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eNewsletter: January, 2015

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eNewsletter – January, 2015

President’s Message:  Automatic Lot Setbacks, Mark Lull:  Edit Multiple Selected Objects, Oliver Bochsler:  Survey Point Properties, Eric Tanikawa:  “No Brainer!”

John Balcom, President, MSE, PLS, GISPPresident’s Message:
Automatic Lot Setbacks

TPC Desktop 2015 includes one of our most requested features – Automatic Lot Setbacks. Just tell TPC:

  1. What distances to use for Front/Side/Rear setbacks
  2. Which lot lines are Front/Side/Rear
  3. What line type and color to use and TPC does the rest.

Sounds easy right? Well it is, and here’s why.

We’ve explored a number of options for automatic lot setbacks, thinking we needed one tool to do it all. We would get so far then run into one of those “but what if…” situations and find ourselves back at the drawing board.  That’s when the light bulb went on. We’ve already used the COGO R-O-W Offset tool to generate setbacks for years, so let’s continue to use it for the “but what if” situations which allows us to make the automatic lot setbacks really simple – and that’s just what we did.

Now you can specify default lot setbacks for each survey.  The traverses get their default setbacks from the survey and you change individual traverse setbacks as needed. Then you just tell TPC which lot lines are Front, Side or Rear setbacks. And since setbacks are stored in the traverse, you can easily have different setbacks on either side of a shared lot line. And that’s it. When you want to see the setbacks in the drawing, just tell TPC to draw them via the new Lot Setbacks tab in the Traverse Settings.

Lot setbacks get their own layer, have their own tool tips and you can work with them the same way you work with other traverse lines. And, they continue to reference the lot line that created them so if you update the lot line – you guessed it, the setback lines update with them. It’s all really friendly, fast and fun.  We think you’ll love the way they work.

Need to see it to believe it?  Here you go:  

John Balcom, MSE, PLS, GISP

Mark Lull, Technical Support ManagerMark Lull:
Edit Multiple Selected Objects

Edit Multiple Selected ObjectsChanging the description or other features of existing points can sometimes be a tedious and time-consuming job. Now, it doesn’t have to be.

TPC Desktop 2015 now allows you to Edit Multiple Selected Objects at the same time. You can do it in the Points Manager or in the Traverse View. You can change Point Descriptions, Attributes and Elevations. In the Traverse View, you can also change Instrument Heights and Setback Types. It’s a real time-saver!

So how does it work? You’re already familiar (I hope) with selecting multiple objects by using Shift+Click and Ctrl+Click. When you Shift+Click or Ctrl+Click on the last item, make sure you click in the field you want to edit. Type in what you need and when you press Enter, that field of all selected items is updated with what you typed.

This is just a small improvement to the program but it can make a big difference!

Mark Lull, Technical Support Manager

Oliver Bochsler, Software DeveloperOliver Bochsler:
Survey Point Properties

Survey Point ProertiesIn TPC Desktop 2015 you’re going to have a great time using the expanded Survey Point Properties Dialog. We’ve taken the old dialog and split it into four unique tabs which will provide you with a richer interface to your survey points. There’s now more point information to view, edit and summarize from within the new dialog, which is a real treat. We have a lot more information about each tab’s functionality and relation to the old Survey Point Properties Dialog on our website at the link above.

We hope you love using our rich new perspective on Survey Point Properties.

Oliver Bochsler, Software Developer

Eric Tanikawa, Business ManagerEric Tanikawa:
“No Brainer!”

The catch phrase “No Brainer!” by definition is “anything requiring little thought or effort; something easy or simple to understand or do.”  TPC Desktop 2015 is a “No Brainer!”  As you read the previous features from John, Mark, and Oliver, you can see that this release is a “No Brainer!”

For 28 years, Traverse PC has been at the forefront of land surveying software!   Other companies keep trying to play catch-up to Traverse PC’s innovations but, unfortunately for them, they really can’t do it.  Why not?  It’s because they are tied to traditional CAD that was never designed for surveyors, locked into their non-survey updates, functionality and prices.

When you watch some of the videos of the new features, you’re going to say, “Wow! That’s a No Brainer!”  We have awesome deals going on right now to purchase TPC and to update to to TPC Desktop 2015! Call us now to update!

Eric Tanikawa, Business Manager