Version 12.5 of WinKarst is last of the line. Initially, there was Kasrt, the MS-DOS cave survey program. Then came WinKarst with Windows 3.1. Now, with a major break from the past the entire user interface is being redesigned. Previous versions of the program have all been built with Borland C++ and that development has been rocky with implosions of Borland as a company. With Winkarst2010 three major shifts were made. First, the core code was complied as generic C++ in libraries. Second, the entire project was ported to Microsoft Visual Studio with the goal of stability in mind. Lastly, the graphical display of the cave is done using OpenGL. The current release of the program is freeware as it is in read-only mode with respect to the cave survey data. It is still possible to use a text editor, previous versions of WinKarst or even other cave survey and mapping software to create data files. However, WinKarst2010 will be your cave survey viewer! Download the 32bit version here or 64bit version here for Windows.


New in WinKarst2010 is the Microsoft ribbon bar that should help eliminate searching menus and dialog boxes for desired properties or functions. The main view is always three-dimensional and lit from the side. The dynamic controls are Google-earth like with active mouse driven controls and hotkeys. The left side of the view contains a data selector into the caves, surveys, shots and stations of the survey, with another tab for a file view of the project. The right side of the view contains information about the object selected on the left side, for example, the parameters of a survey shot, e.g length, bearing and inclination.



In line-plot mode, it is easy to visualize the survey stations with color and lables.


stations hilite

Holding the mouse steady over stations reveals their names and right clicking high lights the station, selecting in to the data panels left and right, e.g. L15.


When zoomed closer, holding the mouse between stations reveals the shot and right clicking selects the shot into the data views, e.g. L14 to L13