New – PointCab Vectorizer

Since 10.02.2014, all 3DPro editions and PointCab rental offers include the modules Delta, Unfold and Vectorizer.

Over the last months, we got much feedback on PointCab 3.0. In general, our users are delighted with the almost 5 times quicker calculation times and the possibility to create non-stop one result after another.

However, voices were being raised that especially the 3D analysis features should be still developed.
Thus, we checked with which new features we can make daily working with point clouds easier for as many users as possible.

The result is our Vectorizer module.

Vectorized plans from the point cloud

The Vectorizer is based on the modules Layout and Section and converts the point cloud data, which is contained in the plans or orthophotos, into vector lines. The conversion is made either automatically or manually.

You simply select an area relevant for the vectorisation and let PointCab analyze the point cloud information and automatically create vector lines. Furthermore, vector lines can be created or revised manually in the aftermath or from the beginning for optimizing the lines, which have been defined automatically by PointCab.

In the Vectorizer product description or straight in the tutorial section on PointCab website, you can see how that looks like.

We stick to the familiar and well-proven operations of the most common CAD systems. Thus, there is no need for familiarization.

Vector lines are the basis of each CAD application. Based on the dimensionally correct results captured by the laser scanner, you can create whole plans – even of objects with large sruface. Thus, floor plans, layouts, cutting checks, sectional views and much more are no problem anymore.



Use of the results

The results can be saved in DWG, DXF or DAE format. Thus, they can be used easily in the most common CAD programs.



Vectorizer addresses to everyone who uses a traditional plan as a basis for planning instead of a point cloud. As with PointCab, the process is easy, fast and universal.
Just PointCab.

Plangrid iPad App

The question constantly arises: How can I share layouts, sections and project views of my laser scanning project with my customers? And how can I work collaboratively with all stakeholders on these views? As an interesting solution for that purpose, the company Plangrid offers a combination of online service and IOS app for iPad or iPad mini.

Plangrid iPad App Layout

The basic idea is to upload a plan in PDF format in Plangrid’s online service. This step is often carried out in the office of the corresponding planning office. Once, the PDF has been deposited on the safe online servers, the user can invite all involved colleagues (via the mail addresses) to the corresponding project. If they have an iPad, they can straightly access the project and open the plans by using the free app Plangrid. The app provides the following opportunities for the user on site:

  • define dimensions
  • insert markings
  • take photos for documentation straight on site
  • add annotations
  • and much more

In the end, the workers on site can straightly work with the plans, add photos, notes and further information or easily check dimensions. The highlight is that the office staff gets each addition immediately and, thus, is up to date. Ergo: A perfect workflow for cooperation between the planning office and the single employees on site.

Plangrid iPad App Panorama

By using our tools Layout, Section and WebExport, you can create a PDF plan from your point cloud from now on and use it in Plangrid. Document your object once via 3D laser scanning, create the required layouts, sections and panoramas with PointCab and work collaboratively on your project via Plangrid.

Version conflict FARO Scene 5.2

Dear PointCab’ber,

for those who do not yet work with the current version of Scene 5.2 , and have edited your project in PointCab 3.0 (R12 ) , will experinese that the FARO project can not be opened in the old Scene version .

The following error message appears:

Error Code FARO Scene

Error Code FARO SceneS

We are already working with the current interface of FARO Scene 5.2 (the FARO SDK) and this interface will overwrite the existing project to a FARO Scene 5.2 project.

This problem is already known at the FARO development department and we will adjust it with the next update of the FARO SDK.

However, you can avoid overwriting your FARO Project without update to FARO Scene 5.2 with a small detour .


Before you use your point cloud data in PointCab simply create a local workspace of the project in Scene:

create local workspace

create local workspace

With this function FARO Scene creates another file, that can be used to import the scan project in PointCab as an alternative to LSPROJ-file.

Folder structure of the FARO Scene Project folder

Folder structure of the FARO Scene Project folder

Please do not use the FWS-file to edit your project in Faro Scene – use the LSPROJ- file as usual.

If you already have incompatible data:

If it is already to late you can use the trial version of FARO Scene 5.2 to finish your project. You can find the free trial version of FARO Scene here.

Once the new FARO SDK is there, we will immediately inform you.

Thank you and best regards.

We get asked a lot if it is possible to use PointCab results in BricsCAD. The answer clearly is YES. We have prepared two videos to show you how to easily import PointCab Layouts and Sections and also 3D-Meshes (digital 3D terrain models) into BricsCAD. See how the pointcab Tools work and start using laser scanning data and point clouds in BricsCAD. If you have questions please feel free to contact us under at: Here you can get to the PointCab modules and Tutorials.

Layouts and Sections in BricsCAD

3D-Meshes in BricsCAD