Miscellaneous Drawing Settings Dialog

This options lets you decide how miscellaneous Drawing View features are handled.

Bearings

Extra Spaces Throughout

Normally, bearings are displayed as N45º30'30"E. This toggle displays them as N 45º 30' 30" E, separating each component of the bearing.

Extra Spaces (N, S, E, W)

Normally, bearings are displayed as N45º30'30"E. This toggle displays them as N 45º30'30" E, separating the quadrant letters from the actual bearing.

Use 00° vs 0°

Normally, zero degree bearings are displayed as N 0º30'30" E. This toggle displays them as N 00º30'30" E.

Insert 0 for 0° to 9°

Normally, single digit degree bearings are displayed as N 8º00'00" E. This toggle displays them as N 08º00'00" E.

Periods (N. S. E. W.)

Beginning in TPC Desktop 2011, you can add a period (.) to abbreviated quadrants. This option can be combined with the Abbreviate N, S, E, W option.

Apply To Tables

Turn this option on to apply to bearings displayed in tables.  If turned on, TPC applies the same bearing formatting to table bearings as it does to bearings that are not included in the tables.

Store Blocks in Drawing File

This option has been moved to the Save As dialog, where you can choose ‘Share File With Others'.

See Storing Blocks in a Drawing for more information.

Plot Resection

Plots Resection Points on the drawing.

Plot Backsights

Plots Backsights on the drawing.

Draw Outside Border

By default, this option is off and you are not allowed to position the cursor outside of the drawing border. However, sometimes you need to add text outside the border. You might have a file number or record number that is placed outside the border.

Since TPC does not allow you to draw inside the page margins, you will need to right click the border and enter an extra margin on one or more page sides. This moves the border inside the page margins on the side you specify an extra margin. With this option turned on, you can then draw inside those spaces.

Compute Area

This option forces TPC to recompute the area of any closed loop traverse during a Regen. This option slows down the speed of Drawing View regen, but insures that traverse areas are always current. If you turn this option off, you can update any traverse area by opening the Closure View for that traverse. See Working With Areas for more information.

Distance Units

Adds distance units (abbreviation) like FT/M/CH to line distances.

TPC uses a progression to determine what abbreviation to add as follows.

  1. If you enter an abbreviation here, TPC uses it. This is a good place to enter 'vs' for the Varas you selected from the Units pulldown below.
  2. If the Units you have selected below match the survey's coordinate units (Feet / Meters / Chains) TPC will use the Abbreviation from the Tools (TPC Desktop)| Program Settings | Units dialog.
  3. If the Units you have selected below do NOT match the survey's coordinate units and you do not enter an abbreviation here, TPC will display the hardwired name of the Units you selected.

In step 1 above, you can enter the abbreviation you want to use for this drawing. You are completely free to abbreviate the distance units you've selected for the drawing. Enter p or P or Pls or pls for Poles. Enter VS or vs or v or V for Varas. You get the idea. Enter what you want and TPC will use it.

Apply Units to Scale

Turn this option on to apply the Units value you select below to TPC's $$SCALE and $$SCALEPERINCH variables, the pulldown scale list and the drawing scale.

Let's say that your survey is in feet, but you've selected Varas from the Units list below. TPC will display Varas on the scale bar, converting feet/in to varas/in first. In the title block, if you used the $$SCALEPERINCH variable, TPC will display Varas/IN instead of FT./IN.

Read Line Labels Left to Right

Labels that are mostly horizontal always read left to right when holding the north edge of the drawing up. This setting determines how TPC orients labels that are mostly vertical.

Top Only -  Labels that are mostly vertical still read left to right. You may need to hold up the west edge to read some of these labels and hold up the est edge of the drawing to ready the others.

Top and Left - Labels that are mostly vertical read left to right when holding the west edge of the drawing up.

Top and Right - Labels that are mostly vertical read left to right when holding the east edge of the drawing up.

Scale

You can set the drawing scale to whatever you choose.

Rotation

Specify a drawing rotation in degrees (+ = CW, - = CCW). TPC will rotate the survey objects on the page. Paper Space objects are not rotated. You can also set the Apply Drawing Rotation toggle when saving a block so that the block rotates automatically to the drawing rotation. This is useful for north arrow blocks. See Rotating the Survey on the Page.

Spacing

This group allows you to change certain global spacing within the drawing.

Between Words

Specifies the number of spaces TPC places between words in a label. The default is 1. The maximum is 10.

Remember that when you use a proportional font, like Arial, spaces do not get the same full width that a chracter like 'M' would get. So you may need to add several spaces to get the separation you want.

Label Offset

Enter the line label offset (space between the text and line) in inches/mm.

Distance Units

Select the distance units to display in the drawing.

Distance (pulldown list)

Select a distance type to display in the drawing. When TPC labels a survey line, it computes the distance based on your selection.

The drawing variable $DISTANCETYPE can be used in any drawing text to display a complete description of the distance type being used for the drawing. If you enter a manual distance factor, you can use the variable $DISTANCEFACTOR to display it.

Direction (pulldown list)

Select a direction option to display in the drawing. When TPC labels survey lines, it computes the direction based on your selection.

The drawing variable $DIRECTIONTYPE can be used in any drawing text to display a description of the direction type you selected. If you enter a manual convergence angle, you can use the variable $THETA to display it.

Automatic Leaders

These are the leaders drawn from line labels to survey lines. They are turned on in the Traverse Drawing Settings dialog.

Use these option to set how these leaders are drawn. You can set line type, width, end arrow and end arrow size. The default leader arrow is None.

Label Formats - Points

Defines how the point labels are arranged. Enter the following letters in the sequence you want the point label information, using a \ to start a new line and “” to include any additional text you want like “Z=”Z.

You must still turn the individual items like Description on in the Control and Side Shot dialogs to include them in the label. This format just determines how to display them if you do turn them on.

P = Label
D = Description
Y, X, Z = Northing, Easting, Elevation
N = Station
\ = Line Break

Example:

The format P D\Y/X/Z\N will produce the following:

Label Description
Northing/Easting/Elevation
Station

Label Formats – Curves

Defines how curve labels are arranged. Include a \ to start a new line and single quotes “” to include any additional text you want like ‘Delta='D.

R = Radius
A = Arc Length
T = Tangent
D = Central Angle
C = Chord Length
B = Chord Bearing
\ = Line Break

OK

You will return to the Drawing View and your new settings will be in use when you click OK.

Cancel

Returns you to the Drawing View without applying any changes.

Apply

Apply the changes you've made to this dialog. The drawing will be regenerated, including settings you've changed in the other dialog tabs.

Save

This option saves the Miscellaneous Settings as the program default settings. These settings will apply to all new surveys and traverses.

Reset

This option recalls the default settings stored in the Registry by the Save command.

Related Topics

Drawing Settings vs. Traverse Drawing Settings
Changing Control Point Settings
Changing Side Shot Settings
Labeling Points
Labeling Traverse Lines
Scaling the Survey
Control Point Settings Dialog
Side Shot Settings Dialog
Lot Labels Dialog
Object Labels Dialog
Dimensions Dialog

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