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1. Description

  • The main purpose of Coordinate Extractor is to generate a coordinate data file from a drawing, which then can be uploaded to a GPS or TPS device and used in surveying.
  • Application has four commands: extraction settings, single(one by one) point coordinating, coordinating polyline vertexes and coordinate extraction to a table and/or generating GSI16 or TXT file.
  • Coordinate Extractor has a 30 day trial period, after the trial period expires a purchase is required.

After trial has expired an activation dialogue box will appear and you will be required to enter a license key, aquired by purchasing Coordinate Extractor license. (Fig 1.)

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Fig 1. Activation dialogue box

2. Command Overview 

1 1 coordpoint 16 button starts the Coordinate point command. This command automatically creates a block reference which can be freely placed anywhere in the drawing area, thus coordinating your selected point. The user can freely select from which number the numeration will begin and, on demand, the letter that will be placed as a prefix. The coordination numbering cycle is infinite and increases by one until the user presses enter and finishes it. (Fig 2. )

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Fig 2. Coordinate pointing

 2 1 coordpoly 16 button starts the Coordinate polyline vertex command. This command automatically coordinates every vertex of a selected polyline. Numbering is the same as using Coordinate point command. (Fig 3.)

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Fig 3. Coordinating polyline vertex

 3 1 coordex 16  button starts the Extract coordinates command. This command extracts coordinates of the same layer and block name as defined in the settings tab of Coordinate Extractor to a table (Fig your desired location in your drawing and/or GSI16 (Fig 5.) or TXT (Fig 6.) type file for futher use in GPS or TPS devices.

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Fig 4.  Extracted coordinate table 

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Fig 5. Extracted coordinates saved as .TXT file

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Fig 6.  Extracted coordinates saved as .GSI file opened using Notepad

While extracting points, take note that if two or more points appear with the same ID a warning will appear informing you about it (Fig 7.). However, you can still create a table and generate a coordinate file, but the point ID's will remain the same(Fig 8.).

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Fig 7.  Same point ID warning

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Fig 8.  Table containing same point ID's

6 1 coordsett 16 button starts the Settings command. (Fig 9.)

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Fig 9. Settings window


Settings functions:

  • Configure in which layer Coordinate Extractor works.
  • Set the block name. Setting the layer and/or block name can help you group your coordinate data. For example: changing between recently used block name and a new one can easily help you have different coordinate tables/data files for different objects on the same drawing (Fig 10). 
  • Set the table and block reference scale. Multiplies the tables text height and the table itself by the indicated value. Changing this value doesn't effect the tables and block references that are already generated.
  • Set table style name. Setting table style name can help you sort out different tables by changing their names and later using quick select function to find them.
  • Set table text height.
  • Set table columns width.
  • Set table and file columns order (ID,X,Y,Z; ID,Y,X,Z; etc.).Here you can define the value of a coordinated point (block) number and coordinates order. Other symbols are not allowed.
  • Set table title. 
  • Set table headers (ID,X,Y,Z) names.  Here you can change the order of the header titlesmeaning that your defined real values in the "File columns order" tab can have different names, especialy when it is necesary for your measurements to have switched X and Y values (for some countries).
  • Configure that X and Y coordinates are swapped while generating GSI16 file.

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 Fig 10. Generating corresponding tables using different block names while coordinating points

3. Requirements

3.1. Operating system – Windows XP SP3 (32 or 64 bit), Windows 7 (32 or 64 bit), Windows 8 (32 or 64 bit), Windows 10 (32 or 64 bit);

3.2. CAD software – BricsCAD Pro or BricsCAD Platinum V13 - V17 (32 or 64 bit) or AutoCAD 2013 - AutoCAD 2017 (32 or 64 bit), also programs working on AutoCAD platform (egz. AutoCAD MapCivil 3D);

3.3. You must have Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 installed on your computer.

Note: Program's installation checks subsection 3.1 requirements, and only after they are met, the installation continues. 3.3 subsection program will be checked by the installer and installed if required, but only if the active Windows user has administrator privileges and an active internet connection.