2018 Release 0: January 2, 2018

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XRef

XReference Sneak Peek (4:00)

XRref Sneak Peek
XRef Sneak Peek

TPC now supports CAD XRefs. Changes to the referenced CAD file show up real-time in your drawing. Plus TPC doesn’t have store all the CAD entities in it’s drawings. It just stores the XReference and let’s it do all the heavy lifting.

Referencing an XReference to Your Survey

Referencing an XReference to a Survey (1:50)

In a perfect world, everyone works on your survey grid. In an imperfect world, they don’t. So you can scramble at the last minute to get the right coordinates or figure out how to change the ones you’ve got, or you can simply reference the XReference CAD file to your survey.

It’s easy. Just pick pairs of survey / CAD points and TPC scales, rotates and translates the reference CAD file to fit your survey.

You know how those architects are always sending you drawings in inches? Just reference to your survey and now they are in feet.

You know how the project is laid out on a local grid but you need State Plane for your GNSS equipment. Just reference to your survey.

This is a great way to get what you need right now.

XReference and Projects

So you are working on a large construction project with real-time changes. They’re ready for curb stakeout, but there are some last minute changes.

This is where XRefs shine. Let TPC update the XReference in it’s drawing and all the changes are right there. Just convert what you want to survey and stake it out.

XReference Layers

XReference Layers (2:55)

XRef Delineate Layer
XRef Delineate Layer

Sure you get an XRef for a project, but you have know idea what entities are on what layer. The contractor is ready to lay the electrical lines but you don’t even know where they are in the CAD drawing.

We’ve added some great tools to help you locate just what you need.

In the picture shown here, we’ve asked TPC to delineate the XReference|CURB layer. Now we can see what objects are on that layer and where they are. You’ll find other powerful tools, just like delineating layers, waiting for you in TPC Desktop 2018.

XReference Binding

XRefs and the Drawing Data Manager (2:10)

When you bind an XRef to a drawing, TPC replaces the XReference with the objects in the XReference. You lose the XReference, but you lock in the objects.

This is a great way to nail down a specific version of a CAD file to hang your hat on.

XReference Unload / Reload

Done with a CAD XReference for the time being? Don’t want to wade through it in your drawing right at the moment?

That’s easy – just Unload it. All the XReference objects go away, but TPC retains the XReference itself in the drawing. So when you want the XReference objects back in your drawing, just Reload it.

And speaking of Reloading, you can set an XReference to update automatically (default) when the reference CAD file changes, or you can tell TPC you want to update it manually. Then, when do want to update it, just Reload it. That simple.

 

Leaders

Curved Leaders

Curved Leaders (2:10)

Curved Leader
Curved Leader

You can now draw Curved leaders in addition to angled leaders.

Drawing a curved leaders is just like drawing an angled leader, but instead of specifying an angle point somewhere in the middle of the leader, you just drag the cursor off to the side the create an arc left or right. It’s pretty simple and can add lots of pizzaz to your drawings.

Dot Leaders

Dot Leaders (2:18)

Dot Leader
Dot Leader

You can now end your leaders with a solid dot (circle) along with arrows and the other leader ends.

We’ve had a number of user say they like to use the dot-leaders to identify easements. Wow – what a great to keep your annotations distinct and consistent.

 

Drawings

Polyline Areas

Polyline Area
Polyline Area

You can now compute the area of a drawing polyline from its Properties dialog.

 

 

 

Drawing View Undo

Any changes made to Traverse Drawing settings can now be undone. Changing color, font, linetype, label formats, symbols and decimals for Control Points, Curves / Spirals, Side Shots, Lot Labels, etc can be undone after they’ve been applied.

Changes made to Drawing settings can be undone as well. Leader settings all the way to Dynamic Offset settings can be undone after they’ve been applied.

Any scale change through the Drawing Settings, Scale bar or Zoom extents can now be undone.

Almost Black, Almost White

Almost Black And Almost White
Almost Black And Almost White

We added two new colors you can use as Black or White backgrounds for fills or clearing, without defaulting to CAD’s White = Black convention.

Black (almost) – draws as Black in TPC, regardless of background color, but reverts to Black when exported to CAD.

White (almost) – draws as White in TPC, regardless of background color, but reverts to White when exported to CAD.

Current Layers

Drawings stored with a survey file (.trv) now remember their current layer when the survey is saved and re-opened. They used to revert back to the 0 layer.

Select Values

Select Value
Select Value

Now when you use a COGO pick button [>] to pick a distance from a drawing object, TPC displays a list of values for the object. Just select the value you want and you’re good to go.

Block Reference Background Clearing

Background Clearing Overview (5:20)

You can now clear individual block references by turning on [x] Clear Background in their Properties dialog.

Drawing Data

Delineating Drawing Objects

Delineating Objects (3:15)

Delineate Objects from Drawing Data Manager
Delineate Objects from Drawing Data Manager

Delineating drawing objects from the Drawing Data Manager is one of the best tools you never knew existed.

So the problem with so many surveys is that they don’t happen all at once. I finally get back to a job I am working on and can’t remember quite where I put things. Or maybe a get a CAD drawing from a client and just want to figure out where they put stuff.

That’s when you want to delineate objects from the Drawing Data Manager.

Just expand any section, layers, traverses, fonts, XRefs, or whatever, and tell TPC to delineate it in the drawing. Wow! Now you see it. Select any other object in the Drawing Data Manager and it gets delineated. It’s a fast and fun way to see just what is where in the drawing.

Delete Unused Blocks

Unused Blocks Removed
Unused Blocks Removed

Now you can delete unused blocks from a drawing. This reduces the size of the survey file and speeds up the survey file access time.

You can end up with unused blocks after importing a CAD file.

 

COGO

Tangent Intersects

Tangent Intersect Preview (3:06)

Tangent-Tangent Intersect (3:05)

Tangent-Tangent Intersect
Tangent-Tangent Intersect

Tangent intersects are regular intersections with the added constraint that they must be tangent to some arc, curve or circle. In surveying, we run into these when do don’t have a starting bearing to work with. We just know that we want the intersection to be some distance from a particular point and passing through some other part of the survey.

In the drawing shown here, TPC created

  • INT1R which is tangent to the curve from 3PC to 3PT
  • INT2R which is tangent to the curve from 7PC to 7PT

Of course there are lots of variations for computing tangents through a point, allowing intersects beyond the end points of a line, so no matter what information you start with, TPC will compute the tangent intersect you need.

 Horizontal Curve Dialog

Entering a negative Radius, Delta or ArcLength will also set the curve direction to CCW (Counter Clock Wise). Entering a positive value for these variables does not alternately change the curve to CW (Clock Wise). This is just a convenient way to enter a value and change the curve direction at the same time.

 

Surfaces

Importing LandXML Surfaces with Hidden Faces

Import Surfaces with Invisible Faces from LandXML (4:08)

Now when you import a LandXML surface, TPC honors the invisible faces. They don’t show up in the TIN, volume or slope computations and contours don’t extend into them.

Many CAD programs use invisible faces to define the surface border. In prior versions of TPC, you would have to create a border traverse to match. Now you don’t. The surface just looks and works the same as it did in CAD.

Hide Invisible Triangles
Hide Invisible Triangles

With the [ ] Show Invisible Triangles turned off (default) in the TIN dialog, you don’t see them. But of course, you can always turn the invisible faces back on.

 

Workflows

Parking Striping

Parking Lot Striping (10:08)

Parking Striping
Parking Striping

We’ve added some great new tools that make repetitive operations like parking striping fast and fun in TPC.

See the Traverses tab for a complete list.

Traverses

Select Traverse PointsSelect Traverse Points

Now you can select all the points of a certain type in a traverse.

  • Did you create a bunch of side shots from a COGO routine that you want to get rid of?
  • Do you have a bunch of offset points you want to convert to side shots?
  • Did you accidently import Notes into a traverse and now you want to get rid of them?
  • Want to see where all your control points are in a big traverse?
  • Want to see which benchmarks you used in a control traverse?

You can accomplish all of these with the new Select Points options.

One Edit Applied to Selected Points

And once you selected the points you want, enter one value for distance, bearing, elevation, etc. and all the selected points get updated.

Select Traverse Side Shots
Select Traverse Side Shots

In the example shown here, we’ve selected all the sideshots. Now if we enter just one bearing or one distance, they all get updated with that bearing or distance.

Want to see how this can improve your workflows? Watch Parking Lot Striping (10:08)

Here are the values you can edit this way:

  • descriptions, attributes
  • bearings, azimuths
  • horizontal distances, vertical distances, slope distances
  • instrument heights, target height
  • elevations (entering an elevation for a point, protects that elevation)
  • ellipsoid height
  • setback types
  • point type

Note: Many of you have already been using this concept in the Point Manager where you can also update elevations and descriptions for multiple points at a time.

Traverse Closure Type

We added a Closure Type tab to the Traverse Properties dialog. Choose from Open, Close Loop or Closed Point to Point.

Legal Descriptions

Decimals

Legal Description Decimals
Legal Description Decimals

Legal Description Decimals (2:17)

Now you can control all the decimals used in your legal description.

TPC rounds up/down to the decimals you specify. Use other options to control the text TPC produces for you.

 

Tasks Manager

Tasks Manager Format

Tasks Manager Format View (2:20)

You can now format the Tasks Manager by choosing Format View… F9 or pressing the F9 key. TPC will display the Tasks Manager Format dialog.

TPC Desktop 2018 - Recent Files in the Tasks Manager

Tasks Manager FormatFilename Options for the Recent File List

  • Filename Only displays just the filename the way it has been shown in previous versions
  • Drive:\Path\Filename displays the complete path and filename
  • Filename [Folder] \Path\ displays the filename first, without an extension, then displays the drive and path. If the drive and path matches one of the predefined folders, TPC replaces that portion of the drive and path with the folder name in brackets.

Import / Export

Generic Raw Geodetic
Generic Raw Geodetic

Generic Raw Data

We added some new data types to the Generic Raw Data CSV filter.

V – Vertical distance, y – Latitude, x – Longitude and z – Ellipse Ht

 

Groups

Retain Collapsed Traverse Groups
Retain Collapsed Traverse Groups

Retain Collapsed Traverse and Drawing Groups

When a survey is saved and opened, TPC now remembers which Traverse and Drawing groups are collapsed.

Prior to this release, all groups were expanded when when a survey was opened.

In the example shown here, we saved the survey with the Parking group expanded. So when we re-open the survey, the Parking group is the only group expanded.

 

Update v17

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Update v16

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Take a look at What’s New as well as our New Videos to see what you’re missing out on if you pass up this deal!

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Update v1-15

To qualify, you must own TPC Desktop v1 – v15. These versions are older and no longer supported, so you pay more to update.

Take a look at What’s New as well as our New Videos to see what you’re missing out on if you pass up this deal!

Add the TPC Connection membership to receive all 2018 Agile Releases and unlimited technical support.

If You Have: Update to 2017 *DL Add TPCC
Professional $850Buy Now / Add to Cart $500Buy Now / Add to Cart
Premium $600Buy Now / Add to Cart $400Buy Now / Add to Cart
Personal $350Buy Now / Add to Cart $300Buy Now / Add to Cart

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Special Offers may be available.

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Note: If you do not have the Current Version, you need to first Update to the Current Version and then Upgrade to the Edition you want.

Upgrades require the Serial Number of your current program. It can be found by choosing Help | About TPC Desktop.

Definitions

  • Version: A Version is defined as the specific name of a release such as TPC Desktop V9.5 or TPC Desktop 2014.
  • Edition: An Edition is defined as the specific set of features that has an Edition name such as TPC Desktop 2010 Professional (2010 is the Version and Professional is the Edition).
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  • Upgrade: An Upgrade is defined as moving from one Edition of the Current Version to another Edition of the Current Version such as from TPC Desktop 2014 Personal to TPC Desktop 2014 Premium.
  • Update: An Update is defined as moving from a prior Version to the same Edition of the Current Version such as TPC Desktop Professional 2013 to TPC Desktop Professional 2014.