I checked with Sales about the contouring matter. Here’s part of the reply:
“If you want to do contours the way they are done in 8, no that is not in 9. If you want to do contours the command mode way Radian and 9 do them, yes, that is in 9, but not in 8.
It sounds like you want 8-style point-and-click dialogs for contours so we
would recommend you wait until those appear in 9.
As a general rule (see the FAQ), 9 puts the high end world first. 9 takes
the approach it is better to build limitless capabilities first in command
mode, where experts can use them right away, and then second to add
point-and-click dialogs based on those expert capabilities for the benefit
of a wider group of users. That ensures maximum power in ways packages
which put point-and-click dialogs first can never achieve. It also ensures
expert level debugging comes first, and expert insights can be contributed
to the point-and-click presentation provided for a wider audience.
Every week 9 adds more and more pre-packaged, point and click features that
are based on capabilities that experts use today. That provides the power
of 9 to a wider range of users, for example, 8-style GIS users. It is
good to automate big tasks with simpler, pre-built interfaces. Experts use
Contours are a great example of that and will be provided in “canned” form
along with many other capabilities, including many capabilities not found
in 8, for those who don’t want to work in full command mode. We recommend
if you are interested in getting those as soon as they appear that you
participate in the Cutting Edge process, taking advantage of Edge builds of
Viewer to get involved. 9 is a far bigger system than 8. If you want to
take advantage of 9 it pays to get started now.
You’ll likely see “canned” contouring in a transform
template sometime in the next two weeks.”