> I was always under the assumption that the parallel keys were un-powered and would last forever. This isn't true, I have two and both died
We had one go bad. It happened shortly after a lightning strike. I maintained that the electrical surge welded something in the key itself while not destroying the computer. That sounds far fetched, but I had no other rational explanation. Occams Razor.
Carlson, how about Simplicity Survey 3.0 coordinate files
Carlson Sight Survey 2014 is fully capable of using files from a variety of sources including older Simplicity Systems programs
You can recreate the job in the "Sight" Survey environment.
Using Old "Sight" Survey Jobs
Using Old Simplicity (DOS) Survey 3 & 4 Jobs
Using Carlson Survey Jobs
Using C&G Survey Jobs
Using Old Files from Other Software
Great program, have been using it since about 1989. I use it daily. Being a DOS program, running it on an XP machine with 2mb RAM vs running on a Win98 machine with much less RAM, there is no noticeable speed difference. Its not bloated down by a memory hungry GUI. Since I lost the dongle, I've been limited to 10,000 points per file and a few of the more powerful - less used - features are no longer accessible. But its fine for the simple work I do which includes very few topos.
I create many SETS in Pacsoft. SETS are a group of points. SETS can be road edges, section lines, building footprints, water boundaries etc, anything that can be created by grouping points you shot. Creating SETS pretty much creates linework. I then export a .dxf out of PacSoft and go to a very simplistic CAD program (DesignCAD) to import the .dxf and finish a drawing.
You can call me today (Thursday) or next Monday if you want at seven 15 62 seven 63 one one.
If you will email me at my email address in this thread, I'll send you the file and instructions on how to make it run wide open without the dongle.
I have bee running this program for years with the dongle. It is really an awesome program. With the last computer upgrade I can only use the lite version (under 10,000 points) due to lack of serial port on new computer.
Finding a way to keep using the full program in the wide open version would help immensely!