GeoTools e-Newsletter # 157:


February 28, 2006
Bangalore, India

GeoTools V 6.16 update:

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New command added: GT_TAGREN ( Blocks Tools - Block Attribute Tag Rename ) : The GT_TAGREN command is used to rename block attribute tags. While replacing the tag name in the block definition with a new name, the command also ensures that any repositioned attributes (moved away from their default locations) will be retained at their existing locations. This command also enables you to rename the attribute prompts as well as their default values.

Enhanced commands:

GT_REPBLK command (Blocks Tools - Replace Blocks) : The GT_REPBLK command has been enhanced and its operational behavior slightly changed.

This command now has an additional option to re-position the target block attributes in exactly the same location as the source block attributes. We realized that the user may manually edit and move the attributes to a different location once the block is already placed. Running the GT_REPBLK command on such blocks would have reset the positions of the target block attributes to the default positions. It is now possible via an optional parameter whether the target block attribute positions are taken from the source block or use the default positions from the block definition. This overcomes a limitation in the Express Tools ATTSYNC command as well which does not allow the new attribute positions to be used from the source blocks.

There is also a slight change in the way the attributes are updated. The earlier versions would not update attributes if the number of attributes in source and target blocks were not the same. Instead, it would just check for the number of attributes to be same and copy the attributes on a one-to-one basis. This is now changed. Now, the update will happen only if the attribute tag name is the same between source and target block. So, effectively, the older option to ignore attributes has been removed and the transfer of similarly named attributes between source and target is now automatic. We have made it this because this is a more logical way of how the transfer should happen.

GT_BLKEDIT command (Blocks Tools - Globally modify block graphics and attributes independently) - Some changes to the user
interface has been done to make the operation more smooth and logical. Some bugs in the 'Move(Slide) along X direction'
and 'Move(Slide) along Y direction' option have been fixed when applied to text objects of different justification types.

General change:

All GeoTools commands now save and retrieve the values of the PICKBOX and APERTURE system variables. This will prevent any chance of a GeoTools command leaving a temporarily set (and undesirable) value for these two system variables.

Bug fix: The GT_LAYERAREA command has had some bug fixes. The command now correctly displays the layer-wise total lengths and areas of all selected polylines. The ability of create a Table of the layer areas, lengths anc Color also has been implemented.

If you know of more ways to make this command better, let us know and we will be glad to enhance it.

GT_IMPEX command (Export menu: Import/Export points and lines): An additional format, DNEZ has been added to this command for import / export.


Important note: While all of GeoTools commands are tested quite extensively before they are released, it is humanely impossible to test-run it under every different data type or operating environment. In the event that you notice any GeoTools command not functioning as expected, please bring it to our notice asap. We will attend to it and fix the problem as soon as possible.


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

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