ProSteel 2016-17 changes

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Change log: Latest changes | 2016-17 . 2015 . 2014 ... -2001

A note to visitors: We try very hard to produce reliable software but occasionally problems surface, and when they do we rectify them as soon as possible. Each release comes with a 'Latest information' file that details all the changes (except for the most minor) made in each build. Our experience is that our users prefer the candid approach to one of denial and slipstreamed changes. We operate low price subscription update schemes for our programs which keep users up to date during the period of their subscription.

Release 7.05a, 29 November 2017

Users whose activation key ends in H11-K12 can download this release using the Miscellaneous, Check Website for Updates option within the program. How to use the web updates facility

Changes in this release:

  • Flange plate and end plate beam splices can now be added to a project as freestanding items. Previously you could only add splices to beams already added to a project. The new options calculate the moment and shear capacity of the splice. To add a splice, press the toolbar Add Connection button and select the required splice type and in the dialog that appears enter the splice details.
  • In the Beam Diagram Options dialog the Border Y/N checkbox has been replaced by a spin edit in which you enter the border width in pixels [dots], 0 for none.
  • Some small changes to connection calculations have been made and connection printouts now show more detailed working, particularly for shear resistance.
  • For angle cleat and end plate connections, the capacity of the supporting member web/flange is now checked. From this you can also easily calculate the capacity for a double sided connection
  • A project containing one or more OLE pages was marked as not saved on loading even though no changes had been made - fixed
  • Various small interface improvements
  • This release is built with Embarcadero Delphi Tokyo - this is a technical change that does not affect end users

Release 7.04b, 19 June 2017

Technical and minor user interface changes only

Release 7.04a, 11 April 2017

  • RTF (rich text format) output is now shown as a third output option in the Print dialog - previously it was implemented as a right-click option on item windows. You can now choose whether to copy the RTF to the clipboard from where it can be posted into another application or write it to a file (by default the last folder is used) and optionally load this into the program associated with RTF files (Microsoft Word on most systems).
  • For fin plates connections, the 'Green Book' [6.3(iii)] states that the fin plate or beam web thickness should not exceed 0.5d/0.42d (S275/S355). Up to 7.03a we showed a fail if the plate thickness or web thickness exceeded this limit - fixed.
  • If you change the section type (e.g. from UB to RHS) in the steel column edit diagram, the load position diagram is now updated.
  • Add/Use note buttons in edit dialogs could insert wrong text - fixed.
  • Error messages were triggered if you reduced item windows to below a certain size or minimized them - fixed.

Release 7.03a, 13/16 February 2017

Users whose activation key ends in H02-I12 can download this release using the Miscellaneous, Check Website for Updates option within the program. How to use the web updates facility

  • Four new themes have been added.
  • The Expand function has been reworked. A new checkbox to the right of the Expand button on the Project Manager toggles Expand mode.
  • For non-restrained steel beams, the end restraint conditions are now spelt out on the printout, e.g 'Compression flange laterally restrained. Nominal torsional restraint. Compression flange partially restrained against rotation on plan (0.85L)' rather than just the effective length factor being shown.
  • For steel beams with destabilizing loads, the printout didn't explicitly state that this was the case - note now added. This did not affect the calculations.
  • Various changes have been made to enhance the program appearance on very high resolution screens
  • A new option "'Check website for updates' option: show/hide" has been added to the setup program - the default is checked, but if you uncheck this box the Check website for updates option no longer appears on the menu. revised in Feb 16 build
  • This release is built with Embarcadero Delphi Berlin - this is a technical change that does not affect end users

Release 7.02c, 7 December 2016

  • Beam loading diagram now stacks dead and live loads rather than the two hatches being overlaid.
  • Changing theme triggered 'sub-menu not in menu' error - fixed.
  • Some changes made to stop expanded windows erroneously reverting to original size.
  • Size of steel column load diagram on printout has been increased

Release 7.02b, 30 August 2016

  • Library (standard notes) dialog has been made slightly wider. Standard load names grid column widths now dynamically resize depending on content.
  • Beam edit dialog, loads page, now always shows the notes header (add/use/notes dropdown/editor) - previously this was replaced by the loads footer when you clicked on the load grid which confused some users.
  • Fix for missing toolbar icons on some displays

Release 7.02a, 23 August 2016

  • Changes made to printing code to (hopefully) work around change made in Windows 10 August update which can trigger printer errors in previously working code. If you're really interested there's a technical explanation here.
  • Various changes made to enhance program appearance, especially on hi-res displays.
  • Toolbar Add Beam button and Project Menu, Add Beam option each display a menu which lets you select the beam type (loads, steel, timber or steel+timber). You can still change the beam type within the Beam, Edit dialog.
  • Toolbar Add Connection button and Project Menu, Add Connection option each display a menu which lets you select the connection type (angle cleat, end plate or fin plate).
  • Copy splice calculation as RTF didn't work - fixed

Release 7.01b, 25 June 2016

  • Bug fix: Selecting a standard load with a '!' in the load expression caused an AV error.
  • User Setup dialog, File Names and Locations page now includes an extra field showing the setup log file. Right-click to view this if you encountered any errors installing the program.

Release 7.01a, 7 June 2016

  • When changing section family in the steel check dialog, AV error could be thrown if changing to a section family with fewer sections than the previously selected one
  • Fin plate calculation error: This release fixes an intermittent error which was introduced into release 5.41g, Nov 2011 and unfortunately was not picked up by our test examples or reported by any users. Fin plate connections, check 2 (bolt group resistance), could in certain situations wrongly take the bolt capacity as that of the fin plate bearing resistance, although the beam web bearing resistance was lower.
  • Splice drawing printing has been reworked
  • For clarity the Print dialog now shows the selected options and copy allocations in bold.
  • The beam web opening printout now includes a drawing of the beam side elevation showing the opening size(s) and position(s).
  • [User request] Splice and connection design dialogs now add a bolt grade option, 8.8 [previous default] or 10.9. Using the higher strength bolts only makes a difference if the bolt strength is the limiting factor in a connection; if, as is often the case, bearing capacity of of a plate is the limiting factor, increasing the bolt strength won't make the connection any stronger.
  • [User request] Previously if you or ProSteel selected a hollow section and the steel grade was set to S275, the grade was changed to S355, since Corus/Tata do not manufacture S275 hollow sections (see Blue Book). It's been drawn to our attention that some UK stockholder websites do list S275 hollow sections (possibly imported) so ProSteel now accepts these without changing the grade, though a warning message is shown.

Release 7.00f, 25 April 2016

Changes in this release

  • Licence key file not handled correctly - fixed
  • AV error if changing theme when open project includes OLE page(s) - fixed
  • Bug fixed that caused display errors with splices and beam openings if a project was renumbered (e.g. following a Move Up/Down)
  • Steel default grade could be taken as S355 even though set to S275 in User Setup dialog

Release 7.00e, 5/6 Apr 2016

  • A few (out of 300+) users of SB/PS7.00 have reported that an empty rectangle is printed where a beam loading or BM/SF diagrams should be. 6 April build includes reworked diagram printing code to try and fix this.
  • Ctrl+C removed as Copy to RTF shortcut so as to allow it to be used for copying text from dialog fields.
  • Various small UI changes

Release 7.00d, 24 Mar 2016

  • Further to some users reporting that the default dialog font is suboptimal, we have added an extra field in the fonts dialog that lets you select the font to be used.
  • Various small UI changes

Release 7.00c, 22 Feb 2016

Changes in this release

Several small changes following user feedback from 7.00a users:

  • Dialog font size increased slightly
  • Axis values and legend on printed load and BM/SF diagrams were unreadably small - fixed
  • In 7.00a we removed the default Enter [OK] and Escape [Cancel] key handling for modal dialogs. A new preference option optionally reinstates this.

There is no 7.00b

Release 7.00a, 8 Feb 2016

ProSteel 7 installs alongside ProSteel 5 (if you have it installed). Once ProSteel 7 is running to your satisfaction, you can uninstall ProSteel 5 if you choose using the Windows Control Panel.

  • New theme support - a new button at the end of the toolbar labelled 'RGB' lets you choose one of twenty colour schemes - the choice is yours. You can find a preview of the available themes on our website page
  • PDF generation now uses the Gnostice library as used in releases 4.58e and earlier. This produces smaller PDF files
  • Various technical changes - see readme file

Latest changes | 2016-17 . 2015 . 2014 ... -2001