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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.
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
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 [
If you would
like to demo the 2020 version of any product, call us at
801-412-0011 or send email to
email@example.com and we will get you a 2020 serial number for a
fully enabled 30-day trial.
maintenance has lapsed, take a screen shot of your current serial
number and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org;
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:
registration numbers will be displayed:
Take a screen
shot (alt-Prt Scr) and send it to
email@example.com; we will get you a quotation and quickly get you
back in the maintenance program.
2020 General Improvements
Carlson 2020 can run on AutoCAD® 2015-2020 and comes with IntelliCAD
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.
Added support for this new version.
See our System
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.
Settings Added method for install to apply custom program settings
during the install.
Wizard New command to
transfer program settings and files between program versions.
New command for on-line learning with movies, blogs and data sets.
Added 24 more toolbar icons.
New command to select geo-located drawings from a map view.
Expanded list of files in current folder and added ability to sort
by the file name, size or date.
Added Carlson surface objects, more right-click commands and setup
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
New command to zoom to show the bulk of the entities in the drawing
and avoid outliers.
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.
New command to set display properties for Carlson grid,
triangulation and point cloud objects.
New command to force linework to zero elevation by layer.
Added support for calculating the centroid for a solid model.
Elevation prompt has new method to add or subtract an amount like
for a curb.
Trims polylines and handles 3D.
Added auto-connect mode to make closed areas from selected linework.
Added method to create closed polylines for all the areas from the
Symbols Added support for creating annotative symbols.
New command to renumber a table to remove any gaps in the row
Added method to automatically create multi-line rows for long
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.
Behind Text Added setting for
New command to assign entity color by elevation.
Line of Sight
Added method to use a polyline for the view position and option to
Draw Points Added option to limit the length of the drawn
description and notes.
Added option to erase only Field To Finish points and option to
erase only symbols.
Changing point elevation updates TIN surfaces that include the
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.
Process Raw File
Added option to renumber only duplicate point numbers.
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.
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
Added input method to select a deed from a deed file. Added option
to report point coordinates. Added option for geodetic areas in
Process Deed File
Added ability to set POB and then report closure from this point.
Added option to set colors for cut and fill labels.
Added setting for number of spaces between the bearing and distance
Added perpendicular tick style.
Text on Arc
Added function to flip the text.
Added method to select points by point name or point group. Added
method to label point numbers.
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.
Added options for using MText, suffix on curve labels and suffix on
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.
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.
Added smooth function that uses a moving least-squares method.
New command to turn 3D polylines into template polylines such as
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
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.
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.
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
Added option for rounded corners.
Added option for back landing pad.
Parking Perimeter Tools
New command to add islands and curb returns to a parking perimeter
Added method to fit a specified number of spaces on an alignment.
For ROW definitions, added support for using arcs.
Added method to set a second centerline and profile for making
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
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
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.
Added option to hatch subgrades. Added option to label offset
distances between data points. Added option for label along vertical
Elevation Zone Section Volumes
New command to report elevation zone volumes for multiple section
Super Elevation Diagram
Added method to import grades from a super elevation file (.sup).
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
Added method to draw 2D template polylines. Added method to output
multiple EOP profiles.