Drawing Templates

Drawing templates provide a way for you to customize the Drawing View. You might choose to have one drawing template for your mortgage inspection surveys, another for boundary surveys, another for topo surveys, and so on.

Drawing templates store the following information about the drawing. When you start a drawing using a template, all this information is available in the new drawing.

Page Size and Templates

If you have used templates with another CAD program, you probably had templates for each page size (A, B, C, D, & E). This is not the case with TPC's templates. Remember, the border resizes itself automatically when you change page size, and paper space objects remember their position relative to the nearest border corner.

In TPC, you will probably want to create one template for each type of survey, and then change the page size as needed to accommodate the desired scale of a particular drawing.

Creating Templates

You can create a template from any drawing. Everything but the tagged traverses will be stored in the template.

(Hint: To see what the template will look like you can untag all traverses)

Set up the drawing the way you want it. Remember, this is a template. Any new drawing based on the template will have everything the template has.

If scale and position are important aspects of the template, scale and position the survey the way you want the survey to appear in new drawings created from the template.

Sometimes it is easier to create a new drawing from a template and remove the objects you don't need than it is to add new objects to the drawing. This is especially true of text like narratives. You might consider putting two narratives in a template, and then deleting the one you don't need from any new drawing based on the template.

Most of the objects in the template will be paper space objects. To check individual items, move the cursor over the object. The status bar will display the name of the object followed by '- Paper Space'.

Editing an Existing Template

The Default Template

The template folder contains a template called DEFAULT.DRT. This is the default template. If a new drawing is created without prompting you for a template, the default template is used.

The Traverse Template

The template folder contains a template called TRAVERSE.DRT. This is the default template for the Drawing View created for a Traverse View. You will most likely not want to include objects like a legend, scale bar and title block because the traverse Drawing View is temporary.

Removing Templates

Renaming Templates

Managing Templates

By default, TPC stores templates in a TEMPLATES folder it creates in the program directory.

If you share templates over a network, you can tell TPC to look for templates at another location on the network.


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Related Topics

Viewing a Single Traverse in Drawing View
Viewing Tagged Traverses
Drawing, Traverse and Object Settings
Adding Point Symbols
Overriding Point Symbols
Labeling Points
Labeling Lines
Trimming Symbols
Changing Control Point Settings
Changing Side Shot Settings
Changing Traverse Drawing Settings
Copying Traverse Drawing Settings
Traverse Commands
Adding Drafted Lines
Paper Space vs. Survey Space
Scaling a Drawing in Drawing View
Editing the Scale List
Positioning the Survey on the Page
Rotating the Survey on the Page
Draft Mode
Page Layout Mode
Panning and Zooming In Drawing View
Redraw vs. Regen
The Undo Command in Drawing View
No CAD Zone Drawings
Using Drawing View
Smart Drawing Objects
Working with Drawing Objects
Drawing Commands