No CAD Zone Drawings Quick Start
This technote describes the typical sequence of creating a drawing in TPC Desktop. By following this sequence for your drawings, you can avoid some common pitfalls and produce great-looking drawings.
Steps to Produce a Map, Plat, or Exhibit
- If you are working in a Traverse View, click on the Traverses Manager so that the Drawing View knows you are working with permanent drawings.
- Create a new drawing or duplicate the existing one if you have already added some lines or text.
- Tag the traverses you want.
- Edit the control point, side shot and lot label settings. Turn on individual traverse drawing settings if you want to draw each traverse using its own settings. If several traverses use the same settings, edit one of them, then choose Tools | Copy Traverse Drawing Settings and follow the instructions on the status bar.
- Choose Tools | Print | Page Setup and select the page size and orientation you want for the drawing.
- Add the stock objects (title block, legend, scale bar, etc.) you want to include in the drawing.
- Drag and drop the survey to place it where you want it, then drag and drop line labels, point labels, and lot labels so none of them overlap. Turn on the line and curve leader options for labels that don't fit on the lines.
- Switch to paper space mode and add your title, narrative, etc.
- Print or plot the drawing.
When you are finished with this drawing, choose go to the Drawings Manager and open Drawing1 or some other working drawing. Now you can continue working in TPC Desktop without inadvertently changing the finished drawing.
Drawing View vs. CAD
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No CAD Zone Drawings
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