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What's new in the latest version of DL-Light

You'll find here the latest enhancements of DL-Light. The details of previous versions is shown below.

DL-Light 10.0.1 for MacOS and Windows:

    Installer for SketchUp 2020


DL-Light 10.0.0 for MacOS and Windows:

    New extension: Sky Factor and Rights of Light

    New extension: Horizontal Sight Angle (EN 17037 compliant)

    New functionality in toolbars: Transparency of layers

    New functionality in toolbars: Show only false colors

    Explicit error message for SketchUp layers with empty names

    Better detection of wrong timezone in sunexposure plugin

    Option in preferences for displaying extensions in menu

    Internal optimizations and minor bug fixes

What's new in the latest version of DL-Light

You'll find here the latest enhancements of DL-Light. The details of previous versions is shown below.

DL-Light 9.2.0 for MacOS and Windows:

    Improvement of the No SKy Line module using a compound engine

    Add function for Sunexposure to calculate shadows instead of direct sun

    Improved integration of auxiliary files for materials (.cal; .xml, .pic)

    Fix on transparency max for transparent materials

    Removed a rare bug on Mac for encoding

    Fix an overflow error (for plugins DA, Watt, WRF) for extremely large illuminance values


DL-Light 9.1.0 for MacOS and Windows:

    Extension "No-sky Line" is now available in DL-Light

    New version manager (list of changes in the new version)

    Detailed message when opening a model containing results from older DL-Light versions

    Rename "Archive" and "Load" buttons to "Save archive" and "Load archive"

    Windows version only: fix initial display bug for preferences and palette

    Fix wrong "watt" label in Daylight autonomy palette

    Fix display of palette choice when only custom palette is allowed (DA and DF BREEAM, SEPP65)

    Minor bug fixes


DL-Light 9.0.9 for MacOS and Windows:

    VSC (Vertical Sky Component) is now introduced in DL-Light

    APSH and WPSH (Annual and Winter Probable Sun Hours) are now introduced in DL-Light

    Improved cleaning features

    Various interface improvements (report window, material manager)

    Minor bug fixes


DL-Light 8.0.84 for MacOS and Windows:

  Fix for a bug in making snapshots with palette 


DL-Light 8.0.83 for MacOS and Windows: 

  Fix a crash when no surface to calculate has valid sensors 

  Fix Watt computation for custom periods 

  Option to use "Watt per square foot" unit (Watt and WRF plugins) 

  Improved layout for the attach material tab (Watt, WRF, DA, DF plugins) 

  Improved layout for space type dialog, DA BREEAM report, DF BREEAM report 

  Minor fixes 


DL-Light 8.0.76 for MacOS and Windows: 

   Bug fix on the report for SunExposure Total calculation. In some cases, when the calculation was set to Total and and specific Timestep was defined, an error occured in the calculation of the report (though the detailed files were correct). 


DL-Light 8.0.66 for MacOS and Windows (major version): 

    New module: Watt Reduction Factor 

    Improved translations, minor bug fixes 


DL-Light 8.0.52 for MacOS and Windows (major version): 

    There is now a result comparator included in DL-Light. With it you can compare results from different simulations to compare design alternatives. see more at https://deluminaelab.com/dl-light-manual/en/comparison.html 

    Includes total in Watt reports 

    Improved selection of surfaces from reports (highlight or classical selection) 

    Bug fixes 


DL-Light 8.0.34 for MacOS and Windows :

    Possibility to archive and reload simulation results 

    Installation as dmg instead of pkg for MacOs 

    Improvement on the algorithms to calculate very small surfaces 


DL-Light 8.0.21 for MacOS and Windows :

    Support of the North orientation changes (for example via the plugin Solar North) 


DL-Light 8.0.19 for MacOS and Windows :

    Version compatible with SketchUp 2019. DL-Light now supports SketchUp 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 

    Bug fix on snapshots 

    Bug fix on virtual surfaces 


DL-Light 8.0.18 for MacOS and Windows : Major version

    Introduction of possibility to calculate complex non-adjacent calculation periods (see helps files). Default complex period is set to SMART solar calculation

    Addition of a sound when a long calcualtion is finished. 

    In the Watt module, display or Watt or KiloWatt. 

    Definitionof a simple Admin menu


DL-Light 8.0.6 for MacOS and Windows : Major version

    Introduction of a cache system to accelerate calculation

    Elimination of the "Render selection", "Update all", "Update textures, the software now detects to necessary calculation

    Improvement of the sensors grid system

    Possibility to attach different grids of sensors to different surfaces

    Improvement on the custom periods of calculation per full days, per hours intervals and per start/end daters

    Correction of a bug during modification of Daylight Factor calculation for VSC calculation

DL-Light 7.0.58 for MacOS and Windows:

    Improvement on the management of "original" textures (SketchUp textures) and their restoration

    Bux fix on specific calculation for Winter season


DL-Light 7.0.52 for MacOS and Windows:

    Adding meridian information to ensure the validity of results as SketchUp handles is only from a geometric point of view

   Using a new widget for the selection of custom time periods

    Technical refactoring of some parts for future module addition

    Small bug fixes


DL-Light 7.0.40 for MacOS and Windows:

    Adding surface average results within Watt module report


DL-Light 7.0.39 for MacOS and Windows:

    Bug fix on a rare occurence for textures


DL-Light 7.0.38 for MacOS and Windows:

    Important Bug fix in the Watt module on the calculation of the maximum of insolation on a point

    Improvement on DF and DA report columns


DL-Light 7.0.24 for MacOS and Windows:

    Improved management of internal referentials for faces inside groups

    Various improvements on the management of faces' id. Added controls for duplicate faces.

    Bug fix on Sunexposure where clear sky is set before calculation.


DL-Light 7.0.20 for MacOS and Windows:

    Bug fix on crash for trial version


DL-Light 7.0.18 for MacOS and Windows:

    Improved virtual surfaces

    Improved management of quasi-planar surfaces (but not so planar in fact)...

    Modified authentication for complex cases

    Bug fixes 


DL-Light  7.0.8 for MacOS: 

    Bug fix on reports for somes cases of surfaces


DL-Light 7.0.7: 

    Bug fix on report tables


DL-Light 7.0.6: Major version

    SEPP65 Australian Daylight indicator included in DL-Light

    New version of Radiance included

    Improvements on the generation of sensors

    Improved interface

    Improved management of huge number of sensors

    Better preferences management

    Various bug fixes

DL-Light Version 6.0.32   

    Bug fix on screenshots with palette


DL-Light Version 6.0.27   
    No more Dos box when calculation are launched

DL-Light Version 6.0.23:
    Full coherence with the Mac version
    New interface
    New preference management
    New false colour management
    Bug fixes

DL-Light Version 6.0.32:
    Bug fix on screenshots with palette 

DL-Light Version 6.0.26:
    Bug fix on the display of transmission coefficient of transparent materials 

DL-Light Version 6.0.23:
    Bug fixes 

DL-Light Version 6.0.13:
    Autonomy calculation and Breeam support  
    Improved false color textures 
    New interface 
    New preferences management 
    Improved speed 
    Bux fixes 
    Major internal refactoring

DL-Light Version 6.0.12:
    Support of SketchUp 2018

DL-Light Version 6.0.10:
       New Instant module for fast simulations in luminance and illuminance
       Improvement on night day hours management for occupation profiles in autonomy calculation
       Improveme,t of export programs for very complex surfaces

Version 5.1.51: Improvements

    Remember dialog size and position where dialog are reopened  

    New daylight factor functionality : specify different surfaces types (Default surfaces type and specific ones) 

    Various fixes (correction on the support of Hebrew characters, ...) 


Version 5.1.45:

    Report improvements


Version 5.1.44:

    Calculation of the Daylight Factor 

    Support of SketchUp 2018 

    Improved false colour imaging system 

    Improved preferences management


Version 5.1.25:

    Improved help files, few bug fixes

Version 5.1.21:

    Includes a fix for preference window. 


Version 5.1.16:

    The macOS version is back! 

    It includes exposure to direct sunrays, sky view factor and the new Watt module. 

    Daylight Factor, Luminous autonomy and BREEAM calculation will be added as soon as possible.


Version 5.0.15:

    Improved management of large SketchUp files (hundreds of layers, etc.)

Version 5.0.14:

    Windows version now includes the watt module to calculate the energy arriving on the outside faces.

   New simpler interface for all modules.

Version 5.0.15: Improved management of large SketchUp files (hundreds of layers, etc.)

Version 5.0.14: Windows version now includes the watt module to calculate the energy arriving on the outside faces.

  New simpler interface for all modules.

Improved in version 4.2.7:

    Bug fix regarding Push/Pull tool.

    Quick patch to take into account South hemisphere season definition 

New in verion 4.2.3:

    Support of SketchUp 2017.

New:

    In SunExposure module added separate definition of site Location and Weather file to reach a maximum position of the sun.

    In SunExposure module added possibility to select time step in range 1-60min for clear sky calculation.

    Added feature ‘Show/Hide virtual surfaces’ in SE and SVF extension.

Improved:

    User interface is now using jQuery libraries.

    Improved algorithms for custom time period.

    DF ReportDialog shows average DF value per surface.


Improved:

    Fixed font size problems for Windows 8 for high resolution screens or with modified font size in advanced Windows settings.

    Fixed bug when some of location coordinates are 0.

    Fixed DA calculation when location coordinates and weather data are different.

New:

    Added new extension DaylightFactor

    Added faces highlighting when working in ReportDialog and SpaceTypeDialogAdded

    Added naming of spaces for easier reporting

    Added reports for Skyview Factor and SunExposure

    Added possibility to Detach all Materials and revert to previous configuration of materials

Improved:

    Tools ‘Create Copy’ and ‘Create Copy in Instances’ have been simplified and work like other standard SketchUp tools.

    Copy surfaces created only for faces selected after tools activation

    Improved DA BREEAM accuracy – sensors closer to borders than limit distance are removed from minimum illuminance

    Change format of output report files

    Improved palette appearance in snapshot images

    Bug fixes

New:

    Access to detailed results per surface in Autonomy, Breeam, SVF and SunExposure.

    Added report dialog for SVF and SunExposure.

    Minor improvements.

    Bug Fixes.

New:

    Calculation of BREEAM requirements for minimum point illuminance.

    Calculation of BREEAM requirements for average illuminance.

    Space type management for BREEAM.

    Evaluation of BREEAM illuminance requirements for a whole project.

Improved:

   New material manager.

    Report dialog

    Bug fixes.

New:

    Daylight Autonomy calculation

    Faster calculation is all 3 modules

    Better management of calculation abort

    Bug fixes

New:

    SkyView Factor can now be calculated

    Per layer selection

    One-click selection

    Check for updates

    Extension switch

Improved:

    Better FC scale generation

    Improved management of Output directory

    Fixed SunExposure calculation for single hour

    Reorganization of observers

    Bug fixes.