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eNewsletter: February, 2015

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eNewsletter – February, 2015


President’s Message:  Is Traverse PC Right for Me?  Mark Lull:  TPC Desktop 2015 – Smoothest Release Ever!  Oliver Bochsler:  Automatic Updates and Agile Releases,  Eric Tanikawa:  First 300 Special Recipe

John Balcom, President, MSE, PLS, GISPPresident’s Message:
Is Traverse PC Right for Me?

We talk with people every day who are trying to decide if TPC is right for them. They’ve done their research, come back to TPC and ordered their copy.  But buying new software, especially if it is the primary software you use in your business, is a big decision.  And so the question is valid – Is Traverse PC right for me?

Well, we are happy to announce that for almost everyone who buys TPC, the answer is a resounding YES!  We are pretty confident that you will install TPC on your computer, read a chapter or two from our learning guides, wrestle your way through your first survey, send the map off to the client and pat yourself on the back for making the right software choice. We’ve seen it happen over and over so many times that we are pretty certain it will happen for you too.

But I just said this is how it works for ‘almost everyone’ because once in a while, TPC isn’t right for someone. I just took a quick look at our annual returns and saw that our return rates are 0.1% to 0.4% in any given year. That’s one in 250 to 1,000 who return TPC because it isn’t right for them.  Compare that to the 2014 retail return rate for the U.S., which was 8.77% (over 10% at Christmas time) and TPC looks pretty good.

So why talk about this in our newsletter?  Because we do everything we can here at Traverse PC to help you decide if Traverse PC is right for you, and our return rates show that we have been pretty successful at it.  If we don’t think Traverse PC fits your needs, we will tell you.  If we think it does, we will recommend you buy it.  It’s a pretty simple equation that works pretty well – for almost everyone.

John Balcom, MSE, PLS, GISP

Mark Lull, Technical Support ManagerMark Lull:
TPC Desktop 2015 – Smoothest Release Ever!

Being in Technical Support at Traverse PC for the last 17 years, I have been involved in numerous program releases. Some of them have been better than others. There have even been some rocky times when I just couldn’t seem to get my head above water. It seemed impossible to predict how a release would go but now, times have changed!

Since the release of TPC Desktop 2013 and the introduction of Agile Releases, things just keep getting better. Microsoft has finally provided our programmers and technical staff with great tools to monitor, track and test each release before anyone (even me) gets a chance to work with it! This means that when anything in the program gets updated, it also gets tested automatically against a set of data to ensure that nothing has gone wrong. This means that the program keeps getting more and more reliable with each release!

These improvements have been very obvious to me with the release of TPC Desktop 2015. Releasing a new program has, in the past, caused a few sleepless nights and hectic days as our users installed the new program. Not so anymore! We have had a few calls from some of our users trying to get familiar with Automatic Lot Setbacks and a few small items to add to our test suite, but nothing major. This has been our smoothest release ever – by far!

TPC just keeps on getting better and better and we would like to thank all of you for your ideas, comments and support. We want to continue providing the most innovative land surveying software on the market for many years to come and you are the ones who will help us do that.  Thanks again!

Mark Lull, Technical Support Manager

Oliver Bochsler, Software DeveloperOliver Bochsler:
Automatic Updates and Agile Releases

Concise and power-packed Agile Releases are now complemented by Automatic Updates.

We’ve had news articles about what the Agile Release philosophy is but to reiterate, it’s a short “sprint” or timeframe where we add or alter a set of features in the software. A “sprint” is a reasonably sized slice of time dedicated to development, research, and discussion of new features and documentation.

Automatic Updates (hot fixes) play well with our Agile Release development philosophy because we release them in short increments as well. Generally, automatic updates are released in between our Major Releases and our Agile Releases (R0, R1, R2, etc.). These short increments are great because we have a better perspective on what the update should cover.

If you’re on Traverse PC Desktop 2015 R0, make sure to keep your program up to date through Program Settings | Auto updates.

Oliver Bochsler, Software Developer

Eric Tanikawa, Business ManagerEric Tanikawa:
First 300 Special Recipe


  • 1 or 2 Computers (See License Agreement)
  • Windows Vista, 7, 8 or 8.1 Operating System
  • 1 or More Monitors of your choice
  • Plotter (Optional)
  • Data Collector (Optional)
  • Traverse PC-Premium Edition 2015 download for $500 (Save $900)
  • Optional – TPC Connection Premium Edition $200 (1/2 price)
    • 1 –year Technical Support
    • On-Line Training (screen sharing)
    • Automatic Updates
    • Agile Releases
    • Learning Guide Set & eReader Learning Guides
    • Free Cap or T-Shirt


Download your Traverse PC Premium Edition to your computer(s). (Be sure your Windows operating system is also loaded.)  Connect your computer with monitors, a plotter & data collector. Download your data from your data collector. Add the optional TPC Connection. Discover Traverse PC’s Innovative Leadership and create professional drawings with your style! Plot your map or save it to PDF.


Happy Clients

This recipe is good until the First 300 Premium Editions are sold!

Eric Tanikawa, Business Manager