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MicroSurvey STAR*NET 10 Release Notes

Release History

MicroSurvey STAR*NET 10 (v10.0.15.974) - July 8, 2020

Important Notes

Activating your Demo License

If you are running a trial version of MicroSurvey STAR*NET, you will need to request and activate a demo license via MicroSurvey's online license system.

Please visit and click on the "Demos" button to request a trial license for MicroSurvey STAR*NET

After completing the demo request form, your sales representative will contact you with a License ID and Activation Password

The ID and Password can be used by running the program and selecting "Activate License" from the licensing dialog

Activating or Updating your USB License Key

If you are licensing MicroSurvey STAR*NET 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 Starplus STAR*NET, 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 MicroSurvey STAR*NET 6/7/8/9, 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 STAR*NET, 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 STAR*NET Service Pack updates. For a detailed explanation of MicroSurvey's Maintenance Subscription Support Plan (MSSP) program, and how we use product version numbers and USB keys, you 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 MSSP 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 MSSP 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 may not be able to update your key to work with the latest version.

System Requirements

MicroSurvey STAR*NET 10 is compatible with 64-bit versions of Microsoft Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

Full Administrator Privileges are required to install MicroSurvey STAR*NET 10, but it can be run by limited user accounts.

A free USB port is required for connecting the USB License Key (to either the local workstation or the license server, as appropriate)

MicroSurvey STAR*NET 10 does not have any other hardware requirements above and beyond what is required by your version of Microsoft Windows.

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. The MicroSurvey Network License Server program has not changed significantly since the release of MicroSurvey STAR*NET 6. This installation is only necessary for users who are setting up a MicroSurvey network license for the first time.

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.

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

Online Resources

Release Notes

For a current version of this document, please visit the MicroSurvey STAR*NET 10 Release Notes topic in our online helpdesk.

Known Issues

For a list of known issues, please visit the MicroSurvey STAR*NET 10 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

User Forum

To discuss your MicroSurvey product with other users, please visit our Reddit page at

MicroSurvey STAR*NET 10.0


STAR*NET 10.0 adds a new 3D network plot, auto-adjust, sideshot detection, online licensing, and printing improvements.

This is a FREE upgrade for all STAR*NET users with a valid Annual Maintenance Subscription.

New Features

3D Network Plot
A new 3D network plot is used to display adjustment results
Semi-transparent 3D ellipsoids are now used in place of 2D error ellipses
New preset 3D views have been added
Holding shift and the center mouse wheel down allow a free orbit by moving the mouse
The ability to set the view rotation point has been added
The network plot print preview has been updated to display the 3D view
The network plot print preview has been updated to center and extend the view to the margins
Please refer to the Help file or Manual for more details.
Automatic Iterative Adjustment (Auto-Adjust)
A new adjustment type has been added to automatically detect and remove outliers
A new icon has been added to the ribbon, and a new option is available from the Run menu
The default settings in the auto-adjust dialog should be optimal for most adjustments
Increasing the maximum standard residual value or outliers removed per adjustment iteration could decrease the adjustment quality
Increasing the maximum iterations could cause a long adjustment operation
Click the START button to start the adjustment, and the Stop button to stop the adjustment prior to completion
A new listing section has been added to review measurements removed
Automatic Sideshot Detection
A new checkbox option has been added to the project and company settings to automatically detect M records with no redundancy and treat them as sideshot records
Use of this option will lower the observation count and create a more accurate chi-square test because sideshots are not included in the calculation
This option gives the ability to treat topographic (or other) observations that have been imported as M records by importers or processes that don't denote sideshots as such
Online Demo License Activations
A new licensing system has been added to STAR*NET 10.0 to support online license activations. This system requires a License ID and Password to authenticate any new demo licenses, which can be obtained by contacting MicroSurvey, greatly improving the security and flexibility of the licensing system.

Defects Fixed

  • [D10611] Coordinate Display - Coordinates displayed in the network plot status bar are shown as N,N and not N,E
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