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  • FLS Import: Added support for latest FARO instrument importer SDK 2019.2.2.3361
  • Trimble X7 Data Import: Improved performance of scan colorization - up to 40% - when importing TDX / TZF files Target-Based Registration / Georeferencing: Significantly improved performance on projects with many targets Refine Registration using TZF Scans: Improved behavior - some loops were not properly closed
  • 2D Image Display: Improved performance on large imported images - e.g., in annotations.
  • Annotations: Displayed content can now be resized and has a vertical slider for long descriptions

Resolved Issues

  • RCP Export: Some clouds had a wrong bounding box or were wrongly positioned
  • Profile / Cross-Section: Fixed regression – the tool no longer produced slices
  • 3D Inspection: Improved stability when deleting colorbars
  • Geometry Creator: Fixed issue when changing picking parameters
  • Ortho-projection: More consistent behavior of the preview button with use depth option


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Using constraints on how you rotate the view around the point cloud is a great way to get just the view you need quickly and easily.

In Trimble RealWorks there are various options to do this.

The most common is setting a rotation point. By default, TRW will rotate around the position of the mouse cursor.



This setting can be changed under the View tab in the Navigation section. Alternatively, you can select to have the center of rotation manually defined by pressing the X key and then using the mouse to select the specific location you would like the view to rotate around. You can use the shortcut key Q to toggle between the two options.



Another unique feature is locking the view to Heads Up. This is turned on by default and helps to not det disoriented why navigating the point cloud. When this is active you will notice that you can’t rotate the Z or Elevation axis side to side, only toward you and away from you.



The option to turn this off is also found under the View tab under the Navigation section. As you can see when this is turned off you can end up with some strange views. It is easy to turn the Heads Up lock back on by simply pressing the shortcut U button.



However, there are some useful options available with the Heads Up lock is turned off. Moving the mouse cursor to the far left or right of the screen will allow you to rotate the project around a horizontal axis through the middle of the 3D display.



Moving the mouse cursor to the far top or bottom of the screen will allow you to rotate the project around a vertical axis through the middle of the 3D display.



Moving the mouse cursor to the corners of the screen will allow you to rotate the project in a circular motion around a point in the center of the 3D display.



These rotation options are even more effective when combined with the View toolbar and remember you can always use the U button to quickly return to the more familiar Heads Up locked view.

Sometimes you just need a quick diameter, distance, or angle on objects. Using tools in Trimble RealWorks that best fit a geometry to the point cloud can be a way to quickly get precise answers.


Start by opening the Measurement Tool.




For a quick diameter you can use the Fitted Cylinder Diameter Measurement tool. Select the tool and then click on the point cloud and move the mouse out to define an area to extract a cylinder. Then click a second time set the area.




After the second click the software will fit a cylinder to the point cloud and display the diameter.



You can also quickly get the angle between two secant geometries. Secant simply meaning that the two geometries such as cylinders are of the same radius and that the axes intersect.


Start by selecting the Angle Between Geometries’ Measurement tool.




Click to select the two cylinders.




The angle will be displayed at the point of measurement and also in the upper right-hand corner in the Information box.



There are several useful options in the Measurement Tool so be sure to explore them all.

I get a lot of questions about time saving tips when working with point clouds. One of my favorites is simply using shortcut keys to quickly access commonly used commands.

In Trimble RealWorks you can find a full list of short cut keys by opening the Help menu which is found under the Support tab.



 From the Help menu click on the search tab and type in, “shortcut”.



In addition to the standard CTRL C to Copy and CRTL V to paste some of my favorites are F4 to open the limit box and CTRL M to merge two cloud objects.


You can click the Print button to make a hard copy or save to a file to share.




To be even more efficient I use a mouse which allows me to assign short cut keys to the buttons on it.



I have assigned a button to let the thumb button save projects. This way I can do it quickly and often in case the software closes unexpectedly such as when the power fails. I have also set a button on the mouse to go to the top view as I use this often when working with point cloud data.


So try using short cut keys to speed up you point cloud processing.

New features and enhancements included in this version:

  • Trimble X7/ Perspective Support: Added support for the new Trimble X7 and Perspective software.
    Includes annotations, labels, and panorama image creation.

    ·         Annotations: New 3D annotation creation tool to let you improve your deliverables and share information about a 3D content.

    ·         Inspection Tools UI: New interface for editing color maps.

    ·         3D Inspection: New algorithm provides more accurate results in significantly less time.
            New algorithm also provides unique capability to reduce exaggerated effects when comparing two point clouds of different density.

    ·         Beam Extraction: New AI tool for automatically segmenting support beams from the point cloud.

    ·         Floor Flatness: Improved area selection and the ability to use parallel/orthogonal sample segments.

    ·         Ortho-Projection: New rendering options to provide more detailed orthophotos.

    ·         Import/Exports: Added support for import and export of IFC files. Improved RCP exporter no longer requires ReCap to be installed.

For a full list of bug fixes, please read the Release Notes.

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