New version supports Recon data collector, features online help.

Tripod Data Systems (TDS) announced version 3.7 of its best-selling Survey Pro software for the Windows CE operating system. The latest version of Survey Pro supports the new TDS Recon rugged handheld data collector. Version 3.7 also includes online help, improvements to point editing functions and improvements to support for Trimble Total Stations. Registered Survey Pro users can download the updated software at (requires registration).

Survey Pro 3.7 is designed to take advantage of all the features and capabilities of the new Recon handheld. The Recon weighs just 17 ounces, yet it meets the same extreme durability standards as the TDS Ranger. Its high-performance Intel XScale processor delivers the computing power surveyors need to collect data and run computation routines quickly and accurately.

“TDS customers value our telephone and email technical support, which is always free of charge to registered users,” said Bill Martin, TDS director of survey marketing and sales. “Online help gives Survey Pro users another tool to find immediate answers to their questions, so they can get back to work as soon as possible.”

Survey Pro 3.7 improves editing functions for jobs with hundreds or thousands of points. When users open the Edit Points dialog box, Survey Pro selects the last point that was edited or added to the job. If that point does not exist, it will select the last point in the list. The lists window has been resized so users can easily use the scroll bars, making it easier to navigate long lists.

For Trimble Total Stations, Survey Pro 3.7 includes the option for the Trimble/Geodimeter drivers to automatically search after losing lock or distance readings for a specified time. It also adds support for a new Topcon RC2 command to set the backsight circle without requiring users to physically move to the backsight point.

Survey Pro 3.7 also adds support for the HiperGGD and LegAnt3 antennas to the Topcon driver.

Survey Pro 3.7 for Windows CE is designed for the TDS Ranger, Recon, and Trimble TSCe. It uses Windows CE .NET, the latest Microsoft operating system. Survey Pro 3.7 is also available for the current Windows CE 3.0 operating system.