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Golden Software Announces Surfer 9

April 14, 2009
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GOLDEN, COLORADO – Golden Software Inc. has upgraded its Surfer contouring and 3D mapping package with the ability to apply transparency to solid colors, map layers, fill patterns, and images. Users have full control over the opacity percentage. Surfer also boasts the ability to import and export georeferenced image files. Users can create fully rendered 3D surfaces and overlay aerial photography, satellite imagery and other images on these 3D surfaces with real world coordinates. Apply transparency to the overlaid imagery to create photo-realistic 3D models containing both terrain and ground cover detail.

Surfer 9, with more than 100 new features and enhancements, is now available at a retail price of $599. Upgrades from previous Surfer versions are only $199. Purchase now, as after July 31, 2009, the full retail price increases to $699 and the upgrade price increases to $229.

Introduced in 1984, Surfer has emerged as the industry standard contour mapping software used by geologists, hydrologists and engineers to quickly and easily transform XYZ data into vivid surface, contour, wireframe, image, shaded relief and vector maps. 3D maps generated with Surfer are known for their clarity, color and accuracy.

Two other powerful upgrades to Surfer 9 are: 1.) The ability to convert the projection of data in the worksheet and the ability to access individual items in a base map. 2.) Users can now project and convert their data from more than 1,500 predefined coordinate systems or define their own custom projection or datum with the push of a button. In addition, Surfer offers full customization of base maps, by allowing users to interactively add, remove or edit individual items in their base maps.

Golden Software has also enhanced Surfer’s capacity with the ability to calculate the length and area of lines and areas in a base map. Post maps have also been improved with the user now able to move individual post map labels with the mouse and the ability to save classes for a classed post map to a file for future use.

Surfer has been redesigned to make it easier and faster to use, allowing users to import all their data and performing all functions in a modern user-friendly interface. Surfer 9 is fully compatible with other software. It imports and exports data files in all popular formats, including new import formats such as LizardTech’s MrSID format and ER Mapper’s ECW format, new grid formats such as Arc/Info ADF, Banded Grid BIL, ER Mapper Grid ERS, and ZMAP, and new export formats including PDF, EPS and 3D SHP.

Surfer’s functionality can be integrated with any ActiveX Automation-compatible software. Visual Basic, C++ and Perl scripts can be used to call Surfer to automate repetitive functions. In addition, final projects can easily be copied and pasted into other common programs, such as word processing or presentation software.

Surfer 9 is written for use with Windows 2000, XP, Vista and higher. Visit www.goldensoftware.com to download a Surfer demo and place an order.


About Golden Software
Founded in 1983, Golden Software is a leading provider of scientific graphics software. Its customer base includes over 100,000 users involved in hydrocarbon exploration, mining, engineering and medicine in 125 countries. Golden Software offers five products in addition to Surfer: Voxler for 3D data visualization, Didger for digitizing and coordinate conversion, MapViewerTM for thematic mapping and spatial analysis, StraterTM for well logging and borehole plotting, and GrapherTM for 2D and 3D graphing.

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