What is reprocessing and what do I get from it?

The Short Answer

Cloud reprocessing lets you upload your on-device, textureless 3D model to be reprocessed with more powerful algorithms than we can run in real-time. This adds color, enhances the overall reconstruction, and allows you to view, measure, and share your scan with our 3D Web Viewer. 

When using a LiDAR-enabled iPhone, this can be done on-device after you scan. When using the iPad version, or using Canvas without LiDAR, this is only available after upload. You can learn more about Canvas for iPhone vs. iPad here

With a Canvas Business membership, uploading and reprocessing is free, and without a membership, it's $3 per scan. Reprocessing scans is also a great way to upload scans for safe-keeping before they are ready to be converted into CAD via Scan To CAD (and any fees paid for reprocessing are deducted from your Scan To CAD order for that scan). 

The Long Answer

Canvas creates a 3D model of the space as you move around and scan. By default, this model doesn't have textures (which gives the model color), and is only available to view or measure using the Canvas app. This is a powerful tool on its own, but the reprocessed scan is usually much more effective for measuring, annotating, and sharing with others. 

Here is an example of what you'll see on-device:

Reprocessing effectively uses more powerful algorithms than we can run in real-time to both enhance the scan, as well as add color (also known as textures). Not only does reprocessing make it easier to visualize the space as-is, but it can make it easier to take measurements (as details are easier to differentiate, e.g., you can see where hardwood ends and the carpet begins).

Here is an example of what you'll see after the same scan has gone through reprocessing:

You can view the difference more interactively by comparing "On-Device" and "Reprocessed" in our 3D Web Viewer:

Reprocessing also gives you access to our 3D Web Viewer through the Canvas Account Portal. The web viewer lets you view and measure your scan online (instead of just on the iPad or iPhone). You can also share the web viewer with anyone — only a browser and internet connection required! You can read more about how to use the 3D Web viewer here: What is the Canvas Web Viewer and how do I use it?

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