PhotoModeler External Data Exchange
There are several ways to use PhotoModeler data with other applications, via export and import:
PhotoModeler, PhotoModeler Scanner and PhotoModeler UAS export 3D model data in the following formats:
|Extension||Name||Supports photographic textures|
|csv||Comma Separated Values|
|dxf||2D & 3D DXF|
|ms||3D Studio Max script|
|pts||PTS - XYZ scan data|
|txt||RAW XYZ coords||yes†|
|wrl||VRML 1 & 2||yes|
PhotoModeler Scanner and UAS, in addition to all the exports above, can also export point cloud and mesh data in these mesh-specific formats:
|Extension||Name||Export types supported|
|byu||Brigham Young||triangulated mesh|
|iv||Inventor||point cloud, triangulated mesh|
|stl||Stereo lithography||triangulated mesh|
|txt||RAW point cloud xyz||point cloud†|
Note that not all format types support all PhotoModeler entity types.
† Photographic texture export for point formats is rgb coloring of each point from the original photos.
PhotoModeler can create animated videos of the 3D View. These animation videos can be exported as GIF or AVI files. In addition animations can be uploaded directly to YouTube.
PhotoModeler can create and export orthophotos (remapped photos to remove shape and perspective distortion). These can be exported in the following image formats: jpg, tif, bmp, pcx, tga, png, pct, psd, iff, cal, sgi, and rgb.
The various numeric and textual data tables (photos, points, lines, curves, surfaces, etc.) can also be exported as space-, tab-, or comma-delimited text files (txt,csv).
Generate a PDF report with numerous configuration options for internal project documentation or sharing with a client. PhotoModeler UAS only.
API / Programmability
PhotoModeler can be accessed by an external application through the Windows standard DDE interface. The DDE interface provides both control over the program as well as data import and export capabilities. See the help file for more detail.
Image formats that PhotoModeler and PhotoModeler Scanner and PhotoModeler UAS can load
- JPEG (.jpg)
- Tiff (.tif)
- Windows BMP (.bmp)
- PC Paintbrush (.pcx)
- Targa (.tga)
- Portable Network Graphics (.png)
- Pict (.pct)
- Photoshop (.psd)
- Portable Pixmap (.ppm)
- Macintosh Paint (.mac)
- EA Interchange File Format (.iff)
- CALS Raster (.cal)
- PhotoCD (.pcd)
- Silicon Graphics Image (.sgi)
- Silicon Graphics RGB (.rgb)
- Jpeg2000 (.jp2/.jpx)
- MS HDphoto (.hpd/.wdp)
Video formats that PhotoModeler Scanner can load
- MP4 (mpeg 4)
- Note, the ability to load any of the above depends on how the video is encoded and if your computer has a matching codec. PhotoModeler does include the H.264 codec used often in mp4 and mov.
3D file import formats (used for control points, coordinate system transforms, and perspective model matching):
- Wavefront OBJ
- 3D Studio
- Raw Text file
3D point cloud import formats (Scanner only):
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