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eNewsletter – August, 2014

President’s Message: 27 Years –  Eric Tanikawa: Perfect Closure Chili – No Adjustment Required –  Oliver Bochsler: Keeping TPC Up-to-Date –  Mark’s Tech Corner: Windows 8, On-line Videos and More.

John Balcom, MSE, PLS - President

President’s Message:

27 Years

We started Traverse PC 27 years ago, in August, 1987. We kicked off TPC in a competitive field with the likes of Lietz, Boston Harbor, Universal, DCA, SMI, Pacsoft, Sierra Design and others. Some of you reading this newsletter owned those programs. I don’t know if you have fond memories of them or not (software is like that), but memories are probably all you have left of them. I have used a number of them, which is why we wrote Traverse PC.

So now, 27 years later, most of them are gone and TPC is still around. We’re still working hard to win your confidence and continued use and are still finding ways to improve.  This summer, we are working hard on a list of little things you’ve told us about that TPC didn’t do well. Things like copy and paste not always working right in text dialogs, paper space blocks that didn’t properly compute their drawing extents and adding trim and extend capability to arcs. You may read these examples and say, “Hey, that’s pretty minor”, but when it’s your issue and it doesn’t work the way you want it to, it can be a big deal. So we’re tackling them and putting them in TPC Desktop 2014. Many of the fixes will be available in all the releases of 2014, some will be available only in the agile releases you get with the TPC Connection. All of them will be included in TPC Desktop 2015 when it comes out.

So what has 27 years taught us?  If we want to be more than just a distant memory, we need to listen well and work hard. We get it! And thanks for using Traverse PC!

John Balcom, MSE, PLS


Eric Tanikawa - Business Manager

Eric Tanikawa: 

Perfect Closure Chili – No Adjustment Required

* No Beans!

1 lb Cubed Sirloin Steak 1 Green Pepper, chopped
1 lb Ground Beef 2  Red Chili Peppers, finely chopped
1 lb Pork Sausage 2 Jalapeno Peppers, finely chopped
1 lb Chorizo Sausage 3 Tablespoons Chili Powder
2 – 3 Medium Onions, chopped 2 Teaspoons Cayenne (optional)
3 Garlic Cloves, minced 2  6-ounce Cans Tomato Paste
Salt & Pepper to taste 1 Quart Water
  1. Brown the meats and onions.
  2. Drain off all fat.
  3. Add garlic and peppers; sauté until soft.
  4. Add seasonings, tomato paste and water.
  5. Simmer for 2 – 3 hours.

Serve with a cold beer and enjoy!

* True Chili has no beans in it. If you enter chili that has beans in it in a contest, you will be disqualified because the chili became bean soup.  The International Chili Society Rules and Regulations for cooks at the World’s Championship, State, Regional and District Cook off are as follows:

Traditional Red Chili is defined by the International Chili Society as any kind of meat or combination of meats, cooked with red chili peppers, various spices and other ingredients, with the exception of BEANS and PASTA which are strictly forbidden. No garnish is allowed.


Oliver BochslerOliver Bochsler:

Keeping TPC Up-to-Date

The Tasks Manager is your main hub for everything Traverse PC. It has your recently opened surveys, information on the currently open survey, license information, documentation and links to Traverse PC related things online, like updates, videos, and the website.

I’m going to focus on how you can check to ensure that your program is up-to-date with the latest improvements and if it isn’t, how to update it. It’s easy!

Tasks ManagerWe can see from the TPC License section of the Tasks Manager that Mark has version 14.1.080114. This means that Mark is on TPC Desktop 2014 Release 1 (14.1) dated August 1, 2014 (080114). Notice that the last six digits of the version number are the date of the release. This makes it easy for you to make a quick decision on whether you should check for a new update. If your version is more than a couple of months old, you should probably check for a new update because we are constantly working to improve the program.

To check for updates we need to go to the ‘TPC On Line’ section of the Tasks Manager. When you click the ‘TPC Desktop 2014_R1 Home’ link, your web browser will take you to the Downloads section of the R1 home page.

Please note that as your program version changes, the version homepage link will change. For example, if you are on TPC Desktop 2013, the link will say ‘TPC Desktop 2013 Home’.

Download Version

You can see here that Mark is already on the most current release of the program and does not need to update.

If you do need to update, click on the green ‘TPC Desktop…’ link under Downloads to download and then run the update. When you click a download link, your web browser will prompt you for what to do.  (What web browser is used will determine what your options are.)  No matter what your web browser is, you will need to end up running the downloaded file to install the update.

Congratulations, your program should now be up-to-date! But – let’s check to make sure. Restart Traverse PC and take a look at the version in the TPC License section of the Tasks Manager. Does it match what the Traverse PC downloads section on the version support page said it should be? Yes? Then you’re good to go!

I hope this article helps you keep your Traverse PC up-to-date!


Mark Lull - Technical Support

Mark’s Tech Corner:

Windows 8, On-line Videos and More

I have a variety of things to talk to you about this month but I will keep it brief.

  • Many of you are now ending up with Windows 8 computers and struggling with Microsoft’s new interface – especially the new Start Screen when you were used to having a Start button and menu.

This issue is easily resolved by installing one of the numerous Windows Start Button applications that have proliferated since Microsoft introduced Windows 8.  I have been using (and am very happy with) StartIsBack but there are a lot of other options out there.  (You would think that Microsoft would get the message at some point.)

I have also talked to a handful of TPC users who have called Microsoft for support and managed to get a Microsoft technician to help them turn on the Start button in Windows 8.  I don’t know how to do that but I will let you know if I find the procedure.

  • Have you taken a look at our YouTube channel yet?  We have various playlists with related videos and there is even one showing the new features of TPC Desktop 2014 R1.
  • I wrote an article on using TPC’s COGO tools that appeared in our June, 2013 eNewsletter.  You might want to refresh your memory.
  • Check out our March, 2012 eNewsletter for an article on protecting your data from crashes and hardware failure.

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