Smart Drawing Objects

Smart Drawing Objects help you produce drawings quickly and maintain them effortlessly. TPC Desktop includes dozens of Smart Drawing Objects. Here are two examples.

Smart Legends

By default, the legend adds symbols automatically as they are used in the drawing. In the drawing shown here, we changed the SW lot corner to the Monument In Case symbol, so Quick View™ added it to the legend. Plus the legend is anchored to the nearest corner of the drawing so as items are added it grows away from that corner automatically – you don’t even have to reposition it.

Smart Pictures

Once you have referenced the survey to a picture you can rescale the drawing or drag-n-drop the survey anywhere on the page, and the picture and survey retain the proper reference to each other. That’s because they are smart.

One of the neat things about Survey Space is that ALL Survey Space objects are based on the same coordinate grid and the same scale – even pictures.

Line, Curve and Lot Labels

TPC uses the Traverse Drawing Settings to label lines, curves and lots. If the survey data changes, these labels update automatically. This saves you all the busy work of keeping your drawings current. Which is tough enough for a single drawing let along a survey with 50 drawings.


Include Line, Curve and Point tables in a drawing and TPC takes care of all the busy work of building the tables, updating the drawing text and numbering the table entries.

Other Smart Drawing Objects

Title Blocks - embedded variables update the title block automatically and including a title block in a template as a group allows you to edit individual items.

North Arrows - TPC's north arrows can be set to rotate automatically with your drawing so they always point North.

Scale Bars - TPC's scale bars reflect the current drawing scale automatically.

Borders - TPC's drawing borders adjust automatically to the sheet size and margins. Change from a Portrait to Landscape and don't even worry about the border - it's fine.

Paper Space - These objects know their location in relation to the nearest drawing corner. Change from a B-size to a C-size drawing and they stay put - right where you want them.