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MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013 Upgrade Notes
Posted by Brian Sloman on 02 October 2015 11:08 AM

Here you will find some information that will help you get started with MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013. If you don't find an answer to your question here, try searching our Helpdesk, or submit a support ticket.

 

 

 


 

About MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013

What CAD Engine is used in MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013?

MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013 uses the newest version of the IntelliCAD engine, IntelliCAD 7.2. MicroSurvey has been built on IntelliCAD since version 6.0 back in MapScenes 2006, and since then there have been a lot of bug fixes, a lot of speed improvements, and some new features. The updated IntelliCAD 7 engine uses the ODA libraries to work natively with the latest .dwg drawing file format, as well as legacy .dwg and .dxf drawing formats.

Who and What is IntelliCAD?

The IntelliCAD Technology Consortium is an independent organization committed to promoting a cooperatively developed CAD engine. This is what we like about IntelliCAD:

  • They have a strong development team.
  • They run extensive regression tests on their cad engine. Hundreds of thousands of drawings are used during their testing sessions every day.
  • They also use thousands of script files that test the integrity and stability of the CAD engine.
  • They have an online web site that allows their Commercial members to access their bug database to see what bugs have been reported, and what bugs they are currently working on.
  • They are currently working on a new version that has incredible speed enhancements.
  • They hate bugs as much as we do, and try to fix them as quickly as possible.

IntelliCAD has been around for many years and they have a very loyal following. In 2004 we joined the IntelliCAD Technology Consortium as a Commercial Member which gives us full access to the source code. This is something that we have never had before and it will give us even more flexibility and control over the product.

To learn more about the consortium visit the web site at www.intellicad.org.

Will it be a big adjustment learning MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013?

Overall you should not find it difficult to get up to speed with MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013. The "look and feel" of MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013 is very similar when compared to MapScenes 2006/2008/2010, and other major CAD packages. The new IntelliCAD 7 engine provides enhanced functionality, stability, and performance; it will not seem like learning a whole new program.

 


 

Installing MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013

Will MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013 overwrite my existing copy of MapScenes?

MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013 will install by default to C:\Program Files\MicroSurvey\MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013\ and will not interfere with any previous version. We recommend that you use the default installation folder, which will allow your previous version to continue to run in its original folder so you can transition cleanly and easily.

Should I un-install my current version of MapScenes prior to installing MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013?

We suggest keeping your current version installed until after you install MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013 and have tested it to make sure it installed and is functioning properly. If you are upgrading from MapScenes 2002 or previous, you will need to use that older version to convert your .flx drawings to .dwg so that they can be opened in MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013. When you're satisfied that everything is running properly, and you have converted your .flx drawings to .dwg (if applicable), you can un-install your older version.

Please remember that if you have purchased MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013 as an upgrade from a previous version, then you no longer own the license for that previous version and should not be using it for production work.

How do I install the new version?

To install, you must be logged in with an Administrator account. Please contact your network administrator if you do not have Administrator access. Insert the CD that you received when you purchased the upgrade into your CDROM drive. The install wizard should automatically start for you. If it doesn't simply browse to your CDROM drive and execute the installation file. Follow the on-screen instructions to step through the installation.

Do I really need an Administrator account?

You need an Administrator account only to install MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013 and then to run it for the very first time on your computer. After that, you can use your normal account; it will not matter whether it is an Administrator or Limited account.

I inserted the new CD in my drive and nothing seems to happen. Is the CD damaged or did I do something wrong?

If your CD does not automatically start the install wizard you can try the following. 1) Insert the CD into your drive and close the CD door while holding the <shift> key down on the keyboard. 2) Go to the Windows Explorer program and change to the CD drive that contains your new CD. 3) Double click on the setup.exe file to start the install procedure.

If this doesn't work you may have a damaged CD, contact your sales representative for another CD.

I was lucky enough to have a prerelease or beta copy of MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013. What do I do now with the new CD?

We appreciate your assistance as a beta tester and we thank you all for your assistance in getting MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013 completed. We do recommend that you un-install your beta copy, and replace it with the release version. Any changes you have made to customize MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013 should be backed up first. We recommend that you copy the changes out to a safe location prior to installing the new CD and then if desired, copy the files back in over the new ones, after looking at what we have done.

How do I remove my old MapScenes version?

Please use the Control Panel | Add / Remove Programs option and remove the program. This will remove the program and its files that we installed onto your hard drive. After the program is removed, there will be a few configuration files left in the MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013 directories. After you have examined the remaining files in these directories and subdirectories to verify that you haven't placed any valuable files there, you can delete them if you wish.

 


 

Registering MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013

I've got it installed. How do I register it?

First, you need to activate the USB License Key you received when you purchased MapScenes. Plug the USB License Key into any computer that is connected to the internet and run the License Manager software that was installed with MapScenes.

How do I register it with my network license?

First, you need to activate the USB License Key you received when you purchased MapScenes. Plug the USB License Key into any computer that is connected to the internet and execute the License Manager software that was installed with MapScenes.

Then install the MicroSurvey Network License Server application on any computer on your network with an available USB port. Once your USB License Key has been activated online, just plug it into any available USB port on any computer on your network which has the MicroSurvey Network License Server installed. Make sure you know the name of the computer that the USB License Key is plugged into. If you are unsure of the computer name, please contact your IT Department for assistance.

Then run MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013 on any workstation computer on the same network. When asked, simply provide MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013 with the computer name or IP address that the USB License Key is plugged into, and then press the "Connect to Server USB Key" button and it will automatically detect the USB License Key and unlock the program if there is an available seat available. You must leave the USB License Key plugged in to the server computer for the entire duration that anyone is running MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013 – if you unplug the key, MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013 will become disabled on any computer it is running on.

Unlike with MapScenes 2006, the MapScenes 2008-2013 network license system does not require a shared network folder be setup for accessing the network license.

Do you have hardware locks available?

Yes, all of our MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013 licenses use a USB License Key for activating the program. Simply plug the USB License Key into the computer, and then start MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013. Want to work on MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013 at home or on another computer? Just take the USB License Key with you, wherever you want to use MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013!

Can I use MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013 without a hardware lock?

No, all of our MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013 licenses use a USB key for activating the program. Simply plug the USB key in to the computer, and then start MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013. Want to work on MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013 at home or on another computer? Just take the USB License Key with you, wherever you want to use MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013!

 


 

Using MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013

What will happen to all my old scenes? Can I still use them with MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013?

MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013 uses an updated version of the IntelliCAD engine which works with AutoCAD R2.5 to 2014 .dwg and .dxf files. Drawing files from MapScenes 2006/2008/2010 can be opened directly with MapScenes 2013.

If you are upgrading from MapScenes 2002 or earlier, you will need to convert your files from .flx to .dwg format. We've posted a movie on our website that shows you how easy this is to do.

This can be done very easily using the Batch Processing abilities in MapScenes 2002 to convert your .flx files to .dwg:

  1. Open up MapScenes 2002
  2. Press Cancel on the Project Manager window without opening any drawings.
  3. Pause MapScenes by typing the following at the command line: (setq mscadpause 1)
  4. Start up the Batch Processing command by typing BATPROC at the command line
  5. The Batch Plotting and Converting dialog will open. Start at the top center of the dialog and make sure that the checkbox "Include Subdirectories" is checked. Make sure that .FLX is checked, but .DXF and .DWG are NOT checked.
  6. Press the Select Directory to add Files from button and select your data directory (for example, c:\Scenes2002\), and press OK. Repeat this step for any other data directories on your computer.
  7. In the Convert to section, select DWG
  8. Press Start to begin processing your files. You will see your drawings open one at a time as they are saved to a DWG file. This may take quite some time if you have a lot of FLX drawings.
  9. After batch processing is complete type the following at the command line: (setq mscadpause nil)

For more information, refer to the online tech note Batch Conversion from FLX to DWG.

What about the drawing file? Is it different for MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013?

MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013 uses an updated version of the IntelliCAD engine which uses the latest industry standard 2012 format .dwg files (compatible with AutoCAD 2010/2011/2012).

MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013 will read any .dwg files created by older versions of MapScenes.

To open a drawing created by MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013 in an older version of MapScenes, you may need to save the drawing file to an older compatible .dwg format, depending on the capabilities of your previous version of MapScenes. From the File Menu you can use the SAVEAS command and save your project back to previous .dwg formats. Refer to the table to see what .dwg format can be handled by your version of MapScenes.

 

MapScenes Version

Compatible File Types

MapScenes 2002

R12-2002 .dwg/.dxf

MapScenes 2006

R2.5-2006 .dwg/.dxf

MapScenes 2008

R2.5-2009 .dwg/.dxf

MapScenes 2010

R2.5-2009 .dwg/.dxf

MapScenes 2013

read/write: R2.5-2012 .dwg/.dxf

read: 2013-2014 .dwg/.dxf

 

 

What about the database file? Is it different for MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013?

MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013 uses the same .msz database file that was used since MapScenes 2008.

If you open a drawing from older versions that used an .msd database file, MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013 will automatically convert the .msd database file to the .msz format database file. However, .msz database files can not be converted back to the previous .msd format. If you need to open a MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013 drawing in an older version like MapScenes 2006, you can export the point database as an ASCII file to import it into the older MapScenes. And always use the SAVEAS command in the File Menu, and save the drawing file to a compatible .dwg format, as discussed above.

When a database is first converted from the older .msd format to the newer .msz format, a backup copy of the .msd file will be created with an .ms5 extension. It will not be updated again with any changes you make while in the new format, but if necessary it can be renamed and used to reopen the database in the previous version of MapScenes.

What about the log file? Is it different for MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013?

MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013 creates a .rtf (rich text format) log file; this is the same format used since MapScenes 2008. Any existing .log files from older versions of MapScenes are not affected.

What about all the other files? Are they different for MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013?

All other files types created by MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013 such as surface files, road alignment files, etc, are completely interchangeable between previous versions of MapScenes.

When using Evidence Recorder with MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013, where do my jobs go now?

You will need to ensure that you are using the new version of MicroSurvey Transfer, and that it is set to sync with MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013.

 


 

Customizing MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013

I have taken many hours to setup my AutoMap Library to work as desired in my previous version of MapScenes. What is going to happen to all that work?

All you need to do is copy the CSV file that you created with a previous version into MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013. Then as you have done before, load it and use it anytime you require. If you had saved your CSV file under the name survey.csv then we recommend that you give it a new name in MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013 to help keep track of which one is which.

The Automap Library files for MapScenes 2006 are located in C:\Program Files\MicroSurvey\MapScenes2006\mscad\. The Automap Library files for MapScenes 2008 and newer are located in C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\MicroSurvey\MapScenes Forensic CAD\yyyy\mscad\ if your computer runs Windows 2000 or Windows XP, or in C:\Program Data\MicroSurvey\MapScenes Forensic CAD\yyyy\mscad\ if your computer runs Windows Vista or Windows 7.

You may need to update the paths for the symbols that are associated with your AutoMAP library if you used MapScenes specific symbols. For example, if you created your library with MapScenes 2006 you may see something like: C:\Program Files\MicroSurvey\MapScenes2006\mscad\Blocks\ICI_AP.DWG for a symbol path. When you remove MapScenes 2006 from your computer the path will no longer exist and you will need to update your AutoMap library to look in C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\MicroSurvey\MapScenes Forensic CAD\2013\mscad\blocks\ if your computer runs Windows 2000 or Windows XP, or in C:\Program Data\MicroSurvey\MapScenes Forensic CAD\2013\mscad\blocks\ if your computer runs Windows Vista or Windows 7.

I have setup several Toolbars and I really would prefer not to have to do them all again in MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013. Is there a quick way to convert these over so I don't lose them?

Yes. Open MapScenes 2006/2008/2010, and go to Cad Tools | Customize. Click on the Toolbars tab, and press the Export button. Place a checkmark in the box for each of the custom toolbars you created, and uncheck any of the stock toolbars that you did not create (be especially sure to uncheck the Entity Properties toolbar) then press OK. Specify a filename and location that you will easily find later – for example, save a file called MapScenes Toolbars in your My Documents folder.

Now open MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013, and go to Cad Tools | Customize. Click on the Toolbars tab, and press the Import button. Locate the file that was exported from your previous version of MapScenes, highlight it, and press Open.

I have setup many Aliases and I really would prefer not to have to do them all again in MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013. Is there a quick way to convert these over so I don't lose them?

Yes. Open MapScenes 2006/2008/2010, and go to Cad Tools | Customize. Click on the Aliases tab, and press the Export button. Specify a filename and location that you will easily find later – for example, save a file called MapScenes Aliases in your My Documents folder.

Now open MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013, and go to Cad Tools | Customize. Click on the Aliases tab, and press the Import button. Locate the file that was exported from your previous version of MapScenes, highlight it, and press Open.

I have setup several Keyboard Hotkeys and I really would prefer not to have to do them all again in MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013. Is there a quick way to convert these over so I don't lose them?

Yes. Open MapScenes 2006/2008/2010, and go to Cad Tools | Customize. Click on the Keyboard tab, and press the Export button. Specify a filename and location that you will easily find later – for example, save a file called MapScenes Hotkeys in your My Documents folder.

Now open MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013, and go to Cad Tools | Customize. Click on the Hotkeys tab, and press the Import button. Locate the file that was exported from your previous version of MapScenes, highlight it, and press Open.

I have created an extensive Description Translation Library, can I transfer it into MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013?

2008/2010 to 2013:

You can copy your Description Translation Library from MapScenes 2008 and newer by copying the file called desctrans.csv from one of the following folders:

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\MicroSurvey\MapScenes Forensic CAD\yyyy\ (Windows XP/2000)

or, C:\Program Data\MicroSurvey\MapScenes Forensic CAD\yyyy\ (Windows Vista/7/8)

to one of the following folders:

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\MicroSurvey\MapScenes Forensic CAD\2013\ (Windows XP)

or, C:\ProgramData\MicroSurvey\MapScenes Forensic CAD\2013\ (Windows Vista/7/8)

2006 to 2013:

You can export your Description Translation Library from MapScenes 2006 by typing in the command (dumpccpd) at the command line, including the parenthesis. This will create a file in the following location:

C:\Program Files\MicroSurvey\MapScenes2006\mscad\desctran.db

Then copy this file into C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\MicroSurvey\MapScenes Forensic CAD\2013\ if your computer runs Windows 2000 or Windows XP, or into C:\ProgramData\MicroSurvey\MapScenes Forensic CAD\2013\ if your computer runs Windows Vista, and rename it to desctrans.csv.

I have customized or added my own Blocks in the Symbol Librarian, can they be transferred into MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013?

Yes, the MapScenes Symbol Librarian is found in one of the following folders:

MapScenes 2006:

C:\Program Files\MicroSurvey\MapScenes2006\Symbols\

MapScenes 2008/2010:

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\MicroSurvey\MapScenes Forensic CAD\yyyy\Symbols\ (if your computer runs Windows 2000 or Windows XP)

C:\ProgramData\MicroSurvey\MapScenes Forensic CAD\yyyy\Symbols\ (if your computer runs Windows Vista/7/8)

Just copy any customized DWG or DXF files from there into C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\MicroSurvey\MapScenes Forensic CAD\2013\Symbols\ if your computer runs Windows XP, or C:\ProgramData\MicroSurvey\MapScenes Forensic CAD\2013\Symbols\ if your computer runs Windows Vista or Windows 7.

If you are upgrading from MapScenes 2002 or previous, you will have to convert the FLX files to DWG files first using the Batch Converter.

I have customized the generic title blocks used by the Add Sheet and Title Blockroutines, can they be transferred into MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013

Yes, the title blocks can be copied from one of the following folders into MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013.

MapScenes 2006:

C:\Program Files\MicroSurvey\MapScenes2006\Design\

MapScenes 2008/2010:

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\MicroSurvey\MapScenes Forensic CAD\yyyy\Design\ (if your computer runs Windows 2000 or XP)

C:\ProgramData\MicroSurvey\MapScenes Forensic CAD\yyyy\Design\ (if your computer runs Windows Vista or 7)

Just copy any customized files from there into C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\MicroSurvey\MapScenes Forensic CAD\2013\Design\ if your computer runs Windows XP, or C:\ProgramData\MicroSurvey\MapScenes Forensic CAD\2013\Design\ if your computer runs Windows Vista or 7.

If you are upgrading from MapScenes 2002 or previous, you will have to convert the FLX files to DWG files first using the Batch Converter.

I want to plot my first MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013 drawing. Can I get my prior Print Style Tables for line width and colors into MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013?

Yes, MapScenes 2006-2013 use .ctb and .stb print style tables which are completely interchangeable so you can simply copy and paste the files between any version since 2005.

MapScenes 2006 keeps its print style files in C:\Program Files\MicroSurvey\MapScenes2006\Print Styles\.

MapScenes 2008-2010 keeps its print style files in two locations, C:\Program Files\MicroSurvey\MapScenes Forensic CAD yyyy\Print Styles\ and also in your My Documents\Print Styles\ folder.

 

MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013 keeps its print style files in two locations, C:\Program Files\MicroSurvey\MapScenes Forensic CAD yyyy\Print Styles\ and also in your My Documents\MicroSurvey\Print Styles\ folder.

 

The print style files found in the Program Files location are used only as templates, so that when a user runs MapScenes 2008-2013 for the first time, the files contained there will be automatically copied to their personal My Documents\{MicroSurvey\}Print Styles folder. Then any time you use or edit a print style table in MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013, it uses the copy contained in your My Documents\Print Styles folder, while the copy in the Program Files location is left in its default condition. This allows multiple users on one computer to customize their own individual print style table files.

How can I transfer my custom Linetype files into MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013?

MapScenes 2006-2013 use the same Linetype files, which are also compatible with AutoCAD. Simply copy your customized *.LIN files from C:\Program Files\MicroSurvey\MapScenes Forensic CAD yyyy\ (or wherever else you may have stored them) into C:\Program Files\MicroSurvey\MSCAD2013\. Also remember to copy any required shape/font files used by any advanced linetypes. Note: Do not overwrite the ICAD.LIN or LTYPESHP.SHX files that are included with MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013, or you may lose any new line types that have been added into MapScenes.

How can I transfer my custom Hatch Pattern files into MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013?

MapScenes 2006-2013 use the same Hatch Pattern files, which are also compatible with AutoCAD. Simply copy your customized *.PAT and *.SLD files from C:\Program Files\MicroSurvey\MapScenes Forensic CAD yyyy\patterns\ (or wherever else you may have stored them) into C:\Program Files\MicroSurvey\MSCAD2013\patterns\.

How can I transfer my custom Templates into MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013?

MapScenes 2006-2013 use .dwg and .dwt template files which are completely forward-compatible so you can simply copy and paste the files from any version since 2005

MapScenes 2006/2008/2010 keeps its print style files in C:\Program Files\MicroSurvey\MapScenes Forensic CAD yyyy\Templates\.

MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013 keeps its print style files in two locations, C:\Program Files\MicroSurvey\MapScenes Forensic CAD yyyy\Templates\ and also in your My Documents\MicroSurvey\Templates\ folder.

The Templates files found in the Program Files location are used only as defaults, so that when a user runs MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013 for the first time, the files contained there will be automatically copied to their personal My Documents\MicroSurvey\Templates folder. Then any time you use or edit a template in MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013, it uses the copy contained in your My Documents\MicroSurvey\Templates folder, while the copy in the Program Files location is left in its default condition. This allows multiple users on one computer to customize their own individual template files.

How can I transfer my custom MicroSurvey Defaults into MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013?

The very easiest way to transfer your MicroSurvey defaults from any previous version of MapScenes into MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013, is to just open up an existing project in MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013, then go to MsTools | MicroSurvey System Defaults | Save As Default Configuration. This will set everything from its Labeling defaults, System Toggles, and Job Defaults.

Or, you can open your previous version of MapScenes and run the MsTools | MicroSurvey System Defaults | Save Configuration File command, then open MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013 and run the MsTools | MicroSurvey System Defaults | Load Configuration File command and then run the MsTools | MicroSurvey System Defaults | Save As Default Configuration command.

How can I transfer my custom Modeling Defaults into MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013?

Open your previous version of MapScenes and run the MsModeling | Configuration File Options | Save Configuration File command. Save it as follows:

Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\MicroSurvey\MapScenes Forensic CAD\2013\QS\QS.QCF

Windows Vista/7: C:\ProgramData\MicroSurvey\MapScenes Forensic CAD\2013\QS\QS.QCF

MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013 will then automatically use that new configuration file.

What is this Floating Menu? Can I get rid of it?

When using MapScenes 2006-2013, you may notice a floating menu that will appear as you use different commands at the command line. If you want to turn it off, type Config at the command line, and turn off Display prompt boxes in the display tab.

How do I load Toolbars?

You can load toolbars by right-clicking over any of your visible toolbars, to get a pop-up list of the toolbars available within MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013. Toolbars shown with a checkmark are already loaded. Clicking on a toolbar name will either load or unload it.

You can also load toolbars by going to View|Toolbars, and check or uncheck any of the listed toolbars.

 

 


 

Learning MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013

I've heard that there are many hours of training movies, how do I play the training movies?

The online training movies are available through the help file; go to Help | Help, and click on the Training Movies topic. An internet connection is required, highspeed is recommended. If you prefer, the online movies can be downloaded for offline viewing.

I've heard that the help file was improved for MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013?

We have updated the help file for the both the updated IntelliCAD engine and the for the MapScenes forensic, animation, and point cloud commands.

Are there any tutorials or other examples of how to use MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013?

Yes, there are two extensive tutorials available in the Getting Started Guide. You can access it through the help file, or via Start | Programs | MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013 | Getting Started.

What about classroom-type training, is anything like that available?

Training courses are periodically offered if there is sufficient demand in a particular region. Please phone your local MapScenes dealer or your MapScenes sales representative at 1-800-668-3312 or +1-250-707-0000 to enquire about any upcoming training sessions.

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