There is improved visualization and performance when working with point clouds in the 3D view. In particular, points can now be visualized with new geometry styles, such as 'oriented splats', that allow the points to be experienced as a seamless and shaded surface model.**
As well, the user has new options to go into a Pan Control mode to reposition data in the 3D view. This and other modes are available in the 3D section of the Options settings.
The ability to perform spatial analysis while in the 3D view has also been enhanced. Specifically, points from coverage data can now be interrogated in the 3D view by using the same query capability previously only available in 2D views.
** This visualization capability has been updated to take advantage of the higher end video cards that are commonplace in newer systems. You may need to ensure you are using the most recent video drivers for your display adapter. To achieve optimum results in 3D with the most sophisticated visualization options, you might want to consider upgrading your video card as well.
The performance of handling high volume coverages is dependent on the system resources. If regularly visualizing high volume datasets in 3D, it is recommended to use a system with additional processor cores and memory.
It is now possible to open and interact with variable resolution surfaces, such as those created in CARIS HIPS and SIPS and CARIS BASE Editor. These coverages address the challenges with effectively visualizing areas with a wide range of elevation values. It had been particularly difficult to create a single continuous surface with an optimal resolution covering these areas - a single resolution often over- or under-represents the achievable resolution from the source data. CARIS' variable resolution technology allows using a single surface product from widely disparate data, greatly simplifying user workflows and file management.
HTML help is now available online which enables faster updating of the help content that supports CARIS products. Users in work environments that do not have access to online help have the ability to deploy help files locally.
The User Guides command now launches a PDF Portfolio file. This differs from previous releases in that this file is used to both access and store all documents for the application. The individual documents can now be previewed, opened, extracted, searched, printed, etc. all from within the Portfolio. It is recommended to use Adobe Reader to view these files.
Teledyne CARIS will discontinue the distribution of the 32-bit option of the CARIS Easy View releases after the 4.4.x series. Only 64-bit installations will be provided which will be compatible with Windows 64-bit operating systems. It will be necessary for all users to upgrade to a 64-bit operating system for the releases beyond version 4.4.0 and any 4.4.x updates.