vader:In order to have a single product that can interface with IntelliCAD, AutoCAD (2002-2011), and MicroStation (v8.02 & higher), the program operates along-side the CAD instead of inside the CAD. You can really tighten the IntelliCAD integration by following the instructions contained here: http://simplicitycogo.com/support/ss2009/ss43.htm
Is there a way to get the menus inside of CAD? It seems very bulky.
benc:Prior to 1997, in the DOS days, everything was sold in modules. Since 1997, the products (COGO, Contouring, Legal Descriptions, and Communications) were sold EITHER as individual products, OR as a bundled system; whatever the user preferred. Our latest product (www.simplicitycogo.com) consists of a single program containing: COGO; contouring/DTM with volumes between surfaces; Carlson's legal descriptions; Carlson and C&G data collector communications; Carlson's process/edit/re-process raw data; Carlson's field-to-finish data processing; and Carlson's SurvNET (network least squares). You cannot buy the program in modules anymore, it's a single package.
for a software that calls itself simplicity systems, it is definitely not simple.
everything is sold as a separate product. as a long time surveyor, i know that
i need all of those softwares in 1 job or another.
adding all those separate modules is similar to getting an Autocad system
both in pricing and complexity.
hlb2:I'd suggest getting a 30-day Evaluation of Carlson Survey. Aside from offering conversion support for Softdesk/LDT nodes (the Carlson Survey program can even be configured to use the Land Desktop POINTS.MDB file), you can structure Carlson to use/emulate the LDT project folder structure and import the LDT Description Keys. The product can also be purchased with a Network License Manager option that permits license sharing/balancing so you don't have to outfit each user with their own license. The network license manager option also permits home and field usage via the license check-in/check-out feature. The included IntelliCAD engine can save back to R14 should you wish to utilize an older version of AutoCAD for a particular reason.
Can you still get cogo/survey drafting software to run inside a CAD program? <snip> I don't want a big learning curve when switching, I've been a Softdesk guy for life, and that's what I know, is there any software out there that doesn't take Fort Knox to buy that's similar to Softdesk?
Are you in the business of making money or saving money? You do get what you pay for!
Why not buy something that most tech schools and colleges are teaching and most firms are using?
Why not something that can automate your process? Do you ever need to share you work with the contractor for staking? Machine guilded operations?
Do you ever have to work with Lidar data? How about a billion or two worth of points?
If you are coming from R14 and Softdesk then I don't care what you get into it will be a huge learning curve? You are talking about 15 year old software! Its hard to find a 15 year old car still being used let along 15 year old software.... the andvances just in Autocad are going to blow you away!
Isn't being able to share dwgs with others important? Or getting dwgs from others important? I have no idea how you are getting by now?
Good luck finding anything for 2k and for 4 users?