We have received some requests for changes and improvements to PROLINES 8 (all versions) that include use of the mouse wheel for zoom control in any view (once a view is active) and ability to rotate the perspective view by holding the Left Mouse button down and dragging. Both of these concepts are under review for incorporation in a future release of PROLINES 8.
We are also currently working on changes to the initial Parametric Design for a new Hull Design. We have added a new Catamaran Hull type that allows for the instant creation of a dual hull catamaran for power or sail. This new hull type will require changes to Hydrostatics and Stability calculations before it can be released. This is a significant change and will require considerable work to validate all calculations before the new version is released.
We are also considering the addition of a body view image of the selected hull type during the parametric hull design (File, New…) design dialog. This will better indicate the basic shape of the hull type that is being designed.
We plan other changes to PROLINES existing fairing tools to offer easier to use and understand data plots of curvature or slope of hull shape in various planes. We have already heavily improved the Edit, Visual Vertex feature in PROLINES and may add capability there as well.
Please write and send us your concepts for PROLINES features or comment on any issue you have found so that we can correct any errors.
Cheers and all the best for great boat/ yacht / ship designs with PROLINES.