## Wednesday, May 27, 2015

### IES syntax coloring, keyword content assist in EulumdatTools 0.14.6.v20160115

A new version of EulumdatTools 0.14.6.v20160115 was published on January 15 at http://www.fold1.com/eulumdattools/.

#### Improvements 0.14.6

• Improved IES syntax coloring, now also indicating periods as field separators
• Added a QuickFix for missing item code in standard version and duplicate item code in sandbox version for EULUMDAT files. You can fill in product code from filename or product name.

#### Improvements 0.14.5

• Code quality improvements

#### Improvements 0.14.4

• IES file keywords now have content assist, activated on CTRL+SPACE on Windows/Linux and CMD+SPACE on Mac
• IES files now have syntax coloring, with illegal characters immediately showing up in RED!
• Fixed issue with hard coded expiry date

#### Improvements 0.14.3

• All versions of EulumdatTools are now based on Eclipse 4.5.1 Mars. To upgrade reinstall from the download site listed below. The Mac version now looks like a regular Mac application.
• Make it possible to retain Testlab and Testdate/Issuedate on conversion of IES to EULUMDAT and vice versa. Based on a suggestion/request by Mikulas Parma.
• Allow setting of Test Lab name when there is a full license, to be used in conversions.
• Removed some annoying behavior where latest blog post opened in external browser

#### Improvements 0.14.2

• Fixed nasty conversion bug where IES to EULUMDAT conversion for IES files with absolute photometry had wrong DFF factors calculated. These can be caught and fixed by the Eulumdat validator, but now they are calculated correctly in the first place. If you have converted IES files to EULUMDAT with absolute photometry in the past and not validated the output, please reconvert your files!
• NOTE: the same bug affected the online IES to EULUMDAT converter at http://ies2eulumdat.appspot.com, so if you have used that, reconvert also!

#### Improvements 0.14.1

• A regression causing the IES validator to stop working was fixed (IES Validator Feature)

#### Improvements 0.14.0

• Checking your license will now use the https: protocol instead of http: increasing your privacy
• A problem where the cursor moved to start of line in the source editors when installed in Eclipse e4 was fixed
• You can read this blog right in EulumdatTools so you will always be up to date on latest developments
• EulumdatTools now contains a structured compare editor to make comparing 2 EULUMDAT files easier (see image) (Sandbox Feature)
• A check for overlapping C-planes, where there are C-planes for both 0° and 360° was added (Sandbox Feature)

#### Availability

Registered users should update using Help / Check for Updates... and install the needed features following the steps below, new users should install EulumdatTools first. New users can download an apply for 30 day free evaluation license at the installation site

#### Installation of EulumdatTools

For use in Eclipse you can use the standard Eclipse update site For stand alone RCP versions of EulumdatTools choose your platform and perform update after installation.:

#### Installation of Sandbox Feature

Select menu Help / Install New Software... and choose the Eulumdat Tools Sandbox / Sandbox Feature, press Next and follow through with the installation. Also see here

## Thursday, May 21, 2015

### Installation of EulumdatTools Sandbox Feature

#### What is Sandbox Feature?

To allow experimentation with various validators for EULUMDAT files the standard validator was made extensible. It is now easy to create custom validators in a separate plugin. Instructions for installing this feature are below.

#### Installation of Sandbox Feature

Select menu Help / Install New Software... and select Work with: Eulumdat Tools Repository. Then choose the Eulumdat Tools Sandbox / Sandbox Feature, press Next

Press Next

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## Thursday, April 23, 2015

### Improved IES-EULUMDAT conversion in EulumdatTools 0.13.4.v20150423

A new version of EulumdatTools 0.13.4.v20150423 was published on April 23 at http://www.fold1.com/eulumdattools/.

IES to EULUMDAT and EULUMDAT to IES conversion was improved:

• There is an option added to swap the length and width of the IES vs the EULUMDAT file. This is selected be default and makes the converted files more in line with the respective standards.
• There is an option added to rotate the Light Distribution Curve by 90° to allow for differences in US and European roadway lighting standards. When converting from IES to LDT there is a 90° clockwise rotation, when going from LDT to IES there is a 90° counter-clockwise rotation. Note that after rotation the resulting file has no define symmetry. Missing symmetry can be detected and corrected with the experimental Sandbox feature.
• Before checking or converting a number of pre-flight checks were added to reduce the number of Error messages presented to the user. Such errors are now shown as file errors in the Problems view.
• Lastly a nasty bug was fixed that disabled the whole Eulumdat validator, when the Sandbox was not present or no Sandbox validators were selected. Mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.

I would like to thank Mikulas Parma of ROBE Lighting s.r.o. for bringing these issues to my attention.

#### Availability

Registered users should install this feature following the steps below, new users should install EulumdatTools first. New users can download an apply for 30 day free evaluation license at the installation site

#### Installation of EulumdatTools

For use in Eclipse you can use the standard Eclipse update site For stand alone RCP versions of EulumdatTools choose your platform and perform update after installation.:

#### Installation of Sandbox Feature

Select menu Help / Install New Software... and choose the Eulumdat Tools Sandbox / Sandbox Feature, press Next and follow through with the installation.

## Tuesday, October 28, 2014

### Improved IES-EULUMDAT conversion in EulumdatTools 0.13.1.v20141027

A new version of EulumdatTools 0.13.1.v20141027 was published on October 27 at http://www.fold1.com/eulumdattools/.

IES to EULUMDAT and EULUMDAT to IES conversion was improved:

• There was an error in conversion of files with absolute photometry, IES files signal this by having a -1 for lumens per lamp, EULUMDAT files signal this by have a negative number of lamps. The conversion now works correctly.
• As the lighting industry is moving over to SSD lighting at tremendous speed, with resulting lower energy consumption, I found that the old rounding of wattage and power consumption are making conversion inaccurate. The number of decimal places for power consumption and wattages was increased to 2.

#### Availability

Registered users should install this feature following the steps below, new users should install EulumdatTools first. New users can download an apply for 30 day free evaluation license at the installation site

#### Installation of EulumdatTools

For use in Eclipse you can use the standard Eclipse update site For stand alone RCP versions of EulumdatTools choose your platform and perform update after installation.:

#### Installation of Sandbox Feature

Select menu Help / Install New Software... and choose the Eulumdat Tools Sandbox / Sandbox Feature, press Next

Press Next

Accept and Trust my certificates to install this feature

## Monday, October 6, 2014

### EULUMDAT refactoring now in EulumdatTools 0.13.0.v20141006

A new version of EulumdatTools 0.13.0.v20141006 was published on October 6 at http://www.fold1.com/eulumdattools/.

The EULUMDAT validator was improved by:

• refactoring of EULUMDAT files, changing symmetry, orientation and mirroring

Earlier I described the feature of finding hidden symmetry in EULUMDAT files, today we talk about fixing that.

#### Refactoring EULUMDAT files

When photometric data files are converted between IES and EULUMDAT, or when a new laboratory is used, of for other historical reasons it happens that photometric files do not have the correct symmetry or orientation. Public lighting products usually have symmetry on the C90-C270 axis, but there appears to be inconsistency on whether C90 aims at the street or curb. Sometimes there is symmetry in the product, but the data has no symmetry defined.

When that happens, EulumdatTools can come to the rescue, in the latest release, with Sandbox Feature installed you can 'refactor' or modify the photometrics in a structured way. The available options are listed in the 'Refactor' menu, that is shown once an EULUMDAT file is open in the editor.

First step is to 'Unroll' the file, to change it from any Symmetry into a Symmetry NONE file. After that you can apply 'Rotation' for 90° clockwise or counter-clockwise or 180°, 'Mirror' over the C90-270 or C0-180 axis until you have the proper position. The final step would be to 'Reduce' the file to Symmetry on C90-270, C0-180 or both axis, or to make it rotation symmetric. After that the file can be saved again. When you do this in the source page view, all of these actions are Undoable.

#### Availability

Registered users should install this feature following the steps below, new users should install EulumdatTools first. New users can download an apply for 30 day free evaluation license at the installation site

#### Installation of EulumdatTools

For use in Eclipse you can use the standard Eclipse update site For stand alone RCP versions of EulumdatTools choose your platform and perform update after installation.:

#### Installation of Sandbox Feature

Select menu Help / Install New Software... and choose the Eulumdat Tools Sandbox / Sandbox Feature, press Next

Press Next

Accept and Trust my certificates to install this feature

## Friday, September 12, 2014

### Finding duplicate Product Codes in large EULUMDAT sets

A new version of EulumdatTools 0.11.2.v20140911 was published on September 11 at http://www.fold1.com/eulumdattools/.

The EULUMDAT validator was improved by:

• allowing easier deployment of sandbox (experimental) checkers and features.

Yesterday I described the feature of finding hidden symmetry in EULUMDAT files, today we talk about duplicate Product Codes.

#### Detecting duplicate Product Codes

Many files for products are created by copying an existing file and editing some of the data. Sometimes the Product Code is not edited correctly, so there are multiple files all describing the same Product Code. When using the files to enter them into a database for online or mobile lighting calculations, such as for lightingCalc confusing data may be the result. Detecting duplicate product codes is easy from now on, set as global Preference or per project Property.

Enable the Sandbox checker in the Preferences for global reach...

or select a project and set it in the Properties.

Errors in the Problems View will show what and where duplicates are located.

#### More wishes?

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#### Availability

Registered users should install this feature following the steps below, new users should install EulumdatTools first. New users can download an apply for 30 day free evaluation license at the installation site

#### Installation of EulumdatTools

For use in Eclipse you can use the standard Eclipse update site For stand alone RCP versions of EulumdatTools choose your platform and perform update after installation.:

#### Installation of Sandbox Feature

Select menu Help / Install New Software... and choose the Eulumdat Tools Sandbox / Sandbox Feature, press Next

Press Next

Accept and Trust my certificates to install this feature

### Find hidden symmetry in EULUMDAT files with Sandbox

A new version of EulumdatTools 0.11.2.v20140911 was published on September 11 at http://www.fold1.com/eulumdattools/.

The EULUMDAT validator was improved by:

• allowing easier deployment of sandbox (experimental) checkers and features.

#### Automatic Symmetry Detection

Many manufacturers provide EULUMDAT files that are coded has having no symmetry, or Symmetry.NONE whilst the underlying data actually shows that the photometric distribution is symmetrical along one or more axes. When you as a designer are looking for a symmetrical distribution, this can be quite annoying or confusing.

Enable the Sandbox checker in the Preferences for global reach...

or select a project and set it in the Properties.

In both cases a rebuild will occur and the Problems View will show the files with the selected problems.

Double clicking the warning or error will open the offending file. You can then check in the Diagram tab.

or in the C Gamma tab.

#### Availability

Registered users should install this feature following the steps below, new users should install EulumdatTools first. New users can download an apply for 30 day free evaluation license at the installation site

#### Installation of EulumdatTools

For use in Eclipse you can use the standard Eclipse update site For stand alone RCP versions of EulumdatTools choose your platform and perform update after installation.:

#### Installation of Sandbox Feature

Select menu Help / Install New Software... and choose the Eulumdat Tools Sandbox / Sandbox Feature, press Next

Press Next