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Expand your drafting toolkit with inCAD and improve your everyday productivity. MicroSurvey inCAD updates keep in step with new releases of AutoCAD. If unsure if MicroSurvey inCAD will work for your version of AutoCAD, please talk to a sales representative.

2013 Upgrade Features

Feature summary:

  • List Unused Points in Range
  • Import Leica DBX
  • Import Improvements
  • Ladder Table Report

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.

Import improvements:

  • When importing a FieldGenius or TDS raw file containing GK (GPS stakeout) records, it is 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.

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.

2012 Upgrade Features

Feature summary:

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

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 a 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.)

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.

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.

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.

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.

2011 Upgrade Features

Feature summary:

  • Numerous AutoMAP Enhancements
  • XYZ-Coding Updates
  • 3D Curves & Commands
  • Point Block Importer

Numerous AutoMAP Enhancements – New Point ID label features, more options for adding descriptions and labels in general, the ability to process a range of points (instead of all connections), and some user interface enhancements to improve the workflow when saving files.

XYZ-Coding Updates – Multiple modifications implemented, based on user feedback, for handling 2D/3D arcs and polylines when processing XYZ Codes.

3D Curves & Commands – Improvements and additional parameters have been added to the _3DCURVE and _3DPOLY_TO_3DCURVE commands.

Point Block Importer – A "Scan" function has been added which will report the names of all blocks with attributes in the drawing to help you determine how to set the Block Name and Attribute Name options. Supports wildcards for block name. Logical defaults to help you move along efficiently even if some point number, elevation, or description attributes are not available.

2010 Upgrade Features

Feature summary:

  • RPN Calculator
  • Pad Builder
  • Point Patterns
  • Offset Grid Lines
  • Auto-Add Points to Gridline Intersections
  • Query Angle between Two Lines
  • 3D Polyline Utilities: Insert Vertices
  • 3D Polyline Utilities: Delete Vertices
  • 3D Polyline Utilities: Interpolate Vertices
  • Pick Text Labels for Lot Closures / Plan Check
  • Delete Lot Closures
  • Lot Closure Dialog
  • Auto-Add Points to Objects
  • Mapping Grid
  • Survey AutoMAP Libraries
  • Quick Posts with Wipeouts
  • Symbol Librarian Posts with Wipeouts
  • Encrypted FieldGenius RAW File Support
  • LandXML Import/Export
  • LDD / Civil 3D Database Support
  • STAR*NET Exporter
  • Rich Text Log File Editor
  • Traverse Coordination (Northing/Easting Only)
  • Normalize Raw Traverse Measurements
  • Show Traverse Graphically
  • Detect Invalid Records on Import
  • Detect Current RAW File on Import
  • Multiple Coordinate Systems
  • Draw Coordinate Tables
  • Stakeout
  • Last Used Geodetic Coordinate Systems
  • Recently Used Geodetic Coordinate Systems
  • Input Scale Factor Works with All Commands
  • Inverse between Input Scale Factor and Output Scale Factor
  • Copy Output Scale Factor to Distance Labeling Scale Factors
  • Automatic Blunder Detection
  • Scale Factor Check on FieldGenius/RAW/RW5 File Import
  • Scale Factor Setup on FieldGenius Export
  • LISP Programming Extensions
  • Spiral Curves
  • Road Templates by Grade
  • Network Layout Updates
  • Sewer Browser
  • Query Structure
  • Sewers
  • Alphanumeric Support
  • Feature File Support
  • Standardized Database
  • Compressed Database
  • Faster Importing and Processing
  • Includes both the AutoCAD and IntelliCAD Versions
  • USB Licensing (Standalone)
  • USB Licensing (Server)
  • Online Update Notification

RPN Calculator – An RPN Calculator can now be launched from any numeric inCAD field to assist with your manual calculations.

Pad Builder – Draw and edit pads directly within your current drawing by specifying edge lengths, turned angles, deflection angles, or double offsets. This is different than the previously existing House Library command, which creates drawings in an external house library.

Point Patterns – Create a custom library of point patterns to use for calculating multiple points in relation to other key points in your drawing. This is used primarily for applying Bolt Patterns onto columns, beams, etc.

Offset Grid Lines – Easily offset lines in your drawing by varying offset distances. This is similar to the standard _PARALLEL or _OFFSET command but is easier to use.

Auto-Add Points to Gridline Intersections – Automatically compute points at the 3D intersection of selected lines in your drawing. This is intended primarily for calculating points on grid lines, but it can be used in many situations.

Query Angle between Two Lines – Calculates a 3-point inverse to determine the interior or exterior angle between two lines, and displays the angle to you in both decimal degrees and degrees-minutes-seconds.

3D Polyline Utilities: Insert Vertices – 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.

3D Polyline Utilities: Delete Vertices – Delete one or more consecutive vertices in a 3D polyline by selecting two vertices, such that all vertices between them will be removed.

3D Polyline Utilities: Interpolate Vertices – 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.

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 to delete existing Lot Closures from your drawing and database.

Lot Closure Dialog – 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", which is more intuitive than having to press Enter or click OK to make the next option appear.
  • "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 Curve 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.
  • The current leg is now temporarily shown on your drawing as soon as enough data has been defined for that leg so that it can be visually reviewed before advancing to the next leg and drawing it in.
  • 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 favor of having all fields immediately visible on the dialog.
  • Removed NW, NE, SW, SE quadrant bearing buttons, which users found confusing and unnecessary.
  • Removed Zoom/Pan controls, which were necessary for older CAD engines, in favor 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.

Auto-Add Points to Objects – Now works with Polylines, LWPolylines, and 3DPolylines.

Mapping Grid – Improvements to the Mapping Grid command including the following:

  • Improved scaling of labels, "+" grid marks, and preview capabilities.
  • Added new preview capabilities, so you can see the grid before placing it in your drawing.
  • Grid is now drawn onto a dedicated "MAPPING_GRID" layer (instead of the current layer).

Survey AutoMAP Libraries – Two new AutoMAP Libraries, Survey-M1 (Metric) and Survey-I1 (Imperial) have been provided, both including 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.

Encrypted FieldGenius RAW File Support – MicroSurvey inCAD now includes the ability to decrypt FieldGenius-encrypted raw files.

LandXML Import/Export – New LandXML Import and Export commands allow you to transfer the following data types between inCAD and any LandXML-compatible software: CgPoints (Point Coordinates), PlanFeatures (Smart Lines and Arcs), Parcels (Lots), Surfaces, and Alignments.

LDD/Civil 3D Database Support – You can now import and export points to and from LDD and Civil 3D database files.

STAR*NET Exporter – We have made several important improvements to the STAR*NET exporter which allow traverses from MicroSurvey inCAD to be adjusted in STAR*NET more easily, including the following:

  • Units and Order records are now added to header section.
  • Date Processed note recorded in the header section.
  • Directory and traverse file that the export is based on are recorded as a note in the header section.
  • We no longer record a C record for every setup, only for the initial setup points.
  • FieldGenius multiset backsight measurements are now exported as DV records.
  • FieldGenius multiset foresight measurements are now exported as M records.
  • Angle format in the DAT file now uses the STAR*NET notation of degrees-minutes-seconds. For example, angles will look like this: 90-00-34.55 instead of this: 90.003455.
  • Distances are now displayed in the DAT file to four decimal places.
  • Undefined distances in DV and M records are now exported as ? instead of 0.0000.
  • Fixed odd behavior when selecting the DAT file export directory. It would always default to C:\Star.
  • Exported DAT file is automatically opened in Notepad after export for review.

Rich Text Log File Editor – Included in MicroSurvey inCAD is an updated log file editor and viewer. Record all your notes regarding your project using the Log File command.

Traverse Coordination (Northing/Easting Only) – This new option will compute the horizontal position using a scaled distance which is derived by applying the input scale factor to the distances stored in the traverse file. However, the elevation will be computed using the raw (unscaled) distance.

Normalize Raw Traverse Measurements – A new command is now available in the Active Traverse Editor, which will normalize Face 2 total station measurements to Face 1. This is necessary for users who want to perform a 3D least squares adjustment.

Show Traverse Graphically – A new option in the Show Traverse command allows lines to be drawn showing SK stake records.

Detect Invalid Records on Import – When importing a RAW or RW5 file (including FieldGenius projects), it is verified that each line contains the correct number of data fields. This is because importing some RAW files which contained invalid records could cause a crash (i.e., 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.

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 systems.

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.

Stakeout – More intuitive dialog layout and workflow in the Stakeout command including:

  • You can now specify any description for the computed stake points instead of the previous "FSTAKE" description.
  • You can now specify zero offset distances to compute stake points directly on the line/arc.
  • As each new stake point is computed, if a point already exists at the same position you are now prompted for whether you still wish to store the new point.

Last Used Geodetic 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 Geodetic Coordinate Systems – When selecting coordinate systems, a list of your most recently used systems is available for quickly selecting your typical settings.

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, a 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) will appear 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).

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).

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 – Our new Sewer Browser command lets you easily work with multiple network layouts.

Query Structure – Our new Query Structure command lets you see information about any structures in your network.

Sewers – There were so many fixes and improvements to the sewers commands that it is practically a new feature.

Alphanumeric Support – MicroSurvey inCAD now has full alphanumeric point name support. Give your point names more relevant meaning such as STK1, RP1, or CHK1.

Feature File Support – You can now add, edit, and view point feature data. If feature data is collected using FieldGenius, the feature files will automatically import back into MicroSurvey inCAD.

Standardized Database – New is a standardized database (DBF) format for all databases created by MicroSurvey inCAD. The new database format is quicker, more stable, and more compact than previous versions.

Compressed Database – The main project database is now automatically compressed when you close your project. On average, the new compressed database is 90% smaller in size compared to previous versions. The new database has an “MSZ” extension.

Faster Importing and Processing – Many of the routines you use on a daily basis have been sped up. Importing ASCII files, processing measurement files, and importing FieldGenius projects is on average 25% faster.

Includes both the AutoCAD and IntelliCAD versions – MicroSurvey is now offering flexibility in how you use our desktop applications. You can choose to run the AutoCAD version or the IntelliCAD version. Licenses for MicroSurvey CAD will now run inCAD and inCAD licenses will run MicroSurvey CAD standalone licenses.

USB Licensing (Standalone) – MicroSurvey inCAD is now activated by using a USB License Key. USB License Keys make MicroSurvey inCAD 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 inCAD is the MicroSurvey USB License Server. The License Server is perfect for organizations who want to have a network license system for MicroSurvey inCAD.

Online Update Notification – MicroSurvey inCAD now includes a "Check for Updates" feature, and inCAD is now configured to silently look for updates according to the preferences set up by the user. When an update is available the user will be notified. Updates are automatically downloaded and installed.

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