MICRODEM is a microcomputer mapping program written by
Professor Peter Guth of the Naval Academy. The program requires a 32 bit version
of Windows such as XP and will run on 64 bit Windows in 32 bit mode.
The program is available in several ways:
- complete MICRODEM install (~20
MB) . We strive to make this version as bug
free as possible, but we suspect that bugs may creep in. This no
longer includes the help file. You can download it separately, or use
the update function inside the program (on the help menu). In
addition, the first time you attempt to access the help file, the program
will ask permission to download it. The program may also ask to
download the BDE (Borland Database Engine) if it is not on your system.
- The best way to update the program EXE depends on
your OS, the security imposed by the network, and whether you have admin
rights. In order of ease of use, these are:
- Option on the Files, Tools menu. This
will close the program and update the executable, and
restart the program.
- Use the update program in
the MICRODEM directory (md_update**.exe), which will download the new EXE and
start it. MICRODEM must be closed for this to work.
- Use the browser downloads
- The best way to get or update the help file (65 MB) is to use the
option on the Files, Tools menu, or on the help menu inside MICRODEM. Insure the help
file is closed. This is currently
working reliably as far as we know. If it fails, get
MICRODEM help file.Use
the "Save file as" or "Save target as",
the MICRODEM directory (c:\microdem),
and insure the browser does not append (1) or (n) to the file name.
You are likely going to have to change the file properties to
unblock it (right clic.
New EXE (10 MB). Requires
a "recent" complete install and will be more current than the
version in the complete install. Use the "Save file as" or "Save
target as" and
the MICRODEM directory (c:\microdem).
executable download works
executable download works
executable download works, but may rename the file. Watch for (1) or
the file name, and rename back to microdem.exe
- The military icons generator is available as a separate program (1.5 MB)
which allows you to create unit icons and paste them into
your favorite graphics program. An improved version is included in MICRODEM.
Executing the installation program will create
icons on the start menu and two directories:
- c:\microdem. While you can put this elsewhere, just
like you can shoot yourself in the foot, you shouldn't, and if you do, and
you encounter problems, you were warned.
- c:\MapData\ with subdirectories. While you
can put this on another drive, it must go into the root
directory of its drive.
The program will create a log of program
operations in the file 'microdem_debug_log.txt', in
c:\microdem\logs; the easiest way to get the file is to to open
it from the Help menu while the program is still running.
You must copy this file immediately after encountering an
unexplained crash, because the file is overwritten every
time you run the program. Send the file to me and I can
better determine what caused the problem. The debug log
is not complete, and I may have to add additional
debugging messages to the program and have you repeat the
error and send a new log until we can isolate the
You can get data sets configured to work with MICRODEM. We
are moving the download of data to occur inside the program, which will
automatically put the data sets in the correct locations. See the
You can still get the following data sets:
If you want to perform code archaeology, you can get the
DOS source code from about 1995.
Last Update: 9/15/2013