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Via 21.1 released

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We are happy to announce Via 21.1 with great improvements to several plugins of Via (OD Aggregation, Movie Recording, Scripting), as well as many other smaller improvements and bug fixes.

 

New and improved features

Showing Relations in OD Aggregations

OD Aggregator has always allowed to show the relations of single zones when querying them. But there are cases where the relations of multiple, or better: all, zones should be visualized. The new visualization option in Via 21.1 allows to visualize all or a filtered subset of all relations as directed lines on the map.

The relations can be filtered, and styled based on various attributes. To keep the visualization clean, it is possible to only visualize e.g. the top 10% of relations, or the top 50 relations.

Visualizing Relations in OD Aggregator

Major Speed Improvements when Recording Movies

The encoding of movies into the MP4 and ProRes format was heavily improved. Converting a series of images to a movie in one of these formats is now 20-25% faster.

The conversion of images to movies is not only usable for screenshots recorded by Via, but also for images created by other tools. Some of these output images with a transparent background, which resulted in artefacts or black backgrounds in the created movie. To overcome this, Via now offers the option to add a fixed-color background to transparent images.

Scripting with Parameters

Re-using scripts to create automated analyses or recordings of different, but similar scenarios required at least the adaption of paths to load or output the correct files. This made automating Via error-prone, or difficult when integrating into external workflows.

In Via 21.1, scripts can interact with the user by asking to select a file or directory, so scripts can be set up to work on user-selected data. To allow such scripts to be used in fully automated setups, it is now also possible to pass parameters to Via scripts, so the same script can be used with different parameters in multiple runs.

Check the in-app script examples to learn more about using parameters and user-interaction in scripts.

Additional changes

In addition to the major improvements listed above, the following smaller changes and bugfixes are also part of Via 21.1:

  • Values of Charts in Aggregator and OD-Aggregator (introduced in 20.3) are now shown in tooltips and in queries.
  • Link labels are automatically hidden if links are short, and null-values are not shown.
  • Display of Map-Attribution is customizable.
  • Improved the performance of several public transport related analyses.
  • Try not to open windows and dialogs off-screen (e.g. after disconnecting a second screen).
  • Various other minor bug fixes.

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Introducing Tramola

Since the start of Simunto about 3 years ago, we had a vision: Make it simpler and easier to use MATSim. While Via is a very powerful tool to analyze and visualize MATSim data, it focuses mostly on the outcome of a MATSim simulation, but not on the input or the simulation itself. Thus, the planning and work started on an additional tool to help users create, edit and run MATSim simulations with much more ease than ever before. Now, we’re finally able to present this new tool: Tramola!

Tramola

Create scenarios. Manage runs. Analyze results.
The modelling suite for MATSim.

Tramola helps you to manage your scenarios, allows you to easily create case studies and monitor running simulations, and enables you to quickly gain insights into simulation results by powerful reporting and visualizations.

Short Overview

Tramola is a web-based application and runs in your web browser. It allows you to manage multiple scenarios, edit scenario data like network or transit schedule, and start runs by the push of a button after editing the configuration file in a user-friendly editor. Running simulations report critical measurements like modal split and memory consumption regularly back to the server, such that first analyses can already be performed while the simulation is still running.

More details are available on the new Tramola page.

First Impressions

Edit the network:



Modify the config before starting a run:



Availability

Tramola is currently being tested by a small number of users, and will be generally available in summer 2021. If you cannot wait so long and already want to test the beta version, please contact us.

In the mean time, head over to the Tramola page to learn more about the features and possibilities that open up with Tramola, and take a short survey to help us prioritize future development.

Via 20.3 released

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Shortly before 2020 ends, we have one more major Via update for our users. Via 20.3 brings a major new visualization style for showing multiple attributes at once to various layers, and includes a brand new analysis related to stuck agents.

 

New and improved features

Mini-Chart visualization

Via provides various attribute-driven visualization possibilities, allowing styling symbols or areas with colors, transparency, and size based on attribute values. While this allows to visualize the values of more than one attribute (e.g. one for size, one for the color), it is not always best suited for comparing the values of two or more attributes. The new visualization option Charts allows to visualize the value of multiple attributes in the form of small bar or pie charts.

Pie Charts

Stuck Agent Analysis

Via is great at visualizing and analyzing the agents performing their activities and legs. Agents getting stuck in the simulation during their day on the other hand are hard to analyze, as they just disappear at some point in time.

Via now includes a special analysis to figure out, when and where agents are getting stuck in order to help to better understand why they get stuck. The analysis will show at what time agents were last observed, as well where they were last seen (e.g. on which links or at what transit stops). This serves as a starting point for further analyses, probably leading to coding errors in the network, ill-assigned travel demand, or overused transit stops.

Stuck Agents Analysis

The new analysis is available in the Tools menu.

Additional changes

In addition to the major improvements listed above, the following smaller changes and bugfixes are also part of Via 20.3:

  • Support for *.xyz files (often used for digital elevation models)
  • Transit-analysis “Transfers at stops” can be heavily customized (colors, filtering, …)
  • Define custom default colors that can be easily selected in the color choosers.
  • Detailed link geometries can be loaded from link attributes.
  • Support unicode characters (e.g. cyrillic) in Ids
  • Support Vehicle type attributes for Vehicles layer’s colors and size.
  • Support Geopackage-Databases that contain linestring geometries
  • Querying multiple shapes works again
  • Showing Network Differences failed in some cases when two networks with different links were used

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Via 20.2 released

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We are happy to announce that Via 20.2 is now available. The new version brings major improvements to the user interface, a heavily improved Aggregation Analysis plugin, and includes support for new GIS data formats.

 

New and improved features

User Interface

Via includes a dark theme for all the users who prefer a not-so-bright screen. In addition, Via also includes an alternative light theme that should look the same way on all supported platforms (Windows, macOS, Linux). This might be of use especially if you repeatedly work on different platforms to have a consistent user interface, or where the system-dependent user interface is not optimal (e.g. on some Linux distributions).

Via Dark Theme Via Light Theme

In addition, we continued the work from Via 20.1 with supporting Hi-DPI screens by replacing several icons by higher-resolution ones.

Aggregation, OD Aggregation

The settings dialogs for the Aggregation and OD Aggregation were completely reworked. They follow now the same principles as most other settings dialogs (e.g. the one from the Network layer or the Vehicles layer).

In addition, it is now possible to define more than one aggregation at a time. This allows to calculate the minimum, average and maximum at the same time, for example. Or different shares at the same time.

Aggregator Settings

And to make use of the multiple aggregations, the Aggregation Layer now supports not only visualizing the actual zones, but also supports visualizing the aggregations by symbols that can be styled with color, size, transparency, etc.

Aggregator with symbols and zones

GIS interoperability

Via 20.2 now supports GeoJSON in various places: First, GeoJSON data can be loaded and visualized with the Shapes Layer, similar how it was already possible with ESRI Shape files before. Second, GeoJSON is now available as data format when exporting spatial data. This includes exporting networks, exporting XY data, transit data, or aggregator zones.

Via actually supports two different flavors of GeoJSON: for one, it can load GeoJSON-files containing a feature collection (typically ending on *.geojson), and so-called newline-delimited GeoJSON-files, which contain multiple separate GeoJSON objects, each encoded on a single line, and separated by newline characters (typically ending on *.geojsonl, also referred to as GeoJson Lines).

In addition to GeoJSON, the new Via version also supports loading data from GeoPackage databases (*.gpkg), which are supported by more and more GIS applications.

Additional changes

In addition to the major improvements listed above, the following smaller changes and bugfixes are also part of Via 20.2:

  • Improved scripting support for Network layer, including LinkVolumes and IntersectionFlows analysis.
  • Add support for additional emission types from HBEFA 4.1 to the Emissions plugin.
  • Provide Trips and Legs to Aggregation analysis, not only Legs.
  • Simplified selection of custom coordinate reference systems.
  • Fix loading and displaying facilities’ activities options.
  • Label backgrounds did not correctly scale with font size in some cases.

The Via manual available online was adapted and extended extensively as well, covering all the new functionality and improved the documentation of existing functionality.

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Via 20.1 released

We’ve been busy working on the next version of Via, and we are happy to finally announce the immediate availability of Via 20.1.

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The biggest change in Via 20.1 is hopefully one that most users won’t even notice: Via now runs on Java 11, compared to Java 8 used by older versions. This required us to perform major updates and replace several parts of Via, which can result in a few smaller changes, for example in the user interface, but should not affect the usual workflow. And it enables us to provide additional features and improvements already in this release and in future ones.

New and improved features

Transit Layer:

The new transit router available in Via let’s you quickly query the transit schedule, helping you to understand why too many or too few agents end up on specific lines, verify the correctness of converted schedule data, or just analyze route-choice decisions.

A new query Passengers at Transit Stops shows you at what time and on what lines and routes passengers arrive or depart at selected transit stops.

Passengers at Transit Stops

In addition, Via supports loading transit vehicles in MATSim’s latest data format (vehicleDefinitions_v2), and the transit line search can now also find lines when only the route name is provided.

Vehicles Layer:

The new Vehicle Fleet Statistics allows you to observe the usage of a vehicle fleet over the time of day. It currently supports two metrics, if vehicles are in use or not, and the number of passengers for vehicles. We plan to extend this with additional metrics in future releases, so if you have a specific request, please let us know so we can prioritize it accordingly.

Vehicle fleet statistics

WebMap Layer:

The downloaded map images are now cached for a few days, resulting in higher performance and limited offline availability, e.g. when presenting at conferences. In addition, we reworked the user interface and made it simpler to define multiple custom map servers and include additional WebMap Styles from MapTiler.

Additional changes

There were also a number of smaller improvements and bugfixes:

  • Improved display of labels in area shapes
  • Fix issue with recording movies with non-even height or width
  • show a circle when measuring distances
  • add some scaling options to Image layer
  • optional confirmation dialog before quitting Via
  • display of agent and vehicle plans can be resized
  • option to have followed vehicles, agents and points exactly centered
  • quering links on top of a WebMap works again
  • WebMap geolocation works again

We’ve updated and enhanced the Via manual available online with the latest features and changes.

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