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EDS Version Release Notes

24 May 2017

EDS 8.4.2.5 Released

Changes

  • Paneldes: Reversed change of 8.4.2.3 so SHIFT / CTRL-click to hide entity layers will hide the layer of only the exact chosen entity
  • Conductor Routing: Added WEIGHT and WEIGHTFCTR to templates
  • Global Editor: Renamed [Refresh list] to [Re-sort list]

Bugs Fixed

  • Paneldes: Fixed reactor that handles fixing 3D blocks after copy and paste. The reactor was broken by the Navisworks changes
  • Paneldes: Concatenated suffixes on names of segments in polyline traced route if zero-length straight is skipped between corners
  • Conductor Routing: Imperial WEIGHT and WEIGHTFCTR were 1/12th of their require value because of incorrect distance scaling
  • Global Editor: Pressing [Re-sort list] twice caused future changes to be made to un-selected components
24 Apr 2017

EDS 8.4.2.4 Released

Bugs Fixed

  • Wirediag: TAGALIAS now works between drawings
19 Apr 2017

EDS 8.4.2.3 Released

Changes

  • Paneldes: Removed Route View warning about viewing more than 8 cables or wires
  • Instrument Manager: Added <Parent> alias for area components to the database template

Bugs Fixed

  • Ebase: Following the cross-reference fix for "Multiuse" warnings for 2D layout blocks, they were separated from the schematic references
  • Ebase: Can now automatically fix path to Access database in DSN for moved project, just like IM and CS, and connect without error
  • Paneldes: Re-write of Route View end connection sequence to improve spline into route start and end
  • Paneldes: Fixed Route View splines into corners and risers
  • Paneldes: Global Edit reconstruction of plates for edited panels and areas was not working for areas
  • Paneldes: Drawing of a raceway segment's cable cross-section did not scale position of cable circles
  • Paneldes: Fixed using SHIFT / CTRL-click to hide entity layers was not hiding 3D blocks and labels
  • Paneldes: Connection to "cloud" of segments outside tolerance was not working for non-linear segments
  • Paneldes: Wire Route View was using only the route of only one segment when wire name was repeated on multiple segments of wire
  • Paneldes: Fixed check for swapped terminations on a stored route, which could get wrong result if segment splits have changed considerably
  • Paneldes: Reconstitution of routes with splits was making an incorrect choice where two likely split segments both connect to the next segment
  • Conductor Routing: Connection to X segment was using only 3 of the 4 ends
  • Instrument Manager/Cable Scheduler: Previous performance improvement for building, a terminal group was created for each terminal instead of grouping the terminals
  • Instrument Manager/Cable Scheduler: Component builder failed to create terminal group(s) if the TERMGRP configuration contained commas
  • Database Editor: Fixed performance problem selecting large numbers of cells that was introduced by fix for selection across hidden columns
  • Database Editor: Make Upper Case function from the menu was not ending the cell edit and so the changed value did not show immediately
  • Protogen: Could not open a sub-table when using SQL Server tables. Protogen was missed in 8.4.1.0 Database Editor improvements for SQL Server
  • Miscellaneous: Fixed inconsistent text rendering in .NET dialogs (e.g. new Extra Parts builder).
17 Feb 2017

EDS 8.4.2.2 Released

Changes

  • Miscellaneous: More meaningful information on SQL Error if Access driver cannot find or open the MDB file. Previously got only the useless message "General error Unable to open registry key Temporary (volatile) Ace DSN".

Bugs Fixed

  • Paneldes: Fixed crash caused by copy & paste error in reporting of WEIGHTFCTR for issued cables
  • Paneldes: Fixed Route View twist or fan-out of viewed cable routes through join between riser and vertical straight raceway segments
  • Paneldes: Fixed code omission causing Wire Route View to look for wire routes in the cable route file
  • Paneldes: Fixed problems using SHIFT / CTRL-click to hide entity layers causing UCS error and not hiding non-Paneldes entities
  • Paneldes: Fixed repeated use of Query Conductor's Route without quitting command to not retain previous conductors panels / devices
  • Instrument Manager: Fixed crash reading formulae from datasheet with long strings (e.g. merged cell with several lines of text)
  • Cable Scheduler: Fixed crash using Route View in Paneldes on an un-routed cable
  • Instrument Manager/Cable Scheduler: Right-click, Filter in edit view grid now retains current filter value. Now uses selected text only if there is no current filter
  • Ebase: Fixed missing reference in materials reports when using "Refer to reference header or terminal strip" and neither existed
  • Ebase: Now accommodates moved project with MDB by fixing DBQ entry in DSN file, just like IM and CS do
  • Global Editor: Fixed problem that using SHIFT-click on a component immediately did not select from first component to clicked component
  • Licence Manager: Fixed memory allocation failure in background cache update
  • Database Editor: Fixed column selection in multi-cell operations (e.g. cut, copy, paste, increment, delete) to properly span hidden columns
  • Catalog: Fixed crash using MDB/SQL catalogs soon after starting application, while background thread was still loading catalog filters
1 Feb 2017

EDS 8.4.2.1 Released

Bugs Fixed

  • Paneldes: Fixed crash during raceway segment cross-section drawer
27 Jan 2017

EDS 8.4.2.0 Released

New Features

  • Conductor Routing: Cable weight included in raceway filling calculation. WEIGHT in cable catalog entries. WEIGHTFCTR in raceway catalog entries
  • Conductor Routing: Total cable weight and weight fill percentage reported in raceway segment cross-section report
27 Jan 2017

EDS 8.4.1.2 Released

Changes

  • Paneldes: Improved fixing of kinks or doglegs in Route View
  • Paneldes: Global Edit will now recreate panel plates if the panel is modified
  • Paneldes: Extra parts value editor (for raceway insertion) now also supports picking a hookup diagram
  • Global Editor: Find and replace now pre-selects TAGNAME if that column exists and always displays TAGNAME at the top of the attribute list

Bugs Fixed

  • Paneldes: Fixed extra parts editor giving a bad value if closed with no parts (none added or all removed)
  • Paneldes: Fixed Route View sorting of cable routes prior to viewing to correct order and fix possible crash when "Group cables by location" is on
  • Paneldes: Route View cable arrangement for was trying to work for model-less cable routes when it should have excluded them
  • Paneldes: Fixed over-allocation of memory for Route View cable arrangement in trays in millimetre scale drawings
  • Paneldes: Fixed UNDO following raceway construction. Extra layer commands had been introduced in the sequence in 8.4.1.0
  • Instrument Manager/Cable Scheduler: Component builder dialogs have bad pre-set values if previous component's CATNO contained a comma
17 Jan 2017

EDS 8.4.1.1 Released

New Features

  • Paneldes: New Route View option to view cables as solid cylinders. Corners now make use of splines and sweep. Cables flattened across tray
  • Paneldes: New option to include lids for tray and trench. Lids can be extra parts (and appear in materials reports) or graphical only
  • Paneldes: New button to build extra parts value for raceway components from the raceway insertion dialog
  • Paneldes: Hide selected entities by layer while placing components or raceway segments. SHIFT-click is temporary. CTRL-click leaves hidden
  • Paneldes: Raceway segment cable cross-section function now draws to scale a segment cross-section outline and labelled cable circles
  • Conductor Routing: Devices and panels can now connect to corner, riser, T and X segments. Previously routes had to begin and end on straight length segments
  • Database Editor: Added ability to open XLS / XLSX tables to read. Read-only mode
  • Name Sequencer: Increment and decrement by a "floating point' number. Increment by ".1" will find a . in the tag and increment the value following it

Changes

  • Paneldes: Cables with no explicit value for outer diameter will get a diameter calculated from their cablefactor (limited to horizontal tray division max)
  • Paneldes: Performance improvement for cable or wire Route View by constructing entity classes in ARX instead of using AutoCAD commands
  • Paneldes: Performance improvement for cable or wire Route View by eliminating repeated sorting or searching and other loop optimisation
  • Conductor Routing: The warning about duplicate segments is now displayed in a dialog from which the warning text can be copied to find and fix the problems
  • Cable Scheduler: Now asks what to do with components that have been deleted from the drawings (Delete database copy, Retain but unlink, Cancel)
  • Cable Scheduler: Performance improvement while synchronising of cable routing results
  • Instrument Manager/Cable Scheduler: Now shows on the status bar the count of records selected in the list or edit view.
  • Instrument Manager/Cable Scheduler: Performance improvement for building large numbers of components.
  • Instrument Manager/Cable Scheduler: Performance improvement for importing XLS / XLSX tables. Now uses ODBC driver instead of OLE using Excel
  • Elecdes: Reverse symbol now allows reversing wire and cable-core markers
  • Block Manager: New option to allow replacement of dynamic blocks during [Update selected drawings with new symbol definitions]. Note: This is not capable of updating a dynamic block - This is useful only where dynamic blocks will be replaced with standard blocks of the same block name - Do not use this option on Elecdes 2D panel layout drawings, which use dynamic blocks.
  • Catalog: Performance improvement for loading the catalog filter that was introduced in 8.3.4.0
  • Catalog: Loading the 8.3.4.0 catalog filter now done on a separate thread at start up to improve responsiveness of the first catalog selection
  • Database Editor: New option to skip records in a sequence during Advanced Increment
  • Database Editor: Improved implementation for saving modified SQL Server tables: Modifies existing table instead of dropping and re-creating; Retains existing column types, instead of re-creating table with all columns changed to varchar; Creates known columns as their appropriate type
  • Database Editor: Stopped SQL Server table opening dialog from trying to connect on start and whenever SQL Server selection changes
  • Database Editor: Now tries Windows Authentication first when opening SQL Server database tables
  • Setup: Setting MAXMDBFIELDS from 8.3.4.1 / 8.3.6 is now available on the Preferences tab page as "Maximum MDB fields"

Bugs Fixed

  • Instrument Manager/Cable Scheduler: "Add Copy of Component" now checks for duplicates
  • Instrument Manager/Cable Scheduler: Resolved inconsistencies in use of SQL Server to allow the use of catalogs in SQL Server from IM or CS
  • Conductor Routing: Now prevents routing back out the same end of the first or last segment, the route appeared to jump to just the end of a segment
  • Conductor Routing: "Group cables by location" failed to group by panels because it was using only LOCATION and a panel's name is in TAGNAME
  • Elecdes: Slide menus were not working in GstarCAD 2016 in a drawing that Elecdes has opened automatically, e.g. MTD editing or after Navigate
  • Ebase: Materials reporting now equates Elecdes hiPanel* symbols to Paneldes panels thus fixing duplicated panel components in BOM
  • Catalog: Fixed problems in "Copy DBF Catalogs to SQL". Now supports named instances, tries Windows Authentication, and specifically asks for admin or DDL credentials.
15 Dec 2016

EDS 8.4.0.1 Released

Changes

  • GstarCAD 2016 SP2 support
  • Cable Scheduler: Changes to Cable Factor and Power are now propagated to cable reports when routing. Previously required "Generate EDS reports"
  • Cable Scheduler: Removed use of the routing cache (which stored segment connection and device position information) to prevent out-of-date problems
  • Conductor Routing: Set outer diameter (OD column) and set Cable Factor to cross-sectional area in mm or inches for CatCBE, NX, OK, PR and US.
  • Ebase: Added detection of invalid PT_CONFIG and a user-friendly error message while compiling reports (instead of a crash due to a bad value).
  • Paneldes: "Set drawing scale" can now insert the datum block if it is missing. Previously just instructed that it needed to be inserted

Bugs Fixed

  • Cable Scheduler: Ensure segment bottleneck status is written to Cableroute.dbf
  • Cable Scheduler: Fixed creation of a loop in the view of a cable route when the route in the CS database has fewer segments than in Cableroute.dbf
  • Cable Scheduler: Fixed problem that single termination wires from schematic drawings were deleted and recreated each time CS was started
  • Instrument Manager/Cable Scheduler: Prevented refresh procedure from being re-entered if F5 is pressed repeatedly. No problem was seen to be caused by this previously
  • Instrument Manager/Cable Scheduler: Fixed "Disconnect from this component" for a cable under an enclosure
  • Instrument Manager/Cable Scheduler: Fixed to avoid multi-threaded calls to Access ODBC to fix builder where not all of 1000+ new components appeared in the interface
  • Instrument Manager: Fixed finding a sub-loop from an SLP hint during "Refresh hinted links" when the sub-loop was created after the master (I/O card) loop
  • Instrument Manager: Fixed recognition of column changes after Update Custom Loop Table, loading a new user type association column, etc
  • Instrument Manager: Fixed problem that tree sometimes showed an invalid icon and component name after deleting a custom loop diagram
  • Conductor Routing: Fixed loss of connection to ongoing segment when a length-corner-length is smaller than the end-to-end connection distance
  • Paneldes: Fixed construction of solid for open top tray or trench when height was larger than width
  • Paneldes: Fixed crash when viewing large numbers of cables from Cable Scheduler.
  • Paneldes: Fixed bad text in message for auto-detected routing settings for a drawing with only a single raceway segment
  • Elecdes/Paneldes: Fixed switching workspace and ribbon when restoring a non-EDS profile after starting from a non-EDS AutoCAD shortcut
  • Wirediag: Fixed cable drawing when multiple cables join to a BARTERM. Previously drew only the first cable
  • Ebase: Reporting of wire network fixed to always use the non-blank value if a wire has a mix of blank and non-blank WIRENET values
  • Ebase: Fixed optional reference from terminals in materials reports to their terminal strip
  • Ebase: Fixed calculation of lengths of raceway segments in materials reports for very long segments
  • Ebase: Straight trench segments are now included in materials reports
  • Ebase: Fixed materials reporting to not duplicate panels / enclosures from Instrument Manager or Cable Scheduler
  • Global Editor: Fixed sorting of negative Paneldes component coordinates
  • DGN Converter: Fixed to use specified BASE.DGN instead of looking for the file name in only the standard DGN Converter configuration folder
  • Setup: Fixed installation of updates to not get blocked by the prompt to save changes
  • Setup: Fixed to not prompt to save changes only because a directory was clicked on in the directories tab
  • Setup: Fixed AmMgdInterop error if Elecdes and Paneldes profile created from Mechanical's VANILLA when ACADMPP was last used
  • Setup: Fixed working directory ending in ", double quotes, when directory supplied with -w parameter ends in a trailing \ and is a quoted path
  • Miscellaneous: Fixed pasting a single character value into a cell (previously caused a .NET exception)
26 Oct 2016

EDS 8.4.0.0 Released

New Features

  • AutoCAD 2017 support
  • GstarCAD 2016 support
  • Cable Scheduler: Create model-less cable routes (raceway segments and routes created directly in the Cable Scheduler database). Assign cables to model-less routes and get length and filling information.
  • Instrument Manager/Cable Scheduler: "Import EDS project" will now import components from another CS/IM project. Previously imported only components from drawings.

Changes

  • Cable Scheduler: Routing functions now synchronise with the routing DBF files to match the current status of cables and routes
  • Cable Scheduler: Updating cache or EDS reports, or closing Cable Scheduler will now update the routing DBF files
  • Cable Scheduler: Now offers to update EDS reports when closed to ensure Cable Scheduler information is updated in reports
  • Cable Scheduler: Raceway links (variously between groups, cables and segments) are now all shown in both directions in the tree
  • Cable Scheduler: Performance improvement by avoiding unnecessary cache/routing updating
  • Cable Scheduler: Now also creates cable to device/panel connections when loading connections from Elecdes drawings
  • Cable Scheduler: Context menu for cables now has titles to help identify the various routing function groups
  • Cable Scheduler: Raceway group created in a project with no specified model is created as locked - the appropriate type for model-less routes
  • Cable Scheduler: Added Width and Radius to segments table in database template. Primarily to supply Width for NEC large cable filling in trays
  • Cable Scheduler: Added alias entries for segments to database template: Width, Height, Radius, Bend Radius, Wall Thickness and Catalog Description
  • Cable Scheduler: No longer uses temporary $CABSCH file for routing calls
  • Cable Scheduler: Removed the drawing selection on the "Routing preferences" dialog. Now uses the first Paneldes drawing from the project to view routes
  • Instrument Manager/Cable Scheduler: Data writing now doesn't always flag data as changed when data to be written is over length but identical when truncated
  • Instrument Manager/Cable Scheduler: Removed redundant "Master record" navigation menu item when the selected item is the master or main record
  • Instrument Manager/Cable Scheduler: Uses RSTATUS for database cable to make Cabsch/RCabsch A/B termination side match database From/To connections
  • Instrument Manager: Now identifies and keeps only the best IM component when P&ID link and synchronisation creates a duplicate
  • Conductor Routing: Initial routing passes now try waypoints in both forward and reverse order in case terminations were swapped after waypoints were defined
  • Paneldes: Checks if the current drawing is in the project before doing routing and offers to add it if it is not
  • Paneldes: No longer forcibly switches to 3DLayout when opening or creating a drawing
  • Elecdes/Paneldes: Show a stack trace and create a memory dump to aid diagnosis of crashes
  • Ebase: Can now use digits or letters to set the cross-reference start index, which makes the default 1,1 appropriate when by default rows are letters
  • Ebase: Command line -U to update DWGs from DBFs now uses last-stored choices for termination (CONX) block insertion or deletion
  • Ebase: Allow suppression of duplicate warnings in cross-reference report by marking as intentional duplicate, like for materials reports
  • Setup: New option to choose whether or not the program group is opened after Setup is closed
  • Install: Avoid showing the same installation folder repeatedly when scanning for installations

Bugs Fixed

  • Cable Scheduler: Copied cables were retaining original cable's Status, Estimated Length, Details and Warnings
  • Cable Scheduler: Terminal connection object was not appearing under cable-cores when freshly loaded from the Elecdes drawings
  • Cable Scheduler: Fixed the loading of multi-user changes to raceway links, i.e. loading links and changes made by other users
  • Cable Scheduler: Fixed intermittent access violation crash when reading Paneldes drawings at start-up.
  • Cable Scheduler: Fixed reading and caching drawing information from drawings that are both XREFed and included in the project
  • Cable Scheduler: Fixed crash syncing with deletions from drawings if a grandparent component is deleted but the children remain
  • Instrument Manager/Cable Scheduler: Fixed .NET exception when trying to edit in a new row in Alias Editor or Relational Alias Editor
  • Instrument Manager/Cable Scheduler: Fix crash deleting more than 65535 records in one operation in project using Access database
  • Instrument Manager: Stopped connection to P&ID database from always trying SQL Server Authentication when IM database is Access
  • Instrument Manager: Stopped IM from closing when a background P&ID synch was operating
  • Conductor Routing: Blank named segments now blocked from routing. Previously would show a warning about duplicate segment names
  • Conductor Routing: Fixed failure to report "Incomplete locked route" if the first or last segment was missing or the remaining segments can connect
  • Conductor Routing: ROUTE column width increased to 35 in template_RCabsch.dbf to prevent truncation of long route names and failure to view route
  • Conductor Routing: Fixed length calculation and viewing of locked routes where terminations have been swapped after route was locked
  • Paneldes: Riser or corner envelope was revolved the wrong way if bend radius was smaller than half the width
  • Paneldes: Fixed intermittent crash running cable routing if Navisworks output was turned on
  • Paneldes: Cancel from "Display Waypoints and Panels" function would attempt to write random waypoints to the waypoint file
  • Paneldes: "Pick Raceway Endpoint with OSNAP" failed to put new segment on end of last segment if Trimming was enabled
  • Elecdes: Fixed bug that inserting a 2D panel layout block for a PLC Card would try to insert a default block for a discrete terminal
  • Elecdes: Fixed crash during symbol insert if the insert dialog was left on the catalog page
  • Elecdes: Navigate to component now zooms correctly on the component even if the user has UCSFOLLOW turned ON
  • Ebase: In accumulation of materials records from different drawing types into one, fixed handling of tags list, "..." and truncation
  • Ebase: Equipotential warning was still not working properly after support for text values for WIRENET was added
  • Ebase: Stopped cross-reference report from showing "Multiuse" warnings multiple 2D layout views of one component are inserted
  • Ebase: Stopped cross-reference report from showing "Catspec not found" warning for 2D layout blocks for components from CatG
  • Database Editor: Fixed Navigate from FromToWire to a wire marker that has a WIRENET value and from Cabsch or RCabsch to a cable
  • Setup: Creation of a new Elecdes or Paneldes profile could use a workspace from a different profile to that which was chosen
29 Jul 2016

EDS 8.3.8.1 Released

Bugs Fixed

  • Cable Scheduler: Fixed crash reading Paneldes drawings where a sub-drawing is XREFed into both a master and another project sub-drawing
  • Licence Manager: Fixed removal codes not appearing in Authcode Transfer.txt file.
29 Jul 2016

EDS 8.3.8.0 Released

New Features

  • Conductor Routing: New secondary cable status can be set from Route View dialog for locked, issued or pulled cables. Values from PNLDES\PULL_MSG.txt
  • Conductor Routing: Now uses SECHEIGHT when provided for wall thickness of tray when calculating NEC tray filling
  • Paneldes: Import cable status (DETAILS and PULL_MSG columns) from XLSX, XLS and DBF file formats in Route View dialog
  • Paneldes: Cable drum report now has cable name and cable length in separate columns

Changes

  • Elecdes/Paneldes: Cease turning off AutoCAD's creation of backup files in Elecdes and Paneldes profiles; ISAVEBAK no longer set to 0
  • Instrument Manager: Changed supplied datasheets from XLS format to XLSX format. Files are renamed and the database template is changed to suit. Prevents background Excel locking up when using XLS files.
  • Licence Manager: Added horizontal scroll bar to the licence drive list to allow longer UNC paths to be scrolled

Bugs Fixed

  • Ebase: Equipotential warning had ceased working after support for text values for WIRENET was added
  • Elecdes: Insertion of 2D panel layout blocks was crashing if there was no current project
  • Wirediag: Imperial setting for spacing out horizontal cable markers to prevent overlap was overwritten by metric setting
7 Jul 2016

EDS 8.3.7.7 Released

Changes

  • Paneldes: Can now press [ESC] to close Cable Manager

Bugs Fixed

  • Paneldes: Fixed crash generating summary route report while cables are marked as On Hold
  • Paneldes: Save of the model was causing a cache update which caused Cable Manager to believe the wire and cable reports needed updating
  • Common: Save-initiated update of the cache files from two drawing saves close in time causes the cache files to have the time of the first save
29 Jun 2016

EDS 8.3.7.6 Released

New Features

  • Ebase: Instrument bubble symbols will now make connections on single line and cable block diagrams.

Changes

  • Elecdes: PNLNO attribute added as invisible to all of the instrument bubble symbols

Bugs Fixed

  • Database Editor: Fixed crash if a record is added then column structure is modified in the same file
  • Elecdes: Updated all instrument bubble symbols to make the RSTATUS attribute invisible
  • Instrument Manager: Removed queries that were mistakenly left in the template
  • Instrument Manager/Cable Scheduler: Fixed "Import EDS Project" to import instruments and cable connections
  • Instrument Manager/Cable Scheduler: Fixed bad "No valid mappings" error from "Import EDS Project" when there are no wires or cores
  • Instrument Manager/Cable Scheduler: Fixed writing enclosures to the EDS project cache so that TAGNAME is now left blank as Elecdes HIPANEL symbols would have
  • Conductor Routing: Fixed cable drawing through tray-trench join which was broken by the 10x denser route viewing for trench
  • Conductor Routing: Fixed the warning "There are no devices or panels specified in the current cable schedule" to appear only when there are none found
17 Jun 2016

EDS 8.3.7.5 Released

New Features

  • Conductor Routing: Report the method of filling into new FILLMETHOD column of segment report, CableXsect, to aid routing analysis.

Changes

  • Conductor Routing: Tray with power number 0 will now not use SIGNALSCF under NEC rules
  • Conductor Routing: Trench segments now use 10x denser route viewing grid than tray or duct
  • Conductor Routing: Conduit segments now always draw viewed cables down the centre

Bugs Fixed

  • Conductor Routing: Option to report raw fill for NEC was preventing the overfilling warning
  • Conductor Routing: Issue or Pull auto-routed cable on the Route Locking dialog was not populating the locked cables list
  • Conductor Routing: Fixed trimming of underside of text on the AI Insert dialog
15 Jun 2016

EDS 8.3.7.4 Released

New Features

  • Ebase: Commandline parameter to generate MDB reports.

Changes

  • Cable Scheduler: Association columns added to the database template, so now components can be associated together via A2 in a new or updated project
  • Conductor Routing: NEC "large cable diameter", CABLEFACTR field with 'D', can now take units
  • Elecdes/Paneldes: Set LIMCHECK (are drawing limits checked) to 0 (OFF) for new or opened drawings
  • Instrument Manager/Cable Scheduler: Message box after "Update from template" now also states that the user must reload the project
  • Instrument Manager/Cable Scheduler: Performance improvement for aliases
  • Miscellaneous: Performance improvements to DBF reading/writing

Bugs Fixed

  • Cable Scheduler: Blocked non-functional Associate with Document. There is no loading of user types and no documents folder in CS
  • Conductor Routing: Help corrected for metric NEC "large cable diameter", CABLEFACTR field with 'D'. The value should be in meters (if units are not used)
  • Elecdes/Paneldes: Fixed setting of LIMMAX (maximum drawing limits) when inserting a border
  • Instrument Manager/Cable Scheduler: Fixed minor problems with the extra options for disconnection: wrong menu text for enclosures, raceway showing in core list
  • Instrument Manager/Cable Scheduler: Added missing vertical scroll bar on connection view for long cables
  • Instrument Manager/Cable Scheduler: Fixed bug that copied component could randomly show help icon as overlay
  • Instrument Manager/Cable Scheduler: Fix crash pasting a component that has since been deleted
  • Instrument Manager/Cable Scheduler: Removed redundant controls and fixed operation of cores builder - core count from core pattern, all go to correct folder
  • Paneldes: Fixed commands in AutoCAD 2015: Dimension Plates, Import DBF, Cable Cross-Section, Ductbank Cross-Section
  • Paneldes: Saving to an AI file now puts units on the position columns
  • Paneldes: Fixed setting of LWDEFAULT and LWUNITS for line weight in AutoCAD 2015 onwards
  • Paneldes: Removed nonsense warning about "no MDI ACTIVE database" when switching to the AutoCAD Start Up tab
  • Paneldes: Apply XREF transform to solid entities read outside of the CAD session
  • Paneldes: Ductbank editor was assigning wrong names to the length-corner-length group when re-constructing a ductbank riser
  • Paneldes: Ductbank editor was assigning wrong names to the length-corner-length group when constructing a stub-up
27 May 2016

EDS 8.3.7.3 Released

Bugs Fixed

  • DGN Converter: Lineweight was always set to 0 when using a text style mapping
  • Instrument Manager/Cable Scheduler: Fixed cause of "Cannot open any more tables" error.
26 May 2016

EDS 8.3.7.2 Released

Bugs Fixed

  • Elecdes: Point entity on Imperial units IMPCOL block set to layer 0 as it should have been to enable the column to be selected and moved easily
  • Instrument Manager: Tray based report template set to A3 size paper in EDS Reports.mdb template
  • Instrument Manager/Cable Scheduler: Fixed connection to SQL Server. Was broken when connection was changed to allow use of the ACE driver for Access
12 May 2016

EDS 8.3.7.1 Released

Changes

  • Cable Scheduler: Added POWER and CABLEFACTR to template_$Cable.dbf so values entered directly into the CS database cables appear in the RCabsch
  • Name Sequencer: Pre-defined cable files for pairs extended to 50 pairs

Bugs Fixed

  • Ebase: Materials reporting was not eliminating multi-way terminal extras from a second Wirediag terminal strip of the same type
5 May 2016

EDS 8.3.7.0 Released

New Features

  • Conductor Routing: Option to use simplified version of NEC filling where conduit fill reduction is not based on the number of cables. Set FIXED_CONDUIT_DERATING to the desired percentage of the conduit cablefactor to use.
28 Apr 2016

EDS 8.3.6.1 Released

Bugs Fixed

  • Cable Scheduler: Remove invalid menu item (Pick default datasheet template)
  • Instrument Manager/Cable Scheduler: Fix an issue with sibling formula ordering
  • Instrument Manager/Cable Scheduler: Added 'Connect all cables' button to the Connection dialog (was previously removed)
  • Instrument Manager/Cable Scheduler: Cancelling the Connection dialog for multiple cables now cancels the entire operation as intended
  • Instrument Manager/Cable Scheduler: Fix rare occurrence of all rows and columns in List view showing as "Loading..."
6 Apr 2016

EDS 8.3.6.0 Released

New Features

  • Ebase: Commandline parameter for Refresh Imported Data (DBFs)
  • Ebase: Option to not include screens in spare count
  • Elecdes: Place 2D Panel Component now supports 2D terminals
  • Instrument Manager/Cable Scheduler: Back and Forward buttons for navigation
  • Instrument Manager/Cable Scheduler: Add 'Compute Value' function in Edit view, which can generate values for cells using a formula
  • Conductor Routing: Summary route report with all suffixes removed
  • Miscellaneous: Grid Editors: Allow 'Advanced Paste' to repeat clipboard contents
  • Miscellaneous: Grid Editors: Ability for 'Advanced Increment' to increment in blocks

Changes

  • Conductor Routing: Option to report raw fill of conduit when using NEC rules by toggling a new setting REPORT_RAW_FILL directly in the INI file
  • Conductor Routing: Pull-together list now reports each "pull" as being one or more connected conduits with a particular group of cables
  • Conductor Routing: Tray snug fit eliminates cross-connection if one segment is not a length or reducer
  • Database Editor: Navigate to Component now loads only the specific terminal or cable core, not all of the terminals in the strip or cores in the cable
  • Ebase: BOM now includes duplicate records (with a warning on each record)
  • Ebase: Reports known to have a large number of columns (eg cable cross-section) will have repeating columns concatenated into a Memo field for MDB reports
  • Instrument Manager/Cable Scheduler: Extra options for disconnecting cables available in context menus
  • Instrument Manager/Cable Scheduler: Now warns if pasting a component with a name that is already used
  • Instrument Manager/Cable Scheduler: In 32bit mode, now uses the Office Access driver if present (for improved performance)
  • Instrument Manager/Cable Scheduler: Improved cleanup of Deleted Records table (for improved performance)
  • Paneldes: Licence Manager no longer displays at startup
  • Paneldes: 'Display Waypoints and Panels' now checks for changes and requests confirmation before rewriting waypoints file
  • Setup: Now checks for unsaved changes when closed

Bugs Fixed

  • Cable Scheduler: Routes shown in Cable Scheduler had a power value that was never filled
  • Cable Scheduler: 'Paste Segment' was missing from the context menu after copying a route segment
  • Cable Scheduler: Ctrl-V to paste a new segment was not resolving a useful name sequence
  • Cable Scheduler: Fixed crash if a raceway segment was added without picking a catalog spec
  • Cable Scheduler: Fixed poor performance when loading projects with a large Deleted Records Table
  • Conductor Routing: Snug fit within snug-fit distance was taking first-found and not closest
  • Conductor Routing: Pull-together list was including virtual conduit
  • Conductor Routing: Virtual segments were appearing in the InssuedCableXSect report
  • Conductor Routing: IssuedCableXsect was including only one cable cross section from split tray
  • Ebase: Warnings from merged materials reports were not eliminating duplicates
  • Ebase: Fixed crash if merged warnings data contained more than 255 characters
  • Elecdes: Insert Subcomponent was listing all subcomponents as available if the MFG code was more than 2 characters
  • Global Editor: Find and Replace was malfunctioning if "Change only selected records in ..." was ticked but multiple classes were selected
  • Global Editor: Increment/Decrement was crashing after using 'Refresh List'
  • Instrument Manager/Cable Scheduler: Builders were not capable of creating a component with a duplicate name
  • Instrument Manager/Cable Scheduler: Raised issues button had the wrong icon
  • Paneldes: Fixed drawing of solids at large coordinates
  • Paneldes: Fixed crash writing distances to reports if the float value is invalid
  • Paneldes: Entities were not loading from a drawing that was once XREFed into a master drawing but is not used directly
  • Setup: Dialog had lost CAD package name
  • Miscellaneous: Dialogs with wrapped text were getting graphical corruption when resized
  • Miscellaneous: Some solids created in AutoCAD 2016 were being read incorrectly
17 Mar 2016

EDS 8.3.5.0 Released

New Features

  • Elecdes: New option to choose the attributes to be copied into symbols inserted with Insert Subcomponent. Choose in Elecdes preferences
22 Jan 2016

EDS 8.3.4.3 Released

Changes

  • Block Manager: Re-arranged controls on dialog for "Replace one symbol with another" so that long symbol names are not clipped

Bugs Fixed

  • Cable Scheduler: Fixed buttons on the connection dialog, which should have been changed in 8.3.1.4 along with IM when fixing hang on Ok-to-All
  • Ebase: Fixed crash generating multi-line materials reports that contain more than 1024 characters total data in any main or sub section
  • Ebase: Fixed materials data overwriting header row in multi-line materials reports. Omission in split BOM code merged in 8.1.2.1
  • Ebase: Fixed output of GROUP_SUBTOTAL when #PANELFILTER is used in the template for multi-line materials reports
  • Instrument Manager: Fixed a problem that two projects open at the same time can show the same project path in the window title
6 Jan 2016

EDS 8.3.4.2 Released

Bugs Fixed

  • Ebase: Fix reporting wrong TAGNAME for extra parts with blank PNLNO in BOMSA. Error in the 8.3.1.11 fix for wrong PNLNO in BSUM
  • Elecdes/Paneldes: Fixed builds for AutoCAD 2000-2006 so that they once again will load and work. The BREP library was not compatible
  • Instrument Manager: Fixed "Export to Text", "DBF" and "Excel" when the item selected in the tree is a component
17 Dec 2015

EDS 8.3.4.1 Released

Changes

  • Paneldes: Introduced setting MAXMDBFIELDS to limit the number of fields in DBF files that are inserted into EDS Reports.mdb to suit Access limits

Bugs Fixed

  • Elecdes: Fixed Navigate failing to load list view when using a setting from EDS 7 upgraded to EDS 8.3
  • Paneldes: Fixed crash loading pre-8.3.4 routeseg cache file owing to 8.3.4 introducing a structure size change
  • Paneldes: Add SECHEIGHT to the insert dialog for tray, trench and duct to insert open-top profile without a catalog selection
  • Setup: Allow the creation of profiles for 32 bit AutoCAD running on 64 bit Windows
4 Dec 2015

EDS 8.3.4.0 Released

New Features

  • Catalog: Catalog file list is now optionally filtered to show only catalog files that contain the current block. Default is ON
  • Ebase: New connection report showing terminals with their conductors and schematic assigned side information TermsWithConductors.dbf
  • Global Editor: Added button to re-sort the component list, use when the component data has been changed and the list needs re-sorting
  • Paneldes: Produce NavisworksLink.xlsx report to show Paneldes data from Navisworks. The procedure to link in Navisworks is described in the help
  • Wirediag: New option to shift horizontal cable marker to a new core position or offset at the bottom to ensure no cable overlap

Changes

  • Licence Manager: Allow user count of 0, which is now the new default
  • Paneldes: 3DHANDLE column added to Paneldes BOM for handle of solid (main component or raceway envelope) that would be seen by Navisworks
  • Wirediag: New option to choose whether wires or cable cores get priority of placement on terminals. Default is cable cores
  • Wirediag: Cable tail drawing code refactored to aid future additions and improvements

Bugs Fixed

  • Paneldes: Fixed loss of precision when Global Editing components at very large coordinate values (millions of units).
  • Paneldes: Fixed panel insertion and View Routes drawing of a panel which were emitting "Unknown command" during execution
  • Wirediag: Fixed drawing of cable screens when using the centred two-conductor option
  • Wirediag: Fixed bug that imperial setting for extra terminal spacing would reset to default on next run if set to 0 by the user
  • Wirediag: Cable drawing is no longer disabled if only the sub-option for comma-separation of cables is enabled
4 Dec 2015

EDS 8.3.1.15 Released

Changes

  • Instrument Manager: Increased the length of the LastModified column to 80 to accommodate maximum length Windows computer name and user name

Bugs Fixed

  • Instrument Manager: Fixed problem that instruments were not linked from AutoCAD P&ID. Was skipping Instrumentation_PnP because it's a VIEW
  • Instrument Manager: Removed warning that import operation is missing a source column because numerous default map files specify more columns than the source data contains (e.g. catalog map files) so the warning appears often for unimportant columns
20 Nov 2015

EDS 8.3.1.14 Released

New Features

  • Ebase: New options for Export Dwgs: Explode only the attributes of blocks (leaving the graphics as a block), Convert ByLayer to individually set properties
  • Ebase: WIRENET value for wire extension markers can now include text instead of just a number
  • Elecdes: Mark a standard terminal as polarised by adding FPOLAR or RPOLAR to the RSTATUS attribute value
  • Elecdes: Obtain and use a scale factor from EDSSCALE attribute of a title block to scale the references of the drawing containing that title block. A value of "0.02" will "scale down" a full-size panel layout drawing by 1/50 so components will get reasonable references.
  • Wirediag: Added an option to use curved chamfers on cable lines and wire links
  • Wirediag: Added an option to use an alternate cable symbol if the cable has spare cores. Supplied symbol has a curled line next to the spare count
  • Wirediag: Can now navigate from a wiring diagram cable symbol to the destination wiring diagram
  • Miscellaneous: New settings and predefined conductor name files for screen or shield naming. Imperial will now default to "shield" and "sh"

Changes

  • Ebase: New button [Clear recent projects] allows unwanted projects to be removed from the drop down list of recent projects
  • Ebase: Added option to recursively add drawings from subdirectories to the [Add Directory] function in Ebase project editor
  • Ebase: Drop a folder onto Ebase main window or Edit Project dialog to add all drawings in the folder to the project
  • Ebase: Terminals from different drawing types (Elecdes, Paneldes, Wirediag) are now combined into one total in the BOMSA report
  • Elecdes: Changed the icon for "Place 2D Panel Component" to more clearly indicate that it's adding a representation not inserting a new component
  • Elecdes: InsertSubcomponent and multi or array insert now recognise user's specified single-line cable marker, not only "cab1L".
  • Elecdes: Line breaking function improved to break lines that are not placed on the X-Y plane (Z=0). End points will be shifted to Z=0 after breaking
  • Install: Now identifies and suggests to update last used EDS installation
  • Install: Checks for existence of Setup.exe before using a found EL32.INI file location as a suggested existing EDS installation to be updated
  • Instrument Manager: Changed [OK] and [OK to All] buttons on component builders to [Create one] and [Create all and close], or [Update...] if updating
  • Instrument Manager: "Generate EDS reports" now also creates the MDB reports "EDS Reports.mdb" if that option is enabled in Ebase
  • Instrument Manager: SQL Server login dialog now shows the name of the database the user is intending to connect to, if known
  • Instrument Manager: SQL Server administrator login dialog now shows the name of the database if appropriate
  • Instrument Manager: Import warnings now show the import map section number (value from ITEM_NUM column) where possible
  • Instrument Manager: Added a warning if the template specified in an output diagram record (not the template record) could not be found
  • Paneldes: Separated the snap modes Face Alignment, End Snap and OSNAP so they cannot be used concurrently. Now much easier to use.
  • Paneldes: Separated the setting for Face Alignment for raceway versus devices and panels and set default to off
  • PLC Builder: Reduced time to load PLC symbols and wiring macros before insertion of I/O card, and added progress bar
  • Setup: Added a button on the Multi-Client Library Manager dialog to open the selected client folder in Windows Explorer
  • Setup: Creation of a new Elecdes and Paneldes profile by copying an existing one now allows the user to choose from all existing profiles
  • Setup: The option "Insert causes symbol redefinition" is now disabled in GstarCAD to avoid confusion because this option does not work
  • Wirediag: Added a cross-reference configuration page to build the formula for references to wiring diagrams
  • Wirediag: Separated the choice for comma separation of external wires and of cable cores/conductors

Bugs Fixed

  • Ebase: Mix of blank and non-blank wirenet values could leave an open circuit - wires with blanks weren't included in the network
  • Ebase: Reversed polarised terminals with BUSW code of 0R are now properly considered to be reversed
  • Ebase: Fixed problem that "Remember SQL Login" prompt was displayed when generating reports even when the choice had been remembered
  • Elecdes: Fixed size of zone edit dialog. On some computers the size was interpreted differently and the buttons were clipped in half
  • Elecdes: Online tag check now does not match devices with the same TAGNAME but different TAGSUFX
  • Global Editor: Pressing [ESC] did not close the Global Editor main window
  • Instrument Manager: Fixed problem causing recent appearance of "Connection is busy with results for another hstmt" warning
  • Instrument Manager: Restored the ability to use an import map file chosen from any folder
  • Instrument Manager: Suppressed second question about saving the authentication method if it is not saved at the first prompt when opening a project
  • Instrument Manager: Fixed output to datasheet of PLC tagnames using rack and slot so that Excel does not auto-format them as dates
  • Instrument Manager: Fixed import of date values from datasheets to remain formatted as dates when imported into the database. Note: All values are now importing the visible value so if a cell is undersized and displays "###" then "###" will be imported
  • Paneldes: Fixed the icon on the toolbar for "Clear conductor viewing". The icon on the ribbon was already correct
  • PLC Builder: Wiring macro formulae were not replaced if the last subcomponent had been drawn in a previous loop of placing part of a card
  • Setup: Disabled the option to create an Elecdes/Paneldes profile from scratch on AutoCAD Mechanical to ensure it can find AmMgdInterop.dll
  • Wirediag: Fixed problem that choosing to stagger cables from outside-to-inside drew incorrectly for horizontal cables
  • Wirediag: Fixed bug that Wirediag would crash on starting if it was not licensed
  • Wirediag: Fixed problem that wire links drawn as standard wires could swap side to side when a mirrored strip was regenerated
  • Wirediag: Fixed problem that wiring diagram was duplicated if the project had both schematic and single-line symbols for a component
  • Miscellaneous: Grid Editors: Paste from Excel no longer clears the first cell immediately below the pasted cells
  • Miscellaneous: Grid Editors: Undo did not work for single-cell typed changes in the IM/CS table settings and query editors, PLC editor and DwgToDgn settings
16 Nov 2015

EDS 8.3.1.13 Released

Changes

  • Instrument Manager: Import source table filter now strips the path and file extension so "C:\File.ext" will now match the filter "File" without requiring "*File*".

Bugs Fixed

  • Ebase: Revision backup now copies EDS Reports.mdb if it exists, irrespective of the current state of the choice to generate it
  • Elecdes: Fixed online tag check not appearing when required. Stopped appearing in changes for Insert from BOM
  • Global Editor: Spelling mistake in warning message if edited entities cannot be found
  • Instrument Manager: Import check for missing source-file columns now checks only mappings matching the source table filter
  • Instrument Manager: "Filter" from the pop-up menu for filterable grid edit views from an active cell edit was automatically closing the filter edit box
  • Instrument Manager: Units on datasheets set appropriately for metric and imperial datasheets. No longer using a shared set for both units systems
  • Paneldes: Fixed ductbank construction erasing the previously drawn conduits. Broken by changes to fix conduit naming when re-drawing
  • Paneldes: Fixed "Failed re/allocating memory for wrteconns" using EDS 8.0 or later on a project last updated in EDS 7.7.5.x
  • Wirediag: Custom multi-character delimiter for separating wire names (e.g. comma-space) was missed from elimination of duplicates entries
27 Oct 2015

EDS 8.3.1.12 Released

Bugs Fixed

  • Ebase: Drawing pick list order not the same as project for auto wire, export dwgs, refresh imported DBF and back annotate cross references
  • Elecdes: Last loaded BOM file was not loaded when re-entering the insert dialog for 2D layout symbols
  • Instrument Manager: Fixed crash when closing Relational Columns Alias Editor
  • Instrument Manager: Was not using the designated naming sequence for terminals. NOTE: The full fix also requires changing the folder settings in the database to specify the name sequence "block".
  • Instrument Manager: Terminal groups can now be assigned to custom loops by drag & drop
21 Oct 2015

EDS 8.3.1.11 Released

Changes

  • Instrument Manager: Now quietly skips missing P&ID tables from a linked database. AutoCAD P&ID delays creating tables until they are first required
  • Miscellaneous: Retrieves native SQL/ODBC numeric error code when calling the SQL/ODBC error reporting function
  • Miscellaneous: Removed warning about 2013 drawing format support being in beta, which has been supported fully since 8.2.0.3

Bugs Fixed

  • Block Manager: Update drawings with new symbol definitions failed to update border and wire connect dot blocks
  • Ebase: Fixed BSUM reporting incorrect PNLNO on extra parts
  • Ebase: "3+ terminations with duplicate order" warning was appearing when no termination (CONX) blocks were inserted
  • Ebase: Revision backup now makes a copy of the MDB files of the project (CS or IM database and EDS Reports)
  • Elecdes: Insert dialog for a cable core marker did not reload the list of suitable core names when the catalog specification was changed
  • Elecdes: Insert dialog for a single-line cable marker was re-setting the cable name when returning from the catalog tab
  • Elecdes: Was not finding 2D layout blocks for devices inserted in terminal strips
  • Elecdes: "Cross-reference this sheet" crashed if all of the subcomponents were marked as "No Xref" in RSTATUS
  • Elecdes: "Delete unused headers" option did not delete the header if all of the subcomponents were marked as "No Xref" in RSTATUS
  • Global Editor: Prevents writing Global Edit changes to the cache if it fails to apply the changes to the drawings
  • Instrument Manager: Child formula ordering (e.g. K2, K3, K1+2 etc) was failing to fetch the correct child record and sometimes failing to even fetch a record
  • Instrument Manager: Now have the option to not connect the cable screen when building a new instrument or device
  • Instrument Manager: No warning was produced by import and results could be incorrect if lookup mapping specifies source-file columns that don't exist
  • Instrument Manager: "Advanced insert" and probably other similar grid editor functions did not save the modified data
  • Instrument Manager: Suppress erroneous warning when copying a table with no identity column from a template into SQL Server via SqlDbCopy
  • Instrument Manager: Was not offering to add a datasheet for new enclosures and new valves (or other user types)
  • Instrument Manager: Prevent adding diagram templates from non-standard folders because they cannot be found later
  • Instrument Manager: Datasheet generation now reads the current settings for maximum rows and columns to read without requiring a restart
  • Instrument Manager: Pick dialog for output diagrams was showing list columns suitable for components not for diagrams
  • Paneldes: Scale and snap setting function was not setting the snap in each model view
  • Miscellaneous: Find-file function can now find files in paths where the final folder name contains a dot
2 Oct 2015

EDS 8.3.1.10 Released

Changes

  • Conductor Routing: Snug fit for conduit now based on user-set snug fit distance (previously just for tray). Removed calculation based on radius
  • Database Editor: Double click on a cell will now begin editing when in "Select when entering a cell" mode. Previously required two separated single clicks
  • Database Editor: Clicking to edit on the current cell will set the cursor position now instead of beginning edit mode with the whole text selected
  • Install: Change to Access database engine detection to prevent EDS from interfering with the driver installed by AutoCAD Electrical or Civil.
  • Install: Access database engine 2010 redistributable updated to 14.0.6119.5000 in full installer
  • Instrument Manager: "Filter" added to the pop-up menu for filterable grid edit views. This gives obvious access to the feature to filter the rows by the column
  • Instrument Manager: New error message if the ODBC connection has been terminated (e.g. by Sleep) that state the project must be closed and re-opened
  • Global Editor: Image file out-of-date check now rejects files of a copied project if they appear up-to-date but creation time is later than modification time
  • Paneldes: Set Drawing Scale on a drawing with no datumsc block will now insert the block unless cancelled
  • Miscellaneous: Grid editor: Pop-up menu from the edit box for a single cell is now the program pop-up menu and not the default edit box pop-up menu

Bugs Fixed

  • Block Manager: Replace symbol of one style with another was being too non-specific about finding symbols with "a style".
  • Database Editor: Navigate to Component failed on a copy of the FromToWire report because it was looking for WIRENAME not WIRE
  • Ebase: Core sheet generation failed to update the core information on the sheets if there were one or more blank named cables
  • Ebase: Materials reports now use "Fixed Length" if specified on segments
  • Elecdes: Fixed problem with lines breaking around wire markers when the line is modified by the Heal function. Shows up readily in GstarCAD
  • Elecdes: Fixed remaining large toolbar icons that were 24 pixels instead of 32 pixels square
  • Elecdes: Fixed crash running Make Catalog due to pointer truncation (64bit only)
  • Elecdes: Fixed the "Load ACAD.LSP into each drawing" prompt always appearing by supplying an empty AcadLspAsDoc.lsp file
  • Instrument Manager: Fixed .NET error after right click on a grid editor that had no rows
  • Instrument Manager: Column filter in edit mode now trims whitespace like list mode. A single space entered to replace the filter will now clear the filter
  • Instrument Manager: Column filter in edit mode is now also applied by clicking out of the edit box, not just by pressing [Enter]. Now same as list mode
  • Instrument Manager: Using Filter from list view pop-up menu set the filter in the title but did not apply the filter to the list contents
  • Instrument Manager: Progress window for copying a template for a new database was behind the SQL database choice window
  • Instrument Manager: Fixed silent failure retrieving the list of SQL Server databases. Buffers for retrieving server list and database list were too small
  • Instrument Manager: The change to retain sort state of the edit view had not been applied to output diagram folders
  • Instrument Manager: Fixed problem coping with a comma in the path name when generating or opening output diagrams
  • Instrument Manager: Stopped "File > Update database from current template" from incorrectly asking for a SQL Server administrator login when using Access
  • Instrument Manager: Fixed database querying error on refresh after deleting a custom loop table that previously had loop diagram records
  • Instrument Manager: Refresh would show a database querying error after deleting a custom loop table that had previously contained loop diagram records
  • Name Sequencer: Was accepting value without first main part if second part was a wildcard, e.g. "abcd" for a sequence of [1+1][*].
  • Paneldes: Fixed errors operating Route Locking dialog if the sort order of the lists was changed. Was crashing or operating on the wrong item
  • Paneldes: Incorrect key press during route placement now does not stop further (correct) key presses from being recognised
  • PLC Builder: Failed to draw the wiring macros when going through the card choice and choosing the same card as last time
  • PLC Builder: Fixed crash re-selecting I/O card when running in Spanish due to undersized buffer for translated text
  • PLC Builder: Fixed loading MFG code when editing an existing PLC I/O card configuration file
  • Wirediag: Wiring diagram drawing with no layer.ref file would cause errors because it tried to use colour 0 for white. Should be 7
  • Wirediag: Fixed crash if new terminals are inserted into sorted positions and some terminals use templates
  • Wirediag: "Wire label IEC" was not shown in correct order of terminations within the value for diagrams from that use templates
  • Miscellaneous: Grid Editors: Ctrl-I to increment was incrementing by an increasing amount for each separate cell that was edited
29 Sept 2015

EDS 8.3.1.9 Released

Changes

  • Elecdes: Performance improvement for "Insert from BOM" or "Insert Subcomponent" with a large number of subcomponents or slow catalog store
  • Miscellaneous: CABLEFACTR column in CABSCH and RCABSCH template increased to 20 to accommodate NEC large cable diameters in imperial

Bugs Fixed

  • Cable Scheduler: Update Database from Template was failing if the views (specified in the text file) already existed
  • Ebase: Drawing extraction could write wire marker cache without their line handles thus leaving lines as unlabelled in connection reports
  • Elecdes: Fixed introductory text on termination block (CONX) insertion dialog to be an informative well-formed sentence
  • Elecdes: Fix crash in Insert Used Block due to pointer truncation (64bit only)
  • Instrument Manager: Fix for the ALTER VIEW statements for Update Database from Template. Fix for the IM fix for Update Database
  • Paneldes: Previous conduit labels were not erased when re-constructing a ductbank
  • Paneldes: Ductbank editor assigned wrong names to the length-corner-length group when re-constructing a ductbank corner or riser
  • Setup: AutoCAD selection was defaulting to "None"
  • Wirediag: BARCOND was recognised from only the first wire marker found. Not found if present on only subsequent markers for the same wire
11 Sept 2015

EDS 8.3.1.8 Released

New Features

  • Elecdes: New function, "Insert from BOM". Schematic symbol list is generated by catalog reference of the items from the chosen BOM file
9 Sept 2015

EDS 8.3.1.7 Released

Changes

  • Instrument Manager: Improved map file for linking to CADWorx P&ID. Links instruments to lines. Import only pumps and fans from mechanical equipment
  • Wirediag: Option to use comma separation for all conductors: internal and external wires, and cable cores/conductors

Bugs Fixed

  • Elecdes: Fixed drawing name for listing on the insert dialog of 2D layout blocks that have already been placed (all project drawings)
4 Sept 2015

EDS 8.3.1.6 Released

Changes

  • Wirediag: wdPrefs block updated to include COMSEPWIR attribute for choosing to use comma separated wires as a per-device option
  • Wirediag: Can now set the separator between wires for "Comma separated wire names" in an INI file setting. Accepts quoted values for spaces

Bugs Fixed

  • Conductor Routing: Fixed crash if locked route had only invalid route segment names.
  • Elecdes: Updated all terminal and conductor symbols to make the RSTATUS attribute invisible
  • Elecdes: Fixed crash in Insert2dDevice if component actually exists and has modular components
  • Elecdes: Place 2D component did not mark off placed components in the BOM pick list
  • Elecdes: Fixed drawing name for listing on the insert dialog of 2D layout blocks that have already been placed (only open drawings)
  • Elecdes: Insert Subcomponent failed if the only inserted part was a 2D panel layout block
  • Wirediag: Fix offset on insertion if the drawing had a view point with non-zero X and/or Y coordinate value
  • Wirediag: Various fixes for option that shows comma-separated wire name
27 August 2015

EDS 8.3.1.5 Released

Changes

  • Instrument Manager: No longer retains cached data from external Access-format P&ID tables during the periodic updated data check and refresh
  • Wirediag: User is now given the option to not immediately save and close a wiring diagram generated from IM. Save must then be manual
26 August 2015

EDS 8.3.1.4 Released

Changes

  • Elecdes: Pick cable or wire from appropriate conductor schedule report from any project from insert dialog
  • Instrument Manager: DBF alias for Rating field for wires and cables is now RATING instead of RATING1 which was a catalog field not a report field
  • Instrument Manager: Increase default and minimum size of the core-terminal connection dialog
  • Instrument Manager: New linking prefixes added to Column Picker
  • Instrument Manager: CADWorx P&ID relational aliases added to the database template
  • Instrument Manager: New relational alias <Channel Name> for #A10:Tagname#
  • Instrument Manager: CONDITIONS column added to all sample import mapping files. Column is empty but provides correct DBF structure

Bugs Fixed

  • Instrument Manager: Fix missing vertical scroll bar on connection view
  • Instrument Manager: Fix for program hanging on Ok-to-All if more cores are connected to fewer terminals in core-terminal connection dialog
  • Instrument Manager: Changed CADWorx P&ID map file to prevent blank in FUNCTION_ from importing an invalid instrument entry
  • Instrument Manager: Update Database from Template was failing if the views (specified in the text file) already existed
9 June 2015

EDS 8.3.1.3 Released

Changes

  • Instrument Manager: P&ID Linking Wizard now recognises the databases of AutoCAD P&ID 2013 and later and pre-selects "Link to AutoCAD P&ID"
  • Instrument Manager: Keyboard focus is set to the tagname grid editor on the component builder dialog

Bugs Fixed

  • Block Manager: Was quitting prematurely if "Replace existing attribute with new definition" was unchecked and an existing attribute was found
  • Block Manager: Attribute positions were not correct when replacing a block if block reference was scaled
  • Instrument Manager: New method of writing data to the database could not write data that contained a single quotation mark
  • Setup: Was incorrectly claiming that GstarCAD had not been run when it had
21 May 2015

EDS 8.3.1.2 Released

Changes

  • Elecdes: Imperial ribbon provided in Spanish installation but uses English text
  • Instrument Manager: New warning if second instrument is associated with an I/O channel
  • Instrument Manager: Added "Paste link" to Terminal Group for pasting instrument to be associated
  • Instrument Manager: New warning if editing user properties will erase the password for a user
  • Paneldes: Automatically reduces bend radius if two consecutive corners will not fit without overlap in a polyline traced route

Bugs Fixed

  • Conductor Routing: Bottleneck status was randomly reported on locked routes when there was no problem
  • DGN Converter: Cell tags were incorrectly positioned and fixed at Left Top justification regardless of original attribute justification
  • Instrument Manager: Fixed crash if terminal strip is added to a terminal strip diagram that is being viewed in edit mode
  • Instrument Manager: Fixed crash in connection view and preview if a connected terminal is unlinked from its parent strip
  • Instrument Manager: Recent performance improvement for loading aliases was actually preventing them from being loaded
  • Instrument Manager: Username with a hyphen would not show in the user list
  • Instrument Manager: "Remove user" did not write the correct changes to the INI file to erase the user login
  • Paneldes: Attempt to unload ARX when running plain AutoCAD was unloading the wrong ARX filename
  • Paneldes: Fixed some incorrect corner / riser choices for polyline traced routes
  • Paneldes: Split tray with T was creating one of the split straight parts upside down
  • Paneldes: Tray alignment to corner would always default to one end upside down
  • Wirediag: Ribbon entry broken when WD Audit functions were added. Did not show icon and did not function as WD
29 April 2015

EDS 8.3.1.1 Released

Changes

  • Elecdes: Imperial menu and toolbars provided in Spanish
  • Instrument Manager: Performance improvements for repeated calls to alias functions

Bugs Fixed

  • Elecdes: Live tag changes for zone or line layer now work from the snapped symbol point, not from the current mouse cross-hair
  • Paneldes: Fixed creation of duplicate 3D label blocks when using Ctrl-C / Ctrl-V to copy raceway
  • Paneldes: Problem with rounding error was preventing insertion of replacement 3D label block for copied raceway
  • Wirediag: Crash if reference text was more than 25 characters (showed only when links were drawn as standard wires)
15 April 2015

EDS 8.3.1.0 Released

New Features

  • AutoCAD 2016 Support

Bugs Fixed

  • Instrument Manager: Database copy function was not copying views
14 April 2015

EDS 8.3.0.1 Released

Changes

  • Install/Setup: Override to 32 bit Office provided in EL32.INI file for Office installations that lack Excel: OfficeBitness=32 and OfficeVersion=14.0.0.0

Bugs Fixed

  • Install: Silent install was showing a prompt for redistributable installation
  • Setup: Silent setup was showing a prompt for AutoCAD profile creation. Now has an INI setting MergeCurrentACADProfileForSilent
23 March 2015

EDS 8.3.0.0 Released

New Features

  • Instrument Manager: Raise and view issues: creates a note with a description and option links to a component or diagram
  • Instrument Manager: Loop preview and automatic loops now show more complete connectivity including multiple devices and cables per stage
  • Instrument Manager: Loop preview and automatic loops now trace fieldbus circuits. New terminal group types IX# and OX# for Fieldbus devices
  • Instrument Manager: Expanded user levels: Read only, Raise issues, Request document generation, Write, Administrator
  • Instrument Manager: Future support for cloud-based IM projects
  • Paneldes: Added new samples for ceiling and floor tray support brackets. Metric only
  • Paneldes: More attributes added to 3D label blocks for data querying or display
  • Paneldes: Added catalog for Cooper B-Line cable tray, CatgCP

Changes

  • Instrument Manager: Added catalog entry examples for Profibus and Fieldbus hubs, decoupler, terminator and power conditioner.
  • Instrument Manager: Added Channel column to Terminal Groups table. Data must be filled in manually.
  • Instrument Manager: Loop component templates modified extensively to suit improved automatic loop drawing.
  • Instrument Manager: Added Pressure Transmitter hookup template.
  • Instrument Manager: All drawing templates changed to use simplex.shx in place of romans.shx font to fix text rendering when saved as PDF.
  • Instrument Manager: Performance improvements for higher latency servers (optimize pattern of queries to SQL server)
  • Instrument Manager: Performance improvements when generating automatic loop diagrams
  • Instrument Manager: Additional performance improvements
  • Ebase: Added option for wire revisions to use only terminations without wire name when identifying existing revised wires

Bugs Fixed

  • Elecdes: Building Layout symbols menu not available in Imperial. Needed "Building_Layout*" in setupConfig.dbf to find Building_Layout_I.dbf
  • Elecdes: 2D panel layout insertion was not setting catalog ratings in the symbol. Was still using Paneldes attributes
  • Instrument Manager: Projects could not be reopened if the previous load was cancelled (or failed)
  • Instrument Manager: Width of [Hookup Diagram Template] column in [Hookup_Hookups] was not wide enough to accommodate the longest supplied template name
  • Instrument Manager: Connecting to a server was failing if a web based server was provided (ie, using a DNS name)
  • Instrument Manager: Database permission test was not compatible with some SQL Server configurations
  • Instrument Manager: Space padding was being added to data in some text columns in the a SQL database
  • Instrument Manager: Background reading of pages of modified database data was blocking foreground thread
  • Ebase: Materials reporting did not eliminate multi-way terminals extras arising from spares added to a Wirediag terminal strip.
  • Ebase: Materials reporting contained duplicate entries if a device was shown in multiple wiring diagrams to split a large diagram.
  • Wirediag: Spanish text on "Properties to Retain" dialog was too long