As promised, here are some quick highlights in the new release. You can refer to the Release Notes (for each product) for a full listing of new features and issues addressed.
Trimble Positions Software Suite (all components)
- Localization – French, German, Spanish (South American), and Portuguese (Brazilian) languages.
- Educator license program – Trimble Positions is now available within the educator license program.
- Built-in Mobile Cache creation and synchronization – Integrated support for creating and synchronizing the Mobile Cache without needing to use the Esri Mobile toolbox. This streamlines the “desktop” workflow within the Trimble Positions solution. You’ll note that the ‘Check for New Sessions’ button has been relabeled ‘Handle Sessions’ and now has a context menu. Also, there is a new entry in the context menu that opens when you click ‘Create…’ on the Projects screen. We tried to keep the workflow consistent with other project types…by starting in the Projects screen.
- Map extent used to sort base stations when creating a profile – Allows you to sort the base station list by proximity to the current map extent when creating a Processing Profile. This will be the default ‘Show Base Stations Closest to’ behavior when you open the ‘Select Base Station’ form. You’ll also note some improvements around how we display the currently selected base station when you want to edit an existing profile.
- Citrix and roaming profiles support – Supports the concepts of roaming profiles and per-user configurations on the desktop. This is useful in larger enterprise organizations where software applications and user configurations are centrally managed. Per-machine configurations are also still supported. You’ll see this in the re-designed Configuration tool but rest assured that your existing configuration will work just fine (it’s per-machine). You’ll also note that the log files are now stored in the roaming folder within your user profile’s application data folder.
- Base station management support – Supports base station management, including updating the CBS List from the Trimble FTP server, loading of user-defined base stations defined and used in GPS Pathfinder® Office and Trimble GPS Analyst™ extension, and saving of user-defined base stations defined in Trimble Positions Desktop add-in. These utilities are available within the Configuration tool.
- Issues Addressed – There is a good list in the Release Notes and we believe we’ve addressed the big ones: connections to the desktop database on Windows XP should now be reliable, post-processing with DAT files no longer requires a NAV file, and floating Desktop add-in licenses are now released properly under additional scenarios.
- Simple and complex offset support – Supports feature geometry data collection using simple and complex offsets. This includes support for simple left-/right- offsets along a path or perimeter and complex distance-bearing offsets for point features or polyline and polygon vertices. You’ll see new menu items in the data collection screen. Workflow might be a little tricky here, but only until you get the hang of it: start point collection before starting a point offset; start a line offset before collecting a stream (or vertex) for a polyline/polygon.
- Laser rangefinder support – Supports the Trimble LaserAce 1000 and LTi 360B laser rangefinders. You’ll see a new section in the GNSS settings screen to select the rangefinder model and port. Once you have a laser rangefinder connected, pressing the button on it will automatically populate the fields in the point (and line!) offset forms if you have them open.
- Simple line extension – Allows a polyline feature from the GIS to be extended either from the start or end point.
A few quick notes on installation…
- Trimble Positions Desktop add-in : uninstall the old version first, then install the new version; the existing desktop database configuration (and hence all of your projects, processing profiles, etc.) should remain intact.
- Trimble Positions Mobile extension & Trimble Positions Mobile Project Center extension : uninstall the old Trimble Positions extension version (if doing it manually, you need to include the Trimble GNSSServer component on the handheld as well), uninstall the old Esri ArcGIS for Windows Mobile version, install the new Esri version, then install the new Trimble Positions extension version; your existing mobile projects, and their Trimble Positions settings, should work just fine.
- Trimble Positions ArcPad extension : uninstall the old version first, then install the new version.
Hopefully you’ll find something to get excited about!