Using iCMTGIS PRO to work out land boundaries in Swedish forests

One of our customers, Håkan Bergstedt, wrote an article about using iCMTGIS PRO in conjunction with an EOS Arrow 100 GPS receiver to determine land boundaries in the forests of Sweden.

This interesting story was published on pages 28 and 30 of the March/April 2018 issue of the Geoconnexion International Magazine. You can view this article online for free before the May/June issue is released:

https://flickread.com/edition/html/5aafd53130d7a#29

https://flickread.com/edition/html/5aafd53130d7a#30

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How to zoom in in Stakeout Mode?

“Wow, yes turning off map I can get more zoom. But how do I zoom when in stakeout mode? Or does that work with map off? I get that error sometimes still that says: ‘only point or line or area can be selected’, when I try to zoom.”

In Stakeout mode, the fields are waiting for your input. If the cursor is at the stakeout target field, a tap on the screen is interpreted as a Feature selection. When you want to work with the map (like zooming in or out), please remember to have the Cogo icon and the Apple Map turned off.

If you have a geotiff Background Map loaded (as in iCMTGIS III or iCMTGIS PRO), it does not affect the zoom.

How to convert Garmin GPS waypoints for importing to Stakeout iCMT

Garmin can export waypoints in GPX format. Some of our apps, like iCMTGIS III and iCMTGIS PRO, can import and export data in GPX format. These and a number of our other apps, such as Stakeout iCMT, can import Shapefiles.

A software program is required to convert GPX files to Shapefiles. If you have our PC-GIS 9, PC-GIS X, PC-GPS 9 or PC-MAPPER 9 software program, you can import the GPX file then export the data as Shapefiles.

Otherwise, you could do the conversion by using some other software program, such as the one at the following link.

http://freegeographytools.com/2007/exporting-gps-data-to-gis-i-garmin-gps-units

Where is the file saving location on my iPad?

“I recently bought and downloaded the iCMTGIS II to my Ipad mini 2 and can’t seem to find where the files save to or where to import/export to. The iCloud file drive does not seem to work for this program, like other programs.”

The data files are saved in the Documents folder on the iPad unless you have marked the checkboxes under Setup – iCloud. When you have the checkbox marked for a file type, those files will be saved in iCloud storage and can be shared by other users using the same Apple ID.

To use iCloud Drive, after you have logged into iCloud, you may create a new folder and upload files to it.

Please unmark the checkboxes under Setup – iCloud. Then you should be able to see the files by connecting your iPad to your computer via iTunes by looking in the File Sharing section for the iCMTGIS II app.

A tip on using the “Activate Pattern” option

A forester sent in a question about auto-labeling his waypoints so as to be able to mark off each one on a printed map when he is done with that plot.

We pointed him to the Topic – Auto Label function in the PC-GIS X software that he is using.

The Auto-label function is also available in a number of our iOS apps. In addition, some of our apps (such as iCMTGIS III and iCMTGIS PRO) also provide the “Activate Pattern” option in a Feature List, which could help you easily see which points you have already visited

Suppose you have named the Topic of the imported waypoints “Waypoint”. You would create a new Feature List named, say “WaypointsFL”. Add a Feature Topic to this Feature List called “Waypoint” (same as the Topic name in your map). Add an Attribute for the Feature Topic named “Visited”. For the “Visited” Attribute, mark the “Activate Pattern” checkbox. Now add two Values for this Attribute, one being “Yes”, and one being “No”. Assign a different symbol/color for the Yes Value. Leave the other one the same as the default (or the one you are using for the Topic in Map View).

Call up File – Job Setup and select WaypointsFL as the Feature List to use with this job.

Have the program display the Sheet View while you are out there. After visiting a waypoint, you would select “Yes” from the drop-down list in the spreadsheet for that point, and that point will now be displayed in the new symbol that you have defined in the Feature List.

First Node for the CMT Deed Calls function

“I entered in my lot information, and your app was accurate in the square footage to within less than an inch. However, the location on the map is off by several hundred feet.”

The deed plot in the Deed Calls & Stakeout is drawn based on the location of the First Node. Do you know the LAT LON of your point of beginning?

You could use the Pick GPS function to get a rough location, the accuracy of which is based on the GPS receiver used.

Please also read the following article at our blog site:

https://icmtgis.wordpress.com/2016/06/18/i-have-my-deed-with-the-property-description-but-i-am-not-sure-where-or-what-to-exactly-enter-into-deed-calls-stakeout/

After you have specified the correct location for the First Node, the entire deed plot will be moved to the correct location.

Another thing to note is the Orientation. If your deed calls are based on magnetic north, then please enter the magnetic declination for your location into the Orientation field.

“Thanks. I was out today and found one of the original corner marker iron pipes, so now I have the exact location to use as my first node.

I was amazed at the accuracy of your program. It had the square footage identical to the figure on a plat map to within 0.45 of a foot.

I am using it to find the property lines of out lot. We have been here 37 years and have a wooded lot, and I just want to be sure I know where the boundaries are. So now is the time to do this, before the brush grows.

I bought your App to do this as a surveyor wanted $3,500.00 to do it, even though I did not need a plat map submitted to the county.

Thanks again for the great support.”

Can I get the app transferred from my old phone to my new phone?

“Hey. I have You’re app on my old phone. I purchased it from you but now I have a new phone 8+. Is there a way that I can get that app transferred from my old phone to my new phone thank you.”

Our apps are sold via Apple. Please send this question to the Apple App Store.

As far as we know, as long as you use the same Apple ID and your purchased apps are still actively being sold, you can download the purchased apps to your new phone at no charge.

“Thanks. I went to Apple and got it to come up on my new phone.”