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FARO Zone 2019 Feature Comparison



FARO Zone 2D, 3D, and 3D Advanced 2019 are powerful tools with features designed to give you the ability to craft presentations to suit your needs. The chart below details which features are in which product.

Feature Comparison Chart


Feature FARO Zone 2D 2019.1 FARO Zone 3D 2019.5 FARO Zone 3D Advanced 2019.5
General Properties
Free online, self-guided training course Check.png Check.png Check.png
Free online, instructor-led training course X.png Check.png Check.png
FARO Assist! Check.png Check.png Check.png
International localization, multiple languages supported Check.png Check.png Check.png
User interface customization Check.png Check.png Check.png
Administrative tools for large system integration and deployment, incorporate FARO Zone into other applications Check.png Check.png Check.png
Free application to view FARO Zone projects Check.png Check.png Check.png
Core Features
Layers - Group and manage objects on up to 1,000 layers  Check.png Check.png Check.png
Import 2D Symbols/3D Models from a huge library. Create custom symbols/models. 2D Symbols Only Check.png Check.png
Drag and Drop Editing - Easily move, rotate, or resize objects. Check.png Check.png Check.png
Hyperlinks - Link icons to online content. Check.png Check.png Check.png
Pre-made and Custom Forms Check.png Check.png Check.png
Printing -  Set scale, fit to paper, set orientation, print selected, print to .PDF Check.png Check.png Check.png
High Resolution Display - Compatible with 4K monitors, image tiling of extremely large images to maintain resolution X.png Check.png Check.png
Easily organize and share supporting files as a project folder. X.png Check.png Check.png
Courtroom-ready reports for analysis tools, including bullet trajectories, blood spatter, momentum, road profile, speed from skids, crush, time and distance studies, and more X.png Check.png Check.png
Import and Export
Open CAD Zone and ARAS - Compatible with legacy file formats Check.png Check.png Check.png
 Import and Export .DXF and .DWG Check.png Check.png Check.png
Export to .PDF Check.png Check.png Check.png
Import and Export images Check.png Check.png Check.png
Import Aerial Images from Google and Bing Maps, Pictometry Check.png Check.png Check.png
Import total station data - From a total station export .CSV or .TXT file Check.png Check.png Check.png
Import manual measurements as .CSV or .TXT file (for baseline or triangulation) Check.png Check.png Check.png
Export to .OBJ and import 3D models as .OBJ X.png Check.png Check.png
Import data from FARO ScanPlan Check.png Check.png Check.png
Import orthographic images from SCENE Software Check.png Check.png Check.png
View/Add 360° (panoramic) images Check.png Check.png Check.png
Export 360° (panoramic) images and videos X.png Check.png Check.png
Edit Google terrain data to create a smoother landscape X.png Check.png Check.png
Export to Present4D to create a VR presentation  X.png Check.png Check.png
Import FARO SCENE project point clouds X.png X.png Check.png
Open point clouds -
as .E57, .PTS, .LAS and .LAZ
X.png X.png Check.png
2D Features
Extensive 2D Drawing and editing tools Check.png Check.png Check.png
Pre-drawn symbols included for fire pre-incident planning, crash, crime, and fire investigation diagrams, insurance loss control Check.png Check.png Check.png
Precision 2D measurement tools Check.png Check.png Check.png
Customize road and intersection features, save and share templates Check.png Check.png Check.png
Draw precise 2D structures including walls with windows and doors Check.png Check.png Check.png
Vehicle Database - Import common vehicles with exact dimensions Check.png Check.png Check.png
704 Placard - Place and fill out a 704 placard Check.png Check.png Check.png
3D Features
Extensive 3D drawing and editing tools X.png Check.png Check.png
Import 3D Models from a huge library or download free models from 3D Warehouse. Import custom models as .OBJ, .FBX, .PLY, or .SKP X.png Check.png Check.png
Show measured damage to any 3D model X.png Check.png Check.png
Complete control over the dimensions and orientation of 3D models or text. X.png Check.png Check.png
Add weather effects, such as  fog, rain, and snow to a scene X.png Check.png Check.png
Create a video fly-through of a scene X.png Check.png Check.png
Apply textures to a surface, choose from more than 60 textures for ground, roof, wall, water, and wood X.png Check.png Check.png
Lighting Control and Sky Box - Select day/night, ambient color, adjust sun location, intensity, change sky texture X.png Check.png Check.png
3D Power Tools
Precisely draw 3D structures including walls with doors and windows X.png Check.png Check.png
Create 3D stairs to exact measurements X.png Check.png Check.png
Library of more than 600 signs, including European and Asian signs. Import images/photos to create custom signs. X.png Check.png Check.png
Add and customize 3D evidence markers X.png Check.png Check.png
Pose and customize 3D bodies
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Add curbs and sidewalks to a street X.png Check.png Check.png
Virtual Survey Mode - Harvest key points in a diagram, generate a report of the 3D coordinates X.png Check.png Check.png
Witness View - Place a witness and generate an animation, 360° view, or snap shot to show their perspective X.png Check.png Check.png
Security Tools - 3D Camera planner, security ring and halo to show areas of potential threat or importance  X.png Check.png Check.png
2D/3D Point Based and Path Based Animation X.png Check.png Check.png
Record animations as .MP4 or a 360° video to share X.png Check.png Check.png
Use multiple cameras in an animation including mobile and tracking cameras X.png Check.png Check.png
Multiple crush impact areas X.png Check.png Check.png
Import EDR data and automatically create an animation. Add a graphic dashboard to show speed, turning, braking, ABS, and air bags deployed X.png Check.png Check.png
Import data from PC Crash, Virtual Crash and HVE, create an animation using the simulation path X.png Check.png Check.png
Insert traffic lights and synchronize changes with key events in an animation  X.png Check.png Check.png
Time and Distance Values - Automatically calculate time to impact, distances, velocity and acceleration at key points X.png Check.png Check.png
Add fire and explosion effects X.png Check.png Check.png
Use pre-defined body animations or create custom motions X.png Check.png Check.png
Synchronize a body and vehicle in one animation X.png Check.png Check.png
Crash/Crime Scene Investigation
Slope and Profile Tools - Obtain slope information of any line and show a 2D profile of any curve and place the reports into the diagram X.png Check.png Check.png
Linear Momentum Analysis - 360° method, in-line head on, and in-line rear end methods, choose to move along curved paths and follow terrain, create a report X.png Check.png Check.png
Skid Analysis - Use standard formulas to estimate vehicle speed based on measured skid marks, create a report X.png Check.png Check.png
Critical Speed Calculation - Use standard formulas to estimate critical speed of a measured roadway curve, create a report  X.png Check.png Check.png
Vehicle Crush Calculator - Perform 6-point crush analysis based on measured damage and vehicle specifications, calculate equivalent barrier, create a report  X.png Check.png Check.png
Bullet Trajectory Analysis - Manual or automatic alignment of the impact plane, adjust size and color of cones, extend past impact plane, optional markers and protracters, create a detailed report of every trajectory X.png Check.png Check.png
Bullet Trajectory Attach - Attach bullet trajectories to a body, move the body and the trajectory stays fixed X.png Check.png Check.png
Blood Spatter Analysis -
Place multiple photographs, trace the desired droplets, flip the trajectory if needed, have multiple convergence spheres, calculate standard deviation, create a report of each droplet
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Blood Spatter Automatic Edge Detection -
Select each droplet to use and a best-fit ellipse is automatically calculated 
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Hemospat Compatibility - Import Hemospat data as a .DXF file and export data to Hemospat with a defined room origin and coordinate system X.png Check.png Check.png
VR Immersion and Training
View 3D Scenes in Virtual Reality  X.png Check.png Check.png
Compatible with Oculus Rift, Rift S, HTC Vive and Vive Pro VR  X.png Check.png Check.png
Onboard VR Help System X.png Check.png Check.png
Take precise measurements in VR scene X.png Check.png Check.png
View animations from any angle in VR X.png Check.png Check.png
VR Training Scenarios - Turn any 3D model and/or Point Cloud into a VR forensic training scenario where students secure the scene, take photos, search for evidence, use proper procedures to collect evidence X.png Check.png Check.png
Detect Bullet Trajectory Rod - Detect a scanned trajectory rod and match a trajectory line or cone to it X.png X.png Check.png
Point Cloud Features
Point Cloud Compatible - Open point cloud data in these formats: .LAS, .LAZ, .E57, .PTS, .TXT, .FLS, .CZP, FZPC, .ARPC X.png X.png Check.png
Import FARO SCENE Projects  X.png X.png Check.png
Use a point clouds to create an accurate, 3D reconstruction of a scene, precisely measure between data points, create 2D/3D diagrams, add 3D models, text, hyperlinks to photos, and more X.png X.png Check.png
Run Animations Through a Point Cloud X.png X.png Check.png
Use clipping boxes to hide unwanted areas of a point cloud (such as a vehicle or person who passed in front of the scanner) X.png X.png Check.png
Data security means point cloud data is never lost X.png X.png Check.png
Target and Trajectory Rod Snaps -
Automatically create a sphere to match target scanned with a laser scanner, snap precisely to a scanned trajectory rod and extend it as a line
X.png X.png Check.png
Point Cloud Models - Cut out a portion of one point cloud (such as a vehicle) and import it into another point cloud (such as the crash site) X.png X.png Check.png
Precisely align a point cloud with an existing 2D/3D floorplan or diagram X.png X.png Check.png
2D Trace Mode -Create an accurate 2D diagram by tracing road edges or other objects without worrying about elevation changes or tree branches X.png X.png Check.png
Virtual Survey Mode - Select key points in a point cloud by snapping to them, generate a report of the 3D coordinates X.png X.png Check.png