Rational Acoustics Releases Smaart v8.1 Update

November 23 2016, 03:10
Rational Acoustics confirmed that Smaart v8.1 is now available. This first major version update for the Smaart v8 audio analyzer and measurement platform includes significant feature additions and interface modifications, improved data handling as well as a host of new feature additions for usability, security and efficiency. The company says this update is free and recommended for all Smaart v.8 users, on both Microsoft Windows and Mac OSX. The update introduces improved Windows 10 touch screen support.

The new Smaart v8.1 introduces a new Session Folder for improved day-to-day/gig-to-gig data management. Pinned to the top of the data bar, the new Session Folder serves as the target location for all new captured data. Automatically named with the current date when created, the Session Folder may be re-named or swapped out at any time.

The new software returned the trace hide/show controls to the measurement engines and Data Bar. Hide/show control can be accessed directly by clicking on the icons in the data bar and engine controls. Also new are the In-Plot Graph Legends for quick management of the traces in a plot. Accessed via the Z-Order drop down arrow in the upper right corner of a plot, the new graph legends allow users to quickly re-order or hide traces, move them between plots, or view, bypass and re-enable any applied dB offsets.

Another new Improved feature is the Global Program Data Bar for more intuitive handling of captured traces. This allows users to keep all their data organized and at their fingertips with nested folders and added options such as “New Folder from Selected”, and the quick average of many selected traces of the same type via right-click>”Average”.

Multi-Spectrum Plot View now shows all running spectrum engines in their own plot, with an additional Full-Screen Plot-in-Focus hotkey accessible via the View menu, or their respective Hot Keys.

There’s also a built-in program updater. When connected to the Internet, users may now ‘Check for Updates’ from the File menu to ping the Rational server for available downloads.

Other new features include the “Create Meters” button, added to IO-Config for automatic Broadband Meter configuration based on selected inputs for an input device; new API Options tab with API password protection, as well as IP/Hostname info; and added Tab Run-State Option where measurement engines may be set to continue their run status in the background when switching between tabs.

Additional features and enhancements include added “Inverted” flag to API to match inversion state of remote trace; new “Compact” option of the Signal Generator to the View menu; new 1024k sample pseudorandom noise sequence length; added option to change increment of dB Offset when using hotkey; added “Scroll Bar Color” to Skin Manager; and added ’Skin’ submenu to the View Menu - Shift+Control+X now toggles through available skins.

More changes on Smaart v8.1:
The Configurator dialog is now resizable; 
Moved API servicing to a background thread;
Spectrum measurements are now auto-created in current tab when choosing a new input device;
Improved trace averaging dialog;
Improved Windows 10 touch screen support;
Tab bar visibility is now a window setting (vs Global);
Improved Trace Info dialog action button labels;
Capture All now appends given folder name to each captured trace’s name;
Broadband Meter Config is now cached so settings aren’t lost while changing meter grid size;
Pressing Enter key while editing Broadband Meter names now brings you to the next meter name cell;
Transfer Function trace averages now use Coherence Weighting by default;
Devices in I-O Config are now greyed if not used or not connected;
Configurator can now be closed with no device chosen, using ‘x’ in left corner;
File name restrictions are now enforced based on OS;
Removed hover tooltip for Trace Info from Plot Legends;
Disallowed dragging files/folders from one Data Library to another (in a different window);
Improved deactivation screen text;

A complete list of the 20+ new and improved features in Smaart v8.1 (including bug fixes), as well as a new version of the Smaart v8 User Manual, updated for v8.1, can be found in the v8 Support section of the Rational Acoustics web site. Also, a full Revision History including new features and bug fixes, detailed function descriptions, and a full listing of all accelerator (hot) keys is included in Smaart’s Help files.
This is a FREE update for all registered Smaart v8 users. To update Smaart v8, users simply have to log in to their account at my.rationalacoustics.com, download the 8.1 installer and run the new installer over the existing version. Users are advised not to deactivate Smaart to update.
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