Today we are happy to release an update for ReconstructMe SDK. The past couple of months we have worked hard on adding support for the two most requested features. One is that the new SDK now is able to export UV texture maps and the other improvment is 64bit support.
UV Texture Mapping
Previously, ReconstructMe was not able to export colorized meshes in .OBJ file format, due to the fact that this format does not support vertex colors. We have now adopted our pipeline to automatically convert from vertex colors to UV texture mapping when exporting as OBJ.
As simple as this may sound, this is not a trivial conversion and requires some hard thinking to get things right. The involved steps include unfolding complex 3D-dimensional shapes onto a 2D disc in such a way that minimal visual distortions appear plus rearranging individual portions of the unfolded structure in such a way that emptyness in the texture-space is avoided.
On the left side of the image above you can see a final textured mesh. The green lines indicate the texture seams, i.e the cuts that were made virtually to unfold the mesh to a disc like structure. On the right side the texture map is displayed.
We consider the current development progress beta. So when you use that feature expect some glitches, such as increased computation time and visual artefacts along texture seams.
x64 Bit Support
As promised we, from now on, release 32bit and 64bit versions of our SDK side by side. You should consider switching to the 64 bit version when processing huge models that come with a large memory footprint when processing them. The 64 bit allows the SDK to address more memory and complete the processing in such cases.
You can download the updated SDK here.