(1) Yes, switch to 'canvas' mode to turn off the map background. We added that last month: New Blank Canvas Camera Calculator Released
(2) "get a just full size image of the camera layout" I would recommend using export / snapshot to do that. That way you can get an image of exactly what area you want.
(3) "decrease in PPF over distance with color gradations?" We have had a number of requests. It's being considered but not right away. See below.
(4) "what is being worked on for the next update?" The next big thing is the mobile app.
"Does IPVM need to raise the subscription fee a little bit to help facilitate improvements on a faster basis?" While I greatly appreciate the thought :), we are not planning to raise any rates as it would be disruptive.
In terms of what we are working on right now, the last 2 months have mostly been in redesigning the entire website. We've ripped most everything apart and that's made it hard to do much of anything else. When it's done in ~10 days, (1) the site will work nicely on mobile (today it sucks), (2) be significantly faster and (3) easier for us to maintain / extend the codebase.
Once we get past that, we can focus more on adding features to the site and the calculator.
I do want to emphasize the calculator is our top development priority as it has already been a great success and a money maker for us. People sign up just the calculator all the time, so we are quite motivated to make it as good as possible.
Finally, we will look to dedicate a post just on calculator development. For right now, others can jump in with ideas here. Thanks for the great feedback!
IPVMU Certified | 02/26/16 09:19am
In classes, the request to add a dimension tool was asked.
This would be similar to our line feature, but would be a line with added arrowheads on each end, like these:
There was also the request to toggle decimal foot measurement (ie: 50.5 ft) into foot-inch notation (ie: 50 ft - 6 in) for this tool.
IPVMU Certified | 02/26/16 09:20am
If i use canvas and do a snapshot export it removes my floor plan. Is that the intended function?
The intent of my request was to actually remove the scene, PPF, Day, Night, and Camera Info. More of a nice, clean overview that i can put into a proposal or for client reviews.
I have tried to do a screen shot and also the Windows snipping tool and i can never get all of the floor plan big enough to be seen.
Am i making sense?
IPVM | IPVMU Certified | 02/26/16 10:36am
The Install checklist:
Can this be turned into an online form for harvesting information rather
than a checklist? Then we can use the information gathered in conjunction with the Camera Calculator.
Members can currently add cameras, can we provide the ability to add
switches, DVRs, NVRs, VMSs, viewing workstations, and lines denoting cable
run pathway locations?
If we can add additional equipment and cable pathways, can we then use the
current measuring ability of the camera calculator to calculate the distance
of each LAN drop and total that number (Cable Calculator). We might need to pull ceiling heights (and other information) from the Checklist so we can account for vertical drop lengths.
Could we also enable right click, select "Existing LAN Drop", which would
insert a solid line representing a LAN drop for that device & right click,
select "New LAN Drop" which would use a dotted lined to represent the cable
Based on the Camera Calculator having 3000+ cameras to choose from and that
all of their specs are already cataloged can we use this information to
shrink of list of PoE switches (to be created) that would be suitable for their project
based on the camera selections they make, amount of LAN drops, distances,
etc? (Switch finder/calculator).
I am a big fan of the IPVM tool as it helping me a lot in my Security System Design works.
The tool is excellent, but it will be the perfect one if we could add one more feature as below:
The tool doesn't considering the camera installation height. What I noticed is that the installation height of the camera is an important factor in deciding the camera coverage.
We had some issues in some projects where we considered the camera coverage based on this calculator and at site, there was some issues as some part of the areas where not covered due to the installation height.
This issue can be easily avoided if the calculator has an option to find out the 'dead zone' for each camera and one of the factor should be the camera installation height.
Is there any plan to include the 'dead zone' calculation in the tool?
Yeah I agree! I can't seem to upload a floor plan that I designed as a PDF and upload it and have it work out correctly. Any help would be appreciated!