July 2013 Beta

by Nate Hekman on July 19, 2013

We’ve just released a new beta of GeoStudio, in preparation for a real release later this summer, and I’d like to highlight a few of the new features that I especially like.

In any release cycle, we like to focus on improving specific areas of the software.  The two main areas of focus in this beta are SLOPE/W and licensing.

SLOPE/W

Slope analyses get a big boost in speed when running on multiple cores.  In particular we’ve fine-tuned analyses using optimization, and probabilistic analyses.  We’re finding our solve times are from twice to 10x as fast, depending of course on various factors.

One new Slope feature I particularly like is that Slope analyses can now be “chained”: you can solve one analysis using thousands of potential slip surfaces, identify the ten most critical, and then do a further analysis on just those ten slip surfaces.

Chained Slope analyses

Licensing

Licensing is one of those necessary evils that nobody likes unless it “just works”. Unfortunately we continue to see many people frustrated when licensing does not work for them, and unable to figure out why it worked yesterday but today it tells me I have no license.

We’ve spent a lot of time over the past few months trying to make licensing more robust so that it “just works” more often, but we’re also better communicating problems and solutions when something does not work.

A more helpful license error

 

Instead of just saying you have no license (as previous versions often did), this error shows that you do indeed have a SLOPE/W and a Standard license, but both were unavailable for different reasons. The links at the bottom may help you resolve the problem (although in this case you should probably just plug in your USB key).

JPEGs!

I’m very happy we finally support the more modern image formats! Our Sketch Pictures feature was added back when .bmp was the only raster image format on the block. We finally got around to welcoming .jpg, .gif, .png, and other modern formats. It even supports transparency, so your picture can overlap other objects:Adding a transparent png to your drawing

 

Try it out

These are a few of the changes in this beta, and a taste of what’s to come in the release later this year.

Remember the beta installs side-by-side with the release, so you can download and install this beta and still easily switch back to the stable release. I’d love it if you would take the time to try some of these new features and tell me about your experience, either by email or here on the blog.

 

 

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