Saving and Exporting

Surfer is not usually the final stop for the maps users create. Most users incorporate the visualizations into reports and use the contours, features, and other components in other programs. Since we are already in the 3D view window, we'll start with exporting an image from the 3D view.

  1. Click the 3D View | Tools | Export Image command.
  2. In the Export Image dialog, set the Save as type to PNG.
  3. Specify a location and name for the image file, e.g. your Documents folder. The Samples folder will be displayed by default, but most users cannot save to the Samples folder.
  4. Click Save.
  5. Review the export options in the Export Options dialog, and click OK.
Use tabs to navigate between plot windows, 3D view windows, worksheets, and grid editor windows.


Next we'll export a .KML file. Surfer supports many export formats for moving data in to and out of other programs.

  1. Switch back to the plot window by clicking the Plot1:1 tab.
  2. Click the File | Export command.
  3. Set the Save as type to KML.
  4. Specify a path and file name for the KML file.
  5. Click Save.
  6. Review the options in the Export Options dialog and click OK.

Now you have a .PNG image and a .KML file with the tutorial map for use in other mediums.

The completed tutorial map includes three overlaid layers with visible contour lines and post symbols.


This concludes the tutorial. If you wish, save the tutorial map by clicking the File | Save command. Feel free to experiment with the tutorial map. We also recommend you review the information in the following See Also links and the Surfer sample files. Check out the in-program help, the online KB articles, or contact support if you need more information. 

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See Also

Surfer User Interface

Grid Data

Grid Tab Commands

Features Tab Commands