MiTek has released Version 7.0 and dated November 9, 2007. Internally, this is Version 7.0.2 and is paired up with eFrame version 2.22.
As always, once a truss or layout file is saved in a newer version, it cannot be read by an older version. For example, a user will not be able to use a May, 2007 version to open a truss or layout saved with the November, 2007 version.
This release includes a variety of enhancements and of course many bug fixes. Below is a description of some of the enhancements for Engineering and CyberSort For a complete listing of the projects included in 7.0.2, refer to the attached list (readme.txt) which is also found in the root directory of the installation CD.
New to 7.0.2
The Truss List Window now sorts in a natural order.
Prior to this enhancement sorting alphabetically in the Truss List Window would place truss T10 before T2. The new “natural” order places T10 after T2, just as Windows Explorer has been doing since the release of Windows XP.
Support for California Hips with Multiple Pitch Breaks
Prior to this enhancement, the Engineering program allowed a maximum of two Cal Hip top chord extensions. Some roof geometries (see below) require truss designs with more than two extensions. Now, using the Profile tool, the user can create trusses with any number of top chord extensions.
Allow the addition of dado cuts in chords
Some customers provide dados to allow the boards, plumbing or wiring to pass through the installed truss. Version 7.0.2 includes the first phase of ‘dado specification.’
CyberSort (Batch Cutting)
New to 7.0.2
Create saw output to cut “truss by truss”
Some production departments are experimenting using lean manufacturing techniques to improve production. This enhancement allows the batch cutting program for the first time to create a saw-driver file that sends all the pieces for a single truss to the saw, then another single truss, and so on. Prior to this, if there were 10 trusses called “T1” there was no way to send the pieces for just one of these trusses to the saw by itself, it would always be grouped with the pieces from the other 9 “T1’s.”
Allow sorting of pieces by truss height
Certain production managers want to group pieces for sawing from among trusses that will be built at the same time in the same place. The ability to group/sort by truss height is a way to keep together the truss pieces the shop wants to build together.