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TPC Desktop 2018 R2

Sept 2018

    • GIS
      • .prj files – TPC can now use GIS .prj files as the Coordinate Reference System for your survey.
      • – Now you can access projection sources, like, 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 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

January 2018

  • Workflows
    • We’ve taken a look at some of the most common workflows and asked, “How can we make this more efficient”?
  • 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 2017 R2

August 2017

  • Reference group to survey
  • Support for GIS projection files
  • Anonymous CAD block support
  • Rotate objects to bearing in the Drawing View
  • Select / Group last import – a must for referencing the import to your survey
  • Export International vs US Survey Foot to LandXML

TPC Desktop 2017 R1

May 2017

  • Improved export of surfaces to CAD – better contour lines with embedded labels
  • Closure View [Warning] section
  • Draw control point chains on total station import
  • Table and legend line item spacing
  • Option to set elevations to zero on import
  • Added Relabel Points command to Traverse View
  • New Save As… for reports
  • Option to draw backsights using control point settings
  • Convert to Survey directly from CAD View

TPC Desktop 2017

January 2017

  • New line label formatting – multi-line, orientation, additional offset, brackets [ ] { }, lots more
  • Advanced leader control
  • New Font Tools – select and delineate by font, convert one font to another, lots more
  • Help when you need it
  • New point label formatting options
  • Enhanced tables – user defined title, fonts, background color, etc.
  • Enhanced legends – user defined title, fonts, background color, etc.
  • Varas and User defined Units Factor


TPC Desktop 2016 Release 2

September 2016

  • 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 2016 Release 1

April 2016

  • Separate CRS files – easier to edit or add Coordinate Reference Systems
  • Best fit line / curves with Least Squares
  • Medial lines PLSS (Public Lands Survey System)
  • 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
  • Option to open files after export

TPC Desktop 2016

January 2016

  • CAD View – view your CAD files right inside TPC
  • Google Earth enhancements
  • Standardized import/export settings
  • Import options to reconcile matching points
  • Convert grid<=> ground on import and export
  • Total and average lot areas
  • Learning Guides on the web
  • Undo / Redo on Import
  • COGO Rotate & Translate can now include drawing objects


 TPC Desktop 2015 Release 2

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 2015 Release 1

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

January 2015

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


TPC Desktop 2014, Release 2

October 2014

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

TPC Desktop 2014, Release 1

July 2014

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

TPC Desktop 2014

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 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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.