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Maptek Vulcan - Service Pack 8.1.3 and Hot Fix 1

I seem to be a little bit behind on the most recent release by Maptek.  Service pack 8.1.3 was released in December of 2011 and I completely missed it.  Along with the new service pack, Maptek also released something I had never seen from them before, a 'Hot Fix.'  The release notes for the 'Hot Fix' state that it is to remove an enhancement that didn't work well with some graphics cards.  Cards affected include:
NVIDIA Quadro FX 570M
NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800M
NVIDIA Quadro NVS 285
If you have one of these cards don't install service pack 8.1.3 unless you intend to install the 'Hot Fix' at the same time.

I was reading the release notes prior to installing the service pack and 'Hot Fix' and was persuaded to postpone upgrading to the newest version.  I am in the middle of running some Whittle optimizations and don't need to be the one to find out if the new import upgrades have any bugs.  The basis for my comments in this post is the Maptek Vulcan release notes.

There were a number of upgrades to options that Maptek states prevents Vulcan from 'closing' or 'closing unexpectedly' or cause an 'unexpected termination.'  I think we all know that these are just euphemisms for the more common term 'CRASH.'

Menu options that Maptek is willing to admit have been crashing include:
Design > Polygon Edit > Build
Model > Primitives > Create/Edit Primitives
Grid Calc > Integrated Stratigraphic Modeling > Interpolate Drillhole Data - Fix DHD
Block > Viewing > Load Dynamic Model
Block > Transfer > Extract Blocks
Drilling Section > Create Section
If you use or are planning to use any of these menu options you will want to upgrade to service pack 8.1.3 and 'Hot Fix 1.'

Also included in this service pack are fixes to remnants of the original FORTRAN code.  FORTRAN required the definition of field and path lengths when the code was originally written.  As time progresses the acceptable file name length and path length change but FORTRAN stays the same with no option for fields of increasing length.  Several years ago Maptek converted all their code to C+ or C++.  The following fixes in service pack 8.1.3 are a testament that this conversion is still not completely functional.

FORTRAN style fixes include:
Block > Viewing > Gradeshells
Block > Advanced Reserves
Block > Advanced Reserves > Advanced Reserves Editor
If you are using any of these options be careful to not use file names or path names that are too long.

Finally, there are the Maptek Vulcan fixes and upgrades that I am worried about.  In addition to the Whittle import/export changes I am also interested/worried about changes to:
Open Pit > Open Cut Design > Berm String - New functionality to allow the user to specify with the mouse which direction the berm should go.  Is this going to be helpful or painful.
Open Pit > Open Cut Design > Auto Pit - New checkbox to override berm width and batter angle.  What do they mean by this?  Is this change really going to be helpful?
Open Pit > Open Cut Design > Project String - Maptek claims that 'Line projection results have been improved.'  How exactly have they been improved?  I didn't think that they were so bad before.
I worry about these changes because these are some of the options that I use frequently.  I will have to give you an update about the how they work out for me in a few weeks when I have installed service pack 8.1.3 and 'Hot Fix 1.'


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