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3DConnexion mouse support

Status: Under Review
by Collaborator John.DeLeeuw on ‎03-29-2016 01:03 AM

Can you add 3D Mouse support in ReCap? Just like InfraWorks, this works very handy navigating around the scan.

Status: Under Review

When creating dimensions from columns or large pieces of equipment often we need to dimension to the centerline.  It would be nice if we are able to dimension directly from the center line like we are able to dimension from a pipe currently.  Currently we have to create a dimension from the face of equipment to opposite side of the equipment.  Then we need to do a dimension from the flange of a column to the opposite flange.  We can then assume the centerline of each.  Finally we can take the calculated centerlines and add those values to the final dimension from flange of column to face of the equipment.  To check true alignment of equipment you need to check centerline against multiple columns so you could go through creating 18-24 dimensions when you really only need to do 6-8.


Hopefully you can follow the jumbled mess but I attached a picture to help.  Also can we finally fix the rounding of dimensions?  You can see in the image that 4/8" is showing rather than 1/2".  Our engineers love to poke fun at that one for the past 2 years.



HTC vive or oculus

Status: Future Consideration
by Contributor ffauconnet on ‎02-25-2016 02:35 PM
Hi Guy,

Hello guys, can imagine Recap becomes compatible with HTC Vive or Oculus?

Thanks in advance

Please create a functionality that allows you to utilize the regions from RECAP when viewing scan data in Navisworks. This functionality is already integreated into AutoCAD, Revit, and Invenetor. This will greatly help presenting 3D model with useful laser scan data.

Convert Scans to Mesh or surface

Status: Implemented
by Enthusiast freedom1k on ‎04-06-2015 06:27 AM

It would be great to add a PointCloud to Mesh feature to ReCaP, for isolated scanned objects. There is a competitor's tool that can do this, and the Autodesk's Civil 3D Convert Pointcloud to Surface tool is great for large Topo areas. Sure Momento may have promise in the future, but a Point Cloud or Laser Scan conversion tool belongs in ReCAP.

Status: Implemented

This was released as a beta service in March.

Dear Autodesk and colleagues,


Recap and 123D (design, make, print, catch, make, mesh, etc.) are all very potential applications. Applications where further development is definitely possible. Applications that make use of a similar environment and workflows.


All these programs got some features, but what if you can create one program (Recap 4.0) that has the option to switch between these disciplines? More collaboration, better work environment, faster working, and more.


The power over other Autodesk products, for example Revit, is that you can use the program for more than one discipline. Imagine that you integrate the 123D applications into Recap, so the customer can choose their discipline just like you do in Revit and other Autodesk products.


Imagine you can 3D scan a building (or object), both with pictures as with a 3D scanner, upload it in Recap (4.0), optimize, outline, add component, reshape, make groups, directly make an export for either Autodesk products or a 3D printer and many more!


This idea generates a lot of possibility's, time savings and licensing benefits for both Autodesk as resellers. Of course, the 123D applications are free at this moment, make use of this! You can make a program (Recap 4.0) where only the features from 123D and some from Recap are free to use, let them taste the possibility's and make more money that way. Win-win.


Vote for this idea and everybody wins!






Status: Implemented

Thank you for submitting your idea @Jreij!
The request has been reviewed and we are happy to inform you that Autodesk will make the necessery actions to merge some of the best functinalities from similar products and provide a more cohesive experiance.


You can see the initial start of this initiative on this page, and you can expect a more integrated experiance from ReCap when it comes to utulizing Reality Capture technologies. 


Thank you again for using the Autodesk products and please continue to send us your requirements that will be of your benefit!



The Autodesk ReCap Team

Translate/rotate coordinate system

Status: Under Review
by Contributor mario.laflamme on ‎07-15-2015 12:54 PM

Currently we can only redefine the origin and pick point from the point cloud which define new origin and it's orientation. But sometimes it is not accurate enough or it is hard to pick the correct point.


I would like to be able to translate the origin by specifying an X, Y or Z distance. Same thing for the rotation around X, Y or Z Axis.


This would help for fine tuning and to get an accurate positionning of the point cloud.

Status: Under Review

It would be nice to be able to multi-select scan locations to turn then on/off. For example, maybe I only want to see 1 scan in a 100 scan job. At the moment I have to individually turn off each of the 99 other scans by selecting "eye icon". This is very cumbersome. It would also be nice to be able to turn all scans off and then just turn on the ones I want to see, either individually or by multi-selecting and then turning them on.

Status: Implemented

Hi @cody.austin,


You can also create scan groups and toggle on/off those groups at once.



250 photo limit

Status: Accepted
by Participant TInloes on ‎06-15-2016 12:16 PM

I process drone photos for project large areas.  Most of my projects include more than 250 photos - some up to 1000.  I have been processing them with DroneDeploy, Pix4D, MapsMadeEasy and Agisoft. I would like to try Recap but breaking the project up into many pieces and then trying to combine them seems too complex.  Is there a plan to support more than 250 photos?

Status: Accepted

Export 360 Panoramas

Status: Accepted
by Explorer nick on ‎01-24-2017 04:57 AM



I have found one of the most beneficial uses of Recap 360 to be viewing the 360 images generated with clients and consulting team members during design reviews. it would be immensely beneficial to extend this workflow beyond the use of recap through the ability to export 360 panoramas which can be easily shared among team members.



Status: Accepted

Support Meshing of Unstructured Data (e.g. Faro Freestyle)

Status: Under Review
by Participant tony.morrill on ‎08-23-2016 09:39 AM - last edited on ‎08-23-2016 09:53 AM |

I will be using the Faro Freestyle for data capture on several smaller VR-related modeling projects.  Apparently, XYZ point coords + RGB data from a Focus3D system is 'structured' data, and XYZ point coords + RGB data from a Freestyle is 'unstructured'.  Currently, ReCap 360 can import and manipulate both types of PCD, but can ONLY handle meshing on 'structured' data.  :(

Surely there are others out there who need a basic meshing tool for all types of PCD that doesn't require a $10k license for manufacturing-specific software.  Please (please!) add cleanup and meshing support for Freestyle and other 'unstructured' types of point cloud data.


Status: Under Review

Auto-Registration Using GPS

Status: Future Consideration
by Advocate jrfrost on ‎09-25-2015 07:53 AM

Recap should integrate the "Auto-Registration Using GPS" tool. The FARO Focus X330 has an integrated GPS receiver, Recap should take advantage of this. It would make registration extremely accurate, and Recap could then be used for surveying based applications.

Import .dwg models into ReCap

Status: Implemented
by Enthusiast jasper.paulusma on ‎03-22-2016 01:48 AM

Could it be possible to import a .DWG model into ReCap, also to see in the Realview mode. This would improve routing pipe using plant 3D greatly. The AutoCAD software is nice to route in in parallel view but you cannot see the collisions well. A second screen in Perspective view with the model in it would be useful. I use Navisworks now to check for collisions in the point cloud. However ReCap is working much smoother and easier with the possibility for Realview.


Greetings Jasper.

Status: Implemented

Hi All,

We are happy to inform you that the requested idea has been reviewed and that the same has been implemented in the latest product release.


You may start using this feature today by downloading the this ReCap version from our product page.

More about all the updates can be found here.


Thank you again for using the Autodesk products and please continue to send us your requirements that will be of your benefit!



The Autodesk ReCap Team

Export and Import Viewstates

Status: Under Review
by Participant nazeeb.hamza on ‎01-19-2016 09:54 PM

We have multiple groups working on the same project at the same time (on the same recap project files on individual PC's) and each are creating viewstates. But at the end to have a MASTER PROJECT file with all the view states, we are currently recreating the individual viewstates in to one file to have the master (we do that after importing all the annotations from the individual PC's). This process is taking a long time and to overcome we need to have the ability to export and import viewstates.

Status: Under Review

Point Cloud Alignment

Status: Future Consideration
by Explorer dbanyard on ‎05-24-2016 11:55 AM

We need tools that help align point clouds to data in autocad, revit, etc.. Finding wall surfaces for alignment, or using multiple points for rotation and alignment would help in making the point cloud data more consistent in placement. Interior scans are much more difficult to locate especially when you cannot have survey control. When scanning in very enclosed locations, alignment becomes paramount to dealing with adjacency and coordination.

Selection by Colour or Colour Range

Status: Under Review
by Participant pnancarrow on ‎04-27-2016 07:19 PM

Hi Guys,

I have a suggestion to make to improve the selection of specific areas of the point cloud. (actually this one came from one of our guys!)


If points could be selected which belong to a colour range I reckon this would be very helpful, especially when cleaning up a scan.

For instance a range of green colours could be selected to isolate trees or a range of yellows for the earthmoving machinery which pulled up in front of the scanner.

By selecting a colour, or (an average?) range of colours, these could be relatively easily isolated and then clipped out as necessary.


A simple selection by height range is also something which could be useful. (This can be done indirectly with the limit box I know...)



Peter N

Status: Under Review

Create a slider which controls the display of points based on Color, Intensity, or Normals. This is to help users select specific points for grouping. For example, vegetation will be green. For example, provide a slider which will allow the user to specify the hue range and isolate or hide (invert) points which fall out of that range. Various materials will have different intensity characteristics, we can use this to help organize points.

Status: Under Review

Exporting Mirror Balls to a file

Status: Gathering Support
by Advocate BalajiBIM on ‎10-17-2016 01:07 AM

If there is an option to export the Mirror Balls (Scan Location Spheres) into a 3D CAD Format file and later we can append it to Navisworks seamlessly with Shared Coordinates and the Sphere's name is same as scan file name (RCS) in the Navisworks Selection Tree, that would be great!

LiDAR data usually come with vegetation and trees. It will be great for ReCap to be able to remove the  (as noise) and only show the actual ground surface.

Status: Implemented

Merging Projects

Status: Gathering Support
by Participant Stephen.Brechin.01 on ‎11-23-2016 03:08 AM

It would be extremely useful if, when importing one project into another, the registration of the imported project remained intact, complete with target information. This would allow us to register a large project in smaller chunks before assembling the pieces to make the final model.

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