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CloudCompare is an open source tool for working with 3D point clouds and meshes. I help make the Mac OS X versions more Mac-like by bundling CloudCompare and ccViewer into proper applications.

The current versions of CloudCompare.app and ccViewer.app require Mac OS X 10.9-10.11.

Please report any problems through the github interface.

Note: There have been some problems reported when using a High DPI display (“retina display” in Apple-speak). None of the developers have a High DPI display, so developing and debugging those issues is not really possible for us at this time. If you have such a display (or a Mac with one) you can donate to the project, please get in touch with me. Alternatively if you can fix the code and submit a pull request via the github interface that would be most welcome.

I have put up a beta version of 2.8 for testing which requires Mac OS X 10.10+.

When you encounter problems, please search the github issues first to see if it has already been reported. If you are reporting a new issue, please make sure to indicate that it is this beta version.

Windows and Linux versions may be found on the main CloudCompare site and the release notes may be found here.

The CloudCompare build includes the following plugins:

  • Animation (record movies) [as of v2.7.0]
  • Facets (extract planar facets) [as of v2.7.0]
  • HPR (Hidden Points Removal)
  • PCV (ambient occlusion for mesh or point cloud)
  • Poisson (surface mesh reconstruction for closed surfaces) [as of v2.5.2]
  • SRA (Surface of Revolution Analysis – comparison between a point cloud and a surface of revolution) [as of v2.5.2]

Both CloudCompare and ccViewer include support for the following optional file formats:

  • CSV Matrix I/O file format (*.csv) [as of v2.7.0]
  • Drawing Exchange Format (*.dxf) [as of v2.5.1]
  • Geospatial Data Abstraction Library (GDAL) raster formats [as of v2.5.4]
  • LIDAR point cloud (*.las, *.laz)

and these OpenGL shader filters:

  • EDL (Eye Dome Lighting)
  • SSAO (Screen Space Ambient Occlusion)

Older versions:

As of version 2.6.1, these builds require Mac OS X 10.9+ (64-bit Intel). For Mac OS X 10.6, please use version 2.5.4 or earlier. For Mac OS X 10.7 & 10.8, please use version 2.6.0 or earlier.

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