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Creating Contour and 3D Maps With Surfer from Downloaded Images

One of the new features in the Surfer mapping software that hasn’t gotten a lot of mention is the ability to download imagery as grids. Most of you may know that Surfer can connect directly to WMS servers and download georeferenced images directly into your maps as base layers. You can download aerial photographs, orthoimagery, shaded topographic images, scanned USGS maps, images showing geological bedrock, etc.  However, did you know you can also download imagery as grid files and use them to create contours or other grid-based maps?

You can download images as grids from WMS servers using either the Grid | Grid from Server command, or by clicking the Download button in the Open Grid dialog when creating a grid-based map. The difference is that the Grid | Grid from Server command downloads the image as a grid file directly to your hard drive so you can use it later on (e.g. for blanking) or in multiple maps.

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Surfer 13 New Features Series Wrap-up

Surfer 13 New Features Series Wrap-up

I hope you've enjoyed a closer look at some of the great new features Surfer 13 has to offer! To conclude the Surfer 13 new feature series, I want to mention just a few more new features that can help improve your workflows and increase your productivity!

New Welcome Dialog

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Surfer 13 New Feature Series: New Geoprocessing Commands

Surfer 13 New Feature Series: New Geoprocessing Commands

Today's blog post focuses on new geoprocessing commands available in Surfer 13! Six new commands have been added to aid in creating, editing, and analyzing boundaries:

Create Intersection PointsBreak Polyline at IntersectionsDifference of PolygonsIntersect PolygonsUnion PolygonsBuffer

Each of these commands can be found by clicking the Geoproccessing menu, and some of the commands are located in the Edit Boundaries submenu within this menu. Let's take a look at what each command does!

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Golden Software Introduces Live, Hands-On Training!

Since its founding, Golden Software has been committed to providing customers with the best and most accessible technical support. We have provided a variety of technical support resources including live support via phone, email, and live chat, online resources via the forums, knowledgebase, and website, and in-program support via the help documentation, quick start guides, and full user manuals. Last week marked the introduction of a new method of support in the form of a live, hands-on training class.

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Surfer 13 New Feature Series: Viewshed Maps

Surfer 13 New Feature Series: Viewshed Maps

Today's new feature series focuses on viewshed maps. Rather than reinvent the wheel, I've republished Leslie McWhirter's article from our newsletter published in July 2015 (Issue 79). Read on for an example of creating and using a viewshed map.

With the release of Surfer 13 comes an exciting new map type: viewshed maps. Viewshed maps show visibility of the surrounding map from a given point location. These maps have a wide range of uses in industries like security, architecture and landscape architecture, military, communications, surveying, wildlife research, and urban planning. Uses include site selection for buildings, radio/cell phone towers, or parking structures based on potential views or openness of the region, selection of survey locations, and discovery of holes in radar coverage. Read on for an example use case, and then contact us to see how viewshed maps can be integrated into your daily workflows and presentations.

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