GeoTools e-Newsletter # 183:


GeoTools e-Newsletter # 183:

July 18, 2007
Bangalore, India

GeoTools V 8.02 Update:

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GT_ATT2OD command: (AutoCAD Map Tools - Transfer Block attributes to object data): This command has been made more flexible. A new option has been added to process blocks which have similar matching attribute tag names even if the block names themselves are different. Enabling this option allows two or more differently named blocks with similarly named attribute tags to be used for the transfer of attributes to object table data. Disabling this option causes the command to work exactly like how it was until now and only blocks matching the specified name AND tag would be selected for the transfer process.

Bug fixes:

GT_PARTOFFSET, GT_PARTMIRROR, GT_PARTCOPY, GT_PATSTRTECH commands have been slightly modified: If a closed polyline was selected for the edit operation and if the first and next points of edit would be the last and first point (in that order) of the polyline, the program would select the remaining segments for processing. This has now been fixed.

Yet another bug in the GT_PARTMIRROR and GT_PATSTRTECH command has been fixed. This bug was causing the last vertex of the polyline to be deleted during GT_PARTMIRROR and GT_PARTSTRETCH operations in earlier versions.

GT_GENSET command (General Settings): The default unit for linear measurements (used only in annotations) used to be set to "feet" by default, in earlier versions. And some commands like GT_CALCAREA, GT_SURFAREA etc would report areas in converted acres also, by default. This has been somewhat changed now in order not to be irrelevant and confusing to metric users of GeoTools. If the unit for linear measurement is set to "feet" or "ft", the acreage will be reported else if it is set to "meters", the acreage of areas will not be displayed. By default, the linear units for all English versions of GeoTools will default to "feet" first-time while in Spanish and German versions, it will default to "meters".

Commands enhanced:

GT_PL_STAT (Polyline Tool Set 2 - Compute detailed polyline statistics) : The height of the tabular text cerated by this command is now controlled by a Text Height parameter edit box within this dialog box itself rather than getting the text height from GeoTools global settings. This in tune with our policy to provide each GeoTools command its own edit control to set the text height.

General enhancement:

A general selection enhancement has been made to all applicable GeoTools commands. When any GeoTools dialog box offers a choice of variable number of items to select in a list box (like block names, object table names, field names, drawing names, application names etc), the command in question will automatically select and highlight the sole entry in the list box of the dialog if there are no more than one entry. This has been made under the premise that if there is only one entry to select, that must be, most likely, the only entry you will need to select as there are no other choices. GeoTools now does this intelligent guess-work for you and pre-selects it. If the list box has multiple entries for selection, then it works like before and no pre-selection highligt is made. Instead, you have to select the required entries yourself.


Important note: While all of GeoTools commands are tested quite extensively before they are released, it is humanly 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 as soon as possible. We will attend to it and fix the problem as soon as possible.


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