This month's plugin comes to us from our own Senior Manager of Worldwide DevTech, and Mr. October, Kean Walmsley. As Project Photofly aficionados, we are keenly aware of what can be done with photographs and point clouds. So it's exciting to us that this month's plugin:
BrowsePhotosynth allows you to browse the contents of Microsoft's Photosynth website and selectively import point clouds for chosen synths. It can therefore be used to generate 3D models from sets of 2D images. This plugin creates point cloud objects, and as such, relies on the point cloud functionality present in AutoCAD 2011 (and the corresponding vertical products, e.g. AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011, AutoCAD Architecture 2011). So it is not compatible with earlier versions.
As a plugin of the month, the download includes the source code. The source code: gets installed to a "Source" folder beneath the plugin's installed location, has been provided as a Visual Studio 2008 project containing a mixture of C# and F# code, and is not required to run the plugin. The source code is provided to inspire would-be developers to see how easy it is to extend the functionality of AutoCAD.
So please share your stories of success or failure using the plugin with us at [email protected]. We'd only be especially thrilled to hear how you have extended the application by modifying the source code.
Shopping for point clouds is alive in the lab.