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MicroSurvey inCAD 2012 Release Notes

Release History

MicroSurvey inCAD 2012 v10.8.0 - March 2, 2012

Important Notes

Activating or Updating your USB License Key

If you are licensing MicroSurvey inCAD for the first time, or if you are upgrading from a previous version of MicroSurvey CAD or inCAD (2006 or earlier), 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 CAD or inCAD (2008 or newer), you will need to update your existing USB License Key using the USB License Manager program on a computer with internet access.

MicroSurvey CAD and MicroSurvey inCAD use the same license, so a key activated for MicroSurvey CAD v12.0.0 or higher will work with MicroSurvey CAD or inCAD v12.0.0 or earlier. Think of them as the same program, one running in the AutoCAD engine and one running in the IntelliCAD engine.

A copy of the USB License Manager program is automatically installed with MicroSurvey inCAD 2012, 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 Maintenance Subscription Support Plan (MSSP) 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 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 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 inCAD 2012.

If you have a copy of MicroSurvey Transfer already installed from use with a previous version of MicroSurvey CAD or inCAD, you will need to update it to recognize MicroSurvey inCAD in2011. Previous versions of MicroSurvey Transfer will NOT show MicroSurvey inCAD 2012 as a sync option in the Options screen.

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 Windows 7) must be installed before MicroSurvey Transfer can be installed. Both can be downloaded free from Microsoft.

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 since the release of MicroSurvey CAD 2008 v8.0.0. This is only necessary for users who are setting up a MicroSurvey CAD/inCAD 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 inCAD 2012 is compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit versions of AutoCAD® 2012 (including AutoCAD 2012, AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012, and AutoCAD Map 3D 2012), and does not have any requirements above and beyond what is required by your AutoCAD software.

AutoCAD 2012 requires Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP2, or Windows 7. Further AutoCAD system requirement details are available here:

Windows Vista & Windows 7 Notes

Run as Administrator

If installing on Windows Vista or Windows 7 you must run the program at least once with "Elevated 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 inCAD 2012 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 under Windows Vista or Windows 7, 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

Frequently Asked Questions

For a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Tips for New Users, please visit the MicroSurvey inCAD 2012 Frequently Asked Questions topic in our online helpdesk.

Upgrade Notes

For information on upgrading from a previous version, please visit the MicroSurvey inCAD 2012 Upgrade Notes topic in our online helpdesk.

Known Issues

For a list of known issues please visit the MicroSurvey inCAD 2012 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 Maintenance Subscription Support Plan (MSSP).

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

MicroSurvey inCAD 2012 (v10.8.0) Notes

New Features

AutoCAD® 2012 Support
MicroSurvey inCAD 2012 supports the AutoCAD® 2012 engine, including 32-bit and 64-bit versions of AutoCAD 2012, AutoCAD Civil 3D™ 2012, and AutoCAD Map 3D™ 2012.
Google Maps™ Support
View your points in Google Maps by clicking new Map buttons located in both the Single Point Editor and the Active Coordinate Editor.
Select MsPoints | Store and Edit Points or MsPoints | Active Coordinate Editor from the menus, or type EDITP or COORDEDIT at the command line.
Google Earth™ Support
Export your points and linework to a .kml or .kmz file and view them in Google Earth.
Select MsPoints | Other Program Ties | Export to Google Earth from the menus, or type WRITEKML at the command line.
AutoMAP Substitution Codes
Access field-coded parameters directly from your point descriptions and automatically include them in your plotted annotations.
Substitution codes follow the familiar LDD syntax, and include $0 to substitute the code, $1 through $9 to substitute the first through ninth space-delimited parameters following the code, $+ to substitute all parameters following the code, $* to substitute the entire description including the code plus all parameters, and $$ to substitute a literal "$" character.
For example, specify a plotted description like $1 TREE (ht=$2’, trunk dia=$3”) in AutoMap to dynamically label your TREE points like TREE OAK 9 12 and TREE ELM 6 8 as OAK TREE (ht=9’, trunk dia=12”) and ELM TREE (ht=6’, trunk dia=8”).
AutoMAP Leading Wildcards
Use AutoMap entries with a leading wildcard like *CODE, a trailing wildcard like CODE*, or both a leading and trailing wildcard like *CODE* to make partial matches of your point descriptions.
For example, an AutoMap entry like *IP* will now match points with descriptions like "NW CORNER IP BENT" and you can use the new Substitution Codes described above to produce appropriate plotted descriptions.
Distance Labeling Options
Include a customizable prefix and/or suffix in your distance annotation defaults.
Include a unit symbol (' or m) in your distance annotation defaults. (Previously only ' was supported.)
Select MsAnnotate | Labeling Defaults | Distances from the menus, or type CNF_EDIT_DISTANCES at the command line.
Slope Labeling Command
A new Slope Labeling command is available with options to label the % Slope, Degrees from Vertical, or Degrees from Horizontal along a line.
Select MsAnnotate | Add Line Labels | Label Slope from the menus, or type LABEL_SLOPE at the command line.
Draworder Wizard
A new Draworder Wizard command is available to help you quickly fix the most common draworder issues, such as moving raster images and hatches to the back of your drawing, and moving wipeouts, blocks and annotations to the front.
Select MsTools | Draworder Wizard from the menus, or type DRAWORDERWIZARD at the command line.

Important Fixes

  • [D4930] Active Coordinate Editor - The Rotate Selection command could use 0,0,0 as the rotation base point instead of the specified point.
  • [D4942] Active Coordinate Editor - The Shift Selection command could cause shifted arcs to not be erased when they are redrawn with the shifted points.
  • [D4943] Active Coordinate Editor - The Rotate Selection command could cause rotated arcs to not be erased when they are redrawn with the rotated points.
  • [D4990] Active Coordinate Editor - Point Tracking may not be correct when in Surveyors View
  • [D4991] Active Coordinate Editor - Zoom Selection may not be correct when in Surveyors View
  • [D5028] Auto-Add Points to Objects - Points created from adding lwpolyline entities did not pick up the 3D vertex elevations.
  • [D2344] AutoMap Library - Using both the "Rotate to Previous Point" and "Scale to Previous Point" options together causes rotation to be calcualted to the incorrect point.
  • [D4260] AutoMap Library - Using the "Rotate to Previous Point" option can cause an error if there is not a previous point id.
  • [D5045] AutoMap Library - Using the "Scale to Previous Point" option can cause an error if there is not a previous point id.
  • [D5039] AutoMap Library - Inserting a block containing attributes would cause the attribute values to be set to "XXX" instead of the default value.
  • [D4071] Coordinate Order - The "List E,N (X,Y) Format" system toggle was not always retained.
  • [F1759] Coordinate Order - The "List E,N (X,Y) Format" system toggle will now be honoured for the default column order within the Active Coordinate Editor and the Clusters report.
  • [F1701] FieldGenius Export - Linework is now exported to FieldGenius in an R12 DXF format instead of the default DXF format to avoid exporting incompatible entity types.
  • [D4011] Leica GSI Export - Exporting a Leica GSI8 will display multiple "Save As" prompts which can result in an error writing out the data file.
  • [D4789] LandXML Import - when importing points, the Description and Note were not set correctly. It now uses the "code" field (instead of "desc") to set the Description, and the "desc" field (instead of nothing) to set the Note.
  • [F1406] LandXML Import - when importing plan features, IrregularLine elements are now supported and will draw a 3d polyline through the specified coordinates.
  • [D2291] Linework - grip-editing a survey line did not disassociate the line from its previous points in the database.
  • [D5021] Linework - 3D .XYZ-Linework can become corrupted after a rescale.
  • [D5130] LDD/Civil 3D Import - when importing from a .mdb database file, point descriptions may not be imported.
  • [D4816] Point Blocks - when creating point blocks (for export to Eagle Point, Softdesk, or Carlson) the first space character is not properly delimiting the description to find a match in the AutoMAP library to use the plotted description.
  • [D5190] Point Groups - when saving a point group, the saved name and comment of the group may not be correctly retrieved if it is later reloaded.
  • [D2585] Polar Snapping - using polar snaps within the Design Horizontal Alignment (_alignment) command caused some on-screen graphical artifacts.
  • [D3967] Polar Snapping - using polar snaps within the Connect Dots Point to Point (_connect_points) command did not work correctly.
  • [D2581] Project Manager - deleting a project from the project manager did not delete its associated .msj database folder.
  • [D4919] Rapid Transit Import - importing a rapid transit drawing could cause a crash.
  • [D4840] Roading - applying a road template with 0:1 slope could cause a crash.
  • [D4851] Rotate Blocks to Line - The Rotate Text to Line (_ms_rotoline) command stopped working with blocks in the last inCAD 2011 and MSCAD 2010 service pack, this functionality has been restored.
  • [D4987] Run As Administrator - The "Run as administrator" message that can appear under Windows Vista and Windows 7 have been reworded such that it does not only apply to Vista.
  • [D5077] Saving - Error ASLK8K8K and a crash can occur when running QSAVE after running SAVEAS.
  • [D4263] Scaling - scaling with a fractional value instead of a decimal value was being inappropriately intercepted by the inches-to-feet conversion added in MSCAD 2010.
  • [D4852] Select Point - When selecting a point from the drawing which is stored in the coordinate database, if there is another points within either 0.01 or 0.001 units of it (depending on the command) the incorrect point may be retrieved from the database.
  • [D1931] Sheet and Title Block - a crash may occur when using the Add Sheet and Title Block (_tb) command if your ATTDIA system variable is set to Off.
  • [D4984] Sheet and Title Block - the ATTREQ system variable was not being used correctly.
  • [D5030] Stability - Interference between MSCAD and some virus scanners or other resident utilities could cause slowness, error messages, or crashes.
  • [D5146] STAR*NET Export - Exporting a STAR*NET .dat file could cause the Current Traverse file setting to be lost, requiring you to re-select it via the Set Current Traverse command.
  • [D5002] Surface Modeling - the specified "honour boundary method" option (All Points / Any Point / Center Point) was not applied correctly.
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