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eNewsletter: June, 2014

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eNewsletter – June, 2014

President’s Message: TPC Desktop 2014 Release 1 –  Mark’s Tech Corner: TPC Connection Member Exclusives – Agile Releases (2014 R1) and More –  Eric Tanikawa: Your 4th of July Barbecue – The Surveyor Burger

John Balcom, MSE, PLS - PresidentPresident’s Message:
TPC Desktop 2014 Release 1

Early next month, TPC Desktop 2014, Release 1 (2014-R1) will be available to our TPC Connection members. As promised, these agile releases are bite-sized and good. This one is no exception.

2014-R1 focuses on COGO. We’ve gone through all the routines to make sure they work properly with non-grid distance and direction types, improved the reports they generate and added the things you’ve asked for. Here are some highlights.

Reports – All COGO dialogs now include a Summary button that adds everything about what you just did to the current report. You’ll see all points, lines and traverses that were created or modified by that routine. And of course, if you don’t get what you want, just Undo and start over.

Recompute Button – A number of COGO dialogs automatically compute their data as soon as you enter enough information. The Random Inverse dialog is a good example of this. As soon as you recall two points to inverse, TPC computes the inverse and fills out the fields in the dialog.

You’ve always been able to update the dialog by re-entering any piece of data. Now you can also just choose Recompute.

Undo – Adding Compute and Recompute buttons means you can also Undo. Undo has been added to a lot more of the tools.  Let TPC relabel the points (for example) and if you don’t get what you want, just Undo.

Relabel Points – We expanded point relabeling to use the now familiar What list. Just tell TPC what data you want to relabel, give it a starting label and choose Compute. You are no longer restricted to the Traverse View.

Distance / Direction Types – We took a look at each COGO routine and where ever possible, expanded the routine to use whatever distance / direction types you select.  Starting in TPC Desktop 2014, R1, if you open a COGO dialog from a traverse, the COGO dialog switches to the distance and direction type of the traverse. This is the most intuitive way you can do traverse related COGO like stations, right-of-way offsets, offsets to alignments, predetermined area and others.

As we continue to move into GPS and GIS, it’s increasingly important to distinguish between grid and ground in just about everything we do. We can’t think of an easier way to accomplish that in COGO than the way TPC does it. Just pick the Distance and Direction types you want and TPC does the rest.

You can check out all the new stuff in 2014-R1 on our new web site.

John Balcom, MSE, PLS

Mark Lull - Technical SupportMark’s Tech Corner:
TPC Connection Member Exclusives –
Agile Releases (2014 R1) and More

The TPC Connection is our primary method of offering technical support to our users. But the TPC Connection includes many other benefits for the members. One of them is Agile Releases. If you aren’t on the TPC Connection already, you should be because Traverse PC’s Agile Releases are only available to TPC Connection members.

What this means is that if you are already on TPC Desktop 2014 but aren’t a member of the TPC Connection, you won’t get the advantages that are in TPC Desktop 2014 Release 1 and future Agile Releases. If you are on an even earlier version of Traverse PC, you have to update to the current version (TPC Desktop 2014) and then you are eligible to purchase the TPC Connection to take advantage of all Agile Releases.

The good news here is that all of our current special offers, both for new users and existing users (except the Download Only offers), include the TPC Connection. This is a great time to purchase Traverse PC or update your current copy. And don’t forget that the TPC Connection also includes Online Training, Unlimited Technical Support, Printed and eReader Learning Guide Sets, backup Program CD, Video DVD, and best of all, a Traverse PC T-Shirt or Cap!

Also, for those of you who are on TPC Desktop 2011, you should have already received information about a very special special offer just for you.

Eric Tanikawa - Business ManagerEric Tanikawa: 
Your 4th of July Barbecue –
The Surveyor Burger

This recipe might be a little “over the top” but surveyors like to go BIG!

2 lbs of ground beef (80% lean, 20% fat)
Beef Seasonings:
  • 3 tablespoons minced red onion
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon favorite BBQ sauce
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon ginger ale
Steaming Liquid:
  • 16 ounces of your favorite beer
  • 4 cups of water
  • cuttings & skins from onions you minced
Burger Spray:
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil

Mix meat and seasoning ingredient in a large bowl. Form 8 patties (don’t forget to make a thumb-sized dimple in the center of each patty, so the burger will not shrink in size when cooking), cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour. Remove patties from refrigerator and let them come to room temperature (approximately 20 minutes).

Preheat smoker 220 degrees, pour beer, water and onion cuttings into water tray. Place burgers on the oiled grill. Cook burgers for 50 minutes, occasionally spraying with apple cider mixture.

Steam heat your bun then add pickles, tomato, shredded lettuce, and homemade Thousand Island dressing (optional – your favorite hot sauce)    ENJOY!!!!