There are a ton of awesome new features in the latest release of Surfer! We focused on increasing processing speed, optimizing workflows to maximize your efficiency, and we included a lot of exciting new features as well. The top new features are listed below. A more complete list of the new features can be found in the Online Help, or in the Surfer Beta Version History page.
Fault planes and mineralization bodies displayed in the 3D View in Surfer Beta
3D View improvements
The 2D plot view and the 3D view now supports 3D vector data, including polylines, polygons, and polymesh objects! Your entire model can come to life in the 3D view with the ability to display your 3D DXF, SHP, GPX, and more formats in true 3D. Show how the fracture zones in the rock sequence relate to some nearby tunnels and vertical shafts, or visualize your pipeline network. Identify fault planes or other lines intersecting with your surfaces.
Pipelines in DXF format displayed in the 3D View in Surfer Beta
Give your graphics depth and dimension with tessellated polygon fills. Surfaces will respond to changes in environment lighting so you can highlight your area of interest. Buildings or other structures can be imported in DXF format and positioned on your DEM or topographic surface.
2. Exporting to 3D PDF
We've improved the 3D PDF export when creating interactive PDFs from the Surfer's 3D View. Choose the quality upon export. The lower the quality, the faster the export and smaller the PDF files. If you want the most detail, choose the highest quality. You can choose what works best for you!
You don't need to use a script or calculate these parameters manually anymore. The new Contour Volume/Area tool let's you calculate the volume and area above, below, and between the contour levels of your choosing.
The new Contour Volume/Area Report in Surfer Beta
Some imagery may have embedded alpha channel information, which can affect the colors of an imported image, making it look faded or grey. Now Surfer gives you the option to ignore the alpha channel for any imported image. Ignoring the alpha channel will import these graphics in rich, true and detailed color.
You can now use 3D SHP, 3D DXF, 3D BLN files (and more) for geoprocessing and grid editing functions in Surfer! Import 3D geometry directly from your files into a base layer. Or, simply select or draw regular 2D polylines and polygons and convert them to 3D. We've made your life easier with the ability to edit Z values for the vertices right in the Property Manager.
Use 3D polylines and 3D polygons with the following grid processing functions:
- Assign NoData
- Grid from Contours
- Calculate Volume
- Grid Info
Use 3D polylines and 3D polygons to perform the following geoprocessing functions:
- Connect polylines
- Convert vector objects between 2D and 3D
- Break polylines
6. New functions available via automation
We've now added a lot of the newer functionality in Surfer to the automation model. Please click the links below for more information, syntax, and documentation on how to use the new options in Surfer Beta automation.
- Create or edit 3D polygon via automation
- Create or edit 3D polyline via automation
- Classed Post layer: edit classes and apply a colormap via automation
- Specify the spatial reference file format during export via automation
- Use Grid Project via automation
- Use a polygon boundary to Assign NoData via automation
- Specify output grid format when using GridFunction via automation
- Apply DMS formatting to labels via automation
- Use Point Sample via automation
7. DXF Export: option to export LWPOLYLINE with no ZLEVEL (2D flat polylines)
Export polylines, such as contours, to DXF format as flat polylines with no ZLEVEL information, so you can view your contours in map view in Autocad. This is useful for people working with contour maps in AutoCAD.
Updated January 2021