What's new?

planlauf/TERRAIN 2018 R1 (Feb. 2018)

New Features

  • Align-Model-to-Image to create blends between DEMs and aerial images

Import and Mesh Decimation

  • Triangle Downsampling: starts the mesh decimation with only 1/4 of the vertices (normal maps and local relief still have the full resolution)
  • Reprojection of point clouds with EPSG:3089 (Kentucky) to UTM (Import Point Cloud > Reproject)
  • Improved sharpness of DEMs
  • Improved DTM generation for slopes with sparse point coverage
  • Import of multiple raster files via GDAL, files will automatically be merged
  • Create image overlay from an ECW or JP2 file (requires GDAL with ECW plug-in)
  • Improved points per m² calculation during LAS import

Visualization

  • Added OpenGL diagnostics, error report can be sent to terrain@planlauf.com
  • Added a new symbol size: Super Large
  • Orthographic projection is now used in 2D mode
  • Contours can be shown with two styles: Bright and Dark
  • Brightness for the image overlay can be increased up to 2
  • Scale can be positioned at top and bottom center for screenshots
  • Option for a brighter height profile in the screenshot dialog

Misc

  • Look-around: Angle per Step renamed to Speed
  • Improved Sketchfab export: faster, lower memory consumption and much smaller OBJ files, 1 GB OBJ file size limit fixed
  • New projection: Poland CS92, EPSG:2180
  • New projection: Antarctica, EPSG:3294
  • Export of georeferenced top view image in JPG, PNG (with transparency) and GeoTIFF format
  • Option to assign images to pins in the 'Edit Pin' window (Settings > Camera > Assign…)

Bugfixes

  • Local relief preview with elevation units other than meters
  • Screenshot with scaled pins fails when zoomed in
  • Dialogs on a second screen are not shown if the screen is disconnected
  • Names of views are sometimes messed up with numbers

planlauf/TERRAIN 2018 (Dec. 2017)

New Features

  • Export of Sketchfab models
  • Line of Sight for the measure line (RMB on elevation profile to edit observer and target offset)
  • Contour lines with selectable spacing (Tiles and Shading)
  • Viewshed analysis with one or more observer points

Import and Mesh Decimation

  • Filling gaps is also possible during point cloud import (resulting *.asc file is filled and can be re-used in other software)
  • Point cloud can be manipulated during import (translate, rotate, scale and set current view to top or front view)
  • Manipulated point cloud can be saved in a proprietary file format (*.plfpcl) for faster re-use
  • Import of color gradients in *.c3g format (download many palettes here: soliton.vm.bytemark.co.uk/pub/cpt-city/), directory is stored
  • Warning is given if a model is probably too big to be imported, option to split it into multiple files
  • Local relief preview area is shown and can be moved in Bing Maps
  • Area selection for import can be done in Bing Maps
  • Height scale can be shown during Flooding
  • Classifications (e.g. building, vegetation) can be chosen during point cloud import
  • Smoothing radius for DEM generation from point clouds can be chosen

Visualization

  • Pin text is drawn with an outline and an optional background to improve readability
  • Pin text line thickness is adjusted along with the symbol size
  • Tracks can be shown during Fly-through, Look-around and Flooding
  • Focal length, i.e. the perspective can be adjusted and saved
  • Option to not scale the pins in screenshots
  • Contrast can be reduced to less than 1 (Tiles and Shading)
  • Views can be saved (Toolbar > Views)

Misc

  • Hide/Show individual pins or tracks (> Pin/Track List)
  • Progressbar is shown while adding tiles to viewport
  • No projection warning is skipped for Mars DTMs
  • Center Bing Maps on a GPS location
  • New projection: Slovenia, D48GK, EPSG:3912
  • If a reload of tiles is necessary in 'Tiles and Shading', the 3D view will be restored
  • When following a track, the closest location on the track is marked with a direction triangle instead of a simple point
  • Command line batch generation of decimated tile files from point clouds (*.las, *.laz, *.xyz, *.plfpcl)
  • Image overlay list allows adding, editing and deleting of images
  • Heatmap now creates an image which is added to the image overlay list
  • Export of elevation profiles as image or csv file (RMB on elevation diagram)

Bugfixes

  • Default directory is not set if a terrain file is opened
  • Program settings will be kept if planlauf/TERRAIN is updated (weekly build or any other minor release)
  • Hiding all tile files crashes if tracks exist
  • Error in projection file export for UTM South
  • Working directory error during import of overlay image via GDAL

planlauf/TERRAIN 2017 R3 (Sept. 2017)

Import and Mesh Decimation

  • Import of point cloud data (*.las, *.laz and *.xyz) and generation of Digital Surface Models (DSM) and Digital Terrain Models (DTM)
  • Set height of NoData points to a constant value (Import Grid Mesh window)
  • Speed improvement for mesh decimation, now up to twice as fast
  • Optimized mesh decimation for models with partially constant heights
  • Bugfix: Filling gaps does not work with GDAL import and NoData value of 1e+38
  • Bugfix: Filling gaps hangs with huge gaps, now limited to 1000000 vertices per gap

Visualization

  • Local Relief visualization (Import Grid Mesh > Local Relief and via Mesh Decimation Service)
  • Image overlay (*.jpg, *.png, *.bmp and GeoTIFFs via GDAL) with World File support
  • Look-around: vertical center can be adjusted
  • Pins can be shown as circles  or names (Settings > Display and Visibility)
  • Pin names displayed in color, can be changed to black/white (Settings > Display and Visibility)
  • Manual slope scale expanded to -1...2
  • Perspective can be changed temporarily with PageUp and PageDown
  • Flooding feature with video recording (More > Flooding)
  • Pins can be shown during Fly-through, Look-around and Flooding, pins without names are hidden if pins are displayed as names
  • Adjustable viewing direction in Fly-through (More > Fly-through > Rotation)

Misc

  • More > 'Edit Tile Files' renamed to 'Tiles and Shading'
  • Bugfix: Activating a license after the trial period does not work
  • Added projection: NAD83(NSRS2007) / Maryland (EPSG:3559)
  • New regions in our Mesh Decimation Service: Maryland / USA, New Zealand / Auckland, New Zealand / Wellington

planlauf/TERRAIN 2017 R2 (July 2017)

In this release we added 8 new regions to our Mesh Decimation Service. It now covers over 260,000 km² all across Europe. Video recording for Fly-throughs and Look-arounds is now possible with the help of FFmpeg. Please have a look at the full list of new features, improvements and bugfixes below.

New regions

  • Denmark
  • Germany / Hannover
  • Italy / Friuli Venezia Giulia
  • Italy / Trentino
  • Malta
  • Spain / Catalunya
  • Spain / La Rioja
  • UK / South West England DSM and DTM

New features and bugfixes

  • Look-around animation (More > Look-around)
  • Video recording of Fly-throughs and Look-arounds with FFmpeg (check 'Create Video' option)
  • Names of pins can be shown in the viewport instead of the pin symbols (Settings > Display and Visibility > Show Pin Names)
  • Slope shader (Edit Tile Files)
  • Adjust contrast (Edit Tile Files)
  • Manual min and max values for Height and Slope shader (Edit Tile Files)
  • Import of custom color scales (Edit Tile Files > Colors > Import Colors), text-based with RGB values from 0 to 255 (Example_Colors.txt)
  • Save topview JPG with Worldfile *.jgw and projection info *.prj (More > Export > JPG with ESRI World and Projection File)
  • New projections: OSGB 1936 / British National Grid (EPSG:27700), Irish Transverse Mercator (EPSG:2157), Irish Grid (EPSG:29903)
  • Track symbols will not be included in a screenshot
  • Mesh Decimation Service: JPG Quality for Tablet/Laptop profile = 0.95, Desktop = 0.99
  • Import of Esri ASCII grid files: origin is rounded to cell size value
  • Position of viewcube and scale can be changed for screenshots
  • Bugfix: Crash when trying to save a screenshot with scale turned on
  • Bugfix: Height labels in diagram are wrong during GPS logging if model is scaled
  • Bugfix: Fly-through above ground not possible with negative height values (Mars)
  • Bugfix: Windows getting bigger if DPI scale is > 125%
  • Bugfix: Viewcube is disabled if following a track and losing the signal while screen is locked

planlauf/TERRAIN 2017 R1 (May 2017)

Since the launch of planlauf/TERRAIN in January 2017 we have received a lot of valuable user feedback. The two most important things in planlauf/TERRAIN 2017 R1 are our new Mesh Decimation Service and the strong focus on hiking and exploring landscapes. Please have a look at the full list of new features, improvements and bugfixes below.

Hiking and Exploring Landscapes

  • Automatic view adjustment when following a planned track or approaching a pin
  • GPS location mode without logging (locations of the last 60 seconds are shown as a fading trail)
  • Acoustic proximity alerts when approaching a selected pin
  • Distance is shown during GPS logging
  • Logging is possible even if locations are out of the model

Import

  • Filling gaps in DTMs during import
  • Limit number of vertices during mesh decimation; if necessary normal deviation will be increased
  • Normal maps JPG quality can be adjusted to reduce file size
  • Limit height range during import
  • Speed improvement for mesh decimation with low normal deviation
  • Projection UTM 33 North ED50 (Malta)
  • Projection UTM 32 North ED50 (Italy)
  • *.bil-format added to GDAL file filter

Pins, Tracks and Pictures

  • Geotags can be added to pictures
  • Add pins for a collection of already geotagged pictures
  • Pins can be named
  • Import pins with names and comments from KML files
  • Add pins in Maps window
  • Trackpoints can be moved, added or deleted
  • Add new trackpoints to manual track in Maps window
  • Manual and GPS tracks are also shown in Maps window
  • Reverse track direction
  • Out-of-bounds trackspoints are drawn at height 0
  • Speed improvement for height profile calculation
  • Bugfix: Crash when importing single-line GPX file
  • Bugfix: GPX route format can't be imported
  • Bugfix: Import of GPX files with tabs fails
  • Bugfix: Manual track with overlapping tile files: sometimes set location doesn't work
  • Bugfix: Track segment disappears on map if start and end point are out of bounds
  • Bugfix: Tracks are not shown if elevation scale factor is changed and GPS is continued
  • Bugfix: Missing location bar in height profile if elevation scale is bigger than 1

Misc

  • Tile Files can be hidden > Edit Tile Files
  • Open files by Drag&Drop
  • Zip-packages have now the extension *.plfzip so double-clicking will start planlauf/TERRAIN
  • Improved window scaling on high DPI devices
  • Specular lighting reduced
  • Smoothing factor for Fly-Through
  • Crater detection parameters can be customized
  • Bugfix: Trimble R1 GPS receiver connection problem
  • Bugfix: Crash trying to save a file on a removed device
  • Bugfix: Slow Zoom-Fit for large models
  • Bugfix: Screenshot with factor 16 crashes on a 3000x2000 display, size of bitmap is too big
  • Bugfix: License window: keyboard is not shown in tablet mode
  • Bugfix: If fly through is started with an active toolbar button, white bar can not be moved
  • Bugfix: Import zip package: keyboard is not shown in tablet mode
  • Bugfix: In 2D mode panning is not ended when middle mouse button is released