2017 Release 0: January 30th, 2017
2017 Release 2: Coming – August, 2017 (available only to TPC Connection members)
Reference Group to Survey
Reference Group to Survey (6:06)
Right-click any group and choose Groups / Blocks | Reference Group to Survey.
TPC will prompt you to select two pairs of survey / group points. TPC then rotates, translates and scales the group based on the points you selected.
Now you can use TPC’s COGO tools to check inverses, offsets, lengths, angles and anything else you want before you proceed with the project.
You might also want to move the group to a locked layer so that you don’t accidentally bump it back out of position.
Select Last Import
Reference Group to Survey (6:06) (it’s one of the steps in this video)
You can select the last drawing objects imported into your drawing. From the Drawing View go to Edit | Select last import after you import data into your drawing and TPC will select those drawn objects.
Group Last Import
Reference Group to Survey (6:06) (it’s one of the steps in this video)
You can now automatically group the most recently imported drawing objects. After you import data into your drawing right click one of those entities and go to Groups / Blocks | Group Last Import.
Rotating an object to bearing
Right click an object and choose Modify Objects | Rotate to Bearing to start the new rotate command. You have many options when choosing your To and From bearings. You can use snap commands, a single line, or a free hand points placed by a simple mouse click! Its a clean way to get a precise rotation.
Send selected entities as group
Select entities in the CAD View then right click and choose Drawing View | Send selected entities as group. All the entities selected will be sent over to the Drawing View as a group.
Send selected entities’ layers
Send Selected Entities’ Layers as a Group (3:49) (Same idea, but entities sent over aren’t in a group)
Entities from the unique layers of the currently selected entities will be sent to the Drawing View using the new Send selected entities’ layers command.
Example: if we have three entities: A which is on layer 1, B which is on layer 2, C which is on layer 1 and you select entity A and B then run this command, all the entities from layer 1 and layer 2 will be sent.
You can also perform the same task through the CAD View layers dialog. Simply open the Layers Dialog and click Send to Drawing View.
Send selected entities’ layers as group
The new Send selected entities’ layers as group command works exactly like Send selected entities’ layers command, except all the entities sent to the Drawing View are sent in a single group.
Undo last send selected
Undo Last Send Selected (1:35)
If you don’t get the results you want when you send entities from the CAD View to the Drawing View, you can always undo the last send selected and try it again. You will use the Undo last send selected command for this.
TPC now looks for projection (.prj) files when importing shapes. It creates a CRS (coordinate reference system) using the information in the projection file and transforms geographic positions into to their corresponding coordinate positions automatically.
If your geographic shape files doesn’t come with a projection file, TPC asks if you want to read it as geographic positions using the CRS of the survey.
Reference Shapes to Survey
Take a look at the Reference Group to Survey in the Drawing View tab. You can do this with imported shapes too.
So lets say you get a shape file that doesn’t have a projection file and it doesn’t quite match your current survey. Just reference it to the survey by picking two point pairs and TPC will rotate, translate and scale the imported shapes to match. Just what the projection file would have done.
GIS Cooordinate Systems
TPC now support 1) geograpic, 2) projected and 3) local coordinates when importing and exporting shape files.
TPC reads the geographic positions and transforms them into coordinates based on the GEOGCS tag in the projection file and the surveys Coordinate Reference System.
You can also tell TPC to export shapes with geographic coordinates. TPC write the appropriate projection file with the GEOGCS tag.
TPC reads the projected coordinates and uses the PROJCS tag in the projection file to generate their equivalent geodetic positions.
You can also tell TPC to export shapes with projected coordinates. TPC write the appropriate projection file with the PROJCS tag.
TPC can also import and export shape files without projection files. These are just coordinates that the user can use with or without a CRS.
When importing GIS data into a drawing, objects now are added to the current layer instead of layer 0.*
When exporting a surface from a drawing to a CAD file, TPC turns off the polyfacemesh layer. The CAD user can turn it back on if desired.*
Contour labels are now embedded into the contour lines when TPC exports a drawing to a CAD file.*
Contour lines with labels embeded now export at the contour elevation.*
When exporting a surface from a drawing to a CAD file, TPC now exports contours as polylines even if labels are being drawn.*
Drafted lines like –[GAS]– are now written to the legend when TPC exports a drawing to a CAD file.*
Importing CAD into Drawing View
- most drawings scale and center automatically (a good Zoom Extents)*
- turns off background clearing so large blocks and text don’t hide others*
- background clearing is disabled for imported text boxes*
We added support for Anonymous blocks when importing a DWG file. These used to come in at 0,0. Now they come in where they are supposed to.*
Offset From Alignment
You can now do Offset From Alignment with selected points from the Points Manager.*
Label Fomats (Lines, Curves, Points) are now stored with point codes.*
We also added a [x] Use Drawing Formats toggle to improve the user interface.*
Exporting Survey Foot
When exporting LandXML files, TPC now specifies US Survey Foot (linearUnit=”USSurveyFoot”) vs International Foot (linearUnit=”foot”), based on the current CRS.*
Duplicate User Line Types
TPC now checks for duplicate line types a user might add to the UserLines.dat file. If found, they are renamed by appending 1,2 3,etc. to them.*
Surveys Store Local CRS
Surveys can now store Local.crs in the TRV file. This allows users to establish US Survey vs International Survey Foot.*
US vs International Survey Foot
We now expose this survey settings more places in TPC.*
- COGO – dialogs that allow you to select distance, direction and units now also display the survey foot.
- Traverse Format – the Advanced tab now displays the survey foot.
- Task Manager – shows the survey foot setting for the survey’s CRS.
Legal Description Curves
Legal descriptions now start curves and spirals with the text “thence beginning a curve/spiral”, indicating that you are already at the beginning of the curve/spiral.*
We have lots more legal description enhancements coming in TPC Desktop 2018 (many of you have been asking for them).
Total Station Data
TPC can now handle F2 only foresights and side shots. It computes the equivalent F1 values and stores them in the SSM or FSM point.*
We added new option to some data collector imports and the Traverse View called ‘Draw Control Point Chain’ to better represent instrument stations and backsights.*
Added [x] Draw Backsights (using Control Point Settings) option to the Advanced tab of the Traverse Drawing Settings. It draws BS records in the traverse.*
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*also added to v17.1 after initial release 5/17