This presentation highlights some of the most prominent features implemented in this version.
Release Date: November 1st 2009
Who´s eligible? All users with a valid maintenance contract as of November 1st 2009
Development focus: Geo Applications
eCognition Developer Quickmap Mode
Manual classification tools
Multi-user workspace access
New OBIA Dimensions
True change detection
Native LiDAR support
Faster data loading
Smoother image browsing
Standardized production applications are the future of the eCognition Software. The first application in this space is an alternate GUI start-up mode for eCognition Developer 8 called QuickMap mode. Users can now start up the software in QuickMap facilitating the generation of fast solutions to standard mapping tasks. Experienced users will still find the full flexibility and power of eCognition in the rule set mode. Here we have put a lot of effort in the area of application building. New user interface components such as manual editing and reviewing tools now make building intuitive applications much easier. Geo Applications
Geo Applications : Quickmap Mode
Easy-to-use mode for simple tasks i.e. basic landcover mapping
Generate solutions quickly using sample based classification
Geo Applications : eCognition Architect
Architect interface optimizations
Object table for manual editing workflows
Radio Button Rows
Edit box with Slider
Manual classification buttons
Geo Applications : Collaboration in Workspaces
Multiple users can access projects within one workspace
Projects which are being edited are locked to other users
New OBIA Dimensions With eCognition 8 we provide all algorithms and tools to facilitate working with LiDAR point clouds. This opens up a wide variety of applications such as object based LiDAR rasterization, feature extraction or LiDAR and Optical data fusion. New object reshaping algorithms allow generalization operations on objects. This can be applied to “squaring-up” buildings or fitting vegetation features into more organic shapes. We’ve also introduced a new concept called ‘multi-map functionality’ which has opened the door to a whole host of new possibilities. For the first time, "true" change detection can be offered within a geo-spatial image analysis platform.
New OBIA Dimensions : LiDAR support
LiDAR point cloud support
Load *.las files directly
Generate object based raster DSM
Combine LiDAR with other remote sensing data
Export raster layers such as DSM, or DTM
New OBIA Dimensions : Object Generalization
Smooth vegetation outlines
New OBIA Dimensions : Maps
True change detection support through independent segmentation
Improved performance through down sampling approach
Original scene Task specific segmentation in different maps Independent classification approaches Combined results
New OBIA Dimensions : Regions
Improved performance by limiting analysis to specific areas
Independent processing of specific regions
Analyze different regions using individual image resolutions
Original scene with regions Independent analysis of different regions Combined results
New OBIA Dimensions : Maps & Regions
Maps & Regions
Performance improvement through resampling approach
focused analysis within areas of interest
Original scene Classification of Area of Interest ( AOI ) on map with low resolution Analysis in full resolution map within AOI only Results from AOI in full resolution map
Performance With ever increasing project size and data resolution, performance remains one crucial aspect of automated image analysis in eCognition 8. Performance was improved in two areas, image segmentation and data loading & browsing. Image segmentation was improved by optimizing the underlying algorithms resulting in a performance increase of up to 40% over version 7. In addition the new multi threshold segmentation algorithm was implemented, making generation of basic objects possible within a matter of seconds. Loading and browsing of data is improved by implementing an image proxy server, which automatically generates and stores image pyramid layers. This way projects will display up to 8 times as fast as in version 7. Browsing could be accelerated up to a factor of 6.
Faster image segmentation through algorithm optimization
Improvements in image caching functionality allow faster data loading and image browsing
Vector rasterization caching allows quick opening of existing projects
How Will You Get eCognition 8 ? (and other frequently asked questions)
Q: How will I get eCognition 8?
A: All users with a maintenance contract valid on November 1 st 2009 are entitled to eCognition 8 at no charge. The eCognition license team automatically sent out licenses for all eligible customers via email. eCognition 8 is available for download since November 1 st
Q: Will eCognition Developer 7 still run if I install eCognition 8?
A: eCognition Developer 7 will also run on the new eCognition 8 license. Hence you can switch between version 7 and 8 any time.
Q: Will eCognition Developer 7 rule sets run on eCognition 8?
A: eCognition 8 is downward compatible, this means you can run all Developer 7 rule sets. eCognition 8 rule sets will not work on Developer 7, however.
Q: Is there a trial version for eCognition 8
A: Yes, you can find the trial version at http://www.ecognition.com/products/trial-software
Note: *eCognition® Server is not included with trial software download package. eCognition Developer trial version allows non time limited full software access with the following restrictions: Disabled, in this demo: export functions, saving of rule sets, workspace environment. Projects saved in the trial version cannot be opened in a fully-licensed version of eCognition Developer.