You can import graphic files in Surfer with the File | Import command. The File | Import command is similar to the Home | New Map | Base command except that the file is imported as a grouped graphic object rather than as a map layer.
Click the File | Import command, or click the button on the Quick Access Toolbar, to import graphic "trim" objects, background graphics, or some form of annotation. Use Home | New Map | Base to import boundary information suitable for overlaying on top of other map types.
The File | Import command in the plot opens the Import dialog.
Select files to import using the Import dialog.
The Look in field shows the current directory. Click the down arrow to see the directory structure. Click on the folders to change directories.
The buttons to the right of the Look in field allow you to create new folders and change the view of the file list.
The file list displays files in the current directory. The current directory is listed in the Look in field. The Files of type field controls the display of the file list. For example, if Golden Software Boundary (*.GSB) is listed in the Files of type field only .GSB files appear in the files list. To see all files in the directory, choose All Files (*.*) from the Files of type list. Double-click on a file to open it or single-click the file and then click the Open button.
The File name field shows the name of the selected file. Also, a path and file name can be typed into the box to open a file.
The Files of type field shows the file format to be opened. To change the file format, click the down arrow and select the file type from the list.
The Common Graphic Files (*...) format type is selected by default. This displays all the file formats that can be imported with File | Import in the navigation pane. If a different format type is selected, Surfer will remember the setting until the end of the current session. When Surfer is restarted, the default format type will be used.
To see all files in the directory, choose All Files (*.*) from the Files of type list. Double-click on a file to open it or single-click the file and then click the Open button. The All Files (*.*) option shows all of the file formats in the current directory, even if the file type is not appropriate for the action chosen.
The File | Import command in the plot document opens the Import dialog. In the Import dialog, select one of the following formats to import objects into the plot.
To open Golden Software Blanking .BLN and Atlas Boundary .BNA files in the worksheet use File | Open rather than File | Import.
Where applicable, Surfer automatically imports all available attribute information.
File Format Chart
Merge - Worksheet
Export - Plot