ProRaster Scientific Updates

On this page, you will a table describing the new features and other changes made in each update to ProRaster Scientific.

For instructional videos that describe new features in each update, visit the ProRaster Updates page.

Release 2.2.06 Maintenance

This is a maintenance upgrade for ProRaster Scientific, ProRaster Premium, and ProRaster Essential. It contains new features, improvements, and bug fixes.

Tag scenes in your multispectral database as “unusable” to prevent them from being used when creating products either manually or with the Create Product Sequence Wizard.

New options are available when compositing multispectral imagery. Optionally mask pixels to remove cloud or other features. Order scenes to preferentially select pixel values closest to a specified time. Otherwise, use statistics to choose each pixel value – either the median, mean, minimum, or maximum. Or, choose pixel values based on a spectral index computation. Take the pixel value for which the spectral index is minimised, maximised, or closest to a target value.

TypeDetail
FeatureCompositing now supports selection of data values by summary statistics including mean and median.
FeatureCompositing now supports selection of data values by spectral index
FeatureScenes are now ranked by "quality" and you can tag scenes as being "unusable".
ImprovementConditioning operation was not outputting multiple events.
ImprovementScenes tagged with an "unusable" quality are not used in the Create Product Sequence Wizard.
ImprovementScenes tagged with an "unusable" quality are not used when creating products.
ImprovementApplication of a mask is now optional in a composited scene or mosaic.
ImprovementMSS: Added "Extant" band to the "Mask" field to represent all observed pixels.
ImprovementCalculator operation was not outputting multiple events.
ModificationCalculator operation usually emits a raster with an extent equal to the intersection of the inputs.
ModificationUse of the term "Collated" was replaced with "Composited".
ModificationScene Assembly MVR mask bands now set masked cells to valid and zero.
ModificationRendering algorithms now interpret valid cells containing a value of zero to be a masked cell.
ModificationRaster Mask operation now considers valid cells containing a value of zero to be a masked cell.
UpgradeVisual Studio 17.9.2.
Bug fixCorrect data transform Ranges: Spread about the mean/median/mode.
Bug fixCorrect data transform Ranges: Deviations about the mean.
Bug fixRemoving duplicate scenes from a MSS SDB was deleting the scene assembly MVR.
Bug fixCorrected some issues in the Create Product Sequence Wizard property pages.
Bug fixIntermediate files were not being deleted by the Create Product Sequence Wizard.
Bug fixManual ordering of scenes in a mosaic was broken.

Release 2.2.05 Maintenance

This is a maintenance upgrade for ProRaster Scientific. It contains performance improvements and bug fixes.

TypeDetail
ImprovementMitigated performance issues for virtual rasters containing a large number of operations.
ImprovementCreate Product Wizard now presents a progress/cancel dialog.
ModificationThe MSS folder is now located at :/Users//RGE/MSS.
Bug fixSpectral Index operation fails in some circumstances.
Bug fixCalculator operation fails in some circumstances.
Bug fixScene Assembly MVR operation names were inconsistent.
Bug fixReproject-Resample-Realign operations were not writing relative paths into the MVR file.
Bug fixSpectral Index dialog sometimes opens showing an incorrect index selection.
Bug fixCreate Product Sequence Wizard fails when using the central scene in an acquisition.

Release 2.2.04 Maintenance

This is a maintenance upgrade for ProRaster Scientific, ProRaster Premium, and ProRaster Essential.

In addition to new features and many improvements, there are some critical bug fixes in this maintenance update.

TypeDetail
FeatureNew: Transformed Sum statistics can now be approximated from product statistics.
FeatureNew: WebMap Overlays provide street map overlays that do not obscure or modify the underlying raster imagery.
EnhancementSelect a color table as a data transform and the color table selection is automatically updated.
EnhancementAdd a new raster source and when you close the editor it is rendered in a new algorithm.
EnhancementWe now record a separate list of recently accessed MRD algorithm files for those created in MSS Products.
EnhancementExport operation to MRR now supports control over the output compression codec.
EnhancementProRaster Premium allows you to change the user interface 'skin' to ProRaster Essential.
EnhancementProRaster Scientific allows you to change the user interface 'skin' to ProRaster Essential.
EnhancementProRaster Scientific allows you to change the user interface 'skin' to ProRaster Premium.
ImprovementCalculator operation for a sequence no longer generates intermediate virtual rasters, improving efficiency.
ImprovementSpectral Index operation for a sequence no longer generates intermediate virtual rasters, improving efficiency.
ImprovementDifference operation for a sequence no longer generates intermediate virtual rasters, improving efficiency.
ImprovementPlot zoom extents are maintained when changing critical algorithm data like projection, raster sources, etc.
UpgradeVisual Studio 17.8.4. ZLIB 1.3.00. LZMA 23.01. LIBPNG 1.6.40. GDAL 3.8.3.
DowngradeThe gdalplugins folder is no longer shipped.
Bug fixFixed a crash accessing a variable that was not thread safe.
Bug fixExporting a multi-file raster source did not use the correct output filenames.
Bug fixFixed a crash associated with coordinate reprojection.
Bug fixFixed a crash associated with coordinate reprojection of polar coordinate systems.

Release 2.2.03 Maintenance

This is a maintenance upgrade for ProRaster Scientific, ProRaster Premium, and ProRaster Essential.

In addition to several major new features,  and many improvements, there are some critical bug fixes in this maintenance update.

TypeDetail
FeatureNew: Transform and Transform (Batch) processing operations.
FeatureNew: Transform processing operation added to multispectral product processing.
FeatureThe Time Control Panel now ships in ProRaster Premium.
FeatureOpening multiple external map windows now ships in ProRaster Premium.
EnhancementCreate Product Sequence Wizard: Additional options added to the time settings.
EnhancementCreate Product Sequence Wizard: The wizard can now produce non-sequence products.
EnhancementStatistics property pages now display both Equal Frequency (variable width bins) and Equal Width histogram spreadsheets.
EnhancementNew: Tasselled Cap spectral indices for Landsat MSS (1-5), TM (4-7), and OLI (8-9).
EnhancementAdd raster sources to the current algorithm from the Scene and Product Browsers and Product Editor.
EnhancementDelete selected scenes from a scene database.
EnhancementExport dialog supports selection of a range of time points to batch export.
EnhancementDelete multiple selected products in the MSS Product Database Browser dialog.
ModificationCreate Product Sequence Wizard: Improved outcomes for Mosaic Sequences.
ModificationCreate Product Sequence Wizard: Event time allocation now central, duplicate scene selection rules added.
ModificationStatistics spreadsheet (CSV): Added new fields for time offset (in seconds and days) and sum.
ModificationAs you drag the slider in the time control panel the current time string is updated.
ModificationThe Time Control Panel now wraps around when you click forward or back.
ModificationClassify virtual operation XML was made more flexible.
ModificationWhen you remove duplicate scenes from a scene database the Scene Assembly Virtual Raster is deleted.
ModificationImproved statistics serialisation performance.
Bug fixFixed a GeoTIFF data reading bug introduced in 2.0.01.
Bug fixCreate Product Sequence Wizard: Time page bug fixes. Script serialisation bug fix.
Bug fixThreadlock could occur when computing statistics for virtual rasters.
Bug fixThe imagery Export dialog could acquire the map extents from the wrong plot window.
Bug fixWhen computing the range of a band for a manual bandpass the map extents could be acquired from the wrong plot window.
Bug fixFixed a crash when opening more than two MSS Product Browser dialogs.
Bug fixFixed a memory leak in the COG driver.
Bug fixFixed a crash caused by the PDB editor dialog.

Release 2.2.02 Maintenance

This is a maintenance upgrade for ProRaster Scientific and ProRaster Premium.

Performance when opening very large and complex virtual rasters has been vastly improved, considerably improving workflow performance in ProRaster Scientific multispectral product editing.

Version 2.2.02 includes some important bug fixes and minor improvements.

TypeDetail
EnhancementReduced time to open complicated virtual rasters.
EnhancementAdded control over the range of the X axis in the multispectral product editor statistics histogram graph.
ModificationWhen cloning product wizard scripts we now retain the script name.
ModificationMirror the product wizard script name in the generated final product.
Bug fixEdits applied to scene databases were not being mirrored in open instances of the database.
Bug fixWhen you delete scene or product databases the menu buttons were not always updated correctly.
Bug fixEditing a product in the create product sequence wizard failed in some circumstances.
Bug fixIncorrect scene compatibility testing prevented creating some MSS products in some circumstances.
Bug fixCrash can occur when closing the MSSPDB Editor dialog.
WithdrawnMapInfo TAB file is no longer written from the Image Export operation.

Release 2.2.01 “The Productivity Edition”

This is a minor version upgrade for ProRaster Scientific, ProRaster Premium,  and ProRaster Essential.

This is a significant upgrade for ProRaster Scientific designed to greatly improve user productivity when processing, analysing, and rendering satellite multispectral imagery.

The new Product Sequence Creation Wizard eliminates tedious product creation and editing and makes building and extending sequence products easy.

The Time Control Panel makes it easy to move the time point in a rendering algorithm without editing individual component properties.

The Image Export operation now supports batch export by iterating through all time points. The numbered image sequence can be directly imported into video editing applications to generate timelapse videos of any rendering algorithm based on a sequence product.

Rendering common spectral index rasters has been made easier – the rendering algorithm automatically uses appropriately named color maps that are shipped in this version, or you can make your own. 

Version 2.2.01 includes some important bug fixes and minor improvements.

ProRaster Premium and ProRaster Essential inherit the bug fixes and improvements from the ProRaster Scientific development, some of which are listed below.

TypeDetail
FeatureThe Product Sequence Creation Wizard can create and edit Scene and Mosaic Sequences and Collated Sequences.
FeatureThe Time Control Panel window provides control over event & time selection in algorithms.
FeatureAutomatically use appropriate color table maps from UserTables, External folders or SystemMaps for common spectral indices.
FeatureImage Export supports batch export of algorithms by time point, generating a numbered sequence of images.
EnhancementThe Google Maps MebMap URL's have been updated and Google Maps (Altered) was added.
EnhancementCommon spectral indices are now easier to select for computation.
EnhancementSystem color table maps added for commonly used spectral indices.
EnhancementColor tables added from ColorCET (Perceptually uniform colour maps) project.
EnhancementAdded capability to create a Single Scene Mosaic Product that behaves like a Mosaic Product.
ModificationSpectral indices now include a Common category and the index description appears in the dialog selection controls.
ModificationAll selected spectral indices are now written to a single multibanded field in the product MVR.
ModificationDialogs have been modified to better reflect product purchasing options.
ModificationColor table names are now more discoverable.
ModificationAlgorithm raster source names now reflect the product name.
ModificationSentinel2 Processing baselines 2-3 and 4-5 are now considered equivalent for Level2 (BOA/SR) products.

Release 2.1.01

This is a minor version upgrade for ProRaster Scientific, ProRaster Premium,  and ProRaster Essential.

This is a significant upgrade for ProRaster Scientific. Support for Sentinel2 processing baselines 4+ and 5+ has been added. Support for Landsat Collection 2 has been improved with native COG support.

Version 2.1.01 includes some important bug fixes and minor improvements.

ProRaster Premium and ProRaster Essential inherit the bug fixes and improvements from the ProRaster Scientific development, some of which are listed below.

TypeDetail
FeatureMultispectral data bands can now be duplicated to MRR format to correct errors and improve performance.
FeatureAn additional Options dialog for multispectral satellite data is available in ProRaster Scientific.
UpgradeThe native TIFF driver now reads Cloud Optimised GeoTIFF (COG) rasters.
UpgradeSentinel2 scene import now supports 4.xx and 5.xx processing baselines.
UpgradeSentinel2 scene import now supports offset and scaling factors defined in metadata to transform digital numbers to reflectance for TOA and BOA data.
UpgradeSentinel2 scene import classification codes have been upgraded for processing baseline 4+.
UpgradeSentinel2 scene import classification codes have been upgraded for processing baseline 4+.
UpgradeSentinel2 scene import now supports land and tile cloud coverage statistics.
UpgradeSentinel2 scene assembly raster now includes cloud and snow probablity rasters for BOA tiles.
UpgradeSentinel2 scene assembly raster now includes classification masks for processing baseline 4+.
UpgradeSentinel2 scene assembly raster now includes a Mask field for Level 1C (TOA) tiles using processing baseline 4+.
EnhancementThe ECW/JP2000 driver now honours the driver preferences field type strictly.
EnhancementThe ECW/JP2000 driver now supports per-band cell validity masks for continuous data fields
EnhancementThe ECW/JP2000 driver now supports null values
EnhancementFree versions now display a landing page.
ModificationLandsat QA raster data now assigns a null value for filled pixels or unsaturated pixels.
Bug FixUnder certain circumstances, virtual raster cell data and validity could be corrupted.
Bug FixTool tip reporting mode was not always being set in new windows.
Bug FixThe specified event time in a virtual raster can cause the overview pyramid cache file to regenerate.
Bug FixAn Image layer with Image, Opacity, and Mask components enabled does not apply the Mask.
Bug FixSupport for 32 and 64 bit complex numbers in TIFF files was fixed.
Bug FixExporting classified fields could cause failure.
Bug FixPreview window closed when you closed an algorithm.
Bug FixRasters loaded via GDAL did not honour the null value specified by the user in driver preferences.

Release 2.0.01 and 2.0.02

In store 29 July 2023. This is the first major release for ProRaster Scientific.

Version 2.0.02 is a maintenance release containing bug fixes and minor improvements.