Release Notes

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New Features in MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013

MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013 with Animation and Point Cloud modules
MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013 is now available as one single product with optional Animation and Point Cloud modules providing four different product levels:
• MapScenes Forensic CAD
• MapScenes Forensic CAD + Animation module
• MapScenes Forensic CAD + Point Cloud module
• MapScenes Forensic CAD + Animation module + Point Cloud module
All modules are pre-loaded and available in the MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013 install, and are enabled directly by your USB license key - no more seperate Forensic CAD, Capture, and Point Cloud installations!
The core MapScenes Forensic CAD module is the base product that has everything you need for creating 2D or 3D forensic drawings.
The optional Animation module adds powerful 2D or 3D animation capabilities, allowing you to create and produce compelling .avi video presentations.
The optional Point Cloud module adds powerful point cloud drawing capabilities, allowing you to draw features caught via stationary, mobile, or airborne laser scanners.
Powered by IntelliCAD 7.2a
MapScenes Forensic CAD 2013 is built on the latest IntelliCAD engine, IntelliCAD 7.2a. See the release notes for a summary of new IntelliCAD features.
Google Maps™ Support
View your georeferenced points in Google Maps by clicking new Map buttons located in both the Single Point Editor and the Active Coordinate Editor.
Select MsPoints | Store and Edit Points or MsPoints | Active Coordinate Editor from the menus, or type EDITP or COORDEDIT at the command line.
Google Earth™ Support
Export your georeferenced points and linework to a .kml or .kmz file and view them in Google Earth.
Select MsPoints | Export to Google Earth from the menus, or type WRITEKML at the command line.
AutoMAP Substitution Codes
Access field-coded parameters directly from your point descriptions and automatically include them in your plotted annotations.
Substitution codes follow LDD syntax, and include $0 to substitute the code, $1-$9 to substitute the first through ninth space-delimited parameter following the code, $+ to substitute all parameters following the code, $* to substitute the entire description including the code plus all parameters, and $$ to substitute a literal "$" character.
For example, specify a plotted description like $1 TREE (ht=$2’, trunk dia=$3”) in AutoMap to dynamically label your TREE points like TREE OAK 9 12 and TREE ELM 6 8 as OAK TREE (ht=9’, trunk dia=12”) and ELM TREE (ht=6’, trunk dia=8”).
AutoMAP Leading Wildcards
Use AutoMap entries with a leading wildcard like *CODE, a trailing wildcard like CODE*, or both a leading and trailing wildcard like *CODE* to make partial matches of your point descriptions.
For example, an AutoMap entry like *TIRE* will now match points with descriptions like "LEFT FRONT TIRE FLAT" and you can use the new Substitution Codes described above to produce appropriate plotted descriptions.
Distance Labeling Options
Include a customizable prefix and/or suffix in your distance annotation defaults.
Include a unit symbol (' or m) in your distance annotation defaults. (Previously only ' was supported.)
Select MsLabeling | Labeling Defaults | Distances from the menus, or type CNF_EDIT_DISTANCES at the command line.
Draworder Wizard
A new Draworder Wizard command is available to help you quickly fix the most common draworder issues, such as moving raster images and hatches to the back of your drawing, and moving wipeouts, blocks and annotations to the front.
Select MsTools | Draworder Wizard from the menus, or type DRAWORDERWIZARD at the command line.
Import Improvements
When importing an Evidence Recorder or TDS raw file containing GK (GPS stakeout) records, they are now imported into the measurement file.
When recoordinating a measurement file, an Abort option is now available on the point protection dialog.
When importing an ASCII coordinate file, an Abort option is now available on the point protection dialog.
List Unused Points in Range
The List Unused Points command has a new option to specify a point range for your search.
Select MsPoints | List Points (Used and Unused) | List Unused Points, or type LIST_UNUSED at the command line.
Import Leica DBX
Import points, linework, raw TPS/GPS observation, images and scans directly from Leica DBX databases.
Select MsMeasurements | Read Collector Files In | Leica DBX from the menus, or type DBXIN at the command line.
Improved Job Defaults dialog
The General Configuration Options dialog that appears when opening a new or existing drawing has been improved with options to select the drawing's AutoMAP Library file, Feature List File (for GIS data), and Coordinate System.
Align Between Drawings
A new Align Between Drawings command is now available for copying and aligning entities between two open drawings.
Select Modify | Align Between Drawings from the menus, or type MSALIGN at the command line.
Auto-Add Points to Blocks & Text
The Auto-Add Points to Objects command now supports Blocks, and will store a point at the Insertion Point of any selected Block entities.
The Auto-Add Points to Objects command now supports Text, and will store a point at the Insertion Point of any selected Text entities.
Select MsPoints | Auto-Add Points to Objects from the menus, or type AUTOP at the command line.
Evidence Recorder SyncWizard Default Folder
The default Evidence Recorder Upload and Download folders have been moved to make them more easily accessible.
Old location, Windows XP and earlier: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\MicroSurvey\MapScenes Forensic CAD\2010\SyncWizard\Downloads, Uploads
Old location, Windows Vista and newer: C:\ProgramData\MicroSurvey\MapScenes Forensic CAD\2010\SyncWizard\Downloads, Uploads
New location: My Documents\MicroSurvey\SyncWizard\Downloads, Uploads
Rescale Drawing Wizard
Easily rescale drawings from one base unit to another.
It is typical for architectural drawings to be in either inches or millimeters, and these drawings need to be rescaled to feet or meters.
Select MsTools | Rescale Drawing Wizard from the menus, or type DWG_RESCALE at the command line.
AutoSave with MapScenes Database
The IntelliCAD AutoSave feature now also saves a copy of the current database.
The AutoSave folder is your system Temp folder by default, and can be defined in the OPTIONS command.
The AutoSave drawing file extension is .SV$ by default and can be customized in the OPTIONS command.
The AutoSave database file extension is .MZ$ and cannot be customized.
To recover an AutoSave drawing, you must rename the .SV$ and .MZ$ file extensions to .DWG and .MSZ respectively.
Select Tools | Options from the menus, or type OPTIONS at the command line.
Copy & Rotate Symbol
Easily make multiple copies of a symbol with varying positions and orientations in your drawing, all in one command.
For example, use this to place a vehicle symbol at key points during a collision, aligned to skid marks collected on scene.
Select MsLabeling | Add Symbols | Copy Symbol from the menus, or type COPYROTSYM at the command line.
Insert Picture Improvements
Over 150 image formats are now supported, including: .bmp, .png, .jpeg, .gif, .tiff, and many more!
Show or Hide the Options and Picture Attributes shown along the left-hand side of the View Picture window, maximizing the screenspace for the actual image.
View Picture options (window position, window size, and image display size) are remembered when the View Picture dialog is closed and reopened - for example, to view a different image.
Open the image in your default picture viewer (ie, Windows Photo Viewer or other third-party application), allowing you to Print, Rotate or Zoom the image, etc.
Updated Vehicle Database Browser
Scene Analysis tool contains the most recent vehicle specifications database (v2012.2), which includes all 1971-2012 models and some 2013 models.
The vehicle specifications database is compiled by the Collision Investigation and Research Division of Transport Canada.
Select MsTools | Scene Analysis from the menus, or type ANALYSIS at the command line.
Leica Nova MS50 MultiStation Support (Leica DBX Import)
MapScenes Forensic CAD now supports importing Leica DBX projects mapped with the new Leica Nova MS50 MultiStation, including its images and 3D scans.
Images can be imported and displayed in all levels of MapScenes Forensic CAD.
Scans can be imported and displayed only in MapScenes Forensic CAD with the optional Point Cloud module.
To import a Leica DBX database: select MsMeasurement | Read Collector Files In | Leica DBX | Read DBX Database from the menus, or type DBXIN at the command line.
To manage all imported databases: select MsMeasurement | Read Collector Files In | Leica DBX | Manage Imported Databases from the menus, or type DBXMANAGE at the command line.
To view images taken from a specific station: press the Image buttons in the Active Coordinate Editor or the Single Point Editor.
To view all imported images: select MsMeasurement | Read Collector Files In | Leica DBX | View Imported Images from the menus, or type DBXIMAGES at the command line.
To view all imported scans: select MsMeasurement | Read Collector Files In | Leica DBX | View Imported Scans from the menus, or type DBXSCANS at the command line.