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TPC Desktop 2024

January 2024

  • New: Photos – points and traverses
  • New: GNSS Averages
    • Edit and compute averages from any number of GPS/GNSS observations
    • Accept or reject individual observations
  • New: GPS/GNSS Traverses
    • Show Base/Rover with new RTK point type
  • New: GPS/GNSS Raw Data in Traverse View
  • New: emlid Feature Codes supported in Point Code table
  • New: APWA Point Code Table
  • New: Use PRJ files for Coordinate Transformations
  • CAD: Latest DWG, DXF, DGN drivers

V24.0.1.4 3/9/2024

  • New: Turn system beeps on/off
  • Tables: TPC now retains edited table items even when survey is saved / opened
  • More Walk Through a Survey tutorials
  • Updated: All Learning Guides

V24.0.1.5 4/12/2024

  • GNSS averaging now allows more options for specifying redundant points.

V24.0.2.0 coming BETA April 2024, Release May 2024

  • New: Categories for point symbols, line types and file types
  • Updated: Help topics on editing point symbols and line types
  • New: TIME12 and TIME24 drawing variables add current time to your drawings
  • New: Add selected points (Window/Cross/etc.) to traverse from Drawing View
  • New: Documentation for EPSG 3857 and 4326.prj Coordinate Reference Systems
  • More: COGO Hot Keys

V24.0.3.0 coming BETA May 2024, Release June 2024

  • NEW: APWA colors available in two of the Point Code tables we provide
  • NEW: emlid’s default feature codes fully suported in our emid Feature Codes.pct

TPC Desktop 2023

February 2023

  • New: 64-bit
  • New: Traverse Layers
    • Create layers based on traverse layer names and traverse group names
  • Traverse Smoothing
    • New: Maximum smoothing option
  • New: Drawing Data Warnings
    • View drawing warnings in the Drawing Data Manager
    • Easily identify and fix drawing objects
  • Attributes can now be included in drawn point labels
  • Creating stations without offsets is easier
  • New: Eagle Point Nodes – convert Eagle Point Nodes to survey points
  • New: 3-Point Circle
  • CAD: Export survey space only

TPC Desktop 2023 R1

July 2023

  • New: TPC RTK / NTRIP tools
  • New: CSV files for GNSS / emlid / Bad Elf
    • Let TPC read/write the headers
  • Convert entire survey to GNSS Coordinate System
    • New: Calibrate raw data and drawings – the entire survey moves
  • New: Edit drawing table column headers
    • Save / recall changes in header files
  • New: User Header Definition files
    • Create header definitions for GNSS CSV files
  • New: Workflow to calibrate local surveys to GNSS Coordinate System
    • Tie existing points with your GPS/GNSS receiver and let TPC do the rest
  • New: Point Code Groups
    • Like we already do for traverses and drawings
  • New: support for emlid GNSS receivers, emlid Flow (mobile) and emlid Flow 360 (web)
    • Including emlid Feature Codes
  • New: support for Bad Elf GNSS receiver

TPC Desktop 2022

January 2022

  • ALTA 2021 Minimum Standard
    • The ALTA/NSPS 2021 Minimum Standard describes two tests you can use to verify that your survey meets the minimum standards.
    • TPC now includes these two tests in our Least Squares Network solution, available in our Professional Edition.
  • Calibrate on Export
    • This release lets you use calibrations when exporting coordinates.
    • Reverse calibrate allowed.
  • Stakeout Report
    • We’ve expanded our stakeout report to accommodate just about any convention you use to relate as-staked positions to their design positions.
    • Choose from point labels, point numbers, point descriptions and side shots.  Or us this new report to related record to measured locations.
  • Easier License Activation / Deactivation
    • Just choose HelpLicense Activation…
    • find everything you need to activate, deactivate and check your current activation.
  • Select Latitude / Longitude Format for Export
    • Choose the angle format for export.
    • DMS, degrees, grads, mils, radians, etc.
    • Include additional designators like N/S and E/W or exclude them.
  • Update CAD Files
    • Open Design Alliance 2022.11 drivers.
  • More
    • Pictures inserted into drawings now allow commas in their path and file names.
    • More options for sending Drawing View objects to the CAD View.

TPC 2022 R1

June 2022

  • Create a calibration from CAD View
    • Pick a point series in the CAD View.
    • Pick the corresponding point series in the Drawing View.
    • TPC calibrates whatever coordinate system that CAD file is using to your survey.
  • Calibrate on Import
    • Many support file formats now allow you to calibrate or reverse calibrate on import.
    • TPC reports the uncalibrated and calibrated position of every affected point.
    • Can be used for file types like LandXML, GIS, ASCII, CSV, TDS, Trimble, etc.
  • Create Calibrations for Scale, Rotate & Translate
    • Many of you have asked for the ability to create these calibrations.
    • Enter what you have, scale / rotation / translation and TPC creates a calibration that does just that.
    • Example: Grid to ground coordinate conversion about a base point.
  • Added coordinates and geodetic positions to Legal Description Writer
    • Include the coordinates or geodetic position for any called point in a description.  Here’s an example:
    • Commencing at a Point of Beginning, said point being a 1.5″IP BENT, at or near Latitude 44° 52′ 38.131″ N, Longitude 69° 20′ 36.435″ W;.
  • Equations can now be used for all Factor fields
    • Enter 100 / 99.87 and TPC computes and enters the factor 1.00130169.
    • Or enter existing survey point labels like 1..2 / GPS1..GPS2 and TPC inverses between the points then computes the factor.
  • Import PLSS Maps
  • Updated CAD Drivers
  • Windows 11
    • This will be our first version optimized for Windows 11.0.

TPC Desktop 2021

March, 2021

  • 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.
    • Make the detail any size you want by factoring it or setting its own scale.
  • 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.
  • Radial Rays
    • Some of you have been waiting for us to add radial ray labels.
    • Well, they’re in TPC 2021 with some really neat / fun features.
  • Owner Drawing Variables
    • Sometimes, the client for the job is not the property owner. So…
    • 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.
  • Edit Groups
    • Edit groups without needing to explode them.
    • Resize any group by 1) factor, 2) scale, 3) height & width.
    • Move groups to different layers.
  • 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..
  • CAD
    • Includes the latest CAD drivers, ODA Platform 2021, released December 2020.
    • Support for survey stamps with arc aligned text and embedded signatures.

TPC Desktop 2021 R1

September, 2021

  • Rich Text
    • New! – Rich Text drawing object supports RTF text with underline, strikethrough, fonts, colors, bold, italics, etc.
    • Interfaces directly with CAD MText entities that contain RTF text
  • Direct-Reverse Report
    • This report looks at each angle set in a traverse and tells you which ones have errors.
  • Least Squares Modernization
    • We made LSQ easier to use and more helpful in determining how to identify errors and improve solutions
  • Unit Text
    • Text height can now be specified in drawing units as well has a fixed height (default)
  • Character Spacing & Width Factor
    • These can now be specified for aligned text
    • Great for creating re-usable blocks with curved text

TPC Desktop 2020

February, 2020

  • Drawing Data Manager
    • Our main focus this release is the Drawing Data Manager (DDM).  Our goal was to turn this little gem into a real workhorse.
    • The whole idea of the DDM is to make finding, managing and modifying drawing objects easy.
    • You have access to everything in the drawing via a Windows Tree Control where you can expand the nodes for the data you want.
  • Traverse Direction Modifier
    • A Traverse Direction Modifier is a +/- angle that can be added to all computed directions of that traverse
    • This allows you to rotate a deed traverse to your survey’s basis of bearing and still display the original deed bearings
    • Can be applied to line labels in a drawing
    • Can be applied to all directions in a legal description
  • Traverse Polylines
    • The new Control Polyline tab in Traverse Drawing Settings lets you draw any traverse as a polyline
      • Traverses can be smoothed, creating natural looking boundaries without any coding
      • These traverses export to CAD as polylines
      • You can force closure of the polyline even if the traverse doesn’t close
      • Can be used with Open, Closed Loop or Closed Point-to-point traverses
  • Traverse Smoothing
    • The new Control Polyline tab in Traverse Drawing Settings lets you smooth any traverse you draw as a polyline
    • Just select the smoothing parameters, like tension and maximum offset
    • Used smoothed traverses to draw natural boundaries like wetlands and vegetation without codes
  • Traverses
    • Inserting New Traverses
      • When you create a new traverse, you can now select which existing traverse or traverse group to insert it at
      • You can insert the new traverse before or after the existing traverse
      • You select traverses by traverse group – expand just one group at a time
      • You can add new traverses to existing traverse groups that don’t already have any traverses in them
    • User Selected Properties for Multiple Traverses
      • You can now select which properties you want to edit when multiple traverses are selected.  Choose from Traverse Modifier, Lot Setbacks and Legal Description Commencement Points.
      • Just select the traverses in the Traverse Manager, then right-click any one of them and choose Traverse Properties.  From the dialog, select just the properties you want to edit.
  • Drawings
    • Centered Stacked Labels
      • You can now select the alignment (Left, Center, Right or Auto Left / Right) for stacked line, curve and spiral labels in their format dialogs
      • All are available in the Traverse Drawing Settings, but you can also set the alignment for any stacked label via right-click and Properties
    • Separate Point Label Layers
      • Years ago, TPC put point descriptions and elevations on their own layer.  Well, they’re back.
        • A simple [x] Separate Layers option in the Point Label Format dialog tells TPC to create separate layers for point labels.
        • TPCPointLabels – the point label itself
        • TPCPointElevations – the point elevation
        • TPCPointDescriptions – the point descriptions and attributes
        • TPCPointLocation – the point coordinates, geodetic position and station
      • And or course, these labels are exported to CAD.
    • Separate Fill and Line Colors for Drawing Objects
      • Drawing objects like polylines, circles, ellipses and rectangles now include a separate color for the fill
      • Draw the lines in one color and the fill in another
  • Geoids
    • TPC now supports NGS Geoids, including 2012A and 2012B
  • CAD
    • Includes the latest CAD drivers, ODA Platform 2020 Update 2, released December 2019.

TPC Desktop 2020 R1

June 2020

  • Adjacent Lots Workflows
    • The new Opacity and Traverse Drawing Settings make it super fast to show adjacent lots the way you want
  • Geoids Models
    • Added NGS Geiod18 support
  • Opacity
    • You can now set the opacity level of layers, individual drawing objects or using the Traverse Drawing Settings
    • Import / Export to CAD
    • Layer opacity lets you adjust fills, background photos, contour lines, etc.
  • Traverse Drawing Settings Tabs
    • When you select Traverse Drawing Settings for multiple traverses, you can select which tabs to include
    • Change just the lot labels or fills for the selected traverses without changing anything else
    • Works seamlessly with Unique and Priority Advanced Settings
  • Drawings
    • Lot labels can now include closure information like relative error, linear error, etc.
    • Line table labels like L1, L2 can now retain the orientation (parallel, perpendicular, etc) of their original labels
  • COGO
    • Offset to Line now does multiple points as well as single
    • Pick buttons [>] now know which routines require a survey point, not a graphically picked location
  • Surfaces
    • A zero (0) label interval now draws just one contour label at the beginning of the contour (less clutter)
  • CAD
    • TPC reads the size of imported MText objects better to improve their placement and background clearing

TPC Desktop 2020 R2

September 2020

  • ASCII Import
    • You can now specify the starting point label for ASCII files without point labels
    • Or choose the Next Label in the survey
  • Metric Surveys
    • You now have finer control over pen widths in mm
    • You now have finer control or text height in mm
    • You can now export survey units, like meters, when exporting CAD files
  • Drawings
    • Text properties dialog is now resizable.  Make it big to handle large text objects.
    • Text properties dialog now applies color, font style, underline, etc. to the text while editing
    • Edit large text items in a separate word processing window
    • Larger text sizes allowed
  • Copy Rows & Cells
    • New clipboard commands let you copy individual cells or selected rows from any list view like the Points Manger or Traverse View.
  • COGO Reports
    • When you initiate a COGO routine from the Traverse View, the Summary report shows X and Y in the same sequence they are displayed in the Traverse View
  • Legal Descriptions
    • Select angle units, like Grads, decimal degrees, DMS to display all angles and directions in
    • Add your own unit suffix, like g, G or Grads for angles and directions
  • Automatic Updates
    • Update manually anytime, even if you have an automatic interval set
  • CAD
    • Includes the Open Design Alliance (ODA) Platform 2021, released July 2020

TPC Desktop 2019

April 2019

  • Calibrations
    • Calibrate photos
      • select any number of point pairs and let TPC do a Least Squares best fit
      • automatically create world file (automatically scales, rotates and translates to survey)
    • Calibrate XRefs and CAD files
      • Calibrate CAD data from any other coordinate system to your survey
        • like the architect who uses 4 feet per inch
      • Establish relationship between CAD file and survey as you share data between a TPC drawing and the CAD file
        • CAD View’s Convert to Survey command calibrates as it converts
        • send drawing objects to CAD View or drawing entities to Drawing View
      • Apply reverse calibration when writing a new CAD file – ends up in CAD coordinate system
    • Calibrate GNSS to local site
      • Plot/use GNSS data in your survey’s local site coordinate system
      • Reverse calibrate to send local site data out to GNSS for stakeout
      • Happens automatically with new Site Calibration
    • Calibrate Google geodetic data
      • Plot your local site data directly in Google Earth
      • Create points and figures in Google Earth and plot/use them in your local site survey
    • Calibrate total station data based on assumed coordinates
      • Use any assumed coordinate system in the field then calibrate it to your survey
      • All tied points are used to create a Least Squares best fit
      • Send survey points back to the data collector in its assumed coordinate system for stakeout
  • Site Calibration
    • Use any existing calibration as the Site Calibration
    • GNSS points are automatically calibrated to your survey (coordinates are calibrated)
    • GNSS points always retain their original geodetic positions
    • Easily convert from grid<=>ground
  • Project Location
    • Pick a project location from any existing point
    • Separate elevation and grid factors compute the combined factor
    • Select and use the survey’s Project Location for Coordinate Conversion (grid<=>ground)
  • Average Point COGO Routine
    • Compute an average position from TPC’s What list (any points, traverse, drawing objects, etc)
    • Assign the computed average to the survey’s Project Location
    • Store the computed average as a traverse for future reference
  • View[+]
    • Press [+] to plot any COGO solution over the top of the current drawing
    • Press the View button to create a new drawing with just the solution (same as always)
  • Format Fonts
    • Points Manager and Traverse View
    • Select font attributes (bold, italics, underline) or color
    • Identifies Protected, Calibrated, Geodetic and Raw Data
  • AutoCAD 2018 Support

TPC Desktop 2019 R1

October 2019

  • Geoids
    • TPC now computes elevations and ellipsoid heights based on a user selected geoid model.
    • Seven geoid models are provided, including egm84, egm96, egm2008.
    • You can also use your own geoid models that are in the .pgm format.
    • TPC can cache geoid data over the extents of your survey so speed up geoid computations.
  • Block References
    • nested block references now perform as expected when duplicating a drawing.
    • block references now place their objects on separate layers, if specified, making it easier to access just what you want in a drawing.
  • XReferences
    • XRefs now reproduce the same layers they had in CAD – related to nested block references above.
    • TPC has improved the handling on long XRef layer names, whether the XRef is bound or unbound.
    • XRef blocks are no longer stored with drawings in the .TRV file. They are now managed entirely by the XRef.
  • Calibrations
    • You can now calibrate and uncalibrate objects from the Drawing Data Manager – no more hunting them down in the drawing.
    • The Calibrations node in the Drawing Data Manager is now much more selective and only shows calibrations involving objects in that drawing.
    • You can now calibrate a CAD file when importing it.
  • Dynamic offsets
    • can now begin/end perpendicular to any point on a circle’s circumference.
  • GIS
    • TPC now reads traverse names, point labels and point descriptions when importing it’s own exported GIS files.
    • TPC now supports geodetic shape extents when exporting GIS files.
    • Undo/Redo is now available when importing Polyline shapes.
  • Surfaces
    • Move elevations of existing survey points to a surface. Great for stakeout.
  • Help Topics
    • Added an Elevations landing page to discuss all the ways TPC works with elevations
      • like geoids, ellipse heights, benchmarks, instrument heights and more.
    • Added a Surface Elevation landing page to discuss elevation options and tools
      • like transects, profiles, cut sheets, restricting elevations of contours and more.

TPC Desktop 2018

January 2018

  • XReferences
    • TPC now supports CAD Xrefs
    • Reference a CAD XRef to your survey – n a perfect world, everyone works on your survey grid. In an imperfect world, they don’t. So you can scramble at the last minute to get the right coordinates or figure out how to change the ones you’ve got, or you can simply reference the XReference CAD file to your survey.
    • XRef layers – We’ve added some great tools to help you locate just what you need.
    • Xrefs – bind, unload, reload –
  • New leader types
    • Curved – You can now draw Curved leaders in addition to angled leaders.
    • Dot – You can now end your leaders with a solid dot (circle) along with arrows and the other leader ends.
  • Drawing View
    • Polyline areas – You can now compute the area of a drawing polyline from its Properties dialog.
    • Rotating an object to bearing – Right click an object and choose Modify Objects | Rotate to Bearing to start the new rotate command.
    • Drawing View Undo – Any changes made to Traverse Drawing settings can now be undone.
    • Almost Black/White – We added two new colors you can use as Black or White backgrounds for fills or clearing, without defaulting to CAD’s White = Black convention.
    • Blockreference background clearing – You can now clear individual block references by turning on [x] Clear Background in their Properties dialog.
    • Move Not Allowed – Tired of seeing the Move Not Allowed when you accidentally bump a traverse object like a line or a point symbol? Well, now you can go to the Program Settings and turn that message off.
    • Table and Legend item Line Spacing – You can now enter decimal line space factors. Add more line spacing to make the table easier to read or squeeze the lines together to fit more lines in.
  • Drawing Templates
    • When you add a drawing template to an existing drawing, TPC used to remove any survey space objects from a layer in the current drawing if the template included that layer.
  • CAD
    • When exporting a surface from a drawing to a CAD file, TPC turns off the polyfacemesh layer.
    • Contour labels are now embedded into the contour lines when TPC exports a drawing to a CAD file.
    • Drafted lines like –[GAS]– are now written to the legend when TPC exports a drawing to a CAD file.
    • Anonymous blocks – We added support for Anonymous blocks when importing a DWG file.
  • CAD View
    • Send selected entities a group – select entities in the CAD View then right click and choose Drawing View | Send selected entities as group. All the entities selected will be sent over to the Drawing View as a group.
    • Send selected entities layers – entities from the unique layers of the currently selected entities will be sent to the Drawing View using the new Send selected entities’ layers command.
    • Convert to survey – Converts the selected entities to survey space. If you have multiple objects selected you’ll be asked if you want to create a traverse for each object.
    • Isolate a layer – The CAD View layer dialog now allows you to isolate a layer. The CAD drawing will automatically update to display only the isolated layer, until the layer is restored.
    • Entity properties – Select then right click any entity in the CAD View and choose Properties to display a dialog for that entity.
  • Drawing Data Manager
    • Delineate drawing objects from Drawing Data Manager.
    • Delete unused blocks from a drawing.
  • Closure View
    • [Warnings] section – The Closure View now includes a [Warnings] section you can turn on or off like you to the other sub-sections in the view. Just select View, Include Closure Data.
  • GIS
    • Importing geographic (llh) shapes – If your geographic shape files doesn’t come with a projection file, TPC asks if you want to read it as geographic positions using the CRS of the survey.
    • GIS layers – When you import GIS objects into a drawing, TPC now adds them to the drawing’s current layer. Just select the layer you want as the current layer for the drawing, then import your GIS file.
  • COGO
    • Tangent intersects – Tangent intersects are regular intersections with the added constraint that they must be tangent to some arc, curve or circle. In surveying, we run into these when do don’t have a starting bearing to work with.
  • Exporting Surfaces to CAD
    • The polyfacemesh layer is turned off by default. You can simply turn it back on if you want to see it.
    • Contours with labels are now drawn as polylines, just like they are if labels are not included. Plus all contours and labels are set to their respective elevations.
  • Point Codes
    • Label Formats (Lines, Curves, Points) are now stored with point codes.
  • LandXML
    • Support LandXML hidden faces – Now when you import a LandXML surface, TPC honors the invisible faces. They don’t show up in the TIN, volume or slope computations and contours don’t extend into them.
  • Traverse View
    • Now you can select all the points of a certain type in a traverse.
    • Edit multiple traverse points – And once you selected the points you want, enter one value for distance, bearing, elevation, etc. and all the selected points get updated.
    • Traverse Reports – Temporary Traverse Reports can now be saved as new reports.
  • Task manager
    • You can now format the Tasks Manager by choosing Format View… F9 or pressing the F9 key.
  • Import / Export
    • We added some new data types to the Generic Raw Data CSV filter – V – Vertical distance, y – Latitude, x – Longitude and z – Ellipse Ht
    • Support Carlson RW5 BP and GPS records
    • Option to set elevations to zero on import
    • Draw control point chain – TPC now provides an optional way to look at your control point chain.

TPC Desktop 2018 R1

April 2018

  • Phrase driven legal descriptions
    • You create Legal Description Styles you can reuse as needed, to get just the style of legal description required.
  • Crows feet
    • Crows feet work a lot like leaders in TPC. You can turn them on in the Traverse Drawing Settings or add them manually to object labels.
  • Surfaces
    • Surface exclusions – Select a traverse and TPC will exclude all the surface triangles within it.
    • Polyfacemesh Layer – You can create unique layer names for a surface, so you can do things like, put the major contours of the Existing Grade on the EG-Major layer and the major contours of the Finished Grade on the FG-Major layer.
  • Drawings
    • Multi-line curve and spiral labels
    • Prioritized Traverse Drawing Settings – a traverse takes control of all it’s own lines, line labels, point symbols and point labels, even if another traverse has already drawn them.
  • AutoCAD 2018 support
    • We added support for AutoCAD 2018 DWG, DXF and Binary DXF files so you can read and write the latest files.

TPC Desktop 2018 R2

Sept 2018

  • GIS
    • .prj files – TPC can now use GIS .prj files as the Coordinate Reference System for your survey.
    • SpatialReference.org – Now you can access projection sources, like SpatialReference.org, to find the projection you need. Export it as an ESRI prj file and you can use it in TPC.
    • Use the imported GIS projection as the survey’s CRS (Coordinate Reference System).
  • Geodetics
    • We added a new warning when you try to compute geodetics with a local grid.
  • Surfaces
    • You can now specify Minimum and Maximum elevations for contours. This lets you specify a single elevation for a FEMA elevation or restrict the contours to any elevation range.
    • We added one more range to the Slope Analysis for the City of Los Angeles. Now you have 6 ranges total, with the last one always being everything left above some slope.
  • Drawings
    • New options to sort layers by drawing order in the Layers dialog
  • Drawing Data Manager
    • Convert any drawing object to survey coordinates
    • More drag-n-drop for changing drawing order
    • New commands to delineate blocks and modified survey text
  • XReferences
    • Now store parameters used to reference to survey
    • Lots more XRef data exposed – just expand an XRef node
    • Missing xrefs now show {xref filename}, just like missing pictures and blocks do
  • Trimble DC Files
    • We expanded support for records like GPS Vectors, Ground Vectors, Stakeout Point Design, Point Grid Deltas, Long Feature Codes, Mean Turned Angles, Lines, Horizontal Arcs and Rounds MTA Residuals
  • Import
    • Message view now tells how many points were imported
  • New License System – you can now manage your own licenses on-line

TPC Desktop 2017

January 2017

  • Drawings
    • Line Label Formats
      • Multi-line labels above or below the line
      • Choose an orientation like parallel, perpendicular, horizontal or vertical
      • Specify an additional offset from the line or point symbol
      • Add brackets [ ] { } around your text for record data vs measured data
      • Lots of example label formats
    • Advanced leader control
    • New Font Tools
      • Convert one font to another
      • Select and delineate by font
      • Delete unused fronts from a drawing
      • Modify attributes of all text using a specific font
    • New point label formatting options
      • Select the label location from the point symbol – upper right, lower right, etc.
    • Enhanced tables
      • User defined title, fonts, background color, etc.
    • Enhanced legends
      • User defined title, fonts, background color, etc.
    • Varas and User defined Units Factor
  • Help when you need it
    • Most messages and prompts now include a [Help] button
    • Warnings and Errors in the Message View now include links to their help topics

TPC Desktop 2017 R1

May 2017

  • CAD
    • Contour Labels
      • Contour labels are now embedded into the contour lines when TPC exports a drawing to a CAD file.
      • Contour lines with labels embedded now export at the contour elevation.
      • When exporting a surface from a drawing to a CAD file, TPC now exports contours as polylines even if labels are being drawn.
  • CAD View
    • Transfer Selected Entities to Drawing View
      • Select some entities in the CAD View and right click and go to Drawing View | Send select entities… they will all appear in the Drawing View just like they were in the CAD View.
    • Convert to Survey
      • Converts the selected entities to survey data (points, lines and traverses).
    • Entity Properties
      • Select then right click any entity in the CAD View and choose Properties to display a dialog for that entity.
  • Closure View [Warning] section
    • The Closure View now includes a [Warnings] section you can turn on or off like you to the other sub-sections in the view. Just select View, Include Closure Data.
  • Import / Export
    • Draw Control Point Chain
      • We added new option to some data collector imports and the Traverse View called ‘Draw Control Point Chain’ to better represent instrument stations and backsights.
    • Option to set elevations to zero on import
  • GIS
    • TPC now imports GIS onto the current drawing layer
  • Drawings
    • Table and legend line item spacing
    • Backsights
      • Added [x] Draw Backsights (using Control Point Settings) option to the Advanced tab of the Traverse Drawing Settings. It draws BS records in the traverse.
  • Points
    • Added Relabel Points command to Traverse View
  • Reports
    • New Save As… for reports

TPC Desktop 2017 R2

August 2017

  • Drawings
    • Reference group to survey
      • TPC will prompt you to select two pairs of survey / group points.
      • TPC then rotates, translates and scales the group based on the points you selected.
      • Automatically group the last import, then reference it to the survey.
    • Rotate any drawing object to a specified bearing
  • GIS
    • Support for GIS projection files
      • TPC now looks for projection (.prj) files when importing shapes.
    • Geographic shapes are now supported
      • If your geographic shape files doesn’t come with a projection file, TPC asks if you want to read it as geographic positions using the CRS of the survey.
    • GIS Coordinate Systems
      • TPC now supports 1) geographic, 2) projected and 3) local coordinates when importing and exporting shape files.
  • CAD
    • Anonymous CAD blocks
      • We added support for Anonymous blocks when importing a DWG file.
    • Contour Labels
      • Contour labels are now embedded into the contour lines when TPC exports a drawing to a CAD file.
      • Contour lines with labels embedded now export at the contour elevation.
      • When exporting a surface from a drawing to a CAD file, TPC now exports contours as polylines even if labels are being drawn.
    • Drafted Lines
      • Drafted lines like –[GAS]– are now written to the legend when TPC exports a drawing to a CAD file.
  • Import/Export
    • Select / Group last import – a must for referencing the import to your survey
  • LandXML
    • Export International vs US Survey Foot to LandXML
  • COGO
    • You can now do Offset From Alignment with selected points from the Points Manager.
  • Point Codes
    • Label Fomats (Lines, Curves, Points) are now stored with point codes.

TPC Desktop 2016

January 2016

  • CAD View
    • View your CAD files right inside TPC
      • Supports DWG, DXF, DGN, DXB
    • Open / Edit / Save existing CAD files
    • Write a New CAD file or Edit an Existing One
    • Send Data Back and Forth Between Drawing View and CAD View
      • Pull in just the CAD objects you need
      • Send your survey data over to a CAD file then save it for the client
  • CAD
    • Updated DWG / DGN Drivers
  • Google Earth
    • Fills with slider
      • If you fill traverses, these fills now export to Google Earth.
      • Plus, we give you the option to select the intensity of the fill before you export.
    • Line Data
      • Lines that TPC exports to Google Earth have a (L) Tangent, (C) Curve or (S) Spiral.
      • Click the symbol and get all the information about that line and it’s survey points.
    • Lot Labels and Data
      • Your Traverse PC Lot Labels will now display the Traverse Name in Google Earth along with its push-pin.
      • Clicking on either of these will display more of the lot information.
    • Survey Point Data
      • We’ve been working hard to give you just the data you need in the Google Earth pop-ups.
    • Point Symbols
      • We are continuing to expand our Google Earth compatible point symbol library.
      • Most of the point symbols you use every day are supported in Google Earth.
    • Side Shots
      • You can now export side shots with your traverses and even import them back into TPC.
  • Import / Export
    • Undo / Redo on Import
    • Standardized import/export settings
      • Point label modifiers
      • Reference Points in Descriptions
      • Create Drawing of Import
      • More…
    • Import options to reconcile matching points
    • Grid <=> Ground
      • Convert grid<=> ground on import and export
  • Traverse Report
    • Now includes Total and Average Lot Areas
  • Learning Guides on the web
  • COGO
    • COGO Rotate & Translate can now include drawing objects
    • Rotate / Translate drawing objects with COGO routines
  • Drawings
    • We added stock Metric Scale Bars
    • New Zero Background Clearing Width option
  • Points
    • New point relabel options
    • E* – use this modifier to prefix each existing point label with the letter E. So the existing label 2020A becomes E2020A.
    • *GNSS – use this modifier to append GNSS to each of the selected points. So the existing label 100 becomes 100GNSS.
    • +10000 – use this modifier to add 10000 to each existing point label. So the existing label 145 becomes 10145.
    • Combine it with the starting label to create just about any kind point label you want.

TPC Desktop 2016 R1

April 2016

  • CRS
    • Separate CRS files
      • Easier to edit or add Coordinate Reference Systems
    • New State CRS Files for Indiana and Iowa
    • NAD 83 Epoch 2010.00
  • COGO
    • Best fit line / curves with Least Squares
  • PLSS
    • Medial lines PLSS (Public Lands Survey System)
    • Create a source traverse that includes the boundary for a waterway and TPC will compute the medial lines for that waterway.
  • Drawings
    • New spacing options for bearings and line labels
    • Point symbol rotation by traverse
    • Undo for graphic rotate / translate
    • Snap for Polylines
    • Option to remove ‘Traverse PC’ from border
  • Import / Export
    • Option to open files after export
  • Program (User) Settings
    • Automatically merge settings from previous versions of TPC
    • Direct access to Program Data folder
  • Screen Sharing
    • New Screen Sharing link in Help menu
    • Easier for TPC to log onto your computer for technical support

TPC Desktop 2016 R2

September 2016

  • Faster
    • It’s all about SPEED
    • Open a survey  9X faster
    • Open a Traverse View  93X faster
    • Regenerate a drawing  134X faster
    • Import a 1.3M point ASCII file  71X faster

 TPC Desktop 2015

January 2015

  • LandXML support
  • Automatic Lot Setbacks
  • Automatic Updates
  • Survey Point Properties

 TPC Desktop 2015 R1

May 2015

  • Google Earth KML
  • Multiple backup
  • More font sizes, line widths, point symbols and line types
  • Enhanced lot labels
  • R-O-W Offsets now includes Elevation Offsets

 TPC Desktop 2015 R2

September 2015

  • Google Earth KMZ
  • Multi-column legends
  • Parcel location labels for LandXML compatibility
  • Drawing Data Manager now displays group and block entities
  • Point Codes can now be used in point attributes as well as descriptions

TPC Desktop 2014 R0

Feb 2014

  • Label Orientation
  • Labels Inside and / or Outside
  • Reverse Directions
  • Stacked or Aligned Labels
  • Label Leaders
  • Combine Drawing Variables with Other Variables and Text
  • Coordinate Conversion for Selected Points / Traverses
  • Coordinate Conversion During ASCII Import

TPC Desktop 2014 R1

July 2014

  • COGO – distance and direction type now tracks through COGO tools
  • COGO Buttons
  • Relabel Points
  • Ellipses

TPC Desktop 2014 R2

October 2014

  • Predetermined Area Enhancement
  • Arc Aligned Text
  • Traverse Decimals
  • Selected Drawing Objects

TPC Desktop 2013

Aug 2013

  • Arc Aligned Curve Labels
  • Arc Aligned Text
  • Geodetic Intersections
  • Traverse aPriori Values
  • Automatic Closure
  • GMM Township Record File Import
  • Improved Reports
  • AutoCAD and MicroStation 2013 File Support
  • Trimble Business Center File Support
  • “Sticky” Traverse Adjustments
  • Improved Testing and Reliability
  • Added Spirals to Legal Description Writer
  • Added Point Codes and Volumes to Premium Edition
  • Added Generic Raw Data (CSV) File Support to Personal Edition

TPC Desktop 2011

Aug 2011

  • TPC v11.5
  • Geodetics
    • Distance and Direction Types
    • COGO
    • Drawings
  • Cadastral (PLSS)
    • Tools
    • Symbols
    • Templates
  • ALTA/ACSM 2011 Standards
    • Relative Positional Accuracy Minimum Standard
    • Relative Position Precision (RPP) Report
  • Lot Tables
  • AutoCAD and MicroStation 2011 File Support
  • Minimize COGO Dialog Boxes
  • Set Object Properties for Multiple Objects

TPC Desktop 2010

Oct 2009

  • TPC v11.0
  • Obvious Navigation
  • Dock, Tab, Auto-Hide Managers
    • New Tasks Manager, Drawings Manager, Drawing Data Manager, Surfaces Manager
    • Traverses Manager Replaces Survey View, Points Manager Replaces Point View, Point Codes Manager Replaces Point Code View
  • COGO Enhancements
    • Graphic “Pick” Buttons
    • Undo Buttons
    • “What” List
  • AutoCAD and MicroStation 2010 File Support

TPC Desktop 2008

Feb 2008

  • TPC v10.0
  • AutoCAD 2008 File Support
  • World File (Image) Support
  • Predictive Data Entry
  • Leave COGO Tools Open While Working
  • Traverse Groups
  • Drawing Tool Tips Provide Object Information
  • Unlimited Drawings per File
  • More Colors

TPC Desktop v9.5

Jan 2007

  • AutoCAD 2007 File Support
  • Spell Checking
  • New Survey View Columns (Closure Type, Error, Area, etc.)
  • Plat Checker
  • Slope Analysis
  • Traverse Precision
  • Traverse View Shares Drawings
  • Delineate Traverses and Points in the Drawing
  • Gap Points (Prevent Drawing Line)
  • Graphic Move and Rotate Tools
  • Graphic Offsets
  • ALTA/ACSM 2005 Standards
  • DCA R10 File Support
  • Pacsoft File Support
  • Thales Navigation Z-Max File Support
  • PNG (Portable Network Graphics) Vector Image Support
  • Traverse View Single Row per Point Toggle Button

TPC Desktop v9.0/v9.1

Feb 2006

  • AutoCAD R10 – 2006 File Support
  • MicroStation V7 / V8 DGN File Support
  • Topcon GTS File Support
  • SMI Jett File Support
  • TPC PDF Writer
  • Point / Coordinate Table
  • HTML Help
  • Drawing Codes

TPC Desktop v8.5

July 2005

  • Faster Contouring and Volume Calculations
  • Optional Contour Border Traverses
  • Contour (Surface) Information Report
  • AutoCAD DWG File Enhancements
  • Updated TDS RAW File Support
  • MicroSurvey Genius File Support
  • CSV and User-Defined ASCII File Support
  • Point Code Enhancements
    • Set Survey Point Properties
    • Point Code Alias
    • Copy / Paste Traverse Settings
    • Update Codes by Traverse PC
  • 32 Drawings per File
  • User-Defined Point Symbols
  • Italic, Bold Italic, Underline and Strikeout Font Styles
  • Pan with Drag and Drop
  • Sort Points in Point View
  • User-Defined Closed Loop Tolerance

TPC Desktop v8.0

Aug 2004

  • Premium Edition Changes (Replaced Standard Edition)
    • Added Contouring
    • Import Drawing Objects from DXF Files
    • Import AutoCAD Drawings
    • Added Sun Shots
    • Manage Layers
  • Personal Edition Changes (Replaced Basic Edition)
    • Added Legal Description Writer
    • Added Multiple Points, Distance/Offset, Offset to Line, Curve Fitting, Remote Offsets and More COGO Tools
    • Added Stationing
    • Added Traverse and Station/Offset Report
    • Added Drawn Polylines with Smoothing
  • Least Squares Adjustments with Blunder Detection and Positional Tolerance
  • Dynamic Object Labels
  • Dimension Command
  • Dynamic Offsets
  • Object Snap Mode
  • Snap Nearest Command
  • Interior Angles
  • TDS RAW File Support
  • Trimble DC 10 File Support
  • Improved Spiral Offsets
  • Enter PI to PT Bearing for Curves

TPC Desktop v7.0

Jan 2004

  • Specify Decimal Places by View
  • Edit Survey Point Properties – Point View, Quick View, Traverse View
  • Enter Radius Point Bearing in Traverse View
  • Multiple Option Added to Right-of-Way Offset COGO Tool
  • Added Edit, Plot and Next Label Buttons to COGO Dialog Boxes
  • Added Accept Points Beyond Line Option to Intersection Dialog Box
  • Added Single Point Offset to Offset to Alignment Dialog Box
  • Added COGO Menu to Point View and Quick View
  • Expanded Hatching Patterns
  • Add Points to Traverse Tool in Quick View
  • Added Quick View Settings to Convert to Survey Dialog Box
  • Added Multiple Option to Quick View Drawing Commands
  • Added None Buttons to Quick View Settings Dialog Boxes
  • Added Draw Closing Point Option to Quick View Settings
  • Added Erase Command
  • Added Ability to Draw Line Annotations without Lines
  • Added Survey Point Information to Point Symbol Properties
  • Moved Decimal Place Settings and Trim Symbols from Miscellaneous Tab to both Control Points and Side Shots
  • Added Direction Decimals to Control Points and Side Shots
  • Added Survey Point Properties to Quick View
  • Added Copy to Scrap Command to Point View
  • Append Contour Lines and Polylines to Legend
  • Prompt for Description when Appending to Legend
  • Added Text Legend Item
  • Added Scroll Wheel Options
  • Enhanced Legal Description Writer
  • Enhanced ASCII File Support
  • Added Nikon RAW V2.0 File Support

TPC Desktop v6.5

Aug 2003

  • WYSIWYG Text and Text Box Tools in Quick View
  • Improved Line Types
  • Improved Fills
  • Rotate Survey Space Rectangles
  • Improved Picture Support
  • Windows Meta File (EMF / WMF) Image File Support
  • Added SMI Data Collector Support
  • Quick View Title Bar Displays Page Size

TPC Desktop v6.0

Dec 2002

  • Solid, Pattern and Bitmap Fills
  • User-Defined Line Types
  • Insert Images into Drawings
  • ESRI Shape File Support
  • NAD 27 Grid Projections
  • User-Defined Ellipse Parameters
  • Corner Staking Offsets
  • Single Row per Point Option in Traverse View
  • Cross Sections

TPC Desktop v5.0

June 2002

  • Contouring and Volumes
  • Transects and Cut Sheets
  • Import and Export DWG Files
  • Drawing Rotation
  • Align Center Command for Text Objects

TPC Desktop v4.5

Nov 2001

  • Manage Drawing Layers
  • Predefined Layers
  • Default Layer
  • Current Layer
  • Layers Toolbar
  • Import DXF Drawings
  • Convert Drawing Objects to Survey

Prior versions are not recorded

This is only a synopsis of what has changed and is not a comprehensive list. To compare what is included in each Edition of TPC Desktop, you can Compare Features.

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