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eNewsletter: August, 2016

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eNewsletter – August, 2016

 John Balcom: TPC Desktop 2016 R2 Beta Release, Eric Tanikawa: The Value of On-Line Training! Mark Lull: Traverse PC’s Message View, Oliver Bochsler: SSDs – A Computing Experience

John Balcom, President, MSE, PLS, GISPJohn Balcom: TPC Desktop 2016 R2 Beta Release

Our next agile release focuses on speeding up parts of the program that run slow in surveys with lots of points, like LIDAR data. The Points Manager is a good example. In previous versions, just opening the Points Manager in a survey with 50,000 points took just over a minute. In this release, it’s almost instantaneous. The Traverse and Drawing views have similar results. So working with these files in the next release is just a better overall experience.

Some of you have been working with larger surveys inside TPC and are eagerly waiting for this release. Our plan is to get it out to you in the next week or so as a Beta. We aren’t quite finished with the release, but we are far enough along for you to use it safely. Hence the Beta. Here’s how it works.

If you are on the TPC Connection, you’ll get an email directing you to the support page for the Beta version. You can take a look at what it does and decide for yourself if you want to download it. If you don’t like it or have troubles with it, you can always go back to the previous version and wait for the final release. Either way, you are always in control of what version you run.

If you do install the Beta, we want your feedback. For example, this Beta includes a progress counter in the status bar. As TPC computes a surface or regenerates a drawing, it tells you what it is doing and how far along it is. We hope you’ll watch this to let us know other areas of the program that can use a speed increase.

We know that Beta programs are not for everyone, so feel free to sit this one out and wait for the final release. But for the rest of you, this will be fun, and we are looking forward to your participation.

John Balcom, President, MSE, PLS, GISP

Eric Tanikawa, SalesEric Tanikawa: The Value of On-Line Training!

What is on-line training? Well, here at Traverse PC, it is a personal training session through the internet. The computers will “screen share” simultaneously, so both the trainer & the trainee can view and work on the same screen. Here are some of the benefits:

  1. You can see how Traverse PC can work with “your” data.
  2. Any questions you have, you can see the answer.
  3. Of course, “seeing is believing,” that your data can easily be transformed to your map or plat!
  4. Plus, if you have technical support questions, you can easily ask for a quick on-line session.
  5. For those who are on the TPC Connection, this is a very valuable resource that is included.

If you are not on the TPC Connection, and want to try an on-line session, then give us a call for a free ½ hour session (valued @ $75) to schedule an appointment.

We have helped many of our users, and they truly appreciate the training! Traverse PC is here to help, and to make sure you are successful!

Eric Tanikawa, Sales

Mark Lull, Technical SupportMark Lull: Traverse PC’s Message View

The Message View (Window | Message View) is one of the ways that Traverse PC communicates with the user. It is stored automatically and retains all messages, past and current, until the user removes them.

I sometimes receive files from users who may be having trouble doing something in Traverse PC. When I open the file, TPC pops up the Message View telling me that it has detected this or that which could interfere with some operations. It is important to be cognizant of these messages and take appropriate actions based on what TPC is reporting.

Here is an example of a few of the messages you may find in the Message View:
TPC's Message ViewYou can see here, for example that point 1’s coordinates are way out of the norm and TPC is letting the user know about it so they can resolve the issue. If the user ignores the message and attempts to work with point 1 in this condition, unreliable results may occur.

You can also see where the user attempted to delete a point (19) that was being used in the survey as well as a report about the import of some coordinates. These are just a few of the types of messages you may encounter. Just make sure you know what is there and use the information provided as appropriate.

TPC's Message ViewOne of the reasons some users aren’t aware of these messages from TPC may be that the Message View window is not large enough to be readily apparent to the user. I have seen cases where the Message View is displayed but it is shrunk down to a fairly imperceptible size as shown here:

In this case, the user needs to expand the Message View window so that its contents can be viewed and evaluated.

The Message View is also fully editable and it is saved as an RTF format file with the same name as the project’s TRV filename. You can easily open the file in any word processor program for other uses.

As you can see, the Message View is another valuable tool in Traverse PC that can help you with a lot of things – but only if you know it is there.

Mark Lull, Technical Support

Oliver Boschler, Software DevelopmentOliver Bochsler: SSDs – A Computing Experience

With the speed improvements from TPC 2016 R2 coming soon, it made sense to talk about another way to make your computer faster that doesn’t involve new software. TPC has made a great effort to ensure opening and working with survey files is fast. Opening a large survey on a standard hard disk drive versus a newer SSD can make all the difference. I’m going to talk a bit about SSDs – Solid State Drives. SSDs are one of the newest improvements in hard drive development. It’s a hard drive without any spinning disks or moving parts.

The logic behind this is that access speeds for SSDs are tremendously better, because of the lack of moving parts. In addition, because traditional hard drives have spinning disks and a retractable arm that has to move to the right location on the spinning disks to get your information, SSDs can be much more reliable and less prone to failure. The SSD has memory chips that don’t require any mechanical operation for read or write operations. SSDs are just like using a thumb drive but on a larger and faster scale.

SSD vs. HDD

Most new computers today have the option to use a SSD instead of a standard hard drive for a bit more money. In my opinion its worth whatever the extra charge is for an SSD. It’s going to speed up all of your computations and be more reliable than a traditional hard drive.

Oliver Bochsler, Software Development