Spatial Manager™ for BricsCAD Changelog

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June 21, 2018 - Release 4.2.1

(Related Blog Post)

  • News
    • DroneDeploy Background Maps integration [F2795] (Related video)
      • New free 'Spatial Manager Background Map' "App" (included in DroneDeploy "App Market") that allows you to download DroneDeploy Background Map definitions in the format *.bmd (Background Map Definition files)
      • Import *.bmd files from the Background Maps Configuration window [F2811 - preliminary version]
  • Improvements
    • Sub-domains can now be configured in the Background Map definition URL for those XYZ/TMS services that provide multiple download servers [F2812]
      • This allows to optimize the reading of Maps images by means of automatic "balancing" between different servers
    • Added support for accessing map servers using TLS 1.2 security protocol [F2753]
    • The performance of the Background Maps in drawings containing many objects has been significantly improved [D2071]
    • The editing and navigation functionalities in the entity Properties (application main palette) have been reviewed and improved [D927]
    • The process to load the application dynamic libraries has been improved in order to prevent conflicts with other installed applications [T4847]
  • Fixes
    • Fixed an issue with case-sensitive settings on strict WMS servers [D2093]
    • Access to WMS servers that do not support root-layer requests has been changed [D2108]
    • Now confirmation is required if you close the Background Map definition/edition window without saving the changes [D2092]
    • Decimal zeros are now suppressed while loading Attribute values when importing point items as Blocks [D2102]
    • No more errors when importing from a source whose Coordinate Reference System is unknown [D2094]
    • A specific warning is now displayed when importing from an source without a defined CRS [D2096]
    • Fixed a problem with polygon fills (Hatches) colors when importing [D2103]
    • Solved an issue related to importing raster Images in the trial version of the application [D2106]
    • Fixed a bug that happened while saving an imported Raster image when overwriting an existing one that was in use [D2107]
    • If there are images attached in a drawing when Publishing to Google Earth, they are no longer overwritten even if the KML/KMZ destination folder is the same as the one containing the referenced images [D2070]
    • Solved an issue that sometimes caused a screen error when the application support was outdated [D2073]
    • Fixed the design of some application windows as there was a strange effect of overlapping the trial mode and the update available windows [D2105]
    • No more miscellaneous errors when expanding User Data Sources (USD) by double-clicking [D2110]
  • Corrections of other minor bugs and other minor improvements
  • Notes
    • The 'Background maps' functionality and the raster Images data Provider are available in the 'Standard' and 'Professional' editions only
    • The full export functionality (SPMEXPORT) is only found in the 'Professional' edition, although the functionality to export the current status of the drawing to Google Earth (SPMCREATEKML) is also available in the 'Standard' edition
    • The Data management (Structures, Queries, Direct editing, etc.) is only available in the 'Standard' and 'Professional' editions


April 21, 2018 - Release 4.2.0

(Related Blog Post)

  • News
    • Added the LiDAR files (LAS, LAZ) data provider [F2643] (Related video)
    • Added the georeferenced raster images (TIF, JPG, PNG, JPEG, TIFF) data provider [F2756] (Related video)
    • 'Spatial Manager' API
      • New LISP functions to managing the Coordinate System (CRS) assigned to the drawing [F2660]
        • (spm_csgetdrawingcrscode) : Returns the current drawing CRS Code
        • (spm_csgetdrawingcrsname) : Returns the current drawing CRS Name
        • (spm_cssetdrawingcrs CRS#) : Assigns to the drawing the CRS whose Code isCRS#
  • Improvements
    • New option to bring the Background Map to front [F2760] (Related video)
      • Very useful with maps that include transparent areas
    • New options when Capturing a Background Map image [F2735] (Related video)
      • Choice of the image format
      • Generation of the geo-reference file (World File)
    • The Background Maps selection window can now be resized [F2678]
    • The properties of the polygon fill Hatches can now be selected from Fields values when importing [F2762] (Related video)
    • The percentage of the imported or exported entities is now shown in the task run information window (if the total of entities to be processed is known) [F2763]
      • In addition, the thousands separator is shown in the numbers of the imported, exported and total entities
    • The application "remembers" now the last path selected when Importing (through SPMIMPORT) or Exporting [F2729]
    • Several import options that were unnecessary when importing point elements have been disabled [F2778]
    • Improved (or disabled) the default option to import the Z coordinate depending on the source to be imported [F2726]
    • 'Import-all' tool enhancements (Related video)
      • The function has been adapted to make it compatible with the new data providers for LiDAR files and raster images
        • Set a working path where to store any auxiliary file required by the process (such as transformed images)
      • Now you can select from several options the CRS of those data sources to import that do not have it defined [F2773]
      • New option to distribute the entities in Layers according to the source Table name [F2775]
        • The distribution already existed according to the source file name but this new option is of interest for files that can contain several tables (SDF, SQLITE, etc.)
    • The current Layer is no longer changed after the Import processes [F2783]
    • New option to export the Hatches data (if any) in the data table [F2761] (Related video)
      • Name, Angle, Scale (Spacing for User patterns) and Double (User patterns)
    • When publishing to Google Earth, the user can now set the size reduction of images so that they are not hidden or cropped in GE [D2066] (Related video)
    • The number of entities selected for which Properties are shown in the application palette is now limited to 25000 [F2766]
    • The application data source tree is enhanced by hiding certain "ghost" files, whose extension is confused with that defined for a particular data provider (for example, "Thumbs.db" files in some versions of Windows) [F2771]
    • New options have been included in several application windows to access detailed information about a selected coordinate system or transformation [F1316]
    • The EPSG tables (CRSs and other objects) have been updated to version 9.2 [T4705]
    • Have been added some Western Australian projections that are not included in the EPSG standard [F2755]
      • Their codes in the application begin with 90000001
    • Have been added some Russian projections that are not included in the EPSG standard [F2758]
      • Their codes in the application begin with 91000001
    • The default selection of the current coordinate transformation area has been improved [F2759]
    • New language added to the application: Russian [F2754]
  • Fixes
    • Fixed an error that occurred with some data providers when importing elements that had some data field longer than 255 characters [D2058]
    • Fixed a problem when importing TAB files including null geometries [D2051]
    • Loading SHP files no longer causes errors when reading points whose coordinates are infinite [D2061]
    • Fixed a problem in the GML data provider that caused geometries not to be recognized if the coordinate separator was a line feed [D2080]
    • Fixed a problem that caused the Elevation decimal point to be ignored in some importing processes [D2049]
    • No longer create entities without assigned layer when importing with empty layer name [D2055]
    • Now, when importing into drawings that have a coordinate system assigned, an automatic transformation is always enabled [D2060]
    • The EEDs and geometric lengths export options are now correctly enabled/disabled according to the contents of the objects to be exported [D2050]
    • Fixed a bug that happened when exporting raster images to KML/KMZ files if the Fill Polygons option was enabled [D2065]
    • Fixed several problems that occurred when exporting data fields with duplicate names [D2024]
    • You can now define user background maps on WMS servers whose root layer is not selectable [D2053]
    • Fixed a problem in the WMS version parameters [D2056]
    • Now, an error in the configuration of a user background map does not cause the others not to load [D2088]
    • Several problems when cleaning orphaned tiles in background maps have been solved [D2013]
    • Improved design of some application windows that did not show borders in Windows 10 and that could be maximized by mistake [D2029]
    • Fixed a problem that occasionally caused the application window go to the background [D291]
    • Appropriate messages are displayed for some errors that were not controlled [D2054]
    • Undoing after some application commands no longer causes fatal errors in BricsCAD [D2019]
  • Corrections of other minor bugs and other minor improvements
  • Notes
    • The 'Background maps' functionality and the raster Images data Provider are available in the 'Standard' and 'Professional' editions only
    • The 'Spatial Manager' API is available in the 'Professional' edition only
    • The full export functionality (SPMEXPORT) is only found in the 'Professional' edition, although the functionality to export the current status of the drawing to Google Earth (SPMCREATEKML) is also available in the 'Standard' edition
    • The Data management (Structures, Queries, Direct editing, etc.) is only available in the 'Standard' and 'Professional' editions


November 24, 2017 - Release 4.1.0

  • Improvements
    • The application is now 'BricsCAD 18' compatible (Related Blog Post)
    • The application palette opens automatically if when BricsCAD was closed it was open ('BricsCAD 18' only)
    • A configuration option has been included in order to improve the quality of the background maps images [F2734] (Related Blog Post)
    • Authentication options are improved when defining background maps by user and password [F2723]
    • The CUI files are unified for homogenizing all 'Spatial Manager' for CAD applications [F2736]
    • An icon with the load progress of the application palette is now displayed [F2742]
    • The search terms are extended for intelligent column selection when importing user ASCII files [F2461]
  • Fixes
    • Very large numerical values now cause no problems when displaying the data of the objects in the application palette [D2025]
    • Solved an issue when reading null geometries in the PostGIS data provider [D2036]
    • Fixed an error that caused certain application buttons failing to enable/disable properly [D2037]
    • Fixed an issue that occurred when attempting to activate the license from the trial version window [D2040]
  • Corrections of other minor bugs and other minor improvements
  • Notes
    • The 'Background maps' functionality is available in the 'Standard' and 'Professional' editions only
    • The 'Data management' (Structures, Queries, Direct editing, etc.) is only available in the 'Standard' and 'Professional' editions


October 2, 2017 - Release 4.0.0

(Related Blog Post)

  • New
    • 'Spatial Manager' API
      • LISP function to transform the coordinates of a Point [F2662]
        • (spm_cstransformpoint '(x y z) SourceCRS# TargetCRS# [Tranformation#])
    • Command-line 'Spatial Manager' commands (Related video)
      • '-SPMIMPORT [Task name]' [F2509]
        • Supported wildcards in the "Task name" in order to process multiple Tasks simultaneously (batch processing)
  • Improvements
    • Dynamic 'Background maps' functionality (Related video)
      • Enhancements in the map selection window [F2654]
        • The window has been enlarged to allow viewing of more maps and more map group tabs
        • New button included to access the maps configuration from this window, avoiding the need to leave it in order to do this through the application options
      • New option to "Zoom to the map" when a map is selected [F2658 & F2706]
      • Transparent maps supported [F2655]
      • More preset Maps included. New groups (tabs) layout [F2696]
      • User maps configuration
        • Supported "dimension" maps (date, time, etc.) [F2658]
        • Supported "axis-inverted" maps [F2658]
        • Added the option to define authentication parameters (user, password, etc.) [F2668]
        • Now the created maps have a unique Identifier [F2697]
          • This allows you to define different maps sharing the same name into different groups
        • New "Save as a copy" button to quickly configure multiple maps without leaving the parameter window [F2684]
        • Support for WMS and WMTS services (in addition to existing XYZ/TMS services) [F2590]
          • Selecting multiple layers of a server [F2679]
            • View of the full server layers tree
            • Default map name taken from the selected layer(s) [F2568]
          • Supported maps defined using any coordinate system (CRS) [F2568]
            • The "Automatic" option automatically configures the map CRS just like the current drawing CRS, and will reload it whenever there are changes of the drawing CRS [F2699]
              • If this CRS is not available on the server, the application tries to optimize the most suitable CRS available
          • Supported map images defined using any graphic format (PNG, JPG, BMP, etc.) [F2567]
            • The "Automatic" option automatically sets the most suitable image format [F2699]
          • Supported any resolution image tiles (256x256, 512x512, etc.) [F2567]
          • Two methods to download the images from a server: "Single image (recommended)" or "Image tiles grid" (WMS only) [F2657]
    • ASCII data provider (CSV, TXT, ASC, etc.) enhanced functionality [F2461] (Related video)
      • New "Custom" format that allows you to define the columns for the X/Y/Z coordinates and consider the other columns as data
        • Column headers
        • "Smart" assignation of coordinate columns according to the names of headers (X,LON,LONGITUDE - Y/LAT/LATITUDE - Z/H , case insensitive) [F2692]
      • Now if invalid or illegible lines are found in the file, the upload or import process continues
    • New option to create a unique key field (numerical consecutive) when exporting (AdSPMKey) [F2561]
      • This field will be defined as primary key, if the target data provider uses keys (SQL Server Spatial, PostGIS, SQLite, etc.)
    • Now, when a drawing is published in Google Earth (SPMCREATEKML), texts are exported as named points (text content), in order to display the tags automatically [F2652] (Related video)
    • New language added to the application: French/Français [F2678]
    • Now when defining or editing a data Table, the field length (and the number of decimal places, if applicable) are shown in brackets next to the field name [F2673]
      • Now, the field length (and the number of decimal places, if applicable) are shown in brackets next to the field name
    • Default values for length (and number of decimal places, if applicable) are set when creating new fields in a data Table [F2674 / F2672]
    • Now, if read from a data Table, a field which has zero length is assigned to the length a default value dependent of the field type [F2671]
    • Z coordinate value is now displayed in the Properties palette [F2676]
    • The WFS data provider now includes the option to invert the X/Y axes, according to the format of some WFS data stores [F2677]
    • Incorporated in the GML data provider part of the syntax implemented in GML version 3.2 files [F2433/1]
    • New "Overwrite table content" option in the SQL data provider [F2705]
    • The layer lists are now sorted alphabetically in all the functions in which they appear [D2689]
    • The EPSG tables (CRSs and other objects) have been updated to version 9.0 [T4633]
    • Configuration files (*.config) are now only modified if some change occurs in the corresponding configuration [F2703]
      • Backups of these files are now kept for 30 days, with a minimum of 15 backups before deleting any file
    • New internal licenses deactivation system that prevents a license remaining active on the license server when it has already deactivated on the computer [F2711]
  • Fixes
    • Solved several problems encountered when importing certain polygons from OpenStreetMap [D2015]
    • Now no single-vertex polygons are generated when importing from OpenStreetMap, which caused errors when saving the drawing if the fills were activated [D1998]
    • Solved several issues relating o the generation of the "OSM_TYPE" field value when importing from OpenStreetMap [D1997]
    • Solved an issue when importing malformed (null) polygons from KML/KMZ files [D2016]
    • All the BricsCAD property fields are now shown in the exporting to a KML/KMZ file options [D1991]
    • Fixed an error that caused the real numeric fields to not include the decimals when exporting to a PostGIS database [D2012]
    • Fixed an error that occurred when writing fields that include special characters in PostGIS [D2023]
    • Now the SPMIMPORT command remains as the last one executed in BricsCAD to be able to easily repeat its execution [D932]
      • NOTE: Anomalous behavior still occurs when point elements are imported as Block References
    • GPX files no longer cause problems when including duplicate names of extended properties [D2006]
    • The numeric fields in SHP files now have the specified length not considering the decimal separator [D2003]
    • The numeric fields in SHP files are validated so that the most significant part of the data be stored, according to the length and number of decimal places in the field [D2001]
    • Now no errors occur when reading an ASCII file that contains lines ending with the fields separator character [D2008]
    • Fixed an error in the decimal separators when exporting coordinates [D2009]
    • Fixed an issue that sometimes caused errors when renaming fields in a data table [2018]
    • Solved an issue that blocked the 'Background Maps' selection window in older BricsCAD versions [D2007]
    • A warning is now displayed when there is no coordinate transformation available to load a 'Background map' [1995]
    • Now 'Zoom Extents' show correctly the extension of the 'Background Map' when the drawing is empty [D1999]
    • The 'Background maps' are now correctly shown beyond the upper zoom limit [D1996]
    • Fixed an issue when creating 'Background map' captures that caused the image to become invisible when rotated in BricsCAD [D1988]
    • An issue related to the predefined 'Background maps' authentication (Key, Password, "Token", etc.) has been fixed [D2017]
      • Now you can delete any authentication data
      • The storage times for this type of data have been greatly reduced
    • Fixed an error that sometimes prevented the display of information about objects in the properties palette [D2021]
    • The trial version warning window is now automatically closed when you enter a valid license [D2022]
    • Exception errors now save the details in the event log in a controlled way so that application execution does not stop [D1994]
  • Corrections of other minor bugs and other minor improvements
  • Notes
    • The 'Background maps' functionality is available in the 'Standard' and 'Professional' editions only
    • The functionality to export the current status of the drawing to Google Earth (Publishing) is available in the 'Standard' and 'Professional' editions only, although the full export functionality is only found in the 'Professional' edition
    • The 'Data management' (Structures, Queries, Direct editing, etc.) is only available in the 'Standard' and 'Professional' editions
    • The 'Spatial Manager' API is available in the 'Professional' edition only


March 24, 2017 - Release 3.3.2

  • News
    • New command SPMBGMAPIMAGEPURGE that allows you to delete "orphan" image tiles and perform some other Background Maps cleaning operations [F2584]
  • Improvements
    • Added a new option to fill closed Polylines as if they were Polygons when publishing in Google Earth (SPMCREATEKML) [F2649]
    • Now the CRS code is displayed in addition to the name in the CRSs selection dropdown [F2612]
    • Field Selection lists are now sorted alphabetically at any time [F2516]
    • Integration with the 'Nearmap' Background Maps [F2625]
    • Added partial support for 'AutoCAD Architecture' entities [F2648]
    • The info about the purchase and/or extension of support and updates when a new version is published now appears more clear and concise [F2613]
    • The buttons in graphics windows of the application have been enhanced to not be affected by the Windows text size scale [F2618]
    • New fields for the type and subtypes of the elements can be optionally added when importing from OpenStreetMap [F2431]
    • Now the maximum timeout set on a SQL Server data source is used not only for connection opening but also for any SQL operation [F2627]
    • The BricsCAD version has been included in the application Error Report [F2647]
  • Fixes
    • SPMEXPORT no longer runs if there are no entities in the drawing [D1944]
    • The CRS of an entity is now correctly recognized when executing any type of task, even though the CRS has changed in elements of the Data Sources area [D1976]
    • Fixed some problems that occurred when attaching entities to a Data Table [D1981]
    • The BricsCAD v.16 and v.17 installer has been improved in order that the SQLite data provider work correctly on Windows XP and Windows 7 [D751]
    • Now exporting to KML/KMZ (Google Earth) files is correctly performed even if there are fields including a null character [D1986]
    • Fixed an issue that occurred when importing from OpenStreetMap choosing options that did not select any element [D1982]
    • In some cases the last Point was not exported to a Shapefile. Fixed an issue related to the length of the Point type records [D1987]
    • Fixed an error "Out of index" when reading Shapefiles [D1989]
  • Corrections of other minor bugs and other minor improvements
  • Notes
    • The functionality to create raster images from background maps, as well as the background maps themselves, is available in the "Standard" and "Professional" editions only
    • The functionality to export the current status of the drawing to Google Earth (Publishing) is available in the "Standard" and "Professional" editions only, although the full export functionality is only found in the "Professional" edition
    • The Data management (Structures, Queries, Direct editing, etc.) is only available in the "Standard" and "Professional" editions
    • The exploitation of data providers that require "User Data Sources (UDS)", as PostGIS or SQL Server, is available in the "Standard" and "Professional" editions only


December 1, 2016 - Release 3.3.1

  • Improvements
    • New option to Import into the current drawing all the files included in a folder by one click ("Import all") [F1067] (Related video)
      • Shapefiles, GML, OpenStreetMap, etc.
      • Can be executed from the contextual menu of the folders in the application palette
      • Option to create a Layer for each file imported
      • First version in BETA state includes minimum parameters, some absences and possible defects
        • This functionality will be enhanced in future versions of the application
    • Now you can export the Length and Area of the entities [F2616]
      • The Export Options window in SPMEXPORT has been rearranged and expanded to group the options relative to geometric data
    • Selection by Query improvements (SPMSELECTBYQUERY) [F2614]
      • Now the command keeps the list of query conditions used the last time it was executed
      • If there are no results during a query, the command window is shown again and keeps the list of query conditions
      • Added a button to remove all query conditions from the list (clean)
    • The execution speed of certain commands such as SPMSELECTBYQUERY, SPMEXPORT, SPMSELECTBYTABLE, SPMCREATEKML and others, has been improved by up to 600% [F2608]
    • A modification is made to maintain the Z-coordinate when applying a projection to any point [F2449]
    • The Importing function has been improved to take into account the value of the variable ANGDIR (angles positive direction) in the Blocks references and in the texts when Labeling [F2620]
  • Fixes
    • Fixed a bug that prevented the data from being successfully updated when overwriting an SDF file [D1975]
    • Fixed an issue that occurred when importing files whose name included a special character (",","%","$", etc.) [D1978]
    • Now, the queries over empty or zero-value Fields return results [D1980]
  • Corrections of other minor bugs and other minor improvements
  • Notes
    • The full export functionality (SPMEXPORT) is only found in the "Professional" edition, although the functionality to export the current status of the drawing to Google Earth is also available in the "Standard" edition
    • Selection by Query (SPMSELECTBYQUERY) or Selection by Table (SPMSELECTBYTABLE) are available in the "Standard" and "Professional" editions only


November 9, 2016 - Release 3.3.0

  • New
    • New command to create a BricsCAD raster image corresponding to the display view of the current background map (Snapshots) (SPMBGMAPIMAGE) [F2580/F2595] (Related video)
      • You can select up to four levels of image resolution
      • This provides interesting solutions to define different maps for different Viewports and/or Views, as well as improving the possibilities of printing and publishing when using maps
    • New command to export the current drawing status (Publish) to Google Earth (one click) (SPMCREATEKML) [F2552] (Related video)
      • Only the visible layers
        • Splitting by layer in folders and by object type in sub-folders
        • Optionally you can select objects or objects in a layer
      • Equivalent object styles
      • Automatic transformation of coordinates
      • Automatic fields for the Name and Description of the objects
      • Optionally, you can open the resulting KML or KMZ file in Google Earth (if installed)
    • New command to select entities by a simple or compound query over their data (SPMSELECTBYQUERY) [F2425] (Related video)
      • Enables you to apply the query to the current selection only or add the resulting query selection over the whole drawing to the current selection (if any)
      • You can choose which table the query is applied to or if it is applied to all existing
    • New command to Zoom to the selected entities (SPMZOOMTOSELECTION) [F2605]
      • Of interest in combination with the previous command or in general for selections of entities
  • Improvements
    • The application is now BricsCAD 17 compatible [T4588]
    • Labels also for linear elements while importing [F2429] (Related video)
      • Label properties taken from fields
      • Smart label distribution
    • Now, the justification "Bottom Center" is defined by default when labeling on import [F2598]
    • Export improvements (Related video)
      • Now you can choose which Tables and Fields are exported when the option to Export the data of the entities is selected [F2607]
      • Now the duplicate fields are not ignored but added with a correlative suffix [F2609]
      • Optionally, you can now export the X/Y/Z coordinates of the entities [F2593]
      • Optionally, you can now export the rotation and scales of Block References [F2569]
      • The export options have been better organized by using an options tree [F2593]
      • Upon completion of any export process to a file you can now directly open the file location[F2588]
      • When exporting to a KML or KMZ file you can now directly open the file in Google Earth (if installed) [F2588]
    • The PostGIS data provider also presents the Views as Tables [F1075]
    • Several new coordinate systems are included, defined in feet and which until now could only be found in meters [F2577]
    • Now, you can access and download any version from the application itself [T4563]
    • The free support of the license has been extended to 1 year from the first activation [T4546]
    • The application commands that make no sense in Paper Space will run only in Model Space [F2592]
  • Fixes
    • The Polylines including arc segments are now exported correctly in any case [D1946]
    • Fixed some problems when printing background maps [D1939]
    • A warning is shown when trying to publish with a background map active [D1952]
    • Now, the temporary layer of the background map does not appear in the list of drawing layers [D1953]
    • The view is no longer continuously updated when importing over a non-empty drawing [D1964]
    • Fixed an incorrect coding issue in the SHP data provider [D1945]
    • Fixed an error when reading null geometries in the SQL Server data provider [D1948]
    • The SHP data provider now reads fields including negative decimal values [D1951]
    • Fixed a problem which arises when reading GML files with some not defined namespace [D1965]
    • Now the tasks are updated when modifying a user data source or a shortcut [D1972]
    • Fixed an issue that occurs when creating a task without any open drawing [D1969]
    • Now the option to save an import task appears after running SPMEXPORT [D1970]
    • Fixed an error that was caused in certain drawings when renaming a field in a table if another table also contains a field with the same name [D1961]
    • Improved the warning that is launched when accessing unsupported versions of DGN files [D1958]
    • Fixed an error that occurs when canceling the initial process of Exporting a large number of entities [D1973]
  • Corrections of other minor bugs and other minor improvements
  • Notes
    • The functionality to create raster images from background maps, as well as the background maps themselves, is available in the "Standard" and "Professional" editions only
    • The functionality to export the current status of the drawing to Google Earth is available in the "Standard" and "Professional" editions only, although the full export functionality is only found in the "Professional" edition
    • The Data management (Structures, Queries, Direct editing, etc.) is only available in the "Standard" and "Professional" editions
    • The exploitation of data providers that require "User Data Sources (UDS)", as PostGIS or SQL Server, is available in the "Standard" and "Professional" editions only


May 2, 2016 - Release 3.2.0

  • Improvements (Related video)
    • You can select the name of the Block according to the value of a field, when you use Blocks to import point elements (Points and Centroids)
    • The Centroids, Points or Blocks, are now sorted in the drawing always in front of the hatches or the Polygons fills
    • The names of the Blocks, and the names and values of their Attributes, are shown in the application Palette
    • Three new Exporting options:
      • Names of the Blocks
      • Fields with null values
      • Entities data (EED/XDATA) (they were always exported in previous versions)
  • Fixes
    • The application Palette has been improved to display and allow editing of the null fields
    • Now all kinds of Hyperlinks (local or remote) in the application Palette work as expected
    • The GML data provider has been improved as, in some cases, the entities were not read when imported without associated data
    • Fixed some problems that occur when inserting rotated Blocks
    • Fixed an issue concerning the format of the windows for unsupported licenses based on the executed version
  • Corrections of other minor bugs and other minor improvements


March 23, 2016 - Release 3.1.0

  • Improvements
    • The handling of the Coordinate System catalog has been improved when used to assign a system to a drawing, or modify one already assigned
      • By default, only the "Projected" type Coordinate Systems are shown in the list (unless the currently selected is another type)
      • During a working session the search filter used previously remains unchanged
      • Now, when there are multiple search terms, they are searched for in any field (not all in the same field)
    • The application performance has been significantly improved when only the geometries of the entities are imported (and none of their data are used to set the layers separation, labels, etc.)
      • The option "Import Features data…" is now turned off by default
    • The options "Elevation" and "Thickness" will now be disabled when importing 3D polylines only
    • The Z-coordinate is now exported in all the cases. If not available, the entity Elevation is exported as the Z-coordinate (Related video)
      • In addition, there is a new option to export the Elevation as data in a new field
    • The application performance when exporting to KML or KMZ files has been significantly improved
    • The workflow when showing a background map without a Coordinate System assigned to the drawing, has been improved: now, in addition to the relevant warning, the Coordinate System catalog is directly accessible
    • The behavior of the background maps when the drawing view is not the plan view, has been improved
    • There can now be groups of background maps on which some maps are locked and others not (free use). Previously to this version the whole group was locked or not depending on the user key
      • The background map "Ordnance Survey OpenData", free of use and valid for the UK area, has been included
    • Now, when you access the Support products page from the application, you will only be redirected to those products for the edition that is running (Basic, Standard or Professional)
  • Fixes
    • A bug has been fixed which prevented the import of entities when filtering to the current view in certain drawings
    • Now you can update to a new version when you first run an earlier version
    • Fixed an issue which occurred when checking for a new version if the application loading time was over 10 sec.
    • Fixed a v.3.0 issue affecting the export performance of SDF files
  • Corrections of other minor bugs and other minor improvements
  • Notes
    • The Export functionality is available on the "Professional" edition only
    • Background Maps are available in the "Standard" and "Professional" editions only


February 26, 2016 - Release 3.0.0

  • New
    • Background Maps (Related video)
      • Different image models from different providers (OpenStreetMap, Bing, MapBox, etc.)
      • New commands:
        • SPMBGMAPSHOW Shows the selected image Map in the background of the drawing
        • SPMBGMAPHIDE Hides the Background Map if it is displayed
        • SPMBGMAPREFRESH Regenerates the image of the Background Map, which may be needed under certain graphic situations
    • Data Structure Management (Related video)
      • New commands:
        • SPMDATATABLEDEFINE Define, modify or delete a data table or its fields
        • SPMDATATABLEATTACH Attach one or more entities to a data table
        • SPMDATATABLEDETACH Detach one or more entities from their corresponding attached data table
      • New selection command:
        • SPMSELECTBYTABLE Select all the entities attached to a specific data table
    • Direct data edition (EED/XDATA) in the Properties area of the application palette (Related video)
    • Labeling Points and Centroids while importing. Label properties taken from fields (Related video)
    • New GML Data Provider. UK Ordnance Survey data compatibility (Related video)
    • New options to Export as new fields in the data table:
      • The Handle of the entities
      • The Layer of the entities
      • The Attributes of the Block references (if any)
      • The Text entities (if any) and their basic properties (Rotation and Height)
  • Improvements
    • The OpenStreetMap Data Provider has been optimized to let you choose the fields to read (Related video)
    • There is a new option in the "Import Parameters" window to import only the entities in the current view (Related video)
    • Drawing the entities in BricsCAD once imported is almost instantaneous in this version
    • A new parameter has been incorporated in the SQL Server Data Provider to select the syntax for new date type fields
    • You can now set spatial boundaries when importing entities from WFS stores
    • The EPSG tables (CRSs and other objects) have been updated to version 8.9
    • The "Last-used" CRS list is also available when assigning a CRS to a drawing
    • The Elevation is now applied to all types of entities (Points, Block references, etc.)
    • The random colors for new Layers have been enhanced
    • Now you can select non-numeric fields as Parameters of Blocks, Elevation or Thickness when importing
    • New Units added in the Block Rotation parameter when importing
    • The new option "Create shortcut from path" allows you now to create Shortcuts to network addresses
    • The Centroids calculation methods have been improved
    • The application is now BricsCAD 16 compatible
    • The Transparency option for solid Hatches is now enabled by default in BricsCAD 16
    • New language added to the application: German
    • All application windows are now centered with respect to the main BricsCAD window
    • The trial version is now less restrictive: 75% of the entities are processed anyway
    • Transformation of Coordinates: new conversions
    • Improved presentation of the application Wizards
    • The application loading time has been optimized
  • Fixes
    • The application warns if there are null values in the field selected as Elevation
    • The "Fill areas" option is now disabled when using 3D Polylines
    • Fixed a problem which caused certain links "http" to not run correctly from Properties
    • Now the import base Layer is not kept in the drawing if it is created during the process and does not contain entities
    • An issue concerning the importing of Shapefiles (SHP) in Windows 10 has been fixed
    • Now the reading of data continues even if any configuration or user file (*.config) is corrupted, by an automatic access to the last valid backup of the file
    • Fixed a bug when performing a Transformation of Coordinates not implemented
    • Now, Z-coordinate is Exported for any entity
    • Solved various situations in which the error "eNotOpenForWrite" occurs when importing
    • Now there is no problem to import from a source whose CRS is unknown to a drawing that has a CRS assigned
    • Fixed a "Wrong Geometry" error when Exporting Polylines including null vertices
    • There was an issue when installing in BricsCAD 16 (64-bit) under Windows 7 which has been fixed
    • Fixed an error which disables any import process if a previous process was canceled
  • Corrections of other minor bugs and other minor improvements
  • Notes
    • Background Maps are available on the "Standard" and "Professional" editions only
    • The Data Structure Management is available on the "Standard" and "Professional" editions only
    • Direct data edition is available on the "Standard" and "Professional" editions only
    • The Export functionality is available on the "Professional" edition only


May 8, 2015 - Release 2.2.0

  • New
    • Import Tasks. The Tasks allow to repeat any import process so many times as desired without needing to enter its parameters again (Related video)
    • Management and execution of Tasks in the application palette
      • Note: Tasks are available on the "Professional" edition only
    • New SPMSETCRS function to assign a coordinate reference system to the drawing
    • Automatic assignation of the drawing coordinate system when a new table is imported
    • Automatic assignation of the exported objects coordinate system based on the drawing coordinate system
  • Improvements
    • When importing a table defined in "WGS84 (SRID 4326)" the transformation to "WGS 84 / Pseudo-Mercator (SRID 3857)" is selected by default to get a projected map
    • The default name for the layer in which a table is imported is now the name of the table
    • The fields whose value starts with "http" are automatically converted into links in the "Properties" area of the application palette
    • New language added to the application: Portuguese (Brazil)
    • The configuration windows for the licenses have been sorted and optimized
  • Fixes
    • Fixed a bug that causes correctly some SRIDs no were recognized
    • Now you can load seamlessly SQLite tables from "My Computer"
    • Fixed a bug that allows the introduction of wrong serial numbers (valid for other Spatial Manager apps)
  • Corrections of other minor bugs and other minor improvements


March 13, 2015 - Release 1.0.5

  • New SPMEXPORT command! (new "Professional" edition only) Export from BricsCAD to Google Earth (KML or KMZ), Shapefiles (SHP), Points (many formats), MapInfo, PostGIS, SQL Server, SQLite and many more. Related videos:
  • New SPMIMPORT command to directly open the import wizard without having the Palette open
  • The import wizard allows you to ignore the Z coordinate for all imported entities (Related video)
  • There are two new column in the UDSs wizard, indicating if the data provider is valid for reading (Import) and/or writing (Export)
  • The ribbon, menu and toolbar of the application have been expanded and reorganized and now include the new commands
  • Now, the Zoom extents at the end of an importing process is performed only when the drawing was empty
  • The type of alphanumeric Fields are now stored, enabling to respect the data types when exporting the entities
  • Optionally you can convert the coordinates of ASCII Points in data of the imported entities (Related video)
  • Now the possibilities to create, rename or delete Schemas and Tables depends on the application edition
  • In the coordinate transformation process the user is warned if any additional file is needed and how to get it
  • Now the application try to define automatically the source Coordinate System
  • The target Coordinate System is automatically selected if the objects to be exported have the same SRID
  • Added a button in the import wizard to go directly to run the process, skipping any remaining intermediate step in the wizard
  • Fixed a bug that left the import wizard locked when the data sources were slow to load (Related video)
  • Now when the application warns the user that the coordinates are not transformed between identical source and target CRS, there is no additional confirmation
  • The ability to rename UDSs, Schemas and Tables inside the import wizard itself has been removed, because it was confusing and not very practical
  • Fixed a bug which happens to early versions users when updating licenses in the new versions
  • Fixed a crash that occurred when entering an invalid license code
  • Now, all the texts are shown when many warnings occur during the execution of a process
  • Now, the coordinate systems are correctly shown in the section Properties of the Palette all the time
  • Fixed some problems that happened when navigating on the data source tree using the arrow keys
  • Warnings are no longer shown when some Field includes the "/" character
  • Fixed a bug that prevented uninstall the application if there not was any BricsCAD installed
  • Now the values of the imported entities elevations are correct
  • Fixed a bug that moved the imported entities to incorrect Layers
  • Has been added support for nested relative links in KML/KMZ files
  • The wizards welcome windows are now disabled by default
  • There are now new simplified buy pages for the application and the extended support in the web
  • Corrections of other minor bugs and other minor improvements


January 27, 2015 - Release 1.0.4

  • The function to Import spatial data in BricsCAD is now defined using a direct command
  • Assign Entity properties in BricsCAD import process
  • Import parameters depending on geometry types
  • Defining Block Attributes for Point elements
  • Importing alphanumeric data as Extended Data (EED/XDATA)
  • Simple Extended Data (EED/XDATA) Viewer
  • Application Commands are shown in application Setup
  • Zoom Extension is performed in the drawing when any import process is finished
  • Available updates are checked when running the application
  • Assigning Attributes and other properties to the Blocks
  • Entity Properties are now shown in the Properties area
  • Entity selection data is now shown in the Properties area
  • The "About..." window is now defined
  • FDO data Provider is added to the list
  • Now a small set of spatial files for sample purposes is included when you install the application
  • Improved speed for read and write in the PostGIS provider
  • The PostGIS provider now allows selection of the database to use in a dropdown
  • The PostGIS provider now supports more data types
  • Development of the SQLite provider
  • Development of the OGR provider
  • Some improvements made in the PostGIS provider
  • New own icon is set for the OSM provider
  • Now the user can set the timeout when connecting using the SQL Server Spatial provider
  • Improved providers table (order, names and extensions)
  • Added a new property to the providers to see if it is necessary to check its parameters
  • Improvement in the performance of the tree in the OSM provider parameter window
  • Now the user can set the WFS store version
  • The FDO provider is normalized in terms of default names or types of icons
  • The OGR provider is normalized in terms of the default names or types of icons
  • Format 'Arc/Info .E00 (ASCII) Coverage' has been added to the OGR provider
  • One area of transformation has been set by default to the Coordinate Transformation
  • Now, when loading a KML/KMZ file, it can add a Field including information about the folder from each feature which is loaded
  • EEDs (or XDATA) data conversion has been improved when their maximum length is exceeded
  • First commercial version. Includes a limited Trial version which allows you to select the application Edition to try
  • The EPSG tables (CRSs and other objects) have been updated to version 8.6
  • Improvements to read a PRJ file that cannot be recognized
  • New system of licensing and activation/deactivation of licenses
  • Changes in the application updates system depending on the support period
  • It is now possible to disable the repeated warning of a specific update
  • New function included in the application options to check for updates at any time
  • The import processes for source tables OGR (DXF, DGN, etc.), when coordinate system transformations are applied, has been improved
  • Fixed an error when importing MIF files
  • The licensing system has been improved to keep the license active when the computer name is changed
  • The search of SQL Servers has been improved
  • The import processes when performing transformation of coordinates are now up to ten times faster
  • There are many new conversion systems for coordinate transformations. Among them, various grid-based interpolation (NADCON and NTv2)
  • Now more conversion information is displayed, allowing the user to select its parameters more accurately
  • The application can be executed now by logging in with a user other than the one installed
  • The application windows are displayed correctly even if the overall Windows text size is set at values greater than 100%
  • The OpenStreetMap data provider can now also import PBF files
  • New BricsCAD ribbon, menu and toolbar for the application which include its main commands:
    • Palette (SPM): opens and/or displays the application palette
    • Help (SPMHELP): shows the application help (Wiki format) (New command)
    • Updates (SPMUPDATE): checks if there is a new application release to be downloaded from Internet (New command)
    • Information (SPMABOUT): shows basic information about the application and the installed release
    • Options (SPMOPTIONS): set of parameters to configure the application (New command)
    • Furthermore, the welcome window disappears (it is not necessary now)
  • A new possibility of using non-perpetual licenses has been included
  • Improvements in the appearance and functionality in various application windows and icons
  • Fixes in the access to new releases and in the update window
  • Improvements when importing KML files with invalid name space
  • Can now import SHP files which include date fields
  • The deactivation of the application no longer causes BricsCAD fatal errors randomly
  • The behavior of the application when it is activated after the end of the trial period has been improved
  • The SRID of a PRJ (a Shapefile companion file) is now also composed by reading its parameters
  • You can now also search the catalog of CRSs using the "aliases" of the CRSs
    • Alias: Unofficial Coordinate System name but that is commonly used
  • The application now considers the displacement of the Origin of coordinates in all cases where needed
  • No more problems when reading an invalid date in the header of any SHP or DBF files
  • Now unnamed fields are supported in an ODBC connection
  • The SRID of a data source is displayed even if the source only includes Point Features
  • Improvements in the KML/KMZ data Provider:
    • Data can now be loaded data from HTML in the description
    • Support for OGC KML extensions added
    • A warning is displayed when trying to load a file without Features
    • Support for "Model" Features added
    • Now if there are null Features, the following Features will continue to be processed
    • Multiple nested geometries can now be loaded
    • Now existing folders are never ignored
    • The folders referenced within the links no longer cause problems
    • All badly constructed geometries are repaired
    • Loading a file now never goes to an infinite loop
    • Other small bugs solved:
      • The coordinates separated by tab are now supported
      • Links to KMZ without extension are now controlled
      • Now the column headers HTML "th" are also supported
      • The formats of coordinates X and Y are now validated before reading
      • The KMZ files are supported even if they have a KML extension and vice versa
      • It is also supported that the coordinates separator be ';' instead of ','
      • Analysis of whether any Polygon or Polyline are empty
      • It also examines whether any linked file has no extension
      • The links with empty name and relative URLs are checked
      • The links to websites instead of KML files are also reviewed
      • The KMZ files whose KML has a "byte order" character at the beginning, are supported
      • The links to nonexistent pages are also supported
      • The application now checks that none of the links have a link to itself and causes an infinite loop
      • Rejected requests to load links from the code are now checked
      • Invalid values of Z coordinates are not allowed
      • Also the links to KMZ files without extension are not allowed
  • The installation process now includes a shortcut in the Desktop to the "How to start?" Wiki page
  • The 32-bit and 64-bit setup applications are now consolidated into a single setup program which automatically selects the appropriate platform
  • Now the application cannot be installed on a computer without any BricsCAD installed on it
  • Fixed some incorrect texts in the Welcome window of the User Data Sources (UDS) Wizard
  • The Properties of the imported Entities are now displayed though its length exceeds 255 characters
  • The potential errors resulting from access to a location without the necessary permissions are now controlled
  • The remaining number of Trial days in the initial window now agrees with those in the License Options
  • Fixed an issue when importing with Elevations
  • Corrections of other minor bugs and other minor improvements
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