The team here at DroneDeploy is very excited to announce an upgrade to our 3D Annotations!
3D Annotations bring you a more efficient and accurate noting in 3D mode for precision, accuracy, and a better experience when annotating your model. Annotations in 3D will snap right onto the 3D surface and draw exactly where your cursor is pointed, allowing you to make the most accurate measurements ever in 3D. This will enable you to precisely measure complex 3D structures such as towers, buildings, and facilities.
Creating a 3D Annotation
To create an annotation in 3D, ensure you're viewing the 3D Model within your project.
To select an existing annotation, simply click on it. Once selected, you can move the points on your annotation to refine it or change sidebar selections such as volume base plane and see the annotation rendering and measurements update accordingly.
To create a new annotation while in 3D mode, first select the type of annotation you want to make from the menu on the right side of the screen.
Then, begin clicking or tapping to define the points of your annotation. When you are all done, click the checkmark or double-click your last point.
Our distance tool is now much more accurate in 3D mode, providing the traditional X, Y support - we now support vertical measurements in the Z direction. Any distance measurement made in 3D is the sum of X, Y, and Z distance. This is helpful for our inspection users, as well as any users' flying vertical facade plans.
You can now make measurements on windows and other vertical planes.
Area and Volume
Area annotations now allow vertical plane measurements. With an optimized and more precise cursor, create area measurements on any surface.
Stockpile measurements in 3D are easier than ever, with our improved rendering and use of 3D mesh. This allows for increased accuracy of your volume annotations.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I access it?
How does this affect current reports?
Current Annotation Reports will contain the 3D measurement information. For now, vertical plans will not have an Annotation Report.
Can you measure facades?
You can measure facades, but it won’t show up on the Annotation Report at this time.
Which annotations are supported?
All annotations are supported.
Are 3D Annotations supported on mobile?
No. At this time both 3D Models and 3D Annotations are not supported on any mobile device.