Do I need cellular data for the app to work?

We received this question regarding the Deed Calls & Stakeout app, but the answer applies to our other apps as well.

The GPS data collection functions and most of the other functions will work without wi-fi and cellular data.

Some of our apps, like Forester GPS GIS III, Farming GPS GIS III, iCMTGIS III and iCMTGIS PRO will let you load a geo-referenced *.tif map and use it off-line.

Most of our apps provide a Map function to get and display the Map from Apple via wi-fi connection. However, you can cache the Map to use out there where no wi-fi is available. This means that you can call up the Map and display the area in which you will be working, turn off wi-fi then go out in the field. You will be able to view the Map while working with your app. As long as you do not play with the Map function while you are out there (such as switching from Show Satellite to Show Hybrid) or close Map, the background map should remain available.

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Is the iPhone GPS accurate?

“I am looking at purchasing your Deed Calls – Grid – Stakeout app for my iPhone to help me find my property boundary stakes from an old survey. Does it use the GPS off the iPhone? Is that typically accurate enough to get started? Or do you recommend some other GPS devise to use. If so, any suggestions that are reasonable priced?”

The app can use the GPS off the iPhone. It is not quite accurate, probably around 10 meters. Many users purchase the Dual XGPS 150-A or the Bad Elf GPS to get 2 – 5 m accuracy. These are relatively inexpensive. So, if you think you will be able to find a stake within an area of 30 ft x 30 ft, then use your iPhone GPS. If you only want to search within an area of 15 ft x 15 ft, then get the Dual or Bad Elf receiver. You could try it first using just the iPhone and see how it goes.

Map only shows grids in Partition & Stakeout app loaded on iPhone 7

“Downloaded app from Apple Store on July 13th 2017. Still reading and learning usage of software. Although, in attempting to use the Maps portion with GPS, no maps appear, strictly grids. App loaded on an iPhone 7; version 10.3.2. Can you assist with possible issues for correction? This is for personal usage, not commercial. Would like to stakeout and layout lot for new home.”

The Map function gets the map from Apple via wi-fi. Sometimes it helps to turn off wi-fi on your iOS device then turn it on again. Resetting the iOS device usually corrects the problem.

Please run the Apple Maps app on your iOS device. If you see the same screen of grids, then the issue should be due to the Apple Map server or a network problem.

How to turn on Location Service

“I am experiencing some problems with my iCMTGIS PRO app. In order to successfully use the app it needs to have location services allowed while using the app. However when I open the app it doesn’t give the option to allow location services to have the location while I’m using the app. Could you help me out with this problem please.”

Location Service is provided by Apple. You can enable it under Settings on your device.

Settings -> Privacy -> Location Service

How to designate a different location as the starting point of a deed plot?

“I have a plot in Deed calls and stakeout and need to identify a particular pin as first node (since I have a lat/long ref for this pin). When attempting to use ‘Pick’ from the First Node tab I can select the desired pin and it is identified as ‘starting point’ but when clicking ‘back’ button this designation is lost and the plot continues to be located as if the actual first node I started drawing with is the reference node.”

Picking the first node means to relocate (translate) the entire deed plot to a new location by moving the first node to the location of the node you picked.

If you use the Pick function, you can select the node location to which the first node should be moved to translate the deed plot.

If you use the Pick GPS function and have GPS turned on, then the deed plot will be translated such that the first node is at the GPS position.

Your first node is where the deed calls originate from. If you want to start from a different location, then your deed calls must be rearranged to start from the call issued from that location.

You mention that you have the lat/long reference for one of the pins.
You could re-enter all the calls in the app using this as the first node. Alternatively, you could do the following to designate this as the first node and rearrange the calls:

1. Go to the Calls page and use Save As to save the calls to a text file (*.dcf).

2. Copy this .dcf file to your PC via iTunes.

3. Use a text editor such as Wordpad to view and change the .dcf file. You would change the latitude and longitude values for the First Node. In addition, in the Records section, you would cut the lines of text, starting with the call that corresponds to the new first node and ending at the last call, then paste these lines before the existing first call record.

4. Save the modified .dcf file under a new name.

5. Copy the modified .dcf file back to the documents folder of the Deed Calls & Stakeout app.

6. Open the modified .dcf file in Deed Calls & Stakeout. You should now have a deed plot that starts at the known location.

This same method can be applied to a deed plot created using Deed Calls & Stakeout as well as our other apps that provide the Deed Calls functionality, such as Deed Calls – Area – Perimeter, Deed Calls Pro, Forester GPS GIS II/III, Farming GPS GIS II/III, iCMTGIS III and iCMTGIS PRO.

By the way, if you find our apps useful, we would appreciate your posting a favorable review at the App Store. Thanks!

How to enter a point with known coordinates into a CMT iOS app

You could use one of the following ways to digitize a point for which you know the latitude and longitude values.

1) In a CMT iOS app that provides the Add Point Manually function:
Open or create a Job then select the LLA coordinate system.
Create a Point Topic.
Select Add Point Manually.
Tap on the screen to add a point.
Back in Map View, tap on the Feature Properties icon.
Change the coordinates to be those for your known point.
Tap on the Zoom-Fit icon.

2) In a CMT iOS app that provides the Add Point by Coordinates function:
Open or create a Job then select the LLA coordinate system.
Create a Point Topic.
Select Add Point by Coordinates.
Enter the coordinates of the known point.
Go back to Map View and do a Zoom-Fit.

If your app can import Shapefiles, a DXF file or a text file, then you could put the known points in the Shapefiles, DXF file or text file then bring in the known points.

By the way, if you find our apps useful, we would appreciate your posting a favorable review at the App Store. Thanks!

How to tell if an app is using Location Services?

The Location Services is shared by the iOS system and all the installed apps.

To check which apps are using the Location Service, please call up Settings\Privacy\Location Services. On the right side of the list of apps look for an arrow mark.

If an app name has a purple arrow mark on the right side, it is actively using the Location Services.

A gray arrow indicates that an app has used the Location Services within the last 24 hours.