By Daniel Watkeys.
There was going to be a fairly flippant tone to this first support blog of 2020, but that doesn’t seem appropriate at the moment given current events. I want to reiterate the message from everyone here at Opti-cal and the A-Plant group that we hope you and your family are well and are staying safe. We want to support you and keep our country running in the safest possible way for everyone, so if you need equipment advice or assistance, please call us or message us.
Let’s chat about shiny new tech:
Our Leica BLK2GO units have arrived! After being announced in the middle of last year, our three demo units have recently landed. I’m a little excited about the three (fairly suspicious looking) cases sat on the desk in the office. However, I’ve had no time to actually do anything with them aside from bung their batteries on charge. I’ll pencil in some time when I get back to the office to get to grips with them and make sure you know all about it.
Until then I’ll dream about its dual axis lidar dome, capable of capturing 420,000 points per second, the 12 mega pixel detail camera for high contrast imagery and its panoramic cameras for point cloud colourisation. Hopefully I'll be whizzing around the office soon, scanner in hand, picking up some rapid point cloud data. I’ll fill you in once we’ve put it through its paces.
New tech means new updates to software to handle the data. That means a whole new suite of HDS software and firmware updates are imminent (sound the claxon please).
Cyclone Core will get updated to v9.3, and a couple of things grabbed my interest straight off. First, those of you still running a 32bit system are going to have to invest in some new IT as you are no longer supported. Start looking into 64bit systems now. Second are some licensing changes to Leica’s Publisher licenses. There used to be a list of different licenses available depending on what you were doing with your data (TruView, JetStream etc.) From this update there will only be two options available, Publisher and Publisher PRO. Less faff then? Sort of, if you're currently using a TruView Publisher or JetStream Publisher license you’re going to get bumped to a Publisher Pro and will need to migrate to an official Pro license at the end of your maintenance.
There are further changes to Register360 as well, partly to support the BLK2GO but there are some other features as well. I’m keen to see what the Smooth Surface cleaning tool will do to help cleaning up the scans and you now have the ability to create an orthophoto with an attached DXF file so you can drop it straight into AutoCAD.
For this and more, make sure your CCP is up to date and download the latest version.
In the meantime, while we wait for the virus to subside and life to resume, stay safe.