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Convert Data

This page describes the desktop additional tool “Convert”.

Tools > Convert


The Convert and Optimize Tools enable import, export, and possible data optimization of Reference Resources.

“Convert Data” converts any supported resources file into another supported resource file, one on one.
Optimize Data” optimizes one or more supported resource files into a single Orbit optimized resource file.

One sidebar to convert supported Reference Resources of various types: Image, Vector, Point Cloud, and Mesh.

Optimizing original spherical images of mobile mapping resources to processed OMI images needs to be done using the “Optimize Imagery” procedure, see Optimize Imagery 1).


Set the source file or the source directory.

  • When activating the option source file, it is possible to drag and drop the resource file inside the entry field.
  • When using a source directory, all supported resource files of the specified data type inside the selected source directory and, optionally, its including subfolders will be converted.
  • For point cloud data, a source crs is required. If available, the CRS value is derived from the resource header or the accompanied Ord file, else the Map CRS will set as default.

Source Options

Available when using a source directory:

  • Select the file format of the source files to be optimized.
  • Optionally, enter a filename to filter the source files to be optimized.

For point cloud LAS source files:

  • Optionally ignore the LAS bounds from the LAS header to import points out of bounds.

For mesh 3DTiles or W3SM to Point Cloud

  • Set the point reference to convert triangles to point cloud.


Set the target file when converting a source file, or the target directory when converting a source directory.

  • The source directory and filename are preset as default target file and directory.
  • For point cloud data, a target CRS is required. As default the source CRS is preset.
  • Optionally when converting a source directory including all its subfolders, re-create the source directory tree inside the target directory.
  • Optionally, overwrite existing target files.
  • Optionally if target a native Orbit storage format, add converted resource to the dataset list when processing is completed.

Target Options

File storage options :

  • Format: Target resource file storage format.

Image data

Supported source and target formats, see Supported Resources.


  • Pixel Size : Number of bits to store one pixel. 8-bit pixel to display 256 colors, 24 to display true colors (16,7 million colors).


  • Interlace : See wikipedia page above > Interlacing.


  • Quality : Set JPG compression quality poor (25), average (50), good (75), excellent (90) or custom.
    It is not relevant to set target quality higher than quality of source data.



  • Image Type :
    • Monochrome image : 1 bit/pixel, black or white.
    • Grayscale image : 8 bits/pixel, 256 shades of gray.
    • Truecolor image : 24 bits/pixel, 16M colors.
  • Image Compression : Uncompressed / JPEG
  • File Structure :
    • Striped : Baseline tiff image file by Strips, slower reading but higher compatibility.
    • Tiled : Tiff image file by Tiles, faster reading but lower compatibility compatible.
  • Multiresolution : Option to add multi resolution sub-levels to improve image reading performance.

Vector data

Supported source and target formats, see Supported Resources.

Point Cloud

Options for Point Cloud data, see Orbit Point Cloud.

  • Ascii source files
  • Strip Attributes: Ignore attributes from the Source File, when writing the Target file.
  • Filter points
  • Density
Spherical mapping images are optimized and normalized, and this tool cannot be used
Last modified:: 2024/06/03 12:02