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MicroSurvey embeddedCAD 2021 Release Notes

Release History

MicroSurvey embeddedCAD 2021 (v21.0.1.903) - June 25, 2020

MicroSurvey embeddedCAD 2021 SP1 (v21.0.12.1335) - December 22, 2020

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 that 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 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 2021. Some previous versions of MicroSurvey Transfer will NOT show MicroSurvey embeddedCAD 2021 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 2021 is compatible with 64-bit versions of the following:

  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 with Update KB2919355
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Anniversary Update (version 1607 or higher)

Further details are available here: AutoCAD 2021 System Requirements.

Windows 8.1 & Windows 10 Notes

Run as Administrator

You must run the program at least once elevated with "Run as administrator" 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 2021 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 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 2021 Release Notes topic in our online helpdesk.

Known Issues

For a list of known issues please visit the MicroSurvey embeddedCAD 2021 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 helpdesk.microsurvey.com 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 helpdesk.microsurvey.com 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 https://www.microsurvey.com/products/emcad-incad/emcad-pricing/#maintenance.

MicroSurvey embeddedCAD 2021

Release Date: June 25, 2020


New Features

Latest Autodesk® engine — AutoCAD® OEM 2021
MicroSurvey embeddedCAD is powered by Autodesk Technology™.
Autodesk AutoCAD OEM 2021 engine provides maximum compatibility with AutoCAD software and DWG™ files.
Leica DBX Import Point Attributes
Point Attributes are now imported from Leica Viva/Captivate DBX projects via the DBXIN command.
Attribute data is viewable via the Attributes button on the Single Point Editor dialog or the Attributes column in the Active Coordinate Editor window.

Enhanced Features

Symbol Librarian
The Symbol Librarian (INSYM command) has been redesigned and streamlined with a more modern appearance.
FieldGenius SyncWizard
The FieldGenius Import (SYNCWIZARD command) has been redesigned and streamlined with a more modern appearance and less required dialogs.
Bing Imagery
The Bing Imagery (ATTACH_IMAGERY command) has been redesigned and streamlined with a more modern appearance.

Important Fixes

  • [D10392] FieldGenius - Exporting a FieldGenius Project creates an invalid DXF file so linework is not displayed when the project is opened in FieldGenius
  • [D10483] ASCII Export - Exporting a lat/long file does not write the complete point descriptions
  • [F03367] Help - The "What's This?" Help buttons (unsupported in Windows 10) have been removed from all dialogs.

MicroSurvey embeddedCAD 2021

Release Date: December 22, 2020


New Features

Shapefile Export
CAD objects, GIS objects, and smart points containing GIS, DBX, and FieldGenius attributes can now be exported to the shapefile format using the GISEXPORT command.
CAD objects will be exported with two attributes; CAD Handle and CAD Layer, for maintaining a reference to the original drawing.
Smart Points will be exported with cartesian and geodetic coordinates, descriptions, and any other associated attributes.
GIS objects will be exported with all original attributes, and GIS points will have cartesian and geodetic coordinates added.
The function will create multiple shapefiles, so the user does not need to select specific objects and object types to satisfy shapefile requirements.
Export Attribute Table
Using the command ATTR_TABLE, you may now quickly export a selection of points and their attributes to CSV format.
This function makes it easy to view all points and attributes in a project when looking for specific values, checking field data, or simply reviewing the project.

Important Fixes

  • [D10918] SCALEVAL - The custom scale factor was ignoring decimal values and rounding the scale to the nearest integer.
  • [D9985] COGO - Computing a curve using a point number with 10 or more digits would cause a crash.
  • [D10852] FieldGenius Attributes - The icon for FieldGenius attributes was not being displayed in the Active Coordinate Editor.
  • [F4300] Licensing Dialog - The Activate License button has been de-emphasized and a request trial button has been added.
  • [F4273] Attributes Viewer - The attributes viewer window is now resizeable and contains scroll bars to view many or long attribute values
  • [D10104] South Azimuth - South Azimuth entry in the lot closure function would treat entries as North Azimuth.
  • [D11006] EDITP/EDITPG - Photo attachments not opening from single point editors
  • [D10992] Active Traverse Editor - Paste Rows does not work
  • [D10943] SLIDETEXT - Does not follow text axis in SurveyorView
  • [D10909] Active Traverse Editor - Photo attachments not opening from ACE
  • [D10887] Opening a drawing with an empty .msj folder changes project units
  • [D10544] Active Coordinate Editor - Manual point entry creates an apparent duplicate point
  • [D10095] Active Traverse Editor - Window resizing not updated
  • [D10093] Active Traverse Editor - Angles change from DMS to Radians when printed
  • [D11014] AUTOP - Adding points to a 3D line sets resulting line record as 2D
  • [D10969] CAD Polylines - Vertex information section is incorrect for splined polylines
  • [D10931] CAD Polylines - Misclosure details not computed for non-database polylines
  • [D10888] SHIFTP - Arcs duplicated if linked to database
  • [D10871] EDITP - Change node layer from properties causes fatal error on program exit
  • [D10867] ATTACH_IMAGERY - Images inserted by address or lat/long placed at 0,0
  • [D10635] PROC_FIGURE - Process figure not working
  • [D10610] Lot Closure - Crash when selecting curve labels with no prefix
  • [D10511] Lot Closure - Apparent corrupt closure file with 13-sided lot
  • [D9853] EDITALIGN - Editing alignment curves causes a crash
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