Product management

Using Drone2Map, you can create multiple types of output products from your drone imagery. These include 2D products, such as True Orthos, orthomosaics, digital elevation models (DEMs), and digital terrain models (DTMs), as well as 3D products, such as meshes and point clouds. You manage the products you create from your drone imagery in the Manage pane.

Manage pane

The Manage pane provides quick access to your project outputs and displays the status of processing and sharing jobs.

You open the Manage pane from the Processing group on the Home tab. The Manage pane contains two tabs: Products and Sharing.

Products tab

On the Products tab, you can select products to be created for your project and configure options to manage your data.

Enable products

To enable a product, check the check box next to its name. A checked check box indicates that the product will be created during processing. After processing, the product is updated with an additional green check mark to indicate that the product has been successfully created.

Selecting a product automatically enables the processing steps needed to generate the product. The inverse is also true; unchecking products automatically disables processing steps if no other products are dependent on those steps.

For example, a project using the Rapid template does not include the generation of 3D products, so those processing steps will not be active.


Selecting multiple products can increase the processing time for a project. It is recommended that you select only the products needed for the project.

Processing steps

Drone2Map has four processing steps: Adjust Images, Dense Matching, 2D Products, and 3D Products. These processing steps are listed in the Manage pane below the product types. During processing, the active processing steps are highlighted, allowing you to track the progress of the project. Disabled processing steps are not available, and are not run during processing.

The default for the Dense Matching processing step is enabled for all 2D and 3D products. Depending on the project template selected, this step uses a dense or sparse point cloud.

The Adjust Images processing step must be run when first processing a project. After the initial adjustment has been completed, the step is automatically turned off when processing additional products. If images are added or removed, this processing step is automatically re-enabled.

Clicking a processing step opens additional processing options for that step. See Processing options for more information.

Additional product options

Some product types include additional product settings and data management options. To access the product options, click the drop-down arrow next to the product type. The available options are determined by the product type.

Processing options

Add to Map

Add the product to the map and the Contents pane once it is created. Products that are not initially added to the map can be added later.


Set the default visibility of the product on the map. The visibility can be switched in the Contents pane once a product is added to the map.

Keep on Map

Add a product that has been removed back to the map the next time the project is opened.

Merge Tiles

Merges True Ortho tiles into a single True Ortho image.

Mosaic Dataset options


Generate seamlines on the Image Collection during the Adjust Images step.

Color Balance

Color balance the Image Collection for more seamless transitions between images.

Data options

Open Product Folder

Open the file explorer to the location of the saved product.


Re-create deleted products without additional processing.

Delete Data

Permanently delete the product from disk. In some cases, this action cannot be undone.

Create Contours

Generate contours based on either the digital surface model or digital terrain model. When used, a Create Contours window appears, allowing contour parameters to be defined and providing the option to export the contours to a shapefile. These options can also be defined in the processing options 2D products section.

Create Shaded Relief

Generate a shaded relief based on either the digital surface model or digital terrain model. When used, a Create Shaded Relief window appears, allowing hillshade parameters to be defined. These options can also be defined in the processing options 2D products section.

Some products can be further customized by modifying the processing options. Click More Options Options to open the processing options window for the product.

Sharing tab

The Sharing tab provides a quick view of the sharing jobs and their status. Status indicates whether the job is processing, queued, or completed. Additional information about each job, such as name and share type, is available on the tab.

See Share jobs for more information.

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