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What's New in GeoTools V5 - V12
GeoTools V6 GeoTools V7 GeoTools V8 GeoTools V9 GeoTools V10 GeoTools V11
GeoTools V12 GeoTools V13 GeoTools V14 GeoTools V15 GeoTools V16


What' new in GeoTools V5:
( Includes all changes since the last update of GeoTools V4 [i.e 4.36] )

New commands added in GeoTools V5

GT_IMPORT2DM command: GeoTools -> Miscellaneous Tools -> Import 2DM files as 3D Faces

GT_CREATECENTROID command: GeoTools -> Create centroidal marks inside closed polygons

GT_LINPOLY command: GeoTools -> Ployline ToolSet 2 -> Draw linear polylines from arced polylines

GT_TAGEXT command: GeoTools ->  Block Tools -> Globally extract block attribute tags into an ASCII file

GT_JNE command: GeoTools -> Build Tools menu -> Join nearest ends of lines and polylines

GT_LAYERMAN command: GeoTools -> Miscellaneous Tools -> Layer Names Editor

GT_CCPOLY command: GeoTools -> Build menu -> Create closed polylines from a mass of networked polylines

GT_QUERYPROC command: GeoTools -> AutoCAD Map Tools -
Run current query with 'Alter Properties' and format label placements

GT_3DF2DM command: GeoTools -> Miscellaneous Tools -> Export 3DFace objects as SMS 2DM files 

command: GeoTools -> AutoCAD Map Tools -> Create automatically incrementing object data

GT_PL23DFACE command: GeoTools -> Conversion Tools -> Convert polylines to 3DFaces

GT_CCPOLY command: GeoTools -> Build Tools -> Create closed polylines from a mass of networked polylines

command: GeoTools -> AutoCAD Map Tools -> Break object but retain object data in broken parts

command: GeoTools -> Build Tools -> Draw centroidal marks inside closed polygons

GT_LAYERAREA command: GeoTools -> Polyline ToolSet 2 -> Compute summed polyline areas from selected layers

GT_OD2ELEV command: GeoTools -> AutoCAD Map Tools -> Assign elevations from object data

Commands enhanced or changed

GT_FLIP ( Polyline menu - Flip direction or polylines):

This command has undergone some changes that are soon going to be applied to many of GeoTools commands. And that is the ability to run a GeoTools command entirely on the command line with the currently set values as default. In other words, we want to provide the users with the means to quickly run a GeoTools command without each time having to navigate through a number of dialog boxes, menus and selection options. The first of such a command to have this feature is the Polyline Flip routine (GT_FLIP -> Polylines menu)

The GT_FLIP operates normally when started for the first time in AutoCAD. There is a new dialog-box option which says "Hide dialog box and run GT_FLIP with current settings from next time". If this is checked, GT_FLIP will run the next time without a dialog box. You will be prompted to only select the polylines to flip and the program operates with the current settings as last set. This setting enables users to run the command quickly without having to navigate through the dialog box each time. The setting remains in place for the current AutoCAD session unless it is reset using the 'GT_ShowDlg' command (soon to be implemented)

This is a generic feature and we will gradually add this to all GeoTools commands where it makes sense. Generally, this is a useful thing to have in commands that are used repeatedly with mostly the same settings.

GT_PL_STAT (Polyline menu - Polyline statistics):

This command now sports a dialog box interface and also has a new option that enables the polyline to be treated as an elevation view. Accordingly, slope computation will be made on the x1,y1 and x2,y2 pairs as opposed to the Z values. In addition, this command also has been provided with the command-line option (like GT_FLIP above).

GT_VXLABEL (Label 3dface/polyline vertices) (Polyline/Annotation Tools):

The polyline vertex label command now has an additional option. You can specify whether the running number option of vertex labels should be reset to the starting value each time a new polyline starts.

GT_IDXYZ (Label picked points with X/Y/Z...) (Annotation Tools):

The GT_IDXYZ command now allows multiple points to be picked for automatic labeling and also allows an incrementing running number ro be used as annotation (similar to the GT_VXLABEL command for vertices).

GT_BL2BE (Change properties ByLayer to ByEntity) (Conversion Tools):

This property changing command now changes lineweight property also.

GT_CONTLABEL  (Polyline Tools menu - Label Contour polyline):

An additional option has been added to this command which allows you to draw a line across a bunch of contour polylines and create annotation done at each intersection point between the drawn line and the contour polylines. The functionality of the command has been extended to annotate 3d polylines at picked points as well.

GT_MODTXT (Globally modify text/mtext) command updated:

The GT_MODTXT command has been updated to handle mtext objects in a more appropriate manner. The edit properties are now applied indidividually to each line of the multi-line Mtext. This results in the edit citeria being applied on each line of a multi-line mtext.

GT_OVERLAP (Drawing Cleanup Tools - Remove overlapping segments from a lines selection):

This command would crash if it encountered zero-length lines in the drawing. A check  has been made to prevent this. It is always a good practive to identify and remove your zero-length lines from the drawing using the GT_0LEN2PNT command (Conversion Tools - Convert 0 length polylines to points).

GT_SEGLABEL (Label polyline segments - Annotation Tools):

While annotating slopes of polylines segments, the default behavior is to consider the polyline as a 3d plan representation. The slope would therefore be derived from the (x1,y1,z1) and (x2,y2,z2) of the two points. Now, a new option is added to treat the polyline as an elevation view. When this option is checked, the slope of the segment is derived from the (x1,y1) and (x2,y2) of the polyline segments treating the polyline as a (cross) long-section view.

GT_3DJ (Polyline Tools - Join 3d polylines):

The behavior of this command has now been made identical to the GT_PLJOIN (Mass Join 2d polylines) command. Both GT_3DJ and GT_PLJOIN will now not join polylines across layers. In other words, if you are selecting multiple layers for processing, GT_3DJ will join them individually in their respective layers. They will not be joined across different layers except if they are selected explicitly from the command line. The layer dialog box selector option therfore processes the objects layer by layer. This behavior is now consistent with the GT_PLJOIN command.

GT_CHAINAGE command (Civil Tools) enhanced:

The GT_CHAINAGE command (to annotate a polyline with chainage values) has been enhanced. You can now use custom blocks instead of tick marks. You also now have the option not to increment the route name along the traverse. This feature can be used to create a fixed text annotation at each point.

GT_VEGLINE command (Miscellaneous Tools - "Draw Vegetation Cover Symbols"):

This command now accepts 3d polylines as input. You can now draw a vegetation canopy around 3d polylines as well as 2d polylines. The distances will be measured in 2d though.

GT_ENCLOSE command enhanced - (Text Tools):

The GT_ENCLOSE command has been enhanced to work with MTEXT objects also in addition to text objects. Both Rectangular Box and Circle enclosures can be created around the text/mtext objects.

GT_CALCAREA command (Inquiry Tools - "Calculate summed areas of closed polylines"):

This command now doubles up as an annotation tool as well. You can place the area annotation as a text at the centroid of each of the polyline.

GT_PL_DATALBL ( AnnotationsMenu / Polyline menu - Label polylines with object table / database info):

An additional option to create stacked text labels (multiple field labels one below the other) has been added.

GT_OD_LABEL ( AutoCAD Map menu - Create text labels from Object data):

An additional option to create stacked text labels (multiple field labels one below the other) has been added. Stacked labels are text labels which are created exactly one below the other in the same order as they are selected in the list of fields for labelling.

GT_DENSIFY : (Polyline Tools - Densify vertices) :

This GT_DENSIFY command now has two additional parameters which will affect the way it operates on 3d polylines. You can now choose to measure the distances between vertices in either Slope or Horizontally projected mode. Additionally, an option has also been provided to perform 3d interpolation automatically between two non-zero values on the densified polyline.

GT_IMPEX (Export Tools) command:

The 'Import' option now has an additional optional feature which allows importing objects to be placed on a layername which is defined by the description of the incoming objects.

GT_AOD : (AutoCAD Map Tools - Transfer Attributes to object data) : The GT_AOD command has been put in a loop. You can now use this command to quickly transfer attribute to object data between multiple sets of objects without having to restart the command each time.

Installation procedure improvements:

GeoTools v 5 is "smarter" and more compact - The installation procedure has been  completely revamped and the new installer can also automatically configure your AutoCAD for  GeoTools. After the GeoTools files have been installed, Setup will display a menu that allows  you to select one of more AutoCAD user profiles from all available AutoCAD installation on the  computer. Here, you can select the profiles that you would like to use with GeoTools and Setup  will automatically GeoTools-enable that profile. The GeoTools installation folder is added to the  AutoCAD and the GeoTools executable is placed in the startup suite as well as part of this  procedure.

This takes away a lot of configuration and setup procedures away from the user and GeoTools  is ready for use even easier than before.

If you did not do the GeoTools startup configuration during Setup, you will still be able to  configure AutoCAD for GeoTools manually (the old way). To do this, in the AutoCAD  Preferences dialog, go to the "Files" tab and open the "Support files search path". Choose "Add"  and "Browse", then point to the location where the main GeoTools application files are located.  By default, the installation program would have installed this under the "C:\Four  Dimensions\GeoTools" folder.

Bug Fixes

GT_EMBHATCH (Draw embankment hatch patterns):

Some problems with the hatch pattern generation have been fixed. The changes are on experimental basis and we invite feedback from users of this command to know how you need it to function.

GT_PERIMETR (Inquiry Tools - Compute running distance/perimeter):

A bug has been fixed in this command which caused polylines with arcs to be computed incorrectly.

GT_READDEM (Export Tools menu): GT_READDEM (Import ARC ASCII DEM files):

A bug has been fixed in this command and it now handles both odd and even number of rows correctly while importing.

GT_MODTXT ( Text Tools - Globally modify text):

Minor fix has been made and the size of the edit boxes has been increased to accommodate large values.

GT_PL_DATALBL ( AnnotationsMenu / Polyline menu - Label polylines with object table / database info):

This command would not display object tables if there was only one table defined in the drawing. This has now been fixed and the scroll bars function correctly.

GT__MODTXT ( Text Tools - Globally modify text):

Minor fix has been made and the size of the edit boxes has been increased to accommodate large values.

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