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:: Upgrade to MicroSurvey CAD 2009


MicroSurvey CAD has developed into a powerful, feature rich calculating and drafting program.

Our 2009 version is built on the IntelliCAD 6.5 CAD engine. This engine has many features that our customers can use to streamline the drafting and calculating experience.


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:: New Features and Fixes for MicroSurvey CAD 2009 - Detailed List

New CAD Engine

  • IntelliCAD 6.5 Engine
    MicroSurvey CAD 2009 is now built on the latest IntelliCAD engine, IntelliCAD 6.5.
  • Performance enhancements
    Performance has been enhanced considerably when using real-time zoom, real-time pan, and saving drawings.
  • Toolbar and menu icons
    The IntelliCAD user interface has been enhanced with new 24-bit icons for all color toolbar icons and menus.
  • Use polar tracking
    Polar tracking is a new tool used to help you draw with precision. When polar tracking is turned on, guides display on the screen automatically at specified polar angle increments.
  • Check the spelling of text
    You can check the spelling of single-line text, multiline text, paragraph text, attributes, attribute definitions, and dimension text. Additional features include loading dictionaries from different sources, including various languages, and adding your own words to a custom dictionary.
  • Copy multiple entities
    Now it’s easier to copy multiple entities. IntelliCAD defaults to prompting for additional copies of selected entities during the Copy command.
  • Work with additional image formats
    The number of image formats available for drawings has been expanded. You can include images in the following formats: ECW, JPG 2000, ERS, ALG, HDR, DAT, DOQ, FST, NTF, ASC, IMG, DEM, DDF, DT0 and DT1, and HDF (including MET, L1R, and L1G).
  • Layer toolbar
    You can now use the Layer toolbar to specify layout-specific layer settings. The Layer toolbar dynamically sizes, making it easier to manage large layer lists or drawings with long layer names.
  • Customize the status bar and menus using DIESEL
    You can use DIESEL from the command line, in MNU menu files, and in LISP to customize the status bar and menus.
  • Use new and enhanced system variables
    New or enhanced system variables include: AUTOSNAP, COPYMODE, DCTCUST, DCTMAIN, DCTMAINPATH, DIMTFAC, POLARADDANG, POLARANG, POLARDIST, POLARMODE, SNAPTYPE, and TRACKPATH.

Active Coordinate Editor

  • Multiple Coordinate Systems
    The Active Coordinate Editor can be configured to display your point coordinates as transformed into up to 2 cartesian systems and 2 geodetic system.
  • Draw Coordinate Tables
    Create coordinate tables and/or coordinate conversion tables in your drawing by selecting the columns and rows you want to include from the Active Coordinate Editor.

Input/Output Scale Factors

  • Input Scale Factor works with All Commands
    The Input Scale Factor specified in the General Configuration Options screen can now be applied to ALL distance inputs in the program, by specifying an "s" (for scale) suffix after the distance, for example 100s or 100S. Scaling was previously limited to only the MicroSurvey commands, but now also works with all CAD drawing, modification, and settings commands. Use the s suffix anywhere you can enter distances, including at the command line, in dialog boxes, and even when typing coordinate values like "100s,100s".
  • Inverse between Input Scale Factor and Output Scale Factor
    The Input Scale Factor and Output Scale Factor fields on the General Configuration Options screen have been linked together, so you can now automatically set one as the inverse of the other with the press of a button.
  • Copy Output Scale Factor to Distance Labeling Scale Factors
    A new Scale Factors dialog lets you easily configure all scale factors (Input Scale factor, Output Scale Factor, and five Distance Labeling Scale Factors) in one screen with no calculations required.
  • Automatic Blunder Detection
    When your Input Scale Factor and Output Scale Factor values are not inverses of each other, or when the Output Scale Factor does not match your Distance Labeling Scale Factors, warning will appear to help you correct any potential issues.
  • Scale Factor Check on FieldGenius/RAW/RW5 File Import
    When importing a RAW or RW5 file (including FieldGenius projects), the scale factors specified in the RAW file and in the General Configuration Options screen will be compared as a validation check, and if they do not match a Scale Factor dialog (see above) appears to help you correct any potential issues.
  • Scale Factor Setup on FieldGenius Export
    When exporting a FieldGenius Project, a new option is available which will write the scale factor to the new project's raw file.
  • LISP Programming Extensions
    Four new Lisp routines are available for your custom programming needs. New commands: (get_output_scale_factor), (set_output_scale_factor x), (get_input_scale_factor), (set_input_scale_factor x).

Geodetic Coordinate Conversions

  • Remember Last Used Coordinate Systems
    When selecting coordinate systems, the last used system will be remembered as a default and automatically selected again the next time you use the same command.
  • Recently Used Coordinate Systems
    When selecting coordinate systems, a list of your most recently used systems is available for quickly selecting your typical settings.

LandXML Import/Export

  • XML Import
    A new XML Import command allows you to select any LandXML file to import the following data types from it: CgPoints (as Point Coordinates), PlanFeatures (as Smart Lines/Arcs), Parcels (as Lots), and Surfaces. New command: _LANDXML_IN
  • XML Export
    A new XML Export command allows you to write a LandXML file containing the following data types from your drawing: Point Coordinates (as CgPoints), Smart Lines/Arcs (as PlanFeatures), Lots and Blocks (as Parcels), Surfaces (as Surfaces). New commands: _LANDXML_OUT and _LANDXML_OUT_RANGE
    A new XML Export command allows you to write a LandXML file containing the following data types from your drawing: Point Coordinates (as CgPoints), Alignments (as Alignments). New command: _WRITEXML

3D Polyline Utilities

  • Insert Vertex
    Insert one or more consecutive vertices in a 3D Polyline by selecting two adjacent vertices, such that new vertices will be inserted evenly between them with their elevations adjusted to fit a linear interpolation. New command: PEDIT_RI
  • Delete Vertex
    Delete one or more consecutive vertices in a 3D Polyline by selecting two vertices, such that all vertices between them will be removed. New command: _PEDIT_RD
  • Interpolate Vertex
    Interpolate one or more consecutive vertices in a 3D Polyline by selecting two vertices, such that all vertices between them will have their elevations adjusted to fit a linear interpolation. New command: PEDIT_RZ

Lot Closures & Plan Check

  • Pick Text Labels for Lot Closures / Plan Check
    Check your plan by using the new "Pick" buttons on the Lot Closure dialog, to select line and curve labels for calculating a closure based on the text labels.
  • Delete Lot Closures
    A command is now available in the MsTools menu to delete existing Lot Closures from your drawing and database. New command: _MS_DEL_LOT_CLOSURE
  • Lot Closure Dialog Improvements
    The Lot Closure dialog was cleaned up and made easier to use. Specifically...
    • The current entry field is now highlighted by a green box. This helps speed up keyboard entry when defining lots.
    • All data fields now immediately appear after selecting "Line" or "Curve", previously you were required to press Enter to make the next option appear which was not intuitive.
    • "Pick" buttons were added beside each distance and direction field, which allow you to select a text entity from your drawing to use for the lot definition.
    • "Pick All" buttons were added beside the Line and Arc fields, which allow you to select multiple text entities from your drawing to use for the lot definition.
    • "Swap" buttons were added beside each direction field, to reverse the direction of the currently displayed angle.
    • Removed Bearing/Azimuth and Feet/Metric controls, in favor of using the drawing's units settings as defined in the General Configuration Options dialog.
    • Removed OK buttons, in favour of having all fields immediately visible on the dialog.
    • Removed NW, NE, SW, SE quadrant bearing buttons, which which users found confusing and unnecessary.
    • Removed Zoom/Pan controls, which were previously necessary for older CAD engines, in favour of using real-time pan and zoom from your mouse.
    • Removed Current Coordinate text, which users found confusing and unnecessary. Current position is still indicated by an arrow icon in the drawing.
    • Realigned similar options to make the dialog more intuitive.

AutoRoute/Roading

  • Spiral Curves
    Horizontal Alignments can now be created with Curve-Spiral and Spiral-only curves. (This is in addition to the existing Spiral-Curve and Spiral-Curve-Spiral curves.)
  • Road Templates by Grade
    The Template Editor now allows for input of Grade values for each zone. (This is in addition to the previously required Height values).

Sewers

  • Complete Overhaul
    There were so many fixes to the sewers commands, that it is practically a new feature. Sewers routines have not worked reliably for several versions.
  • Network Layout Updates
    Sewer networks are now updated automatically when a structure is deleted, to keep the lines flowing past the deleted structure.
  • Sewer Browser Command
    Our new Sewer Browser command lets you easily work with multiple network layouts. New command: _SEWERBROWSE
  • Query Structure Command
    Our new Query Structure command lets you see information about any structures in your network. New command: _QUERYSTRC

Traverse Data

  • Show Traverse Graphically
    A new option in the Show Traverse command now allows lines to be drawn showing SK stake records.
  • Detect Invalid Records on Import
    When importing a RAW or RW5 file (including FieldGenius projects), each line is verified that it contains the correct number of data fields. This is because importing some RAW files which contained invalid records could cause a crash (ie, LS records containing an HR but not an HI).
  • Detect Current RAW File on Import
    When importing FieldGenius projects containing multiple RAW files, the FieldGenius project's INI file is checked to detect the current raw file, and that is set as the current Traverse after import.

Quick Posts & Symbol Librarian

  • New Survey Libraries
    Two new Automap Libraries, Survey-M1 (Metric) and Survey-I1 (Imperial) have been provided which include an improved description list and an improved default layering structure.
  • Quick Posts with Wipeouts
    New Quick Post blocks are included which use Wipeouts instead of a Trimming Radius to hide details behind/inside the blocks. You must load the new MSCAD_WIPEOUT.CSV AutoMAP Library instead of the default MSCAD.CSV AutoMAP Library to use the wipeout versions of the Quick Posts.
  • Symbol Librarian Posts with Wipeouts
    New Symbol Library blocks are included which use Wipeouts to hide details behind/inside the blocks.
  • Misc Improvements
    The ICI_AI and ICM_AI blocks (and their wipeout-version counterparts) were modified to remove extraneous points that were contained in the blocks.

Updated Interface

  • Toolbar and menu icons
    To match the updated IntelliCAD 6.5 interface, all of the MicroSurvey icons have also been improved to 24-bit color.
  • Digitizer Tablet Support
    Updated digitizer tablet overlay and configuration setup files have been created, please see the Tablet Setup topic in the help file.
 
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