Beta 0_9_0 Changes

What is new in the Beta 0_9_0 release    [June 03, 2016]
This is the first public Beta, prior SNIP releases were Alphas with a limited release distribution.

  • The basic visualization and navigation solution charting abilities in SNIP were expanded and some additional user control elements were added. The new visual elements include displaying the GPS time stamp of the data set, providing some additional “delta” style charts, and adding a small label in several charts to denote each point’s offset from a running positional average.   The right-click menu item for these services was renamed “Graphical Views” from “monitor” used before.  The delta 3-dimentional chart shown below is one of the new styles added.

3DexamplePlotExample of a SNIP 3D plot of estimated position

  • While 3-dimensional charting has been part of SNIP for some time, in this release the development team has also added rotational controls to the display to adjust the perspectives used in plotting.  This allows the user to get the view point “just right” when the positional estimate is curling in strange ways.
  • A new Serial Port setup wizard has been added to SNIP This simple wizard is similar to the one introduced in release 0_8_8 for setting up new Relayed Stream connections.  It is intended to guide users through the correct setup of a serial port.

serial_wizard_port

  • The SNIP redesigned console logging and filtering functions released in the 0_8_8 build were further improved based on some user feedback.  The refresh button was divided into two buttons, one showing only the last 100 relevant (nonfiltered) events, and the other showing the entire log. With several thousand possible log entries this provided a more interactive user experience. [The GUI in SNIP lives in its own threading model so such reporting has no effect on the Caster performance.

Other improvements in this release include:

  • A number of new KB articles on how to use the RTCM3 message decoder and the Universal Decoder tools have been added.
  • A memory leak which occurred under stressed loading conditions, when >250k clients users per day connected, was detected and removed .
  • A new script for the uBlox 6T GNSS device was added to allow device configuration (setup) to occur from the USB port (other existing scripts provided allowed setup from the serial UART port).
  • Initial Linux installation scripts for SNIP have been complete and will begin their own testing soon. Interested Ubuntu testers are sought at this time.
  • After the one hour time limit for the evaluation of unregistered copies of  SNIP ends, an additional dialog is presented to explain to the user how to register the copy in either free (Lite) or paid modes.
  • Minor changes to the use-snip.com web site were made to support moving to a public Beta release.

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2 Comments

  1. gnssdata11

    Beta 0.9.0 on Win 8.1 64:
    1) Stringtable Format has (probably) incorrect Syntax:
    an empty table (with no mountpoints/streams configured/active) has a template STR record, which correctly starts with “STR;xxxx;…” As soon as the table gets populated from active streams the records (incorrectly) start with “STR:xxx;…”. This screws a few Clients I used for testing.
    2) automatic reconnection of correctly configured push streams (NTRIP Servers) is unreliable at least or mostly not working.
    3) anonymous user Access and DSRCtools Access is reenabled with every new start of SNIP
    4) relayed NTRIP streams although correctly configured and connected will not make it as a sourcetable entry according to my tests. Maybe I’m sth. missing here

    cheers,

    Admin: See also this thread.

  2. SNIP Team: The issues mentioned here were resolved in the next release (0.9.1).

    Our thanks to all the early BETA testers like gnssdata11 who have provided us with your feedback. As the 6 month BETA phase now comes to an end (Rev 1.0 is due out in under two weeks) we wish to thank you all.

    The SNIP product is now a very stable platform and a good solution for all but the largest network user needs. And as its cost point is much lower than other competitive products (by about 10x fold), we have high expectations for it to become a worldwide success. The many encouraging comments from our peers at last month’s annual ION meeting seem to indicate this was the right product for the right time. International downloads continue to grow and we are very pleased that SNIP is being used to bring CORS networks to places that otherwise would have none. Let the RTK revolution continue!

    The SNIP Development Team also needs to thank and acknowledge the US DOT / FHWA whose vision and research grants underwrote the initial development costs of creating the SNIP concept. Just wait until you see what we have planned next.