GeoTools e-Newsletter # 190:


G E O T O O L S N E W S L E T T E R # 190

November 16, 2007
Bangalore, India

GeoTools V 8.09 Update:
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** Enhanced commands:

GT_IMPEX (Export Tools -> mport/Export points/lines): The GT_IMPEX command has been enhanced. You can now optionally have the format as stacked coordinate
fields (one per line). For example, if your input format is PENZD, you can now have P, E, N, Z and D in separate lines instead of being in one single
line separated by a delimiter. You can also export your data as stacked coordinate fields. The stacked fields import and export is allowed only for point
features and not for linear features.

GT_DISTANGWEED (Drawing Cleanup -> Weed [remove] polyline vertices based on angle and distance): The GT_DISTANGWEED command has been enhanced. It will
now optionally create marker points at the locations of vertices which were weeded. This helps to analyze your data better and know exactly which points
were removed during the weeding process. The marker points are created in a GeoTools temporary layer "GEOTOOLS_TEMP"

GT_DB2OD (AutoCAD Map Tools -> Transfer database-linked data to object data): This command, which was down for maintenance and debug, for quite some time
has now been fixed and also made compaitble with AutoCAD 2008 ADO and is now operational once again.

GT_ANNOTPOINTS command (Annotation menu -> Annotate points based on layer names): The Save & Restore of operating parameters in this command now saves
all parameters set in the dialog box. This makes it very useful to save complete operating process parameters for various scales and retrieve them at once.
Two new additional parameters have also been added - X & Y offsets for text annotation created at the points location.

GT_DATESTAMP command (Text Menu -> Create Date/Drawing Stamp): The GT_DATESTAMP command has been enhanced. It can now automatically update any existing
date and drawing stamp in the drawing with the current date and current drawing name, if they are different. Please be aware that this automatic update
of drawing and date stamp will work only with date/drawing stamps created with GeoTools version 8.09 and later. Date/Drawing stamps created with earlier
versions of GeoTools cannot be automatically updated. Additionally, there is third annotation option called "Both". This will create a DateStamp and a
Drawing stamp in one single operation.

** Bugs fixed

GT_SPLITTEXT (Text Tools -> Split long text strings into smaller individual strings): This command has been completely re-written with new, more effficient
techniques and is now working correctly. We have tested this with several popular text styles and various text formatting options. Please be aware the the
command produces best results when the text is left justified. With all other text justifications, it does split the text but the splitted components
may not always align correctly at its original location. This is a known limitation and some amount of manual adjustment may be needed. In any case, we
would like to hear your feedback and investigate your sample text that did not work as expected. Let us know.

GT_CENTLINE (Build Tools -> Draw center-lines from roads R-O-W): Significant improvements and bug-fixes have been made in this command to improve
operational stability.


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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