Released: March 2nd, 2021 

Workflows

This release is all about tools you’ve requested to streamline some of your most common drawing workflows.

Details

With the New Detail… command, you can easily create details in your drawings.  

Draw a circle, ellipse or rectangle to define the detail boundary and choose New Detail….  TPC will

  • create a detail of everything that is inside the detail boundary
  • allow you to resize the detail by a factor or to an exact scale
  • add a caption to the detail and include the detail scale if you want
  • let you place it where ever you want on the drawing

And if you change the scale of your drawing after you create a detail, the detail scale updates automatically – Nice!

Traverse Tables

Each traverse in a drawing can now have its own line table and point table.

Traverse line tables are based on TPC’s curve table, so they can include both tangent and curve information for a traverse.

Traverse tables take precedence over drawing tables.  So if a traverse has a Traverse Line Table, line and curve labels for that traverse go into that Traverse Line Table instead of the drawing’s line and curve tables.

Include separate tables for 

  • easements
  • riparian boundaries
  • center lines
  • anything you want

Drawing Variables

Many of you rely on our drawing variables to make short work of your drafting.

You use the $$CLIENT and $$CLIENTADDRESS variables all the time, but what if the owner of the property you are surveying is not the one who hired you?  But you want to show both on the drawing?

We’ve added a survey’s Owner and Owner Address to the Survey Information dialog.  You can now add the drawing variables $$OWNER and $$OWNERADDRESS variables to display these in a drawing.

Radial Rays

Some of you have been waiting for us to add radial ray labels. 

Well, they’re in TPC 2021. 

TPC even puts them on their own layers and introduces a new  toggle to set all attributes by layer, making it easy to work with them via their layer.

Drawing Details

Sneak Peek Video  (2:07)

Scale & Caption (3:32)

Editing Details (4:13)

Easily create details in your drawings with the new Drawing Detail tool.  

Draw a circle, ellipse or rectangle to define the detail boundary and choose Drawing Detail.  TPC will

  • create a detail of everything that is inside the detail boundary
  • allow you to resize the detail by a factor or to an exact scale
  • let you place it where ever you want on the drawing
But we didn’t stop there.  TPC also lets you
  • add / remove / edit detail drawing objects as needed
  • retains all text objects, even if outside the detail boundary, so you can reposition them inside the detail so it looks just right
  • come back and edit the detail any time you want
  • assign its own layer so you can easily turn it on or off as needed
  • and optionally save it as a block if you want to reuse it in other drawings

Available only in the Professional Edition.

Detail Example

 

Deeper Dive: Drawing Details  (5:19)

Let’s take a look at adding text and dynamic offsets to a detail.

Traverse Tables

Sneak Peek Video (2:40)

Traverse Tables

Traverse Tables

Each traverse in a drawing can now have its own line table and point table.

Traverse line tables are based on TPC’s curve table, so they can include both tangent and curve information for a traverse.

Traverse tables take precedence over drawing tables.  So if a traverse has a Traverse Line Table, line and curve labels for that traverse go into that Traverse Line Table instead of the drawing’s line and curve tables.

One of the new features is the ability to put the line and point labels for any traverse into its own Line or Point table. 

  • Do you have a riparian boundary on your map?  Does it have lots of short line segments?  Put them in their own table. 
  • Do you have an easement you want to show in its own table?
  • Do you have foundations you want to show the dimensions of? 

You can even name the table whatever you want, plus specify which prefix to use for the table items.  TPC still numbers all the labels uniquely for the table, taking the busy work out of tables for you.

Radial Ray Labels

Some of you have been waiting for us to add radial ray labels.  Well, they’re in TPC 2021.  TPC even puts them on their own layers and introduces a new  toggle to set all attributes by layer, making it easy to work with them via their layer.

You add the radial rays and labels in the Curves/Spirals tab of the Traverse Drawing Settings.

Tell TPC to draw them, how long to make them and whether or not you want TPC to label them.

Radial Rays with Labels

Radial Rays with Labels


Owner Drawing Variables

What if the owner of the property you are surveying is not the one who hired you?  But you want to show both on the drawing?

We’ve added a survey’s Owner and Owner Address to the Survey Information dialog.  You can now add the drawing variables $$OWNER and $$OWNERADDRESS variables to display these in a drawing.

Owner Information Drawing Variables

Owner Information Drawing Variables

 

Easier Updates and Validations

We streamlined the validation information to a single validation key. Works for any type of license key – Perpetual, Subscription, Trial, Connection, Connection Lite, etc.

Note: Use your TPC Connection key if you have one because it allows you to install updates without revalidating.

 

Edit Group Command

Edit groups without needing to explode them.

In the example shown here, we inserted a title block, then converted it to a group.

  • now we can right click INSERT NAME and put our name in.

But what if we want to enter a network path for the FILE NAME and we don’t have enough room?

  • just edit the group
  • resize the rounded rectangle to the right (see arrow)

Remember how you used to explode the block, make the changes, then collect all the pieces and update the block?  Forget all that – this is so easy.

Note: We’re working hard on this and hope to have it ready for the release.  If not, it will be available soon afterwards.

Expand Title Block

 

Improved CAD Blocks

Some of our TPC users have been asking us to provide better support fore their circular stamps and arc aligned text. 

Creating an Arizona Stamp in TPC  (5:15)

In the video shown here, a TPC users asked us to support his stamp and provided us a DWG file of his stamp.

In particular, we wanted to

  • support the arc aligned text
  • support the semi-circle arcs used to align the text
  • support the embedded signature
  • allow them to edit the Date Signed date, each time the stamp is used

TPC’s blocks and groups provide the perfect solution to accomplish exactly what the user wanted.

 

Updated CAD Drivers

We have added the latest release of CAD drivers for DWG / DXF / DXB / DGN files.

 

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