miniCAD Release 5.3 Latest Features (all features)

  • Open / Merge: Open Symbols, Linestyles and Titleblocks directly.

    • In File Open: Select a symbol. (*.sym)
    • Edit the design.
    • Select File >> Export to create a new miniCAD Symbol !

  • Drawing Enhancements including:

    • Display Symbols and Linestyles graphically.
    • AutoLoad Symbols and Linestyles.
    • New Job Summary Metadata Entry
    • New Field Code file Editor
    • Draw and plot smooth contours.
    • New Point Annotation Styles.
    • New North Point Symbols when plotting.
    • Automatic Annotation when plotting.
    • Automatic Update of Annotation scale when plotting.

  • DXF Import: Set code to layer name.

  • Titleblocks now support images.

  • File >> Export, now supports CSV (i.e. without utility.exe)

  • Save and Load Text Styles


  • Cut, Copy and Paste

    • Using Text in LandXML format.
    • Edit data in notepad.exe and re-copy back to your job.
    • Supports lines, arcs, text, and strings.

  • Long and Cross Sections

    • Specify Hz and Vt Scale.
    • Using Text Styles.
    • Create Cross Section points.

  • Open / Merge

    • miniCAD 3 jobs.
    • ASCII Point files. (i.e. CSV)
    • LandXML.
    • Duplicate detection: ASCII Point files.

  • Export

    • LandXML.

  • Setout: With reference to a backsight.

  • Plotting

    • New Plot settings: 2D all lines, linestyles, symbols, text, images
    • Plot Natural and Design Surfaces in 3D Wireframe. ( to DXF)
    • Plot all Surfaces or Natural and one other.
    • Merge Surfaces on plotting.

  • Terrain ( DTM )

    • Multiple Surface models.
    • Cut and Fill Volumes.
    • Erase Triangles, (myjob.tri is now xml.)
    • Load Surfaces from LandXML.

  • Annotation

    • On Screen Drawing Annotation. (Dimensions and Bearing)
    • New Annotation Settings. (annotate.ini is now xml.)

  • Point Selections

    • Improved individual Point selection with popup menus.
    • Point Selections now have: 'View Inverted Selections'.
    • Create Point selections from CSV data when merged.
    • All Change Tools support named Point Selections.

  • New Draw Tools

    • New Offset Point.
    • New Offset Point Batch.
    • New Parallel String.
    • New Draw String.
    • Trim Extend Lines and Arcs. Includes Intersection.
    • New Change Rotate. Rotate text, points and images.
    • Improved on screen prompting. Insert Image.

  • New Data Recorder.

    • Set Station and Backsight.
    • Take Observations.
    • Setout/Stakeout existing points
    • GPS Terrain Rover
    • Terrain Scan
    • Manual mode for observation entry
    • Shoot or enter by HA, VA, SD or HA, VD, HD.
    • miniCAD.cod browse/edit

  • Other

    • New Display Settings dialogue.
    • Revised Tool Trackers.
    • New Point code: TEXT to suppress point attributes.
    • Set the Control Tracker colour and line size.
    • Fully revised help.
    • Messages may now appear in a balloon.
    • Tool bugs no longer close the program.
    • All Bugs now report to the crash log on the desktop.

Unavailable at the latest release and WIP


The following functions will be appear in coming releases. Please check back for more information.


  • From the Terrain Menu

    • Surface Model 3D View
    • Design Surfaces (Not yet avail in Long/Cross Section)


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