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Roadsoft Roundup 20.2 Available

Friday, July 17, 2020

The Roadsoft Roundup issue 20.2 is now available. This issue of the Roadsoft Roundup provides an overview of the updated features and functionality added to the Drainage Network module. It also reminds readers that Roadsoft has a Small Segment Tool that is useful to clean up small segments that can be created during the basemap migration process.

This issue includes Spotlight articles on User Interface & Experience Specialist Lindsey Wells and Software Developer & IT Support Specialist Jacob Coulson.

Finally, this issue includes a couple more Roadsoft Tips & Tricks.

The issue can be found at https://roadsoft.org/sites/roadsoft/files/RoundUps/roundupv20n2.pdf.

The Roadsoft Roundup is a quarterly publication detailing updates to Roadsoft to keep you informed about the latest releases and best practices. If you have any questions or comments regarding the Roundup or its content, please contact the CTT at 906-487-2102.



Roadsoft Tech Assist Tuesdays

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Given the current situation due to COVID-19, the Center for Technology & Training (CTT) is not able to provide face-to-face technical assistance like we have in the past with our Roadsoft on the Road tech assist visits. In an effort to provide personalized technical assistance to agencies in need, we are offering online sessions for agencies through Zoom and Adobe Connect.

Available Tuesdays from June 9th - August 25th, with one hour slots at 9, 10, and 11 am. Visit roadsoft.org/roadsoft-tech-assist-tuesdays to request a session. Roadsoft staff will contact you to make arrangements.

 



Roadsoft & LDC Update Available - 2020.5

Friday, May 29, 2020

The latest releases for Roadsoft and Laptop Data Collector (LDC) are now available. These releases update Roadsoft and the LDC to version 2020.5. 

This minor update includes minor bug fixes and enhancements for both Roadsoft and LDC.

The updates, along with a complete list of changes, are available on the Downloads page. 

Please Note: If your agency has not yet updated to version 2020.3 or newer, all users connected to a shared database will be required to update to this version. Make sure to complete the LDC data cycle by bringing in any outstanding LDC or Mobile data collected prior to updating to this version.

Local agencies and their consultants using Roadsoft receive information and update preparation instructions via email. Customers who did not receive this communication, but wish to receive future Roadsoft related communications, should contact us requesting addition to our mailing list.



Roadsoft Roundup 20.1 Available

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

The Roadsoft Roundup issue 20.1 is now available. This issue of the Roadsoft Roundup provides an overview of the Roadsoft migration process.  Roadsoft 2020.3 included the first Roadsoft data migration since 2017. This migration is significant as it converts Roadsoft from the previous Michigan Geographic framework to the new ESRI Roads & Highways base map.

This issue also provieds a quick summary of the 2020 Roadsoft User Conference of the United States (RUCUS).

In addition, this issue includes a Programmer Spotlight article on Senior Software Engineer Mary Crane.

Finally, this issue introduces a new regular feature highlighting Roadsoft Tips & Tricks.

The issue can be found at https://roadsoft.org/sites/roadsoft/files/RoundUps/roundupv20n1.pdf.

The Roadsoft Roundup is a quarterly publication detailing updates to Roadsoft to keep you informed about the latest releases and best practices. If you have any questions or comments regarding the Roundup or its content, please contact the CTT at 906-487-2102.



Roadsoft & LDC Update - Version 2020.3 Now Available

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Roadsoft & LDC Update – Version 2020.3 is Now Available

This is a major version release for Roadsoft. Major releases for Roadsoft contain the newest framework (map), along with other features and enhancements. It is necessary to update both Roadsoft and the LDC to the same version for this release.

PLEASE NOTE: Windows 7 is no longer supported by Microsoft. This version will NOT install on Windows 7. Windows 8.1 or newer is required.

ROADSOFT & LDC VERSIONS INCLUDE:

The Roadsoft & LDC 2020.3 updates include numerous enhancements and fixes throughout the programs. A complete list of changes is available on the Downloads page. Noteworthy new features for this release include:

  • Migration of Michigan basemap framework features from Michigan Geographic Framework (MGF) v17 to Roads and Highways (RH) v20 (see note below).
  • Crash and Bridge data migrated to RH v20.
  • Drainage Structure module now includes line and polygon assets in addition to point assets.
  • Added support for better rendering on high-DPI displays.

PREPARE FOR ROADSOFT UPDATE:

  • Complete all active LDC data collections and import them into Roadsoft prior to updating or risk data loss. A new export from Roadsoft to LDC will be required to continue data collection. Any data currently in LDC can be exported and imported into Roadsoft--do so BEFORE performing the framework migration in Roadsoft.
  • Complete a database backup. See Back Up, Move, & Restore Database in the online Roadsoft Manual for more information.
  • Agencies currently receiving a migration request message in their current version of Roadsoft must complete all active LDC data collections and import them into Roadsoft prior to migrating or risk data loss.
  • All computers that connect to a shared Roadsoft database will need to be updated to the same version in order to connect.

UPDATE:

MIGRATION OF BASEMAP:

After updating Roadsoft an applying script updates, users will be prompted to perform a Framework Migration. It is extremely important to make another database backup before migrating data. Once migration is complete, any features that could not be migrated (could not be moved or adjusted based on new roadway information) will be available for view under the Asset Management->Migration Summary menu in Roadsoft.

TECHNICAL SUPPORT:

Contact the CTT at roadsoft@mtu.edu or (906) 281-0141.

NOTES:

If your agency has never used Roadsoft, please email your request from an agency email address to roadsoft@mtu.edu. Roadsoft is available free of charge to all local agencies in Michigan.

Roadsoft is fully compatible with the 2012 and newer versions of SQL Server and SQL Server Express. Our 2017 SQL Server Express installer is now available for use with Roadsoft for agencies interested in upgrading their existing SQL Express server. Download the new installer at roadsoft.org/downloads/sql-downloads



Roadsoft Roundup 19.4 Available

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Roadsoft Roundup volume 19 issue 4 is now available. This issue of the Roadsoft Roundup address the comments and questions received in the Roadsoft 2020 work plan survey.

The issue also gives a brief update on the status of the Michigan geographic framework migration. The Center for Technology and Training is currently working with various State of Michigan agencies with the intent of providing a framework migration in the 2020.3 release of Roadsoft in March of 2020.

This issue continues with programmer spotlights, introducing student programmer Joe Kurtz, and full time staff software engineers Sean Thorpe and Jeremy Guinn.

This issue reminds customers that that Microsoft ended support for Windows 7 in January of 2020. In response, the CTT will also end their support for Windows 7 in January of 2020.

Finally, the issue reminds users that the CTT has ended their support for SQL Server 2008, 2008R2, and SQL Express 2008 due to Microsoft's end of support for those products as of July, 2019. Starting with the 2019.10 release, Roadsoft will no longer connect to any SQL 2008 database and users will have to update to a newer release of SQL Server.

The issue can be found at https://roadsoft.org/sites/roadsoft/files/RoundUps/roundupv19n4.pdf.

The Roadsoft Roundup is a quarterly publication detailing updates to Roadsoft to keep you informed about the latest releases and best practices. If you have any questions or comments regarding the Roundup or its content, please contact the CTT at 906-487-2102.



Windows 7 End of Service Life

Friday, March 8, 2019

Microsoft announced that after January 14, 2020, they will no longer provide security updates or support for Windows 7. In response to this announcement, the CTT will also no longer support or allow new software installations on PCs running Windows 7 starting January, 2020.

Depending on the age of the computer running Windows 7, hardware upgrades or computer replacement may be required to upgrade to Windows 10. It is recommended that all Roadsoft and MERL customers still running Windows 7 investigate upgrading to Windows 10 sooner rather than later. Chances are good that the performance gains with a new computer running Windows 10 will outweigh the cost and inconvenience of the upgrade.

Roadsoft system requirements can be found online at https://roadsoft.org/system-requirements. These suggested system requirements are for small to moderately-sized agencies running Roadsoft standalone (client & database on one PC) and Laptop Data Collector (LDC). Larger agencies may need more computer power; if this is the case, please contact Roadsoft technical support at roadsoft@mtu.edu.



Roadsoft Support for SQL Server 2008 and 2008R2 Ending

Friday, March 8, 2019

Microsoft announced that SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008R2 are reaching the end of their extended support lifecycle in July, 2019. Microsoft’s blog contains more information regarding their support termination. In response to this announcement, the CTT ended Roadsoft and MERL support for both SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008R2 as of January 1, 2019.

After January 1, 2019, the creation of new Roadsoft and MERL databases will cease to function on SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008R2. Starting with the Roadsoft 2019.10 release, connections to any of the SQL Server 2008 products will not be allowed.

The decision to discontinue support on SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008R2 is a necessary step to ensure the safety of the systems that operate our software, and to retain the integrity of agency Roadsoft and MERL data.  
Customers with existing databases on SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008R2 (including full SQL Server and SQL Server Express) are encouraged to begin discussions with appropriate parties as soon as possible, particularly if an update or purchase of a newer version of SQL Server is necessary.

Customers using the CTT-provided SQL Server Express will have the opportunity to update their 2008 or 2008R2 SQL Express instances using a CTT-provided update installer.

SUPPORTED VERSIONS

The CTT is continuing support for SQL Server versions: 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2017.

DETERMINE SQL SERVER VERSION, UPDATE, AND MIGRATE SERVERS

Help documentation for locating the SQL Server version is available in the Roadsoft Manual at Locate SQL Server Version.

Instructions on how to convert from SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008R2 to a newer version can be found at Update SQL Server Express.

Instructions on how to migrate data from one server to another can be found at Back Up, Move, & Restore Database.



Roadsoft Roundup v18n4 Published

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Roadsoft Roundup v18n4 is now available. This issue provides a wrap-up of the 2018 Roadsoft User Conference of the United States (RUCUS), and provides information about the 2020 RUCUS. It announces the major enhancements to the Roadsoft Mobile 2018.12 app. It also announces that Microsoft is ending their support for Windows 7 in January of 2020. In response, the CTT will also be ending their support for Windows 7 in January of 2020. It concludes with a reminder that support for SQL Server 2008, 2008R2, and SQL Express 2008 has ended. The issue can be found at https://roadsoft.org/sites/roadsoft/files/RoundUps/roundupv18n4.pdf.

The Roadsoft Roundup is a quarterly publication detailing updates to Roadsoft to keep you informed about the latest releases and best practices. If you have any questions or comments regarding the Roundup or its content, please contact the CTT at 906-487-2102.



Roadsoft Mobile 2018.12 Update Now Available

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

An update to Roadsoft Mobile is now available for download. Roadsoft Mobile version 2018.12 adds the ability to add, edit, and delete signs/supports, as well as culverts. In addition, a new Sidewalk module has been added to allow users to add, edit, or delete sidewalk features, as well as manage work orders and inspections. This release also includes a number of minor improvements and enhancements.

The Roadsoft Mobile application, is available at no cost for both iOS (located in the App Store) and Android (located in the Google Play store). 

Important Note: Roadsoft Mobile 2018.12 requires Roadsoft 2018.11 or later. Roadsoft 2018.11 users wishing to use Roadsoft Mobile will need to update to Roadsoft Mobile to 2018.12.