Using Groups

Drawing Groups allow you to group similar drawings together in the Drawings Manager. Each group has a unique group name and can have any number of drawings in it. TPC supplies some initial groups for you like As-Builts, Control Diagrams, Lots, Recorded, Research and others plus you can add your own.

Once your drawings are in groups, you can rearrange the groups, expand or collapse them (Windows 7/Vista only), hide or show them, or select the group name and all the drawings in it are selected automatically.

Organizing your drawings into groups is all about making it easier to manage your survey data.

Displaying Groups

To display groups choose Tools | Drawing Groups | Show Groups. This a toggle, so selecting it will either turn groups on or off.

Moving Items Into Groups

To place drawings into a group, select (highlight) the drawings you want in the Drawings Manager, then choose Tools | Drawing Groups | Move Selected Items to Group. TPC displays the Groups dialog. The dialog title will say, Move 3 items to a group indicating that you have selected 3 drawings . The number will change to reflect the number of drawings selected upon entering the dialog.

Select an existing group from the list or type in the name of a new group (TPC will ask if you want to create the new group) then choose OK. TPC will place the selected drawings into the group and re-display the Drawings Manager.

Group Sequence

Groups are displayed in the a manager view based on their group sequence. You can change the sequence by moving groups up or down one group at a time or sending them all the way to the top or bottom of the view. You will probably use group sequence in conjunction with Collapsing or Hiding groups as explained below. Combining these group tools makes working with lots of items a breeze.

Managing Groups

To manage groups, choose Tools | Groups | Edit Groups. Or you can choose Tools | View | Format View then select the Groups tab. TPC displays the Groups dialog. Here are some of the things you can do with groups, all of which are described in more detail in the Groups dialog.

Change the Group Name Alignment

Group names can be aligned Left, Center or Right in the manager view.

Change the Group Sequence the Group Sequence

You can move groups up or down in the list or move a group to the top or bottom of the list. The list determines the sequence used to display groups.

Add New Groups

Add a new group just by typing its name. TPC asks if you want to create the new group and inserts it at the bottom of the list.

Delete Existing Groups

You can delete any group that does not contain any items. TPC supplies a default list of groups. If it includes some groups you are not likely to use or if you don't like the group names we've used, just delete them.

Save Your Group List as the Default Group List as the Default

Each new survey you start reads from a default list of group names. These are your starting groups for the survey. Once you start using groups and settle on the group names you want to use, save your list as the default.

Collapsing Groups (Windows 7/Vista only)

In Vista, you can collapse and expand groups. Collapsing a group hides any items in the group but leaves the group name displayed. A small chevron (V) to the right of the group name indicates whether the group is expanded (points up) or collapsed (points down). Clicking on the chevron expands or collapses the group.

This convention is used throughout Windows 7/Vista. Just open Explorer and choose View | Explorer and choose View | Groups. You'll see what we mean.

The Collapse / Expand commands are:

Collapse This Group - collapse just the selected groups.

Collapse All Groups but This - collapse all groups except the selected on. If more than one items is selected, only the last item selected is left expanded.

Collapse All Groups - collapses all the groups. You can then expand groups as needed using the chevron (V) to the right of the group  name.

Expand All Groups - expands all the groups.

Hiding Groups

Windows XP does not allow groups to be collapsed and correspondingly does not display the collapse/expand chevron to the right of the group name like Windows Vista does.

In Windows XP however, you can hide groups. Hidden groups do not display the group name. You can turn groups on and off in the Groups dialog by checking the group name in the list. Group without a check mark in the box are hidden.

Other Hide / Show commands are:

Hide Group - hides this group so that it is no longer visible.

Hide All Groups But This - hides all the other groups, leaving the selected group visible.

Show All Groups - show all the hidden groups again.

Selecting Traverses via Groups (Windows 7/Vista only)

Windows Vista selects all the items in a group when you select the group name. Just left click a group name and watch as all the items in the group get selected automatically. You can then right click the group name and select an operation to perform on all the items in the group.

This is handy for tagging and untagging items as a group. Once the group has selected all the items, just click the check box next to the item name to tag or untag all the items in the group.

Using Traverse Groups in Dialogs

Dialogs that list the survey's traverses (like the Offset to Alignment dialog take advantage of groups to help you select the traverse you want more easily. These traverse lists include the Traverse Groups along with each traverse. You can select a Traverse Group in the list to expand the group and show the traverses in that group. This makes it easy to pick the traverse you want.


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