GeoTools e-Newsletter # 5:


July 1, 2000

GeoTools Version 1.33 is now released and available for download from our website. In this new version, we have added two new
commands that we hope will be of great use to some of you.

1. TXTSLIDE - The TXTSLIDE command is available under the GeoTools->Text menu under the title "Slide (move) text relative
to its rotation angle"

The TXTSLIDE command slides or moves text in a direction which is specified relative to the rotation angle of the text. This
command can be used in various imaginative ways and to fulfill several editing requirements. For instance, this command can
be used to increase or decrease the spacing between text labels and adjoining features by moving them in a specified direction.
Since the direction of movement is specified relative to the rotation angle of the text, many desired effects can be
achieved with this command. Two parameters are required by this command: Slide Angle direction and Slide Distance.

2. KINK - The KINK command detects and highlights kinks in polylines. Now, what is a kink? A kink is a "knot" or a "back
twist". In polylines, any segment which intersects other segments in the same polylines causes a kink. The KINK command
helps identify these intersection points so that remedial action can be taken. The kink can then be removed with the Pedit
or GeoTools Express Pedit command XV. The kink intersection is highlighted as point objects in the GEOTOOLS_TEMP layer.

Note: Polylines which have kinks will fail when used as selection boundaries in the ESELECT command.

Thank you for your continued support. As always, we welcome feedback at all times.

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