Forester GPS GIS app for iPad released

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We are pleased to release a GPS GIS app for small woodland owners and independent forest consultants.

The Forester GPS GIS app for the Apple iPad will let you easily digitize forest land boundaries or import data in Shapefile or DXF format. It will also let you delineate areas by entering deed calls. You will be able to create a grid of cruise points over a timber stand for plot sampling or point sampling. The built-in angle gauge can be used for selecting the sample trees for point sampling. Basal Area per Acre for each point will be automatically computed from the recorded Tree Tally.

The Forester GPS GIS app is loaded with many useful software tools. Besides being able to record attribute information for each timber stand and each cruise point, you can also enter formulas to compute values derived from the recorded data. For example, you can have the cost per acre automatically computed from the cost and acreage of a timber stand.

In conjunction with a compatible accurate GPS device, the Point Stakeout function can help you locate the cruise points, and the Line Stakeout function can help you stay on a cruise line.

Like all the other apps from CMTINC.COM, Forester GPS GIS does not require a data service plan to run.

Detailed Function List:

* Import the shapes from Shapefile or DXF file.

* Precisely digitize Points, Lines and Areas over the built-in Map.

* Create a Line or an Area by entering Deed Calls.

* Move existing points or nodes to fine-tune the map drawing.

* View position, length and area values for the Features.

* Work with Metric and English units and BAF values.

* Create grid points or grid lines over an Area Feature.

* Use the built-in angle gauge to select trees for point cruise.

* Check borderline trees based on limiting distance calculation.

* Calculate the actual stem length of a leaning tree.

* Convert between horizontal distance and slope distance.

* Create multiple attribute tables (Feature Lists).

* Tag the Features with pre-defined Attribute/Values.

* Enter a formula for an Attribute based on other Attributes.

* View or edit Attribute Values in a spread-sheet display.

* Sub-divide an Area.

* Combine two adjacent Areas into one Area.

* Create buffer zones around a Line or Area Feature.

* Label the Features with ID and Attributes.

* Label the Lines with segment lengths and directions as well as corner angles.

* Label the Areas with size in acres and square feet or hectares and square meters.

* Measure distances and areas without saving the shapes.

* Create a Point from the entered address or coordinates.

* Create a Point or record a node by picking the GPS location.

* Use GPS to stake out Points or nodes on a Line or Area Feature.

* Use GPS to stake out a Line or Area boundary.

* Save the job data file for later use.

* Output the drawing and the coordinates to PDF.

* Export Feature data in DXF format.

* Email the job data files and the PDF files to your colleagues.

This app is now available at the Apple App Store.


12 Responses to Forester GPS GIS app for iPad released

  1. Jay Nichol says:

    Is there a way to load in a satellite view in the background for use in the field when no wifi or cellular is available?

  2. Jay Nichol says:

    Better yet is there a way to leave an area of satellite imagery in the cache for use when out of reception area.

    • cmtinc says:

      Before leaving the reception area, select Main Menu/Map/Show Satellite (or Show Hybrid) then zoom to display the area of satellite imagery that you will be using, at the desired resolution. Now turn off Wi-Fi to check that the satellite map is still displayed for the region of interest. As the cached satellite map is a static image, it will blur when you zoom in. (If you are using iOS5, the cached map may get deleted at some point.)

  3. Jay Nichol says:

    2 questions. Can I change the settings to UTM coordinates for position info? And can I nest a point at my current gps location that consists of several points to improve the accuracy?

    • cmtinc says:

      The ability to select a coordinate system (such as UTM or SPC) other than LLA and the ability to log several fixes at one position to improve accuracy are provided by our data collection apps: iCMTGIS II for iPad and iGPSGIS II for iPhone.

      A “Pro” version is planned for the forestry app, which will include the coordinate system settings and GPS data logging settings for recording Points, Lines and Areas. The “Pro” version will be priced higher than the current Forester GPS GIS app.

  4. Jay Nichol says:

    Thanks for the quick response. I work for a forestry engineering company and we are trying to replace all our garmins with ipad minis and I’m trying out various apps and yours seems to be the best so far. However we don’t do nearly as much silviculture as we do engineering and timber scouting. I think I likely should have purchased the full iCMTGIS II app instead of the forester application. Is there any way to trade in or upgrade? Also do you have an expected release date for the pro version of the forestry app? Like I say we’re trying to migrate our whole team over to iPads we just have to find a system that works.
    Thanks again.

    • cmtinc says:

      Sales of the iOS apps are handled by the Apple App Store. The article at the following link describes how you might contact the App Store to request a refund or trade-in.

      There is not yet a set date for the release of the pro version. iCMTGIS II and iGPSGIS II provide functions for mapping timber tracts and stands as well as creating a grid over the area. You will also be able to record descriptions for each point, line and area.

  5. Peter Gayer says:

    Will the app work on the iPad mini?

    • cmtinc says:

      Yes, sir. You will want to get the 4G version of the iPad mini, which provides GPS capability. Or, you could get an external GPS receiver that works with the iOS devices. Garmin Glo, Dual XGPS 150A and the Bad Elf GPS offer about 1 – 3 meters accuracy in the horizontal plane.
      Please let us know if you have any questions about the functions provided by the Forester GPS GIS app.

  6. tengo una idea para q la aplicacion sea mas amigable.
    lo primero es que se pueda rotar el mapa
    lo segundo es que los archivos creados o cualquer tipo de archivos se puedan enviar a otro ipad u otro dispositivo de otra forma ya que por ahora te obliga a sacarlo por cable o guardarlo como pmp y luego solo se puede enviar por correo.
    lo ideal seria que un archivo se pueda enviar de otra forma como wiffi directo o alguna app como shareit o que la misma app permita enviar o transferir el archivo de otra forma esto seria de gran ayuda cuando se trabaja en zonas remotas donde no hay acceso a internet

    • cmtinc says:

      User’s comment as translated by Google Translate:
      “I have an idea for the application to be more friendly. The first thing is that you can rotate the map. The second thing is that the created files or any type of files can be sent to another ipad or another device of another form since for now it forces you to take it by cable or Save it as pmp and then it can only be sent by mail. Ideally, a file can be sent in another way as wifi direct or some app as share it or the same app allows to send or transfer the file otherwise this would be of great help when working in remote areas where there is no access to internet.”

      Hello Hector,
      Thank you for sending in these software enhancement suggestions. The Forester GPS GIS app was removed from the App Store in July of 2015. The currently available Forester GPS GIS III app provides for a Move Map mode in which a loaded GeoTiff background map will rotate to align with your direction of motion. The Move Map mode does not apply to the built-in Apple Map. Forester GPS GIS III will also let you save the Feature data files to iCloud storage. If you have another iPad using the same Apple ID, it will be able to use the same data stored in iCloud storage. However, having two devices sharing the same data files could cause problems. For example, suppose you and a colleague open the same .pmp job (stored on iCloud) on both devices. You add a Point Feature, and your colleague adds a Line Feature in the same job. When your colleague saves the job file, the job will be automatically loaded into your device from iCloud. As a result, you will gain a new Line Feature but lose the newly created Point Feature that you have not yet saved. Thanks again for your comment.

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