One of the announcements at the recent REAL 2015 conference – and if you missed the event, as I did, you can see a great summary here – was the fact that the much-appreciated mesh manipulation tool from our Reality Solutions division, Autodesk Memento, has now entered public beta. It has graduated from Autodesk Labs and is now available for download without you having to log into the beta portal. It also has a brand new web-site describing why you might want to use it.
For those of you who have been tracking its progress, release on release, here are the main features in the posted v18.104.22.168:
- FBX with cameras export
- Camera location preview in canvas (note that you will need to reprocess your scenes in order to see the cameras)
- Bridge tool exposed under the Edit menu
- New ground plane that helps with orienting the model in space
- Separated orient model and coordinate system
- Improved dashboard
- RCM package file format that now contains the texture as well, so your mesh is all in one native Memento file
- Memento now checks for low disk space situations, notifying the user when they don’t have enough space to save
- Zooming into empty space now stops at certain distance away from the object. Zooming out Or ‘Fit-to-view’ will bring the model back into view
- Improvement in 'waiting in queue' time for ReCap processing
Here’s a video overview of the product’s features:
If you’re interested in using Memento, I recommend watching this recorded webinar that talks about how best to take photos which, when processed, will result in a well-formed mesh:
Over the coming weeks an online gallery will be available from the product, too, showcasing some of the amazing projects people have used Memento to create.