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Hi Kean, This looks very good; Shame I can only attend the Virtual classes. On a related note, some clever people are already using the Microsoft Kinect for 3D Imaging: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QrnwoO1-8A&feature=player_embedded (from here.)
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So this is an updated version of Inventor Publisher 2011? Or is it Publisher 2012?
I'd be interested to see the difference in resolution between Photosynth and your laser scanner attempt. I'm guessing the laser scanner's output would be much higher?
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This is excellent; would you mind sharing the completed assembly for this - I'd like to maybe build one of these for when my son reaches the age where he could ride it. Thanks in advance, Alex.
Toggle Commented Sep 16, 2010 on Other uses for Sketch Blocks at In the Machine
Hi Kean, This looks really useful, but would you consider extending the upcoming series of posts for those of us who don't have the full version of Visual Studio? (I personally use InnoSetup for my Inventor add-ins.) Regardless, I have been wondering how to create an installer for AutoCAD that I can deploy to our network, so I will follow the posts that follow this one with interest. Thanks, Alex.
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Hi Stephen, I don't think they're unnamed groups. (It's because they have names that the program can find and count/measure them.) Thanks for the heads-up though. Cheers, Alex.
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We use a tool called AutoXLSTable that can have only one item (usually a polyline) in each group - it's functionality is used to create a Bill of Materials.
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Hi Kean, Do you know of any way to make this application work behind a proxy? I haven't tried it yet, but I imagine adding a photosceneeditor.exe.config file based on the following link from Microsoft might work: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee832722.aspx Thanks, Alex.
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This looks really good Kean, can't wait to put it to the test. :) And, like Tilo, I'm really interested in the technology behind it.
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That's not a bad idea Jon, wish I'd thought of it. :) I guess it could become a sub forum within the Autodesk Inventor discussion forums?
Toggle Commented Jul 14, 2010 on iLogic Post Comments at Ellipsis
Useful advice as always Tony. Thanks! It's probably too late for you to edit it, but your CommandEventsSample link doesn't work unless you and an "i" to the .zp like so: http://www.caddzone.com/CommandEventsSample.zip
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Hi Kean, This looks really interesting, and, as I've said in the past (regarding other Plugin of the month posts), it would I think be of benefit in Inventor 2011 onwards. Which is doable, because if you were to create these QR Codes as native AutoCAD geometry, and then store them as a block, they could easily be inserted into Inventor .idw drawing files? How useful would it be to my specific line of work? I'm not entirely sure; as these codes can be read by anyone with a fairly recent internet-enabled camera-phone, it seems to me that the information encoded within them could be viewed in one of two frames-of-mind: It's either non-specific so that only we would know what it means. For internal record keeping/Document Control/QA purposes etc. OR It becomes a way of showing off to those in the know just what is possible these days. Either way, I think it's something that I would personally make use of once it's available. Thanks, Alex.
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Hi Brian, I was wondering if you can tell me whether it's possible to (on creating a new file from a .idw template) prevent display of/replace the dialogue that appears to fill in the prompted text entries. I've tried capturing the different events that occur whilst opening a new file using the Event Watcher provided in the SDK but to no avail. Thanks, Alex.
Thanks for the tips Nate, I'll be sure to bear them in mind if I'm taken with the urge to do some video 'synths. :)
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Hi Kean, Some good work as always - I saw the following article over at Make Magazine that I thought you might be interested in: 3D capture at 60fps using a webcam Cheers, Alex.
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These will be really handy, thanks. :)
Hi Tilo, That's an interesting approach to creating the photosynth. Do you mind if I ask how you captured the frames you subsequently uploaded to Photosynth? Thanks, Alex.
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Hi Kean, It seems a simple reboot after registering the ComUtilities file was all that was required to fix the issue of the Photosynth not appearing. The UAC is still running too and I'm able to import whatever Photosynth I like. Am I correct in assuming that once inserted, a point cloud cannot be exploded? Also, is it possible to link the points together similar to Topographic Maps or Contour lines? Thanks, Alex.
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Good Morning Kean, I get no Photosynth displayed in the left-hand window - whether I run the process from within AutoCAD or not. EDIT: I just ran the application outside of AutoCAD on my work machine (Windows 7 64-bit with UAC enabled) and it runs just fine - I guess I will have to try again at home later. Thanks, Alex.
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Hi Kean, I've tried everything you mention above to get this working, I've registered the ComUtilities file, and the ADN Plugin seems to Netload with no problems. I can browse the photosynth site, but no photosynths appear. (It seems to me that Silverlight isn't starting up) Any ideas? FYI I'm running Windows 7 64-bit 4Gb Memory, with the UAC turned on - should that matter? Thanks in advance, Alex.
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Hi Kean, that's some excellent work you've done there! Without having tried it myself, just how usable are the point clouds once they're imported into AutoCAD? I'm guessing that each 'point cloud' takes a fair chunk of system memory due to the sheer number of entities - take for the castle example you used above, are you subsequently able to use these to create a full-fledged 3D model without the system becoming overly taxed?
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Thanks Victor, you said it better than I could - I didn't mean to imply that "we" would be creating the point cloud ourselves. Some very clever people at Microsoft have already done that bit for us. I've been tinkering with Photosynth myself this evening, and managed this from some old holiday snaps. Granted, the point cloud on this isn't that great, but it does give a good impression of the mountains we were looking at, and it gives you an idea of what's achievable with a little more deliberate thought about the subject of the pictures.
Toggle Commented Mar 29, 2010 on Reality check at Through the Interface
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That's excellent news, I can see this approach being really useful for those times when you can't get hold of the original plans for something. (and don't want to start the model from scratch) Simply take a bunch of "Synthy" photos of whatever it is you're trying to model, add them to Photosynth, download the point cloud, run it through your code and Voila! you have a 3D mesh to work on..?
Toggle Commented Mar 29, 2010 on Reality check at Through the Interface
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This does sound really interesting - I wasn't aware that Photosynth could export the point clouds users create; is this something you'll be covering as a fore-word on the code you've written? (I would guess not, but perhaps you have a link to how to do it that you can share - or should I just RTFM on Photosynth?)
Toggle Commented Mar 29, 2010 on Reality check at Through the Interface
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That does look cool. I guess the sketch links to the geometry in the same way that Autodesk Inventor functions? Also, I can't seem to get the preview to install on my machine. It's running Windows 7 & Autodesk Inventor Professional 2010. Which means the installer only sees AutoCAD Mechanical 2010; any ideas as to how I can fix this and get the package to install?
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