In this Newsletter
For those of you who joined us since our Fall Newsletter, we thank you for choosing Retain Pro 2005 - or for upgrading from an earlier version. Our family of users continues to grow - including many more city, county, and state plan review agencies. We hope we're making your retaining wall designs much easier, and with the reliability you expect. On our side, we'll continue to improve by listening to your suggestions, and fixing any problems called to our attention.
If you're a new user, or missed a previous Newsletter, you can read them on our Home page - in them we discuss important technical issues.
NOTE: If you received this Newsletter and you are not the person in your organization who should receive it, please forward it and ask that person to go to www.retainpro.com/support and change to the correct email address.
Coming Soon . . .
Two most requested features you've asked for are for pile foundations, and to design segmental walls. You'll have them in our next upgrade, Retain Pro 2006, planned for a May release. It will include several other unique new features we think you'll like. By the way, we use the term "update" (as in our AutoUpdate system) to mean fixes and enhancements to a current version, whereas an "upgrade" is to a new version with added features, such as our upcoming Retain Pro 2006. Of course our upgrades are always optional, and priced modestly to cover our cost of developing requested features and keeping up with code changes. Watch for an announcement on our website. And if you have suggestions for Version 2006 let us know soon - there's still time to include them.
Technical Issues . . .
Deep keys to resist sliding.
Piggyback (cascading) walls.
Check Load Factors for each design.
The OPTIONS screen.
IBC '06 and ASCE 7-05.
Have you read: Six reasons Retaining Walls Fail; And Six Cost Effective Fixes?
This Special Report is available on our Home page. It should be interesting and we will welcome your comments and experiences.
Automatic Update System
This feature, new in Retain Pro 2005, assures that you will never miss any patches or enhancements to the program. When you start Retain Pro 2005 there will be a pop-up asking if you want to check for updates. If you click YES it will either tell you none are available (you are current), or it will search your version install date and automatically enable downloading of any needed files. A description of the changes will be posted on the support page for your reference.
Reminder about your Product Activation Code (PAC)
With our PAC system, you don't need a CD to install Retain Pro 2005 on any computer. Just download a demo version from www.retainpro.com/downloads, and insert your PAC. If you lost your PAC, you can retrieve it from www.retainpro.com/support.
Geotechnical consultant wanted!
We're looking for a geotechnical consultant to assist us with advanced earth retaining structures design. If you know of one who might be interested, please ask him or her to email me at email@example.com.
Reminder: Before calling or emailing technical support:
Please read the technical FAQs which are accessed from the Support page of our website. The answers to many of your questions will be answered there.
And finally: Our website is being totally redesigned!
Look for it to debut in a few weeks. We hope you will like it!
With best wishes,Hugh
Hugh Brooks, SE
Retain Pro Software
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