The research results from the "zipper" program are described in the article: Zippered Polygon Meshes from Range Images, by Greg Turk and Marc Levoy, published in the Siggraph 94 Proceedings. The zipper program and its source code are available for research and commercial use, free of charge, as described at the bottom of this web page. The software was written by Greg Turk. This software distribution was prepared by Hua (Grace) Ge and Brian Curless.
If you're interested in this package, then you might also be interested in VripPack and Scanalyze. VripPack uses Zipper for aligning meshes, but uses a volumetric method for combining them rather than a mesh-based method. In many cases the volumetric approach is more robust. Scanalyze is a user interface for VripPack. If you're only interested in reading PLY files, look at the file format section of the Stanford 3D Scanning Repository web page.
zcat zipper-1.14.tar.Z | tar xf -" to unpack the source (or if your Web browser automatically uncompresses files then use
zcat). Then look at the README file in the unpacked source for further instructions.
zcat ply-1.1.tar.Z | tar xf -" to unpack the source (or if your Web browser automatically uncompresses files then use
zcat). Then look at the README file in the unpacked source for more information.
ZipPack is currently unsupported and is offered to the research community "as is". You are welcome to report bugs to firstname.lastname@example.org , but we cannot guarantee that we will fix them in a timely manner. Another site with information about PLY files is the PLY File Format page of the Georgia Institute of Technology's Large Geometric Models Archive.
zipper-question at graphics dot stanford dot edu
During the period 1995-2007, this software was covered by the Stanford Computer Graphics Laboratory's custom-written General Software License. This license is royalty-free, nonexclusive, and nontransferable. Click here to view its terms and conditions. In modification of these terms and conditions, users were permitted to distribute or sell derivatives of this software without accounting to Stanford or the developers, and without payment of royalties to Stanford or the developers. However, title and copyright to the software and documentation remained with Stanford, and users were required to acknowledge the contribution of Stanford in any derivatives, as detailed in the license.
For downloads beginning on August 23, 2007, this software is covered by a new General Software License, which is based on the BSD license.