New release: LorikSoftware 4.0

(February 2012)

This page only contains main new features of LorikSoftware 4.0

 All Programs

  • Programs from the 4.0 release are now available in 32 bits and 64 bits native version. 64 bits versions can use a larger amount of memory. It enables the processing of larger data volumes.
  • A new preference can activate the multi-threading option for LorikGISMapper and LorikDigital (direct transfers) i.e. to divide up the computation of large data volumes among several processors or several cores of a same processor.
  • The 4.0 release also brings a new organization of the range of programs. LorikGISPublisher and LorikGISDigital are no longer available and become options of LorikPublisher and LorikDigital. Important features are now available as options. For more details on these options please refer our website ( or please contact our sales department.

Digital Terrain Models

  • Available formats for reading: asc, adf, xyz, tif, mnt, dt0, dt1, dt2, txt.
  • Reading of Digital Elevation Models and Digital Data Model.
  • Contour lines creation with options to set apart master lines and intermediate lines. In LorikCartographer contour lines are created and their altitude value is stored in the comment for an interactive placement. With LorikGISMapper labels are automatically placed on the lines in the slope direction or the reading direction.
  • Automatic creation of spots elevation with a maximum density and minimum altitude value.
  • Creation of hill-shading georeferenced raster files to highlight the slope, the altitude or both elements at the same time. Digital Data Models can be displayed using the third value for color variations.
  • A set of numerous computation and color options makes the most of DTM for various uses.

Graphical Template

  • Gradient colors. These colors are defined in the graphical template panel and are handled like named colors. They can be used to fill an area or by linear objects. Three modes are available: radial, linear and shape.
  • New option for text on curve and flat text on curve to automatically hide the supporting curve. Three options are available: hiding the supporting curve itself, all curves of the same type or all curves of the same family. This option proves particularly useful for contour line labels for instance
  • An option enables to fit the frame of a text to the characters themselves.
  • When a type cannot be removed When cleaning the graphical template a report shows the reason: used In the graphical template or In the drawing.
  • Automatic masking of cut symbols in patterns. Symbols cut by the edge of an area associated to a pattern type can be automatically hidden (with a possible margin). Moreover if all symbols are cut an option can force the placement of a unique symbol at the center of the area.
  • Local selection of symbols inside a pattern or a symbol on curve type has been modified. You now have to first select the curve and click on the symbol using the [Ctrl] key from the keyboard.

Layers and components


  • Layers and views panels have been merged.
  • It is now possible to create groups of components for a better readability and an easier management.
  • The “Apply to the component” button has been added in the Layer panel.
  • Views can now be exported and read again with the XML format.


  • New interface for importing images with WMS requests. using XML files is still possible.
  • Adding the images reading through ECWP servers (streaming).
  • Images can be saved using relative paths.
  • New option to modify the contrast of an image.
  • RGB 48bits format is now supported when importing ECW or Jpeg2000 files.
  • New option to define a color (RGB values) as transparent is now Available for ECW or Jpeg200 images.


  • New snapping option for the drawing mode. Points hold on to the closest point or curve when pressing the [s] key from the keyboard. Options enable the definition of restrictions to curves associated to the same type or types from the same family and to the curves placed in the same component or in the same layer.
  • New function for cutting curves. Curves are cut at crossings using the selection or a selected curve is cut when crossing all other curves (in this case it uses the same restrictions as the ones used for the snapping option).
  • New selection tool for connected curves. It enables the selection of a set of connected curves (i.e. curves with coincident extremity points) between two selected segments when pressing the [n] key from the keyboard. The shortest path is preferred.
  • Labels of the named points can be displayed on the screen.
  • The drawing direction can be displayed when selecting curves.
  • Enhancing the offset function. It is now possible to create an area from opened curves. In the case of closed curves it is possible to use the original curve as a hole for the created curve.


  • New fields in the database storage. “ORIENTATION” stores the rotation value for flat texts and symbols. “USER_COMMENT” stores the content of the comment.
  • New behavior for the conflict manager when working on the result of a LorikGISMapper transfer. This panel brings option to display and manage various conflicts: texts and symbols overlapping, unreadable texts or missing names.


  • New formats: PostNAS, Xplane, FlightGear, Openair, AeronavFAA, EDIGEO, GeoJSON, GeoRSS, GML, HTF, Idrisi, UK. NTF, VFK.
  • Adding the new 1.9 version of the GDAL library.
  • The result of a test transfer can be entirely removed when running a new test transfer.
  • The GIS viewer can now read list of files.
  • A transfer zone can be created from a selection of several curves. In this case it takes into account the bounding rectangle of the selection.
  • Creation of contour lines from DTM files.
  • Creation of spots elevation from DTM files.
  • New “Transfer options” panel which contains parameters for contour lines, spots elevation and house numbers.
  • “Multi-threading” option for the creation of LorikCartographer files. It offers a significant time saving when transferring large data volumes.

ToolBox tasks

  • Flat text placement: a new option enables the placement of texts processed by a task before or after the text on curve.
  • “Flat text on surface processing” and “Curve text on surface processing ” tasks can now use a placement priority.
  • The result of “Text conversion” and “Text transformation by regular expression” tasks can now be used by the “alternate text” key. This key is used by text placement tasks. It enables the automatic creation of shortened version of the texts. For instance “Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park” can be changed into “G. M. Harmsworth Park”.
  • New options in the text placement tasks: using the tracking variation between letters.
  • New option for the “Symbol spreading” task: adding a priority between symbols.
  • New task: “Free extremities handling”. It enables the removal all segments with a free extremity in order to simplify a network. This task is used when changing the scale for instance.
  • New task: “Cut curves at crossings”. It enables to fix a network cutting all curves when crossing other ones.
  • New task: “Symbol and text on surfaces center creation”. It enables to replace areas by a symbol and/or a text according to its surface.


  • The graphical template of an extraction dataset can be synchronized with the one from the reference file (one shot operation or permanently)
  • A color can be defined for every dataset for wireframe display in order to better distinguish various elements from a layout.
  • Adding a simplified page creation mode starting from an extraction. It enables the creation of a layout with an automatic computation of the page size or using the smallest standard page format as possible.
  • The conflict manager is now available for GIS extraction and GIS update datasets.
  • The export menu has been simplified.
  • CMYK PDF export can use an ICC profile.
  • Vector and raster color export files can be created with CMYK or RGB colors.
  • Index export files now retrieve the deposit angle of flat texts and symbols.
  • Adding the Geotiff RGBA (RGB files with transparency) export
  • New batch options: definition of the zone to be exported and name definition for the CMYK combination file.


  • The graphical template of an extraction dataset can be synchronized with the one from the reference file (one shot operation or permanently)
  • It is now possible to export world files for PNG and Jpeg formats (PGW and JGW).
  • Adding a resolution tag for the PNG export.
  • Adding the 2.11 OpenLayer version
  • Adding the “Multi-threading” option available when creating tiles directly from GIS data. It offers significant time saving.
  • Enhancing the LKD vector export format (for mobile applications) with the addition of the support of several graphical attributes.