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Every year, all year long, Carlson continuously makes all of their desktop products better so you can be more efficient. These enhancements are rolled out continuously, then added to major updates which are distributed annually in October as a major product release.

The 2020 editions of Carlson Desktop Products were released October 2019 and include 100's of important updates. Most importantly they provide seamless integration with the latest versions of competing CAD products.

If you have a previous version of Carlson desktop products and it is under maintenance, you can automatically generate a 2020 upgraded serial number using this online [ tool ]:

If you would like to demo the 2020 version of any product, call us at 801-412-0011 or send email to sp@igage.com and we will get you a 2020 serial number for a fully enabled 30-day trial.

If your maintenance has lapsed, take a screen shot of your current serial number and send it to sp@igage.com; we will get you an estimate to get back on the maintenance track for the latest version and another full year's updates.

To get your existing serial number, from the main menu click on 'Help: About Carlson' then click on the 'Registration' button:

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your registration numbers will be displayed:

Take a screen shot (alt-Prt Scr) and send it to sp@igage.com; we will get you a quotation and quickly get you back in the maintenance program.

2020 General Improvements

CAD Engine – Carlson 2020 can run on AutoCAD® 2015-2020 and comes with IntelliCAD 9.2 included
IntelliCAD 9.2 – New selection set manager. Improved speed for creating entities. New start page option instead of drawing1. New commands include block editor, vpsync, sysvar editor, publish to PDF, digital signature and convert to mesh. Added method to click command prompt keywords. More support for DGN fonts, line styles and cells.
AutoCAD 2020 – Added support for this new version.
Recommended Hardware – See our 
System Requirements page.
Context Right Click Menus – For IntelliCAD, added Carlson Point and Label right-click menus.
Twist Screen – For IntelliCAD, added option for mtext and mleader to use a default angle of horizontal to current twist screen.
Install Settings – Added method for install to apply custom program settings during the install.
Migration Wizard
 – New command to transfer program settings and files between program versions.

Carlson Academy – New command for on-line learning with movies, blogs and data sets.
Toolbars – Added 24 more toolbar icons.
Open Drawing – New command to select geo-located drawings from a map view.
File Selection – Expanded list of files in current folder and added ability to sort by the file name, size or date.
Drawing Explorer – Added Carlson surface objects, more right-click commands and setup double-click commands.
MText Labels – Routines with option to hide drawing under the text use the mtext background mask instead of separate wipeout entity. Applies to commands such as Triangulate & Contour for contour labels and Leader With Text.
Zoom Most – New command to zoom to show the bulk of the entities in the drawing and avoid outliers.
3D Viewers – Added clip planes from top and bottom, plus way to enter elevations or screen pick clip plane position. Added x-ray view mode to make surface transparent in window around the cursor. Added method to select more entities from the drawing to add to the current scene. Pick mode displays distance from previous pick point. Added option to label the bounding box with x,y,z. Added methods to texture surface by slope range and to substitute a texture per color. Added setting for pixel size to draw point entities. Added keyboard hot-keys to rotate left/right and up/down. Added settings for default surface colors.
Surface Object View Properties – New command to set display properties for Carlson grid, triangulation and point cloud objects.
2D Linework Library – New command to force linework to zero elevation by layer.
Centroid Point – Added support for calculating the centroid for a solid model.
Draw 3D Polyline – Elevation prompt has new method to add or subtract an amount like for a curb.
Trim 3D Polyline – Trims polylines and handles 3D.
Hatch Wizard – Added auto-connect mode to make closed areas from selected linework.
Boundary Polyline
 – Added method to create closed polylines for all the areas from the input linework.
Insert Symbols – Added support for creating annotative symbols.
Consolidate Table
 – New command to renumber a table to remove any gaps in the row numbering.
Edit Table Properties – Added method to automatically create multi-line rows for long labels.
Text on Line/Polyline – Added method to select label polyline by picking a crossing line and added options to hide the drawing under the labels, to center the text on the line and to repeat the placement.
White Solid Behind Text
 – Added setting for layer name.

Colors By Elevation – New command to assign entity color by elevation.
Line of Sight Viewshed – Added method to use a polyline for the view position and option to change layers.


Draw Points – Added option to limit the length of the drawn description and notes.
Erase Points
 – Added option to erase only Field To Finish points and option to erase only symbols.
Edit Point Attributes – Changing point elevation updates TIN surfaces that include the point.
Point Group Manager – Added function to merge groups.
Point Attribute Layout Manager – New command to handle custom point attribute layouts.
Vertical Datum Utilities – New command for NGVD29 and NAVD88 elevation conversions.
Nikon Data Transfer – Added support for running on 64-bit computers.
Edit Process Raw File – Added option to renumber only duplicate point numbers.
SurvNET – New interface. Added ability to edit by selecting graphically.
Field To Finish – New XSCT special code to define a template from points. New PARKING special code for drawing parking stall lines. For RECT special code, added support for putting the code on the first point. Added support for multiple vertical offsets on the same 3D polyline. Added method to create circles as 3D polylines when the code is set as 3D Polyline. Added option to match substitution codes for codes with a number suffix. For linework description labels, added option to draw using mtext. For linework templates, added setting to control the template grade to use for the offsets. For the tree feature, added option to draw the dripline as a smooth polyline. Added method to label elevations in feet/inches.
Inverse – Added options to report point header, to report point after the angle/distance and prefixes for bearing and distance.
Crandall Polyline Adjustment – New command to adjust a polyline using the Crandall method.
Compass Polyline Adjustment – Added option for geodetic report.
Interval Along Entity – Added option to create points at endpoints separate from all vertices.
Legal Description – Added input method to select a deed from a deed file. Added option to report point coordinates. Added option for geodetic areas in report.
Process Deed File – Added ability to set POB and then report closure from this point.
Cut Sheet – Added option to set colors for cut and fill labels.
Bearing/Distance Annotation – Added setting for number of spaces between the bearing and distance labels.
Draw Endpoint Leaders – Added perpendicular tick style.
Edit Text on Arc – Added function to flip the text.
Label Coordinates – Added method to select points by point name or point group. Added method to label point numbers.
Label Station/Offset – Added option for drawing brackets or parenthesis around the labels. Added option for cut/fill in feet/inches. Added setting for label offset amount from the leader.
Station Polyline/Centerline – Added options for using MText, suffix on curve labels and suffix on spiral stations.
Calculate Offsets – Added options to repeat the command and select another alignment and to report cut/fill in feet/inches.


Triangulate and Contour – Added option for inclusion/exclusion perimeters to break the edges at the boundaries.
Draw Triangular Mesh – Added option to color breakline edges separately.
Rebuild Inside Perimeter – New command to rebuild a TIN surface within a perimeter polyline.
Triangulation File Utilities – Added functions to Crop or Cut the TIN by a perimeter polyline. Added Clean function to remove skinny and tiny triangles. Added smooth method that uses moving least-squares.
Triangulate Surface Manager – Improved performance for editing large TINs by using custom object to display edges and contours. Added separate color for breakline edges during TIN editing. Added function to add points to the TIN by point number range or point group, and to include Field to Finish generated breaklines from these points. Added functions to untag edges as breaklines, to remove triangles by window selection and to remove by perimeter polyline. For TIN history, added method to change original selection set to create the TIN.
Grid File Utilities – Added smooth function that uses a moving least-squares method.
Draw Template Polylines – New command to turn 3D polylines into template polylines such as curbs.
Check 3D Polylines Match Vertices – New command to adjust polylines vertices to match with a tolerance.
Label Elevations Along Polyline – Added option to dynamically link labels to polyline and method to save/load settings.
Label Pad Elevation – Added option to dynamically link labels to polyline.
Label Pipe Polylines – New command to label pipe size for 3D polylines tagged as pipes.
Cut/Fill Color Map – Added support for True Colors.
Cut/Fill Labels – Added option for custom colors.
Color 3D Lines By Slope – New command to assign colors to 3D lines by slope range.
Surface 3D Flyover – Added method to add a solid model to the scene.
Slope At Points – Added option to link label to the surface model.
Lot Network Point Check
 – Added support for T-intersections.

Lot Number Report – New command to report range of lot numbers used and any gaps in the numbers.
Draw Lot Setback – Added option for rounded corners.
Draw Curb Ramp – Added option for back landing pad.
Parking Perimeter Tools – New command to add islands and curb returns to a parking perimeter polyline.
Parking Spaces – Added method to fit a specified number of spaces on an alignment.
Centerline – For ROW definitions, added support for using arcs.
Centerline Report – Added method to set a second centerline and profile for making offset reports.
Quick Profile – When alignment is adjusted, added option to save a centerline file.
Create Profile From Polyline On Profile Grid – Added support for polyline arcs for creating profiles with circular curves.
Label Profile On Centerline – Added option to label start/end stations and to label slopes when the vertical curve is zero.
Label Polyline Slope/Distance – Added slope prefix/suffix settings and added option to label distances.
Draw Profile – For road intersections, added option for separate prefix/suffix for each label. For sewer labels, added separate precision for invert and rim. For horizontal axis labels with cut/fill active, added option to center on the middle label. For culvert headwalls, added setting for width. For horizontal label box, added method to create gaps between rows.
Vehicle Path Tracking Profile – Added option for clash detection with selected entities.
Section Files – Changed default file extension to .xsct to avoid getting blocked by email servers. The .sct is still available.
Input Edit Section File
 – Added method to update From Elevation when edit slope. Added function to Rename Stations to remove station equation adjustments.

Section to 3D Polylines – Added method for creating water level profiles.
Update Sections From Slope Stake – New command to update the cross section tie points using the slope stake report from SurvCE.
Draw Section – Added option to hatch subgrades. Added option to label offset distances between data points. Added option for label along vertical axis.
Elevation Zone Section Volumes – New command to report elevation zone volumes for multiple section files.
Draw Super Elevation Diagram – Added method to import grades from a super elevation file (.sup).
Design Template – Added method to import a 3D polyline to define the grades.
Template Series File – Added support for interpolated curb dimensions between templates.
Template Grade By 3D Polyline – New command that uses a 3D polyline to define template point profiles and centerlines.
Template Grade Table – Added Import Polyline function to use a 3D polyline to set slopes.
Process Road Design – Added method to skip the first template grade for adding onto existing roads. For cut/fill bench surfaces, added option for user-entered elevations. For super elevation, added a method to set the low side pivot point. Added option to output solid models for the subgrades.
Road Network
 – Added method to draw 2D template polylines. Added method to output multiple EOP profiles.


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