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Surfer® 13

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Surfer is a full-function contouring and surface modeling package that runs under Microsoft Windows. Surfer is used extensively for terrain modeling, bathymetric modeling, landscape visualization, surface analysis, contour mapping, watershed and 3D surface mapping, gridding, viewshed analysis, volumetrics, and much more.

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  • Sub heading: Powerful Contouring, Gridding, and 3D Surface Mapping Software for Scientists and Engineers
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Features

Surfer’s sophisticated interpolation engine transforms your XYZ data into publication-quality maps. Surfer provides more gridding methods and more control over gridding parameters, including customized variograms, than any other software package on the market. You can also use grid files obtained from other sources, such as USGS DEM files or ESRI grid files. Display your grid as outstanding contour, 3D surface, 3D wireframe, watershed, vector, image, shaded relief, and viewshed maps. Add base maps to show boundaries and imagery, post maps to show point locations, and combine map types to create the most informative display possible. Virtually all aspects of your maps can be customized to produce exactly the presentation you want. Generating publication quality maps has never been quicker or easier.

Who should use Surfer?

Hydrologists, engineers, geologists, archeologists, oceanographers, biologists, foresters, geophysicists, medical researchers, climatologists...

Features Tour

Surfer Contour MapContour Maps

Surfer contour maps give you full control over all map parameters. You can accept the Surfer intelligent defaults to automatically create a contour map, or double-click a map to easily customize map features.


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Surfer 3D Surface Map3D Surface Maps

The 3D surface map uses shading and color to emphasize your data features. Change the lighting, display angle and tilt with a click of the mouse. Overlay several surface maps to generate informative block diagrams.


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Surfer Image Map - Color GradationImage Maps

Image maps use different colors to represent Z values of a grid file. Surfer automatically blends colors between Z values so you end up with a smooth color gradation over the entire map.


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Surfer Post MapPost Maps

Post maps show points at XY locations, such as sample locations, well locations, or original data point locations. Use the points to show the distribution of data points on the map, and to demonstrate the accuracy of the gridding methods you use.


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Surfer Base MapsBase Maps

Surfer can import maps in many different formats to display geographic information. Base maps are created from any number of file formats, such as SHP, DXF, GeoTIFF, and PDF.


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Surfer Shaded Relief MapShaded Relief Maps

Shaded relief maps are raster images based on grid files. Colors are assigned based on slope orientation relative to a light source. Surfer determines the orientation of each grid cell and calculates reflectance of a point light source on the grid surface.


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Surfer Wireframe Map3D Wireframe Maps

Surfer wireframe maps provide an impressive three dimensional display of your data. Wireframes are created by connecting Z values along lines of constant X and Y.


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Surfer Vector MapVector Maps

Instantly create vector maps in Surfer to show direction and magnitude of data at points on a map. You can create vector maps from information in one grid or two separate grids. The two components of the vector map, direction and magnitude, are automatically generated from a single grid by computing the gradient of the represented surface.


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Surfer Watershed MapWatershed Maps

Watershed maps automatically calculate and display drainage basins and streams from your grid file.


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Surfer Viewshed MapViewshed Maps

Perform viewshed analysis using a loaded grid file with a user-specified transmitter location, height, starting angle and radius. All visible areas from the transmitter location within the selected radius are filled with a user-specified color.


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Surfer ProfilesProfiles

Surfer's automatic profile tool makes it easy to visualize the change in Z value from one point to another.


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Surfer Graticule MapGraticule and Grid Lines

Add graticule lines or another grid to your map to view the location in multiple sets of coordinate units!  Display latitude and longitude graticule lines over a projected map, or create a map in meters and add a grid in feet.


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Surfer Geoprocessing ToolsGeoprocessing Tools

Many geoprocessing tools are available for you to edit your vector features the way you need. Some uses for geoprocessing tools include reshaping features to a new shape, creating buffer polygons or setbacks, simplifying or smoothing features, and calculating intersections between overlapping polygons.


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Surfer Coordinate Systems MapCoordinate Systems

Choose from an endless list of coordinate systems for your map to display. Specify the source coordinate system for each of the layers in your map, and choose to display the map in any other coordinate system! For example, load data and grid files in UTM or State Plane coordinates, and display the map in Latitude/Longitude coordinates! It is simply that easy!


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Surfer Map LayersMap Layers

Adding multiple map layers to your map gives you a way to combine different types of data in one map. For example, you can drape a georeferenced image over a 3D surface map, overlay multiple base maps with a contour map, or plot a post map with contours over a wireframe map.


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Surfer Stacking MapStacking Maps

You can align individual maps horizontally on the page by stacking them. Map stacking was designed to align maps using commensurate coordinate systems. This command is useful for keeping two or more maps separated vertically on the page while keeping relative horizontal positions.


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Surfer CustomizationCustomize Your Map

Make your map look its best by customizing it to fit your needs! Surfer offers numerous map features to enhance the look of your map. Use Surfer’s defaults, or customize your map by including scale bars, editing colors, lines and fill styles, showing only portions of a map, adjusting the scale and setting axis properties!


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Surfer Superior GriddingSuperior Gridding

The gridding methods in Surfer allow you to produce accurate contour, surface, wireframe, vector, image, watershed, viewshed and shaded relief maps from your XYZ data. The data can be randomly dispersed over the map area, and Surfer's gridding will interpolate your data onto a grid. Use Surfer’s default settings or choose from twelve different gridding methods.


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Surfer VariogramsVariograms

Use the variogram modeling subsystem to quantitatively assess the spatial continuity of data. Variograms may be used to select an appropriate variogram model when gridding with the Kriging algorithm. Surfer uses a variogram grid as a fundamental internal data representation and once this grid is built, any experimental variogram can be computed instantaneously.


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Surfer Faults MapFaults and Breaklines

Define faults and breaklines when gridding your data. Faults act as barriers to the information flow, and data on one side of the fault will not be directly used to calculate grid node values on the other side of the fault. Breaklines include Z values.


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Surfer Grid Node EditorGrid Node Editor

Clean up your grid with the grid node editor!


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Surfer Grid FunctionGrid Functions

In addition to creating maps, you can perform a variety of functions using grid files. Just a few of the possibilities include:


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Surfer and USGS DataUsing USGS and SRTM Data

Use USGS Digital Elevation Model (DEM), National Elevation Dataset (NED) and NASA Shuttle Radar Topographic Mission (SRTM) data with any Surfer command that uses grid files.


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Surfer WorksheetWorksheet

Surfer lets you massage your data in many ways to achieve the exact output you want. Surfer includes a full-featured worksheet for creating, opening, editing, and saving data files. Data files can be up to one billion rows and columns, subject to available memory. You can cut, copy, and paste data within the Surfer worksheet or between applications.


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Surfer Object and Property ManagerObject and Property Manager

The object manager and property manager makes the editing of any object simple. The object manager displays all the objects in the plot document in an easy-to-use hierarchical tree arrangement.


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automationAutomation

Create your own scripts to automate repetitive tasks! Don’t spend time doing the same process over and over again – write a simple script to simplify your life! Operations performed interactively can be controlled using an automation-compatible programming language such as Visual Basic, C++, python or perl.


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Surfer KML Export to Google EarthAdditional Features

Your Surfer package comes with many additional features to help you work smarter, not harder!


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Surfer Supported File FormatsSupported File Formats

Surfer supports many data, grid, and import/export formats.


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FAQs

Q1. What is the latest version?
Q2. How can I get the latest version of Surfer?
Q3. Where can I find a list of fixes and changes between versions?
Q4. What are Surfer’s system requirements?
Q5. How do I install Surfer?
Q6. How do I uninstall Surfer?
Q7. Should I uninstall the demo version before installing the full version, or can I activate the demo to become the full version?
Q8. Do I need to uninstall an older version of Surfer before installing a new version?
Q9. Do you offer training?
Q10. Where can I find my serial number?
Q11. Is technical support free?
Q12. Is there a 64-bit version available?
Q13. Should I install Surfer 32-bit or Surfer 64-bit?
Q14. What is the SRF file compatibility between different versions of Surfer?
Q15. What are the terms of the Golden Software End User License Agreement?
Q16. I have a more technical question about the program, where can I find the answer?

Q1. What is the latest version?
A. The most recent version of Surfer is 13.4.553.

Q2. How can I get the latest version of Surfer?
A. Minor updates (e.g. version 13.0 to 13.4) may be downloaded for free if your serial number is registered. Connect your computer to the Internet, then go to Help | Check for Update in Surfer. This will download the latest patch and install it on your machine. Information about the latest version is listed on the Version History page.

If you experience any problems with this command or would like to download the full version of the updated software, please email your registered Surfer serial number to surfersupport@goldensoftware.com. Once your serial number is verified, we will send you download instructions.

Major upgrades (i.e. version 12 to version 13) cost US$279 plus shipping. Refer to the order form for more information.

Q3. Where can I find a list of fixes and changes between versions?
A. A list of changes and fixes between minor versions (e.g. 13.0 to 13.4) can be found on the Version History page.

Q4. What are Surfer’s system requirements?
A. Surfer’s system requirements are here.

Q5. How do I install Surfer?
A. Installing Surfer requires that you be logged into an account that has Administrator rights. Golden Software does not recommend installing Surfer 13 over any previous version of Surfer. Please ensure that you install Surfer 13 into a new directory, which is what will happen by default. Surfer 13 can co-exist with older versions as long as they are in different directories.

To begin the installation, either insert the CD into the CD-ROM drive, or double-click on the downloaded EXE file to run it. See below for details of each method.

Installing Surfer on a Local Drive from CD:

  1. Insert the CD-ROM in the CD-ROM drive. The Setup program automatically begins on most computers.
  2. Choose the "Install Surfer" option from the screen and setup will begin.

If the Setup program does not automatically start, double-click on the My Computer icon on your desktop. Open the CD-ROM drive which contains the Surfer disk by double-clicking on the CD-ROM icon. From the CD-ROM folder find and double-click on Autorun.exe to launch Surfer's Setup program. Select the "Install Surfer" option and setup will begin.

Installing Surfer on a Local Drive Using a Downloaded EXE:

  1. Double-click on the My Computer icon on your desktop and navigate to the folder containing the downloaded file.
  2. Double-click the downloaded file to begin the installation process.

Q6. How do I uninstall Surfer?
A. To uninstall Surfer:

Windows XP
To uninstall Surfer, go to the Control Panel and double click on Add/Remove Programs. Select “Surfer 13" (or “Surfer Demo 13” for the demo version) from the list of installed applications. Click the Remove button to uninstall Surfer.

Windows Vista
To uninstall Surfer when using the Regular Control Panel Home, click the Uninstall a program link. Select “Surfer 13” (or “Surfer Demo 13” for the demo version) from the list of installed applications. Click the Uninstall button to uninstall Surfer.

To uninstall Surfer when using the Classic View, go to the Control Panel and double click on Programs and Features. Select “Surfer 13” (or “Surfer Demo 13” for the demo version) from the list of installed applications. Click the Uninstall button to uninstall Surfer.

Windows 7
To uninstall Surfer, go to the Control Panel and click the Uninstall a program link. Select “Surfer 13” (or “Surfer Demo 13” for the demo version) from the list of installed applications. Click the Uninstall button to uninstall Surfer.

Windows 8
From the Start screen, right-click the Surfer 13 tile and click the Uninstall button at the bottom of the screen. Alternatively, right-click anywhere on the Start screen and click All apps at the bottom of the screen. Right-click the Surfer 13 tile and click Uninstall at the bottom of the screen.

Q7. Should I uninstall the demo version before installing the full version, or can I activate the demo to become the full version?
A. Yes, you should uninstall the Surfer demo before installing the full version of Surfer. There is not a way to “activate” the demo version to become the full version.

Q8. Do I need to uninstall an older version of Surfer before installing a new version?
A. You do not need to uninstall previous versions of Surfer (i.e. Surfer 10) before installing Surfer 13, provided you install them in different directories. By default, this will be the case.

You do not need to uninstall a previous version of Surfer 13 before installing an updated version of Surfer 13, as the installation package will automatically do this for you.

Q9. Do you offer training?
A. Golden Software will occasionally offer live training courses. Visit our Training Classes page to view scheduled classes.

Golden Software does offer a variety of Free Training Resources. Please use the following links to learn more about Surfer.

  1. Surfer Videos and Webinars
  2. Surfer Forum
  3. Product Tutorials available in Surfer - click Help | Tutorial
  4. Surfer's online Knowlege Base
  5. Golden Software Newsletters
  6. Golden Software Blog articles about Surfer
  7. Surfer Scripts
  8. Surfer FAQs
  9. Surfer Tech Support Email
  10. Surfer Tech Support Phone:  303-279-1021 Golden Software, Inc. business hours are 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Mountain Time Monday through Friday (excluding U.S. holidays)
  11. Full Users Guide can be purchased for $25USD

Q10. Where can I find my serial number?
A. The serial number is located on the CD sleeve, or in the download instructions you received when you ordered the software. Please register your serial number online. After you install Surfer and run it for the first time, you can also find your serial number by opening the software and going to Help | About Surfer. The About Surfer dialog box will show the serial number. You can also log in to your Golden Software user account to view your serial number.

Q11. Is technical support free?
A. Yes, technical support is free to all users for as long as you own the product. You must register your product in order to receive technical support. Technical support is available by phone, fax, or email. Contact us.

Q12. Is there a 64-bit version available?
A. Yes, Surfer comes as a 32-bit application and as a 64-bit application.

Q13. Should I install Surfer 32-bit or Surfer 64-bit?
A.
If you are using a 32-bit version of Windows, then Surfer 32-bit is installed automatically.

If you are using a 64-bit version of Windows, then Surfer 64-bit will be installed automatically. There is an option to install the 32-bit version instead, but we recommend installing the 64-bit version of Surfer. Although Surfer 32-bit is capable of installing and running on Windows 64-bit, the 32-bit version does not take advantage of the increased 64-bit memory space.

Q14. What is the SRF file compatibility between different versions of Surfer?
A.
Surfer 13 can open SRF files created in Surfer versions 7 through 13. If you have an SRF file created in an earlier version, please zip and email it to surfersupport@goldensoftware.com so it can be converted to the newer format for Surfer.

Surfer 13 can save SRF files in the Surfer 13, 12 and Surfer 11 SRF format to be opened by those versions, respectively.

Q15. What are the terms of the Golden Software End User License Agreement?
A. The full details of the End User License Agreement (EULA) may be found at http://www.goldensoftware.com/home/terms-of-use. The salient points of the EULA are as follows:

  • All Golden Software licenses are single user licenses, where a user is a person and not a machine.
  • Licenses may not be shared among multiple users.
  • Network installation is allowed, as long as a separate license is purchased for each individual user who will access the network install. For instance, if 4 different users plan to access the software, 4 individual licenses must be purchased.
  • Software may only be used on one computer at any time.
  • Software may be installed on multiple computers (i.e. home, office desktop, and field laptop), as long as only the licensed user accesses the software on any of the computers.
  • One (1) copy of the software and one (1) copy of the user documentation maybe be made for backup purposes only.
  • License may be transferred to another user by the registered user contacting the Golden Software sales department.
  • After a license is transferred to another user, the original user must uninstall the software from all machines they had it installed on. Any copies on original user’s hard-disk drive(s) or back-up media must also be destroyed.
  • After a license is upgraded to a newer version, the older software must be uninstalled. Any older version CDs, serial numbers, or backup copies on hard-disk drive(s) or back-up media must be destroyed within sixty (60) days of the upgrade.

Q16. I have a more technical question about the program, where can I find the answer?
A. For more technical questions and answers, please visit our Knowledge Base.

Case Studies

  • Complex Data Made Clear with Surfer

    Marine data is typically be gathered over time. Traditional 2D and 3D visualization techniques for time series data is not always adequate. Dr. Richard Koehler demonstrates a new way to model this complex data.
  • Identifying Ore Deposits using Lineament Analysis with Surfer

    Ricardo Valls combines lineament analysis, geophysics, geology, and geochemisty in Colombia to identify the next big emerald ore deposit...
  • Modeling Groundwater Resources in Surfer

    Characterizing groundwater resources is a critical step when analyzing potential mining areas. Knight Piésold characterized groundwater resources for decommissioned gold and silver mine in preparation for permitting future mining scenarios...
  • Geophysical Survey of the Barton Springs Pool Austin, Texas

    Mustafa Saribudak, founder of Environmental Geophysics Associates, recently located a new fault in the Edwards Aquifer region as they were surveying the Barton Springs Pool…
  • Surfer Aids in Search for Missing Anchor

    A ship traveling through a Netherlands estuary was required to drop anchor among electrical cables and pipelines transporting gasoline and chemicals due to an emergency. Forced to cut and then leave the anchor behind, Henk de Vries takes on the challenge of retrieval...
  • Using Surfer to Create "Temporal Maps"

    Richard Koehler observes the behavior of adult Chinook salmon swimming upstream on the Columbia River with the versatility of Surfer to create a time map using two temporal coordinates...
  • Surveying Archaeological Tel Sites in the Homs Region

    While Rob Golding was employed as a field archaeologist for Wessex Archaeology he was invited to travel to Syria and survey archaeological sites within the Homs region...
  • Geochemical Mapping of Urban and Suburban Areas

    Alecos Demetriades continuously gives back to geochemists across the globe. He recently published a textbook and manual on mapping the chemical environment of urban areas...
  • Visualization Techniques to Get the Most Out of Your Data

    T/X Resources' President discusses powerful geoscience tools and techniques in order to get the most out of data visualization for geophysical consulting...

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What's New

What's New in Surfer 13?

We have compiled a list of some of the top new features in Surfer 13. This list is only a small sampling of the new features added to Surfer 13.



Graticule and Grids

Display your projected map and with a click of a button, add latitude and longitude graticule lines directly on your map! You can also create a grid in different units, allowing you to project your map in one coordinate system (e.g. UTM) and display the grid in different units, such as feet. 

Add latitude and longitude graticule lines over your projected map!

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Viewshed Maps

Add viewshed layers to your map to display the visible or invisible areas from a specific XY point location. Change the transmitter coordinates, the sweep angle and radius, the sampling distance, and the drawing properties to create the best presentation. 

Display areas visible from a specific XY location using the new viewshed map type.

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More Geoprocessing Tools

Many more geoprocessing functions are available for you to edit your vector geometry.  Secure your desired results by creating points at intersections, new polygons from existing polygons, buffer polygons around objects at specified distances, and many more! New vector editing tools include:

  • Create Intersection Points: creates points at all intersections of the selected polylines and/or polygons.
  • Break Polyline at Intersection: breaks selected polylines at all intersections with other shapes.
  • Difference of Polygons: creates new polygons without overlapping areas.
  • Intersect Polygons: creates a new polygon from the overlapping section of selected polygons.
  • Union Polygons: creates a single polygon from multiple selected polygons.
  • Buffer: creates a polygon around or within objects at a specified distance.

Create buffers around streams, roads, wells or any object at specified distances to visualize offsets or setbacks!

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Query Base Map Objects

Access your data quickly! Query objects in any base layer using the object attributes. The powerful new query tool makes searching and filtering complicated base layers a snap.
Query objects in base layers. Objects that fulfill the query can be selected for editing or removed from the current selection.

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Attribute Management

Quickly and easily manage attributes for base layer objects. Adding, deleting, and editing attributes is a breeze with the new Property Manager functionality, and the new Attribute Table.
View and edit the attribute and attribute values for all objects in a base layer at once.

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Utilize the New Welcome Dialog

Hit the ground running with Surfer’s new welcome dialog! Immediately create a new plot or worksheet window, or open the Tutorial. Alternatively, select any of the project files in the Samples folder, the recent files list, or in your project folder and open them immediately. As long as a file was saved in Surfer 13 or higher, a preview of the SRF file is displayed when the file is selected. You no longer have to wonder what each file contains before opening it!
Select any Surfer 13 project file from the Files list, and see a preview of the contents of the file!

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Display Latitude and Longitude Labels In Degree/Minute/Second Format

Improve the readability of your maps by formatting latitude and longitude labels in degree minute second format! With the numerous options, you are sure to find the format that best fits your map.

Format your Lat/Long labels in one of many different degree minute second formats!

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Create Image Maps with Hill Shading

Create a 3D look with your image maps by including hill shading, which incorporates a light source into the image map display. Save time and disk space by simply enabling this feature to create this effect instead of (as previously) overlaying a shaded relief or 3D surface with the image map.

Add hill shading to your image maps for a stunning 3D appearance!

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Add a Title to Your Color Scale Bar

Keep all your data together! Create a title for the color scale bar, so it moves with the bar or helps identify which scale bar is which when you have more than one.
Add a title to your color scale that moves with the scale bar.

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Display Date/Times in a Custom Date/Time Format

Display the dates and times in the format you want! Customize the dates and times to show the information in any format you wish.

Customize your date and time format to whatever format is best for you! Choose between many different predefined formats or create your own.

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Experience the Improved WMS Connectivity for Downloading Online Maps

Downloading online maps has never been easier! The WMS functionality has been greatly improved to streamline the process and get you the imagery you need. You can even download the images as grids for grid-based maps!  Some improvements include:

  • Support for SSL servers
  • Support for proxy servers
  • Drag and drop items in the Data Source list
  • Add a top-level data source category
  • Support for servers that offer images in other coordinate systems
  • Updated the dialog with new look
  • Support for displaying nested servers and layers
Surfer’s improved WMS browser efficiently locates and downloads high resolution images to use as base layers or other grid-based layers.

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Specify Units for Local Coordinate Systems

Define a local system for your map and set the units for that system! It doesn’t have to be in a geographic world system. The units could be millimeters on a microscope slide, or centimeters for an archaeological excavation. Once the units are specified, you can measure distances and areas and convert the units to another linear unit.
Specify the local units for your layers and convert the map to other units.

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Limit the Z Range of Gridded Data

Get the grid file you need! Don’t allow the gridding method to extrapolate the grid Z values beyond the Z range you know it should be. Choose to limit the Z range in the grid to the Z value extents of the source data, or choose to enter a custom value for the min and max Z value.

Control the Z range of the grid file being created!

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Import ECW and SID files Without Resampling or Extract a Region

Managing large image files in ECW and SID formats is more powerful than ever. Keep the original full resolution of the image upon import! Alternatively, don’t waste time importing areas and information you don’t want. Choose to extract a portion of the file upon import. 

Choose to select a small area of a large SID or ECW image to import into Surfer.

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Calculate Statistics on Range of Values in the Worksheet

Need to calculate statistics on data that contains ranges that you want to exclude? Or, do you only want to calculate statistics on data inside a set range? Or do you want to exclude a single value with or without a tolerance value? Now Surfer makes this easy. Simply select the range you want and calculate the statistics only on the data you need. Don't spend hours getting the data just right. Allow Surfer to make it faster and more convenient.

Calculate statics on your data and choose to exclude a data value from the calculations, such as the Surfer blanking value.

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Changing Blanking Flag to 0 when Saving Digitized Data

When digitizing and saving data to a BLN file, you have control whether to set the blanking flag value in the BLN file to blank inside or outside the region.

Choose to blank inside the region when digitizing data and saving to a BLN file.

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Consecutively delete vertices when reshaping

Removing vertices from your polylines and polygons is quick and easy. Simply hold the DELETE key down and delete consecutive vertices.

Reshape a polyline or polygon and delete vertex after vertex by holding the delete key down.

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Assign Coordinate Systems to All Unreferenced Layers

Working with coordinate systems has never been easier. Now you can assign the same coordinate system that the map is in to all unreferenced layers in the map. You do not have to click on each layer to assign the same CS to each layer as that of the map. For example, if you have 10 layers in a particular UTM system – rather than setting the coordinate system individually for each layer, just set the coordinate system for the map and click the Assign Now button! All the layers will be automatically assigned the same system.

Click Assign Now to assign the selected coordinate system to all unreferenced layers in the map.

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Search for Coordinate Systems

You can search for coordinate systems! Simply type in the name, part of the name, or the EPSG number of the coordinate system you are looking for.

Search for the coordinate system to make finding the one you need quick and simple.

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New Coordinate Systems and Datum

New Coordinate Systems

  • SIRGAS-ROU98 / UTM zone 22S
  • Kandawala Sri Lanka Grid
  • SLD99 Sri Lanka Grid

New Datums

  • SIRGAS-ROU98
  • SLD99

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New and Improved Import Functions

Surfer is more compatible with the programs you use, including Google Earth, ArcGIS, and ERDAS Imagine! Import KML/KMZ and ERDAS IMG file formats, or create maps directly from a matrix of Z values. New and improved import options include:

  • Import KML/KMZ
  • Import ERDAS IMG
  • Import matrix of uniform Z values as grid
  • Import SHP from ZIP files
  • Import SRTM data from ZIP file

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New and Improved Export Functions

Get the data you have in the format you need! Export to layered PDFs, XYZ text files, or DXF files with drawing properties and Z values. New and improved export options include:

  • Export DXF with Z values, drawing properties and render the marker symbols
  • Export vector data as an XYZ DAT file
  • Export a vector PDF with map layers as layers in the PDF, and export with compression to create a small file size
  • Export a raster PDF with the page size
  • Export HTML files
  • Export text objects to KML/KMZ as a label placemark
  • Export background transparency to TIF and GSI files

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More Automation Commands

Surfer’s automation support now supports more of the new features and options that were included in the user interface from the last few versions! New functions supported under automation include:

  • Creating a Profile object
  • Creating a WatershedLayer object
  • Areating a ViewshedLayer object
  • Setting coordinate systems for the layer and the map
  • Reversing axes
  • Setting the hill shading property for the ImageLayer (previously ImageMap) object
  • Setting the level method for the ContourLayer object (simple, logarithmic, advanced), with the corresponding level properties
  • Setting logarithmic scaling on the ColorMap object
  • GridData:
    • Adding the grid spacing property
    • Adding the option to inflate grid outside convex hull
    • Adding the option to blank grid outside convex hull of data
  • Adding the title property for the Discrete and Continuous ColorScale object
  • Setting LiDAR LAS import options
  • Adding the option to save in Surfer 11, 12 or 13 SRF format
  • Adding an empty base layer to the map
  • Specifying a Preset for the ColorMap object
  • Getting grid statistics
  • Setting the LabelFormat object to Date/Time format
  • Loading a CLS file for a ClassedPostMap object
  • PostMap object:
    • Editing and creating multiple label sets
    • Setting the symbol color column
    • Setting the color method property
    • Setting the symbol colors property
  • Setting import options when opening some grid files
  • Editing a group or base layer to add, move or delete objects
  • Creating the AddLayer command to add layers to existing maps

 

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Training Videos

Surfer 13

User Interface Introduction

This video is a brief introduction to the user interface in Surfer 13.

Length: 8:18
Play Now
Surfer 13 User Interface Introduction Video

Surfer Map Types

This video is a brief introduction to the 13 map types available in Surfer 13.

Length: 11:27
Play Now
Surfer 13 Map Types Video

Gridding Data in Surfer

This video covers how to grid x,y,z data in Surfer 13.

Length: 13:37
Play Now
Surfer 13 Gridding Data Video

Contour Maps

This video covers how to create and edit contour maps.

Length: 8:24
Play Now
Surfer 13 Contour Maps Video

Surface Maps

This video covers how to create and edit 3D surface maps.

Length: 8:13
Play Now
Surfer 13 3D Surface Maps Video

Surfer 12

Introduction

This video is an overview of the basic layout for Surfer 12. It covers the functionality of the Object and Property Managers along with the window types used in Surfer 12.

Length: 7:10
Play Now
Surfer 12 Introduction Video

Map Types

There are 12 different map types available in Surfer 12. This video shows and explains these different map types to give the user a better understanding of what Surfer 12 can do.

Length: 8:51
Play Now
Surfer 12 Map Types

Gridding Data

Surfer 12 offers 12 different gridding methods to help you visualize your data. This training video covers the the various options that are available when gridding your data.

Length: 11:05
Play Now
Surfer 12 Gridding Data

Blanking a Grid File

This video will cover creating a blanking file, often referred to as a BLN file, and then using it to blank a grid file in Surfer 12.

Length: 5:18
Play Now
Surfer 12 Blanking a Grid File

Base Map

Base maps can help supplement your data in many different ways. This video demonstrates how to add base maps, edit items in a base layer, and the advanced features associated with base maps.

Length: 10:05
Play Now
Surfer 12 Base Maps

Contour Map

Contour maps are one of the most frequently used map types in Surfer 12. This video demonstrates how to create and edit the basic features of contour maps.

Length: 6:32
Play Now
Surfer 12 Contour Map

Surface Map

This video discusses 3D surface maps and the editable properties associated with them including lighting, overlays and how to use the trackball.

Length: 6:33
Play Now
Surfer 12 Surface Map

Combining Map Layers and Editing Map Properties

This video demonstrates how to take two separate maps and overlay them together and how to add a map layer to an already existing map. It also covers editing the map object properties.

Length: 5:45
Play Now
Surfer 12 Map Layers and Map Properties

Adding, Editing, and Exporting Drawn Objects

This video will focus on adding, exiting, and exporting drawn objects in Surfer 12. A common request is to be able to draw objects on the map, such as text annotations or additional lines and polygons, and then have them moved and scaled when the map is moved and scaled.

Length: 6:37
Play Now
Surfer 12 - Adding, Editing, and Exporting Drawn Objects

Calculating Length and Area of Polylines and Polygons

This video will focus on calculating the length and area for polylines and polygons in Surfer 12.

Length: 4:57
Play Now
Calculating Length and Area of Polylines and Polygons Surfer 12

Adding a Scale Bar

This topic focuses on adding a scale bar to a map in Surfer 12. This feature is often desired to display a visual representation of the scale of the map.

Length: 1:57
Play Now
Surfer 12 Add a Scale Bar

Setting and Changing Coordinate Systems for Maps

This video demonstrates how to set the source coordinate system for map layers, set the target coordinate system for the map object, change a maps coordinate system and how to combine two maps in different coordinate systems.

Length: 5:07
Play Now
Surfer 12 Coordinate Sysetms

Worksheet

Surfer 12's worksheet window has many features to help you analyze and process data. This video covers the main features available to users in the worksheet window.

Length: 7:58
Play Now
Surfer 12 Worksheet

Georeference an Image Base Map

This video focuses on georeferencing an image in Surfer. An image can be imported into Surfer as a base map to display background or additional information on a map. An example of this may be an aerial image of the mapped location.

Length: 1:46
Play Now
Surfer 12 Georeference Base Map

Reverse X or Y Axis

This video focuses on reversing an axis in Surfer 12. Reversing the axis direction will create a descending axis where the values decrease as they move further along the map. This feature is useful to express depth as a positive number or create a mirror image of the map.

Length: 1:14
Play Now
Reverse Axis Tech Tip

Add Multiple Labels to a Post Map

This video focuses on adding multiple labels to a post map in Surfer 12. This feature is useful if there are multiple attributes that you want to display next to each XY point on the map.

Length: 2:12
Play Now
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Adding a WMS Server

This video focuses on adding a WMS server in Surfer 12 and Didger 5. This new feature allows the user to create stunning base maps for their projects by downloading image layers from countless online web mapping servers (WMS). To get to this feature in Didger 5, click Image | Download Online Maps, or in Surfer 12, click Map | New | Base map from server. Both programs allow for the user to add a WMS server to this list so that it is available each time they download a map.

Length: 1:27
Play Now
WMS Server Tech Tip

Saving, Export, and Printing

The Saving, Exporting and Printing video covers saving a file, exporting and its associated options along with printing and its options as well.

Length: 6:29
Play Now
Surfer 12 Saving, Exporting, Printing

 

Webinar

Exporting Surfer Contours to ArcMap

This webinar briefly covers how to create a Surfer contour map, and then describes in detail how to export it to a SHP file and import that SHP file into ArcMap or ArcScene.

Length: 33:03
Play Now
Webinar Video: Exporting Surfer Contours to ArcMap

How and when to apply breaklines and faults to a grid

  1. What are breaklines and faults and why would I want to use them?
  2. How do I define a breakline or fault in Surfer?
  3. How do I apply breaklines and faults to my grid?
Length: 20:16
Play Now
Webinar Video: How and when to apply breaklines and faults to a grid

Exporting KML KMZ files from Surfer for use in Google Earth

This webinar describes how to export a Google Earth KML/KMZ file from Surfer, and covers each of the export options in-depth.

Length: 32:45
Play Now
Webinar Video: Exporting KML/KML files from Surfer for use in Google Earth

Quick and easy file conversions

This webinar introduces Golden Software's new FREE online file converter: https://convert.goldensoftware.com/.

Topics covered include:

  1. How do I access the converter?
  2. What file types are supported?
  3. How do I convert files?
Length: 18:39
Play Now
Webinar Video: Quick and easy file conversions

How to Georeference Images - A Comparison of Surfer & Didger

  1. Georeferencing orthogonal images with corner coordinates - Surfer and Didger
  2. Georeferencing orthogonal images with internal coordinates - Surfer and Didger
  3. Georeferencing warped and/or rotated images (with corner or internal coordinates) - Didger
You can download the XLSX file used during the presentation here.
Length: 29:07
Play Now
How to Georeference Images - A Comparison of Surfer & Didger

An Insider's View of Surfer 13's New Features

  1. Creating Viewshed Layers
  2. Adding Graticule or Grid Lines
  3. Attributes and Querying
Length: 34:57
Play Now
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Creating and Editing BLN files for Blanking Maps in Surfer

  1. Why would I use a BLN file?
  2. What is a BLN file?
  3. How can I create a BLN file?
  4. How do I use a BLN file?
Length: 36:30
Play Now
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Scripter and Surfer: Samples, Gridding, Contouring, and Simple Loops

  1. Where to find example scripts
  2. Scripter Gridding command and syntax
  3. Scripter Contouring command and syntax
  4. Simple IF and FOR...NEXT Loops
Length: 54:43
Play Now
Scripter Surfer 12

Gridding in Surfer 12

  1. What is a grid file and how are they used?
  2. How do I create a grid file?
  3. What gridding methods are available in Surfer 12?
  4. What gridding method should I use?
  5. How to use grid files to create maps?
Length: 32:15
Play Now
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Frequently Asked Questions of Surfer 12

  1. How can I create a BLN file?
  2. Do I need to set the coordinate system for my map?
  3. How can I add a north arrow to a map?
  4. How do I load an image correctly?
Length: 41:37
Play Now
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Voxler Compatibility Webinar

  1. Export borehole and cross sections from Strater.
  2. Create surface layers using Surfer grids.
  3. Create 3D model with layers.
  4. Use Didger to obtain an aerial image.
Length: 27:56
Play Now
Voxler Compatibility

New Features of Surfer 12

  1. Gridding and displaying logarithmically distributed data
  2. Downloading base maps from online servers
  3. Gridding and displaying data in date/time format
  4. Post map enhancements
  5. Quick and easy new features
Length: 44:20
Play Now
Surfer 12 New Features

Which Program Do I Need

This webinar highlights the main features in the six Golden Software products and the types of data that each uses.

Length: 21:51
Play Now

Debugging with Scripter

  1. Where to find example scripts
  2. Where to find information on commands and syntax
  3. How to debug a script
Length: 49:32
Play Now
FAQs Surfer 11

Frequently Asked Questions of Surfer 11

  1. Why aren't the contour labels displayed, even though they're turned on?
  2. How can I display the map scale bar in miles or kilometers when the map is in lat/long?
  3. When I export my Surfer file, why are the exported coordinates in page units instead of map units?
Length: 21:49
Play Now
FAQs Surfer 11

Master the New Features of Surfer 11

  1. Using attributes with base maps.
  2. Performing advanced boundary editing
  3. Creating topographical profiles
  4. Creating watershed maps
  5. Measuring distances and areas
Length: 39:39
Play Now
S11 New Features Webinar

 

Surfer 13

User Interface Introduction

This video is a brief introduction to the user interface in Surfer 13.

Length: 8:18
Play Now
Surfer 13 User Interface Introduction Video

Surfer Map Types

This video is a brief introduction to the 13 map types available in Surfer 13.

Length: 11:27
Play Now
Surfer 13 Map Types Video

Gridding Data in Surfer

This video covers how to grid x,y,z data in Surfer 13.

Length: 13:37
Play Now
Surfer 13 Gridding Data Video

Contour Maps

This video covers how to create and edit contour maps.

Length: 8:24
Play Now
Surfer 13 Contour Maps Video

Surface Maps

This video covers how to create and edit 3D surface maps.

Length: 8:13
Play Now
Surfer 13 3D Surface Maps Video

Surfer 12

Introduction

This video is an overview of the basic layout for Surfer 12. It covers the functionality of the Object and Property Managers along with the window types used in Surfer 12.

Length: 7:10
Play Now
Surfer 12 Introduction Video

Map Types

There are 12 different map types available in Surfer 12. This video shows and explains these different map types to give the user a better understanding of what Surfer 12 can do.

Length: 8:51
Play Now
Surfer 12 Map Types

Gridding Data

Surfer 12 offers 12 different gridding methods to help you visualize your data. This training video covers the the various options that are available when gridding your data.

Length: 11:05
Play Now
Surfer 12 Gridding Data

Blanking a Grid File

This video will cover creating a blanking file, often referred to as a BLN file, and then using it to blank a grid file in Surfer 12.

Length: 5:18
Play Now
Surfer 12 Blanking a Grid File

Base Map

Base maps can help supplement your data in many different ways. This video demonstrates how to add base maps, edit items in a base layer, and the advanced features associated with base maps.

Length: 10:05
Play Now
Surfer 12 Base Maps

Contour Map

Contour maps are one of the most frequently used map types in Surfer 12. This video demonstrates how to create and edit the basic features of contour maps.

Length: 6:32
Play Now
Surfer 12 Contour Map

Surface Map

This video discusses 3D surface maps and the editable properties associated with them including lighting, overlays and how to use the trackball.

Length: 6:33
Play Now
Surfer 12 Surface Map

Combining Map Layers and Editing Map Properties

This video demonstrates how to take two separate maps and overlay them together and how to add a map layer to an already existing map. It also covers editing the map object properties.

Length: 5:45
Play Now
Surfer 12 Map Layers and Map Properties

Adding, Editing, and Exporting Drawn Objects

This video will focus on adding, exiting, and exporting drawn objects in Surfer 12. A common request is to be able to draw objects on the map, such as text annotations or additional lines and polygons, and then have them moved and scaled when the map is moved and scaled.

Length: 6:37
Play Now
Surfer 12 - Adding, Editing, and Exporting Drawn Objects

Calculating Length and Area of Polylines and Polygons

This video will focus on calculating the length and area for polylines and polygons in Surfer 12.

Length: 4:57
Play Now
Calculating Length and Area of Polylines and Polygons Surfer 12

Adding a Scale Bar

This topic focuses on adding a scale bar to a map in Surfer 12. This feature is often desired to display a visual representation of the scale of the map.

Length: 1:57
Play Now
Surfer 12 Add a Scale Bar

Setting and Changing Coordinate Systems for Maps

This video demonstrates how to set the source coordinate system for map layers, set the target coordinate system for the map object, change a maps coordinate system and how to combine two maps in different coordinate systems.

Length: 5:07
Play Now
Surfer 12 Coordinate Sysetms

Worksheet

Surfer 12's worksheet window has many features to help you analyze and process data. This video covers the main features available to users in the worksheet window.

Length: 7:58
Play Now
Surfer 12 Worksheet

Georeference an Image Base Map

This video focuses on georeferencing an image in Surfer. An image can be imported into Surfer as a base map to display background or additional information on a map. An example of this may be an aerial image of the mapped location.

Length: 1:46
Play Now
Surfer 12 Georeference Base Map

Reverse X or Y Axis

This video focuses on reversing an axis in Surfer 12. Reversing the axis direction will create a descending axis where the values decrease as they move further along the map. This feature is useful to express depth as a positive number or create a mirror image of the map.

Length: 1:14
Play Now
Reverse Axis Tech Tip

Add Multiple Labels to a Post Map

This video focuses on adding multiple labels to a post map in Surfer 12. This feature is useful if there are multiple attributes that you want to display next to each XY point on the map.

Length: 2:12
Play Now
ALT IMAGE

Adding a WMS Server

This video focuses on adding a WMS server in Surfer 12 and Didger 5. This new feature allows the user to create stunning base maps for their projects by downloading image layers from countless online web mapping servers (WMS). To get to this feature in Didger 5, click Image | Download Online Maps, or in Surfer 12, click Map | New | Base map from server. Both programs allow for the user to add a WMS server to this list so that it is available each time they download a map.

Length: 1:27
Play Now
WMS Server Tech Tip

Saving, Export, and Printing

The Saving, Exporting and Printing video covers saving a file, exporting and its associated options along with printing and its options as well.

Length: 6:29
Play Now
Surfer 12 Saving, Exporting, Printing

 

Webinar

Exporting Surfer Contours to ArcMap

This webinar briefly covers how to create a Surfer contour map, and then describes in detail how to export it to a SHP file and import that SHP file into ArcMap or ArcScene.

Length: 33:03
Play Now
Exporting Surfer Contours to ArcMap

How and when to apply breaklines and faults to a grid

  1. What are breaklines and faults and why would I want to use them?
  2. How do I define a breakline or fault in Surfer?
  3. How do I apply breaklines and faults to my grid?
Length: 20:16
Play Now
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Exporting KML KMZ files from Surfer for use in Google Earth

This webinar describes how to export a Google Earth KML/KMZ file from Surfer, and covers each of the export options in-depth.

Length: 32:45
Play Now
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Quick and easy file conversions

This webinar introduces Golden Software's new FREE online file converter: https://convert.goldensoftware.com/.

Topics covered include:

  1. How do I access the converter?
  2. What file types are supported?
  3. How do I convert files?
Length: 18:39
Play Now
Quick and easy file conversions

How to Georeference Images - A Comparison of Surfer & Didger

  1. Georeferencing orthogonal images with corner coordinates - Surfer and Didger
  2. Georeferencing orthogonal images with internal coordinates - Surfer and Didger
  3. Georeferencing warped and/or rotated images (with corner or internal coordinates) - Didger
You can download the XLSX file used during the presentation here.
Length: 29:07
Play Now
How to Georeference Images - A Comparison of Surfer & Didger

An Insider's View of Surfer 13's New Features

  1. Creating Viewshed Layers
  2. Adding Graticule or Grid Lines
  3. Attributes and Querying
Length: 34:57
Play Now
thumbnail sm

Creating and Editing BLN files for Blanking Maps in Surfer

  1. Why would I use a BLN file?
  2. What is a BLN file?
  3. How can I create a BLN file?
  4. How do I use a BLN file?
Length: 36:30
Play Now
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Scripter and Surfer: Samples, Gridding, Contouring, and Simple Loops

  1. Where to find example scripts
  2. Scripter Gridding command and syntax
  3. Scripter Contouring command and syntax
  4. Simple IF and FOR...NEXT Loops
Length: 54:43
Play Now
Scripter Surfer 12

Gridding in Surfer 12

  1. What is a grid file and how are they used?
  2. How do I create a grid file?
  3. What gridding methods are available in Surfer 12?
  4. What gridding method should I use?
  5. How to use grid files to create maps?
Length: 32:15
Play Now
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Frequently Asked Questions of Surfer 12

  1. How can I create a BLN file?
  2. Do I need to set the coordinate system for my map?
  3. How can I add a north arrow to a map?
  4. How do I load an image correctly?
Length: 41:37
Play Now
thumbnail sm

Voxler Compatibility Webinar

  1. Export borehole and cross sections from Strater.
  2. Create surface layers using Surfer grids.
  3. Create 3D model with layers.
  4. Use Didger to obtain an aerial image.
Length: 27:56
Play Now
Voxler Compatibility

New Features of Surfer 12

  1. Gridding and displaying logarithmically distributed data
  2. Downloading base maps from online servers
  3. Gridding and displaying data in date/time format
  4. Post map enhancements
  5. Quick and easy new features
Length: 44:20
Play Now
Surfer 12 New Features

Which Program Do I Need

This webinar highlights the main features in the six Golden Software products and the types of data that each uses.

Length: 21:51
Play Now

Debugging with Scripter

  1. Where to find example scripts
  2. Where to find information on commands and syntax
  3. How to debug a script
Length: 49:32
Play Now
FAQs Surfer 11

Frequently Asked Questions of Surfer 11

  1. Why aren't the contour labels displayed, even though they're turned on?
  2. How can I display the map scale bar in miles or kilometers when the map is in lat/long?
  3. When I export my Surfer file, why are the exported coordinates in page units instead of map units?
Length: 21:49
Play Now
FAQs Surfer 11

Master the New Features of Surfer 11

  1. Using attributes with base maps.
  2. Performing advanced boundary editing
  3. Creating topographical profiles
  4. Creating watershed maps
  5. Measuring distances and areas
Length: 39:39
Play Now
S11 New Features Webinar

 

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