Monday, November 19, 2012

New versions (v1.28) of Tgi3D Su Amorph & Tgi3D SU PhotoScan have been released.

We are happy to announce the release of the latest versions (v1.28) of Tgi3D plugins for Trimble SketchUp. You can download the new versions from the Downloads page on Tgi3D website.

This release includes the following new features and bug fixes:

  • NEW: (PhotoScan Only) Added support for transporting SketchUp drawings in the old calibration to a new calibration with new cameras or new calibration settings.

    In general, camera calibration is an iterative process and the camera calibrations are improved either by adding more calibration points and/or adding new cameras. Suppose that you have created a model in SketchUp from a set of photographs and resulting calibration from Tgi3D SU Calibration Tool. Later, you improved your camera calibrations further using Tgi3D Calibration Tool and exported the new calibrations to a new SketchUp (SKP) file. You can now transport your previous drawings created with the earlier calibration, to the new Sketchup file with the improved camera calibrations and continue working on your model.

    Details can be found Section 12 in the Tgi3D SU Plugin Help document.    

  • NEW: Support for planar texture mapping has been added. When you select “Planar” item from the “Mapping Method” list in “Create Texture Options” dialog box the texture is mapped to the most common plane in the selection (i.e., the plane with the largest total area). This feature is especially useful for architectural applications.  

  • FIX: The issue with “Collapse” command not working well inside groups has been fixed. 


Monday, January 16, 2012

Would you like to try Tgi3D SU Amorph or PhotoScan again?

It's been more than a year since we launched our plugins for Google SketchUp. Since the beginning, we have positioned ourselves as a dynamic and innovative company. As such, we continually introduced many new features to our plugins almost every couple months. This meant however that some of our 30-day trial users did not get a chance to check out the later, improved, and exciting new features.

Now you can do just that! We have reset all the 30-Day Trial versions of Tgi3D SU Amorph and Tgi3D SU PhotoScan that have expired by December 31st, 2011. Even if you have tried Tgi3D plugins before, you can try them again now.

Here are a few of the later introduced features that you may have missed the chance to try out:

Tgi3D SU PhotoScan – Image Based Surface Modeler

Tgi3D SU Amorph and PhotoScan – Warper Tool

Tgi3D SU Amorph and PhotoScan – Terrain Tools


Thursday, December 8, 2011

New Terrain tools in the latest release (v1.26) of Tgi3D SU Amorph and PhotoScan

Last month we have released the new versions (v1.26) of Tgi3D plugins for SketchUp. We added new tools to Tgi3D SU Amorph and PhotoScan's arsenal along with some minor updates and fixes.

The following new tools have been added:

Map to terrain: This utility applies a warping function that transforms the xy-plane to a given target, typically terrain data from Google Earth. It has different options regarding component instances for mapping to terrain; none, translate, rigid (translate and rotate), affine, and full.

Channel extrude tool extrudes selected edges along a preselected connected path of edges. The extrusion is constrained so that the alignment of the extruded edges with respect to the ground plane does not change. Thus a horizontal edge remains horizontal throughout the extrusion. This is useful to create roads, landfill skirts (where the skirting angle is specified), or hedges etc. 

Resample path: This utility takes regular samples along given path(s). This comes in handy when placing lamp posts, lane separators etc. along a curving, rising, etc. road at regular intervals. 

"Channel extrude" and "Resample path" tools are included unrestricted in the free Training version of Tgi3D SU Amorph.

Here is a quick video that shows Map to terrain and Channel extrude tools in action.


Monday, August 8, 2011

Tgi3D SU Amorph & PhotoScan's new Warper Tool is released!

I would like to announce the release of the new versions (v1.25) of Tgi3D SU Amorph and Tgi3D SU PhotoScan. The new version introduces the latest Warp tool.

Warper helps modelers deform/reshape the selected surfaces including the ones inside the selected groups and components. Using the warper tool consists of three basic steps:
  1. Create a warper, which is basically a bounding box of your selection placed in a new group
  2. Edit and modify the bounding box inside the group. All your edits including scale, rotate, translate etc. done inside the component will be reflected to the output. If you use Tgi3D tools in modification a preview of the deformation result is displayed instantly during your edit. You can turn preview off for very large meshes if it slows down editing.
  3. Finally issue the Warp command to apply the transformation of the Warper on the corresponding object.
As with all other Tgi3D tools, if the object that is being warped has a texture on it, the texture is modified automatically according to the deformation performed by the Warper without requiring “safeguard texture” and “restore texture” commands before and after the use of Warper Tool.

Warper has six different “Child component transformation type” options that determine the type of transformation to be applied on the selected components and groups.
  • Full: The given transformation is applied to the whole hierarchy as if the whole selection were flat. In the process it may have to uniquify instances with more than one instance. The instances are left intact, enabling smooth edits on large designs despite SketchUp performance issue. You can easily warp large designs where you can not even hope to explode and flatten the whole thing. For the other options the hierarchy is preserved.
  • Nothing: The component (group) instances in the selection are ignored, they are left untouched.
  • Translation: The instances are translated only with an average amount (as determined from the transformation on the warper)
  • Rigid: Rotation and translation only (the amounts are approximated to be optimally matching the transformation)
  • Similarity: Rotation, Translation, and uniform scaling.
  • Affine: Rotation, Translation, arbitrary scaling, and shear. (this is equivalent to the SketchUp instance transformation matrix)
The following videos demonstrate how the Warper tool is used to reshape the objects.

The new Warper Tool is included both in Tgi3D SU Amorph and Tgi3D SU PhotoScan.

We have also introduced a new “Flip if necessary” command within the “Image based Surface Modeler” Tool of Tgi3D SU PhotoScan. This command changes the topology of the mesh to capture sharp discontinuities in the surface. The edges are flipped as in the “Flip Edge” tool of the Sandbox Plugin based on the image matching quality.

The following video shows the new flip command in Image Based Surface Modeler


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tgi3D is on the cover of CatchUp!

The management team of SketchUcation, the most vibrant online community of Google SketchUp users, recently announced the second edition of CatchUp, SketchUcation Community Newsletter. We are delighted to see Tgi3D on the cover.

There is a detailed review of Tgi3D SU Amorph by the CatchUp editor Rich O'Brien on pages 14 to 18. Rich O'Brien suggests:
"[Tgi3D SU Amorph] really is bringing a level of modeling accuracy to SketchUp that hasn't been so readily possible before. It's not like other plugins that offer great fixes or quicker methods. It's introduced a whole new method of modeling, a cunning set of tools and features that haven't been explored before."

Friday, April 8, 2011

You can use Tgi3D plugins both at work and at home now!

Many of our individual customers have expressed a desire to be able to install Tgi3D plugins on multiple computers, specifically one at work and one at home, without the additional cost since they are the only ones who use the software. This can be achieved by a different licensing scheme than “per computer licencing” that we currently have . It is called “single user licencing” where the software can be installed on multiple computers (upto a certain number) but only one user can use it at a given time. This requires either the software to have internet connection to check with the license servers online or use a form of a dongle to activate the usage of the software. Our current licenses are issued per computer which allows for faster, local license checking without the need for internet connection or a dongle. So, each licensing scheme has its advantages and disadvantages and we are currently considering different alternatives.

In the mean time though, we have devised a very attractive promotional sale for those of you who don't want to wait:

Buy one get one free!
You will receive two licenses of the same Tgi3D plugin in a single purchase for the price of one. You can then install the software on two different computers, e.g. one at work and one at home, and obtain two independent permanent licenses using the same activation key and e-mail.

Our existing customers: Get your second copy now, free of charge!
We appreciate your business. Therefore, we made sure that you also benefit from this sale regardless of the timeline you purchased the product. Simply download the latest version of the software from here and install the software on a second computer and use your existing activation key and e-mail to activate the second licensed copy of the plugin.


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Tgi3D SU Amorph now has a 30-Day Trial Edition

We have listened to our customers and decided to release the 30-Day Trial Edition of Tgi3D SU Amorph so that our customers can test the product without the vertex count limitation imposed on the Free Training Edition. You can download the 30-Day Trial Edition from the Downloads page on Tgi3D website.

Tgi3D SU Amorph Free Training Edition lives on...
Rest assured that this announcement does not mean that the “ever popular” Free Training Edition of Tgi3D SU Amorph is abondoned. You can continue to use the Free Training Edition, but if you are thinking about the next step to purchase the plugin and want to experience the full capabilities of Tgi3D SU Amorph before the decision, you now have a chance to do so.