Please read the Quick Start Guide first to familiarize yourself with Pointfuse. If your question isn’t addressed by these FAQs or the Pointfuse User Guide, please contact us via the Pointfuse support page.

Features and Functions

Can I classify and separate different types of surface, and if so, how?

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.

What file formats are supported?

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.

Can I display point clouds in colour? What other options are there?

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.

Can I display mesh models with textures, including RGB colour? What other options are there?

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).

Can I measure features of point clouds and mesh models?

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.

How do I create plans and multiple sections from point clouds?

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.

Can I create scaled ortho images of point clouds as well as mesh models?

Yes, the ortho image tool works on both the mesh model and the point cloud

Can I build a mesh model using only a selected part of a 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.

Can I build a single mesh model from multiple point clouds?

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.

How do I select surfaces on the Pointfuse model?

Use CTRL+Single left to click to highlight individual surfaces. Use CTRL+Click and drag to use the selection box to highlight multiple surfaces.

Can I export a mesh model to use in a CAD program?

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.

How do I easily re-orient my screen to centre on an object?

Easy: just double left click!

Requirements and Compatibility

What are the recommended system requirements for Pointfuse?

CPU: Intel i7 or Xeon. RAM: at least 12 GB. Dedicated graphics card: one that supports OpenGL 3.3, such as the NVIDIA Quadro FX Range. Operating system: Windows 7 or later, 64 bit. Hard drive: at least 500 GB.

Can I use Pointfuse if I don’t have the recommended system requirements?

Yes, as long as you have a dedicated graphics card. If sufficient RAM is not available, Pointfuse caches the data to disk. In this case, run times may be slower.

Can Pointfuse run on a virtual machine?

Yes you can, but only with a full license of the software. You cannot run the trial version on a virtual machine, or on a Mac. The trial is also incompatible with Windows Sandbox mode or Microsoft Hyper-V.

Does Pointfuse work with a 3D mouse?

Yes, Pointfuse supports 3Dconnexion mice.

Troubleshooting

Why doesn't Pointfuse display my point cloud?

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.

When I try to run Pointfuse, I get “Error Code 4014: A graphics error has occurred. Please check that your system is configured to use a discrete graphics card (NVIDIA/ATA)…”. How do I fix this?

Update your graphics card drivers and make NVIDIA or AMD the default graphics card. See Specifying your Graphics Card.

Versions and Releases

Where can I download Pointfuse software?

To download Pointfuse software, you first need to set up an account with us using the "Free Trial" link in the top right hand corner of this page. If you already have an account, then you can use this link to download the software. It is also possible to download the trial via the Autodesk App Store.

Can I try Pointfuse for free?

Yep! We offer a free trial (no credit card needed). Click the link in the top right hand corner of the website.

What are the differences between the full and trial versions of Pointfuse?

They have exactly the same functionality except that the trial version is limited to 3 exports.

What happens when my Pointfuse licence expires?

The Welcome screen shows when your licence will expire. When the trial expires, Pointfuse will not run until a valid license has been purchased.

How do I buy a full license?

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.

Where can I check what changes were made at each release of Pointfuse?

They are listed near the back of the Pointfuse User Guide.

If you have any further question please contact us by sending an email at support@pointfuse.com or using the contact form.