RTF copy option: Calculations can be copied to the clipboard in
RTF format, from where they can be pasted into applications such as Word.
Size of internally generated PDF files reduced
Standard load page template loads updated following user feedback
5.51b (Nov 27) fixes a print misalignment bug introduced in 4.61a
Release 5.50d: 20 Aug 2013
The layout of the steel column edit dialog has been changed slightly. The load
position buttons are now on a panel to the right of the loading grid and become
active when you click on the load grid. Problems with B/F load functionality have
Standard Loads page: From the beginning we have always been
reluctant to give any guidance on standard loads, the rationale being that if you
need such help you shouldn't be using our programs. Given periodic requests we have
now finally added a standards load page. For more information see the program Latest
Release 5.50c: 10 Jun 2013
Connection edit dialog allowed invalid bolt sizes to be entered - fixed
Error in unrestrained beams extended as cantilevers with hogging moment on span
(unlikely to be encountered in practice). If you had an beam extended as a cantilever
with the load generating a hogging moment on the span, the LTB check was invalid -
the actual (negative) moment was compared with the buckling resistance moment and so
was always less (so taken as OK) regardless of magnitude. We have corrected this so
that the unsigned moment is used when checking.
From release 5.42g a note, 'Sections to be bolted together with tube
spacers or suitable alternative connections at max 1.5m c/s', has been added
to steel beam calculations where the beam comprises two or three sections and no
other notes have been added. Now if you change back to a single section beam and the
steel note text comprises this text and nothing else it is automatically
Release 5.50b: 30 Apr 2013
Beam o.w. load line now only adds o.w. for steel and/or timber beams.
Bearing notes continued to be shown in Summary when bearing type changed to
'Omit' - now any note is deleted if you change the type to 'Omit'
Script editors now add a button which lets you change the edit panel font.
Script enhancements: Scripts and script pages can now include
Summary.Add() statements which function in the same way as Output.Add()
statements. The text entered appears in the Project Summary. You can also assign
values to predefined variables WindowTitle and PrjMgrLine, e.g.
WindowTitle := 'CATNIC CN6 LINTEL;'. Values assigned here appear in the screen
window title bar and Project Manager. New values CantLenR1 and CantLenR2 have been
added - usually these will be checked to ensure they are zero, i.e. the beam does not
extend as a cantilever at either end.
New script: A new script Catnic IG 100mm box lintel combines the
earlier Catnic and IG scripts so as to give both lintel options on one sheet.
Enhanced scripts: The original Catnic, IG, Stressline and TJI scripts have
been replaced with new ones that use the Summary, WindowTitle and PrjMgrLine
A 24-year old bug fixed! When the expression evaluator was written for
SuperBeam 1 we managed to get the expression evaluation wrong for expressions
involving sequential addition and subtraction. Following BODMAS too literally 2-3+4
was evaluated as 2-(3+4) = -5.. The correct evaluation is 2+(-3)+4=3. After 24
years we've got it right! For more see this forum post. It's
highly unlikely to have affected any calculations but does also affect the
Note that we still give precedence to multiplication over division so 2x3/4x5 is
evaluated as if the division symbol was a horizontal line with the preceding and
following parts above and below it, viz (2x3)/(4x5) = 0.3, not 2x(3/4)x5=7.5
Release 5.50a: 25 Mar 2013
The combined stress ratio was not always visible in the column edit dialog -
Shortcut key for Add Column is now Ctrl+L (was Ctrl+A, clashes with select all
text in memo field)
Configuration, Standard Loads and Notes option has been renamed
New scripting option: eight ready to use scripts, one each for 100mm wide IG
and Catnic box lintels, 100x140mm Stressline prestressed concrete lintels, 47mm
wide C16 floor joists, 2x47mm C16 built-up beams and 220mm deep, 241mm and 302mm
deep TJI joists. If you're computer literate, write your own. Read
Release 5.42i: 16 Feb 2013
Steel column section selection now mirrors that for beams: you now have check,
select by minimum weight and (new) select by minimum depth.
Non-BS4 (new Advance) steel sections: New setting in Project Details dialog gives
you three options when using the program to select a section: you can include these
sections (as before), exclude them from consideration, or, you can choose to have any
suitable such section noted as an alternative: e.g. the program might select a
610x229x101 UB and use this for the calculations but adds a line under the
section name stating that a 610x178x100 UB would also be suitable. This line is
not added where the selected section is already the lightest or shallowest one.
Release 5.42h: 18 Jan 2013
Beam diagram print options lost on beam edit - fixed
Range check error was thrown when clicking on Project Manager list if list empty
or when pressing Paste if list empty
Potential (though unlikely) error fixed on end plate splices: bearing capacity of
bolts on end plate wasn't checked when calculating splice shear capacity (in practice
it's almost never critical)