Quick View™

Sample Parcel Map

TPC has used Quick View™ since its inception in 1987.

Now, millions of drawings later, it still creates drawings that same way because it works.

The idea behind Quick View™ is simple – let the data do the drawings.

  • 100% data association – if the data changes… the drawing changes
  • most drawing objects (entities) are created for you – then you modify them as needed
  • traverses create all lines, symbols and labels
  • symbols and labels are a fixed size – so changing the drawing scale doesn’t change their size
  • Smart Drawing Objects™ like legends and tables draw themselves
  • things like lot setbacks are automatic – you never draw them
  • layers are part of the drawing and aid in CAD compatibility – but you hardly think about them
  • innovative tools like Point Codes allows Quick View™ to do Field-To-Finish
  • when you do need them, TPC has all the common CAD commands like offsets, dimensions and fillets – but you’ll hardly ever use them

Take a look at The Concept tab and see how TPC Make Drawing Quick.

The Concept

These six steps provide an efficient drawing method unparalleled in CAD software.

Traverse View
Traverse View
Quick View™

Step 1) Create your data and tag the items you want to include in a drawing

“It starts with your data……and ends with your drawing”.

So starting with the correct data is very important. With TPC Desktop, you get to see all your data all the time.

Quick View™ draws the survey as you enter your data.  This is a great advantage because you’re able to immediately see if you make a mistake or if the legal description has an error.  TPC lets you see all your data all the time or any portion you choose to see.  You have the flexibility to arrange your screen and your data the way that works best for you.

Working Drawing (1:02)
Traverse Settings Dlg
Traverse Settings Dlg

Step 2) Use the Traverse Settings to create the drawing objects

Choose the traverse settings you want and let Quick View™ label the lines, insert the points symbols, trim the lines, scale the drawing, compute the lot areas, label the lots, insert objects like your north arrow, scale bar, title block and stamp, etc. Get the picture?  You pick the settings you want and Quick View™ does the drawing for you. Now make the changes you want and you’re finished.

But be careful, you might find yourself laughing at the guys who are still doing this the old way – with CAD.

Traverse Drawing Settings (8:45)



Enhanced Tables
Enhanced Tables

Step 3) Modify the settings and add Smart Drawing Objects™ to enhance your drawing

Because your data is organized into traverses, modifying features on a map is a breeze.

Smart Drawing Objects™, like the legend, title block and line table automatically update themselves as you edit the drawing, saving you a ton of time and ensuring that your drawing is accurate and complete. Automatically!

Smart Drawing Objects™ (1:50)

 Smart drawing objects™

Inserting an Automatic Style Table (2:35)
Point Symbol Properites
Point Symbol Properites

Step 4) Modify the settings (properties) of individual objects

This is what makes Quick View so fast.

Let the Traverse Drawing Settings create all the drawing objects (CAD calls these entities), then just right-click any drawing object and choose Properties.

TPC displays the dialog for that object, allowing you to change whatever you want.

You’ll find to tools to select multiple objects, then apply changes to one and they all get updated.

Modifying Symbols, Lines and Labels  (1:18)

Step 5) Add any additional objects like text or background photosDrawing View

You’ll find easy to use drawing tools to help you finish your drawing and get it out the door.

Drawing Templates

You can also use drawing templates to include all your common narratives, certificates, title blocks, legends, tables and you name it. And it TPC, one template can be used for any final page size or orientation.

TPC ships with a bunch of common drawing templates and you can easily save any final drawing as a new template.

Scaling Your New Drawing (1:46)
Reference Group to Survey
Reference Group to Survey

Step 6) Update your survey data, and your drawing updates automatically

100% Data Association

In TPC Desktop the data is stored in  the survey, not the drawing. If a drawing needs to know how long a line is, it gets the length from the survey.

So update the position of a point or line in the survey and the drawing automatically updates the appropriate bearing, distance, coordinates and lot areas. WOW!

You can see how 100% data association works with automatic lot setbacks.

Adding Automatic Lot Setbacks (1:48)

Now watch as we walk through Steps 1-6 for you

Our Quick View™ technology turns your data into drawings (7:30)

  • 0:34 Drawing Learning Guide: 5 steps in The Quick View™ Concept, pg 6
  • 1:30 Traverse groups help us produce drawings quickly
  • 2:43 Tagging traverses and surfaces – similar to CAD’s layers
  • 3:18 Access Traverse Settings from the Traverse Manager – change fills and line types
  • 5:00 Access Traverse Settings from the drawing by double clicking – add curve labels
  • 6:00 Copying Traverse Settings
  • 6:19 Drawing Settings – global settings like Distance Units and Extra Space in Bearings


Multiple Drawings

Most editions of TPC allow Multiple Drawings in each survey. Here, we have Page 1 and Page 2 of a plat. You might have Phase 1 and Phase 2 or include As-Built drawings or construction drawings.

With multiple drawings, each drawing gets it’s data from the survey, so update a line in the survey and every drawing that uses that line is updated – automatically. Talk about making life just a little easier. Once you start using TPC Desktop, you’ll discover lots of little time savers just like this. They are part of the reason our slogan is ‘Traverse PC – Practical Solutions’.


Drawing Groups

TPC even includes drawing groups, so you can group similar drawings together.

Put all your planning drawings in a Planning group, all your as-built drawings in an As-Built group. So when you open the file two years from now, you know what each drawing is before you even open it.

The possibilities are endless.


Tony Failla Map 2



Export TPC Drawing to KML
Export TPC Drawing to KML

And when it comes to delivering a drawing from TPC, you can plot directly to any Windows printer or write DWG, DXF, DGN, PDF, PNG, JPG, GIF or TIF files of your drawings.

TPC even includes its own PDF driver so you can print any drawing or report to a PDF file.

Print a PDF of Your Drawing (1:04)


CAD View

TPC has all the tools to read / write CAD files, including DWG, DXF and DGN.

TPC understands XRefs, layers, blocks, MTEXT, polyfacemesh, attributes, model space, line types, fills and pretty much everything you need to share your surveys with those stuck on CAD.

Exporting a Drawing as a DWG File (1:52)

CAD View

TPC even support CAD files directly inside TPC with our CAD View.

Drawing View or CAD View –  you decide which to use (4:12)

The No CAD Zone®

The No CAD Zone®

No CAD Zone®
No CAD Zone®

TPC Desktop isn’t another CAD program with land surveying tacked-on. It’s point based land surveying software that starts with your data and ends with your drawings. We call it the No CAD Zone®.

Designed for Land Surveying – Land Surveyors deserve to have a program designed specifically for them, and Traverse PC provides just that. The No CAD Zone® offers a fully-integrated survey solution that has the absolute best data entry in the industry, all the necessary built-in COGO tools that surveyors need and an easy to use drawing engine that draws your map as data is entered. Isn’t that the way it should work?

 Learn more…

 No CAD Zone® Drawings


Sneak Peek: No CAD Zone® (3:00)

  • 0:00 Add line labels with Traverse Drawing Settings
  • 0:56 Add lot labels
  • 1:15 Adding a curb return
    • do the COGO to put in the return radius
    • updates line
    • updates line labels
    • updates lot area
  • 2:35 add leader to line label
  • 2:46 add lot setbacks