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MicroSurvey embeddedCAD 2020 Release Notes

Release History

MicroSurvey embeddedCAD 2020 (v20.0.6.459) - October 31, 2019

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 embeddedCAD 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 2020. Some previous versions of MicroSurvey Transfer will NOT show MicroSurvey embeddedCAD 2020 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: 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 your unique password in order to install the Network License Server.

System Requirements

MicroSurvey embeddedCAD 2020 is compatible with 64-bit versions of the following:

  • Microsoft® Windows® 7 SP1 with Update KB4019990
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 with Update KB2919355
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Anniversary Update (version 1607 or higher)

Further details are available here: AutoCAD 2020 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 2020 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.

This update and its associated functionality is only available for Windows 7 and 8.1, it is not available for Windows 10.

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 2020 Release Notes topic in our online helpdesk.

Known Issues

For a list of known issues please visit the MicroSurvey embeddedCAD 2020 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 website at

MicroSurvey embeddedCAD 2020

Release Date: October 31, 2019


New Features

Latest Autodesk® engine — AutoCAD® OEM 2020
MicroSurvey embeddedCAD is powered by Autodesk Technology™.
Autodesk AutoCAD OEM 2020 engine provides maximum compatibility with AutoCAD software and DWG™ files.
Drawing Compare
The new Drawing Compare command, recently introduced in AutoCAD 2019, is now available in MicroSurvey embeddedCAD 2020.
Use Drawing Compare to easily identify differences between two drawings, import differences from one to the other, or export differences to another drawing file.

Enhanced Features

Coordinate System Engine
The CS-Map coordinate system engine has been upgraded and includes over 125 new coordinate systems.
Areas with the most additions include Africa (Namibia and Morocco), Asia (Korea and Malaysia), Australia/New Zealand (GDA2020 systems), Europe (Several zones), and US OCRS systems.
A common package is now shared by MicroSurvey CAD, STAR*NET and FieldGenius so future changes made by MicroSurvey for one product can be efficiently integrated into the other.
Note, certain geoid models and grid shift files must be downloaded separately from the MicroSurvey Helpdesk or applicable government agency.

Important Fixes

  • [D09281] AutoMAP Library - After deleting the last code from the current library the program may terminate unexpectedly or generate an error message.
  • [D10291] AutoMAP Library - After creating a New Library the previously displayed block preview is not cleared.
  • [D10357] Active Coordinate Editor - Editing Points while the Active Coordinate Editor window is open can cause Codebase Error messages
  • [D10096] Active Coordinate Editor - Pressing ctrl+A to Select All does not work
  • [D10097] Active Coordinate Editor - The Change Selection Layer command does not work
  • [D10098] Active Coordinate Editor - The Lock/Unlock Selection command does not immediately update the locked checkbox state
  • [D10094] Active Traverse Editor - The Refresh command can cause a series of error messages
  • [D10362] Active Traverse Editor - Random characters can appear in the window title
  • [D10054] AutoCAD Commands - COMPARE (DWG Compare) and related commands were missing
  • [F03957] AutoCAD Commands - PDFSHXTEXT (PDF SHX Recognition) command was missing
  • [F03968] Assistant - The Assistant is now turned off by default. It can still be accessed via the Assistant command.
  • [D10314] Export ASCII - Exporting an ASCII file with a Coordinate Transformation set can cause incorrect unit scaling.
  • [D10354] Import DBX - Importing a DBX project while the Active Coordinate Editor is open can cause unexpected error messages.
  • [F03925] Interface - Some color and appearance defaults have been changed.
  • [T02361] Installer - The Uninstall Survey questionnaire is now suppressed when installing an upgrade.
  • [T02362] Installer - Pending reboots are now detected before starting the install and forcing you to reboot before proceeding.
  • [D09393] Labeling - The Rescale Complete Drawing command can crash if any applicable layers are locked.
  • [D10266] Labeling - The Bearing Seconds Rounding option set to 60 can cause unexpected results, for example 203°59'45" rounds to 203°60' not 204°00'
  • [D10293] Labeling - Line labels can be inappropriately removed from the database and marked with XX ... XX around the label.
  • [F00952] Lot Closure - When deleting a lot closure, the corresponding report file "lc_name.txt" is now also deleted.
  • [D10275] Lot Closure - The Lot Closure Report now honours the "List E,N (X,Y) Format" system toggle.
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