Is it possible to load a geo-referenced image in Forester GPS GIS II?

“If I want to load a geo-referenced image for use within Forester GPS
II ……………. possible ??? Does Forester III have anything that would make loading raster images easier ??”

You can use the PC-GIS X software program to prepare a geo-referenced image for use within Forester GPS GIS II and other CMT apps that provide the Background Map – Load Registered Image function.

You can use Utilities – Geo-Image – Convert to PIM to convert a Geo-Tiff file on your PC into a .pim file. The .pim image can be loaded into Forester GPS GIS II as a Background Image.

If you want just a portion of the .tif image to use as a .pim image, you can use Utilities – Mobile Device Conversion – Image Converter to specify a range. Then, after you click on the Next button, you can specify the image transparency and a file name for the .pim file.

Forester GPS GIS III can load .pim as well as .tif geo-referenced images as background images.


Unable to see the Shapefiles in iCMTGIS II

“I am having trouble with files showing up after a backup restore process on an iPad Air. The backup is from an iPad 2. After the backup restore process is complete and the iPad is still connected to iTunes on my computer I can see that there are shape files in the directory, but when I use the shape file import option in the iCMTGISII app there are no files that appear in the directory.”

It turned out that the check box for Job(PMP/Shapefiles) in the iCloud Setup screen was marked. After un-marking that check box, the user was able to access the Shapefiles in the local directory.

Websites for some GPS receivers compatible with CMT iOS apps

Our iOS apps can work with any GPS receiver that is compatible with the Apple iPad and iPhone devices.

At the following three websites, you can find GIS-grade GPS receivers that claim 2 – 5 m accuracy:

The Trimble R1 boasts 50 cm max. precision.

EOS and Geneq Inc. provide high-precision GNSS receivers.

Many of our customers are using the EOS Arrows series GNSS receivers with our iOS apps. In particular, iCMTGIS PRO can directly interface with the Arrow GNSS to obtain more accurate position data.

The SXBlue Platinum GNSS receivers from Geneq Inc. also work well with our iOS apps, and can directly interface with iCMTGIS PRO. Their SXPAD & SXPRO mobile data collectors can run our Windows Mobile 6.5 and WEHH Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 compatible GPS/GIS data collection software programs.

Does Farming GPS GIS III need wifi or cell service?

“Will this app allow me to plot a lines in my field and then allow me to follow them with a sprayer manually? Does It work without wifi or does it need cell service?”

Farming GPS GIS III provides the functionality for you to digitize Points, Lines and Areas over a displayed map. It also provides the Line Stakeout function to help you stay on the line while spraying.

Our apps do not need cell service.

The Apple Map that the Farming GPS GIS III uses needs wifi to load. You can load it at the office then use it in the field where there is no wifi as long as you do not close the map in the app.

Farming GPS GIS III will let you load a geotiff map (*.tif) to use in the background. Such off-line maps do not need wifi.

The accuracy of your work will depend on the GPS used. Many users get an external GPS receiver to use with their iPad devices. GIS grade GPS receivers claim 2-5 meter accuracy. High-precision GPS receivers are quite costly, but they can get down to sub-meter or cm-level accuracy.

How to use Setup – iCloud in iCMTGIS III

“I work with iCMT III and PC-GIS. Is it possible to transfer shapefiles and photos directly into the iCloud? How does the setup – iCloud option work? . . . For now, I use a more manual method to import my shapefiles and photos into the iCloud. By moving the document from iCMT to iCloud.”

To be able to use iCloud storage, please turn on the iCloud setting for your app from Settings – iCloud – Document & Data.

Then, when you select Setup – iCloud, you will see the option to enable iCloud for various types of data.

If you would like to have Shapefiles and photos saved into iCloud, please mark the checkbox for Job(PMP/Shapefiles) and the check box for Photo. Afterwards, you will be able to use the app to open these files from iCloud (and not the local Documents folder).

When you wish to see these files in the local Documents folder (such as when you want to use iTunes to copy them to your PC), please remember to un-mark the corresponding check boxes.

You may use Main Menu – Job – Email Files to check which files are on iCloud and which ones are stored locally. In the Email files dialog, turn the “on Cloud” option on or off to find the corresponding file list.

Can I trace an existing Line or Area while digitizing?

Many of our iOS apps provide the function for manually digitizing Point, Line and Area Features. While digitizing a Line or Area Feature, there is a way to incorporate part of an existing Line or Area into the new Feature. Simply tap on the “Include Line/Area Boundary” icon in the digitizing screen then tap on the existing Line/Area. Then, you will be prompted to tap on the starting and ending nodes of the segment to include. The existing Line/Area could be a previously digitized Feature or a line or polygon that you have imported from Shapefiles.

I would like to know if it is possible and how to export a flight track to get the actual coordinates and time of the nodes.

iCMTGIS III, iCMTGIS PRO, Farming GPS GIS III and Forester GPS GIS III will let you use the Utilities – Disconnect function to disconnect the track or any other Line Feature to Points. For the Point Topic Layer into which those Points are stored, you can add the built-in date and position Attributes. Then you will see the date/time and coordinates of all the Points in Sheet View.

If you would like to keep the original track intact, then make a copy of the Job file by using the SAVE AS function and disconnect the track in the duplicated Job. You can then export the Points and import them into the original Job, if you wish.