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Surfer® 12

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Surfer is a full-function 3D visualization, 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, volumetrics, and much more.

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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 post maps. Add base maps 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

Contour 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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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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ImageMap1Image Maps

Surfer image maps use different colors to represent elevations of a grid file. Surfer automatically blends colors between percentage values so you end up with a smooth color gradation over the entire map. You can add color anchors at any percentage point between 0 and 100. Each anchor point can be assigned a unique color, and the colors are automatically blended between adjacent anchor points.


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ShadedReliefMap1Shaded 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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BaseBase 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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PostMap1Post 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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watershed1Watershed Maps

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


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Wireframe3D 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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Vector1Vector 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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Overlay1aMap 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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Stacked1Stacking 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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1a.CoordinateSystemsMap Projections

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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profile2bProfiles

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


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Customize2Customize 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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Gridding thumbSuperior Gridding

The gridding methods in Surfer allow you to produce accurate contour, surface, wireframe, vector, image, 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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gne1Grid Node Editor

Clean up your grid with the grid node editor!


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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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Fault OriginalFaults 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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gridfunctionGrid 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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USGSNEDUsing 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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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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ompmObject 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++, or Perl.


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KML ExportsmAdditional Features

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


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supportfileSupported File Formats

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


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Training Videos

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Surfer 12 Saving, Exporting, Printing

 

Surfer 11

Introduction

This video is an overview of the basic layout for Surfer 11. It covers the functionality of the Object and Property Managers along with the window types used in Surfer 11.

Length: 6:41
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Surfer 11 Introduction

Map Types

There are 11 different map types available in Surfer 11. This video shows and explains these different map types to give the user a better understanding of what Surfer 11 can do.

Length: 7:33
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Surfer 11 Map Types

Gridding Data

Surfer 11 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: 9:57
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Surfer 11 Gridding Data

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: 4:24
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S11 Coordiante Systems

Creating and Editing Contour Maps Part 1

Contour maps are one of the most frequently used map types in Surfer 11. This video demonstrates how to create and edit the basic features of contour maps.

Length: 6:04
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S11 Contour Maps Part 1

Creating and Editing Contour Maps Part 2

Part 2 of this video covers the Advanced level method that is available when working with contour maps.

Length: 5:52
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S11 Contours Part 2

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 and adding a scale bar.

Length: 5:59
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S11 Combining Layers

Surface Maps

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

Length: 6:50
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S11 Surface Maps

Blanking a Grid File

Blanking is a great utility that can be used for many different reasons. This video explains the format, how to create and how to use a blanking file (BLN) for use in Surfer 11.

Length: 4:40
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S11 Blanking Grid

Base Maps

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: 7:20
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S11 Base Maps

Adding, Editing and Exporting Drawing Objects

Adding drawn objects to your map can help display and explain your data in many ways. This video demonstrates how to add drawn objects to a base layer so they are moved and scaled along with the map object and also covers exporting these objects in map units. Surfer 11’s new editing features for drawn objects are also covered in this video.

Length: 5:36
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S11 Drawing Objects

Worksheets

Surfer 11’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: 7:26
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S11 Worksheets

Calculating Length and Area of Polylines and Polygons

Measuring the length or area of a map you are working with is common practice. This video demonstrates Surfer 11’s new measure distance tool and also demonstrates the “old” way to measure items in Surfer.

Length: 4:34
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S11 Length and Area

Saving, Exporting, 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: 6:09
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S11 Save Export Print

 

Webinar

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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S11 New Features Webinar

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
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FAQs Surfer 11

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
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FAQs Surfer 11

 

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 Surfer 12 capable of running on Windows XP/Vista/7 64-bit?
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 12.4.784.

Q2. How can I get the latest version of Surfer?
A. Minor updates (i.e. version 12.0 to 12.4, when available) 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 11 to version 12) 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 (i.e. 12.0 to 12.4) 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 12 requires that you be logged into an account that has Administrator rights. Golden Software does not recommend installing Surfer 12 over any previous version of Surfer. Please ensure that you install Surfer 12 into a new directory, which is what will happen by default. Surfer 12 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 12" (or “Surfer Demo 12” 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 12” (or “Surfer Demo 12” 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 12” (or “Surfer Demo 12” 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 12” (or “Surfer Demo 12” 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 12 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 12 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 12, 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 12 before installing an updated version of Surfer 12, as the installation package will automatically do this for you.

Q9. Do you offer training?
A. Golden Software does not offer training courses, but does offer a variety of training resources:

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.

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 Surfer 12 capable of running on Windows XP/Vista/7 64-bit?
A. Yes, Surfer 12 comes as a 32-bit application and as a 64-bit application. Both can be installed and run on Windows 64-bit.

Q13. Should I install Surfer 32-bit or Surfer 64-bit?
A.
If you are using a 32-bit version of Windows, then Surfer 12 32-bit is installed automatically.

If you are using a 64-bit version of Windows, then Surfer 12 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 12. Although Surfer 32-bit is capable of installing and running on Windows 64-bit, the 32-bit version of Surfer 12 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 12 can open SRF files created in Surfer versions 7 through 11. 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 12.

Surfer 12 can save SRF files in the Surfer 12 and Surfer 11 SRF format. Previous versions of Surfer (i.e. Surfer 10 or Surfer 9) cannot open the Surfer 12 or Surfer 11 SRF files.

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.

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What's New

What's New in Surfer 12?

We have compiled a list of some of the top new features in Surfer 12. This list is only a small sampling of the new features added to Surfer 12.



Reverse X or Y Axis Direction

Reverse the direction of the X or Y axis with a simple click of a button! It is easy to show descending data, such as depth data, in the correct orientation without modifying your data.

"This is a nice feature, especially for geo-scientists compiling contoured cross-sections of data. Nice work. It’s blindingly fast and works for very large files with very complicated maps." – Shane Wilkes, Hydrogeologist

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Reverse an axis to show the data in descending orientation! This is especially useful for displaying depth, two-way time, or other data values on the that increase downwards (on the Y axis) or to the left (on the X axis).

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Use Data in Date/Time Format

Visualize your data with respect to time! Surfer 12 supports dates and times as valid data. This means you can use dates and times as a data variable for gridding, for creating post maps, and you can format data in the worksheet or text labels in multiple date and time formats.

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Use dates and times in a data file as a variable when gridding, and format the axis tick labels in one of many date and time formats!

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Grid and Display Maps with Logarithmic Z Scale

Effectively display Z data that range over several orders of magnitude! You can grid data taking the log of the Z value prior to gridding, choose to have logarithmically scaled contour levels, or have logarithmic scaling applied to the color scale. This is extremely useful when your data file has extreme data ranges, such as concentration data where the Z values can span multiple orders of magnitude (i.e. >1 to <20000).

“I have been using the new logarithmic scaling feature for several days now. I have really found it useful in working with soil gas and production maps. It does show better definition in data sets that have wide ranging z values.” – David Holley, Geologist

"This feature alone makes upgrading to version 12 a necessity.” - Steven Schamel, GeoX Consulting Inc., Salt Lake City, Utah

3-Log
Visualize the very low and very high values by gridding the log of the data and using a logarithmically scaled colormap.

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Download Free Online Maps

More information is now at your fingertips. Download image layers from hundreds of free online Web Map Services (WMS) through Surfer's new, integrated WMS browser. Connect to online data sources, pick the layers of interest you want to download, and Surfer seamlessly downloads and imports the images into your projects.

4-WMS
Surfer’s new integrated WMS browser efficiently locates and downloads high resolution images to use as base layers.

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Save SRF files in Surfer 11 Format

Be compatible with your colleagues! If you have Surfer 12 and they have not upgraded yet, you can still share your project with them by saving it in Surfer 11 format so they can open it.

5-Save
Save in Surfer 12 or Surfer 11 SRF format! Share SRF files saved in Surfer 11 SRF format with other users still using Surfer 11.

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Export Map and Drawn Objects in One Step

Save time! Exporting map and non-map objects just got a lot easier. No more complicated two-step export process. Now, simply specify the map as the scaling source when exporting your entire project to a vector or georeferenced image file– it’s that easy!

6-ExportMap
Select the map to use as the scaling source during export!

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Take Advantage of the Post Map and Classed Post Map Enhancements

Create your post maps the way you want them! Many new enhancements have been made to post and classed post maps so that you can create the map you envision. Add multiple labels to points, connect the points with a line, and use the symbol color as the label font color, just to name a few.

Post maps also offer the ability to color the symbols using a column in the data file of either numeric values (and you can choose a color gradient to apply to the data range) or discrete color names. Classed post maps offer the option to apply a color gradient to the symbols, apply a gradational size to the symbols, and set the symbol properties for all symbols at once.

Creating just the right map of your point locations is better than ever!

"Loving the multiple post labels function - big thanks for that one!" – Shane Wilkes, Hydrogeologist

7-PostLabels
Add multiple sets of labels to the points in a post map!

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Change Units of Measure

Get the data you need in the units you want. When measuring lengths and areas on a projected map, you can easily change the units of measure! For example, if your map is in UTM meters, you can measure an area and report the perimeter length in feet and the area in square miles!

8-MeasureUnits
Change the linear and area units reported by the Measure tool.

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Use one of the New Line Styles

Customize your map! Surfer 12 includes over 160 new line styles to help you customize your map to its fullest potential.

9-LineStyles
Choose one of the new line styles available!

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Change Watershed Basin Line Properties

See your basin boundaries better. Change the line properties and make the lines thicker, a different color, or a different style.

10-WatershedLines
Make your watershed basins more visible by changing the basin line properties!

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Format Contour Labels

Quickly and easily change contour label properties so your map looks its best! Set the contour map label font and format properties in the Property Manager when using the Simple level method.

11-ContourLabel
Set the contour label font and format properties easily in the Property Manager!

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Edit Your Boundaries

Surfer’s giving you more flexibility than ever to edit your boundaries to look their best. New geoprocessing tools allow you to simplify polylines and polygons to remove extraneous bends or vertices while preserving essential shape, or smooth them to improve aesthetic or cartographic quality.

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Blank the Grid around a Buffered Convex Hull

Include all your data points in the grid. Blank the grid outside the convex hull of the data, but add a buffer inside or outside the convex hull to be sure all data points and areas around them are within the gridded boundary.

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Save Z Values of Contour Lines When Export

Export all your data! Export a contour map to MIF, SHP, GSB, GSI, BLN or BNA file formats and the Z values are stored as metadata. In addition, when exporting a contour map to KML file, the Z values of the contours are saved as the Object ID for the polyline objects.

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Visualize Increased Resolution for Image Maps

See all the details of your image map. The number of colors used to display images maps has been significantly increased from 256 colors to up to 16 million colors, allowing smaller color variations to be discernible.

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Use Larger Grids

Create and load grids with up to 2 billion grid nodes! Your computer will run out of memory before you can find a grid that is too large to load in Surfer.

"I routinely generate grids bigger than 32767 rows or cols and am not able to check them in Surfer 11 but Surfer 12 reads them in and displays them no problem. I loaded an 8 GB (26758 x 38890) grid yesterday with 8 GB of RAM and was so impressed I went out and bought another 4GB SIMM to celebrate and make it load faster. Well done!" – Kim Frankcombe, ExploreGeo, Australia

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Choose from More Paper Sizes

Work more efficiently! Larger paper sizes were added to the list of predefined sizes under Page Setup. You no longer have to manually customize larger sizes like A0, A1 or A2.

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Utilize Increased File Compatibility

Take advantage of the newly available or enhanced import and export formats!

"I really like support for pdf files in Surfer 12. Now I can do amazing things with the pdf files I get sent from my clients. You have just made things easier for me. Thanks." – Shane Wilkes, Hydrogeologist

Import formats: Export formats:
  • AutoCAD DXF (as data)
  • Excel Spreadsheet, XLSM
  • PDF, GeoPDF
  • SEG-P1 (as data or base map)
  • JPEG2000
  • NetCDF grids
  • SRTM HGT grids
  • Multi-tiled ADF grids
  • compressed Geosoft grids
  • Z value is saved as metadata to MIF/MID, SHP/DBF, GSB, GSI, BLN, BNA with File | Export
  • KML/KMZ Export:
    • Export contours to KML, and Z value is the Object ID for each line in the KML
    • Export each layer in map to its own folder in the KML/KMZ
    • Export one GIF for the same symbol
  • Transparent GIF
  • Transparent PNG
  • GeoPDF
  • JPEG2000
  • SEG-P1
  • NetCDF grids
  • SVG

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Select a Newly Added Coordinate System, Datum or Ellipsoid

Coordinate Systems
  • Australia New South Wales ISG (Integrated Survey Grid), 7 new zones
  • Australian grid, 37 new coordinate systems were added
  • Europe UTM zone 29N using European 1950 - Port./Spain datum
  • Hartebeesthoek / Lo, 10 new zones
  • Idaho Transverse Mercator 1927 (IDTM27)
  • Idaho Transverse Mercator 1983 (IDTM83)
  • Irish Transverse Mercator (ITM)
  • NZGD2000, 28 new circuits
  • Portuguese National Grid, Greenwich Meridian
  • Portuguese National Grid, Lisbon Meridian
  • Portuguese National Grid, Lisbon Meridian (zero easting/northing)
  • POSGAR94, 7 new zones
  • POSGAR98, 7 new zones
  • SVY21
  • SWEREF99 TM
  • SWEREF99, 12 new local zones
  • SWEREF99/RT90, 6 new emulation zones
Datums
  • IRENET95
  • Lisbon 1937 (Lisbon Meridian)
  • NWS-84
  • Posiciones Geodesicas Argentinas 1994 (WGS84 base)
  • Posiciones Geodesicas Argentinas 1998 (WGS84 base)
  • SVY21 (WGS84 base)
  • SWEREF99
Ellipsoid
  • NWS-84 Sphere

System Requirements

  • Windows XP SP2 or higher, Vista, 7, 8 (excluding RT) or higher
  • 32-bit and 64-bit supported
  • 1024 x 768 or higher monitor resolution with 16-bit (or higher) color depth
  • At least 500 MB free hard disk space
  • At least 512 MB RAM minimum

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