Frequently Asked Questions
Features and Functions
Yes! Pointfuse includes an Auto Classify tool to identify horizontal, vertical, and sloping surfaces. You can adjust the parameters to suit your data. You can then manually classify remaining surfaces. You can then choose which surfaces to display and export.
You can import point cloud data from CL3, CLR, DP, E57, FLS, FWS, LAS, LAZ, PTS, PTX, RCP, RCS, VPC, XYZ and ZFS files. You can export 3D mesh models in industry-standard COLLADA (DAE), DXF, Filmbox (FBX), Industry Foundation Classes (IFC), Navisworks Cache File (NWC), StereoLithography (STL), SketchUp (SKP), Wavefront (OBJ) or Extensible 3D (X3D) formats. You can export 2D files in DXF format.
Yes, if the point cloud data contains RGB data, you can display point clouds in colour. Alternatively, you can display point clouds using intensity values (if present in the data) or by applying a colour gradient, which colours the point cloud according to height.
Yes, if the source point cloud contains RGB data, and you converted it with Pointfuse V1.1 or later, you can display the mesh model with realistic RGB texturing. The other texture you can use with V1.1 or later is Intensity (if the source point cloud contains intensity data).
Yes, the measurement tool can accurately measure lines, polylines, and polygons. You can view the measurements on the model and export them into a CSV file.
First, use Pointfuse to convert the point cloud in to a mesh model. Then, use Pointfuse’s Plans/Sections editing tools on those mesh models.
Yes, the ortho image tool works on both the mesh model and the point cloud
Yes, you can crop your point cloud in Pointfuse so that it contains only the points you want included in a mesh model. You can crop multiple times, and choose whether to keep or discard each area selected. When you have cropped the point cloud so that it contains only the points you want to convert, you can create a mesh model based only on those points.
Yes, Pointfuse can convert multiple point clouds into a single mesh model, using the same settings for all the point clouds, as long as they are all in the same folder.
Use CTRL+Single left to click to highlight individual surfaces. Use CTRL+Click and drag to use the selection box to highlight multiple surfaces.
Yes, you can export to IFC, FBX, or NWC directly on Autodesk BIM 360. You can also export to a file on your desktop: 3D mesh models to industry-standard DAE, DXF, FBX, IFC, OBJ, SKP or STL formats, and 2D files to DXF.
Easy: just double left click!
Requirements and Compatibility
No. Pointfuse only runs on a physical Windows PC. You cannot run it on a virtual machine, or on a Mac. You can use Pointfuse via desktop sharing, but Remote Desktop is not supported. TeamViewer is the suggested alternative.
Yes, Pointfuse supports 3Dconnexion mice.
This message means that CodeMeter, the licence protection software used by Pointfuse, has not installed correctly. To resolve this issue, download and install the CodeMeter Runtime Kit for Windows from the vendor’s website: http://codemeter.com/us/service/downloads.html. You will then need to re-install Pointfuse, so that the license is correctly imported.
You can generate a mesh model without displaying the point cloud (not available in trial version). However, if you DO want to display the point cloud: Check you have the latest drivers for your graphics card. Your computer may be installed with two graphics cards – an integrated Intel and either a NVIDIA or AMD dedicated graphics card. To run Pointfuse you will need to make sure that the dedicated graphics card is being used. This can be enabled in the preferences.
Update your graphics card drivers and make NVIDIA or AMD the default graphics card. See Specifying your Graphics Card.
Versions and Releases
Yep! We offer a free trial (no credit card needed). Click the link in the top right hand corner of the website.
They have exactly the same functionality except that the trial version is limited to 3 exports.
The Welcome screen shows when your licence will expire. When the trial expires, Pointfuse will not run until a valid license has been purchased.
Go to the Pricing Page and select Buy. Install Pointfuse, if you have not already tried it, start Pointfuse, and on the Welcome screen, select Activate License.
They are listed near the front of the Pointfuse User Guide.