Stringer Topo V24.10 Release Notes

Stringer Topo V24.10 includes fixes and updates in response to customer feedback.

Platform Support

Stringer Topo V24.10 is available for:

  • AutoCAD 2018 to AutoCAD 2024
  • Civil 3D 2018 to Civil 3D 2024
  • BricsCAD V23, BricsCAD V22 and BricsCAD V21

Licensing Information

Stringer Topo V24.10 requires a Civil Survey Applications V24 license for operation beyond the evaluation period.  All subscription customers automatically receive V24 license keys which can be obtained from the Civil Survey Solutions Customer Centre.

Network License Customers | IMPORTANT INFORMATION

We are in the process of changing our licensing system for Stringer Topo to allow greater flexibility for customers in the future. As such, the new Stringer Topo V24 is currently only available as a single user/standalone license.

To enable Stringer Topo customers who have multi user/network licensing to upgrade to Stringer Topo V24, we will provide enough single user/standalone licenses to cover the entire workforce until such time as the multi user/network license is available.

If you are a customer with multi user/network Stringer Topo and would like to upgrade to Stringer Topo V24, please email jack.haughton@civilsurveysolutions.com.au and he will organise the single user/standalone licenses for you.

Side-by-Side Installation with Previous Stringer Topo Versions

The previous Stringer Topo (Stringer Topo Legacy) has been updated to operate side-by-side with Stringer Topo V24. During installation you will have an opportunity to add the Stringer Topo Legacy ribbon to your installation. This will add the Stringer Topo ribbon and all functionality will be available.

Note that there is a new command included in Stringer Topo Legacy called ‘Enable Dynamics’. In order to maintain performance in Stringer Topo V24, some dynamics have been disabled in Stringer Topo Legacy. If it is intended to use only the legacy tools for a session, you can click Enable Dynamics to turn on all event reactors for the legacy commands.

Important note: Stringer Topo Legacy on BricsCAD

For Stringer Legacy customers, you may be required to select your Stringer Correlation (*.sdb) file and Symbol Template file (picking a .dwg in the folder containing all resource .dwg files is required. By default, these files live within the path ‘C:\ProgramData\CSS\Stringer CAD V24\correlation’. To avoid selecting these files in the future, run the Stringer Settings (Legacy) command and select Save and Exit – this will store the default location of the correlation file and supporting drawing resources to the settings.


IMPROVEMENTS

  • 4K (text scaling) support
    • Forms have been adjusted to support 4k monitors, where text scaling is applied.  
    • Forms will resize to accommodate text scaling
    • Some forms may display differently – this was done to overcome issues with the previous form layout that restricted 4k compatibility
    • Note: Some dropdown picklists may require resizing – if you find any where the width of the picklist affects your ability to select the correct item, please contact us on the Helpdesk with a screenshot or description of the form with the issue.
    • Note: Stringer Legacy has not been updated to support 4k monitors
  • Point snap for elevation enabled
    • When creating a COGO Point using the Create Point command, the elevation of the COGO Point will be adopted from the Snap insertion in CAD.  Snapping to a point cloud node or a 3D polyline, for example, will adopt the elevations of the snap.  Previously, the elevation could only be defined from the Create Points form via user input in the form.

FIXES

  • Addressed a regression issue with Stringer Legacy
    • In the previous version (v24.00) the ‘Dynamic Update’ command was inadvertently removed from the menu and disabled
    • The ‘Dynamic Update’ button has been reinstated
      • In a session, click this button to toggle on dynamics.  When enabled, using CAD commands to edit points (eg: move, delete) will trigger reactors in the drawing to automatically update all affected Stringer linework and surfaces.  Changing drawing scale in Model Space will also trigger a resizing of Stringer point text
      • The Dynamics button is required to prevent conflict with the new version of Stringer Topo.
  • Fixed an issue in Stringer Connect with importing Leica XML (raw observations) where an alpa-numeric value is inserted for the Point Number.  Point Numbers are expected to be an integer.  Alpha-numeric inputs for point numbers cannot be accepted by the software and these will now be ignored.
  • Fixed an issue with Split by Distance not being applied when run from the Toolspace in Civil 3D
  • When adding Templates to Survey Strings via the point parameter tools, in Civil 3D these breaklines keep getting added on top of each other each time the surface rebuilds, without being cleared.  This slowed down the processing after multiple edits.  This is now fixed.
  • Fixed an issue where Easting and Northing was not being correctly listed in commands such as ‘Reduced Coordinates’ and Transform Points

KNOWN ISSUES

  • Stringer Legacy has not been updated to support 4k monitors.
  • Cadastral Lines command
    • If duplicate point numbers are created in a drawing, the software will automatically use one of the duplicates only
    • Mixing traverse lines and side shots will result in the ‘traverse’ polyline being removed up to the first side shot.  It is recommended to separate traverse lines and side shots into different groups
  • After resizing or rotating a viewport, the REGENALL  command needs to be run to update the viewport and point label display.
  • If the user does not set a Point Style within Point Code Set, the default of ‘[User Assign] – 5 Fields’ may be selected. This style is blank and does not show any of the point attributes visually within the drawing if used. This is to alert the user to a mistake in their Point Style Selection. 
  • Acronis anti-virus and malware applications may assume that the Pack Mode process (whereby we zip the software data folder and include it inside the drawing file) is a possible malware threat.  This is a false positive and can be added to the allowlist.