3D Views

Rotate View

Left mouse button

Rotates around the current rotation point of the point cloud, the mouse cursor changes to a rotation symbol

 Rotates around the X axis
 Rotates around the Y axis
Page ⇧   Page ⇩Rotates around the Z axis

Move view

Middle mouse buttonMoves the point cloud, the mouse cursor changes to the move cursor.


Mouse WheelZoom in/out
+     -Zoom in/out

Enlarge or shrink object points, point cloud points, camera position

Object points and camera viewpoints can be enlarged or reduced as desired, point cloud points cannot be enlarged beyond a maximum size.

Shift ⇧  +  Mouse wheel Enlarge / shrink points
Shift ⇧  +  +

Shift ⇧  +  -
Enlarge points

Shrink points

Select Points

Shift ⇧ + Left Mouse ButtonStart selection, the mouse cursor changes to the selection cursor
Draw rectangleMove mouse

Shift ⇧  +  Left Mouse Button

The points enclosed by the rectangle are selected and displayed in magenta
EscThe selection is cleared
*The selection is inverted

Any number of selections can be made in succession.

Deleting and Restoring Deleted Points

DelThe selected points are deleted
Ctrl   +  DelAll unselected points are deleted, i.e. "trim" the point cloud.
Ctrl   +  ZUndo Delete 

Further Editing Possibilities  

RCreate a balanced plane through the selected points.
OAn object point is created from the centre of gravity of the selected points
NA new point cloud is created from the selected points.
SpacebarThe rotation point is moved to the centre of gravity of the selected points.

Switch the point of rotation of the point cloud display

By default, the point cloud display rotates around the centre of gravity of all points. Often you may want to look at other details more closely. Therefore, you can place the rotation pivot point anywhere in the point cloud. 

Select pointsThe centre of gravity of the selected points will become the new rotation point
SpacebarThe rotation point is moved to the centre of gravity of the selected points.
EscMake sure that no points are selected.
SpacebarThe centre of gravity of the point clouds becomes the new rotation point again

Representation Perspective or Parallel Projection

The point clouds can be displayed in perspective (standard) or parallel projection. A "P" is displayed in the coordinate cross if the representation is perspective.

P or context menuToggle perspective/parallel projection

Display in True Colours

  • Point clouds are always displayed in true colour.
  • Object points are displayed in normal mode either as
    - green points: Automatically measured points
    - green cubes: manually measured points
    - green 3D crosses: control point
  • The background colour for normal mode and true colour mode can be changed in the programme settings..

In true colour mode, the automatically measured object points are also displayed in their true colours..

C or context menuToggles between true colour display and normal display.

Display in False Colours

A false colour representation of the point cloud is available via the context menu. Many different modes and criteria are available for the display:

Show Bounding Box

B or context menuToggle bounding box display

Determine Point Distances

Distances between 2 object points can be displayed with the tool "Determine point distances" in the 3D point cloud view.
The oblique distance and the distances split into x, y, z are displayed.
If point accuracies are available, the minimum and maximum distances are also displayed.
In the point view the two points are connected with a green line.
The points can be selected as follows:

  • Enter the point number in the input field or by using the arrow buttons.
  • Clicking the points in the 3D view
  • Clicking the points in a point list.
D or context menuInvokes the function