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MicroSurvey embeddedCAD 2021 Release Notes
Posted by Jeran Hopfe on 25 June 2020 03:15 PM

MicroSurvey embeddedCAD 2021 Release Notes


Release History

MicroSurvey embeddedCAD 2021 (v20.0.1.903) - June 25, 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.

Feature Request Forum

Help us make your MicroSurvey product better! To submit a feature request, or to vote on other users' feature requests, please visit our Feedback Forum at feedback.microsurvey.com.


MicroSurvey embeddedCAD 2021

Release Date: June 25, 2020

Version: 21.0.1.903

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.
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