AlphaNumeric Data Entry, USB Licensing, Feature Files, Color Books, New Layout Viewport Features, PDF and DWF Export

Use Fully Alphanumeric Point Identifiers

  • Short descriptive ids save time
  • Quickly scan a list of points and know where they are located
  • Supports FieldGenius alphanumeric names
  • Automatically increments intelligently
  • Similar to having 26 extra "digits" for each letter of the name
  • Sorts intelligently 0 --> 9 --> A --> Z, so ZZZ > AAA > 999 > 111, but 1000 > ZZZ. (i.e. a four digit id is greater than a three digit id, just as a 4 digit number (i.e. 1,000) is greater than a 3 digit number (999).


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USB Licensing (Stand alone)

MicroSurvey CAD is now activated by using a USB License Key. USB License Keys make MicroSurvey CAD more portable for companies who need flexibility in where and when their software is used.   All activation is done over the internet — no more calling or faxing us for software passwords.

USB Licensing (Server)

New for 2008 is the MicroSurvey USB License Server.   The License Server is perfect for organizations that want to have a network license system for MicroSurvey CAD.

  • Extremely short and robust metal case: shields electronic circuitry perfectly!
  • Unique Serial number
  • Remotely programmable
  • Network support
  • Complete operating system support: Windows XP/2000/Vista - drivers install automatically from Windows Update site
  • Can be used on a Linux Server for Network support, or any available Windows machine can operate as a "server".
  • Nothing needs to be installed on your main network servers.

The key protrudes approximately 25mm or 1 inch when inserted into a USB port. The top of the key is smooth and rounded. It is excellent for laptops, because it is designed not to catch on your laptop case when you slide your laptop into the bag.

Use new layout viewport features

There are several new features for layout viewports:

  • Snap to model space entities from paper space.
  • Lock layout viewports to lock the model space view or location while panning or zooming in paper space.
  • Assign a unique UCS to a layout viewport.

Assign true colors and color book colors

You’ve always been able to add color to your drawings using index colors, but now you use two new color features:

  • True colors — Defined using 24-bit color, there are more than 16 million true colors from which you can choose.
  • Color books — Defined with a list of colors, color books help you organize collections of colors. For example, you can store a unique color scheme in a color book for a client and then use colors only from that color book for the client’s drawings.

Export to PDF and 3D DWF format

You can export drawings to two new formats:

  • PDF — Portable Document Format files allow you to distribute your drawing to others for viewing with Adobe® Acrobat® Reader®, which is free software that users can download, and for viewing, reviewing, and editing with Adobe® Acrobat.
  • 3D DWF — 3D Design Web Format files can be viewed in a Web browser if Autodesk® DWF Viewer is also installed on the computer. DWF Viewer is a free tool from Autodesk® that always supported viewing 2D DWF files, but now supports viewing DWF files in three dimensions.
  • Download the free DWF viewer from Autodesk
  • After downloading and installing, load this DWF file as an example of what is exported from MicroSurvey CAD 2008.
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