point clouds (select points by shapes). This would be very useful when someone needs to crop a mesh.

Moreover, it would be nice to have a gradual selection based on 'image overlap' that works for mesh faces as well as the dense point cloud. This would allow one to delete areas such as the edges of a model where the image overlap and the quality of the model/reconstruction is generally lower.

Kind regards,

General / DJI Zenmuse X7
« on: May 07, 2018, 10:41:51 AM »
Has anyone used a Zenmuse X7 for digital photogrammetry purposes?

On paper, it seems to be a great camera for several reasons:

1. Sensor size:  23.5×15.7 mm (= APS-C size!!)
2. Resolution: 24 MP
3. Shutter: electronic & mechanical shutter
4. Dynamic range: 14 stops
5. Prime lenses (from 16mm to 50mm)
6. Shoots raw - for people who want to push the boundaries  ;)

As far as I know, it is only supported by the DJI Inspire 2 and does not work on a Matrice 200/210 or Inspire 1.

Not sure if the X7 is supported by mission planning apps such as DJI GS Pro, MapPilot, Pix4Dcapture or others.

Would be great if someone could share his/her experience/knowledge  :)


Feature Requests / Measure shape improvement
« on: January 31, 2018, 06:59:41 AM »
Hi Agisoft team,

It would be great if the 'Measure Shape' tool was more 'interactive'.

For example, when selecting a point in the Planar point list in the Measure Shape window, it would be nice to see the associated point highlighted in the main view. Moreover, if you move your mouse along the profile line in the measure shape window, it would be great to see where it corresponds to in the main model/ortho view. And for volume measurements, it would be nice if the measured volume/area was highlighted in a different colour in the main view as well as the best fit plan, mean level and custom level were shown in 3D when the mesh is opened.

Additionally, allow to measure multiple shapes at the same time. At the moment, if more than 2 shapes are selected and MEASURE is clicked, nothing happens.

Last but not least. When digitising a polygon, I close it by clicking the right mouse button. When drawing masks on images with the lasso tool, it would be nice if clicking the right mouse button would do the same (consistency.).


Title says it all. Inspired by a post from @Liesenfeld-Vermessung. See here:

Hi Alexey,

Here is what I would like to achieve. I have imported geotagged imagery (from an UAV) and already ran photo alignment to generate a sparse point cloud (tie points). Then I used PhotoScan's marker detection feature to automatically identify non coded markers in all images, which works fine.
Now here is what the Python script should do. When importing the real locations of the markers (which have been measured with a survey grade RTK GPS), Photoscan should automatically look for the marker that is closest to the imported location and then copy X, Y, Z to this marker. Would be great if the user could define a 'search radius threshold', e.g. if there was no marker within 5m of the imported location, then DISABLE this marker/don't import any location information.

This would eliminate the time-consuming step of manually 'linking' non coded markers with imported ground control point coordinates. Additionally, it would help to automate processing.

Thanks for your help.


P.S. Other people would also benefit from such a script. See

Feature Requests / More powerful marker detection
« on: July 11, 2017, 04:53:04 PM »
Marker detection is a great feature, but it can often be a hit or miss. One has to be very careful when it comes to size (which needs to be adjusted to the GSD) and shape/colour of markers that are used.

It would be great to have a more powerful marker detection where PhotoScan is first 'trained' with a picture of a marker that was used (any shape/colour) and then uses some computer vision algorithm (such as ORB) to find, identify and mark them in all images.


Feature Requests / Cropping based on image overlap
« on: July 11, 2017, 04:39:19 PM »
Hi PhotoScan Team,

It would be great to have a feature that allows one to crop the dense point cloud, orthophotograph, DEM or mesh based on image overlap that is shown in the processing report. For example, the edges of most models show a lower image overlap. This feature would represent a convenient way to remove these areas which e.g., are only covered by 4 or less images.



General / CloudCompare
« on: June 29, 2017, 06:28:58 AM »
Hi PhotoScan Users,

In many posts of this forum people talk about CloudCompare and how they use it to analyse, edit and compare point clouds (and meshes) they exported from PhotoScan. CloudCompare is a great piece of software which has been developed by one man: Daniel Girardeau-Montaut (except from some plugins).
I was able to meet him in Norway last year during a workshop/conference. He is a great guy and very passionate about his 'baby' CloudCompare and how it developed since he started it as a PhD project. Over the years many more features were added and today it can easily compete (or even outperform) expensive commercial software. It is like QGIS for point clouds ;-). Therefore, I think it is very important to keep supporting people like Daniel who develop and share such great software.

This is something you should read. Copied from
CloudCompare is a Free software. Free as in "Free speech", not as in "free beer".
Developing and maintaining a software is never free (no magic in this world).

If CloudCompare helps you make (or save) a lot of money, then please contribute or donate.
P.S.: if you really can't, at least send us an email to say thanks ;-)
P.P.S.: we are also in need of equipment (scanners, computers, graphic cards, hard drives, etc.)
P.P.P.S.: we also like nice datasets!

If CloudCompare has been advertised to you as a "free software" (as in "you already paid several thousand $$$ for our scanner/UAV but you can use this software for nothing") then don't hesitate to remind your provider to donate a few bucks on your behalf!

Last but not least, if you are working in a company that sells scanners/UAVs and you advertise CC as a "free software", then please choose one of the following:
explain your customers what "Free" actually means (be insistent)
contribute to the project
include a few bucks in your retail price for us :-)
(Manufacturers that are already contributing or supporting us: DotProduct, 2G Robotics, Riegl)

I fully agree with Daniel's statement. Our society is used to get things for free without thinking about how it is paid for. Free cloud storage, free email accounts, free software.... the list goes on.

Anyway, I just wanted to remind everyone who uses CloudCompare to consider to donate some money to Daniel so he can continue developing/improving CloudCompare. Alternatively, you can also contribute to the project in other ways, as outlined above (e.g., develop new plugins and share them with the public). I would hate to see CloudCompare development ceasing or CloudCompare getting commercialized (bought by another company) due to the lack of support from the community who uses it.

If you feel like you want to donate some money to Daniel right now, here is the link  ;)
New URL:


NOTE. I was not encouraged by Daniel to write this post. I just think that great people should be supported in what they do.

General / New AMD Ryzen 7 processor
« on: February 27, 2017, 04:39:26 AM »
Hi Agisoft Team,

I just wanted to know if Photoscan Pro will be (or already is) supporting the new AMD Ryzen 7 processor series.
They seem to be good value for money. 8 cores/16 threads @ 4GHz for AUD 699.

Performance seems to be quite impressive too, Apparently Intel has started to adjust the prices of it's i5 and i7 series to stay competitive....


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