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New features in Version 4

New Maps Layer Capabilities

A number of new maps layer capabilities have been added. These include:

  • Place Images
  • Text annotation tool using system font
  • Directly visualize data from mesh and grid layers
  • Smooth contours in contour map post-processing objects
  • New look of post-processing objects' dialogs
  • Resize objects by click-drag


Placing images allow you to better orientate in your domain, and digitize information from images. Images can be placed in Maps type layers. Since Images are opaque it is recommended that you place images that cover the same area on the screen in different Maps type layers. This will allow you better control of image visibility by using the show/hide layer command and by using the promote demote layer option.

Supported formats

The following seven image formats are supported by Argus ONE

 Format name  Format file extension
tif or tiff
Windows DIB
Sun Raster
Nexpert Objects Images

If you try to place a file which contains an image saved in a format other then those supported an alert will be presented.


Text Annotation - System Font

The system-font text annotation tool, a variation of the vector font text annotation tool, uses a system font to present the text. Later versions of Argus ONE will allow you to select the system font from the available fonts installed on your system.

To choose system-font or vector-font annotation text

  1. In the tool palette, click and hold the text tool to open the popup menu.
  2. To select the system-font tool release the mouse button above the thick A icon.
  3. To select the vector-font tool release the mouse button above the thin A icon.

Creating and editing system-font annotation text

System-font annotation text is created and edited in the same manner as vector-font text. However, system-font annotation text can not be rotated. As a result, all imported text (which might be rotated) is represented using the vector font.

New Look of Post-Processing Objects' Dialogs

All post-processing objects' dialogs have been changed to tab dialogs. All dialogs have two panes. This change was introduced to allow for future panes offering more control of post-processing objects. The two panes available are the Chart pane and the Position pane.


Using Post-Processing Visualization Objects to View Mesh and Grid Data

Post processing objects can plot data directly read from mesh nodes and grid blocks. Thus, to examine mesh and grid data you do not need to first read it into a data type layer. All grid, block, mesh layer and node parameters will be listed in the layer popup menu in the post-processing object dialog.

Smooth Contours in Contour Diagram Objects

Contours created in Contour diagram post-processing objects may be smoothed.

To smooth contours in contour maps

  • Open the Contour Diagram dialog box
  • Check the Smooth contours check box.
  • Click OK to close the dialog and accept the change.

Resizing Objects by Clicking and Dragging

All the objects available in Map type layers are resizable by click-drag.

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