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
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