GeoTools e-Newsletter # 211:

  
 

G E O T O O L S N E W S L E T T E R # 211
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October xx, 2008
Bangalore, India

GeoTools V 9.13 Update:
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Enhanced commands:

GT_OD_XD_LABEL (AutoCAD Map Tool / Annotation Tools - Create text labels from object data / extended entity data):

The old GT_OD_LABEL command has been renamed as GT_OD_XD_LABEL.

In update 9.12 of GeoTools, we added the capability to use extended entity data labelling in the GT_PL_DATALBL command. The same capability has now been added in the labelling command for non-polyline objects. So, the GT_OD_XD_LABEL now allows BOTH object data as well as extended entity data to be used while labelling objects.

GT_READDEM (Export Tools - Import ARC ASCII (DEM) files into AutoCAD): The GT_READDEM command has its performance significantly improved. The time taken to read large DEM files now is much lower than before. Additionally, the command now creates a rectangular boundary across the whole extent of the data imported. This is a useful visual aid to tell the extent of the DEM.

GT_CENTLINE (Draw Tools - Draw road center lines from Rights-Of-Way): The GT_CENTLINE command has been enhanced to work with R-O-W polylines that have arc segments as well. Until now, you could only work with linear polyline segments only

New commands added:

GT_PARTRESHAPE (Polyline Toolset 2) - Reshape part of a polyline:

The GT_PARTRESHAPE command can be used to re-shape or, in other words, re-digitize part of a polyline. This is the newest addition to the family of part polyline edit commands found in this section. You will be asked to pick two points on a polyline and will be prompted to pick the new locations of the points in between. The source polyline will then be updated and the newly digitized points will be used instead of the old set of points between the two source points.

GT_HSQUARE (Drawing Cleanup Tools - The GT_HSQUARE tool - Create right angle corners): The GT_SQUARE command is a building squaring tool. It adjusts the angles of a polyline such that they form an exact right angle between adjacent segments. You can set a tolerance value to determine segments that should be adjusted. This tool is useful for photogrammetry, satellite imagery or survey data capture where the buildings should have been digitized with orthogonal edges but are not exactly 90 degrees.

GT_SEGLENSET (Polyline ToolSet 3 - Specify segment lengths in polylines ) : The GT_SEGLENSET command is used to specify a new segment length for each of the segments of the polyline. The command will highlight each segment of the polyline one by one in red color and ask for a new segment length. On entering the new length, the polyline is updated such that the segment gets the specified length.

GT_MULTEXPORT (Export Tools - Export multiple drawings in various formats) : The GT_MULTEXPORT command allows you to select multiple DWG files an export them in formats available.

The following formats are supported for export (taken from the AutoCAD EXPORT command for these versions):

AutoCAD 2004, 2005, 2006
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3D Studio (3DS)
Metafile (WMF)
ACIS (SAT)
Bitmap (BMP)
Lithography (STL)
Encapsulated PS (EPS)

AutoCAD 2007
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3D DWF (DWF)
Metafile (WMF)
ACIS (SAT)
Bitmap (BMP)
Lithography (STL)
Encapsulated PS (EPS)

AutoCAD 2008
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3D DWF (DWF)
Metafile (WMF)
ACIS (SAT)
Bitmap (BMP)
Lithography (STL)
Encapsulated PS (EPS)
V8 DGN (DGN)

AutoCAD 2009
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3D DWF (DWF)
3D DWFx (DWFx)
Metafile (WMF)
ACIS (SAT)
Bitmap (BMP)
Lithography (STL)
Encapsulated PS (EPS)
V7 DGN (DGN)
V8 DGN (DGN)

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English Users, Pick up this latest update 9.13 from:
http://www.4d-technologies.com/geotools/download/geotools.exe

German Users, Pick up GeoTools 9.13 update from:
http://www.4d-technologies.com/de/geotools/download/geotools_de.exe
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Spanish Users, Pick up GeoTools 9.13 update from:
http://www.4d-technologies.com/es/geotools/download/geotools_es.exe
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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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