The new 0.4 version brings read support for 4 new formats:
- Carlson RW5
- Leica GSI
- Sokkia SDR33
- Zeiss R5
Other input formats were improved, most notably Nikon RAW.
DXF output was improved, even though the default template is not very useful since it is based on an old need from the time when TOPS was developed day to day on archaeological excavations.
The work behind these new formats is in part by the new contributor to the project, Damien Gaignon (find him as @psolyca ), who submitted a lot of other code and started helping with project maintenance as well.
The internal data structures for handling the conversion between input and output formats are completely new, and based on the Python GeoInterface abstraction offered by the pygeoif library. This allows going beyond single points to managing lines and polygons, even though no such feature is available at the moment. If you often record linear or polygonal features that you’re manually joining in the post-processing stage, think about helping TOPS development and you could get DXF or Shapefiles with the geometries ready to use (yes, Shapefile output is on our plans, too).
This version is the last built on Python 2, and work is already ongoing towards a new version that will be based on Python 3: a more mature codebase will mean a better program, without any visible drastic change.