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MicroSurvey CAD 2008 8.1.0 Release Notes

Important Notes

Updating your USB License Key from 8.0.0 to 8.1.0

If you are currently using MSCAD 2008 8.0.0 with your USB License Key, you will need to update your key using the License Manager before your USB Key will work with the new 8.1.0 version. A key activated for MSCAD 2008 8.0.0 Premium will not work with MSCAD 2008 8.1.0 Premium.

If your Maintenance Subscription has not yet expired, you can use the License Manager to update your key to work with the new version. You must use an updated version of our License Manger to update you key.‚  The updated License Manager is automatically updated when you install the SP1 patch, or run a new full install of 8.1.0.‚ 

Alternatively, you can install a separate installation of the License Manager by‚ downloading it from our online Helpdesk system.

If your Maintenance Subscription has expired, you can phone us at 1-800-668-3312 to renew it. Without a current maintenance subscription, you will not be able to update your key to work with the new version. You can confirm the expiry date for the maintenance plan by going to the About screen found 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 have different expiry dates.

Methods of Updating MSCAD 2008 Program Files once USB has been Updated:

CD:‚  if you have a CD of the program, insert the CD and pick INSTALL.‚  You will be given the option to install the whole program or perform an update.

Adding the Patch to an Existing Installation: Download the SP1 Patch to your desktop, right click on the icon and select Run or Run as Administrator

Installing the Full Program: Download the MSCAD 8.1.0 Full Install to your desktop, right click on the icon and select Run or Run as Administrator



MicroSurvey Transfer Program for FieldGenius Users

FieldGenius users need to download a copy of the MicroSurvey Transfer Program to simplify the process of transferring FieldGenius projects from your data collector into MSCAD 2008.

The MicroSurvey Transfer program has not changed between MSCAD 2008 8.0.0 and MSCAD 2008 8.1.0. This is only necessary for users who are setting up communications between FieldGenius (any version) and MSCAD 2008 for the first time.

MicroSurvey Transfer can be installed from your MSCAD 2008 8.1.0 or FieldGenius 2008 installation disc or downloaded from our online Helpdesk system.

A copy of Microsoft ActiveSync (for Windows XP or earlier) or Microsoft Windows Mobile Device Center (for Windows Vista) must be installed before MicroSurvey Transfer can be installed. Both can be downloaded free from Microsoft¢‚¬„¢s website.

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 between MSCAD 2008 8.0.0 and MSCAD 2008 8.1.0. This is only necessary for users who are setting up an MSCAD 2008 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.

Known Issues

For a list of known issues please visit the MicroSurvey CAD 2008 Known Issues topic in our online helpdesk.

New Features

  • When using a Network License, you can now connect multiple USB keys containing network licenses to one server (for example into a USB Hub) and the workstations will be able to pull licenses from any available key.
  • When using a Network License, you can now enter a list of servers (separated by a space, comma, or semicolon) and the MSCAD workstation will now scan through each of the servers in the list to get an available license from one of them.

Important Improvements

  • Individual drawings can now be associated with various GIS feature list files. In MSCAD 2008 8.0.0 a link to one specific feature list file was maintained by the program. This was changed from a system setting to a project setting and is now recorded in the project¢‚¬„¢s database file.
  • Performance in projects linked to a GIS Feature List File has been sped up significantly.
  • Searching within the Help file has been improved to show more topics.
  • The License Manager application has been improved to be easier to use, and to provide more detailed feedback if a key can not be updated for any reason.

Important Fixes

CAD Engine
  • Changes made to the Support Paths in Cad Tools | Options were not being retained, so any customizations would revert back to their default settings.
  • A memory leak related to raster images was fixed. This would cause the amount of memory used by MSCAD to increase every time a drawing containing rasters was saved, leading to eventual slowdown and potential crashes due to a lack of available system resources.
  • Drawings from MSCAD 2005 containing raster images would sometimes no longer display the raster image when loaded into MSCAD 2008 8.0.0.
  • Drawings from MSCAD 2005 containing raster images would sometimes crash when printed or when a print preview was displayed.
  • The DWF Export routine was not working correctly with the default installation setup.
  • You can now Print Selection when printing from the RTF Log File Viewer.
  • Print offset does nothing. Entering any values in print offset doesn't affect print preview.
  • When printing a drawing at 1 to 1 scale, the actual print would be larger than it should be on large prints.
MicroSurvey Commands
  • Drawings containing horizontal or vertical alignments which were drawn as Polylines but then converted to LWPolylines could display inconsistent results when the alignment was later queried.
  • When running a Least Squares Adjustment, selecting the option to adjust sideshots had no effect.
  • The writexml command was not exporting CgPoints into the XML file.
  • Importing an ASCII Lat/Long file did not import any coordinates.
  • Lot Closures in drawings from MSCAD 2005 could not be edited in MSCAD 2008 8.0.0, it would generate an error RE88CC12.
  • Drawings containing multiple vertical alignments would not work properly for generating a new design surface; only one vertical alignment would be available to base the surface on.
  • Drawings from MSCAD 2005 containing Point Groups with multiple ranges (for example 1..10,15..20) that were brought into MSCAD 2008 8.0.0 could sometimes have extra points in the point group.
  • Using the CAD Pick button in the RTS Dialog to select point numbers from the drawing did not always select the correct point numbers.
  • For the first time when MSCAD is run on a computer, the time displayed on the dialog for playing the Introduction movie was corrected from 11 minutes to 23 minutes.
  • More than one instance of the RTF log file viewer could not be opened up at one time, so for example when creating Lot Reports the log file of the first lot would need to be closed before a report for subsequent lots could be opened.
  • In the Active Traverse Editor, defining the FG/TDS Record Filters was not working.
  • When importing a RAW or RW5 file containing multisets, an incorrect instrument height could be used for the multiset.
  • After editing a traverse file, opening a traverse using the File | Open command in the Active Traverse Editor would display traverse files appended with ¢‚¬Å“_travtmp¢‚¬ in their names. These files are now being filtered out so they do not appear.
  • If you have a traverse file open in the Active Traverse Editor, and at the same time manually enter traverse data into that traverse using the dialog box option, errors or a crash could occur.
  • Placing a QuickPost onto a point was erasing the point¢‚¬„¢s original description, rather than appending the quickpost description onto the point as it did in MSCAD 2005 SP1.3.
  • When using the ¢‚¬Å“Transfer Points Between MSCAD Jobs¢‚¬ command, it needed to be run twice before the command would actually start.
  • Canadian clients would receive error messages when converting coordinates between NAD83 and NAD27 due to some extra steps that need to be manually done in order to use Canada¢‚¬„¢s NT_V2 National Transformation Database. These extra steps have now been clearly documented in the updated help file.
  • Exporting an ASCII file with the Column Specific format was not correctly exporting the point ID, due to changes that were made to allow for alpha-numeric point names.
  • The RTF Log file for projects done in MSCAD 2008 8.0.0 could contain inconsistent page numbers in the header.
  • When printing from the RTF Log file, some users reported that an extra blank page would be printed out before the first page or after the last page. This has been fixed.
  • When printing from the RTF Log file, point columns would not line up due to point numbers with different number of digits. This has been fixed to allow a point number width of 5 digits; point id¢‚¬„¢s with more than 5 digits can still cause the columns to not line up.
  • Some .MSD database files from MSCAD 2005 / inCAD 2006 or previous were not being translated forward to the new .MSZ database format due to some missing .DEF files in the original database.
  • Coordinate Listing reports contained a /par at the end of every line.
  • In the Active Traverse Editor, if you use Ctrl-H to enter a new shot, in previous versions the ID field for that new shot was given focus, but this was broken in 8.0.0 so that you had to manually click into the point ID field to begin entering the data.
  • The MsModeling | Utilities | General Utilities | NUMBER command would ask for a text style and then give a rejected function error.
  • The MsModeling | Utilities | General Utilities | NUMTRI command would ask for a text style and then give a rejected function error.
  • Process Automap Library, automatic linework was being drawn connecting the wrong point id¢‚¬„¢s. The point id¢‚¬„¢s were being sorted alphabetically instead of numerically, so if you had 22 points numbered 1-22 with the same description, they would be joined 1-10-11-12-13-14-15-16-17-18-19-2-20-21-22-3-4-5-6-7-8-9.
  • When importing a traverse file containing TR shots which were recorded in a multiset, these TR shots were imported as a regular occupy point setup, not as a traverse station.
  • When using the Alignment Browser, the prompts were improved so that the Next and Name options did not both appear as N.
  • If you edit an alignment by adding then deleting a POT, an extra line could be left in the drawing to where the added/deleted POT was.
  • The Help button on the Edit Alignment, SCS Dialog did not work.
  • When connecting to a USB Network License key, if you normally connect to one server but it has run out of available licenses, if there are available licenses on another server, you could not previously get a license from the other server without manually editing a configuration file.
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