VSCode Python PLY Preview
The Python PLY Preview is a powerful extension for Visual Studio Code that enhances your debugging experience when working with point cloud data. This extension allows you to seamlessly preview and interact with PLY files and NumPy point clouds directly within the VS Code debugger.
See in VS Marketplace: python-ply-preview
How to use
It is mandatory to import the Python open3d library to allow the extension to store the point cloud:
This can be installed as
In case of wanting to display a pointcloud represented as a numpy array it must be shape of (n, 3), being n the number of points. You must import numpy as:
The extension also needs a ply viewer extension, for example this one
Known Issues and Limitations
There is a limitation in the number of points that can be displayed. The plugin usually works with a small number of points (<500000 points).
The temporal point clouds are installed in the pycache folder.