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VTube Update History 4.2 - July 6, 2023 - August 29, 2023

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Previous Version History - v4.1 builds 1262 through 1275: VTube update history for version 4.1

See this PDF document for updates previous to 4.1.1262: VTube v4 Update History.pdf

Version 4.2 - Build 1292, August 29, 2023

VTube has a new report token that automatically adds parentheses around alternative unit values in reports.

The token is "<vtube_val_alt_parens>" and is used like this:

<vtube_iterate section=XYZ>
    <td class="td_index"><vtube_val>Array_point_label</vtube_val></td>
    <td class="td_xyz"><vtube_val>Array_X</vtube_val></td>
    <td class="td_xyz"><vtube_val_alt_parens>Array_X</vtube_val_alt_parens></td>
    <td class="td_xyz"><vtube_val>Array_Y</vtube_val></td>
    <td class="td_xyz"><vtube_val_alt_parens>Array_Y</vtube_val_alt_parens></td>
    <td class="td_xyz"><vtube_val>Array_Z</vtube_val></td>
    <td class="td_xyz"><vtube_val_alt_parens>Array_Z</vtube_val_alt_parens></td>
    <td class="td_xyz_radius"><vtube_val>Array_RADIUS_XYZ</vtube_val></td>
    <td class="td_xyz"><vtube_val_alt_parens>Array_RADIUS_XYZ</vtube_val_alt_parens></td>

This token is beneficial because it allows the template to show the parenthesis only when floating point values are inserted in the report.

Version 4.2 - Build 1291, August 26, 2023

We fixed an issue with the Han Jie SVNET protocol that would not allow 180-degree bends to be corrected.

180-degree bends can now be handled during correction.

Version 4.2 - Build 1290, August 24, 2023

This build includes a new VTube-STEP Viewer Mode license that is free to install and use anywhere.


The mode is designed to allow VTube-LASER and VTube-STEP customers to share their VTube projects with customers or users who only need to view the data stored in VTube project files.

Share this program with any customer or business partner who needs to view the data you saved in VTube-STEP or VTube-LASER.

Download the viewer installation from this website.

The installation program requires a password to finish the install.  Request the password from

The Viewer Mode UI includes a new Upgrade Options button in the top toolbar.

Press this new button to display an Upgrade Options dialog that explains the upgrade options for full-powered VTube-STEP and VTube-LASER.

VTube now stores deleted COLLECTED and CONSTRUCTED entities for UNDO.

Version 4.2 - Build 1285, July 28, 2023

VTube-LASER now displays the probe diameter above the viewport for any measuring center running in tactile mode.

This feature lets users know with assurance what the probe diameter is when in tactile mode.

VTube-LASER now automatically requests Metronor probe diameter when it connects to the Metronor server.

Version 4.2 - Build 1284, July 27, 2023

VTube-LASER now supports Metronor LightPens.

These light pens can measure tubes and pipes 5 to 25 meters in length (depending on the number of cameras and setup.)

VTube-LASER has a new Metronor measure device type and a Metronor Connect window that displays when Metronor is selected as the device type.
VTube-LASER has 
The Linear Dimension Space Object window has been repaired.  (We accidentally renamed it and removed some components.  This has been fixed.)

Version 4.2 - Build 1281, July 24, 2023

VTube can now display linear unit values in any unit in the same report - regardless of the current user interface linear unit setting.

The linear units can be...

  1. Current user interface linear units (either inches or millimeters)
  2. Alternative to the current user interface linear units (millimeters if UI is inches, and inches if UI is millimeters)
  3. Inches
  4. Feet
  5. Yards
  6. Millimeters
  7. Centimeters
  8. Meters

See this page for how to form the HTML tags to allow this formatting in VTube report templates.

This is how the alternative user units can be displayed in a report.
The sample code for this output is:
    <td class="td_index"><vtube_val>Array_INDEX</vtube_val></td>
    <td class="td_xyz"><vtube_val>Array_X</vtube_val>
    <td class="td_xyz"><vtube_val>Array_Y</vtube_val>
    <td class="td_xyz"><vtube_val>Array_Z</vtube_val>
    <td class="td_xyz_radius"><vtube_val>Array_RADIUS_XYZ</vtube_val>
Note also that the alternative units will use the proper decimal place formatting set in System Options.
The alternative unit will be millimeters if the display linear units are inches.
The alternative unit will be inches if the display linear units are millimeters.

Version 4.2 - Build 1279, July 12, 2023

This build fixes a Bend Profile calculation issue that started in build 1272 (June 22, 2023).

We fixed a Bend Profile radius calculation issue that would prevent VTube-LASER from calculating the correct bend radius with a single inside-bend scan.

VTube would try to install the Visual C++ redistributable in every install - even if it was already installed on the VTube computer. This has been fixed.

Version 4.2 - Build 1277, July 11, 2023

Note: If you use Bend Profile Inside-Radius measuring, upgrade to version 4.2 build 1279 described above. This build 1279 is a critical update for you.

A few user interface captions were fixed in VTube SOLIDWORKS Builder.

Version 4.2 - Build 1276, July 6, 2023

Note: If you use Bend Profile Inside-Radius measuring, upgrade to version 4.2 build 1279 described above. This build 1279 is a critical update for you.

New: VTube-STEP and VTube-LASER can now build complete tube layouts in SOLIDWORKS - just like our legacy (retired) TubeCAD Pro software.

This tube layout includes orthographic views, block up labels, true bend views, true rotation views, XYZ point chart, and LRA Bender chart.
New in SOLIDWORKS Builder: Turn on TRUE BEND views with any number of preceding and following legs in each view.
Note: True bend views automatically flip over if necessary to allow the preceding leg to point above the table surface.
New in SOLIDWORKS Builder: Turn on TRUE ROTATION views with any number of preceding and following legs in each view.
The rotation views can draw in LEFT-HANDLEFT-HAND BENDER or RIGHT-HAND BENDER mode.
New in SOLIDWORKS Builder: Turn on Blockup Labels for the orthographic views that show the distance from the table to the center of each straight section.
VTube can now use custom SOLIDWORKS drawing templates you design in the tube layout build.
Sample SOLIDWORKS Drawing tube layout files are included.
These files are installed in "C:\Users\Public\Documents\VTube\Demo Files"
A sample SOLIDWORKS drawing template is included.

Links to Previous Versions

See VTube update history for version 4.1

See this document for older updates: VTube v4 Update History.pdf