eNewsletter – November, 2016
|John Balcom: Help When You Need It, Oliver Bochsler: New Font Tools, Mark Lull: Improving Workflow and Efficiency, Eric Tanikawa: New Subscription Options|
John Balcom: Help When You Need It
Here at Traverse PC, we have been evaluating potential road blocks to learning and using TPC. Those moments when you have to break stride to figure out how and why TPC did or didn’t do something you thought it should or shouldn’t have done. We know these are inherent in any software, but we want to minimize them so you can work confidently and efficiently with TPC.
We just added 187+ help topics for the pop-up message windows in TPC. These windows include a new Help button that opens a corresponding help topic. The help topics tell you why TPC did what it just did, how you might correct it and links to related topics that may give you some direction.
Here’s an example of what happens when you try to re-order the default group Un-Assigned in the Traverse or Drawing managers. The Message Box tells you the default group can’t be moved because it has to be first. If you are already familiar with TPC’s Groups, you may have already figured out what to do. But what if you are new to Groups? This is one of those potential road blocks we talked about. So let’s see how the new Help When You Need It works.
Choose Help. TPC displays the related help topic. TPC explains why the default group has to be first (it’s a Windows thing TPC doesn’t control) and provides some possible solutions in the Correction section.
If you still want to learn more, TPC provides a direct link to the Using Groups help page.
New hot links in the Message View take you to similar help topics that explain why you got the warning or error message you got and what you might do about it.
We are pretty sure that by the time we release TPC Desktop 2017 we’ll have well over 200 of these new help topics to guide you throughout TPC. And don’t forget that you can always press F1 to get help wherever you are in TPC. Take a look at this short video to see how much we can Help When You Need It!
John Balcom, President, MSE, PLS, GISP
Oliver Bochsler: New Font Tools
Traverse PC Desktop 2017 will have many new features, however only one of them will change the world. Just kidding. It may not change the world but it will make your life a bit easier. I’ve been working on Font Tools. It’s a new right-click menu in the Drawing Data Manager that’s designed to help you manage the fonts used by the drawing. Simply expand the Font subtree and right-click a font to get to your options.
Convert To Font: Converts text objects with the selected font to another font. The Convert Fonts dialog box will let you choose a font to convert the objects to.
Delete Font: You can expand each font to see how many text objects use it. If no text objects use that font, then it can be deleted from the drawing.
Delete Unused Fonts: Deletes fonts from the drawing that are not used by any text objects.
Delineate Font: This lets you delineate Survey Space, Paper Space, or all text objects that use the selected font. Delineating fonts lets you see where they are used in the drawing by highlighting them.
Select Font: You can select Survey Space, Paper Space, or all text objects that use the selected font. Once selected, you can operate on all of them with a single command.
Set Object Properties: You can use the Set Object Properties dialog to set the properties of all objects that use the selected font.
This is a great way to manage your fonts and we’re excited to continue building fun features like Font Tools for TPC 2017. Check out our short video on the new Font Tools.
Oliver Bochsler, Software Development
Mark Lull: Improving Workflow and Efficiency
In case you hadn’t noticed, we are all very excited about the improvements we are making to TPC Desktop. The reason is that all of the improvements we are making have the potential to save you a lot of time.
From the very first version of Traverse PC, we have focused on improving your efficiency by providing tools that are intuitive for surveyors to use and that allow you to automate much of your workflow. The more things we can provide user-customizable settings for, the easier it becomes for you to set things up one time and then use them many times. This provides maximum flexibility while ensuring consistency, accuracy, ease of use and efficiency.
Every time we consider making a change to TPC Desktop, we go through a process that considers several factors. These factors include how many of you would benefit, how many resources are required to implement it and, above all, how do we implement it to provide the best user experience possible.
I had really wanted to start telling you about some of the other things we are working on for TPC Desktop 2017 but I think we’ll hold that surprise a little longer. What I can tell you is that we have a few really great improvements coming that, I think, will knock your socks off. Rest assured that all of these improvements are designed with the user experience in mind so that they can shorten your workflow and improve your efficiency.
No other software can do what we do, what Traverse PC does!
Mark Lull, Technical Support
Eric Tanikawa: New Subscription Options
We want to provide more options for you to take advantage of all the new features and improvements we are constantly making to Traverse PC. To do this, we have implemented a new TPC Software Subscription plan that may appeal to those of you who do not care about having a perpetual license.
Here’s how it works. You have the option of purchasing a 90-day subscription for any Edition of TPC at a very competitive price. At the end of your 90 days, the program will no longer run and it’s up to you to purchase another subscription or not. This will allow you to purchase subscriptions for just the times of year that you are working. Or, you can easily switch between different Editions as needed for your work.
These subscriptions include membership in the TPC Connection with most* of its benefits such as online training, unlimited technical support and the latest Agile Releases for as long as the subscription remains active. When the subscription runs out, so does the TPC Connection membership.
While we understand that this may be a very cost-effective way for some of you to manage your software dollars, it is not replacing our normal perpetual license or TPC Connection membership. As we have stated in other newsletter articles, we don’t like being forced into software subscriptions and we have no intention of forcing you into them. This is simply another option that may or may not be right for you.
Give me a call me if you have questions or if you want to take advantage of our new software subscriptions.
Eric Tanikawa, Sales
* Software Subscriptions do not include printed learning guides, program CD’s or any other physical items. They are provided via download only. In addition, no courtesy licenses will be available with the subscriptions.