Most new users of TPC Desktop are able to learn how to use the program and be productive in a couple of evenings or over a weekend. Here’s how you can quickly get up and running with TPC Desktop in a few easy steps.

Step 1

Learn How it Works and Why

It is very important that you understand how TPC Desktop is designed to work and why it was is designed this way so that you are able to work with the program and not struggle. Please watch the Traverse PC Basics – How it Works and Why it Works that Way recorded web seminar. It is about 45 minutes long and it should really help you get started painlessly. At the end, please ask yourself whether the concepts make sense to you. If they do, great! Move on to the next step. If they don’t, please give us a call so we can resolve anything you may be struggling with.


Step 2

Learn about the TPC Desktop

Learning to navigate through the various windows and controls in the TPC Desktop is easy and intuitive. Understanding how to navigate and modify the layout to work best with your computer hardware and your work environment will help you avoid fumbling around looking for what you need. Watch the video and/or go through the  TPC Desktop Learning Guide to see how you can set up your Managers and Views to work best for you. Hitting the F1 key on your keyboard will always launch the Help topic for what you are working with.

Step 3

Learn about Traverses

Because traverses are at the very heart of how TPC Desktop is designed to work, it is imperative that you understand how to work with them efficiently. Watch the  video  and go through the  Traverses Learning Guide. The first chapter is extremely important because understanding how to format the Traverse View is how you will be able to accomplish your calculations and COGO tasks with ease.

Step 4

Learn about Quick View™ Technology

Because the traverses do the work for you and because every view in TPC Desktop is a view of your data, it is important that you understand how our Quick View technology works. Watch the  video and go through the  Quick View Learning Guide.

Step 5

Getting Started with TPC Desktop or “What do I do now?”

In this web seminar, we show you how to start a new project, get your data into it and get started with creating a drawing. You can watch the video.

Next Steps

Be Productive

Now login and go to the Member Area to find all of the resources that are available to you. Don’t forget to check out our Learning Center and the Workflows videos to take your next steps. Soon, you will learn to fly!

Once you go through these easy steps, you should be able to take off immediately and be productive in your workflows with TPC Desktop! We are always available to assist you with any areas of the program that you may be struggling with.