Working with Views

TPC is built on what we call Views. The views let you look at different parts of your survey. For instance, there's a Points Manager that displays all the points in the survey and a Drawing View that displays the survey graphically. These views give TPC incredible flexibility and power.

We think you'll spend most of your time in the Traverse View, entering or computing data and in the Drawing View, enhancing the drawings that TPC makes for you.

Learning to Use Views

Views are covered extensively in the Introduction booklet and the Learning Guide. Both of these are available in the Tasks Manager and printed copies can be ordered fromTPC.

You'll learn how to dock views, expand and contract views, add views to tabbed groups and more. Taking the time now to learn how to use views will help you work efficiently with the TPC Desktop.


TPC calls views that manage one type of survey data Managers. These are dockable views you can place anywhere on the desktop or auto-hide, making them available only when you need them.

Traverses Manager

The Traverses Manager is the key to managing multiple traverses in a survey. You can add, copy, duplicate, delete and arrange as many traverses as you need. You'll find tools here like rotating or translating one, all or selected traverses, exporting data and generating reports, etc.

Use the Traverses Manager to select the traverses you want in the Drawing View or a new drawing.

Drawings Manager

The Drawings Manager lists all the drawings in the survey. To open a drawing, just double-click it in the Drawings Manager. This is also where you will create new drawings, duplicate drawings, delete drawings and do drawing cleanup. You can group drawings just like you can group traverses, making it easier to manage large numbers of drawings.

Drawing Data Manager

This manager lists all the data in a drawing using the familiar tree structure windows uses to display file folders. You find all the blocks, layers, fonts, dynamic offsets, traverses, surfaces, smart drawing objects, etc used in a drawing. When used with the Drawing View, this is a great way to manage your drawings.

Surface Manager

The Surface Manager lists all the surfaces in the survey. From here you can edit existing surfaces, duplicate surfaces, create new surfaces and tag surfaces to include them in drawings just like you do traverses.

Points Manager

The Points Manager is the heart of the coordinate database for the entire survey. Points are displayed in numeric and alphabetic order, by coordinates, or by description. Data query features allow you to download or export selected points. Familiar tools such as search and replace make it easy to edit descriptors and point labels. The Points Manager is never more than a keystroke away from any other View in the program.

Point Codes Manager

The Point Codes Manager is possibly the most valuable feature in TPC Desktop Professional Edition. With a little preparation, it can almost totally automate the drawing process, leaving you only a little housekeeping to do.

The Point Codes Manager lets you manage point by codes that you enter into the point description in the field. TPC can sort points into traverses with specific drawing settings based on the codes. You can save and reuse point code files or TPC can generate codes for you from the points themselves. For site surveys, point codes are a real time saver.

Tasks Manager

The Tasks Manager is like grand central for your surveys. It lists the most recent surveys and gives you access to your own surveys, shared surveys and sample surveys. It lists the survey information for the current survey. It also displays panels with links to the built-in help and on-line help.


TPC refers to some views as Windows or just Views. These views work like typical windows in that they can be resized, cascaded, tiled, expanded to fill the entire desktop, etc.

Traverse View

The Traverse View is at the heart of the TPC Desktop. You'll use it to enter data, compare notes, check the raw data from your data collector, design sub-divisions, lay out roads and just about anything else you do with TPC. Perhaps the most innovative feature about the Traverse View is your ability to format it the way you want to.... This powerful tool even allows you to store your favorite formats and reuse them for future traverses.

Drawing View

We can't say enough about the Drawing View. 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 Drawing View does the rest. Draw everything the same, choose settings for individual traverses, and even for individual points, and you have a very sophisticated drawing without drawing a thing yourself.

Closure View

The Closure View provides a comprehensive summary of your closure error, traverse length, and area and adjustment status. This is also where you will find all your adjustment tools for balancing coordinates, angles, applying scale factors, and adjustments for curvature and refraction.

As you edit data, the Closure View updates automatically to show the new error of closure, distances and areas.

Message View

The Message View gives you detailed information when you need it. It's based on the same technology as Word Pad in Windows, letting you cut/copy/paste, add your own text, and choose fonts, colors, page size, orientation and margins. It can also provide details of COGO routines you run, like intersections, etc.

Report View

The Report View is like the Message View, but it lets you build customized reports and save them as DOC files. Have TPC Desktop write legal descriptions and stakeout reports, station/offset reports or just include the data from the curve dialog. It's a great way to get data out of your survey.

Desktop Layouts

You can modify much of the desktop layout to your liking the in the Desktop dialog. Save layouts as needed so you can return to them as needed or switch between layouts.

Synchronizing Views

TPC lets you customize the extent to which the open views are synchronized as you enter and edit your survey data.

Multiple Monitors

If you are able to use more than one monitor with your computer, you can extend TPC's desktop across them, creating a larger work space for your surveys. See Using Multiple Monitors.


Each view has its own set of toolbars providing one-click access to common commands in the view.

Hot Keys

Each view has Hot keys or Accelerator keys that provide keyboard access to common commands in the view.


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