2017 Release 0: January 30th, 2017

2017 Release 1: May 15th, 2017 (available only to TPC Connection members)

CAD View

Transfer Selected Entities to Drawing View

Select some entities in the CAD View and right click and go to Drawing View | Send select entities… they will all appear in the Drawing View just like they were in the CAD View.

Convert to Survey

CAD View: Convert to Survey (4:08)

Converts the selected entities to survey space. If you have multiple objects selected you’ll be asked if you want to create a traverse for each object.

Isolate a Layer

The CAD View layer dialog now allows you to isolate a layer. The CAD drawing will automatically update to display only the isolated layer, until the layer is restored.

CAD View Block Properties
CAD View Block Properties

Entity Properties

CAD View: Access and Edit Entity Properties (2:10)

Select then right click any entity in the CAD View and choose Properties to display a dialog for that entity.  Edit the line type, pen width, color, layer, etc.. For text entities , you can even edit the text. It all works pretty much just like it does in the Drawing view.

The Edit Codes button gives you access to all the DXF codes.

Remember, in the CAD view, you are editing the native CAD file itself. So you can make changes and send it right back to the client.

Documentation for Layouts

TPC’s CAD View let’s you see any Layouts stored with the file. But layouts come with some rules. Things you can and can’t do because they are CAD layouts. We cover these rules now in the help topics.


Exporting Surfaces to CAD (2:33)

We’ve made two changes to the way TPC exports a surface to CAD.

  1. The polyfacemesh layer is turned off by default. You can simply turn it back on if you want to see it.
  2. Contours with labels are now drawn as polylines, just like they are if labels are not included. Plus all contours and labels are set to their respective elevations.

If you view the surface in CAD using the perspective tools, you can use either the polyfacemesh or the contours. They both look great.

3D Perspective on Contours
3D Perspective on Contours

Closure View

Closure View Warnings Option
Closure View Warnings Option

[Warnings] Section

The Closure View now includes a [Warnings] section you can turn on or off like you to the other sub-sections in the view. Just select View, Include Closure Data.

Friendlier Refresh

The Closure View does a better job now of refreshing only when it has to. So as you switch back and forth, from the Closure View to other views, the view and the cursor stay where you left them (it used to scroll the entire view and put the cursor back up at the top).


Draw Control Point Chain

Draw Control Point Chain (3:04)

TPC now provides an optional way to look at your control point chain.

Draw Control Point Chain Option
Draw Control Point Chain Option

Turn on the option in the Import Settings dialog or you can also turn it on in the Traverse View, using Tools | Draw Control Point Chain.

TPC checks each control point, comparing the preceding control point with any BS records that follow. If they don’t reference the same point, TPC inserts a GAP before the control point, eliminating that control line from the drawing.

But this new option also turns on a new feature that tells TPC to draw any BS records using the Control Point Settings. So TPC removes the control lines you don’t want and adds the ones you do want.

Draw Control Point Chain
Draw Control Point Chain

Here’s a picture of the new backsight lines you get (circled).


Importing GIS Objects Onto the Drawing’s Current Layer (1:35)

When you import GIS objects into a drawing, TPC now adds them to the drawing’s current layer. Just select the layer you want as the current layer for the drawing, then import your GIS file.

You can import any number of GIS files onto any number of drawing layers this way.

Import GIS Onto Current Layer
Import GIS Onto Current Layer


TPC Desktop 2017 R1 - New Point SymbolsNew Point Symbols

We have had several user requests for a few new point symbols so we have added them.

We now include over 130 point symbols with TPC.

New Template Option

Keep or Delete Existing Drawing Objects (1:31)

When you add a drawing template to an existing drawing, TPC used to remove any survey space objects from a layer in the current drawing if the template included that layer. So you had to create the drawing based on that template first, then add your survey objects.

Template Delete Objects On Import
Template Delete Objects On Import

Now, you can tell TPC whether or not to remove the existing survey objects when you import the template. You decide if you want to keep what’s already there or not.

Move Not Allowed

Tired of seeing the Move Not Allowed when you accidentally bump a traverse object like a line or a point symbol? Well, now you can go to the Program Settings and turn that message off.

Syntax Buttons
Syntax Buttons

Symbol and line type Syntax buttons

Syntax File Buttons (0:59)

We’ve added two Syntax Definition buttons to let you view how to edit symbol and line types. Clicking those buttons will open the default text editor with the syntax definition file for either editing symbols or editing line types.

More Repeats

We added the Repeat option to more of your favorite drawing commands.

Want to insert multiple leaders? Just start the command and press R for Repeat. Save goes for circles, dynamic offsets and most of the other drawing commands.

Decimal Sizes

Some dialogs, like the Legend Properties, didn’t let you enter decimal sizes using the keyboard. Now they do.

Text Object Properties

When you right click a text object in a drawing and choose Properties, TPC now puts the cursor in the Text box where you edit the text.

Decimal Line Spacing Legends And Tables
Decimal Line Spacing Legends And Tables

Table and Legend Item Line Spacing

You can now enter decimal line space factors. Add more line spacing to make the table easier to read or squeeze the lines together to fit more lines in.

In the example shown here, we’ve used a factor of 1.0 for the curve table and 0.3 for the line table.

Draw Backsights

Draw Control Point Chain (3:04)

You can now draw backsights using Control Point Settings.

This lets you include your BS records in a drawing which can give you a better idea of how you ran your control and which control points you used in your site or topo survey.


Traverse Report Save As
Traverse Report: Save As

Traverse Reports

Traverse Report: Save Report As… command (1:41)

Temporary Traverse Reports can now be saved as new reports.

Traverse reports have always been temporary. You generate the report, print it out or append it to the current Report View, but when you close the temporary report, that report is gone.

Well now you can choose Save As… or Save.., give the report a file name and save a copy of it. Edit the report as often as you like and choose Save… to update it’s file. After you close the Traverse Report, you can open the report you saved in the Report View and continue working on it.

Relabel Points
Relabel Points

Relabel Points

We added the Relabel Points command to the Traverse View context menu so you can access it like you do in the Points Manager.



Set Elevations to Zero on Import

Some of you import coordinates from systems that use very large negative or positive values for missing elevations. A new option in the Import settings tells TPC to look for these extreme values and set them to zero. Limits in Program Settings will let you define the values that will be considered extreme.



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