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Surfer®  Version 11

A Powerful Contouring, Gridding, and Surface Mapping 
Package for Scientists and Engineers

Free technical support in German and English from the HarbourDom team!

Surfer is the most powerful, flexible, and easy-to-use contouring and 3D surface mapping package
available. Surfer easily and accurately transforms your data into spectacularly colorful contour,
surface, base, wireframe, shaded relief, image, post, and vector maps in minutes! And best of all,
Surfer is affordable!
Since 1984, over 100,000 scientists and engineers worldwide have discovered Surfer’s power
and simplicity. Surfer’s outstanding gridding and contouring capabilities have made Surfer the
software of choice for working with irregularly spaced XYZ data. Over the years, Surfer users have
included hydrologists, engineers, geologists, archeologists, oceanographers, biologists, foresters,
geophysicists, medical researchers, climatologists, and more! Anyone wanting to visualize their data
with striking clarity and accuracy will benefit from Surfer’s powerful features!

   

The possibilities are limited only by your imagination! Customize your maps so they look their best! Each of Surfer’s ten map types has numerous editing options to enhance its appearance. Change line colors and thicknesses, edit point shapes, sizes, and colors, or add gradient color fills and color scale bars. Contour maps allow you to manipulate contour line intervals, thickness, color, and labeling. For shaded relief maps and 3D surface maps, quickly change the lighting angle for a realistic appearance. Assign a coordinate system for each map layer and specify the coordinate system for your map to display. Create maps with multitudes of
information by including scale bars, legends, and labels. These are just some of the endless options Surfer offers to easily create the most colorful, descriptive, and understandable maps – ready for publication!

Surfer lets you massage your data in many ways to achieve the exact output you want. Surfer includes a fullfeatured worksheet for creating, opening, editing, and saving data files. Data files can be up to one billion rows
and columns! You can cut, copy, and paste data within the Surfer worksheet or between applications, and you
can use Surfer’s find or find/replace commands to search for and replace data. Sort your data on a specified
column, transform data with equations, filter data with specified rules, and calculate statistics on your data! You
can also assign a projection to your data and reproject the coordinates to a new projection or coordinate system!

Automation

Create your own scripts to automate
repetitive tasks! Don’t spend time
doing the same process over and over again – write a script to simplify your life! Operations performed interactively can be controlled using an automationcompatible
programming language such
as Visual Basic, C++, or Perl. Surfer
includes Scripter, a built-in Visual Basic compatible programming environment that lets you write, edit, debug, and run scripts. Why do more work than you need when you have Surfer working for you!

Superior Gridding

Surfer provides more gridding methods and more control over gridding parameters than any other software package on the market. Surfer will quickly interpolate
irregularly or regularly spaced data into a useful, functional map. Use Surfer’s default settings or choose from twelve different gridding methods. Each gridding
method provides complete control over an abundant number of gridding parameters to generate the most accurate map possible to best represent your data.
Creating high-precision maps has never been so easy!

Grid functions

A variety of functions can be performed on Surfer’s grid files. Just a few of the possibilities are calculating volume and area, subtracting or adding grid files, or converting outliers to a minimum or maximum value. You can also apply filters to emphasize details or remove background variation, blank a grid file
to prevent contours from being drawn
through specific areas (buildings, roads, or outside of field areas), or create cross sections from a grid file. The options are limitless!

 

User Friendly

•Easy-to-learn, modern Windows user interface

•Download free updates automatically

•Print to any Windows compatible device

•Copy and paste into other applications

•Select, edit, show, or hide all components in an

easy-to-use hierarchical tree view

•Edit all map and plot features and see the changes

immediately

•Detailed and informative reports

•Customize toolbars, appearance, menus, keyboard

shortcuts, and window layouts

•Use mouse wheel to zoom in/out

•Reload data for all maps with a single command

General Features

•32-bit and 64-bit installation

•Define custom colors, fill patterns, and line styles

•Define axis attributes including titles, grid lines, tick

marks, and tick spacing for all map types

•Independent scaling for X, Y, and Z (if applicable)

dimensions

•Rotate and 3D tilt all map types and images, using

either orthographic or perspective projections

•Display map scale bars for all map types

•Stack and add most combinations of maps

•Display XYZ coordinates in status bar for selected map

or layer

•Full-spectrum color transparency for fills and images

•Overlay maps by dragging map layers

•Save and load color spectrum files

•Set the projection for all maps

•Interactively retrieve XYZ coordinates from any map

•Extract and save data files from post or classed

post maps

•Extract and save grid files

Contour Maps

•Custom or automatic contour intervals

•Control contour label frequency and spacing

•Apply color and fill patterns

•Save and load contour level properties

•Add color scale legends

•Display fault lines with custom line styles

•Export contours in 3D DXF, XYZ TXT, and 3D SHP

format

3D Wireframe Maps

•Apply custom or automatic color zones

•Display lines of constant X, Y, and Z

•Use custom or automatic Z levels

Surface Maps

•Control the color, lighting, mesh, base, and overlay

blending

•Effortlessly layer external images

Post Maps

•Post proportional or fixed size symbols

•Add labels from a data file

•Specify the position, label, symbol, and rotation angle

for each posted point

•Post all points, specify beginning and ending rows, or

post every nth point from a worksheet column

•Save and load classes for classed post maps

•Create a classed post map legend

•Move individual labels on post map with the mouse

 

Image Maps

•Create continuous solid color image maps

•Interpolate pixels for a smooth image

Vector Maps

•Create vector maps from one or two grid files

•Define symbol style, color, and frequency

•Vector symbol color may be based on vector magnitude

or the values of an arbitrary grid

•Display color scale and vector scaling legends

•Scale the arrow shaft length, head length, and symbol

width based on minimum and maximum data values

•Control vector orientation, symbol origin, and choose

from linear, logarithmic, or square root scaling methods

Shaded Relief Maps

•Control light position angles

•Set relief parameters such as gradient and shading

methods

•Specify how colors are mapped to the reflectance and

specify the color for missing data

Base Maps

•Import base maps in several formats:

AN1, AN2, BLN, BMP, BNA, BW, DCM, DIC, DDF, DLG,

DXF, E00, ECW, EMF, GIF, GSB, GSI, JPEG, JPG,

LGO, LGS, MIF, PCX, PLT, PLY, PNG,

PNM/PPM/PGM/PBM, RAS, RGB, RGBA, SHP, SID,

SUN, TGA, TIF, TIFF, VTK, WMF, X, and XIMG

•Efficiently and effectively access and edit all map

components

•Edit line, fill, text, and symbol attributes

•Calculate length and area for polylines and polygons in

base maps

•Specify the real world coordinates for images

•Import georeferenced image files in their real world

coordinates

Grid Utilities

•Interactively edit nodes in the grid node editor

•Blank specified regions of the grid

•Compute grid volumes, surface areas, cross sections,

and residuals

•Use spline smoothing utilities

•Convert grids from one format into any other format

•Combine multiple grid files to form a single grid file

•Filter grids using many pre-defined filters or define your

own filter

•Perform any math operation on any number of grid files

•Obtain information about a grid file, including minimum

and maximum values and statistics

•Assign a coordinate system to a grid, and save the

information to an external file

•Apply calculus functions to grid files, such as taking the

first or second order directional derivatives, using terrain

modeling, applying differential and integral operations,

or applying Fourier and spectral analyses

•Open grid files in these formats:

ADF, AIG, AGR, AM, AN1, AN2, ASC, ASI, BIL, BIN, BIP,

BMP, BSQ, BW, COL, CPS, CPS-3, DAT, DCM, DDF,

DEM, DIC, DOS, DT?, ECW, ERS, FLD, FLT, GGF, GIF,

GRD, GXF, HDF, HDR, IMG, INFO, JPEG, JPG, LAT,

PCX, PNG, PNM/PPM/PGM/PBM, RAS, RAW, RGB,

RGBA, RST, SID, STK, SUN, TGA, TIF, TIFF, VTK, X,

XIMG, XYZ, ZMAP, ZYC, ZYCOR, and ?10g

•Save grid files in these formats:

ADF, AGR, AIG, AM, ASC, BIL, BIN, BIP, BSQ, COL,

DAT, DEM, ERS, FLD, FLT, GGF, GRD, GXF, HDF,

IMG, LAT, RAW, and VTK

 

Gridding Methods

•Specify faults and breaklines during gridding

•Create grids with up to 32,767 nodes in either direction

•Choose between twelve different gridding methods,

including Kriging

•Apply a generic data exclusion filter for eliminating

unwanted data

•Use powerful duplicate data resolution techniques

•Use Cross Validate to assess the quality of the selected

gridding method

•Create custom variogram models

•Generate a report of the gridding statistics and

parameters

•Apply anisotropy ratios and angles for most gridding

methods

•Generate grids from a user specified function of two

variables

Variograms

•Display both the experimental variogram and the

variogram model

•Specify the estimator type as a variogram, standardized

variogram, auto covariance, or auto correlation

•Specify twelve different variogram model components

•Combine multiple variogram components into complex

nested models

•Use the AutoFit feature to define the parameters of

selected components

•Customize the variogram to display symbols, variance,

and number of pairs for each lag

•Export the experimental variogram data for plotting in

other graphing programs

ActiveX Automation

•Automate repetitive tasks with scripts

•Use Visual Basic, C++, Perl, or any ActiveX Automation

compatible programming language

•Includes Scripter, a VB compatible scripting program to

automate Surfer

Drawing Tools

•Drawing tools include text, lines, arrows, curved lines,

polygons, rectangles, ellipses, and symbols

•Rotate, move, scale, and color all components of a map

•Combine or break apart groups of items

•Align any map component horizontally and vertically

•Math text system supports superscripts, subscripts,

math and Greek symbols

•Use the reshape tool to edit areas and curves

Worksheet

•Import data formats include:

ACCDB, BLN, BNA, CSV, DAT, DBF, MDB, SLK, TXT,

WKx, WRx, XLS, and XLSX

•Import data from any database directly into the Surfer

worksheet

•Data file size up to one billion rows and columns

•Calculate data statistics

•Sort data based on columns

•Transform data using user defined or built-in equations

•Apply spatial filters

•Find/Replace in worksheet

•Convert the coordinate system for data directly in the

worksheet

•Assign a coordinate system to data, and save the

information to an external file

•Save your data in these formats:

BLN, BNA, CSV, DAT, SLK, TXT, and XLS

Export Formats

•BLN, BMP, BNA, BW, CGM, 3D DXF, DXF, EMF, EPS,

GIF, GSB, JPEG, JPG, KML, KMZ, MIF, PCX, PDF

Raster, PDF Vector, PNG, PNM, RAS, RGB, RGBA, 3D

SHP, SHP, SUN, TGA, TIF, TIFF, WMF, X, XIMG, and

XYZ TXT

 

New in Surfer 11:

Create Watershed Maps

Watershed maps automatically calculate and display drainage basins and streams from your grid file. Create colorful watershed maps to display regions draining into a stream, stream system or body of water. Display the catchment basins, streams, or both!


Include Feature Attributes

Keeping your data organized and labeled has never been easier. Surfer 11 supports attributes for all objects. For example, import your SHP file and the attributes from the DBF are imported for all features within the SHP! Label the features with the attributes, edit the attribute data, or export the features with the attributes to a new file.


Use the Text Editor

Save time formatting your text with the easy-to-use Text Editor! Formatting a few specific characters in a text string, subscripting and superscripting, and inserting equations has never been easier.


Create Automatic Profiles

Surfer's automatic profile tool makes it easy to visualize the change in Z value from one point to another. Reshape the profile line on the map and the profile immediately updates!


Perform Advanced Boundary Editing

Create boundaries just the way you need them! Surfer’s new boundary editing tools make it easy to edit your boundaries so that you have what you need to display your data most effectively. Convert between polylines and polygons. Connect polylines together to simplify your objects, or break polylines to trim them. Combine polygons into a complex polygon so that they are grouped together and have the same fill (especially useful if trying to blank outside multiple polygons), or split a complex polygon into separate polygons for editing individual areas.


Measure Distances and Areas

With the new measure tool, you simply start drawing and the length and area are automatically calculated and displayed! Copy the information from the Measure box to paste into Excel or include as text in your Surfer project.
 


Grid Only Inside Your Data Limits

Automatically blank the data outside the perimeter of your data points during gridding. Simply check the Blank grid outside convex hull of data check box in the Grid Data dialog box, and Surfer does the rest for you!
 


Use the Grid Node Editor Enhancements

The Grid Node Editor is more powerful than ever! Zoom in and out using the tools on the toolbar, and display Z values on the grid nodes when zoomed in. Enable cursor tracking, click on a node in the grid node editor window and see the same location highlighted on the map in the plot window!


Lock Your Objects

Once you get your Surfer project just the way you want it on the page, lock the position of the objects so you don’t accidentally move them!


Increased File Compatibility!

 

Newly supported import formats:

  • Open data in LiDAR LAS format.
  • Open grids in E00 and GRIB formats.
  • Open grids in zipped SDTS files directly, TAR and TAR.GZ formats.
  • Import GPX files as base maps.

 

Newly supported or enhanced export formats:

  • Save data in XLSX format.
  • Save grids in CPS-3 or ZMAP formats.
  • Export to a GeoPDF.
  • Exporting to a PDF now supports partial transparency and page sizes.
  • Turning off the axes won’t create extra white space around the map after exporting to image file! You don’t have to turn off tick marks/labels before export to image anymore.

New Coordinate Systems, Projections and Datums

 

New Coordinate Systems:

  • State Plane 1983 - Kentucky Single Zone
  • New Zealand Map Grid
  • New Zealand Transverse Mercator 2000 (NZTM 2000)
  • Irish National Grid
  • Italy Mainland Zone 1 Gauss-Boaga
  • Italy Mainland Zone 2 Gauss-Boaga
  • Sardinia – Gauss-Boaga
  • Sicily – Gauss-Boaga
  • Switzerland -  CH1903 LV03
  • Switzerland – CH1903+LV95
  • JGD2000 / Japan Plane Rectangular
  • JGD2000 / UTM

 

New Projections:

  • New Zealand Map Grid
  • Updated Hotine Oblique Mercator
  • Updated Hotine Oblique Mercator 2-Point

 

New Datums:

  • Rome 1940 - Italian Peninsula (Greenwich Meridian)
  • Rome 1940 - Sardinia (Greenwich Meridian)
  • Rome 1940 - Sicily (Greenwich Meridian)
  • New Zealand Geodetic Datum 1949 (Bursa-Wolf)
  • New Zealand Geodetic Datum 2000 (NZGD2000)
  • CH1903 – Switzerland (Bursa-Wolf)
  • CH1903+ - Switzerland
  • ITRF90 (Bursa-Wolf)
  • ITRF94 (WGS84 base)
  • Japan Geodetic Datum JGD2000 (WGS84 base)

 

 

 


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