Monday, April 13, 2009

Surfer 9 software upgrades contouring and 3D mapping

Golden Software Inc. has upgraded its Surfer contouring and 3D mapping package with the ability to apply transparency to solid colours, map layers, fill patterns, and images. Users have full control over the opacity percentage. Surfer 9 also boasts the ability to import and export georeferenced image files. Users can create fully rendered 3D surfaces and overlay aerial photography, satellite imagery and other images on these 3D surfaces with real world coordinates. Apply transparency to the overlaid imagery to create photo-realistic 3D models containing both terrain and ground cover detail.

You can download a free Surfer software trial online. However, for those who would want to buy Surfer 9, with more than 100 new features and enhancements, it is now available at a retail price of $599. Upgrades from previous Surfer versions are only $199. Purchase now, as after July 31, 2009, the full retail price increases to $699 and the upgrade price increases to $229.

Golden Software has also enhanced Surfer's capacity with the ability to calculate the length and area of lines and areas in a base map. Post maps have also been improved with the user now able to move individual post map labels with the mouse and the ability to save classes for a classed post map to a file for future use.

Surfer has been redesigned to make it easier and faster to use, allowing users to import all their data and performing all functions in a modern user-friendly interface.


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