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FARO® Knowledge Base

Release Notes for FARO Zone 3D



This article lists the Release Notes for each version of FARO Zone 3D Software to date. The current version release notes are displayed at the top of the article. Previous revisions are contained in expanding sections below.

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FARO Zone 3D 2021.7.0722 Release Notes – July 2021


Latest updates list. Scroll below down for more details.

  • Road Tools and Intersections have a “Sidewalk” option
  • Pictometry (EagleView) tool demo license updated
  •  UI Updates (Property Panels); Animation, Models, Symbols, CDT, Light Manager, Point Cloud, Witness View, Bodies
    • Sphere Snap – added 55mm
    • e57 and las point cloud import – added "Normalize" option
    • Road Tools / Intersections – added Sidewalk feature (large agency request)
    • Momentum Tool Report – some labels updated
  • KEP Manager – added Animation Controls
  • CDT DXF Import

Road Tools – Sidewalks

The Road Tools have option to include a sidewalk on the outer perimeter of the roadway line, arc, and intersections. Sidewalk settings allow for width, color, texture, and thickness.

CDT (Coordinate Data Table) DXF Import

Import a DXF file into the CDT (Coordinate Data Table) to separate out all labels and geometry onto their own separate layers. This allows for point numbers, descriptions, and line work to be turned on/off and labels text size globally editable.

From the “hamburger” menu on the CDT pick “Import DWG/DXF Points”. This will bring up the file open
dialog for DXF and DWG files.

Once loaded you can use the CDT tools to make the same adjustments as you would with any other imported point data.

KEP Manager – Animation Controls

Animation controls have been added to the KEP Manager to make animation path adjustments convenient from the KEP Manager.

Updates and Bug Fixes

  • FZ3-8393    Vehicle database- overhang do not display if calculated.
  • FZ3-8391    Light 'add +" adds light to 0,0 and cursor - manager 2nd drop item FZ3-8377    Light Manager - Ribbon - Split dropdown for draw light and select FZ3-8347    Light Manager - Refresh
  • FZ3-8306    Light Manager - Select using pick doesn't refresh popup
  • FZ3-8304    Light Manager - Drawing - Hit escape and delete currently drawing light FZ3-8335    Sphere UI yaw pitch roll
  • FZ3-8333    Animation Path - Context Menu - Terrain Headings are reversed FZ3-8331    Grid - Actual Snap point is offset
  • FZ3-8320    Angle Tool 2D - remove Vertical / horizontal types
  • FZ3-8314    Signs 2D - custom image only refresh after moving. Shape selection missing (no) FZ3-8312    Vehicle Data - Front overhang issues
  • FZ3-8309    2D symbols - review spellings
  • FZ3-8305    Symbol - Convert to Dashed - Doesn't work after damage FZ3-8294    Runtime Symbols for Vehicle Specs in 2D are Paint Color FZ3-8188    SVG - Testing and Fixing
  • FZ3-8176    Road - Snapping
  • FZ3-8170    Image - Border Thickness not working in 3D
  • FZ3-8164    DELETED - Blood Spatter - PVE -Exclusion Zone Checkbox: move PVE out of area between area of origin and droplet end points.
  • FZ3-8163    Blood Spatter - PVE - Add a create rectangle button on PVE sub-panel
  • FZ3-8162    Blood Spatter - PVE - Allow adjusting the x, y position of the PVE on the calculated plane. FZ3-8110    Model - Open Doors not showing in 2D
  • FZ3-8018    Model - Tires/Engine/Texture - Evaluation for re-use
  • FZ3-8290    Symbol - UI - Use Symbol Color - Investigate purpose and / or remove if necessary FZ3-8002    Animation - Camera Path - When target selected add label to select camera path for more options
  • FZ3-7924    Grid - UI - Snap Grid doesn't refresh the show grid checkbox

FARO Zone 3D 2021.6.0622 Release Notes – June 2021



Model – Open Doors (not Animated)

Open a door, hood, or trunk on all models updated to work with this feature.

  1. Select the Model.
  2. Pick “Symbol Parts” from the “Tools” menu.
  3. Click the door (symbol part) with your mouse or select from the parts list.
  4. Use the Part/Group Rotation slider or text box to set the angle of the open door.

Model – Open Doors (Animated)

Open a door, hood, or trunk during an animation on all models updated to work with this feature.

  1. Select vehicle model on animation path.
  2. From the “Rotate Parts” section of the “Animation Path KEP” dialog pick the “Part” to modify.
  3. Set the “Start” and “End” angle of the door as it opens during the animation.
  4. Set the “Duration” or time it takes to open the door between KEPs. Set the “Delay” the opening begins from that KEP once the animation begins.

Model – Create Model from Existing Model Part

Create a separate model from a selected model part. For example – select a door on a vehicle model and turn it into its own individual model.

  1. Select the Model.
  2. Pick “Symbol Parts” from the “Tools” menu.
  3. Click the door (symbol part) with your mouse or select from the parts list.
  4. From the R-Click menu pick, “Save Selected Part as Model”.
  5. Save the part as a model to the Custom Symbols folder.
  6. Once saved the model will attached to your cursor so you can place in the diagram. You can place the part anytime by opening.

Model – Hide Model Part

Open a door, hood, or trunk on all models updated to work with this feature.

  1. Select the Model.
  2. Pick “Symbol Parts” from the “Tools” menu.
  3. Click the door (symbol part) with your mouse or select from the parts list.
  4. Turn “Hide Part” on.

Start Page – Release Notes

An overview of the latest release notes has been added to the Start Page.

  1. Click here to get the latest release (if available).
  2. Close the release notes, giving more space for project thumbnails.
  3. Click here to see the full set of release notes.
  4. Clicking on the Release Notes icon will open the Knowledge Base page to the latest release notes if the “What’s New” dialog is showing. If the “What’s New” dialog has been turned OFF then clicking on the “Release Notes” icon will bring it back.

Print Dialog Rotate

A diagram can be rotated inside the print dialog tool before printing. You have the option to do a quick rotation in 90° increments or entering a specific value.
NOTE: This will not change the actual rotation of the drawing in Zone.

Area/Polygon Tool with Add Walls Option

A new polygon tool using the Measure Area tool functionality was added with the ability to convert the perimeter to our Wall Structure.

  1. Select the Area/Polygon tool from the rectangle tools menu.
  2. Draw the area.
  3. Click on “Add Walls”

Zone2go Updates

  • (Simple Annotation
  • Zone2go Menu Options
  • Hide Scans
  • Export High Res Pano Images

Simple Annotation - Add annotations to the Zone 2go project (For example, look for “Fountain” in the Zone 2go browser).

Zone2go Menu Options – Options have been added to the Zone2go system that gives you control over point cloud scans that are exported with the project and generating high resolution panoramic images. Exporting less scans will save overall project size. High resolution pano images are larger in files size and can be turned off if needed.

  1. Hide All SCENE project scans - If this option is selected, Zone 2go won’t export any SCENE project scans. Select this option to de-clutter and reduce the size of the Zone 2go project.
  2. Hide Zone 2go Logo - Select this option to hide this Zone 2go logo. Please note that this option only applicable to FZ3 generated 360 Pano views. It won’t impact SCENE scan Pano views, which need this logo to cover the hole at the foot of the scanner.
  3. Export high resolution 360 Pano images - Select this option for high quality 360 Pano images.
  4. (SCENE project Scan Manager - User now can pick and choose which SCENE scans to export. Just uncheck the Visible boxes.

Updates and Bug Fixes


  • FZ3-8216 Bumper Movie w Derik
  • FZ3-8215 KEP Manager - close managers when ani paths deselected (1s timer)
  • FZ3-8211 FZ2 - Dimension Override - Checkbox Text control create for Dim Line HUD
  • FZ3-8208 FZ2 review symbols - Hillsbourgh
  • FZ3-8202 KEP Manager - add reverse icon to button - better centering
  • FZ3-8199 KEP Manager - remember form size based on number of KEPs
  • FZ3-8050 CDT - default Axis off. Add CDT Axis button CDT toolbar
  • FZ3-8161 PBR - Refactoring
  • FZ3-8153 Signs - Add sizing grips to 2D
  • FZ3-8152 Signs - Add aspect lock
  • FZ3-8134 KEP Manager - add KEPs and Segment numbers
  • FZ3-8133 KEP Manager - Report & Export CSV needs to work with new KM
  • FZ3-8132 KEP Manager - Add "Use New KEP Manager". Remove events to the old KM
  • FZ3-8142 Symbol - Add ability to set paint color
  • FZ3-8117 Scrollbars added to FZ2
  • FZ3-8116 FARO Logo Branding - Quickbar logo
  • FZ3-8114 ScanPlan: Wall thickness and Room name support
  • FZ3-8107 Area command - copy to Draw menu - option in HUD to generate walls (Scanplan)
  • FZ3-8113 Crash Library dropdown additions
  • FZ3-8089 Performance Tool - Draft Mode
  • FZ3-8068 SVG - Support
  • FZ3-8048 AutoStats and Canadian Vehicle Specs Update
  • FZ3-7939 Z2g: Support SCENE project scans show/hide


  • FZ3-8218 CZD multiple island fills
  • FZ3-8201 CZD Dimension auto detect flip
  • FZ3-8194 FZ2 - CZD Island Fills - FAP symbol
  • FZ3-8191 FZ2 - Dimension Overwrite - Creech AFB
  • FZ3-8212 Mark Partain Google Map tiling issues
  • FZ3-8206 Animation UI - Edit Lights - Move to edit options
  • FZ3-8186 KEP Mgr - Enter velocity value converts wrong - enter 5 converts to 3.41
  • FZ3-8138 KEP Manager - units not applied to grid data
  • FZ3-8203 Grips - Guardrail - Not snapping to terrain
  • FZ3-8200 Layer Mgr - cannot delete a Sublayers and all its objects
  • FZ3-8192 NTSA - Greyscale symbols issue
  • FZ3-8187 Arc Road - meter conversion issues
  • FZ3-8183 DLC - Search Symbols Issue
  • FZ3-8169 Layer Manager - Selecting Item Issue
  • FZ3-8166 EDR: Steering input lost in the last KEP (time 0)?
  • FZ3-8108 EDR Stability Control data lost
  • FZ3-8096 EDR: Yaw rotation reversed for Clockwise Steering
  • FZ3-8165 Models - PBR - Save A3xml - Create model from part - issues with saving out PBR
  • FZ3-8160 Roads - Arc - Can't change the line type
  • FZ3-8139 Street Light symbol "light" not setup anymore
  • FZ3-8137 FZ PBR Singleton format
  • FZ3-8136 Dim1 - Don't trigger Value Changed when number is updated from grips
  • FZ3-8127 KEP Manager - select segment should highlight 2 adjoining rows
  • FZ3-8125 Scrollbars - 4K size different than 2K size (width of bar).
  • FZ3-8124 Area Wall - edit area effects wall - they should be separate
  • FZ3-8119 Scrollbars - Resize ribbon after scrollbars added/removed
  • FZ3-8118 Scrollbars - recalc scale based on canvas extents
  • FZ3-8109 Model Parts - parts angle Slider doesn't update number box and visa versa
  • FZ3-8090 KEP Manager - finish hooking up and test (see subtasks)
  • FZ3-8067 Diagnostic Tool - Save only if object count changes - too slow and unnecessary saves
  • FZ3-8066 Performance Diag tool - model clipped when still on screen
  • FZ3-8065 PBR Legacy Materials
  • FZ3-8062 FZ AMF Define Rotate 'handle' position
  • FZ3-8061 Model - Create model from part - causing issues with paint color
  • FZ3-8060 FZ Primary Shadow- can't turn off properly (individual off)
  • FZ3-8059 FZ PC 360 Panoramic. Down View not rendering point cloud
  • FZ3-8056 CrashTestDummy - Right click on animation path
  • FZ3-8001 Animation - Camera Path - Wait times does not work
  • FZ3-8047 Animation UI - Use Witness POV for ani cam preview icon
  • FZ3-8046 CDT - X and Z Codes connection in CDT
  • FZ3-8045 Ribbon - VR/Enviro Tab - remove VR, new name "Enviro"
  • FZ3-8044 Tiled Image - add to message "requires fzproj" and bring up project dialog
  • FZ3-8043 Ribbon - Bodies Dropdown - Increase Thumbnail size
  • FZ3-8042 Sphere - UI - Texture Options
  • FZ3-8041 Ribbon - Quick bar - Add Panoramic Image Snapshot Option
  • FZ3-8039 Faster HasBloodSpatter and GlobalConvergenceManager
  • FZ3-8035 Roads - FZ2 - Road Arc - Dash space not working
  • FZ3-8032 Report Template - Add option to rotate the print
  • FZ3-8024 Day 5 - Sprint 10
  • FZ3-7973 Performance hit - turn off weather and still update hit (has subtasks)
  • FZ3-7968 Fire refactor
  • FZ3-7963 Layer Report - Don't show GPS references in items
  • FZ3-7953 New Load Project dialog - Make windows open dialog default
  • FZ3-7925 DLC - Library Dropdown - Items not in correct order
  • FZ3-7868 Arc - Add options to transform the arc by a matrix during render
  • FZ3-7517 Draw Lights Tool needs prompts - Press Enter to Finish
  • FZ3-7231 Testing-Create Auto test system for draws - Start
  • FZ3-6602 Sign Save - documents folder with commas OneDrive

FARO Zone 3D 2021.4.0429 Release Notes – April 2021



Door Opening Slider (static model)

  1. After selecting model, click on Symbol Parts
  2. Click on (select) the door, hood, or trunk to open
  3. Use the slider to change the angle of the selected door
    1. Angles can be entered
    2. Reset to put the door back in it’s original (closed) position

Suspension switch (On/Off) and Spring Adjust)

Create more visual impact by turning on suspension, giving the animation more realistic vehicle body motion (springiness) as it responds to acceleration forces.

NOTE: The suspension system a simplified one, modeled using a single spring system.

  1. Select the vehicle model on an animation path.
  2. Click on “Model Properties” in the properties panel.
  3. Turn the Suspension switch On or Off.

Suspension settings –

  1. Suspension Factor: An adjustment on the 'strength' of the suspension spring. Higher values result in more "action".
  2. Suspension Recovery: An adjustment on the strength of the recovery of the spring. How strong/fast it goes back to its rest state. Higher value = stronger/faster recovery.

Updated models (vehicles and FARO equipment models added)


SCENE Clipping box message when opening

When opening a SCENE point cloud (lsproj) into FARO Zone an option to delete clipping boxes that were setup in SCENE will appear. SCENE clipping boxes can cause unexpected results with Zone clipping boxes.

If you want to use clipping boxes in your scene while in Zone it’s better to use only Zone clipping boxes. Clicking on “Yes” will not delete the boxes from the original lsproj file, only on the loaded point cloud.

Freeze Fire Mode

Freezing fire can improve performance. This is most notable for bigger fires and more fire instances in the diagram. Fires can be selected individually and frozen. In their normal state, fires are constantly regenerating particles that have their own birth rate and lifespan among many other options.


Overview Map Limitation:

If the SCENE Point Cloud is too big (overall diagonal length), Zone2go will not be able to generate the Overview Map due to the graphics card memory limitation. When it happens, the user will see this message:

To work around this limitation, add a Point Cloud Clipping box to reduce the Point Cloud size, and export Zone 2go project again. Otherwise, Zone 2go will use the default Overview Map from the SCENE lsproj.

The new Zone2go Logo:

Please note Zone 2go Viewer uses this logo to cover the hole under the 3D Scanner. If the drawing does not have SCENE Point Cloud, Zone 2go won’t show the logo since there is nothing to cover.

.FML file format

What is FML?

It’s a file containing geometric objects that can be imported into Floorplanner is a lightweight online room designer for the real estate and home decorating market. This is an ideal platform for the ScanPlan and FARO Zone data.

NOTE: you can try out Floorplanner at


There’s opportunity in real estate to use ScanPlan and Zone. Import ScanPlan projects into FZ2, clean up, add geometry (lines, walls, and areas). Export the finished drawing to the .fml format.


Both Zone 2D/3D products can now export to .fml thru the file menu> Save/Export options. Exported objects include -

  • Area object with label
  • Lines, Polylines
  • Poly Curves
  • Rectangles
  • Arcs
  • Wall structures

NOTE: Wall height is applied to all non-Area objects in Floorplanner.

Workflow -

  1. Scan area with ScanPlan
  2. While scanning, use Room Planner to add rooms for FML export
    FZ3_2021.4_fig10.jpg FZ3_2021.4_fig11.jpg
    Screen 1 Screen 2


  3. Import into FARO Zone
  4. Export FML file
  5. Go to and select the FML file to create a project

EDR Stability Control Input

In the past users had two options for entering the vehicle location data. This data determined the position of the vehicle as it traveled.

  1. Steering Input
  2. Yaw Rate

And now, some newer vehicles record Stability Control data in Pre-Crash. See the following table.

In addition to Yaw Rate (deg/sec), user can enter Lateral Acceleration(g) and Longitudinal Acceleration(g) data to get a more precise animation.

The user can choose which type of data to enter from the EDR Options dialog FZ3_2021.4_fig18-icon.jpg.

To apply stability control data select “Use Stability Control Input” in the EDR Options dialog:

Bug Fixes

  • FZ3-7964    EDR: Reduce the vehicle instances in the Animation Path FZ3-7962    Z2g: Show message if FZ fails to generate Overview map FZ3-7961    Ground Plane - use fast method
  • FZ3-7960    Z2go: Bring back "SCENE 2go" Logo, replace it with "Zone 2go" FZ3-7959    Cabinet - Rotate grip
  • FZ3-7958    Performance Diagnostic Tool - click visibility column to layer state FZ3-7957    Performance Diagnostic Tool - add Memory Use
  • FZ3-7956    Layer Mgr - Show all was not showing sublayers ON in UI FZ3-7955    Layer Mgr - Undo refreshes layer list
  • FZ3-7954    lights/shadows Memory leak FZ3-7951    Intersection UI range check
  • FZ3-7948    Doors and Hoods show Symbol Parts rotation or not rotation FZ3-7936    FZ PBR load from custom location
  • FZ3-7932    DLC - Download Entire Library Option
  • FZ3-7925    DLC - Library Dropdown - Items not in correct order FZ3-7923    Label - When you change the text it adds a roll of 90 FZ3-7920    AMF- Ability to define tires.
  • FZ3-7911    Troubleshoot PC point cloud issue FZ3-7910    NHTSA - Damage Fix
  • FZ3-7908    dz- Model Selection UI FZ3-7906    dz-model part picking FZ3-7901    Fog- memory leak
  • FZ3-7900    Suspension UI
  • FZ3-7899    Disable Parallel Save added to General Page FZ3-7898    Animation Path - Articulation - Mouse Hit issues
  • FZ3-7896    UI - Scaling DPI up to max and UI scale to extra-large causes issues with UI over detection
  • FZ3-7891    ScanPlan v1.4: Optimized vs. non-optimized lines FZ3-7890    FZ Performance tuning- Point Clouds
  • FZ3-7882    DLC - Move to Developer Branch FZ3-7879    DLC - CloudFront / AWS
  • FZ3-7877    Skinned Model - Poser form not showing all parts for color change FZ3-7876    Animation Path - Swap animated model to skinned error
  • FZ3-7875    PBR - 4 Old Mats redone
  • FZ3-7874    ScanPlan v1.4: LINE_VIEW format update FZ3-7872    Plaque 704 - _data3D null in pick
  • FZ3-7871    Trajectory - Report - Turning off one off the cones FZ3-7870    Layer Report - Name not grabbed properly
  • FZ3-7869    Animation Path - Mouse Pick - Do bounding radius check for each KEP rather than just checking triangles
  • FZ3-7867    Fire - Frozen Fire
  • FZ3-7865    Z2g: "Start SCENE 2go on Windows.bat" replace SCENE 2go with Zone 2go FZ3-7864    Dimension Line: Outside Arrows dim line issue -- Janice
  • FZ3-7860    Group Text with punctuation Copy/Paste issues 11' 9" FZ3-7858    FZ- Fire performance tuning
  • FZ3-7853    RR-FZ2D is giving an "unhandled exception" when I use TR or XT on a line that has a RR line type
  • FZ3-7847    Add name field to Area
  • FZ3-7833    CDT - Hidden Points - clear selected points if hidden - do on CDT close
  • FZ3-7831    FZ Merging Zone files (far and fzproj) where both have point cloud, result in two point clouds in the scene which results in other issue
  • FZ3-7830    Cabinets - Dropdown - some items aren't drawing FZ3-7825    EDR user feedback: talk to Russ
  • FZ3-7824    ScanPlan: upgrade firmware and test new ScanPlan items
  • FZ3-7823    EDR: Stability Control Input support phase II -- from Benjamin
  • FZ3-7820    Grid Snap - I propose we turn grid snap OFF if grid is off in 3D. Works that way in 2D FZ3-7818    Work with ??? on Suspension UI setup
  • FZ3-7816    dz- Research what is needed for Content Server and Staging Server for Unity app (looking at Amazon AWS)
  • FZ3-7815    Hidden CDT Points still reflected in ZA extents (3d/2d/print)
  • FZ3-7814    Layer Mgr - has objects bitmap (circle) - change to small blue and red arrows
  • FZ3-7813    Layer Mgr - Select and delete (garbage can) an object will ask to delete the next object FZ3-7804    Animation Path - Entity Snap Issues
  • FZ3-7792    dz - URL File Load -basic
  • FZ3-7780    Animation Path - Damage - not including previous damage when creating in animation path
  • FZ3-7770    Point Cloud - Undo from delete caused error FZ3-7765    Signs - 2D mode Text draw
  • FZ3-7764    Models switch back to previous layer - Benjamin
  • FZ3-7761    VS CDT display issue - 2nd time in Show CDT comes up blank FZ3-7754    Z2go 2021: Overview map generation issue
  • FZ3-7752    Message to Remove All Clipping Boxes from SCENE lsproj import (option)....
  • FZ3-7750    Damage - Rename "offset" to "Free Space"
  • FZ3-7744    Model Utility - Add context menu to move selected triangles to different mesh FZ3-7737    Z2g: Overview map scale off for some project
  • FZ3-7718    dz-Model Load
  • FZ3-7687    Ribbon - Close in mode toggle defaults to on (even though it starts off) FZ3-7606    FARO Licensing UX - .NET 5.0
  • FZ3-7559    FAR - French Save / Load - From Tech support
  • FZ3-7555    Layer Report - Add parent name to the sub-layer pages FZ3-7554    Layer Report - Show Parent Layer with sub-layer data
  • FZ3-7548    Reports - Setup Ability to print using a template and pan the scene
  • FZ3-5341    Symbol Color - Fill Oddity

FARO Zone 3D 2021.3.0323 Release Notes – March 2021

Dirt Road Edge Feature

Covert a Road Tool straight and arc type to a dirt road. Use the Dirt Road Edge line type to convert any line type to a “rough” road edge.

Watch the video >>>

  • Street Tool – Straight
  • Street Tool – Arc
  • Line Type – Properties

Use the road tools to create straight or arc roadway sections.

FZ2d_2021_3-Fig1.png (1) Road Tool Straight
(2) Road Tool Arc

Convert the selected straight or arc road section to a dirt road.


Select the road section and turn fill OFF.

Convert any line geometry to the dirt road edge line type.

FAQ – link to Zone 2D and 3D frequently asked questions


Click in the Search bar to open the pull-down menu.

Click on FAQ to open the Zone FAQ section in FARO’s Knowledge Base.


Bug Fixes

  • FZ3-7786    CDT refactoring
  • FZ3-7695    CDT point visibility checkbox
  • FZ3-7782    EDR: Paste Column Data not working FZ3-7777    EDR: Ford Focus Yaw rate error?
  • FZ3-7575    EDR: Speed interpolation on demand
  • FZ3-7774    Polyline - Convert to Dirt Edge - Not working FZ3-7773    Model - Performance Issues
  • FZ3-7772    Wall Geometry - Section - Null Error
  • FZ3-7771    Images - Geometry 2D - Error in Dispose
  • FZ3-7768    Trajectory Cone - Impact Elevation dim1 control not working FZ3-7767    Arrow Flat arrow not saving.
  • FZ3-7766    FAR - Issue creating preview
  • FZ3-7747    Z2g: A duplicate File Reference created
  • FZ3-7732    Symbols - Crush on Right not with box symbols not working FZ3-7731    Layer Manager - Show All, Hide All
  • FZ3-7724    Trajectory - 0 90 0 not in report
  • FZ3-7723    SCENE Tiff Icon, all references to be "Ortho-Photo" FZ3-7716    CZD crashes on load - from Support (Chimney.CZD)
  • FZ3-7713    Momentum - Inline - Report - Pg5 - Relative Velocity Known - Variable Inconsistency FZ3-7712    Momentum - Inline - Report - Page 5 - Variable name inconsistency in equations and list
  • FZ3-7711    Momentum - Inline - Report - Page 3
  • FZ3-7710    Momentum - Inline - Report - Title should be consistent with UI in scene FZ3-7708    Momentum - Inline - Padding on Main Display
  • FZ3-7706    Momentum - Linear Report - Equation - Variables in solving not matching list of Symbols FZ3-7649    Momentum System - Equation isn't considering the weights of the occupants
  • FZ3-7589    Momentum - Linear - Not updating values for departure distance FZ3-7693    Vehicle database - checkbox instead of radio
  • FZ3-7688    Light Manager - Place Light - Edit Light button - Remove FZ3-7685    Articulation - Guide lines
  • FZ3-7683    Replace Tiff cause original image to delete
  • FZ3-7673    PBR UI BUG- Emissive
  • FZ3-7670    Desktop Icon - change style to ADV or STD at license time. FZ3-7669    Manual button on ribbon does not use media viewer
  • FZ3-7668    Media Viewer (dotnetbrowser): Add Copy URL link to viewer (upper right) 3D Warehouse FARO Assist Help
  • FZ3-7666    Crosswalk - Can't change to color black
  • FZ3-7665    VR- PBR texture not showing up (Power button) FZ3-7664    VR- fire not showing up?
  • FZ3-7624    shadow flickering in point cloud FZ3-7609    bloom bug
  • FZ3-7601    Z Fighting (Filled Symbols)
  • FZ3-7597    CDT - Allow making points invisible - make sure points stay invisible in PDF FZ3-7596    2-point circle on right click popup
  • FZ3-7590    new Zone Icons - Logos
  • FZ3-7587    FZC: SharpDX Matrix support
  • FZ3-7581    FARO Zone 2D Release Pipelines InTouch
  • FZ3-7573    FZ2 Load Drawing shouldn't change filename/path when Admin command line checkbox checked
  • FZ3-7561    Models - PBR SL - Ambient Occlusion or Direct Occlusion properties not saving / loading FZ3-7547    Google Map - Placing a map should turn the layer back on
  • FZ3-7534    Dimension Angle - Allow setting custom arrow size
  • FZ3-7509    Intersection - 2D - road is being filled on Zone2go Export FZ3-7504    Dimension line should retain its own properties
  • FZ3-7482    3D to 2D must zoom all to see drawing
  • FZ3-7233    Virtual Survey - Point size while drawing doesn't work FZ3-7212    Bullet Marker - realign command in HUD - pick 3 pts

FARO Zone 3D 2021.2.0301 Release Notes – March 2021


  • 2021.2 Is a refactoring and bug fix release (no “new” features)

Bug Fixes

  • FZ3-6864 Layer Mgr - Move objects to another layer not Undoable
  • FZ3-7082 Image Scale - drag extend grip whacks out
  • FZ3-7361 Misc. UI Refactoring HUDs and tools
  • FZ3-7491 Optimization for loading large imported ScanPlan images
  • FZ3-7510 Road show surface toggle not being save
  • FZ3-7489 2D Vehicles, add Square Generic Solid and Dashed for PHX
  • FZ3-7514 Start Page Translations
  • FZ3-7607 Update FARO Academy link – goes to
  • FZ3-7634 Preferences (F5) - crash if backup path doesn't exist
  • FZ3-7585 Circle - 2D - Fill option
  • FZ3-7592 2D Help Ribbon - update like 3D
  • FZ3-7233 Virtual Survey – can’t change point size while in virtual survey
  • FZ3-7573 Pembroke PD – file name lock Admin setting
  • FZ3-7594 Mag window open, very slow with tiff image
  • FZ3-7626 EDR: KEP with infinite acceleration?
  • FZ3-7627 EDR: KEP rotation issue
  • FZ3-7584 Witness View - crash adjust FOV outside preview
  • FZ3-7649 Momentum tool (In-Line) - Weights mixed up on report, last page
  • FZ3-7649 Momentum tool (In-Line) - Not including passenger weights in calculations
  • FZ3-7664 VR - fire not working
  • FZ3-7661 VR framerate issue (too low)


FARO Zone 3D 2021.1.0119 Release Notes – January 2021


  • Pick List System
    • Pop up list of “found” objects under the cursor if multiple objects. If you selected the wrong object you can pick the correct object from the list.
  • View Angle (Animation Camera)
    • The view angle of the camera can be adjusted to match a real-world camera field of view.
    • Select the Animation camera to bring up the camera properties panel.
  • Help/Search System
    • Search bar is dual purpose to find help in FARO Assist and the online Help manual.
    • The search bar replaces the FARO Assist and Help (?) buttons.
    • Clicking in the Search Bar without entering a key word will bring up the links to FARO Assist the Help Manual.
    • If a key word is entered the FARO Assist links will be populated in the list. If you click on the Help Manual link the keyword will be thrown into the Help Manual search automatically.



  • 2D Symbols Dashed Outline Feature
    • Option to convert lines in a 2D symbol solid to dashed.

Bug Fixes

  • FZ3-7477 Curve - shift issue - Showed up when using Z-Code in CDT
  • FZ3-7474 Zone2g: drawings without Scene Point Cloud all named "test1" in Zone2go Viewer
  • FZ3-7459 Zone2g: Zone 2go Workflow movie/PDF link error
  • FZ3-7471 Layer Mgr - missing model instead of bad extents
  • FZ3-7469 Damage Form - Reverse Checkbox - Move over to CDT Properties and rename to "Reverse Point Order"
  • FZ3-7465 North Arrows - put NorthArrow7 back and fix z-issues
  • FZ3-7462 Skinned Model - Don't save un-used motions with model
  • FZ3-7461 Skinned Model - Custom Motion - Not Automatically applying motion
  • FZ3-7460 Backups - add keep last versions - rework Preferences UI
  • FZ3-7457 .obj export issue: texture turned black
  • FZ3-7456 Point Cloud Import from raw .fls folders
  • FZ3-7450 Snaps - Grid snap not working properly
  • FZ3-7446 Witness tool crash at loading
  • FZ3-7438 Point Cloud point size save/load issue
  • FZ3-7437 Crosswalk PBR UI update
  • FZ3-7414 Chain link missing Post PBR setting
  • FZ3-7413 Curb PBR UI update
  • FZ3-7412 Hang up - change snap grid to point ( . ) value ex. .5 ft
  • FZ3-7408 Symbol color PBR issues - loses 'Normal" material NOT PBR
  • FZ3-7406 Save fzproj to .far needs to embed assets
  • FZ3-7404 Project should not allow user to save another project in same folder (can't have nested projects)
  • FZ3-7403 Open Project - check for Assets folder and warn if not found
  • FZ3-7402 Place Google map, add terrain, place point cloud, zero elev. Spinner won't stop
  • FZ3-7400 Dimension Angle: add Custom Text option (see Dimension Line)
  • FZ3-7399 Error Logs - Not saving to the documents folder
  • FZ3-7397 Remove selection "Hand" icon from Animation Camera manager in Viewer - crashes program if clicked
  • FZ3-7396 CDT - Virtual Survey workflow update
  • FZ3-7394 Animation - 2D - not refreshing scene after animation ends
  • FZ3-7393 Animation - Throwing an error while attempting to record in 2D
  • FZ3-7390 Rectangle - 2D - Remove chamfers in 2D
  • FZ3-7389 Rectangle - Grips in 2D should be in the middle of border like 3D
  • FZ3-7385 Trajectory Report -don't show Protractors if turned off
  • FZ3-7383 Fire Templates - bloom adjustments
  • FZ3-7382 Bullet Marker - created trajectories not deleting on New Scene. Not making individual copies
  • FZ3-7380 GPS ref marker when selected doesn't have HUD - use GPS ScanPlan as example
  • FZ3-7379 Layer Mgr - turn on sublayer should force hidden parent layer on
  • FZ3-7377 Animation - turn off Mag Window, don't allow 2D click
  • FZ3-7375 Bullet Trajectory - Reverse button not working correctly while attached
  • FZ3-7374 Layer Report - Zoom Full each layer page - better zoom control of individual pages
  • FZ3-7372 Click on 2D button during Animation recording crashes
  • FZ3-7369 Animation Bullet - Trying and failing to play a sound
  • FZ3-7368 Parking Stalls - Not rendering in 2D if PBR
  • FZ3-7367 Structure - Door and Window - Undo - Holes not showing in parent wall
  • FZ3-7366 Light Manager - Not allowing draw
  • FZ3-7357 CDT format x,y,z but labels change to easting, northing, elev
  • FZ3-7351 Add Left/Right lane does not take on the line color - seems to be white always
  • FZ3-7344 Layer - Delete object asks twice if you want to delete it. From garbage can
  • FZ3-7340 arc- geometry normals
  • FZ3-7339 arc- PBR UI
  • FZ3-7333 Text Label - Leader thickness when flat doesn't work
  • FZ3-7317 Snaps - Terrain snaps need a better Icon
  • FZ3-7312 Models - UI PBR - Need option to turn off all pbr
  • FZ3-7307 Sign Maker - Drawn Symbol - Saved thumbnail is low quality
  • FZ3-7300 Point Cloud - Msg Describing process and limitations of registering Point Cloud Data
  • FZ3-7292 Get rid of project folder setup for tiled images - can go straight to Proj Save dlg
  • FZ3-7280 Animation Path - Damage not showing on KEPs
  • FZ3-7279 Chain-link - Fix texture coordinate on fence
  • FZ3-7278 Layer Report - Add progress bar
  • FZ3-7264 Models - With Symbols - Have grip issues in 2D
  • FZ3-7088 Witness preview error in Zone2go and Total View
  • FZ3-7053 Elevate a sublayer to main layer option

FARO Zone 3D 2021.0.1204 Release Notes – December 2021


Welcome to the latest and greatest release of FARO Zone 3D. Moving forward the Help Manual will be updated with new release features soon after they’re released. Find the Help Manual on the Quick Bar “?” or on the Help ribbon.

Quick List of Latest Features

  • Point Cloud Advanced Tools
    • One Step Registration
    • Merge and Align Point Clouds
    • Generic to lsproj Convert
  • Layer Report
  • File Project Save System and Open/Save Dialog
  • PBR (Advanced Materials)
  • Water and Grass Surfaces
  • Weather Updates
  • Advanced Light and Shadows
  • Advanced Lighting
  • Zone2go
  • Bullet Marker System
  • Roof Tool
  • Blood Spatter Castoff
  • Vehicle Database Tool Updates;
    • “Expert AutoStats” Data Option
    • Contoured vehicle outlines option
  • New Bodies and Body Import Tool
  • Road Tool Updates
  • Vector Signs

For more detail on some of the latest features look at the 2021 Feature Review Docs.

FARO Zone 3D 2020 and Earlier Release Notes

Refer to the link below for FARO Zone 3D version history information.

Version History