Suggestions To Improve The Camera Calculator

Hello,

Love Love Love the Camera Calculator, but have a few suggestions.

  • are we using the most current version of google? some of my locations have been unable to determine & manipulate direction N/S/E/W
  • can we add an option to change colors on the camera? Example: to help identify type/indoor/outdoor/resolution, etc?
  • Kudos to the person(2) who input all the data :)
  • when I save the calc document to .pdf, it automatically converts it to 'center' view. can this be fixed?
  • When saving the same design over the course of the day (multi-tasking!), the tool prompts me to save in a different name. I suppose this is due to the time-out feature. Can we add a ...save as feature vs. renaming it?

All in all, great tool.

Thanks


Hi, first of all, thank you! Let me try to answer you in order here:

1. When you say you've been unable to determine & manipulate N/S/E/W, can you clarify? Do you mean rotating the map? It seems that Google Maps only allows rotation in the Calculator when in 45 degree mode.

I'm not sure if this is something we can change, but we can look into it.

2. Changing colors is on the list of feature requests, but it's not high priority. It may be part of other additions we're working on (to be revealed later).

3. Can you clarify what you mean by this?

when I save the calc document to .pdf, it automatically converts it to 'center' view. can this be fixed?

Do you mean you don't want it to center on each camera FOV in the export?

4. Let me check on the save issue. We do have a duplicate function, which is located under the open project name, but that isn't necessarily what you're looking for.

Thanks for the input!

"Can we add an option to change colors on the camera? Example: to help identify type/indoor/outdoor/resolution, etc?"

Can you elaborate? Anyone else who wants something like this feel free to comment as well?

My main concern is usability. Right now, the selected camera is colored green and all other cameras are red. This is to help make it clear which camera can be controlled / edited. I wouldn't want there to be so many colors that people forgot / got confused about which camera they were controlling.

This issue has been fixed! The Calculator will no longer require you to save via a different name.

When saving the same design over the course of the day (multi-tasking!), the tool prompts me to save in a different name. I suppose this is due to the time-out feature. Can we add a ...save as feature vs. renaming it?

Is there any way to add AutoCAD Drawings instead of the MAP as many projects will be indoor surveillance like Big warehouses, Factories etc where the cusotmer is requesting a drawing with full field of view.

So if have an option to add our own AutoCAD drawings to the calculator and place the cameras would make this software a perfect IP CCTV Design Software.

Regards,

Rafeek

Rafeek,

The next major release (in the next 2 months) will include support for uploading images. We are not sure if or when we allow uploading .dwg files.

To the IPVM crew;

Is there a way to demonstrate layers of PPF as a field of view gets farther away from the sensor? Just spitballing, but the first layer is 80PPF, the next layer is 60PPF, and at the end of the designed view, 40PPF? Layers could be color bands? I know it is a lot to ask.

I am torn about that one. My main concern is that it is a bit of an eyesore to have essentially a tricolor flag for every camera. We might at some point make it an option. Not sure.

One thing we have on our short term roadmap is to provide immediate feedback when the mouse pointer is inside the camera triangle, to show the current PPF at any point therein.

Like so:

This would provide a quick check for PPF tradeoffs but without the constant flag effect.

That said, we will consider the layer option for the future.

Hi,

Congratulation to the IPVM Team for offering such a wonderful tool which greatly help us in our daily work and thank a lot for this.

This tool is perfect, however we wonder if you could add an option for the calculation of the Dead Zone area for each camera.

Kind Regards,

Rafeek