Any plans for allowing import of some of the mapping field files such a .ssf directly into TBC?
I have asked the same question of Trimble directly and my local sales/support company. The general answer is not in the short term. I have been told that the programming teams for Trimble Business Center (TBC) and Pathfinder Office (PFO) are now co-located which may mean that the programs either eventually merge or become very similar.
What would be the main motivation to import the .ssf into TBC? Post processing, ability to integrate with other data in TBC, preference of TBC over PFO or everything above?
All of the above Boris. Cheers
TBC is a better software than PFO now. By better I mean that the sofware has been updated and is easier to use. I prefer the USB dongle licensing option available with TBC as the multiple networks that we have at work make it impossible to check out the licenses for PFO from one computer to another. I also want the ability to save the data from any Trimble device that has L1/L2 data for OPUS processing without intentional degradation of the data.
In the United States. Larger Federal and Private Organizations are required by the IT group to have all software on a certified or approved list. The DOI and Military is a great example of this. Having one base program (TBC) as the foundation would lessen the amount of work and necessary requirements. Also, the industry in changing and the lines between surveying and mapping are no longer blurred. Many of these organizations are looking for one solution that can meet both needs and reduce the need of installing and learning multiple field and back-office software. Realistically, PFO had three major functions, Data transfer, Post-processing (Differential Correction), and Export. TBC should have the ability to have a Map (Plan View) with common supported backgrounds, KML, Shapefile, Google, it can already run carrier post-processing and export to common industry formats and isn't a +20 year old software using legacy UI. Just my thoughts....@
I agree with all of these points and they apply to my work situation as well.
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