2017 Release 0: January 30th, 2017
Line Label Formatting
We just just opened up a really cool way for you to get just the labels you want from the Traverse Drawing Settings.
- Add brackets like [label] or [[label]] or (label)
- Tell TPC which part of the label you want inside and which part you want outside
- Tell TPC which part of the label you want above the line and which part you want below the line
- Put everything on a single line or break a label into as many lines as you want
- Orient stacked labels parallel, perpendicular, horizontal or vertical
We can tell you right up front that this is new feature is fast, fun and friendly. You can format labels just about any way you want and enjoy doing it in the processes.
Formatting Line Labels for Record Data – Part 1 (8:23) Learn how to show record data on your drawings.
Formatting Line Labels for Record Data – Part 2 (8:48) Explore more options for showing record data on your drawings.
We extended the label formatting we already used for point labels and curve/spiral labels to tangents.
Then we made all the label formatting more powerful by adding the special characters | and ^ so you can specify which label items you want above / below the line or inside / outside the traverse.
In the dialog show here, you can see that we’ve provided separate formats for Aligned vs Stacked tangent labels. We’ve used the ^ symbol to tell TPC we want these labels inside the traverse and the \ symbol to tell TPC we want distance above direction. Then we added brackets  around each item in the label.
You can see the result here in the drawing.
Want the labels to look differently, just change the format.
When you get the labels formatted the way you want, save the settings and re-use them over and over.
Extra Label Offset
In the example shown here, we’ve added extra offset to the record labels so they are displayed farther away from the lines than the measured labels.
Not only does TPC do all the busy work of creating the measured and record labels for you, but because you didn’t have to modify the label text to get what you want, TPC is still free to update the data values (bearing, distance, etc) as the survey data is changed. So you get the best of both worlds – highly flexible label formatting with 100% data association.
You’re gonna love this one.
Stacked Label Orientation
Stacked Label Orientation (6:20)
You’ll also like the new options to orient stacked labels relative to their survey lines. Choose from Parallel, Perpendicular, Horizontal or Vertical.
In the drawing shown here, we’ve asked TPC to orient the stacked labels perpendicular to their individual segments of the alignment.
Auto vs Stacked vs Aligned
Auto, Stacked or Aligned (9:12)
Now you can force all labels to be Stacked or Aligned. Large drawings render faster with these options, so they are great for all the work you do prior to finishing your drawings or plats. Or you can let TPC align the labels the fit and stack the ones that don’t.
Traverse Drawing Settings
All of these new label formatting settings get saved in your Traverse Drawing Settings. Give them the name that makes sense to you, then use them over and over again, making your drawings look consistent and professional.
Here, we’ve saved three specific label formats that we can reuse as needed. One of them was just a test as we tried out all the new formatting options.
Aligned Tangent Labels Above & Below
Here are some aligned tangent format examples using just H=Distance and B=Direction that show how to places labels either above or below their lines.
Any part of the label left of the | symbol is placed above the line. Any part of the label right of the | symbol is placed below the line.
HB – place both above the line (this is the default if no special characters | or ^ are included in the format)
|HB – distance and direction are both placed below the line because they are to the right of the | character
H|B – put distance above (because it is to the left of |) and direction below (because it is to the right of |)
B|H – put direction above (because it is to the left of |) and distance below (because it is to the right of |)
H\B – put both distance and direction above the line, with distance split out above direction
|H\B – put both distance and direction below the line, with distance split out above direction
Aligned Curve Labels Above & Below
Here are some aligned curve format examples that show how to places labels either above or below their lines.
We’ve also use single quotes to add extra text to the label to show D= for the central angle, LC= for the long chord, R= for the radius and A= for the arc length
B ‘D=’D ‘LC=’C|’R=’R ‘A=’A – put part of the label above and part of the label below by including the | character
‘R=’R ‘A=’A ‘D=’D – place the entire label above the line (this is the default if no special characters | or ^ are included in the format)
|’R=’R ‘A=’A ‘D=’D – placed the entire label below the line because they are to the right of the | character
Aligned Tangent Labels Inside & Outside
Here are some aligned tangent format examples using just H=Distance and B=Direction that show how to places labels either inside or outside of their lines.
Any part of the label left of the ^ symbol is placed outside. Any part of the label right of the ^ symbol is placed inside.
TPC uses the direction of the traverse to determine inside vs outside placement.
H\B^ – put both distance and direction outside the lines (because it is to the left of ^), with distance split out above direction. The ^ character must appear somewhere in the format to force the label inside or outside.
^H\B – put both distance and direction inside the lines (because it is to the right of ^), with distance split out above direction.
Automatic Word Spacing
Here are some examples of automatic word spacing, which is set to 3 for this drawing.
The rule here is simple. If you don’t leave any spaces between format characters like B and H, TPC inserts the requested word spacing. If you enter one or more spaces between these characters, TPC uses your spaces instead.
BH – because there are no spaces between B and H, TPC inserts the requested word spacing (3)
B,H – TPC treats the camma (,) like a format character and adds the requested word spacing (3)
B:H – TPC treats the colon (:) like a format character and adds the requested word spacing (3)
B;H – TPC treats the semi-colon (;) like a format character and adds the requested word spacing (3)
‘R=’R,’A=’A,’D=’D – because there are no spaces between the cammas (,) and the single quotes (‘), TPC inserts the requested word spacing (3)
‘R=’R ‘A=’A – The user entered their own spaces, so TPC uses the number of spaces entered in the format to space the two items in this label
Leader Properties (5:00)
The key to the new leader features is the Leaders dialog shown here where we’ve grouped settings for all leaders, Traverse Leaders Only and Drawn Leaders Only.
All your leaders will now look the same, regardless of whether they are created by Traverse Drawing Settings (i.e. a stacked curve label) or a leader that you added manually.
Some of you have been waiting for the option to draw leaders to the center vs edge of a line or symbol. Well now you can choose. Plus, you can specify the gap from the center or edge. Talk about the ultimate control over your leaders.
Here, we’ve told TPC to draw the leaders to the edge of the line. So when you increase the line width, the leader adjusts automatically.
We’ve also used the line label formats of the individual traverse to place distance above direction for the top label and distance below direction for the bottom label. You can choose the format you want and make them all the same.
Font Tools (3:17)
Font Tools make selecting and modifying text objects in TPC fun. What would otherwise be a tedious task, takes just a couple clicks in TPC Desktop 2017.
The Convert Font tool is a good example of why we added the font tools. It lets you change fonts in a drawing. So if you don’t want to use font A, just convert it font B. But instead of selecting one drawing object at a time and changing it’s font, you might want to select every drawing object that uses that font and change it to another font.
The Delineate Font command highlights text objects that use that font. This helps you identify how extensively you used that font in the drawing.
The Select Font commands actually selects the drawing objects that use that font. Once selected, you can operate on them as a group.
Modify Object Properties
Use the Set Object Properties command to modify properties of all the objects that use that font. Set the font height of all these objects to -.12″ or make them all italics, etc.
Delete Unused Fonts
Use the Delete Unused Fonts command to remove any fonts that are not currently used by any drawing objects.
Drawing Data Manager
In the Drawing Data Manager, expand the Fonts branch and TPC will list all the fonts currently used in the drawing. Now you can select any of the fonts, right click and access the Font Tools
To access the Font Tools from the Drawing View, right click any drawing object that uses a font and expand the Font Tools sub-menu. TPC identifies the font being used by that drawing object and uses that font for the tools.
Help When You Need It (4:0)
Here at Traverse PC, we have been evaluating potential road blocks to learning and using TPC. Those moments when you have to break stride to figure out how and why TPC did or didn’t do something you thought it shouldn’t have or should do. We know these are inherent in any software, but we want to minimize them so you can work confidently and efficiently with TPC.
We call it Help When You Need It.
We just added 187+ help topics for the pop-up windows in TPC. These windows include a new Help button that opens the corresponding help topic. The help topics tell you why TPC did what it just did, how you might correct it and links to related topics that may give you some direction.
Here’s an example of what happens when you try to re-order the default group Un-Assigned in the Traverse or Drawing managers. The Message Box tells you the default group can’t be moved because it has to be first. If you are already familiar with TPC’s Groups, you may have already figured out what to do. But what if you are new to Groups? This is one of those potential road blocks we talked about. So let’s see how the new Help When You Need It works.
Choose Help. TPC displays the related help topic. TPC explains why the default group has to be first (it’s a Windows thing TPC doesn’t control) and provides some possible solutions in the Correction section.
If you still want to learn more, TPC provides a direct link to the Using Groups help page.
The Message View access the same Help When You Need It that the Message Boxes do.
In the example shown here, we tried to relabel protected points. In the Message Box, TPC told us that 23 points were not relabeled because they were protected. Of course, the Message Box provided a Help button.
But here in the Message View, TPC lists each of the protected points along with a link Warning 2410: which opens the same help topic.
Hold Corner (Point Label Format)
Select a corner of the point label to hold, relative to the survey position of the point. This corner anchors the label, allowing the label to grow away from the anchor to display all the label information you have selected (Label, Description, Stations, etc).
By default, TPC sets the hold value to Lower Left, so the point label is drawn above and to the right of the point and is left justified.
Text justification changes with the hold selection. If you hold the left side of the label, it is left justified. If you select an option which holds the right side of the label, the text is right justified.
In the example shown here, we chose to place the point labels to the left of one alignment and to the right of the other. This creates needed separation without the hassle of manually moving labels.
Apply an angle to the point labels and you get almost infinite combinations to get the labels just the way you want them.
Table Enhancements (7:38)
We’ve enhanced tables to make them more attractive and flexible at the same time.
The the tables shown here, we’ve
- added table names (the header) with it’s own font, size and style
- add font, size and style controls for the column headers
- add left, center, right alignment options for all data columns
- add a background fill that can also be used to clear the background behind the table
- plus other controls like variable line spacing and border thickness
We wanted to give you flexible tools to make the tables look just the way you want them to. So we’ve expanded the table properties dialog into separate sections for Header, Column Headers, Items, Border and Format. Pick just the options you want.
We like the new Fill Background option. Not only does it make the tables look better, it can also be set the the same color as the drawing’s background, in which case it will automatically clear the table background.
Access Tables and Legends by Right Clicking Items
Right click any legend item and choose Legend Properties.
Right click any table item and choose Table Properties.
These are easier ways to edit the respective legend or table.
Apply To Tables
Turn this option on to apply to bearings displayed in tables. If turned on, TPC applies the same bearing formatting to table bearings as it does to bearings that are not included in the tables.
Sort Point Table
The Point Table also now automatically sorts the points by their point labels. The default is ascending order, but you can switch to descending also.
Legend Enhancements (4:42)
We’ve enhanced the legends, giving you more control over how they look.
You can specify font and alignment options for just the header.
In the example shown here, we’ve selected a Broadway font that is larger (0.15″) than the Item font (0.12″) and set the style to BoldItalic. We also centered the header above the legend.
The new border options let you select the line type and width to use for the border or the line under the header.
And the new Fill Background option let’s you select a background color you can use to clear the background or just set off the legend from the rest of the drawing.
In the example shown here, we’ve used a LightYellow background color to set the legend off.
And because legends are Smart Drawing Objects, you’ll find that the line under the header expands automatically to the widest legend item.
Drawing Settings – Units (5:32)
Varas and User Defined Units Factor
We added Varas = 2.777777778 for our Texas users.
Plus we also added a User Defined units option to the Units pulldown in the Traverse View Format, Advanced tab. So if you need to specify your own units factor, select this option and enter it.
Just for fun, set any Traverse View to Varas and highlight a distance. The status bar displays Units=Varas. You can inverse Varas between existing coordinates or enter Varas as raw data and compute new coordinates with them.
Then do a COGO routine from that traverse and the COGO dialog will automatically display and compute with Varas.
Drawing with Varas
We’ve also made it super easy to draw with Varas. Here’s how.
Open the Drawing Settings and click on the Miscellaneous tab
- select Varas for the Units
- tell TPC to include [x] Distance Units and enter vs
- tell TPC to [x] Apply Units to Scale
Now take a look at the drawing.
- Notice the vs after the distance.
- Notice the Scale bar displays Varas for it’s values with vs
- Notice the Title block displays Varas/IN
Drawing with Chains
Units and Scale for the PLSS (3:36)
Now our CFedS and PLSS folks can use chains more effectively to label and scale their drawings too.
Hide those troublesome 0,0 coordinate entities so Zoom Extents automatically finds your survey.
Updates / Upgrades
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Updates require the Serial Number of your current program. It can be found by choosing Help | About TPC Desktop.
Traverse PC allows you to Upgrade from one Edition of the Current Version to another Edition.
You pay just the difference in list price between the two Editions.
Note: If you do not have the Current Version, you need to first Update to the Current Version and then Upgrade to the Edition you want.
Upgrades require the Serial Number of your current program. It can be found by choosing Help | About TPC Desktop.
- Version: A Version is defined as the specific name of a release such as TPC Desktop V9.5 or TPC Desktop 2018.
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- Current Version: The Current Version is the Version that is currently being sold by Traverse PC.
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- Older Version: An Older Version is a Version for which Traverse PC no longer provides Technical Support or program maintenance.
- Update: An Update is defined as moving from a prior Version to the same Edition of the Current Version such as TPC Desktop Professional 2017 to TPC Desktop Professional 2018.
- Upgrade: An Upgrade is defined as moving from one Edition of the Current Version to another Edition of the Current Version such as from TPC Desktop 2018 Personal to TPC Desktop 2018 Premium.