Mapping Changelog
  • 27 May 2024
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Mapping Changelog

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Version 2.22.13

Release Date: May 27th, 2024


  • It is now possible to process a large dataset with more than 1200 capture locations.

  • Blurring small regions in images now works as expected.

  • Removed unreliable and error-prone options to run partial processings.

Version 2.22.9

Release Date: January 31st, 2024


  • The processing pipeline now handles out-of-disk space errors during processing correctly.

Version 2.22.7

Release Date: December 20th, 2023


  • The processing software supports Ubuntu 22.04.

Version 2.22.5

Release Date: November 9th, 2023


  • navvis-webprocessing stops generating the pointcloud-pcs.ply pointcloud file which results in a lower memory usage and faster processing time.

Version 2.22.4

Release Date: October 16th, 2023


  • NavVis VLX: The image quality was significantly improved, now yielding crisper images with sharper details and lower noise.

  • NavVis M6 and NavVis VLX: Improved the speed and thread utilization of the panorama rendering process.

Version 2.22.3

Release Date: September 21st, 2023


  • Significantly faster point cloud processing due to internal improvements and better thread utilization.

  • Reduced memory consumption during processing of large datasets during colorization of the point cloud.


  • Desktop Processing: Resolved an issue where a configuration parameter in SiteMaker that should have only impacted NavVis M6 processing was leading to processing failures for NavVis VLX 3 data.

Version 2.22.2

Release Date: August 24th, 2023


  • Increased the range for the colorization of the point cloud e.g. for outdoor presets where the color needed to be extrapolated to improve the colored texturing of the different regions in the point cloud.

  • Improved the performance of point cloud processing and coloring in terms of runtime and memory usage.


  • Fixed the origin x, y, z coordinates for the xray maps.

Version 2.22.1

Release Date: August 8th, 2023


  • Improved quality map by removing points caused by reflections.


  • Resolved a timing issue that could lead to mismatching textures in the colored point cloud.

  • Recorded control points that are not part of the survey coordinates file now appear in the anchor_poses_out.txt file after processing.

Version 2.22.0

Release Date: June 20th, 2023


  • Panoramic images have been improved in terms of effective resolution, increased sharpness, and fewer compression artifacts.


  • Optimized runtime performance of panorama rendering.

  • The robustness of SLAM has been improved.

Version 2.21.1

Release date: April 26th, 2023


  • An issue that caused minor inaccuracies when transforming camera image pixel coordinates into panorama image pixel coordinates has been resolved.


  • Fixed an issue that caused nv_cut-dataset to fail and display an import error when running on a freshly installed version.

Version 2.21.0

Release Date: April 12th, 2023


  • Total processing time has been decreased due to the improved performance of the panorama rendering and image processing components.


  • Some datasets could cause the SLAM system to crash. This issue has been resolved.

  • Deactivated control points are no longer used during the alignment phase (part of the registration with control points).


  • The navvis-postprocessing command line argument --num-panos-parallel is now --num-threads-panos. This is only relevant for terminal users.

Version 2.20.0

Release Date: March 7th, 2023


  • .bag files are now automatically repaired.

  • The point cloud coloring component now reports missing arguments before starting.

Version 2.19.0

Release date: January 17th, 2023


  • Various improvements for faster processing.

  • Added a verification step that provides diagnostics in case of corrupt files.

Version 2.18.1

Release date: November 14th, 2022


  • Fixed an issue that prevented the user to start Sitemaker on a freshly installed system.

Version 2.18.0

Release Date: October 12th, 2022


  • SiteMaker: Online documentation is now displayed in the default browser.

  • SiteMaker: An alert message is displayed that the dataset has been skipped if it has been processed before.


  • SiteMaker: The version information now displays correctly.

  • SiteMaker: The broken German translation has been removed.


  • NavVis Desktop Processing Software: since this is a major release, datasets recorded with System Software 2.18.0 must be processed with Desktop Processing 2.18.0 or greater.

Version 2.17.0

Note: Datasets captured with the NavVis VLX on System Software 2.17.0 require NavVis Desktop Processing Software 2.17.0 (or newer) to be processed (Processing with earlier versions will fail). Cloud Processing will support the processing of datasets captured with 2.17.0.


  • The internal scan names of e57 point cloud files are changed to facilitate import of .e57 files into 3rd party applications.


  • Empty quality maps will no longer trigger crashes during processing

Version 2.16.0

Release Date: June 27th, 2022

Note: To process datasets captured with the NavVis VLX on NavVis System Software 2.16.0, you require NavVis Desktop Processing Software 2.16.0 (or newer). Processing with earlier versions will fail. Cloud Processing supports the processing of datasets captured with 2.16.0.


  • We introduced limits on automatic white balancing to deal with extreme conditions such as colored lighting.

  • To reduce visual artifacts, we improved floor-filling wrap-around at the lowest and highest positions in panoramas.

Version 2.15.1

Release Date: April 5th, 2022


  • We fixed an issue where a trail of points was visible in the point cloud for some devices.

Version 2.15.0

Release Date: March 10th, 2022


  • We fixed various crashes during post-processing.

  • We improved normal estimation in sparse areas of a point cloud.

  • Additional meta-information, such as the vendor, is now written to the E57 file header to support 3rd party applications.

  • Timestamps in E57 files are now written as Global Positioning System (GPS) time to comply with the standard.

Version 2.14.1

Release Date: December 13th, 2021


  • The generated quality map now shows better defined structures and details.

  • A warning is now displayed if you post-process data with an older version of the NavVis Desktop Processing Software than the NavVis System Software version used to record the datasets.


  • We improved the compatibility of e57 files with 3rd party applications.

Version 2.14.0

Release Date: November 23rd, 2021


  • License files for NavVis Desktop Processing Software can now be stored in the directory ~/NavVis/Licenses/ for all language settings. The current directory ~/Documents/NavVis/Licenses is still supported.


Release Date: September 28th, 2021


  • Location markers in datasets recorded by the NavVis VLX are now displayed on the floor as expected in NavVis IVION.

Version 2.13.0

Release Date: September 20th, 2021

Important: To continue receiving NavVis software updates after October 10, 2021, you must :

  1. Upgrade your devices and NavVis Desktop Processing Software workstation to version 2.11.0 or higher.

    • If you have not upgraded your software to version 2.11.0 or higher, then you will not be able to download future software updates after October 10, 2021.

  2. Make sure you have a valid license. You can see the overview of your active licenses at System Software licenses.

    • If you do not have a valid license, contact your Technical Account Manager.


  • We have improved SLAM speed for faster processing times.

Version 2.12.0

Release Date: August 16th, 2021


  • Intensity values and RGB values will now be stored in the filtered point cloud if coloring mode is selected for processing.

  • NavVis SiteMaker: The NavVis VLX "point cloud presets", already available in the Cloud Processing Add-on, are now accessible from NavVis SiteMaker to let you tune the point cloud generation to the desired use case ("Standard", "High-confidence", "Outdoor").


  • For the NavVis VLX, the "raw" point cloud is no longer stored as an output artifact after processing (both for NavVis Desktop Processing Software and the NavVis Cloud Processing Add-on). Only the "normal" point cloud is retained.

Version 2.11.0

Release Date: July 20th, 2021


  • We improved SLAM for the NavVis VLX to better handle outdoor environments with plants and trees while maintaining its high accuracy. This change only applies during post-processing.

  • When processing datasets with control points, we now support coordinates consistent with NavVis IVION's site definition of +-20 km.

  • We revised the installation scripts for NavVis Desktop Processing software and the system will now receive updates from the new software repository once you have reconfigured your workstation.

  • There is a new release signing key for future software releases.

  • The on-premise NavVis IndoorViewer (version 2.8) is no longer installed as a dependency of NavVis Desktop Processing.


  • We fixed the HDR imaging that sometimes generated overexposed images when there was little texture in the image. This issue occasionally caused very dark areas in colored point clouds.

  • We improved the speed of point cloud coloring for datasets that have many points without color.


For complete history of the changelog, refer here.

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