Traverse PC’s TPC Desktop 2018 R2 has dozens of new features, including giving users the ability to specify minimum and maximum elevations for contours. This lets users specify a single elevation for a FEMA elevation or restrict the contours to any elevation range. For coordinate reference systems (CRS), TPC can now use GIS.prj files as the CRS for surveys. Just select a .prj file and TPC will evaluate it to see if it contains the CRS information. If it does, it can be used to define the CRS. In addition, users can access projection sources, like SpatialReference.org, to find the projection needed. Also, users can download it as an ESRI prj file and use it in TPC.

TPC now offers the option to sort layers by drawing order instead of alphabetically. The company also made improvements from the drawing data manager such as convert to survey (data) any CAD objects in the drawing, drag and drop layers and entities to change their drawing order or to move entities between layers, delineate blocks and other objects, and modify survey text.

TPC Desktop added enhancements to XReferences as well. Once a user references an XRef to their survey, TPC Desktop stores the reference parameters (translate, rotate, scale) and creates a report of the XRef, so it can reload it without re-referencing it to the survey. Access the XRef as many times as needed, but users only have to reference it to the survey the first time. TPC also includes the XRef information in the drawing data manager. Just expand the XReference and find its filename, number of objects, scale and rotation, etc. Expand nodes, like scale/rotate, to see even more information. If an XRef used by a drawing is not available or has been renamed, users can use the view or display missing blocks/pictures command to display its stored pathname.

Traverse PC has also added support for additional records in Trimble DC7 and DC10 files. TPC Desktop allows users to manage their own licenses online 24/7. The new license manager allows users to move their license to another computer and more. Even if that computer dies, they can install TPC Desktop on a new computer.

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