"I am trying to add construction notes onto a working (architectural building) drawing.
Is there a way of adding notes from say a Word document or a PDF onto a drawing.
This would seem to be a lot easier than using the >Draw > Text function."
One way: In the Word document, highlight the text and press Ctrl+C to copy it. In the TCad drawing, select the Text tool and type anything at all -- a single character is enough -- then select it and open its Properties dialog. Go to the "General" page, highlight what's shown there, and press Ctrl+V to replace it with the text you saved from the Word document. You can format or edit this new entry just as any TCad text object. See the attached screenshot for an example.
"Also, how do you get an image onto the Image List so it can be added to a drawing?"
To add an image to a drawing, I use Insert>Picture>From File and navigate to the image file. Drag down and to the right after defining the first corner of the image; otherwise it'll be upside down and/or backwards. After you insert it, the image will be listed in the Image Manager.