eNewsletter – January, 2016

John Balcom, President, MSE, PLS, GISP

January, 2016 eNewsletter

President’s Message: TPC Desktop 2016 Videos, Mark Lull: Undo / Redo on Import, Oliver Bochsler: Relabel Points, Eric Tanikawa: Update your old Traverse PC


President’s Message: TPC Desktop 2016 Videos

TPC Desktop 2016 shipped on Jan 12th. It has lots of new features, including the new CAD View. We think you’re really going to like it. If you are on the TPC Connection, you have already received an email with the download link and your new serial number and validation key.

To help you get up and running with TPC Desktop 2016, we put together 14 videos on some of the new features. Most are just a few minutes long, cover one topic and don’t go into a lot of detail. Instead, they show you what’s new, where to find it and how to get started using it.

We’ve included the full list here so you can take a look for yourself.

John Balcom, President, MSE, PLS, GISP

Mark Lull - Traverse PC Technical Support

Mark Lull: Undo / Redo on Import

A number of years ago, we added Undo/Redo to the Drawing View. Then we added it to the COGO dialogs. Now, we’ve added it to File | Import.

First, watch the Grid <=> Ground video below, then ask yourself, “What if I didn’t choose the right conversion when I imported?” That’s just what we did. We put the video together, then watched it and said, this is great, but what if I get it wrong the first time and have to do it all over again?

Second, watch the Undo/Redo Last Import video and breathe a sigh of relief. That’s what Undo does, it provides a moment of relief when you need it most. We also added the same Summary button you see in the COGO dialogs, so you can see what the last operation did, before you Undo it.

  • Grid <=> Ground (5:01) TPC lets you convert coordinates of ASCII files on import and export and existing coordinates within the survey.
  • Undo/Redo Last Import (5:50) Use the new Summary button to see the results of the last import and the new Undo button to undo them.

Third, update your old copy of Traverse PC to TPC Desktop 2016 and experience your own moment of relief when you need it most.

Mark Lull, Technical Support

Oliver Boschler - Traverse PC Software Developer

Oliver Bochsler: Relabel Points

Many of you have asked us to beef up the point relabeling, so you have more options on where and how to relabel points. We’ve heard you and we’ve been working on it.

TPC Desktop 2014 Release 1 (July 2014) added a What list to the Relabel Points dialog along with the option to Undo / Redo. Now you could select points from the Points Manager, points from a traverse or multiple traverses from the Traverses Manager.

Relabel Points

Relabel Points

Now, in TPC Desktop 2016, we added a Point label modifier. Use it to add or subtract some numeric value, like changing imported points 1,2,3 to 10001, 1002, 1003. Or prepend some text like E for Existing, so that the point labels 1,2,3 become E1,E2,E3. Or append OFS for Offset so that points 1,2,3 become 1OFS,2OFS,3OFS.

When used in combination with the Start label, you can create just about any series of point labels you want.

The following video introduces you to the Point label modifier.

Pacsoft Settings

Pacsoft Settings

You’ll also find the Point label modifier in the Import and Export settings dialogs. In the Pacsoft settings shown here, we are adding 10000 to each imported point label.

Oliver Bochsler, Software Developer

Eric Tanikawa - Traverse PC Sales

Eric Tanikawa: Update your old Traverse PC

For a long time now, our update policy for your old version of TPC, no matter how old, has been this: half the retail price of a new copy. It’s our way of saying, “Thank you for choosing Traverse PC. And even though it’s been a long time since we’ve heard from you, we want you to feel like you’re still part of the TPC family.”

And to sweeten the deal, when you update, you can choose any Edition – kind of like walking onto a rental car lot and choosing any car. We understand that your skills and services have improved and adapted over time. As a result, the Edition that worked for you 10 years ago may not be the right Edition for you today. So we make it easy to choose which ever Edition works for you now. And each one is just half the retail price of a new copy.

So if you are ready to update your old copy of Traverse PC, no matter how old, give me a call. And thanks again for being part of our family.

Eric Tanikawa, Sales