TheoContour R10 is coming

No, we do not post often enough here.
No, we do not update our site enough.
Yes we need to work on this.
However you can be sure when we do post, it is important, it is interesting and it is new!

In this case what is new is TheoContour R10!

Its just a week or two away – we are just finishing off the installer and testing the installer.

What can you expect from the new release? You can expect what all software developers say their new releases contain:

  • More Power!
  • More Functions!
  • Easier to Use!Spline-smoothed-6_trimed

In this case it is true! TheoContour (we think) is one of the updates we are most proud of. The new features include:

 

  • New licensing System (easier to use, more reliable, better trial options).
  • PLY Import
  • Powerful Surface Smoothing Options
  • Powerful Line Smoothing Options
  • Better Layer Control
  • New Surface Creation Options with user definable colours.
  • Better memory management.

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Contact Us now for further details!

TheoLt R9.0

We are pleased to announce the launch of TheoLt Release 9.0

For this release our core aim has been to Streamline the Product Structure, User Interface and Settings. This is a release that has been a very long time coming but is one in which we are very proud and we believe offers a base to develop the survey tools much further than before.

A brief outline of the update follows with each module to be further detailed in posts over the coming days.

Core (Comm’s module) Updates:

  • Vastly improved User Interface with “Orientation Wizard”.
  • Pro: Un-occupied stations may now adjusted in Network via “data-augmentation”.
  • Increased instrument library matching the latest offerings.
  • Consistent Settings across ALL modules (Core, ARX’s, Contour & Office).
R9.0 Screenshot - Control.

R9.0 Screenshot - Control.

CAD Tools (ARX) Updates:

  • Support for BricsCAD V10 to V15 (including 32 and 64 bit where appropriate).
  • Support for AutoCAD 2007 to 2014 (including 32 and 64 bit where appropriate) .
  • New streamlined and consistent command set.
  • Vastly Improved features library with far more power and customisation than before.
  • theoDoor and theoDoorAlt commands allow 2 types of doors to be configured and access from the toolbars.
  • New improved Icons.
  • Improved Menus and menu loading (with Arx auto-load).
  • Consistent Settings across ALL modules (Core, ARX’s, Contour & Office)
    TheoLt Settings & Toolbars

    TheoLt Settings & Toolbars

Contour Updates:

  • Contour now included in all versions.
  • Contour settings and mesh now persist through save and loading of drawing file.
  • Multiple mesh (TIN’s) per drawing now instead of just the one.
  • New improved Icons.
  • Consistent Settings across ALL modules (Core, ARX’s, Contour & Office).
TheoLt Contour Toolbar

TheoLt Contour Toolbar

Office Updates :

  • Added, import of “level” files (gridded heights such as Nextmap).
  • “Non-Pro” version with no Network Adjustment serving as a Survey Data translator for CAD
  • Apply default coding to all points in a text data file.
  • Network adjustment updated to match Core.
  • Calculate Mesh and contour lines from points marked as “contour points” (via code list).
  • Export Mesh and contours to CAD (faster workflow).
  • More consistent zoom and pan.
  • Consistent Settings across ALL modules (Core, ARX’s, Contour & Office).
TheoLt / Office GSI File view

TheoLt / Office GSI File view

If you have any questions or would like to discuss these updates, please do not hesitate to contact us: sales@theolt.com .

VirtuSurv Webinar

Webinar introducing functionality of kubit VirtuSurv, high resolution scan data in a simple to use, virtual surveying environment. Connect to any CAD interface including AutoCAD, AutoCAD LT and IntelliCAD. Connect to any Windows based program (Excel, Word and more). Make use of 3D laser scan data without the need for a high level of technical skill. Perform traditional survey from your office.

Surveying with the CL900

Tablet PCs come and tablet PCs go but the problem of the field PC remains the same. What we need is a reliable, daylight readable and portable device that will run CAD all day long so that we can see what we are doing as we do it. Not much to ask, and as the tablet wars hot up things should be getting better for the practitioner.My workhorse is the Motion Le1600 which will run most of what I need, will power up all day long on 3 batteries and has a just about daylight readable screen.

We have been friends for years. We get on. There is nothing wrong with it, its a great teaching tool, but it’s too long in the tooth to hold up AutoCAD 2012 or Windows 7 so well…and it’s starting to feel heavy compared to some of the newer kit that’s begining to appear. Its logical replacement is the Motion J3500 but, being of reduced means, I have decided to look at what can be done at the budget ‘netbook’ end of the market and this is where I met the remarkable CL900.

Suddenly, after using these things for years, there is a rash of apparently cheap Android/ Ios/HP OS tablets available on any high street (well retail park anyway) for well less than a grand. Having tried to do something useful with the beguiling iPad I feel I have learnt the ‘if it isn’t Windows…. it isn’t Windows’ (or to put it another way if you can’t run proper CAD on it it’s an expensive door stop) lesson the hard way. A quick look at what you can run on an Android unit and the lovely cheapness doesn’t look so good.So if I have to lug a tablet around the world (and believe me, I do) what do I expect it to do?

The essentials are CAD, Bluetooth, Serial Comms (USB or Dsub9) email and internet, I also need to be able to write reports, read and write PDF, handle images to a degree (more on this later) and present PowerPoints. It may well be madness to expect the Intel Atom (even at 1.5Ghz with 2GB of ram?) platform to manage all this so let’s start with getting to grips with CAD on a netbook- can it work?

With only 1.5Ghz prosessing speed and a max of 2GB ram you would think any current release of CAD (they only get bigger and slower don’t they!) would be a non-starter on the CL900- but if all you neeed to do is build wireframes and line drawings current release BricsCAD v10/11 holds up well ( yes it’s a bit slow to start…nothing new there!) and so I’m all set to find out if it will do a good days work.

As you would expect with a light weight processor and solid state HD package power uptake is good and the battery warnings don’t begin to bleat until at least 8 hours runtime!

3 stations and 1137 points plotted into CAD and 49% battery left on its first field day is a very good result…I’m begining to like this!

The battery life for field survey is very good indeed. We did a full days worth and didn’t need to deploy the external battery pack: with a Powerbank MP3450 a comfortable 10 hours runtime should be easily achievable.

The outdoors screen view is ok, its not the best but its workable. CAD runs ok if you accept its going to be a bit laggy with regens, opening up and the obvious graphics grief with image files.

Now the other stuff I want it to do….

I can’t expect this little chip to push photos around in Photoshop so I have installed ‘Advanced JPEG Compressor’ to get the basics of crop and web-ready done. It’s very efective and reasonably priced too.

Writing reports is just about doable in Word (the old hardware of keyboard & mouse wins really and the single USB port is a bit of a handicap here).

Camtech supplied the CL900 and are most helpful with technical support so far (which has involved testing removal of the Ntrig interface for me: a potentially risky manoeuvre in the 1st instance).

So if you want a field tabet that will run TheoLt all day long the Motion CL900 is a good bet, its not lightning fast but it does the job. It’s light, well made and is a good example of a ‘Windows ipad’ (aWipad?) -Steve Job’s legacy may yet be a wide acceptance of the tablet form-something I believe needs to be a bit more than a locked down content browser, the CL900 isn’t quite an ipad for windows but its very close.

More information on the CL900 is here

Whats New in TheoLt 8.22

Updates for Core:

  • Support for GstarCAD in Core Module
  • Expanded feature design including “step and repeat”
  • Front, Back, Left or Right side alignment for default orientations (elevations).
  • Settings File backups.
  • Updated Manuals

Updates for Building Survey:

  • Expansion of the BricsCAD tool set.
  • Support for “step and repeat” inserts in features.
  • Selection of just Text, Icon or both in Feature Folders (Plan Builder)
  • Flip inserted features in 4 directions (aleviating the need to always choose the same point for insert).
  • Updated Manuals

Are you aware of the “Pro” version? This includes;

  • Full Least Squares network adjustment (traverse)
  • Instrument motor control
  • Contouring

Request a trial now.

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PointSense Seminar.

During the launch of the PointSense Plant product, kubit provided a number of seminars detailing the powerful features of this exciting tool. The webinars show the ease of accurate piping design in AutoCAD with the native PCG engine along with a great of variety of powerful tools working directly on the native PCG engine. The webinar has been divided into 4 sections of 15 minutes duration and should be watched in the following order:

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

Part 4:

Ortho Image from PointCloud’s

Following on from our previous post announcing PointCloud Release 7, here is a video showing one of the new (and probably most useful) functions.

Then ortho image is easily created from a laser scanned point cloud in AutoCAD. The image is to scale and can be imported to any program that handles raster images. Draw easy elevations, great for printing or annotating for a deliverable. Contact us for more information.

PhoToPlan 7 is now available

We are pleased to announce that the latest version of kubit’s PhoToPlan software for AutoCAD is now available for download.

The new features include:

  • Support of AutoCAD 2012 and Autodesk products based on AutoCAD 2012.
  • New higher level product “PhoToPlan Ultimate”.
  • Generation of Ortho Photos from orientated images. Included in the “Ultimate” variant only.
  • Fit cylinder with just a few clicks in two orientated images. no need for marked points on the cylinder . Included in the “Pro” and “Ultimate” variants.
  • “Flatten drawing“ – project geometry to a UCS. For delivering 2D drawings from 3D wireframe.
  • “Unwrap Cylinder” – from at least one orientated image and points on the cylinder PhoToPlan will create a flat image of the surface of the cylinder. Included in the “Ultimate” variant only.

  • Create UCS from the “Dual image Draw” commands. Once defined, facades may be digitised using only a single image and with fast commands for switching between parallel planes using images only, digitising of elevations has been significantly  speeded up.
  • Improvements to the image orientation workflow. Controlling the viewports and view is vital for fast modelling. Release 7 eases this with a number of new commands.
  • Support for “Ribbons” in AutoCAD 2010 to 2012: an alternative for the classic menu and toolbars (actually takes less space than showing all toolbars)


PhoToPlan Release 7 supports All 32 bit and 64 bit versions of Windows 7, Vista and XP (Windows 2000 is no longer supported).

Each of these new features will be examined in forthcoming posts.

Release 7 is provided free of charge to existing users on subscription but please remember to request your upgraded license before installation.

A free of charge trial may be downloaded here.