We're releasing a major update to StereoCore™ PhotoLog today, including what we feel are some really useful new features. At the same time, we are taking StereoCore™ PhotoLog 3 out of beta. This means that as of today, StereoCore™ PhotoLog 3 is the officially supported version of the program. Customers who are currently using StereoCore™ PhotoLog 2 will continue to be supported, so we are not abandoning you.
The major new features of StereoCore™ PhotoLog 3 which were added in the past few weeks are log formats and map grids. In addition, the template system has been heavily revised to make it even more flexible and user friendly. A number of bugs have been fixed and the user interface has been polished.
Log formats are containers for all the data definitions that one would like to share between StereoCore projects. A logging programme would generally define one log format to be used throughout the programme. When you create a project, you specify what log format it should use. This means that the project is immediately set up with the relevant frames, templates, lookup tables and map grids that you want it to have.
Map grids are a part of the log format. They are intended to represent the various coordinate grids that are used at a mine. For example, many mines use grids based off WGS84, the GPS datum. Mines may have a mine grid that is used for determining borehole collar coordinates. Survey instruments may use magnetic North or True North as a reference. In StereoCore™ PhotoLog, the main purposes of map grids are:
Templates have been revised as well. Multiple template columns may now reference a single lookup table. This means that for example, if the list of rock-types of interest to the logger is updated, then all template columns that reference that list will automatically be updated too.
Finally, the StereoCore™ PhotoLog help manual has had a complete revision, with full details of all the new features added. The new features will also be described in a series of planned blog posts.
The StereoCore™ PhotoLog Team.