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eNewsletter – August, 2015

President’s Message: 70% Conversion, Mark Lull: Traverse PC and Windows 10,
Oliver Bochsler: Multi-Column Legend, Eric Tanikawa: The Traverse PC Website
Search Tool

John Balcom, President, MSE, PLS, GISPPresident’s Message: 70% Conversion

One of the metrics we track here at TPC is our lead conversion rate. Of those who contact us about Traverse PC for the first time, how many end up buying? So far this year, it’s 70%. So 7 of every 10 who contact us about Traverse PC purchase it right away. This varies for any given year from 60% to 80%, so 70% is right in the ball park.

We find this 70% Conversion number significant for two reasons.

First, it tells us we’re focusing on the right stuff. We added geodetics a while back so you can do PLSS efficiently and reconcile TPS and GNSS surveys with coordinate reference systems. We’ve recently added KML/KMZ so you can interface with Google Earth and LandXML so you can interface with Civil3D. We just added the old Stakeout Report back in so you can verify your field work and report cuts and fills. Our goal is to strike that critical balance between what is practical and what is innovative. The 70% conversion rate tells us we’re hitting pretty close to the mark on what surveyors need and want.

Second, it tells us we are advertising truthfully. Just about everyone who asks us about Traverse PC has spent time researching us on our website. They’ve read the user reviews, watched the videos, perused the feature list and evaluated the editions. They come to us with stories about their old surveying software and questions about Traverse PC. Through the whole process, we are very careful to explain what we are (surveying software) and what we are not (CAD). The 70% conversion rate tells us people appreciate getting straight answers.

So what about the other 30%? They are the ones that call us all the time and say, “Well, I’ve been looking at you guys for years now and figure it’s time to give Traverse PC a try.” We don’t mind a bit. After all, it’s better late than never and Traverse PC is better than ever.

John Balcom, MSE, PLS, GISP

Mark Lull, Technical Support ManagerMark Lull: Traverse PC and Windows 10

TPC Desktop 2015 is running very well in Windows 10. There haven’t been any Windows 10 related issues seen here or reported by our users. This includes Windows 10 running on Mac computers. The Windows 10 upgrade has also been seamless for the most part.

Windows 10 is a big improvement over Windows 8. Microsoft has tried to resolve the issues that everyone complained about in Windows 8. The biggest difference is the new Start button. Microsoft has removed the unpopular Start Screen, merged it into the Start button menu and made it very customizable. Now you can access all of your programs via the Start button, including the new style apps.

There is also a new Search tool on the Windows Taskbar as well as the new Task View that displays all of the running applications to make it easier to switch between them.

So if you’re thinking about Windows 10 or if you are wondering if Traverse PC will run on your new Windows 10 computer, have no fear – Traverse PC is Windows 10 and 64 bit compatible.

Mark Lull, Technical Support Manager

Mark Lull, Technical Support ManagerOliver Bochsler: Multi-Column Legend

Our latest agile releaseTPC Desktop 2015 R2 will be available September 1st. If you are on the TPC Connection, you will receive a link for the download. If you aren’t on the TPC Connection, you can’t have 2015 R2 because it’s only available to our TPC Connection members.

One of the new features in 2015 R2 is the Multi-Column Legend. For a long time now, TPC has let you select multiple columns for tables, allowing you to fit them onto your drawing better. Well, 2015 R2 now provides this same option for legends. Here’s a picture of a legend with 2 columns:
Multi-Column Legend

The Legend properties dialog box is the key. It has new fields for the number of columns and the column spacing you want. Just double-click any legend, even in a drawing created with a previous version, and select the column options you want.

Some of the other new features to check out are the new parcel labels in your drawings, expandable groups, blocks and polylines in the Drawing Data Manager and support for Google Earth KMZ files along with KML.

Oliver Bochsler, Software Developer

Eric Tanikawa, Business ManagerEric Tanikawa: The Traverse PC Website Search Tool

We try to make it easy to find what you need on our website with the menus at the top of the page, links and tabs within pages and the “Life with Traverse PC” links on the side. But if you still can’t find what you’re looking for, our search tool can help. A lot of people miss it.

At the top of every page on our site, at the right end of the green bar there is a search field. Simply left-click in the field and type in what you are searching for.

Website Search Tool

For
example, today I entered Google Earth in the search field and hit my Enter key and it
returned eleven page results:

All of the results showed the first portion of the page along with a Read More link to go to the full page.

This makes the Search tool a great place to look if you can’t find what you need. Give it a try.

Eric Tanikawa, Business Manager