123D Catch is an app for Windows, OSX and Android that lets a user turn a series of photographs into a 3D model (a process known as photogrammetry).

Is there an alternative, preferably with a GUI, available for Linux/Ubuntu?

  • VisualSFM is open source – Maythux Jun 22 '15 at 9:41
  • @Maythux it isn't. Check the README. Licence says free for non commercial use and no GPL or similar licence is mentioned – hellocatfood Jun 22 '15 at 9:59
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    Please note that non free doesn't mean it's not open source, this is a discussion. Read my answer here: askubuntu.com/a/635016/150504 – Maythux Jun 22 '15 at 10:03
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    It is not open source as Changchang Wu himself states in the next link: groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/vsfm/wjCGW6nzLyc VisualSFM makes use of open sourced programs like siftGPU though. – YoMismo Jun 22 '15 at 11:24
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Enjoy the open source realm, you can find many such apps:

Moreover you can use a GNU/Linux distribution called ArcheOS.

ArcheOS is the acronym of Archeological Operating System. It is a GNU/Linux live distribution built for archaeological aims. At the moment a new version (5.0 codename “Theodoric”) based on Debian “Wheezy” is under development.

You can use the 3D applications that suit your needs.

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  • Just one note: Photoscan is not Open Source. Of the other three I have tried VisualSFM with great results (eventhough it is not Open Source either but it is free to use for none comercial use). You can use 3 different sift alternatives (siftGPU, Lowe's sift and vlfeat) you may also be able to use asift which seems to give great results, but you will have to tweak the files so that VisualSFM can use them. – YoMismo Jun 22 '15 at 8:48
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    Thanks for compiling this list of programs! What is the advantage in using ArcheOS for the purpose of photogrammetry? Does it offer all (or a subset of) these programs out-of-the-box? Is it somehow specifically designed towards such purposes? This is not very clear from your post. (I can only see that there seems to be a menu item "Photogrammetry".) – Malte Skoruppa Jun 22 '15 at 9:20
  • It's just a distribution designed towards archaeological aims as described in the answer above, mostly you can find many tools dealing with images and scalar tools etc ... – Maythux Jun 22 '15 at 9:25

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