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As Autodesk releases new versions of their AutoCAD OEM engine, we take the latest surveyor drafting and design tools we have built for our world-class MicroSurvey CAD and inCAD software packages, and we build them into embeddedCAD. Enjoy the latest features of both worlds.

2013 Upgrade Features

Feature summary:

  • AutoMAP Substitution Codes
  • AutoMAP Leading Wildcards
  • Import improvements
  • Distance Labeling Options
  • Draworder Wizard
  • Google Maps™ Support
  • Google Earth™ Support

New Features

Latest Autodesk® Engine – AutoCAD® OEM 2013
MicroSurvey embeddedCAD is powered by Autodesk TechnologyTM.
The Autodesk AutoCAD OEM 2013 engine provides maximum compatibility with AutoCAD software and DWGTM files.
Includes Autodesk AutoCAD OEM 2013 Service Pack 1.1.
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 through $9 to substitute the first through ninth space-delimited parameters 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

  • [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 were redrawn with the shifted points.
  • [D4943] Active Coordinate Editor – The Rotate Selection command could cause rotated arcs to not be erased when they were redrawn with the rotated points.
  • [D4990] Active Coordinate Editor – Point Tracking may not have been correct when in Surveyors View.
  • [D4991] Active Coordinate Editor – Zoom Selection may not have been correct when in Surveyors View.
  • [D5028] Auto-Add Points to Objects – Points created from adding lwpolyline entities did not pick up the 3D vertex elevations.
  • [D2344] AutoMAP Library – Using both the "Rotate to Previous Point" and "Scale to Previous Point" options together caused rotation to be calculated to the incorrect point.
  • [D4260] AutoMAP Library – Using the "Rotate to Previous Point" option could cause an error if there was not a previous point id.
  • [D5045] AutoMAP Library – Using the "Scale to Previous Point" option could cause an error if there was not a previous point id.
  • [D5039] AutoMAP Library – Inserting a block containing attributes would cause the attribute values to be set to "XXX" instead of the default value.
  • [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 honored for the default column order within the Active Coordinate Editor and the Clusters report.
  • [F1701] FieldGenius Export – Linework is now 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 would display multiple "Save As" prompts which could 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.
  • [D5021] Linework – 3D .XYZ-Linework could become corrupted after a rescale.
  • [D5130] LDD/Civil 3D Import – when importing from an .mdb database file, point descriptions may not have been imported.
  • [D4816] Point Blocks – When creating point blocks (for export to Eagle Point, Softdesk, or Carlson) the first space character was not properly delimiting the description to find a match in the AutoMAP library to use the plotted description.
  • [D5190] Point Groups – When saving a point group, the saved name and comment of the group may not have been correctly retrieved if it was later reloaded.
  • [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 could appear under Windows Vista and Windows 7 has been reworded such that it does not only apply to Vista.
  • [D5077] Saving – Error ASLK8K8K and a crash could occur when running QSAVE after running SAVEAS.
  • [D4852] Select Point – When selecting a point from the drawing which was stored in the coordinate database, if there was another point within either 0.01 or 0.001 units of it (depending on the command) the incorrect point may have been retrieved from the database.
  • [D1931] Sheet and Title Block – A crash may have occurred when using the Add Sheet and Title Block (_tb) command if your ATTDIA system variable was 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 lost, requiring you to re-select it via the Set Current Traverse command.
  • [D5002] Surface Modeling – The specified "honor boundary method" option (All Points / Any Point / Center Point) was not applied correctly.
  • [D5124] Survey Database – Drawing an Associative Dimension could remove lines from the survey database.
  • [D4856] Survey Database – Creating a new drawing via the New command (not using the Project Manager) failed to create an associated database.
  • [D4750] Updater – The Check For Updates command could notify you of updates for MicroSurvey inCAD instead of MicroSurvey embeddedCAD.
  • [D5711] Active Coordinate Editor – The Google Maps buttons may have resulted in an "Unknown command GMACE" error message.
  • [D5712] Active Coordinate Editor – The Edit commands (Rotate, Shift, Scale, etc.) could have resulted in an "Unknown command ACEPROCFM" error message.

Release Notes

2012 Upgrade Features

Feature summary:

  • Distance Labeling Options
  • New COGO enhancements
  • More cut sheet options
  • New command: First Available Point
  • Inverse command enhancements

MicroSurvey embeddedCAD 2012 Release

New Features

  • Latest Autodesk® Engine – AutoCAD® 2012 OEM
    • MicroSurvey embeddedCAD is powered by Autodesk TechnologyTM.
    • The Autodesk AutoCAD OEM 2012 engine provides maximum compatibility with AutoCAD software and DWGTM files.
  • Notable Changes Since MicroSurvey CAD 2010 10.3.0 / inCAD 2011 10.4.0
    • [F0529] COGO – Automatically repeat your previous Bearing/Distance entry with new Repeat option.
    • [D2219] COGO – New points could automatically assume a Locked status.
    • [D2970] COGO – New points could present an inappropriate default description; it now defaults to the last used description.
    • [D4205] COGO – Pressing Esc to abort from the Lines, Points, or Toggles prompts would proceed to the next prompt with no value specified in the previous prompt; you are now returned to that previous prompt.
    • [F0759] Cut Sheets – New option to copy as-built elevations to design points.
    • [D2630] Cut Sheets – The option to copy as-built descriptions to design points did not update the drawing.
    • [F1392] First Available Point – A new command _FAP (MsPoints | List Points | First Available Point) is available which will report the first unused point ID after another given point ID.
    • [D4233] Help – The Help button on the Label Alignment command's Newpoint dialog did not work.
    • [F0922] Inverse – Dialog position is now retained, instead of always opening up in the middle of the screen.
    • [F1335] Inverse – Now allows inversing between any selected points, not just those stored in the coordinate database.
    • [F0961] Label Points – The "Label N,E of Point" command will now label N,E or E,N depending on the "Use E,N format" system toggle.
    • [F1386] Licensing – The startup message reminding you about an expired maintenance subscription plan can now be "snoozed".
    • [D4120] Licensing – When starting the program with a MicroSurvey STAR*NET License Key connected, the error message now identifies the problem more clearly.
    • [D4232] Shift – A crash could result from entering an invalid entry in the From Point or To Point fields.
    • [F1391] Tables – Line Table, Curves Table, and MultiTies Table commands now have a "Use Point IDs" option to include the point IDs directly in the table body, rather than creating named references like "L1" or "C2".

MicroSurvey embeddedCAD 2012 Service Pack 1

New Features

  • [F1486] Line/Curve/Point Information – The CAD Line Info, CAD Curve Info, Single Point Editor, and Single Line Text Editor dialogs can now be launched via a double-click on an appropriate entity, without having to start the INFO command first.
  • [F0791] Surface Modeling – The LABEL (MsModeling | Annotate | Label Contours) command has a new option to draw a Wipeout for masking the contour line behind the text label, instead of trimming the contour line around the label. Note: Use the WIPEOUT command's Frames option to toggle display of the wipeout frames (outlines) on/off. The drawing will typically look better with Frames Off, but selecting wipeouts (for modify/delete/etc.) is only possible with Frames On.
  • [F1521] Text Editing – The MS_ROTEXT (MsAnnotate | Modify Text | Rotate Text 180 Degrees), MS_ROTOLINE (MsAnnotate | Modify Text | Rotate Text to Match Text/Line), and SLIDETEXT (MsAnnotate | Modify Text | Slide Text Along Axis) commands now allow selection of multiple text entities instead of just one at a time.
  • [F1471] Boundary Command – A new BOUNDARY (Draw | Boundary...) command (replacing AutoCAD's BOUNDARY command, which is not available in embeddedCAD) is now available for drawing a Polyline around a closed area. Note: Unlike AutoCAD's Boundary command, this one cannot create REGION entities, and it is not script-compatible with AutoCAD's Boundary command.

Important Fixes

  • [D4606] Surface Modeling – Contour Labeling of closed contours did not work.
  • [D3001] Surface Modeling – The Extrapolate Surface command could result in a crash in some situations.
  • [D4459] Building Library – The General Configuration Options dialog no longer appears when creating a New Building.
  • [D4460] Building Library – Some of the instruction tips were wrong for buttons in the Building Construction dialog where you select the Front/Rear/Left/Right sides.
  • [D4458] Building Library – Some of the instruction tips were wrong for buttons in the New Building dialog where you select methods like Deflect, Offset, etc.
  • [D4461] Building Library – Drawing now immediately gains focus after pressing the Insert Building button, so it follows the mouse without needing a click first.
  • [D3697] Coordinate History – Internal behavior of coordinate history functions has been changed to avoid interference issues seen with some virus scanner applications.
  • [D4477] Copy/Paste – The COPYCLIP and COPYBASE commands were updated so that database information is now removed from entities being copied. This provides the same functionality as the MSCOPY (Copy Between Drawings) command available in MicroSurvey CAD.
  • [D4598] Drawing Cleanup Wizard – The Purge options did not work.
  • [D4494] FieldGenius Export – An "Access is denied" error could occur when using the "Make a LandXML file" option to export a FieldGenius project in Windows 7/Vista.
  • [D4463] Figures Database – When deleting lines whose associated bearing/distance labels had been previously deleted, the line labels could re-appear in the drawing.
  • [D2844] Figures Database – Running the Rotate, Shift, or Scale commands from within the Active Coordinate Editor could result in arcs being removed from the figures database.
  • [D4399] Figures Database – Hiding lines via the _HIDEOBJECTS (Tools | Isolate | Hide) command could result in its associated labels being erased.
  • [D4482] Independent Point Numbers – The IPN/IPD/IPE independent point labels are now surpressed when in Layout Space with an active Model Space Viewport, to prevent their incorrect display with model space coordinates in paper space.
  • [D4053] Nikon Import – Alphanumeric Point IDs were not read from Nikon 500 and 700 files.
  • [D2813] Nikon Import – The Coordinate Order option was not honored when reading Nikon 700 files. Coordinate Records are now imported as either NEZ or ENZ depending on this flag.
  • [D4085] Point Block Import – Alphanumeric Point IDs were not read from point blocks when using the Import Softdesk/Carlson/EaglePoint/Benchmark Point Blocks commands.
  • [D4462] Subdivision Design – Creation of a New Block did not honor the Starting Point ID setting.

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