eNewsletter – November, 2014
President’s Message: LandXML Support, Eric Tanikawa: TPC’s Most Viewed Videos, Oliver Bochsler: Insert Existing Points and the “What” list, Mark Lull: TPC’s Drawing Data Manager – An Underused Resource plus: A Correction
It’s official. When TPC Desktop 2015 ships this coming January, it will include LandXML. In fact, we’ve already completed the basic components like points, parcels, alignments and surfaces and we are turning our attention to TPS, GPS, GradeModel, etc. Some of these won’t make it into the January release, but will be available to TPC Connection members in the ensuing agile releases.
So why LandXML? Simple – it’s the best way for surveyors to interface with Civil3D. Many of you have told us that you need certain deliverables to compete on certain projects. Your choices are to 1) buy and learn Civil3D and deliver its data or 2) find some way to provide the same data in LandXML. Both are capable of handling the required data and deliverables. And your over whelming preference is (drum roll please) – NOT Civil3D. We hear you! And we are right there with you. That’s why we’re putting LandXML into TPC Desktop now.
TPC Desktop 2015 will ship with LandXML 1.2, using the SDK from LandXML.org. A newer version, LandXML 2.0 should be available soon, and we’ll provide it to our TPC Connection members in an agile release.
John Balcom, MSE, PLS
Every day we have a lot of visitors surf our website, and many are drawn to watching our videos on our YouTube channel, Traverse PC TV. Here is the list of top “10” most viewed videos:
10. TPC Desktop BLM: Importing Trimble Business Center Points
9. TPC Desktop Introduction: Balance Angles And Coordinates
8. TPC Desktop COGO: Drawing View
7. TPC Desktop 2014: Automatic Leaders
6. TPC Desktop Introduction: Simple Surfaces
5. TPC Desktop Introduction: Importing Data
4. TPC Desktop Introduction: Quick View ™
3. TPC Desktop Introduction: Drawings and Templates
2. Traverse PC – The Movie
1. TPC Desktop Introduction: Entering a Lot Traverse
We have over 100 videos to choose from and every month, we select one of them as our Featured Video.
Insert Existing Points and the “What” List
The Insert Existing Points dialog in the Traverse View is a really sweet tool. We’ve recently added a “What” list to the dialog in order to ease the process of adding points into a traverse. Don’t fret; the addition of the “What” list was the only thing that changed in the dialog. The familiar options for adding points to a traverse are still there. You can still add points by searching on a range of point labels, by finding all points within a distance of a proximity point, and by matching points, which opens the Matching Points dialog. Anything you can select with the “What” list can be selected and added into a traverse with the Insert Existing Points dialog, including selected objects in the Drawing View!
To find the Insert Existing Points dialog, open any Traverse View and go to Edit | Insert Existing Points… The dialog will be displayed and will default to the Matching Points option. To change what option you want to use to insert points, simply click on the radio button for the option you want to use. For example:
You can see here that the “What” list option is currently selected because the black circle on the left, called a radio button, is selected. Just click on one of the empty radio buttons to select a different option.
We hope the addition of the “What” list in the Insert Existing Points dialog helps you in your experience using Traverse PC, by making things more simple and straightforward.
Traverse PC’s Drawing Data Manager has been around since TPC Desktop 2010 but very few of you seem to be aware of it. This is an extremely useful resource that can help you manage anything in your drawings – even if you can’t see the object!
To access the Drawing Data Manager, you can go to the main Manage menu, click on the Drawing Data button on the Desktop Navigation toolbar or point at the Drawing Data tab (if the Drawing Data Manager is open and auto-hidden).
The top line of the Drawing Data Manager will display the name of the Drawing that information is being provided for. Note that you may need to choose Tools | Synchronize to Drawing View if you open a different drawing.
You can left-click the plus sign ( + ) to the left of anything in the familiar tree structure to see any sub-objects or more information about the object.
You can left-click the checkbox to turn a layer on or off or to hide or show an object. So if there is no checkmark next to a layer name in the list of layers, the layer is turned off. To turn the layer on, left-click the checkbox. If there is no checkmark next to an object, the object is hidden. To show the object, left-click the checkbox
You can double-click any object to access its Properties – even if it is hidden! You can then edit any of the Properties – without even locating the object on the drawing!
You can even Delete objects in the Drawing Data Manager.
Hopefully you can see how useful this resource is. I hope you take advantage of it the next time you are struggling with something in a drawing.
J. Anthony Cavell, PLS and CFedS in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, sent the following information about something I said in last month’s eNewsletter article:
“I thought (*smile*) I should point out that alack is indeed a real word, albeit archaic. It is a synonym of alas; a contraction of the two words ah & lack.”
Thanks for the information, Tony. No, there is no prize for pointing out that I was wrong about something and making me point it out to the entire world! And just wait until the next time you call me with a question! Just see how much help you get! 😉
I always love to learn new things, especially about words. As I told you, Tony, I shouldn’t have been so lazy when I was looking up the word online (I should have known better!). I should have gone straight to my Oxford English Dictionary. Live and learn and thanks again, Tony.