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MicroSurvey STAR*NET 8 Release Notes
Posted by Brian Sloman on 02 April 2014 03:22 PM

Release History

MicroSurvey STAR*NET 6 (v6.0.39) - November 12, 2010

MicroSurvey STAR*NET 6 (v6.0.40) - November 16, 2010

MicroSurvey STAR*NET 6 (v6.0.41) - November 17, 2010

MicroSurvey STAR*NET 6 (v6.0.42) - December 15, 2010

MicroSurvey STAR*NET 6 (v6.0.43) - February 21, 2011

MicroSurvey STAR*NET 7 - July 8, 2011

MicroSurvey STAR*NET 7.1 - September 9, 2011

MicroSurvey STAR*NET 7.2 - May 31, 2012

MicroSurvey STAR*NET 7.2.1 - September 18, 2012

MicroSurvey STAR*NET 7.2.2 - December 14, 2012

MicroSurvey STAR*NET 8 - May 9, 2014

MicroSurvey STAR*NET 8.1 - August 1, 2014

MicroSurvey STAR*NET 8.2 (v8.2.2.4137) - July 29, 2016

MicroSurvey STAR*NET 8.2a (v8.2.3.4253) - August 16, 2016


Important Notes

Activating or Updating your USB License Key

If you are licensing MicroSurvey STAR*NET for the first time, you will need to activate your new USB License Key using the USB License Manager program on a computer with internet access.

If you are upgrading from Starplus STAR*NET, you will need to activate your new USB License Key using the USB License Manager program on a computer with internet access.

If you are upgrading from MicroSurvey STAR*NET 6 or 7, you will need to update your existing USB License Key using the USB License Manager program on a computer with internet access.

If you are upgrading from MicroSurvey STAR*NET 8.0 or 8.1, you will need to update your existing USB License Key using the USB License Manager program on a computer with internet access.

A copy of the USB License Manager program is automatically installed with MicroSurvey STAR*NET, or it can be downloaded from our online Helpdesk system and installed separately onto another computer which has internet access.

Please refer to the following topic for detailed instructions about activating or updating your key.

You might not be required to update your USB key to run certain MicroSurvey STAR*NET Service Pack updates. For a detailed explanation of MicroSurvey's Annual Maintenance Subscription (AMS) program, and how we use product version numbers and USB keys, you can can refer to the following online article.

If your Maintenance Subscription has not yet expired, you can use the USB License Manager to update your key to work with the most current version. You can confirm the expiry date for the AMS by going to the About screen found in the Help menu. Each USB License Key has its own maintenance subscription plan, so if you have multiple keys it is possible that they may each have a different expiry date.

If your AMS has expired, you can phone us at 1-800-668-3312 or 1-250-707-0000 to renew it. Without a current maintenance subscription plan, you may not be able to update your key to work with the latest version.

System Requirements

MicroSurvey STAR*NET 8.2 is compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Microsoft Windows Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1, and Windows 10.

Full Administrator Privileges are required to install MicroSurvey STAR*NET 8, but it can be run by limited user accounts.

A free USB port is required for connecting the USB License Key (to either the local workstation or the license server, as appropriate)

MicroSurvey STAR*NET 8 does not have any other hardware requirements above and beyond what is required by your version of Microsoft Windows.

Windows XP Notes

Windows XP End of Support

Microsoft has announced that support for Windows XP will end on April 8, 2014. According to Microsoft, "After April 8, 2014, there will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates. Running Windows XP SP3 ... in your environment after their end of support dates may expose your company to potential risks" as detailed on their website here and here.

Until April 8, 2014, MicroSurvey Software Inc. will continue to develop, test, and support all of our products for Windows XP, providing that all third-party components still support Windows XP.

After April 8, 2014, MicroSurvey Software Inc. will no longer use the Windows XP operating system for any development, testing, or technical support. After this date, Windows XP will be completely unsupported. While our products may or may not continue to operate without issue beyond this date, using an unsupported operating system is not recommended and any issues that are specific to an unsupported operating system will not be addressed.

Windows Vista Notes

Windows Vista End of Support

As of January 1, 2016, MicroSurvey Software Inc. will no longer support the installation of new products on Windows Vista or earlier.

Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10 Notes

Run as Administrator

You must run the program at least once elevated with "Run as admininstrator" access, even if you are already logged in with an "Administrator" account on the computer.

After this is done, it can be run by any user on the computer, including those who don't have administrative accounts.

To accomplish this, once the program is finished installing do the following:

  1. Right click on the MicroSurvey StarNet V8 icon.
  2. Click "Run as administrator".
  3. Click "Yes" on the "User Account Control" dialog when prompted to allow the program to make changes to your computer.

MicroSurvey License Server for Network License Users

Users who have purchased a network license will need to install a copy of the MicroSurvey Network License software. The MicroSurvey Network License Server program has not changed significantly since the release of MicroSurvey STAR*NET 6. This installation is only necessary for users who are setting up a MicroSurvey network license for the first time.

If you have purchased a Network License and are setting it up for the first time, you can download the Network License Server application from our online Helpdesk system.

Note: You will be required to enter a password in order to install the Network License Server.

 


Online Resources

Upgrade Notes

For information on upgrading from a previous version of Starplus STAR*NET or MicroSurvey STAR*NET, please visit the MicroSurvey STAR*NET V8 Upgrade Notes topic in our online helpdesk.

Known Issues

For a list of known issues, please visit the MicroSurvey STAR*NET V8 Known Issues topic in our online helpdesk.

Training Movies

For over 16 hours of training movies that you can watch online or download for offline viewing, please visit the Training Movies topic in our online helpdesk.

Technical Support

MicroSurvey provides free 24x7 self-support to all users via our online helpdesk at http://helpdesk.microsurvey.com/ where you can find knowledgebase articles, downloads, and a troubleshooter. This is a good starting point for any problems that are now answered in your Help file and Manuals.

For technical support, please visit our helpdesk at http://helpdesk.microsurvey.com/ to submit a helpdesk ticket to our technical support staff. If you do not have internet access you can phone our office at 1-800-668-3312 or 1-250-707-0000 and a ticket can be entered for you.

Technical Support is provided free of charge for 90-days following the purchase of your MicroSurvey product. Following this introductory period, additional technical support is available via your Maintenance Subscription Support Plan (MSSP).

To purchase or renew your MSSP, please phone MicroSurvey Software at 1-800-668-3312 or 1-250-707-0000 or visit our online store at store.microsurveysales.com.

Feature Request Forum

Help us make your MicroSurvey product better! To submit a feature request, or to vote on other users' feature requests, please visit our Feedback Forum at feedback.microsurvey.com.

User Forum

To discuss your MicroSurvey product with other users, please visit our User Forum at www.microsurvey.com/forum.


MicroSurvey STAR*NET 6 (v6.0.39)

Release Date: November 12, 2010

New Features

  • STAR*NET is now licensed via a MicroSurvey USB License Key.
  • Most "Help" buttons within the program now display appropriate help topics.

MicroSurvey STAR*NET 6 (v6.0.40)

Release Date: November 16, 2010

Defects Fixed

  • Licensing via a MicroSurvey Network License Server is now possible.
  • All "Help" buttons within the program now display appropriate help topics.
  • Help|Contents menu item can become greyed out after opening a project file.
  • Help|About screen now shows product version and licensing details.
  • Conversion Utilities' About dialogs updated to show MicroSurvey contact information.

MicroSurvey STAR*NET 6 (v6.0.41)

Release Date: November 17, 2010

Defects Fixed

  • Network Plot Inverse tool produced an error message and did not show any results.
  • Network Plot Point Info tool produced an error message and did not show any results.

MicroSurvey STAR*NET 6 (v6.0.42)

Release Date: December 15, 2010

Defects Fixed

  • Fixed an "Unable to open project file with exclusive lock." error which could occur when creating a New Project on some Windows Vista and Windows 7 computers.
  • Changed the default "Start-in Folder" from within "Program Files" to "My Documents" to improve Windows Vista and Windows 7 compatibility. If you are upgrading from a previous version, please see the Upgrade Notes topic in our online Helpdesk for information on how this change will affect you.
  • Changed the default "Star System Folder" from within "Program Files" to "Common Application Data" to improve Windows Vista and Windows 7 compatibility. If you are upgrading from a previous version, please see the Upgrade Notes topic in our online Helpdesk for information on how this change will affect you.
  • Fixed a problem in the STAR*TDS converter where angles containing exactly zero seconds are incorrectly written with an extra dash, like "123-45--0.00" instead of "123-45-00.00".

MicroSurvey STAR*NET 6 (v6.0.43)

Release Date: February 21, 2011

Defects Fixed

  • Fixed a roundoff error which could result in Degrees-Minutes-Seconds values (bearings, azimuths, angles, latitudes, longitudes) containing 0.x seconds to be displayed on output with 0.0 seconds instead. For example, "123-45-00.12" could be output as "123-45-00.00". Please note, this issue affected only the output of some decimal seconds values; all adjustment calculations used the correct unrounded values, and any resulting cartesian coordinates were correct.

MicroSurvey STAR*NET 7

Release Date: July 8, 2011

New Features

Integrated Data Editor
STAR*NET 7 has a fully integrated data editor, which offers customizable syntax highlighting (colors/fonts), bookmarking and jumping to bookmarked lines, and no more need for an external text editor like notepad (although that’s still an available option)
Customizable Interface
STAR*NET 7 has a brand-new interface which is highly customizable to suit your specific workflow or preferences - move and resize panels, collapse and expand panels, stack panels into a tabbed interface, dock panels into the main interface or leave them floating, customize the toolbars and menus, use small or large toolbar icons, and more!
Find Point
An advanced Find Point tool allows you to quickly locate and jump to any references of a specific point ID in any of your input data files, by double-clicking a point name in any of the output files (Listing, Coordinates, Ground, Lat/Long, Error Log, Dump, etc). No more pouring through thousands of lines of data codes looking for references to a specific point, a simple double-click now does all of this eye-straining work for you!
Differential Levelling Loop Closure Check
Quickly detect loop closure errors in your level networks using the new Level Loop Check command found in the Run menu. This is a powerful blunder detection tool for leveling data!
GPS Vector Loop Closure Check
Quickly detect loop closure errors in your GPS vector networks using the new GPS Loop Check command found in the Run menu. This is a powerful blunder detection tool for GPS data!
Point Aliasing
A new ".ALIAS" inline option is available which you can use to define point aliases by explicitly naming the aliases, or by specifying a prefix, suffix, or additive number to define an aliasing scheme that corresponds with your field procedures. A point can then be aliased by one or more points with non-unique point names that get translated to another point name. Note, aliased points are not currently identified by the new Find Point tool.
Lost Stations
A new ".LOSTSTATIONS" inline option is available to identify points which are obliterated or no longer physically available. Lost stations will be included in the network processing but can be left off of the resulting plot if desired.
GPS Sideshots
Two new ".GPS NETWORK" and ".GPS SIDESHOT" inline options can be inserted prior to any G1 vector records to define the following vectors either as part of the network or as sideshot type records that are processed after the network has been adjusted so they do not affect the network solution.
GPS Antenna Height Corrections
A new ".GPS AddHiHt [HI] [HT]" inline option is available to specify or correct GPS base and rover antenna height blunders.
Project Manager
A new Project Manager is now available for quickly opening and creating projects.
Template Data File
A new template mechanism allows you to customize a template data file that is automatically added to new projects. For example you can now automatically include coordinate records for your local control network, etc.
2D GPS Adjustments
2D Adjustments of GPS Data is now possible.
EGM2008 Geoid support
The STAR*Geoid extraction utility can now extract data from the EGM2008 geoid for creating STAR*NET-compatible geoid and vertical deflection model files.
NGS OPUS Report support
An importer for reading station data (adjusted coordinates with full covariance matices) from NGS OPUS reports into STAR*NET .gps data files is now available in the GPS Importer.
MicroSurvey FieldGenius support
A conversion utility for MicroSurvey FieldGenius data collection software .raw files. (See the "STAR*FieldGenius Conversion Utility" topic in the help file for more details)
MicroSurvey FieldGenius support
A GPS Vector importer for MicroSurvey FieldGenius data collection software .raw files. (See the "Importing from Selected Baseline File Formats" topic in the help file for more details)
Long Point Name support
A new "Full Point Names" option in the Listing File Options screen prevents long point names from being cut off at 10-characters. This replaces the previously undocumented .LNAMES inline option.
Quick File References
A new "Quick File References" option in the Listing File Options screen allows you to display references to the first occurrence of a file and line number referencing each point. This replaces the previously undocumented .QFILEREF inline option.
Redefinable Fixed StdErr Constants
A new "Fixed Std Err" options group in the General Options screen allows you to redefine the StdErr used when something is defined as "Fixed", previously it was hard coded to 1E-7m or 1.0001E-3 seconds but in rare occasions this had to be loosened to allow certain networks to process. This replaces the previously undocumented .QFIX inline option.

MicroSurvey STAR*NET 7.1

Release Date: September 9, 2011

New Features

NGS OPUS-RS Report Support
The OPUS report importer now also works with OPUS-RS (Rapid Static) reports.
Trimble JobXML Vector Importer
GPS Vectors can now be imported from Trimble JobXML (*.jxl) data files, via the Vector Importer command directly within STAR*NET-PRO.
Trimble JobXML Conversion Utility
A new standalone STAR*JobXML conversion utility (licensed separately) is now available for importing both conventional and/or GPS data from Trimble JobXML (*.jxl) data files.

Defects Fixed

  • [D4737] Listing - Listing file can contain incorrect "Elev Diff" values in the "Summary of Unadjusted Input Observations" and "Adjusted Observations and Residuals" sections, and incorrect "Unadjusted Elev Diff" values in the "Traverse Closures of Unadjusted Observations" section. (Please note, all Elevation values in the listing file are correct.)
  • [D4150] Adjustment - An "Input Data File Does Not Exist" error message can occur if data file has a T attribute.
  • [D4642] Data Files – when adding data files to a project, you could not select multiple files within the Browse dialog.
  • [D4768] DXF Export - Point Elevations can be exported incorrectly in Grid projects, due to geoid separation being applied in the wrong direction.
  • [D4756] DXF Export - The default path and filename can be incorrect after opening a .prj project file.
  • [D4766] DXF Export - Network Station Connections may not be exported if the Relative Ellipses option is disabled, if they are both a Network Station Connection and a Relative Ellipse Connection.
  • [D4767] DXF Export - Description and Elevation labels can stack above eachother in some situations.
  • [D4722] DXF Export - The Layers dialog contains an unused, blank column.
  • [D4723] DXF Export - The "Reset to StarNet V6" button would incorrectly place spaces into the layer names.
  • [D4723] DXF Export - The "Reset to StarNet V6" button has been relabeled "Reset to Factory Defaults."
  • [T0906] DXF Export - Improved Layer Defaults are now provided on a clean install. (Note, if you have an existing DXF_Layers.def file it will not be overwritten on install.)
  • [D4481] DXF Export – When exporting a DXF file from a Lev project without horizontal coordinates, a dialog now appears showing a list of which coordinates are missing.
  • [D4720] GPS Import - When importing vectors from a Leica .asc file, "Incomplete Vector Data" error messages would occur and the import would fail.
  • [D4727] GPS Import - When importing vectors from a FieldGenius .raw file, stake shots not stored in the points database would result in "Missing Value Error in Field: point name" errors and the import would fail.
  • [D4777] GPS Import - When importing vectors from a Topcon .tvf file, the "Import Descriptors When Present" option may not import descriptions for base receiver points.
  • [D4369] GPS Import - When importing vectors, it was possible to overwrite an input file by selecting it as the output file.
  • [D4544] GPS Import – The Error Log needs a horizontal scrollbar in order to view long error messages.
  • [D4668] GPS Import – The Input Files list needs a horizontal scrollbar in order to view long paths and filenames.
  • [D4755] GPS Sideshots - The Special Project Options to produce Error/Warning messages for any Sideshots to a non-unique Point ID were not being honoured for GPS Sideshots.
  • [T0781] Network Plot - The "Pan" and "Center on Point" toolbar buttons in the Network Plot have been improved by removing the magnifying glass from their icons.
  • [D4080] Points Reformatter - When changing the file extension in the points reformatter tool, the Cancel button acts as a Reset button rather than a typical Cancel button.

MicroSurvey STAR*NET 7.2

Release Date: May 31, 2012

New Features

Network Plot Imagery
Enhance your network plot with georeferenced raster images and other data files, using local files or online sources.
Over 150 supported file formats including Raster Images, DWG/DXF Drawings, Shapefiles, MrSID, LiDAR, GeoPDF, GeoTIFF, Microstation DGN, ASCII Coordinates, ESRI, ERDAS, Garmin, KML, COLLADA, Sketchup, and many many many more...
Stream online imagery from any WMS (Web Map Service), WCS (Web Coverage Service), OSM (OpenStreetMap Tiles), Google Maps Tiles, or TMS (Tile Map Service) source.
Multilanguage Translations
STAR*NET can now be translated into any language, and STAR*NET dealers and users across the globe are already hard at work translating the program. Please contact MicroSurvey Software Inc for information on specific languages, or to help translate STAR*NET into your language.
STAR*NET and all of the conversion utilities are now Unicode compatible to support non-latin character sets. An option to encode all input and output files as either ANSI or Unicode is available in the new Language Selection dialog.

Defects Fixed

  • [D4815] Adjust Network - If a project is adjusted using the default Fixed StdErr constants (linear=1.00000e-007, angular=1.00010e-003) the Station Coordinate Error Ellipses section in the Listing may inappropriately indicate that fixed points have a non-zero error ellipse size, such as a length of 0.000001 on each axis.
  • [D4819] Adjust Network - If a project contains both orthometric and ellipsoidal observations to the same point, the error factor of that point may be computed incorrectly.
  • [D4817] Adjust Network - If a project filename contains a dot (ie, "my.project.snproj") then that project could not be adjusted.
  • [D5084] GPS Sideshots - In a grid project containing GPS sideshots, if geoid modeling is enabled the computed elevations of the GPS sideshots did not have a geoid separation height applied.
  • [D5083] GPS Sideshots - In a grid project containing GPS sideshots, the Find and Inverse tools in the network plot did not display the ID of any GPS Sideshots.
  • [D4670] GPS Importer - When changing an output filename, a default .gps extension is now added.
  • [D4882] GPS Importer - When changing an output filename, the *.dat and *.gps filename filters did not show the matching files.
  • [D4883] GPS Importer - When changing an output filename, a crash may occur if you select a reserved filetype.
  • [D4811] GPS Importer - When importing Trimble JobXML .jxl files, potential error messages did not include the offending filename.
  • [D4901] GPS Importer - When importing Trimble TSC .dc files, a position or vector record that is marked invalid could cause a crash.
  • [D4825] OPUS Stations - Blunder detection was not applied.
  • [D4826] OPUS Stations - OPUS Centering inline option (.OPUS CENTER value) could not accept a centering factor of zero.
  • [D4838] OPUS Stations - OPUS Factor and Centering controls on the GPS Options dialog were not disabled when appropriate.
  • [D4888] TDS-Level Converter - If the input level file contains a peg test, it may not convert.
  • [T1190] License Manager - Improved error messages have been added to the License Manager utility for easier troubleshooting.

MicroSurvey STAR*NET 7.2.1

Release Date: September 18, 2012

New Features

Multilanguage Translations
Includes Spanish, Russian, and Chinese Traditional translations. Multilanguage installation package required.

MicroSurvey STAR*NET 7.2.2

Release Date: December 14, 2012

New Features

Fully Functional Demo
A fully-functional 10-day demo period has been added, during which you can run the fully-featured STAR*NET-PRO edition plus all of the STAR*NET data conversion utilities.
After 10 days, you can continue to run the feature-limited STAR*NET-DEMO edition, which has all the capabilities of STAR*NET-PRO but is limited to an adjustment of 10 stations, 100 observations, and 15 GPS vectors.
Leica DBX Conversion Utility
A new standalone Leica DBX conversion utility (licensed separately) is now available for importing both conventional and/or GPS data from Leica DBX databases.
Several fixes have been implemented since STAR*LeicaDBX v7.2.0.12 which was previously available as a zip download from our website, see details below.

Defects Fixed

  • [D5582] Adjustment - A crash could occur while adjusting a network during Cholesky Factorization, this has been fixed.
  • [D5845] General - When setting/changing an output filename in the GPS Importer, Point Reformatter, DXF Exporter, or the Conversion Utilities, the default filename may be scrolled to the side making it only partially visible.
  • [D5836] GPS Importer - FieldGenius baseline importer can now read the Reference ID and position data which was recently added to the raw raw file as "--GNSS Statistics RT: ..." comment records, and it will parse these if the raw file does not contain a BP record to define the base point prior to the rover measurements (ie, when using an NTRIP or GPRS connection, connecting to a permanent base, etc).
  • [D5788] Listing - The Listing Index Tree may not jump to the correct line if the "Copy of Input Data File(s)" project listing option is enabled and the input data file(s) are Unicode.
  • [D5795] Listing - The "95%" column header in "Adjusted Elevations and Error Propagation" section in the listing file may not appear.
  • [D5780] Network License - When using a network USB license, on exiting from the conversion utilities the license was not immediately released.
  • [D5036] STAR*FieldGenius - Angles-only Multiset records cause "ERROR: Slope Distance (SD) field missing", this is now accepted as valid input data and the distance is exported as "?".
  • [D5420] STAR*FieldGenius - Multiset records may cause "ERROR: Rod Height (HR) field does not match value in previous LineOfSight (LS) record" when using the "Output as 2D Data" option, this has been corrected.
  • [D5420] STAR*FieldGenius - Multiset records with varying target heights cause "ERROR: Rod Height (HR) field does not match value in previous LineOfSight (LS) record", this has been changed from an Error to a Warning.
  • [D5547] STAR*FieldGenius - Projects in Bearings cause "ERROR: Invalid Field Value (AD)", this is now accepted as valid input data.
  • [D5843] STAR*FieldGenius - When using the "Output as 2D Data" option, the 2D coordinate C records occur after a .3D inline command.
  • [D5749] STAR*JobXML - Prism Offset values were not applied to EDM distance measurements.
  • [D5790] STAR*JobXML - Atmospheric Correction values were not applied to EDM distance measurements.
  • [D5584] STAR*JobXML - Distances are always stored internally in the JobXML file as Meters, but they are now automatically scaled and output as Meters/FeetInt/FeetUS depending on project settings.
  • [D5583] STAR*JobXML - Conventional stakeout records are not exported. All terrestrial observations with valid Circle or MTA elements are now accepted.
  • [D5486] STAR*JobXML - Line Staking records are not eported. All terrestrial observations with valid Circle or MTA elements are now accepted.
  • [D5487] STAR*JobXML - Some GPS vectors (with Method=GpsRTKControlPoint and Classification=Normal) are not exported to the data file. All vectors with valid ECEFDeltas elements are now accepted.
  • [D5543] STAR*JobXML - Some GPS vectors (with Method=GpsRTKQuickMark) are not exported to the data file. All vectors with valid ECEFDeltas elements are now accepted.
  • [D5544] STAR*JobXML - Negative PPM values cause "ERROR: PPM element has invalid value", this is now accepted as valid input data.
  • [D5806] STAR*JobXML - Dialog options are not be saved when the utility is closed via the X button in the top-right corner.
  • [D5585] STAR*Leica DBX - Points without a defined elevation were exported without a z-coordinate value, causing "ERROR: Unrecognized Input" during adjustment. 2D points are now exported with a "?" z-coordinate value.
  • [D5831] STAR*Leica DBX - Averaged GPS measurements were being converted to a fixed coordinate (C record) and commented vectors (G0/G1/G2/G3 records). This has been reversed such that the vectors are no longer commented, but the coordinate is. Additionally, a comment has been added to the end of the C records to indicate their Class, which is useful when reviewing data that contains multiple observations of a point plus its averaged coordinate.
  • [D5832] STAR*Leica DBX - GPS antenna height measurements were being output to the G1 records in the selected unit. Like all values in the G1 record, they are now always output in meters.
  • [D5835] STAR*Leica DBX - GPS vector covariances were not computed correctly, results now match the same data imported as Leica SKI ASCII format.
  • [D5837] STAR*Leica DBX - Browse button doesn't start in the expected folder, it now starts in the same location as the current database folder.
  • [D5844] STAR*Leica DBX - If a required Geoid (*.gem) and/or CSCS (*.csc) file is not found when importing a database, the selected Output data file becomes locked until the utility is restarted.
  • [D5548] STAR*TSC - Pressing the "Convert" button can cause an "Unable to Open Log File, Conversion not performed!" message.
  • [D5567] STAR*TSC - Pressing the "View Log" button can cause the program to stop responding.

MicroSurvey STAR*NET 8

Release Date: May 9, 2014

New Features

CS-Map Coordinate System Engine
The CS-Map coordinate system engine was added to STAR*NET to provide 100% cross-compatibility between all MicroSurvey products including MicroSurvey STAR*NET, MicroSurvey CAD, and MicroSurvey FieldGenius.
Over 3800 worldwide coordinate systems can now be selected, including all of the UTM and SPCS zones that were previously available and many more that were not.
Custom coordinate systems can be defined directly inside STAR*NET using the new Coordinate System Editor, which supports many more datum and projection types not available in previous versions.
NGS and NRC geoid files can now be used directly inside STAR*NET without requiring conversion to the previous .ght format — including Natural Resource Canada's BYN format which was previously unsupported.
Hundreds of worldwide geoid models are available for download via the MicroSurvey Helpdesk.

Defects Fixed

  • [D5779] Find Points - the Find Point panel did not show any whitespace for Tab characters in the matching data lines.
  • [T1582] Find Points - the Find Point functionality has been optimized to dramatically increase search speed.
  • [D5855] GPS Importer - Error messages did not include the filename in the error message.
  • [D5944] GPS Importer - FieldGenius vector importer uses the base antenna reference ID and position instead of the base point ID, coordinate, and antenna height when the base point is defined via a BP record in the raw file.
  • [D5854] Input Files - When opening a project with missing input files, the error message which should indicate the missing filename only showed "Ref".
  • [D4731] Input Files - the vertical scrollbar was not updated when new files are added, which in large projects could make new files inaccessible.
  • [D6280] Input Files - When opening a project with missing input files, the program may crash.
  • [D6291] Network Plot - "World Imagery" and other online data sources previously available in the network plot had disappeared due to changes on third-party servers.
  • [D5852] Points Reformatter - the "Reformatter File Generation Successful" message was displayed with a Warning icon.
  • [F1647] Processing Summary - selected text can now be copied from the Processing Summary panel by pressing ctrl-C, to paste into another document or program.
  • [D5672] STAR*Leica DBX - All setup points were written as fixed C records, these are now commented out so they will not unintentionally prevent adjustment.
  • [D6289] STAR*Leica DBX - Antenna Heights listed in Vector records caused incorrect elevation values.
  • [D6091] STAR*Leica DBX - Inconsistent data from "Sets of Angles v4.60" caused the conversion to stall.
  • [D5848] STAR*Leica DBX - Several messages were not translatable in non-English versions.
  • [F1995] STAR*Leica DBX - Resection observations were not converted.
  • [F1933] STAR*Leica DBX - Sets of Angles observations can now be converted using either the average of each set (as before) or using all observations on both faces.

MicroSurvey STAR*NET 8.1

Release Date: August 1, 2014

New Features

Network Plot
Use the new Network Plot Manager to control your view. All display options are presented together in one intuitive grid view, similar to a CAD Layer Manager.
Specify the color for each network plot element (like Stations, Connections, and Ellipses).
Specify the linetype for each network connection type (like conventional observations, leveling observations, GNSS vectors, and sideshots) as Continuous, Directional, Dashed, Dotted, DashDot, or DashDotDot.
Use your mouse to zoom and pan — zoom in by scrolling up, zoom out by scrolling down, zoom extents by double-clicking the middle mouse button, and pan by dragging with your middle mouse button.
Prism Offset Correction
A new ".PRISM" inline option lets you apply a correction for measurements that were collected with an incorrect prism offset setting.
Google Maps™ Support
View your network stations in Google Maps by clicking the Map button located in the Find Point dialog. (Compatible with Grid projects only.)
Google Earth™ Support
Export your network stations and connections to a .kml or .kmz file and view them in Google Earth. (Compatible with Grid projects only.)
Level Loop Tolerance Check
Perform a tolerance check on level loops to validate that they meet required tolerances based on the loop length, and generate a Warning message if the tolerance is exceeded.
Level Loop Check also now reports the total loop length for each loop in the Listing report, as well as their individual segment lengths.
Online Updater
STAR*NET now includes a "Check for Updates" feature, and is also configured to silently check for updates according to your customizable preferences. When an update is available, you will be notified and given the option to download and install it.

Enhanced Features

Quick File References
[F1500] An index column has been added to the Data Input Files Panel, corresponding to the File:Line references in the Listing file, and double-clicking on a : character in the Listing file will now take you directly to the corresponding data file and line number in the Editor.
Data File Monitor
[D4440] Data Editor now monitors for any changes that are made by an external program to a loaded data file, and will prompt to reload it from disk.
[D4654] Data Editor now immediately updates when a loaded data file is changed by Overwriting or Appending to it with the GPS Importer.
Conversion Utilities
[F2486] Direct access to all conversion utilities has been added within STAR*NET via the Import menu.
[F1315] Help buttons have been added to all conversion utilities for direct access to the relevant help topic.
MicroSurvey FieldGenius Support
[D6245] STAR*FieldGenius and FieldGenius GPS importer - will now convert OB records from the raw file, which contain COGO measurements, and create BM (Bearing Measurement) records.
[D6244] FieldGenius GPS importer - will now handle GPS Offset measurements from the raw file, and create new G4 (GPS Offset) records to define the offset from the rover's measured position to the actual point.
[D6859] FieldGenius GPS importer - will now handle scenarios where the base receiver was changed midway through the raw file without connecting to it to define the base point ID.
[D6859] FieldGenius GPS importer - is now more tolerant of corrupt data such that latitude/longitude values of zero will be ignored.
[D6964] FieldGenius GPS importer - when importing vectors without a defined base point ID, the assumed point ID (like RefID0000_1) is now constructed using the Next Vector number to avoid using the same Point ID for different base positions when importing multiple raw files.
Carlson SurvCE Support
[F2072] STAR*Carlson - will now convert Resection observations.
[F2305] STAR*Carlson - can again "Average Shots in Multiple Sets" (this option was available prior to 2009 but had been removed).
[D5839] Carlson GPS importer - can now import point descriptions with each vector.
Leica DBX Support
[F2506] STAR*Leica DBX - the option to Use All Set Observations now applies for any Sets collected with both the Sets of Angles or Traverse applications.
[D6909] STAR*Leica DBX - The Angular Precision setting for DMS angles was not intuitive; it now controls the number of decimal places for the seconds value (like 2 for DDD-MM-SS.ss) instead of the degrees value (like 6 for DDD-MM-SS.ss).
[F1934] STAR*Leica DBX - can now export Staking observations as measurement records.
[F2541] STAR*Leica DBX - will now export Checkshot deltas as comment records.

Defects Fixed

  • [D6880] Custom Coordinate Systems - When defining a custom coordinate system or when viewing coordinate system details, degrees-minutes-seconds format is now used instead of decimal degrees.
  • [D6882] Custom Coordinate Systems - When selecting a custom coordinate system, the Projection, Datum and Ellipsoid descriptions may show illegible characters.
  • [D6884] Custom Coordinate Systems - After defining a custom coordinate system, it could not be edited or deleted; Edit and Delete buttons have been added to the Coordinate System Details dialog.
  • [D6885] Custom Coordinate Systems - When using a custom coordinate system, transformations may occasionally fail resulting in coordinates at 0,0,0.
  • [D6897] Custom Coordinate Systems - A crash can occur when adding Global Mapper imagery to the network plot if an unsupported coordinate system is in use.
  • [D6898] Custom Coordinate Systems - When defining a custom coordinate system, editable fields now activate on a single-click instead of a double-click, and read-only fields are displayed with a grey background.
  • [D6893] Custom Coordinate Systems - A crash may occur or a solution may not converge, when running an adjustment in a project that references a custom system that does not exist.
  • [D6942] Custom Coordinate Systems - When defining a custom coordinate system, the specified delta Z value (if applicable) was not saved.
  • [D6918] Coordinate Systems - Tab order on the Select Project Coordinate System dialog was improved.
  • [D5508] DXF Export - network connections are always exported as 2D, never 3D, regardless of whether the "Export as a 2D DXF File" option is on or off.
  • [D6949] Error Log - The Output panel would not automatically switch to the Error Log when only Warnings are reported - it now opens for any Warnings or Errors.
  • [D5905] Error Log - A typo in one of the error messages in STAR*DNA conversion utility has been corrected.
  • [D6821] Exit - Exiting from STAR*NET while an adjustment is in progress can cause the program to crash.
  • [D6889] Help Files - The Microsoft Translator widget used in the Help files started generating script errors and has therefore been removed.
  • [D4440] Input Data - The Internal Editor now recognizes if any changes are made externally to the loaded data files and will prompt to reload the file from disk.
  • [D4938] Input Data - The .INCLUDE inline option was not reliable.
  • [D6883] Input Data - Pressing Ctrl-A to Select All does not do anything.
  • [D4472] Input Data - The Input Data Files panel did not support selecting multiple files to enable, disable, or delete at once.
  • [D6878] Listing File - Clicking on a section heading in the Listing Index Tree may cause that section to be displayed at the bottom of the Listing view.
  • [D5817] Listing File - All section headings may appear inside the "Summary of Files Used and Option Settings" section in the Listing Index Tree.
  • [D6973] Listing File - Error Propagation section headers missing the percent characters, like "Confidence Region = 95%".
  • [D6895] Modeling - Geoid heights are not applied to sideshots when using a .bin or .byn file.
  • [D6917] Modeling - Vertical Deflection Modeling causes an error message.
  • [D4849] Network Plot - Text Size and Symbol Size options could default to inappropriate sizes (1.5 and 1.0 points, respectively) that were too small to see.
  • [D6967] Output Files – In rare situations it was possible for the editor heuristics to mistake an ANSI file as Unicode, resulting in it being displayed illegibly.
  • [D4502] Project Manager - Tooltips showing the complete path and filename of each file shown on the Project Manager may not display.
  • [F2207] Project Manager - An option is now available to enable or disable the template data file functionality that was added in STAR*NET 7 when created.
  • [D6971] Project Options - Changes made on the Modeling tab would not update the relevant display on the Adjustment tab until closing and reopening the Project Options dialog.
  • [D4521] Screen Layout - the default screen layout has been improved such that all panels are now visible by default. Note that the layout is still completely customizable.

MicroSurvey STAR*NET 8.2

Release Date: July 29, 2016

New Features

Adjust Network with Cluster Detection
A new adjustment method "Adjust Network with Cluster Detection" is now available, which will automatically detect multiple points that are within a specified 2D or 3D proximity of each other and treat them as one point during the adjustment.
Specify a 2D or 3D distance tolerance, and choose whether or not to include or exclude points that are beyond tolderance of the key point in the cluster but within tolerance of any other point in the cluster.
A dual-pass adjustment will be performed, whereby a complete adjustment will first be run with all iterations, then its results analyzed to determine which points to combine, and a second adjustment will be run with those points aliased together.
After the first adjustment, you will have full control to approve or override any aliasing decisions prior to running the second adjustment, including the ability to control which point ID to use for each cluster.
After the final adjustment, the listing file will report which points were aliased together in each cluster and will display their deltas from the true point.
Input/Output Ellipsoid
A new option has been added to the Project and Company Options, allowing you to specify which ellipsoid you want to use for all input and output involving latitude/longitude values and ellipsoid heights such as P data records, the Geotetic Position (.pos) file, and the Listing (.lst) file.
STAR*NET V6 and V7 always used the reference ellipsoid for the project's selected coordinate system, and in STAR*NET V8.0/8.1 this behaviour changed to always use WGS84.

Enhanced Features

Adjusted Observations and Residuals
The Listing file will now report a effective distance value along with any angular residuals in the "Adjusted Observations and Residuals" section.
This makes it easier to interpret the angular residuals without having to cross-reference it against the slope distance of the measurement.
Conversion Utilities & GPS Vector Import
Many improvements to several of the data conversion utilities and GPS vector importers including MicroSurvey FieldGenius, Leica DBX, Carlson SurvCE, TDS Survey Pro, Trimble JobXML, and others as detailed below.

Defects Fixed

  • [D6867] Adjustment Speed - A major slowdown when adjusting projects in STAR*NET 8 compared to previous versions has been addressed.
  • [D7931] Coordinate Systems - On upgrading V6/V7 projects to V8, certain SPCS NAD83 coordinate systems in Nebraska, Montana, South Carolina,and Puerto Rico do not migrate correctly and will not automatically select a coordinate system.
  • [D7079] Coordinate Systmes - On upgrading V6/V7 projects to V8, Custom coordinate systems do not migrate correctly and will continue to notify you to select the coordinate system every time the project is opened.
  • [D7074] Coordinate Systems - Editing a custom coordinate system would not immediately take effect until the program was restarted.
  • [F2971] Coordinate Systems - Indiana Geospatial Coordinate System (InGCS) is now supported with 92 predefined InGCS zones.
  • [D7034,D7037] Data Editor - Data files located on a Linux file server can result in false notifations that the file has been changed.
  • [D7916] Data Editor - Opening a project containing a very large number of data files may cause the program to terminate unexpectedly.
  • [D7187] GPS Import - FieldGenius, TDS Survey Pro and Carlson .raw files containing BL records in feet did not scale them to meters as necessary.
  • [D7192] GPS Import - FieldGenius, TDS Survey Pro and Carlson .raw files may produce unnecessary "Removing geodetic position (EP) record" warning messages.
  • [D7807] GPS Import - When importing a FieldGenius .raw file that does not contain BL and CV records, antenna heights were not scaled from feet to meters when computing the ECEF positions for the base and rover positions which results in incorrect baseline values.
  • [D7117] GPS Import - FieldGenius, TDS Survey Pro and Carlson .raw files in feet would produce rover antenna heights that were not scaled from feet to meters.
  • [D7115] GPS Import - Trimble TSC .dc files containing vectors classified as Construction, Adjusted or Averaged were being skipped during conversion.
  • [D7982] Input Data - Inline comments following a descriptor (like 'descriptor #comment) were not ignored.
  • [D7010] Level Loop Tolerance Check - For metric projects, the vertical misclosure (given in meters, like 0.012) was compared directly against the maximum tolerance (given in mm, like ±16.000) to determine if the loop met or exceeded the specified standard of accuracy.
  • [D7030] Listing File - The Project Options Settings does not list the Vertical Deflection Model.
  • [D7010] Listing File - The Level Loop Closure Check will compare a closure value in m against a closure tolerance in mm for metric projects.
  • [D7008] Listing File - The Adjusted Coordinate Observations section is missing some columns.
  • [D7069] Network Plot - When Sideshots are disabled in the Plot Options window, they should not appear in the Inverse command.
  • [D7101] Network Plot - Lost Stations were not removed from the network plot.
  • [T2029] Network Plot - Predefined Hexagon Imagery Program (HxIP) layers have been added to the Image Manager.
  • [D7104] Printing - The "Processing Summary" would print with only 1 letter per line along the left side of the page.
  • [D7980] Printing - Exiting from the Print Preview caused the program to terminate unexpectedly.
  • [D7024] Startup - STAR*NET may produce an &quotApplication Error" on startup if certain Microsoft redistributables are not present.
  • [D7136] STAR*C&G - ANSI-encoded .cgr files were not read properly, resulting in a fail to convert them.
  • [D7110] STAR*Carlson - Resection may result in a direction set that is ended prematurely with a DE record before all of the relevant DM records, and those trailing DM records did not contain the correct instrument height.
  • [D7111] STAR*Carlson - Resection may result in an "Invalid field code" error message which prevents conversion.
  • [D7915] STAR*Carlson - Comment records are not included in the converted data file.
  • [D7409] STAR*DiNi - Added *.dat to the default file filter.
  • [D6493,D7159,D7422] STAR*JobXML - Foresight observations were not converted when a round contains observations to only one point. Such rounds will now produce an M record.
  • [D6503] STAR*JobXML - Files containing a negative Horizontal Circles value could not be converted. Negative plate readings are now normalized by adding 360 degrees to the negative value.
  • [D7215] STAR*JobXML - Attributes in the Description1 and Description2 fields were ignored, these are now appended (space delimited) to the contents of the Code field.
  • [D7467] STAR*Leica DBX - Some Sets of Angles data may be missing when "Include All Shots" option is used.
  • [D7410] STAR*Leica DBX - Some Sets of Angles data may be missing when "Average Shots in Sets" option is used.
  • [D7049] STAR*Leica DBX - Some Sets of Angles data may result in a crash if the set contains a missing setup.
  • [D7317] STAR*Leica DBX - Attributes were inconsistently appended or not appended to the field codes, depending on the record type. This is now controlled by an option which affects all record types.
  • [D7211] STAR*Leica DBX - A project without a coordinate system set was causing vectors to not be output, it will now output vector records but it is unable to output coordinate records.
  • [D7026] STAR*Leica DBX - A "View Log" menu could be observed floating on the dialog when using the "Windows Classic" display theme.
  • [D6951] STAR*Leica DBX - Specifying a precision value which exceeds the limit can result in a crash.
  • [D7944] STAR*Leica DBX – Sets of Angles data can now output partial set data, in the event of a power failure before the set is completed.
  • [D7945] STAR*Leica DBX – Resection data now only outputs the specified (2D or 3D) components of each observation.
  • [D7947] STAR*Leica DBX – Browsing for the DBX folder has been changed from a folder browser to a file browser.
  • [F2766] STAR*Leica DBX - "Reference Line" measurements can now be processed and converted.
  • [F2755] STAR*Leica DBX - "Measure Foresight" measurements can now be processed and converted.
  • [F2754] STAR*Leica DBX - "Survey" measurements can now be converted as either M or SS records.
  • [F2752] STAR*Leica DBX - An option has been added to not export any coordinate records.
  • [F2751] STAR*Leica DBX - An option has been added for "Special Code handling" as required for users in the United Kingdom.
  • [F2719] STAR*Leica DBX - An option has been added to specify the coordinate order (NE or EN) of Coordinate records.
  • [F2544] STAR*Leica DBX - Unused Setups are now processed and exported, but they are commented out in order to prevent inappropriate weightings.
  • [D7403] STAR*SDR - Alphanumeric serial numbers in the Instrument Record (01 line) would prevent conversion.
  • [D7691] STAR*TDS-Lev - Unexpected fields in an MO record will cause the import to abort, these are now ignored.
  • [D7021] Multilanguage Translations - Launching a conversion utility through the Insert menu will only launch the English version.
  • [D7678] Multilanguage Translations - Installing the Russian version of STAR*NET installs Spanish help files.
  • [D7838] Multilanguage Translations - The Processing Summary panel now supports Unicode text.

MicroSurvey STAR*NET 8.2a (v8.2.3)

Release Date: August 16, 2016

Defects Fixed

  • [D8008] Select Ellipsoid - The new option to use the selected coordinate system's reference ellipsoid did not work correctly with some Lambert projection-based coordinate systems.
  • [D8016] GPS Import - Importing a Leica .asc file may cause the program to terminate unexpectedly.
  • [D8023] Project Options - Geoid and vertical deflection modeling options are not loaded correctly from the project file.
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