Version 5.9 for the Microsoft Windows device has been released. The user control of the automatic trial and adjustment has been improved. Some bugs have been fixed.
The download button in the Android phone & iPhone guide now downloads a pdf file of the November 2021 version of that volume of the user guide. This includes for the Apple iPad. The text displayed on the web site though is still the older version.
Version 5.9 has been released for the iPhone and also the intended use of the application has been extended to the iPad.
The user control of the automatic trial and adjustment has been improved. A switch controls the progress display. When this is not showing the computations are much faster.
The extra display area of the iPad is used to make more direct use of the graphical representations of the cross section and the material stress/strain relationships.
On the iPhone the style of the display has been improved. The appearance has changed although it works much the same.
There are minor changes to the User Guide describing these improvements use on the iPhone.
The use of the app on the iPad has similarities with its use on the iPhone. In the first instance it is envisaged the existing User Guide for the iPhone and Android phone should suffice for the iPad: what is different is obvious and its use intuitive. Nevertheless, the Users Guide is to be modified to formally accommodate the iPad. Intuition should not be necessary.
For the meantime a description of what is different follows.
iPad iPhone differences
On the iPad there are no Next and Back button in the top corners of the display. Rather, there are buttons with self explanatory captions on the various dialog and data panels, generally near the bottom of the panel.
Data is on panels that overlay a graphic image
A graphical representations of the cross-section or of a material’s stress/strain relationship occupies the whole display on the iPad. The data and other information is presented in panels that overlay that image. Each of these panels can either be hidden or can be moved about so that all parts of the image can be seen.
One of these panels has the main tab buttons ‘F’, ‘M’, ‘C’, ‘L’ and ‘T’ and presents the lists of the various kinds of entities: files, materials, components, load cases and time affect sets.
As with the previous versions a tap on an entity name in these lists will open the editor for that entity. Generally the background for these editors is an image of the cross-section although the background for the material editor is the stress/strain relationship of the material.
Information that pertains to a particular feature is presented on a panel that can be moved so that always that feature can be revealed. Near each corner of these panels is a small button labeled ‘TL’, ‘TR’ … etc. A tap on these buttons will move the panel.
TL = Top left corner of the display
TR = Top right corner of the display
BR = Bottom right corner of the display
BC = Bottom centre of the display
BL = Bottom left corner of the display
C = Centre of the display
The virtual alpha numeric keyboard for entity names occupies the bottom of the display. The place for the new entity name is always near the top.
The virtual numeric keyboard is always at the bottom. When the number to be edited is on a moveable panel the keyboard has move buttons each side. It can be moved from side to side across the bottom so that always the feature to be edited can be seen.
The image in the background
When the application is started, or the selected xsf file is deleted the background to the file list panel is black. When a new file is created or an existing file is selected the background becomes white and the components described in the file are shown in black.
A subject component is highlighted on the cross-section image: the other components are grayed. Also there is a little red circle that acts as a cursor indicating a particular feature that is the subject.
Editing changes that affect the image are immediately reflected by changes to the image.
Load case graphics
The reference point is indicated by a little blue circle and the reference axis is also shown in blue.
With the load case editing facilities what is of interest is indicated by circles of a dark cyan color. These circles are slightly larger than the red cursor circle.
Two concentric circles indicate the point with the focus in the three point method, while the other two points are indicated by single circles.
Two concentric circles also indicate the subject of a yield computation.
With a computation result display three concentric circles indicate the location of the axial load (if there is an axial load). If this is outside the area that displays the cross-section the scale of the image is reduced so that it is accommodated. The axial load can possibly be some distance from the cross section so that the reduction is scale affects the readability of the cross section image. There is a button to hide the axial load location that overcomes this problem.
Editing the graphic image
When the selected file has no components the background will be white. As components are added the image display will remain blank white until there are objects with more than one X value and more than one Y value.
Here the word ‘object’ means either a corner of a shape component, a point in a point component or a stress/strain in the description of a material. These objects are in a sequence and are numbered; 0, 1, 2, …. .
The data pertaining to an individual object is presented on a moveable panel. These panels are similar to corresponding displays on the iPhone with two toolbars at the top, although the top toolbar has only one button being the ‘+’ button. The second toolbar is the same as that on the iPhone: the Next and Back buttons moving the subject forward and backward through the sequence of objects. Also the object kind and sequence number is indicated by a label in the centre of the toolbar.
The red cursor circle indicates the subject object on the graphic image. Also in the case of a shape component or a stress/strain relationship the line between the subject object and the next object is red. This is intended to indicate where an added new object would appear.
The ‘+’ button in the top right corner will add an object in the sequence after the object that is the subject. If the subject object is not the last the new object will have X, Y values that are half way between that subject object and the next object. Those new X, Y values can then be changed to whatever is required. If, on the other hand, that subject object was the last the new object X, Y values are copied from that subject object. Although those new X, Y values can still be changed to whatever is required the new object is not obvious on the graphic image. In a point component such lost objects make the computations erroneous. The automatic geometry check that happens when a load case is opened should pick up such lost points. The error message is ‘Point components clash at …’.
As with the previous versions a tap on the object identifier on the toolbar will cause a red delete button to appear and a tap on that will delete that object from the sequence.
Also, as with the previous version when an object is added or deleted the sequence numbers are reassigned to all the objects after that added or deleted object.
Similar panels are use for the result details display that presents information about an individual object. On these panels the top toolbar is replaced by a selection box so the user can select the component of interest.
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Version 5.9 has been release for the Android phone.
The computation progress display has been fixed to also show the middle and outer-most loops in the automatic trial and adjustment. Version 5.8 showed only the inner-most loop.
It is now as described in the User Guide.
Version 5.8 has been release for the Android phone. This version for the iPhone is expected soon.
The user control of the automatic trial and adjustment computations has been improved.
There is a switch to show the progress display. When this is not showing the computations are faster.
There is an editable number that controls the speed when the progress display is showing. Also the operation of the Stop, Step, Go and Escape buttons has been improved.
Minor changes have been made to the User Guide that give details of the new facilities
The xsec for Microsoft Windows is now on the Microsoft Store. At the online store search “xsec” to find it. It is the latest release which at the time of this post is version 5.8
Version 5.8 has been release for Apple MacOS and Microsoft Windows.
The user control of the automatic trial and adjustment computations has been improved.
There is a check box to show the progress dialog. When this is not checked there is no progress dialog and the computations are faster.
There is an editable number that controls the speed when the progress dialog is showing.
The Stop, Step, Go and Escape buttons work on both the platforms.
Minor changes have been made to the User Guide that give details of these new facilities
The MacOS version 5.7 has been released. The main difference between this and the previous version is that it is compatible with Apple’s new technology.
Also released is the Mac & PC version of the “Composite floor” example. This illustrates the facilities for prestressing, staged-composite construction, creep and concrete shrinkage. Detailed Step by step instructions are included.
Now the xsf files for this example are exactly the same for all platforms. However the problem still exists with the xsf file included with iPhone version 5.7 (see October 31, 2018 blog post).
The application for an Android phone has been released and is on the Google Play store under the name “Cross-section analysis of reinforced concrete”.
The operation of this Android phone application is similar to the operation of the Apple iPhone application.
Eventually a full user guide that serves both the Android phone and the iPhone will be available. This will be an adaptations of the existing iPhone user guide. In the meantime a user guide specific to the Android phone will be available although this will cover only what is different.