SIGMA NEWS                                                                                                                                       AUGUST 2007

 

NEW RELEASE !

 

 

 

Getting it done just got easier!

Time is precious. You need an CAD system that’s intuitive and simple. Our mission for the ARRIS 9.2 release was to improve the GUI so you can zip through tasks. We have taken the hint from our ARRIS++ users and with the cooperation of Jeff Small of CJSA LLC, we have integrated the ARRIS++ functions into ARRIS 9.2. More attractive and easier to navigate menus will help you find what you are looking for more quickly. ARRIS 9.2 also adds more opportunities for customization, putting the tools you use most right at your fingertips. ARRIS 9.2’s more intuitive interface, integrated ARRIS++ features, and numerous productivity features will help you accomplish more every day.

 

Middle Mouse Help, User-Defined Right Click, Color Selection, Last 6 Values Remembered, Layer Enhancements, Polygon Placement, Right-Click Customization, Notes Time Savers, ARRIS++ Plugin, View Control Bar, Query Area, Edit Menu, Copy/Edit, Entity Select, Raster Status, Zones Status, Ambient Light, RI Status Bar, New Note Leaders, View Menu, ARRIS Developer, More Developer (103) Perimeter Menu (103), Plotting Improvements (103)

 

FAQ's About ARRIS 9.2          Download Now      Installation Instructions       New Features Guide (PDF)      Pricing

   
“Find it Fast” Menu Improvements
Help At Your Fingertips

For both the new and the established ARRIS user, enhancements have been made to the Menu Help. This Middle-Mouse or Scroll-Wheel [F2] can answer almost any question you may have. Just mouse over the icon and select the middle mouse or press down on your scroll wheel. You can quickly learn new features without referring to the ARRIS Bookshelf.

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User Defined Right-Click Status
ARRIS 9.2’s menu help also shows whether or not user defined right clicks are enabled on the menu box. If they are, the box will display bright green and the right click command keyword is also shown. To define the Right-Click, select the User Defined Right Click Button to the right of the Keyword. 

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Easier To Read GUI
In ARRIS 9.2 the title boxes and Button text has been changed to upper case to give the menus a cleaner, more attractive and consistent look. It’s easier to distinguish between the menu labels and user data, so you can “Find it Fast”. 
Color Selection Made Easy

ARRIS 9.2 has a larger Color Select menu offers larger color swatches which make it easier to see and select the right color. Also, all of the colors from 0 through 256 have been clearly numbered to make them easier to identify. 

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Forgot What You Did? ARRIS Didn’t! 

Make life easier from the moment you start drawing with ARRIS 9.2’s commands which now remember the last 6 values/selections used.

The Chamfer command (beveled edge connecting two surfaces) now remembers the last 
6 chamfer values used. 

The Fillet command (rounding off of an interior corner) now remembers the last 6 fillet values used. 

The Penmap command now remembers the last 6 penmaps used. 

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Layer Enhancements

In ARRIS 9.2 if the work layer is changed with the layer menu open, the menu work layer box highlight will now update. 

The layer add command now accepts layer descriptors up to 128 characters long. 

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Polygon Placement Options

The Polygon Placement command will now place polygons either inscribed or circumscribed

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FAQ's About ARRIS 9.2          Download Now      Installation Instructions       New Features Guide (PDF)      Pricing

   
Do it Your Way Time Savers
Right-Click Customization

Customize ARRIS to your personal requirements with user defined right-clicks. In ARRIS 9.2 your options have expanded. Now you can add user defined right-clicks to menu buttons on the Application Menus and Sub-Menus. ARRIS 9.2 gives you the freedom to work your way. 

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Notes Time Savers

If you find yourself placing the same note again and again, you will love this feature. ARRIS 9.2 now repeats the note until the F10 or <Enter> key is pressed, allowing multiple placements of the same note. 

Another time saver is the catalog or manual note menu (when started with a left click) now reloads after a note is placed allowing selection or input of another note. This repeats until the menu is cleared by selecting EXIT on the menu. 

When starting either of these commands with the right-click, the catalog or manual note will be single placement only, and the command ends after the note is place. 

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FAQ's About ARRIS 9.2          Download Now      Installation Instructions       New Features Guide (PDF)      Pricing

   
Do it Your Way Time Savers

ARRIS++ Integrated As an ARRIS 9.2 Plug-in

ARRIS 9.2 has added a powerful new plug-in into it’s arsenal called ARRIS++ Alternate Menus Package, created by CJSA LLC. It is a menus package that contains hundreds of alternate menu sets throughout the ARRIS menu system which significantly extends the functionality of the standard ARRIS system.

The goal of ARRIS++ is to increase user productivity by using more visible button for less clicks to get to tools and increased customization. 

To get ARRIS++ to load automatically when ARRIS is started, simply add an entry to either the compiled :ustart or to the ustart.tx file. You can find instructions in the user documentation by going to the link listed at the bottom of this page

You can find an ARRIS++ User Manual at http://cjsa.home.comcast.net/aplus/APLUS/ap_index.html

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View Control Bar Improvements

The View Control Bar buttons now have user definable right-click commands.

It’s back in 9.2! The “Last Zoom” function has been added back to the View Control Bar, it’s also the default right click on the Zoom Window button. 

The Opaque Display function has been added back to the View Control Bar as the default right click on the “Redisplay” button. 

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Query Area Menu Improvements

The Query Area menu now has a TEXT UNITS box which allows the area units to be user defined (or None) when placing the area as text. 

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Edit Menu Improvements

The Edit menu now has a clockwise/counter clockwise button for setting scale/rotation moves, similar to the copy menu

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Copy/Edit

In ARRIS 9.2 the scale factor prompt for the EDIT and COPY menus has been enhanced. New Mirroring options have been added. As the prompt indicates, these options may be selected from the keyboard by entering either ‘mx’ to mirror about the x-axis, ‘my’ to mirror about the y-axis, or ‘mb’ to mirror about X & Y axes.

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Entity Select Add To Toolbar 

The Entity Select Add To Toolbar function has been enhanced to allow several commands to choose from when adding a command and entity style to the tool bar.

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Raster Status Menu

Raster File display now indicated “No File Set” in red. 

Zone Status Menu

Zone type and name boxes display in red if those parameters are not set. 

Ambient Light

The Ambient Light function found previously on the Color menu has been moved to the Lights menu in the 3D Application. 

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RI Status Bar

Thumbnail Displays

In ARRIS 9.2 a small image of the current repeated now displays on the status menu. This thumbnail image of the RI is displayed in either the Ri’s native color(sP or in the current color, depending upon how the RI was originally created. Clicking on this thumbnail image immediately displays the Repeated Item Select pop-up menu where you can select another RI from an existing RI catalog or library. 

RI Rotation & Display

The cursor rotation has been removed from the RI Rotation display and has been given it’s own display box and set command. 

 

Defaults

The Clear to Default buttons for RI Scale and Rotation have been simplified. 

RI Offsets

The RI Offsets box on the RI Status Menu displays “Set” if there are offsets. Selecting this box brings up the RI Origin Offsets menu which allows you to set and clear RI Offset factors.

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More Note Leaders

In ARRIS 9.2 we’ve added two new Note Leader pointer options on the Default Note Parameters Menu. 

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View Menu

In ARRIS 9.2 we’ve put back the Angle View Button on the View Menu. Selecting this allows you to set the view to any angle. ARRIS will prompt for rotation around the X, Y, and Z axes to set the view.

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ARRIS Developer Enhancements

Sigmac Compile / Archive: A right-click on the Sigmac Source Directory, Working Directory, or Sigmac Library Box will refresh the list, maintaining the same directory or library setting.

Sigmac Compile / Archive: A right-click on the Edit Source button will now create a new sigmac source code file in the Sigmac Source directory. ARRIS will prompt for the new file name. If the file "master.ff" exists in the directory, the new file will be created as a copy of master.ff. Otherwise the new file will be just an empty file. After the new file is created, it will be opened in the Developent Text Editor.

Sigmac Compile / Archive: The "PRINT LOG" button has been changed to "LOG FILE". Selecting this button now opens the log in the Development Text Editor where it may be saved or printed as needed.

Menu Compile / Archive: A right-click on the Menu Source Directory, Working Directory, or Menu Library Box will refresh the list, maintaining the same directory or library setting.

Menu Compile / Archive: A right-click on the Edit Source button will now create a new menu source code file in the Menu Source directory. ARRIS will prompt for the new file name. If the file "master.mt" exists in the directory, the new file will be created as a copy of master.mt. Otherwise the new file will be just an empty file. After the new file is created, it will be opened in the Developent Text Editor.

Menu Compile / Archive: The "PRINT LOG" button has been changed to "LOG FILE". Selecting this button now opens the log in the Development Text Editor where it may be saved or printed as needed.

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Developer - The $hndlr utility has been enhanced to add new constants for returning to level 0 from level 1 or 2 (but not 3). This for user level error handlers.

Developer - On a test basis, support has been added for raster image use as menu icons.

Developer - Added the #dbfuzzy flag for use in determining tolerances for equality.

Developer - Added a new utiliy $fzeq(p1,p2,tolerance) for use in determinging point location equality.

Developer - Added a new utility $is_widescreen for use in determining if a widescreen aspect ratio is being used.

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Query Perimeter Menu

A new Query Perimeter menu has been added which is very similar to the Query Area function. This allows you to query boundary perimeters using point, rectangle, zone, or chase input. It also allows the output to be expressed in any one of several output units regardless of database unit setting.

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ARRIS Plotting Enhancements

ARRIS Plotting has been enhanced to allow pens that are not mapped to solid black (0,0,0) to plot over other entities including solid fill hatch, pen 0 masks, and entities in pens mapped to black. ARRIS plotting now strictly follows the ARRIS layer order regardless of pen mapping. 

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9.2 FAQ'S

Do I need new authorization codes to run ARRIS 9.2?  

A:  Yes, you need new authorization codes.  If you are current on subscription, you will automatically receive your codes by email.  If you are not on subscription, you can upgrade to subscription for $695 per seat. 

What version of the translator do I need to run with ARRIS 9.2? 

A:  Translator versions 7.5, 7.6 and 7.7 will run with ARRIS 9.2. However the Translator 7.7 works with AutoCAD 2008 dwgs.

Are ARRIS 9.2 files backward compatible? 

A: Yes, with ARRIS versions 9.1 and 9.0. ARRIS 9.2 is not generally backward compatible with ARRIS 8.3 and previous. 

Is ARRIS 9.2 compatible with Microsoft Vista? 

A: Yes, however you may find that ARRIS and other programs run slower with Microsoft Vista.  Vista is a larger and more processor-intensive operating system.  

 

 

 

 

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