The Report View lets you create a record of what you have done to a survey. TPC doesn't add data to a report automatically like it does to the Message View. The Report View is your place to put information you decide is important.
You might use the Report View to record your steps as you generate a survey. Makes notes about which points you are holding, or why you choose a certain basis of bearing or errors you've found in other survey records.
Report files use the DOC format common to word processors. If you double click one of TPC report files in Windows Explorer, it will open in WordPad or your default word processor.
TPC works with one report at a time, the Current Report, but you can save and open additional reports as needed using the commands in the Tools menu. TPC uses the survey filename for the default report filename, so if your survey is Job1.TRV, the default report will be Job1.DOC. If you create additional reports, just use unique filenames like Job1-Phase1.DOC or Job1AsBuilts.doc.
The other views and many of the dialogs can append their data to the current report, making it easy to build a report with just the information you want.
You can even move text between the Report View and other word processors using the standard Cut, Copy and Paste commands.
To change the font choose View | Choose Font.
To find a word or phrase in a Report View, choose Edit | Find.
To replace a word with another word, choose Edit | Replace.
To change the word wrap options, choose View | Word Wrap and select the option you want.
To check the spelling of your report, espeically if you have added your own text or edited the existing text, choose Tools | Check Spelling. To check the spelling of just a portion of the report, first select the text you want to spell check, then select Tools | Check Spelling.
TPC provides a Summary button in many of the dialogs. This button appends the information in the dialog to the current report. Some people use the term 'chicken tracks' to refer to these snippets of data that show what you are doing to the survey.
Other views can append their data to the current report. From any other view choose Edit | Append to Report View. Once you have appended the data to the current report, you are free to edit it as needed.
TPC has specialized reports like the Legal Description Report or the Traverse Report that create specific reports with specific information.
These reports are sometimes appended directly to the current report, as in the case of the Legal Description Report. Each time you generate the report it is appended to the Report View. You might use this to try the options in the Legal Description Report, choosing the description you like the best and deleting the ones you don't want from the Report View.
Others like the Traverse Report, create their own report in their own view. These reports can be printed just like the Report View, but can not be saved. So if you want to save the information in one of these reports, choose Edit | Append to Report View like you would from any other view.
Chohoose Tools | E-Mail Report To... to send the report to an email recipient. TPC will save the report to its file so that the file is updated, then open your default email program and attach the reports .DOC file to the email. Just complete the email and send it off.