We can’t say enough about our Quick View™ Technology. You get to see what your data looks like without drawing it and without fiddling with those drawing commands you can never remember how to use. Just choose the settings you want for Control, Side Shots and Lot Labels and let our Quick View™ Technology do the rest.Draw everything the same, or choose settings for individual traverses and you have a very sophisticated drawing without every drawing a thing yourself.

The Quick View™ Concept

TPC has used Quick View ™ since its inception in 1987. Now millions of drawings later, it still creates drawings that same way because it works. These five steps provide an efficient drawing method unparalleled in CAD software.

1) Create your data and tag the items you want to include in a drawing.

Traverse View
Traverse View

“It starts with your data…

…and ends with your drawing”.

So starting with the correct data is very important. With TPC Desktop, you get to see all your data all the time.

And as you enter your data, Quick View™ draws it for you. You’ve got to see this one.

2) Use the Traverse Settings to create the drawing objects.

Traverse Settings Dlg
Traverse Settings Dlg

Choose the symbols, line types, colors, etc you want and let TPC create the drawing objects for you. Then change the settings and all the objects get updated automatically.

But be careful, you might find yourself laughing at the guys who are still doing this the old way – with CAD.


3) Modify the settings and add Smart Drawing Objects™ to enhance your drawing.

Because your data is organized into traverses, modifying features on a map is a breeze.

4) Modify the settings (properties) of any individual objects that are different from the others

Point Symbol Properites
Point Symbol Properites

Just right-click any drawing object and choose Properties. TPC displays the dialog for that object, allowing you to change whatever you want.

5) Add any additional objects like text or background photos

Drawing View

You’ll find easy to use drawing tools to help you finish your drawing and get it out the door.

Quick View™ (7:30)

  • Our Quick View™ technology turns your data into drawings.
  • 0:34 Drawing Learning Guide: 5 steps in The Quick View™ Concept, pg 6
  • 1:30 Traverse groups help us produce drawings quickly
  • 2:43 Tagging traverses and surfaces – similar to CAD’s layers
  • 3:18 Access Traverse Settings from the Traverse Manager – change fills and line types
  • 5:00 Access Traverse Settings from the drawing by double clicking – add curve labels
  • 6:00 Copying Traverse Settings
  • 6:19 Drawing Settings – global settings like Distance Units and Extra Space in Bearings

100% Data Association

In TPC Desktop the data is stored in  the survey, not the drawing. If a drawing needs to know how long a line is, it gets the length from the survey. So update the position of a point or line in the survey and the drawing automatically updates the appropriate bearing, distance, coordinates and lot areas. WOW!   Welcome to the TPC Smart Survey System

With multiple drawings, each drawing gets it’s data from the survey, so update a line in the survey and every drawing that uses that line is updated – automatically. Talk about making life just a little easier. Once you start using TPC Desktop, you’ll discover lots of little time savers just like this. They are part of the reason our slogan is ‘Traverse PC – Practical Solutions’.

Multiple Drawings

Tony Failla Map 1
Tony Failla Map 2
Tony Failla Map 2

Most editions of TPC allow Multiple Drawings in each survey. Here, we have Page 1 and Page 2 of a plat. You might have Phase 1 and Phase 2 or include As-Built drawings or construction drawings.

The possibilities are endless.

Draws as you Type

Quick View™ draws the survey as you enter your data.  This is a great advantage because you’re able to immediately see if you make a mistake or if the legal description has an error.  TPC lets you see all your data all the time or any portion you choose to see.  You have the flexibility to arrange your screen and your data the way that works best for you.

Imported Data

Import data from a data collector GPS unit or total station and Quick View™ draws the control points, side shots, boundaries – everything you measured in the field.  Talk about a great way to check your work!

Traverse Settings

Choose the traverse settings you want and let Quick View™ label the lines, insert the points symbols, trim the lines, scale the drawing, compute the lot areas, label the lots, insert objects like your north arrow, scale bar, title block and stamp, etc. Get the picture?  You pick the settings you want and Quick View™ does the drawing for you. Now make the changes you want and you’re finished.

Surface Settings

Surface settings work just like Traverse Settings, but for surfaces. Choose the major and minor contour intervals you want. Change their color and line type. Label contours, add slope shading, draw breaklines and lots more.

Smart Drawing Objects™

TPC Legend
TPC Legend

Smart Drawing Objects™, like the legend, title block and line table automatically update themselves as you edit the drawing, saving you a ton of time and ensuring that your drawing is accurate and complete. Automatically!

Smart Drawing Objects™ (1:50)

 Smart drawing objects™

The No CAD Zone®

The No CAD Zone®

No CAD Zone®
No CAD Zone®

TPC Desktop isn’t another CAD program with land surveying tacked-on. It’s point based land surveying software that starts with your data and ends with your drawings. We call it the No CAD Zone®.

Designed for Land Surveying – Land Surveyors deserve to have a program designed specifically for them, and Traverse PC provides just that. The No CAD Zone® offers a fully-integrated survey solution that has the absolute best data entry in the industry, all the necessary built-in COGO tools that surveyors need and an easy to use drawing engine that draws your map as data is entered. Isn’t that the way it should work?

 No CAD Zone®

 No CAD Zone® Drawings

Sneak Peek: No CAD Zone® (3:00)

  • 0:00 Add line labels with Traverse Drawing Settings
  • 0:56 Add lot labels
  • 1:15 Adding a curb return
    • do the COGO to put in the return radius
    • updates line
    • updates line labels
    • updates lot area
  • 2:35 add leader to line label
  • 2:46 add lot setbacks