Friday, July 14, 2017

GTViewer for Windows Version 15 Beta #2 is Available















GTViewer for Windows Beta #2 is available for testing.

Most of the updates in Beta #2 are fixes and refinements to the new Display Manager (formerly called the Display Control Dialog).  New functionality includes the ability to disable (remove) one or more of the tabs it provides or disable the Display Manager altogether.  You can also disable the old Display Filter Dialog if you no longer wish for it to be used (these settings are all made in the .GTM file).  Fixes to the Display Manager include remembering the dialog's location, sort column, sort direction, selected category filter.

This update contains new functionality including the Custom Detail URLs.  This feature allows you to add URL style values to your attribute data that will act like a hyperlink to files or locations in the data (geographic or detail view, preset, raster, range or center/scale).  These can be used without any configuration of feature links.

A new InstallShield Setup is now being used and updates to the Sample Dataset are now provided (sample data in Beta #1 did not work correctly).  Sample Data was also moved from the Product directory to the AppData directory.

The first round of Documentation updates (in GTViewer.doc) have been provided, but most documentation and Help File updates will be in Beta #3.

If you wish to begin testing with Beta #2, please contact support.

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15.00.00.02 - 07/13/17
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- FIX - #7869 - Opening a .GTX file with a Passcode using the Open Last option could cause problems.

- FIX - #7870 - GTField Edit dialog now clears memory when exiting.

- NEW - #7876 - Support for inline Detail File definitions with Custom Detail URL in Attribute Info dialog.

- NEW - #7877 - Added support for active URLs in Attribute Info with AllowUrlInAttrInfo entry in Additional Properties.

- NEW - #7878 - Now closes all Attr Info dialog when their corresponding View closes.

- FIX - #7879 - Display Control Dialog would cause a problem if you canceled dialog with X and then exited GTViewer.

- FIX - #7880 - Using OK or Cancel on Display Control dialog did not depress the toolbar icon.

- FIX - #7884 - Where Am I functionality was not allowing token commas in expressions.

- FIX - #7885 - Toolbox buttons would sometimes not fit in their dialog exactly on
screens with high or low DPI.

- FIX - #7886 - Display Control Dialog will now remember its last position.

- NEW - #7887 - Ability to disable specific tabs on the Display Control Dialog in the .GTM file.

- NEW - #7888 - Ability to disable the Display Filter Dialog in the .GTM file.

- FIX - #7889 - Make toolbar buttons for all non-mode commands and redline commands d                disabled when no document is open.

- NEW - #7890 - The Locate XY dialog will now support the Custom Detail URL strings.

- FIX - #7891 - Sort Columns, Sort Direction, and Category Filter not saved in Display Manager.

- CHG - #7893 - Sample Data moved to AppData directory.


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15.00.00.01 - 05/08/17
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- NEW - #7763 - Query Index support for Exact Match and Begins with at a prompt level for most Queries.

- NEW - #7767 - Display Control Manager Added.

- FIX - #7777 - Placing a Redline Symbol where style rules are present for the 
Session Category could cause a style to be incorrectly applied to the redline symbol.

- NEW - #7784 - Double Click on Point Count item in Attribute Info Element tab 
will copy the point list to the clipboard.

- NEW - #7785 - The Ctrl-Shift-C on the Attribute Info Element tab will copy the 
selected element to the Session Category.

- NEW - #7803 - Support for SymbolMask in Style Definition.

- NEW - #7835 - HighlightModes 3 and 4 added to Query to draw box instead of 
highlight.

- FIX - #7844 - Exporting UDLS definitions to ASCII would set Style to -1 for default which is not a valid input when reading in the file.

- FIX - #7866 - The token was not processing the expression correctly for right mouse menu.

- FIX - #7867 - For opening GTW files, the Style Name map was not initialized.

- FIX - #7869 - Opening a .GTX file with a Passcode using the Open Last option could cause problems.

- FIX - #7870 - GTField Edit dialog now clears memory when exiting.

GTech Loader version 10.0.0.39 is Available





















GTech Loader version 10.0.0.39

The last couple of incremental versions of the GTech Loader are delivered with the complete seed directory and sample scripts.  The installation of the GTech Loader app is provided under the Installations directory.   This version also includes documentation updates.

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10.00.00.39 - 6/27/17
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- FIX - #7883 - If you add the same Feature twice to the same group, the duplicate would get lost because the name already existed.  Will now make the name unique when adding.

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10.00.00.38 - 4/3/17
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- FIX - #7858 - For graphic text elements, the Unicode to Multibyte conversion was not correctly mapping some characters like the Degree symbol.

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10.00.00.37 - 3/23/17
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- NEW - #7846 - Some support for Dimension Elements (Simple and Orthogonal).

- NEW - #7851 - Additional stub sections are provided in the template GTechData.gtm file for [Query Info], [Filter Presets], and [Additional Properties]

- NEW - #7854 - Stroke Complex Geometry option on Feature Edit form.


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10.00.00.36 - 2/08/17
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- FIX - #7828 - 3D Geometries that specified an orientation point, but did not provide the point were causing an error.

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10.00.00.35 - 2/08/17
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- NEW - #7827 - Debug Mode added to Settings page.  Adds additional details to the logfile.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Beta version of GTViewer 15 is Available!















GTViewer for Windows version 15 is ready for Beta Testers. If you would like to try the new GTViewer, please contact support.

It has been a while since a major version of GTViewer for Windows has been released.  This delay has mostly been because the demand from customers has been focused on updates and enhancements to GTViewer for iOS and Android.  Nevertheless, there have been 53 incremental versions of GTViewer since version 14 was released.

GTViewer Version 15 has several fixes and many enhancements.  The major ones are listed below.




  • Session Manager – If you have several sessions open at one time, you now get a Session Manager dialog when you exit.  It will show you all sessions that are currently open, their status (saved/not saved), and lets you flip between them so you can identify which one is which. You can dismiss sessions by saving them or not, or you can dismiss them all with one button press. You can also get to the Session Manager from File/Session Manager.

  • Display Control Dialog – This new feature is a replacement for the Display Filter dialog used to control which features are displayed in the active view.  The original Display Filter dialog is not going away, but you will now have an alternative. The new Display Control dialog no longer does anything with Filter Ids.  Its primary tab uses the Feature/Component model used by many of the Add-On applications to turn features on and off. A Category tab is provided to toggle Categories on an off so you can easily just work with Categories (which many users do). The Preset tab from the Display Filter has been moved over, and a new tab for Display Toggles has been added so that you can use Toolbar style Display Toggles as a standard part of the display controls. Display Toggles turn on/off a select set of features whereas a Preset sets the whole set of features to a preconfigured display setting. The new Display Control dialog is also non-modal, so you can do stuff in the view and leave it up (something the Display Filter cannot do).




  • Line Style Rendering - In the past there were some problems with dashed lines and User-Defined Linestyles when you had certain types of Arcs. This has all been resolved (finally after15 major versions!).  The overall appearance of dashed lines has been improved as well.



  • Query Indexes – If you have a Locate Query that takes a long time to run, you can now add
    Indexes that should significantly improve performance.

  • Locate Query Highlight Modes – For a Locate Query, you can now choose between Persistent Highlight, Non-Persistent Highlight (new), Persistent Box (new), and Non-Persistent Box (new). 


  • Reload Command – This feature is found under File/Reload and will be useful to those who setup or configure the data.  It will save redlines (if any), close the session, then reopen it and reload any changes you made to the configuration files.
  • GPS Tracking – GPS tracking will now work more efficiently when you have multiple datasets open and you want to track in all of them.

  • API Enhancements - New functionality from GTViewer has been exposed to the External Applications so they can now do things like Preset Building and Finding Features by Key or Type.  A Find Feature app has been added using this.  The QueryBuilder and ToolTipBuilder both have a new Find Feature command so you don’t have to start from a selected feature anymore.


The GTViewer Add-On Applications have also been updated and new ones have been added as well.

Query Builder

The Query Builder is used to interactively create a Query Definition file inside GTViewer. The biggest new feature in this update is that you can do a Feature Search (by Filter Id, Feature, or Feature/Component) and it will locate a feature to start the Query Builder.  Before you had to select a feature of the type you wanted to create a query for to start the process (which was sometimes hard to do). There are a few more features added to the Query Builder to support new functionality in the Queries, like new Highlight Modes, and updates to the Feature Selection dialog was also updated (to match the one in the Dynamic Graphics interface).


Tooltip Builder

The Tooltip Builder is used to create Feature Tooltip definitions to display specified information when you hover the mouse over a feature.  It has been updated with the same Feature Search functionality that the new Query Builder has, so you can now either select a feature in the graphics to start it or do a feature query. Feature Selection dialog was also updated (to match the one in the Dynamic Graphics interface).

Preset Builder

The Preset Builder is a new Add-On.  It will let you interactively create the Preset Definition Files for use with GTPreset.  You can now set the view like you want with the Display Control or Display Filter and extract the current settings as a Preset Definition. This ability makes it significantly easier to create the Preset Definition files (which you had to do manually in the past), and you never have to use Filter Ids again.



Find Feature

This Add-On is like the Feature Search command that was added to the Query Builder and Tooltip Builder, except that it is a stand-alone app and has a few more features.  It is targeted for the administrator users who configure the dataset and is very useful when setting up freshly exported data.  It can also find any feature in the data by its keys.



Dynamic Graphics Interface

The Dynamic Graphics Interface allows you to configure the Dynamic Graphics (Highlights and Label) interactively.  This update has been completely rewritten and provides a much cleaner and informative interface.



Get Imagery 

If you have a Bing Maps or Google Maps
subscription where you can download static map images for use in Applications, this Add-On will fetch the background imagery and attached to the current view.


Search Redlines, Show Google Maps, and GTSpot Importer are still available.

The Where Am I app has been retired since its functionality was incorporated into GTViewer.





Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Supported Versions of iOS and Android for GTViewer


These versions change frequently, but the currently supported versions of iOS and Android for GTViewer are shown below.





Current version of GTViewer for iOS is 3.0.55

Supported versions of iOS are 8.0 to Current (which is 10.3 as of this post)

Apple does not support development for versions prior to 8.0.






Current GTViewer for Android is 3.0.10

Supported versions of Android are 4.4 (KitKat) to Current (which is 7.1.2 Nougat as of this post)

Support for Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) is available but Web Apps and Data Collection are not supported (because required functionality to support them is not provided until Android 4.4).

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

New Versions of GTViewer for iOS/Android are Available






Major updates for both GTViewer for iOS and GTViewer for Android are available today.


GTViewer for iOS version 3.0.55


  • NEW - Added support for Hidden Queries (for Custom URLs)
  • NEW - Added support for Highlight Transparency in GTM (sets degree of transparency)
  • NEW - Added support for Query Highlight Modes (persistent, non-persistent, box, persistent box)
  • NEW - Support for User and Project tokens in Data Collection and Redline project names in GTM file
  • NEW - Added Clear buttons (X) to the Query prompts
  • FIX - Changed Locate X/Y to use Real World coordinates (was incorrectly using system coordinates)
  • NEW - Session Graphics “Get Updates” now only downloads updates (was incorrectly getting all of them)
  • FIX - Made it easier to select session graphics with tap
  • NEW - Select text session graphics by tapping on them (was by fence only)
  • FIX - New session graphics items from server with delete flags weren't getting deleted correctly
  • FIX - Wasn't handling errors codes/message correctly from Data Collection server
  • NEW - New Data Collection tokens for forms: GTI_TAP_X/Y/LAT/LON
  • NEW - TrueType font support (symbols and text)
  • NEW - Symbol Mask support directly in Style Definitions (instead of layered symbols in UDLS definitions)
  • NEW - Support for non-US Date/Time formats (for Project list)
  • CHG - Changed “Update Favorites” to “Restore Favorites”
  • FIX - Fixed line weight rendering problems (end cap problem)
  • NEW - Support for emailing a map image
  • NEW - Support for saving a map image to photo album
  • FIX - Coordinates issues in Data Collection records
  • FIX – With Browse Records, selecting "No records found." would cause problems
  • FIX - UI fixes with Browse Records view for iPhones
  • CHG - Changed the way the Logfiles work
  • NEW – Fixes to Style Name Map functionality
  • FIX – Fixes for highlighting when selecting features
  • NEW - Undo last measure point added to Measuring Tool
  • FIX - Added photo library permissions for saving a map image
  • FIX - Fixed a problem when clicking on No Saved Results
  • FIX - Added a warning popup for when the app is unable to email a map image



GTViewer for Android version 3.0.10

This update brings the Android version functionality up to date with the iOS version.  Instead of listing all of the individual items (there are many), just the major items are listed.  The previous Android version on Google Play was significantly behind the iOS version.

  • NEW - Data Collection support
  • NEW - Session Graphics
  • NEW - Raster support
  • NEW - Measuring Tool
  • NEW - View History
  • NEW - Web App support
  • NEW - Log File
GTViewer Data Server version 3.0.0.2


  • NEW - provides consolidated GTShare support for both data collection and redlines without requiring SQL Server.
  • NEW - support for encrypted records for Data Collection.
  • NEW - SQL Server tracking mode added (to match GTWeb)
  • NEW - Support for Project properties (defined on the server)
  • NEW - Support for locales other than en-US

Friday, January 06, 2017

Oracle Spatial Loader version 1.0.0.14 is available



Orcl_Loader version 1.0.0.14 

The Oracle Spatial Loader will create GTViewer data from an Oracle Spatial Database.  Any table containing an SDO_GEOMETRY attribute can be exported as graphics.  Tabular data can be exported as well.

While not as powerful as the GTech Loader (which loads G/Technology data from an Oracle Spatial Database), the Oracle Spatial Loader is very capable and can easily create GTViewer data (graphics and tabular) with minimal effort.  It does not require metadata to export the data, but you must also define all styles and symbology.

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01.00.00.14 - 1/6/17
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- FIX - #7719 - If no jobs were selected, the Conversion button would stay disabled after attempting to perform a conversion.

- NEW - #7720 - Save Conversion mode in Project File.

- FIX - #7805 - Adjustments to Layout so forms would work with High DPI monitors.


Thursday, December 08, 2016

GTData version 14.0.0.6 is Available



GTData version 14.0.0.6 is available.

There are several significant updates in this version.   GTIndex has had the -gtm option has been available for a while, but it now officially delivered.  It allows you to index all graphics files by simply specifying the .GTM file.

A new utility called GTExtractFiles is also provided to create subsets of the data. It is similar to GTExtract, but it outputs the individual files instead of a .GTX file.  The subsets can be used with GTViewer Data Server and GTViewer for iOS/Android.

Another new utility called GTQueryIdx will create indexes for Locate Queries (.QRY) to speed up performance when running a query.  These indexes are supported by GTViewer 15+ and GTViewer for iOS/Android.

GTFontEdit has had another round of enhancement to improve productivity.

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14.00.00.06 - 12/8/16
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- NEW - #7673 - GTFontEdit - Support for MaskElement and ShapeWithHolesElement with the -b2a option (in GTFont).

- FIX - #7689 - GTFont - More tolerant of invalid character definitions. It will now ignore them and continue with next character.

- NEW - #7703 - GT2Shape - The -cf option has been added to manually specify the coordinate factors.

- NEW - #7708 - GTIndex - The -gtm and -cat options have been added so that all parameters can be read from a .GTM file.

- CHG - #7716 - GTUpdateData - GTUpdateData.exe renamed to GTUpdData.exe because Win 7 and Win 10 require UAC dialog when filename have "Update" in them.

- NEW - #7764 - GTQueryIdx - The GTQueryIdx utility has been added.

- NEW - #7779 - GTFontEdit - Snap Points are now shown with an indicator.

- NEW - #7780 - GTFontEdit - Drawing reference lines will now work as snap points.

- NEW - #7781 - GTFontEdit - Backspace key will undo the last point placed in a linestring.

- FIX - #7782 - GTFontEdit - The *, +, and - keys will now work from the number pad and the regular keyboard.

- NEW - #7786 - GTIndex - The -rf option has been added to create range files for each category as the data is indexed.

- NEW - #7799 - GTQuery - The -v1 option now supports Offset and OffsetDB query types.

- NEW - #7800 - GTFontEdit - The number pad 6 will now select all strokes.

- NEW - #7801 - GTFontEdit - Keyboard Shortcut list added to Help menu.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

GTech Loader version 10.0.0.34 is Available





















GTech Loader version 10.0.0.34

There have been several updates to the GTech Loader.  New features include the addition of Tokens, support for Style Definition Ids  (versus Mapped filter Ids), support for data with hacked G3E_StyleID and G3E_LabelFormat attributes, Alternate Geometry options, and upgrades to the GUI.

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10.00.00.34 - 11/23/16
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- FIX - #7795 - If there is a problem testing a View in Oracle, more information is now provided in the error message.

- FIX - #7796 - Using Schema Prefix caused a problem when Validating Views in Oracle caused by #7771.

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10.00.00.33 - 11/17/16
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- FIX - #7792 - Tabular record values with non-printable characters were corrupting the Data.txt file.   All non-printable characters are now removed.

- CHG - #7793 - The New and Edit buttons have been hidden on the Group List since they are not implemented at this time.

- CHG - #7794 - The Table Edit Form has been updated to provide more information about the properties.


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10.00.00.32 - 11/15/16
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- CHG - #7783 - Default Coordinate Factor 2 X and Y will now default to 100.

- FIX - #7787 - Category Type was not being saved from New Category dialog.

- FIX - #7788 - Select Flag was not being saved from New Category dialog.

- NEW - #7789 - Interactive Status will now show SQL statement (it was already in logfile).

- NEW - #7790 - A newly added category is now automatically selected in the category list.

- NEW - #7791 - Changed default Max Threshold for Generate Categories to 1000.


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10.00.00.31 - 10/12/16
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- NEW - #7776 - Style Definition Id Mode added.

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10.00.00.30 - 10/04/16
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- NEW - #7772 - Token support on General Setup and command-line.  Tokens are used by certain options like Record Filter.

- NEW - #7773 - Clear Buttons have been added to all three groups of the Global Properties settings.

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10.00.00.29 - 09/23/16
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- NEW - #7740 - FilterInfo.ini file is now created to help adjust filter id thresholds automatically.

- FIX - #7768 - Setup Form was not scaling for DPI and the OK and Cancel buttons would get chopped off.

- NEW - #7769 - The General Setup can specify an Alternate Geometry column so that you can manipulate the geometry on a global level.

- NEW - #7771 - Support for styles (G3E_STYLEID) and label formats (G3E_LABELFORMAT) that are not defined in the Metadata, but still define the style or label format.

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10.00.00.28 - 04/15/16
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- FIX - #7692 - The Error Log file generated by GUI mode was using the same filename as the normal logfile.

- FIX - #7693 - The logfiles were not being flushed after each entry so items could be lost or the app had to be exited to get full logfile.

- CHG - #7694 - The GUI logfiles have been moved to the Apps settings directory (%appdata%\graphic technologies inc\gtech_loader_10) instead of the app directory.