new LASliberator for LAS 1.4 point types 6 to 10

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Martin Isenburg

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Oct 1, 2018, 5:08:47 PM10/1/18
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Hello,

a new version of the LASliberator was released that also sets free the new LiDAR point types 6 to 10 that were introduced in the latest  LAS 1.4 specification in case they are imprisoned in ESRI's proprietary lock-in *.zlas format (also known as "the LAZ clone"). It then stores them to either of the open LAS or LAZ formats. It is included in the latest version of LAStools that is available for download from

http://rapidlasso.com/LAStools

The open source code (all but Esri's clone) is also available on github at:

https://github.com/LASliberator/LASliberator
https://github.com/LASzip/LASzip

Below a sample use on a few sample files downloaded from this site

https://ftp.vgingis.com/Download_2/LiDAR/2016/cva/zlas/south/

by HALL OF SHAME member VGIN (Virginia Geographic Information Network).

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The call below will loop over all *.zlas files from the folder 'locked_up' and will produce a corresponding *.laz file (plus a *.lax spatial index) in the 'free' folder. You will see that the LAZ files (including the LAX files) are over 17 % smaller than the files compressed with the "LAZ clone" from ESRI.

C:\software\LAStools\bin\lasliberate>lasliberate  locked_up free
SUCCESS: liberated 'free\las_s13_2881_30.2016.laz' from ESRI's closed format
SUCCESS: liberated 'free\las_s13_2891_20.2016.laz' from ESRI's closed format
SUCCESS: liberated 'free\las_s13_2891_30.2016.laz' from ESRI's closed format
SUCCESS: liberated 'free\las_s13_3589_20.2016.laz' from ESRI's closed format
SUCCESS: liberated 'free\las_s13_3589_30.2016.laz' from ESRI's closed format
SUCCESS: liberated 'free\las_s13_3599_20.2016.laz' from ESRI's closed format
SUCCESS: liberated 'free\las_s13_3599_30.2016.laz' from ESRI's closed format
SUCCESS: liberated 'free\las_s13_3636_30.2016.laz' from ESRI's closed format
SUCCESS: liberated 'free\las_s13_3636_40.2016.laz' from ESRI's closed format
SUCCESS: liberated 'free\las_s13_3637_10.2016.laz' from ESRI's closed format
SUCCESS: liberated 'free\las_s13_3637_40.2016.laz' from ESRI's closed format
SUCCESS: liberated 'free\las_s13_3638_10.2016.laz' from ESRI's closed format
SUCCESS: liberated 'free\las_s13_3638_20.2016.laz' from ESRI's closed format
SUCCESS: liberated 'free\las_s13_3638_30.2016.laz' from ESRI's closed format
SUCCESS: liberated 'free\las_s13_3638_40.2016.laz' from ESRI's closed format
SUCCESS: liberated 'free\las_s13_3639_40.2016.laz' from ESRI's closed format
SUCCESS: liberated 'free\las_s13_3645_20.2016.laz' from ESRI's closed format
SUCCESS: liberated 'free\las_s13_3645_30.2016.laz' from ESRI's closed format
SUCCESS: liberated 'free\las_s13_3645_40.2016.laz' from ESRI's closed format

C:\software\LAStools\bin\lasliberate>dir locked_up
09/29/2018  01:18 AM       415,983,106 las_s13_2881_30.2016.zlas
10/01/2018  06:47 PM       513,500,106 las_s13_2891_20.2016.zlas
10/01/2018  07:55 PM       471,309,404 las_s13_2891_30.2016.zlas
09/24/2018  09:10 PM        71,406,467 las_s13_3589_20.2016.zlas
09/24/2018  10:34 PM       105,536,746 las_s13_3589_30.2016.zlas
09/24/2018  11:14 PM       109,541,766 las_s13_3599_20.2016.zlas
09/24/2018  10:12 PM        67,309,085 las_s13_3599_30.2016.zlas
09/25/2018  10:49 PM       150,541,607 las_s13_3636_30.2016.zlas
09/24/2018  08:50 PM        67,127,413 las_s13_3636_40.2016.zlas
09/24/2018  09:27 PM        86,375,512 las_s13_3637_10.2016.zlas
09/25/2018  11:01 PM       142,623,318 las_s13_3637_40.2016.zlas
09/25/2018  11:21 PM       104,677,403 las_s13_3638_10.2016.zlas
09/24/2018  08:40 PM        69,034,809 las_s13_3638_20.2016.zlas
09/27/2018  03:01 AM       159,130,414 las_s13_3638_30.2016.zlas
09/27/2018  03:27 AM       167,939,996 las_s13_3638_40.2016.zlas
09/24/2018  08:25 PM        55,782,611 las_s13_3639_40.2016.zlas
09/27/2018  09:48 PM       108,862,112 las_s13_3645_20.2016.zlas
09/27/2018  10:15 PM       151,490,737 las_s13_3645_30.2016.zlas
09/27/2018  10:35 PM       139,107,010 las_s13_3645_40.2016.zlas
              19 Datei(en),  3,157,279,622 Bytes

C:\software\LAStools\bin\lasliberate>dir free  
10/01/2018  09:54 PM           165,400 las_s13_2881_30.2016.lax
10/01/2018  09:54 PM       354,683,759 las_s13_2881_30.2016.laz
10/01/2018  09:56 PM           198,608 las_s13_2891_20.2016.lax
10/01/2018  09:56 PM       438,838,063 las_s13_2891_20.2016.laz
10/01/2018  09:58 PM           181,640 las_s13_2891_30.2016.lax
10/01/2018  09:58 PM       399,652,496 las_s13_2891_30.2016.laz
10/01/2018  09:58 PM            35,116 las_s13_3589_20.2016.lax
10/01/2018  09:58 PM        60,844,112 las_s13_3589_20.2016.laz
10/01/2018  09:59 PM            52,856 las_s13_3589_30.2016.lax
10/01/2018  09:59 PM        88,462,682 las_s13_3589_30.2016.laz
10/01/2018  10:00 PM            55,152 las_s13_3599_20.2016.lax
10/01/2018  10:00 PM        93,098,106 las_s13_3599_20.2016.laz
10/01/2018  10:00 PM            35,204 las_s13_3599_30.2016.lax
10/01/2018  10:00 PM        57,369,506 las_s13_3599_30.2016.laz
10/01/2018  10:01 PM            64,756 las_s13_3636_30.2016.lax
10/01/2018  10:01 PM       127,436,459 las_s13_3636_30.2016.laz
10/01/2018  10:01 PM            29,168 las_s13_3636_40.2016.lax
10/01/2018  10:01 PM        56,371,111 las_s13_3636_40.2016.laz
10/01/2018  10:02 PM            43,644 las_s13_3637_10.2016.lax
10/01/2018  10:02 PM        73,171,246 las_s13_3637_10.2016.laz
10/01/2018  10:02 PM            68,788 las_s13_3637_40.2016.lax
10/01/2018  10:02 PM       121,723,931 las_s13_3637_40.2016.laz
10/01/2018  10:03 PM            48,952 las_s13_3638_10.2016.lax
10/01/2018  10:03 PM        88,446,583 las_s13_3638_10.2016.laz
10/01/2018  10:03 PM            34,476 las_s13_3638_20.2016.lax
10/01/2018  10:03 PM        58,539,735 las_s13_3638_20.2016.laz
10/01/2018  10:04 PM            74,868 las_s13_3638_30.2016.lax
10/01/2018  10:04 PM       134,970,250 las_s13_3638_30.2016.laz
10/01/2018  10:05 PM            70,072 las_s13_3638_40.2016.lax
10/01/2018  10:05 PM       142,783,249 las_s13_3638_40.2016.laz
10/01/2018  10:05 PM            24,016 las_s13_3639_40.2016.lax
10/01/2018  10:05 PM        47,577,797 las_s13_3639_40.2016.laz
10/01/2018  10:06 PM            54,540 las_s13_3645_20.2016.lax
10/01/2018  10:06 PM        91,624,834 las_s13_3645_20.2016.laz
10/01/2018  10:07 PM            70,308 las_s13_3645_30.2016.lax
10/01/2018  10:07 PM       127,425,291 las_s13_3645_30.2016.laz
10/01/2018  10:07 PM            68,368 las_s13_3645_40.2016.lax
10/01/2018  10:07 PM       117,664,868 las_s13_3645_40.2016.laz
              38 Datei(en),  2,682,060,010 Bytes
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