MicroSurvey embeddedCAD 2018 Release Notes
Posted by Brian Sloman on 24 April 2017 10:40 AM

Release History

MicroSurvey embeddedCAD 2012 (v12.0.0) - May 27, 2011

MicroSurvey embeddedCAD 2012 SP1 (v12.1.0) - July 29, 2011

MicroSurvey embeddedCAD 2013 (v13.0.0) - September 28, 2012

MicroSurvey embeddedCAD 2013 SP1 (v13.0.1) - October 5, 2012

MicroSurvey embeddedCAD 2014 (v14.0.0) - March 7, 2014

MicroSurvey embeddedCAD 2015 (v15.0.1) - April 30, 2015

MicroSurvey embeddedCAD 2017 (v17.0.0) - November 10, 2016

MicroSurvey embeddedCAD 2018 (v18.0.0) - April 30, 2017

Important Notes

Activating or Updating your USB License Key

If you are licensing MicroSurvey embeddedCAD for the first time, you will need to activate your new USB License Key using the USB License Manager program on a computer with internet access.

If you are upgrading from a previous version of MicroSurvey embeddedCAD, you will need to update your existing USB License Key using the USB License Manager program on a computer with internet access.

A copy of the USB License Manager program is automatically installed with MicroSurvey embeddedCAD, or it can be downloaded from our online Helpdesk system and installed separately onto another computer which has internet access.

Please refer to the following topic for detailed instructions about activating or updating your key.

You might not be required to update your USB key to run certain MicroSurvey inCAD service pack updates. For a detailed explanation of MicroSurvey's Annual Maintenance Subscription (AMS) program, and how we use product version numbers and USB keys, you can can refer to the following online article.

If your Maintenance Subscription has not yet expired, you can use the USB License Manager to update your key to work with the most current version. You can confirm the expiry date for the AMS by going to the About screen found in the Help menu. Each USB License Key has its own maintenance subscription plan, so if you have multiple keys it is possible that they may each have a different expiry date.

If your AMS has expired, you can phone us at 1-800-668-3312 or 1-250-707-0000 to renew it. Without a current maintenance subscription plan, you will not be able to update your key to work with the new version.

MicroSurvey Transfer Program for FieldGenius Users

FieldGenius users need to install the MicroSurvey Transfer program to simplify the process of transferring FieldGenius projects between your data collector and MicroSurvey embeddedCAD.

If you have a copy of MicroSurvey Transfer already installed from use with a previous version of MicroSurvey CAD/inCAD/embeddedCAD, you may need to update it to recognize MicroSurvey embeddedCAD 2018. Some previous versions of MicroSurvey Transfer will NOT show MicroSurvey embeddedCAD 2018 as a sync option in the Options screen.

The MicroSurvey Transfer program has not changed since MicroSurvey embeddedCAD 2013. This is only necessary for users who are setting up communications between FieldGenius (any version) and MicroSurvey embeddedCAD (2013 or newer) for the first time.

MicroSurvey Transfer can be downloaded from our online Helpdesk system.

Note: A copy of Microsoft ActiveSync (for Windows XP or earlier) or Microsoft Windows Mobile Device Center (for Windows Vista or newer) must be installed before MicroSurvey Transfer can be installed. Both can be downloaded free from Microsoft or from the MicroSurvey helpdesk.

MicroSurvey License Server for Network License Users

Users who have purchased a network license will need to install a copy of the MicroSurvey Network License software.

If you have purchased a Network License and are setting it up for the first time, you can download the Network License Server application from our online Helpdesk system.

The MicroSurvey Network License Server program has not changed significantly since MicroSurvey CAD 2008. This is only necessary for users who are setting up a MicroSurvey CAD 2008 or newer network license for the first time.

Note: You will be required to enter a password in order to install the Network License Server.

System Requirements

MicroSurvey embeddedCAD 2018 is compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1, and 64-bit versions of Windows 10.

Further details are available here: AutoCAD 2018 System Requirements.

Windows 7, Windows 8.1 & Windows 10 Notes

Run as Administrator

You must run the program at least once elevated with "Run as admininstrator" access, even if you are already logged in with an "Administrator" account on the computer.

After this is done, it can be run by any user on the computer, including those who don't have administrative accounts.

To accomplish this, once the program is finished installing do the following:

  1. Right click on one of the MicroSurvey embeddedCAD 2018 icons.
  2. Select "Run as administrator".
  3. Select "Yes" on the "User Account Control" dialog when prompted to allow the program to make changes to your computer.

What's This? Help

If you wish to use the "What's This? Help" feature, you may need to download and install an update from Microsoft. Please refer to the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article for more information.

Please note that the main Help files will work without this update.

Online Resources

Release Notes

For a current version of this document, please visit the MicroSurvey embeddedCAD 2018 Release Notes topic in our online helpdesk.

Frequently Asked Questions

For a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Tips for New Users, please visit the MicroSurvey embeddedCAD 2018 Frequently Asked Questions topic in our online helpdesk.

Upgrade Notes

For information on upgrading from a previous version, please visit the MicroSurvey embeddedCAD 2018 Upgrade Notes topic in our online helpdesk.

Known Issues

For a list of known issues please visit the MicroSurvey embeddedCAD 2018 Known Issues topic in our online helpdesk.

Training Movies

For over 16 hours of training movies that you can watch online or download for offline viewing, please visit the Training Movies topic in our online helpdesk.

Technical Support

MicroSurvey provides free 24x7 self-support to all users via our online helpdesk at where you can find knowledgebase articles, downloads, and a troubleshooter. This is a good starting point for any problems that are now answered in your Help file and Manuals.

For technical support, please visit our helpdesk at to submit a helpdesk ticket to our technical support staff. If you do not have internet access you can phone our office at 1-800-668-3312 or 1-250-707-0000 and a ticket can be entered for you.

Technical Support is provided free of charge for 90-days following the purchase of your MicroSurvey product. Following this introductory period, additional technical support is available via your Annual Maintenance Subscription (AMS).

To purchase or renew your AMS, please phone MicroSurvey Software at 1-800-668-3312 or 1-250-707-0000 or visit our online store at

Feature Request Forum

Help us make your MicroSurvey product better! To submit a feature request, or to vote on other users' feature requests, please visit our Feedback Forum at

User Forum

To discuss your MicroSurvey product with other users, please visit our User Forum at

MicroSurvey embeddedCAD 2018 (v18.0.0) Notes

New Features

Latest Autodesk® engine — AutoCAD® OEM 2018
MicroSurvey embeddedCAD is powered by Autodesk Technology™.
Autodesk AutoCAD OEM 2018 engine provides maximum compatibility with AutoCAD software and DWG™ files.
Ribbon Interface
A Ribbon interface has been provided for all MicroSurvey commands, including new high-resolution icons.

Important Fixes

  • [D7949] CAD Lines Dialog - The Proportioning command causes an "Invalid option keyword" error message.
  • [D7729] CAD Lines Dialog - The Traverse command causes an "Invalid point, Select Starting Point" error message.
  • [D8406] Layout Viewports - Layout viewport scale could change unexpectedly when zooming or panning in paper space.
  • [D8405] Layout Viewports - Maximizing a layout viewport by double-clicking on its border could cause the program to terminate unexpectedly.
  • [D8258] Leica iCON - The command to export a Leica iCON project would not start.
  • [D8188] Licensing - A 30-day demo reset may not be successful in certain scenarios.
  • [D8401] Line Coding - SDRMap JP (Join Previous) codes cause the program to terminate unexpectedly.
  • [D8178] Text Tool - The Edit Text command on the MS Text Tools cause an "Unknown command DDEDIT" error message.
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