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User Suggestions

Our R2 agile releases often focus on the little things our users have asked for.  We work hard to get them programmed as soon as possible.  We hope you enjoy them!

Import ASCII Without Point Labels

It seems like a little thing, but what if you have dozens of ASCII files to import and they don’t have point labels.  With the advent of digital elevations and now point clouds, this happens more often.

So we added new options to label those points as they are imported.  It’s a little thing, but can save you tons of hassle.

Metric (mm) Pen Widths and Text Height

A number of our international users have requested finer control over mm pen width and text height.  With this release, you can now choose common mm sizes like 0.18 mm, 0.25 mm and so on.

Larger Text Window

Users have asked to resize the Text dialog when editing large text items in a drawing.  So we added that ability.  But we also added a button to edit that same text in the familiar word processing window we use for the Message and Report Views. 

ASCII Import

Import ASCII Without Point Labels

Import ASCII Without Point Labels

It seems like a little thing, but what if you have dozens of ASCII files to import and they don’t have point labels.

With the advent of digital elevations and now point clouds, this happens more often.

Just remove the letter P   from the Format then specify a starting Label.

Use the Next Label to keep your point labels sequential, or enter a new label series like T1 and TPC will label the imported points T1, T2, T3, etc.

Metric Surveys

A number of our international users have requested finer control over mm pen width and text height.  With this release, you can now choose common mm sizes like 0.18 mm, 0.25 mm and so on.

Pen Widths in mm

Metric Pen Widths

Metric Pen Widths

When your survey units are meters, TPC switches all pen/line widths to mm. 

You’ll find standard mm sizes like 0.18, 0.25, 0.30, 0.35, 0.50, 0.60, 0.80 and 1.00 or you can enter what ever mm value you want.

And did you know that AutoCAD stores pen and line widths in 100th of mm?  So TPC’s metric pen and line widths play nice with CAD.

Text Heights in mm

Metric Text Sizes

Metric Text Sizes

In prior versions, TPC stored text height as hundredths of inches. So getting a text height of 4 mm was a little tough. TPC could get close, but not exact.

So we switched over to decimal hundredths of inches. It was a pretty simple fix and now, you can get exact mm text heights when working with metric surveys. And we include standard mm heights like 1,2,3,4,5,8,9,10,15,20,25,30,40,50 or you can enter you own, anytime you want.

Metric Help Topics

We’ve added a new help topic with tips, tricks and best practices for working with metric surveys in TPC.

Drawings

Text Properties

Text Dialog Apply Format

Text Dialog Apply Format

The Text Properties dialog in the Drawing View now displays all text attributes like bold, italics, color and size.  You can see just what the drawing sees while editing the text.

Just turn on the [x] Apply Format option at the bottom of the dialog.

Notice in this example, how the text font, size and color are shown and the text is underlined.

And if the text object is really big, you can now resize the text dialog or edit it in its own window.

Resize Text Dialog

Text Dialog Resize Control

Text Dialog Resize Control

Users have asked to resize the Text dialog when editing large text items in a drawing.  So we added that ability. 

Notice the chevron control in the lower right corner of the dialog in the example shown here.  Use the left mouse button to drag-n-drop that corner of the dialog, making it as tall, wide and big as you want.

And not just for text objects in a drawing.  A number of dialogs can now be resized to give you access to more data all at once.

Editing Large Text Objects

Users have asked to resize the Text dialog when editing large text items in a drawing.  So we added that ability.  But we also added a button to edit that same text in the familiar word processing window we use for the Message and Report Views.

Text Edit Window

Text Edit Window

More Control Over Text Height

TPC used to store text height as hundredths of inches.  Meaning it couldn’t exactly match some metric text heights like 5 mm.  So we bumped it up to hundredths of inches with a decimal.  It was a pretty simple solution that now allows for any text height, whether its imperial or metric.

Copy Rows and Cells

New Clipboard Commands

You can now copy data right out of any list view in TPC.  This is a great way to get information out of a survey and into a report.

For example, if you copy the current cells row in a Traverse View, you might get something like this.  3,,N23°27’00″E,536.42,,,,5499.945,5149.996,FND 5/8″ REBAR.  All the data for that row is here, separated by commas.  Just paste it into a TPC report or any word processor and you have all the data, ready for whatever you need it for.

Copy Selected Rows To Clipboard

Copy Selected Rows To Clipboard

In the example shown here, we’ve selected 6 rows from the Point Manager and chosen to Copy Selected Rows.  Now paste into any word processor, including TPC’s Report View and you’ll get this

4:1,,3599.069,4333.790,0.00
4:2,,3622.878,4301.647,0.00
4:3,,3562.612,4257.005,0.00
4:4,,3623.903,4300.534,0.00
4:5,,3647.712,4268.391,0.00
4:6,,3587.445,4223.749,0.00

COGO Reports

Summary Uses Traverse View Sequence

In COGO summaries, TPC used to report coordinates using the sequence Y, X, Z.  Geodetic positions were reported as Latitude, Longitude and Height.

Well now, if you initiate COGO from a Traverse View that includes coordinates or geodetic positions, TPC uses that sequence to format the summary data.

In the example shown here, we initiated COGO Intersect from this traverse that displays Easting (X) before Northing (Y) in the Traverse View.  The Report View on the right then displays X before Y in the report to match the Traverse View.

COGO Summary Traverse Sequence

COGO Summary Traverse Sequence

Yes, it’s a little thing, but its something many of you have asked for.

Legal Descriptions

Direction Units

Legal descriptions now allow you to use any direction units for azimuths, bearings and angles plus add any suffix to identify them..

Want to generate your legal description with Grads?  Go ahead.  And feel free to append g, G, grads or Grads to each one.

That’s what we did in this example.  We set the Angle Units to Grads and specified a Suffix of G.

Legal Description Angle Units

Legal Description Angle Units

Other

Automatic Updates

You can now manually check for updates independent of whether you’ve set to check for them automatically.

Check for New Releases

You can now check for new releases right from TPC, without going to the License Manager.

Just choose Help, Check for Updates.

  • If you have a valid TPC Connection and there is a new release available, the button shown here will say Check for new releases.
  • If you don’t have a valid Connection and there is a new release available, you can click Get More Details to learn what’s new and how to update.

Quick Assist

Our new Quick Assist tool makes it easy for TPC users to assist other TPC users with special software.  Available only for Windows 10 computers.

  • Both TPC users choose the new Help, Quick Assist command.
  • One TPC user chooses to give assistance and the other choose to receive it.
  • Pretty simple.

CAD

Includes the Open Design Alliance (ODA) Platform 2021, released July 2020.

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