Tech Tip: Sneak Peek of v.7.2

August 2015 
by Alissa Oder

DAT/EM will soon release version 7.2. What can you look forward to in the new software? Here are a few highlights:

Summit 

  • You always wanted work to be as fun as video games, right? Summit Evolution Professional and Feature Collection can now use the Xbox controller as a 3D input device.
Summit’s Xbox Controller button setup
Summit’s Xbox Controller button setup
  • Users often ask about importing Agisoft UAS stereo projects. Summit now has an Agisoft camera import tool:
New dialog to import an Agisoft PhotoScan camera
New dialog to import an Agisoft PhotoScan camera
  • Summit’s Lidar Stereo Mate Creator is faster and better behaved than ever. It can now run multiple instances, has some important fixes, and has been greatly optimized .
  • Imports for Z/I project, BLK formats, and conversion of legacy .smtprj files have some important enhancements.

LandScape

  • LandScape has undergone a major renovation. It is now easier to control Landscape using a system mouse, has new saved views, and has a new screaming fast* read-only mode with point pyramids.

                          * The screaming fast part depends on your hardware!

New! Capture for ArcGIS Pro

  • Surprise! Version 7.2 contains a beta of Capture for ArcGIS Pro. If the computer has ArcGIS Pro v.1.1 installed and the DAT/EM hardware lock is active for Capture for ArcGIS, version 7.2 will install the new ArcGIS Pro extension.

Capture for ArcGIS

  • ArcMap line dash and width patterns may now optionally be displayed in DAT/EM SuperImposition.

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ArcGIS line width selector
ArcGIS line symbol selector
ArcGIS line symbol selector
Left, Solid line with width=1; Right, Dash-Dot-Dot line with width=4
Left, Solid line with width=1; Right, Dash-Dot-Dot line with width=4

Airfield3D

  • Airfield3D has a new suite of Part 77 additions, fixes, and enhancements.

Capture for MicroStation

  • New tentative point highlighting is active in superimposition. Many tools have new keyins, fixes, and enhancements.
  • The new RCENTERLINE tool draws a centerline between two existing strings.
  • Arc stroking can now be based on segment length instead of segments per extended circle, giving a more even appearance to the stroked arc.
New global “Default Stroke Tolerance” in DAT/EM SETTINGS. Overrides are in the individual arc stroking commands.
New global “Default Stroke Tolerance” in DAT/EM SETTINGS. Overrides are in the individual arc stroking commands.

Capture for AutoCAD

  • Now supports AutoCAD 2016. The AutoCAD MapEditor loads much faster and has two new tools:
             • “Densify Polyline” adds points to existing polyline segments, which may make                better TIN input.
             • “Add Z Text or Block” adds elevation labels and/or blocks to existing objects.

Before and After: Example results of “Add Z Text or Block” in the AutoCAD MapEditor
Before and After: Example results of “Add Z Text or Block” in the AutoCAD MapEditor
Before and After: “Add Z Text or Block” can add blocks and elevation labels to closed polylines
Before and After: “Add Z Text or Block” can add blocks and elevation labels to closed polylines

Capture for Global Mapper

  • Capture for Global Mapper has a new DAT/EM Keypad interface, which runs Global Mapper scripts. An example keypad overlay and an example script are provided.
  • There is a new “Snap Ends” option for linear digitizing commands. It creates end-snapped features without making them an Area.