UltraMap Version 2.3 Released

Following up on last week’s announcement about the new Camera Operating Software v4.1, I am pleased to share more good news on the software front: Version 2.3 of our UltraMap photogrammetric workflow software has just been announced by the UltraMap team.  Along with some new features, UltraMap v2.3 supports the new UltraCam Eagle. Here is relevant information from the release notes:

UltraMap currently supports the following operating systems:

  • Windows 7, 64 bit
  • Windows Server 2003, 64 bit
  • Windows Server 2008, 64 bit

Graphics Card for Front-Ends
UltraMap applications using the DragonFly visualization engine (i.e. Viewer, Radiometry, and AT) require an NVIDIA graphics card. ATI cards are not supported.


Framework v2

Coordinator/Job Monitor

  • Changed order of archived jobs to be sorted by their submission time

Job Monitor

  • Column settings (widths and order) are saved (and restored) for the job and task list


  • Integrated Level-0 raw file recovery (UltraCam Eagle only)
  • Level-0 raw quality control (RawQC) based on DragonFly technology
  • Level-0 report generation
  • Improved filter functionality within the Edit Sub Job dialog
  • Improved visualization of Sub Job raw conflicts in case of missing camera type information

Image Processing from Level-0 to Level-2 (Aerial Processing Core)

  • Improved demosaicking quality for UCL/UCLp
  • Improved stitching and color registration quality in low contrast areas
  • Improved reporting of quality issues during processing
  • New pyramid generation strategy in order to avoid potential black pixels in resampled pyramid images

AT v2 (Aerial Triangulation)

  • Complete import of post-processed GPS/IMU data
  • Improved tie point collection algorithm
  • Use precise exterior orientation information for getting improved linkage in difficult areas
  • Interactive modification of XYZ coordinates and standard deviations for ground control points


  • Import and export functionality of radiometric adjustments for archiving radiometric results
  • New KEA file format (storing the PBCB result) generation
  • Block mode for modifying sub-blocks
  • Color picker for retrieving RGB values of selected pixel
  • Support for changing Level-3 output destination path in submission dialog
  • Support for displaying histogram based on pyramid level 0 of low-resolution Level-2 color image


  • Level-2 report generation
  • Support for changing channels in single DFI view
  • Improved Compact Mode for smaller projects
  • Level-2 quality overlay available in compact and matrix mode
  • Image number overlay available in Heatmap mode
  • Support for new Applanix formation for EO import

UltraMap customers can contact their sales or support rep for details on getting the update.  Not using UltraMap but would like to? Good thinking! In addition to great processing capabilities, UltraMap features distributed image processing with automated load balancing so that you can process images in parallel across multiple cores for rapid results. UltaMap accepts only UltraCam data to ensure that your products start with quality data. So if you’re not already flying UltraCam, you won’t be able to use UltraMap until you do!

– Jerry Skaw, Sales and Marketing


About UltraCam Team

Vexcel Imaging is a leading provider of digital aerial cameras. Its family of UltraCam aerial sensor products includes the UltraCam Condor, UltraCam Osprey, UltraCam Eagle/EaglePrime, UltraCam Falcon/FalconPrime and and end-to-end processing with UltraMap photogrammetric workflow software. Terrestrial products include the UltraCam Mustang mobile sensor system and the UltraCam Panther portable sensor system.
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