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Wing Helper 1.3.0 Released!

Wing Helper version 1.3.0 is officially released!

1.3.0 introduces a great variety of exciting new features, most notably the support for non-trapezoid wing forms. The list of most important functions and improvements comprises:
  • HOT: Support for non-trapezoid wings added (new tab "Planform" in the main window). Mouse right-click activates the corresponding pop-up menu
  • HOT: "Measure Distance" tool implemented in the 2D Rib View. Mouse right-click activates the corresponding pop-up menu
  • HOT: Possibility to load a background image as a guidance for wing creation (see "Planform" tab mentioned above)
  • HOT: Joiners now also working between outer panels
  • HOT: Tutorial videos with audio commentary
  • DXF export for the entire wing added
  • 2D rib view is now using a newly implemented "CAD Widget" view, providing the ruler. To pan the view, you now have to press and hold the "Shift" key, like in the 3D view window
  • Spars, sheeting strips, and rib combs can now be assigned any colour you prefer, except black (used for internal purposes) or white (special meaning: "revert to default")
  • New file format (V2). This means, 1.3.0 can read old files, but if you save something with 1.3.0, you won't be able to read it with earlier versions!
  • If "PDF Export" or "DXF Export" was called right after the first start of the program, the program erroneously reported that the test period is already exceeded
  • Twist can now also be specified at the root of the panel. When loading existing designs, twist is automatically propagated along the wing to account for this change
  • Fix for inconsistent handling of cube spars. If you are using cube spars, please double-check them in your existing designs
  • Check upon the start of the program whether there is a newer version available
  • 3D Panel View can now also be teared-off from its' original position
  • Root/Tip twist now allowed in a range +/- 21 degrees
  • Twist is now also correctly considered in the PDF and DXF output of the entire wing
  • Rectangular spar: option "Adjustment" added. If you wish to make a spar narrower, please enter a negative value here
  • Additional option for the rib comb height added: "Leveled". If you select it, the comb will extend as far as building tabs plus the value you specify. The root/tip twist modification plus this modification make it possible to align the combs belonging to different panels
  • "Align comb" implemented
  • Building tabs enriched with parameters "Fore", "Aft", and "Length"
  • Menu option for increasing precision in the leading edge area added
  • Cube spar: rotation can now also be specified as a decimal number
  • Zoom function in 2D views improved (keeps the view at the mouse pointer location)
  • New panel parameter: "Make TE straight"
  • Many important bug fixes and additional minor improvements!

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