Welcome to Surfer Help

There are several ways to obtain help in Surfer:


Getting Help

Within Surfer, the help file is opened by clicking the Home | Help | Help command or the help button in the upper right corner of the ribbon. You can also quickly search the help by typing a term in the command and help search above the ribbon and clicking Search help file in the results. Alternatively, press F1 at any time to open the help. You can navigate help using the Contents, Index, Search, and Favorites pages in the navigation pane to the left of the topic page.


Navigating the Online Help

The navigation pane shows the Contents, Index, Search, and Favorites pages. The navigation pane is displayed by default.

The navigation pane can be displayed with the button and hidden with the button.


Context-Sensitive Help

To obtain context-sensitive help about dialogs or highlighted commands:


Internet Help Resources

There are several Internet help resources.


Navigating the Web Help

The web help includes three layouts: desktop, tablet, and mobile. The layout automatically changes based on the screen resolution of the device you are using or the size of the browser window. Screen resolutions or browser windows less than approximately 960 pixels wide will display the mobile layout. Screen resolutions or browser windows less than approximately 1280 pixels wide will display the help in the tablet layout.


Desktop Layout

The web help is made up of three sections: the header and toolbar, the navigation pane, and the topic pane. The header and toolbar contain various commands and links. The navigation pane contains the Table of Contents and Index. The topic pane displays the information from the current help topic.

Tablet Layout

The tablet layout also includes a header and topic pane. The navigation pane and search function is replaced by a toolbar on the right or bottom of the window depending on the tablet orientation.

Mobile Layout

The mobile layout contains only the topic pane and a toolbar at the bottom of the window.


Complete the Surfer Tutorial

The Surfer tutorial is a great way to get started in Surfer. Tutorial lessons one through six will teach you the basics of creating and editing a map. There are also additional optional advanced tutorial lessons available. If you are using the demo version of Surfer, you will not be able to complete some of the tutorial steps that require saving or exporting. The demo version is a fully functional read-only version of the program. When this is a factor it is noted in the text and you are directed to proceed to the next step that can be accomplished with the demo.


Automation Help

The Surfer Automation help book in the table of contents is designed to help you work with Scripter. Each object, method, and property has a help topic in Surfer. Use the object hierarchy to determine how to access each object. Also, each method and property contains some sample code lines with the command. To find out how a particular method or property is accessed click the object name in the Used by list. In some cases you may need to change some words to work with the particular object if the sample was not specifically written for the object. Sample scripts are also available in the SAMPLES folder (C:\Program Files\Golden Software\Surfer 16\Samples\Scripts) to help get you started.


A Note about the Documentation

The Surfer documentation includes the online help and the quick start guide. Use the Help | Contents command in the program to access the detailed online help. Information about each command and feature in Surfer is included in the online help. In the event the information cannot be located in the online help, other sources of Surfer help include our support forum, FAQs, knowledge base, and contacting our technical support engineers.


Various font styles are used throughout the Surfer documentation. Bold text indicates menu commands, dialog names, and page names. Italic text indicates items within a dialog such as group names, options, and field names. For example, the Save As dialog contains a Save as type list. Bold and italic text occasionally may be used for emphasis.


In addition, menu commands appear as File | Open. This means, "click on the File menu at the top of the document, then click on the Open command within the File menu list." The first word is always the menu name, followed by the commands within the menu list.



See Also

Technical Support

Using the Online Tutorial

Introduction to Scripter

Golden Software Home Page

Surfer Product Page

Frequently Asked Questions

Knowledge Base