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Hello fellow TBC'ers, welcome back to another TBC Tip of the Week! In this weeks nugget of usefulness, I'll go over making layers unselectable. 


Do you have data you would like to see but not interact with? I can think of a few recent instances where I have! TBC has an excellent system in place for managing this. Read on for more!


Data visibility in TBC is controlled by layer in the View Filter Manager. It then would only make sense that controlling which data can be selected is also controlled by layer via the View Filter Manager, correct? Correct! The View Filter Manager can be launched from two places in TBC, on the Home Ribbon, at Home > View > View Filter Manager, and on the Quick Access Toolbar as shown below.


Once the View Filter Manager is launched, I have shown here a subdivision plan which I have brought into TBC as a PDF and georeferenced as a background image in the appropriate coordinate system. I have created points and linework for the parcels contained on the plan using the CreateCOGO workflow (see the July 2018 Power Hour titled "The Latest TBC Cadastral Workflows, Re-establishing Corners, Ground Labeling, Survey Plats, + More"  to learn how I did it!).


In the View Filter Manager, along the top we have shortcuts to aid in isolating and narrowing down data. The right-most shortcut is for the Advanced View Filter Settings.


The Advanced View Filter Settings allow you to toggle visibility and selectability of layers in your project. Notice my georeferenced image is toggled to not be selectable.


Un-checking the Selectable box only limits selecting data in the Plan, 3D, and other views. Data can always be selected from the Project Explorer.


This has been the seventy third TBC Tip of the Week!


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Good day and welcome back to another TBC Tip of the Week! Spring is in the air! Or perhaps will be in the air soon for my northern friends, or perhaps fall is in the air for my southern friends!


In large datasets or cluttered projects, (OK, I’m not saying you have cluttered projects, but I occasionally do!) we might want to run a command on all data to which that command can apply. How do we do that with as little input to TBC as possible? Let’s discuss!


TLDR for those in a hurry: Ctrl + A in any selection box in TBC will select all currently displayed data within TBC that is eligible for that command.


Here I have a project I have prepared to send to the field using Trimble Sync Manager, it contains control points, linework, a georeferenced background PDF of the plan, and a design surface. I have already logged into my free Trimble Connect account from File > Options in TBC to use Sync Manager.


I will now open the Send to Sync command found at Home > Data Exchange > Send to Sync.


Now, in the Send to Sync command, we need to select our data. We can do this in a variety of ways, but typically in a new project like this one I want to select everything in the plan view to send it to the field. To do this, simple click on the All box, and press Ctrl + A on the keyboard, just like in your other favourite desktop applications!

Notice the points, lines, and surface have been selected, but not the georeferenced background image.


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