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:: Upgrade to MicroSurvey CAD 2013

2013 is built on the incredible IntelliCAD 7.2 CAD engine. This engine has many features that our customers can use to streamline the drafting and calculating experience.

To watch a video overview of some of the new features by clicking the image to the right. The video covers:

7.2 IntelliCAD:
  • Better grips
  • New snap modes
  • Entity tracking
  • Dockable properties pane
  • Page Setup
  • Enhanced Printing
  • Non-rectangular viewports including circles
  • Display ADT and Civil 3D Objects
  • Attach Mr. SID
  • Visual Styles
  • 3D Orbit
  • Multiline Text enhancements
  • Find and Replace Text
  • New Purge command
  • Improved IntelliCAD Explorer
MicroSurvey Features:

  • Google Maps Support
  • Google Earth Support
  • AutoMAP Substitution Code
  • AutoMAP Leading Wildcards
  • Draworder Wizard

Additional features & enhancements now available with SP1. Click here for details.

See below for a list of new features and fixes for the initial 2013 release.

New Features

Powered by IntelliCAD 7.2
MicroSurvey CAD 2013 is built on the latest IntelliCAD engine, IntelliCAD 7.2. See below for a summary of new IntelliCAD features.
Google Maps™ Support
View your points in Google Maps by clicking new Map buttons located in both the Single Point Editor and the Active Coordinate Editor.
Select MsPoints | Store and Edit Points or MsPoints | Active Coordinate Editor from the menus, or type EDITP or COORDEDIT at the command line.
Google Earth™ Support
Export your points and linework to a .kml or .kmz file and view them in Google Earth.
Select MsPoints | Other Program Ties | Export to Google Earth from the menus, or type WRITEKML at the command line.
AutoMAP Substitution Codes
Access field-coded parameters directly from your point descriptions and automatically include them in your plotted annotations.
Substitution codes follow the familiar LDD syntax, and include $0 to substitute the code, $1-$9 to substitute the first through ninth space-delimited parameter following the code, $+ to substitute all parameters following the code, $* to substitute the entire description including the code plus all parameters, and $$ to substitute a literal "$" character.
For example, specify a plotted description like $1 TREE (ht=$2’, trunk dia=$3”) in AutoMap to dynamically label your TREE points like TREE OAK 9 12 and TREE ELM 6 8 as OAK TREE (ht=9’, trunk dia=12”) and ELM TREE (ht=6’, trunk dia=8”).
AutoMAP Leading Wildcards
Use AutoMap entries with a leading wildcard like *CODE, a trailing wildcard like CODE*, or both a leading and trailing wildcard like *CODE* to make partial matches of your point descriptions.
For example, an AutoMap entry like *IP* will now match points with descriptions like "NW CORNER IP BENT" and you can use the new Substitution Codes described above to produce appropriate plotted descriptions.
Distance Labeling Options
Include a customizable prefix and/or suffix in your distance annotation defaults.
Include a unit symbol (' or m) in your distance annotation defaults. (Previously only ' was supported.)
Select MsAnnotate | Labeling Defaults | Distances from the menus, or type CNF_EDIT_DISTANCES at the command line.
Slope Labeling Command
A new Slope Labeling command is available with options to label the % Slope, Degrees from Vertical, or Degrees from Horizontal along a line.
Select MsAnnotate | Add Line Labels | Label Slope from the menus, or type LABEL_SLOPE at the command line.
Draworder Wizard
A new Draworder Wizard command is available to help you quickly fix the most common draworder issues, such as moving raster images and hatches to the back of your drawing, and moving wipeouts, blocks and annotations to the front.
Select MsTools | Draworder Wizard from the menus, or type DRAWORDERWIZARD at the command line.
Import Improvements
When importing a FieldGenius or TDS raw file containing GK (GPS stakeout) records, they are now imported into the traverse file.
When recoordinating a traverse file, an Abort option is now available on the point protection dialog.
When importing an ASCII coordinate file, an Abort option is now available on the point protection dialog.
List Unused Points in Range
The List Unused Points command has a new option to specify a point range for your search.
Select MsPoints | List Points (Used and Unused) | List Unused Points, or type LIST_UNUSED at the command line.
Import Leica DBX
Import points, linework, and raw TPS/GPS observation data directly from Leica DBX databases.
Select MsTraverse | Read Collector Files In | Leica DBX from the menus, or type DBXIN at the command line.
Ladder Table Report
Write a ladder table report showing station and offset values for selected points in a ladder format.
Select MsTools | Print/Edit/View Reports | Ladder Table from the menus, or type LADDER_TABLE at the command line.


Important Fixes

  • [D2844] Active Coordinate Editor - The Shift Selection, Scale Selection, and Rotate Selection commands could cause arcs to be removed from the figures database.
  • [D4930] Active Coordinate Editor - The Rotate Selection command could use 0,0,0 as the rotation base point instead of the specified point.
  • [D4942] Active Coordinate Editor - The Shift Selection command could cause shifted arcs to not be erased when they are redrawn with the shifted points.
  • [D4943] Active Coordinate Editor - The Rotate Selection command could cause rotated arcs to not be erased when they are redrawn with the rotated points.
  • [D4990] Active Coordinate Editor - Point Tracking may not be correct when in Surveyors View
  • [D4991] Active Coordinate Editor - Zoom Selection may not be correct when in Surveyors View
  • [D2344] AutoMap Library - Using both the "Rotate to Previous Point" and "Scale to Previous Point" options together causes rotation to be calcualted to the incorrect point.
  • [D4260] AutoMap Library - Using the "Rotate to Previous Point" option can cause an error if there is not a previous point id.
  • [D5045] AutoMap Library - Using the "Scale to Previous Point" option can cause an error if there is not a previous point id.
  • [D4071] Coordinate Order - the "List E,N (X,Y) Format" system toggle was not always retained.
  • [F1759] Coordinate Order - the "List E,N (X,Y) Format" system toggle will now be honoured for the default column order within the Active Coordinate Editor and the Clusters report.
  • [D3819] Dialogs - the CAD Lines, CAD Curves, Single Point Edit, and Quick Text Edit dialogs may not always appear when clicking an appropriate entity.
  • [F1701] FieldGenius Export - linework is now automatically exported to FieldGenius in an R12 DXF format instead of the default DXF format to avoid exporting incompatible entity types.
  • [D4011] Leica GSI Export - exporting a Leica GSI8 will display multiple "Save As" prompts which can result in an error writing out the data file.
  • [D4789] LandXML Import - when importing points, the Description and Note were not set correctly. It now uses the "code" field (instead of "desc") to set the Description, and the "desc" field (instead of nothing) to set the Note.
  • [F1406] LandXML Import - when importing plan features, IrregularLine elements are now supported and will draw a 3d polyline through the specified coordinates.
  • [D2291] Linework - grip-editing a survey line did not disassociate the line from its previous points in the database.
  • [D2779] Linework - moving a survey line removes its bearing and distance labels from the database.
  • [D3955] Linework - entity snaps could not be used when drawing a curvey leader.
  • [D5021] Linework - 3D .XYZ-Linework can become corrupted after a rescale.
  • [D2813] Nikon Raw File Import - when importing a Nikon 700 raw file with ENZ coordinates, they would be interpreted and imported as NEZ coordinates.
  • [D4816] Point Blocks - when creating point blocks (for export to Eagle Point, Softdesk, or Carlson) the first space character is not properly delimiting the description to find a match in the AutoMAP library to use the plotted description.
  • [D2585] Polar Snapping - using polar snaps within the Design Horizontal Alignment (_alignment) command caused some on-screen graphical artifacts.
  • [D3967] Polar Snapping - using polar snaps within the Connect Dots Point to Point (_connect_points) command did not work correctly.
  • [D2581] Project Manager - deleting a project from the project manager did not delete its associated .msj database folder.
  • [D4919] Rapid Transit Import - importing a rapid transit drawing could cause a crash.
  • [D4840] Roading - applying a road template with 0:1 slope could cause a crash.
  • [D4851] Rotate Blocks to Line - the Rotate Text to Line (_ms_rotoline) command stopped working with blocks in the last MSCAD 2010 service pack, this functionality has been restored.
  • [D4987] Run As Administrator - the "Run as administrator" message that can appear under Windows Vista and Windows 7 have been reworded such that it does not only apply to Vista.
  • [D5077] Saving - Error ASLK8K8K and a crash can occur when running QSAVE after running SAVEAS.
  • [D4263] Scaling - scaling with a fractional value instead of a decimal value was being inappropriately intercepted by the inches-to-feet conversion added in MSCAD 2010.
  • [D4852] Select Point - when selecting a point from the drawing which is stored in the coordinate database, if there is another points within either 0.01 or 0.001 units of it (depending on the command) the incorrect point may be retrieved from the database.
  • [D1931] Sheet and Title Block - a crash may occur when using the Add Sheet and Title Block (_tb) command if your ATTDIA system variable is set to Off.
  • [D4984] Sheet and Title Block - the ATTREQ system variable was not being used correctly.
  • [D5030] Stability - interference between MSCAD and some virus scanners or other resident utilities could cause slowness, error messages, or crashes.
  • [D5146] STAR*NET Export - exporting a STAR*NET .dat file could cause the Current Traverse file setting to be forgotten, requiring you to re-select it via the Set Current Traverse command.
  • [D5002] Surface Modeling - the specified "honour boundary method" option (All Points / Any Point / Center Point) was not applied correctly.


What's New with IntelliCAD

Interactive Graphic Elements
Selection crossing/window shows transparent colorization.
Selected entities appear in color during dragging.
Additional grip functionality (arrow grips with more control).
Point indicators to help in graphics creation (e.g., when drawing a 3-point circle).
Paperspace sheet color.
Automatic creation of mview viewport on initial activation of Layout tab.
User Interface
24-bit color icons.
Pulldown menus include support for re-organized commands and the display of icons.
Several dialogs include 24-bit icons or have been re-written.
New docking properties pane with the ability to pin or hide the window.
IntelliCAD Drawing Explorer is enhanced with 24-bit icons, improved layer handling with multi-select support, icons in the list control, and improved usability.
Improvements in handling blocks, views, dimensions, and text styles.
Improvements to snap and selection.
Multiple windows can be open with different views or layouts.
Paperspace supports non-rectangular viewports.
Display Devices
New support for choosing a display device directly from the status bar.
Choose between DirectX, OpenGL, and the computer's default device.
Three new system variables for managing display devices: GSCURRENT, GSPRIMARY, and GSALT.
Graphics Display
Real-time hidden-line and shaded viewing.
Display gradient hatches.
Improved draw order and dragging in color.
Non-rectangular viewports.
Display proxies in blocks and xreferences.
Display ADT and Civil 3D objects.
DWF and DGN overlays.
IntelliCAD 7 is now using DWGdirect as its internal database; the DRX interface is available for developers to create custom entities.
SDS/ADS now supports UNICODE.
More New Features
Direct integration with the DWGdirect libraries allows for faster ODA updates.
New Page Setup Manager.
Enhanced Print dialog.
Export STL files.
LAYBYENT command allows you to select an entity to control layer settings or VPLayer settings.
REFEDIT command allows you to edit blocks even if they are in external drawings (Xrefs).
GSCURRENT allows you to change graphics display devices.
Options dialog allows you to change languages on the fly.
Dozens of new hatch patterns.
New FEEDBACK command for users to send in feedback.
Direct access to the User Guide PDF from the Help menu.
Support for visual styles.
New 3D orbit command for easier dynamic rotation and 3D viewing.
New dimension styles.
Ability to display print styles in paper space.
Support for associative dimensions.
Support for relative paths for images and Xreferences.
Performance Enhancements
Opening and saving files.
Real-time rotating, hidden line, and shading.
Double buffer display.
Because DWGdirect is the database, more modern data structures are used which are faster (maps and vectors verses arrays).
Demand loading features as DRX applications, including the Properties pane, IntelliCAD Explorer, External Reference Manager, Image Manager, solids creation/editing, mesh entity creation, and more.
The drawing database is persistent and this speeds access for saving, printing, layout issues, etc.
Multiline Text
Multline text options menu supports stacked text, overline text, number/list settings, background settings, and more.
DDEDIT supports editing dimension text.
Enhanced ability to print using previous print settings regardless of IntelliCAD sessions.
Increased zooming capability for Print Preview.
Performance Enhancements
Opening and saving files.
Displaying images.
Selection and deselection.
IntelliCAD 7.1 uses Teigha for .dwg files version 3.4.1 from the Open Design Alliance (updated from version 3.2). DRX programs and extensions are now named TX.
More features
Support for future Parallel entity snapping. Note that the PARALLEL command was renamed to OFFSET to support the development of Parallel entity snaps for a future update.
Layouts can be copied between drawings in IntelliCAD Explorer.
Exporting to a .pdf file allows setting of portrait or landscape orientation and accepts a paper size in inches in addition to millimeters.
Clipping an image in Professional versions can be inverted, that is, the hidden portion can be either inside or outside of the clip boundary.
Type SETVIEWSIZE at the command prompt to set the IntelliCAD screen size.
Dimension style names can be edited directly in the Dimension Style dialog box without having to click Rename.
Use the DGNATTACH command to attach .dgn files.
New System Variables
Removed BLOCKCACHESIZE (IntelliCAD now uses the Teigha block cache, which does not have the ability to set the minimum size).
Renamed HELP system variable to HELPPREFIX.
Performance Enhancements
Graphics device performance improved using OpenGL for graphics cards that support it properly. This greatly improves dynamic pan, zoom, redraw, and rota­tion, especially for large files.
File size and print time reduced for PDF printing.
Grip handling, trimming, and extending improved for splines and polylines with very large segment counts (5,000+) due to improved geometric functions for com­plex curves.
Divide command performance improved.
Dynamic display performance improved in large drawing files using new ZOOMDETAIL and DRAGDETAIL system variables.
Snapping for large drawing files improved.
Dynamic dragging improved during entity creation and modification in large drawing files.
Memory consumption reduced for raster images.
Entity Snaps
Use entity snap tracking.
Use new entity snaps: Parallel Snap, From Point, Temporary Tracking Point, and Midpoint Between 2 Points.
Snap to the center of a polygon (closed polyline).
Working with Other Files
Import .dgn files.
Export Collada format files (.dae files).
Insert underlays from .pdf, .dgn, and .dwf files.
Attach MrSID format files (.sid files).
Specify files and paths for working with IntelliCAD using the new Paths/Files tab interface in the Options dialog box.
Clip layout viewports.
Right-click a Layout tab includes From Template.
IntelliCAD 7.2 uses Teigha for .dwg files version 3.5.1 from the Open Design Alliance.
New (starttransaction) and (endtransaction) LISP functions.
New SDS functions for working with graphics planes: sds_getviewplanedc, sds_releaseviewplanedc, and sds_cleanplane.
More New Features
Purge unused drawing elements using the new Purge dialog box.
Find and replace text.
Use the Notification Manager located in the lower right of the IntelliCAD window to view messages and alerts about drawings and running IntelliCAD.
Use updated selection filters to better select entities by property, type, proxy, and more.
New System Variables