Entering a Deed Call

“I have my property description with dms angles and I bought the deed calls app. I am having trouble figuring out how to use it. It looks like the description runs the opposite way the app lets me put in the calls.”

Before entering your property description, you would first set the Angle Unit to be DMS and the distance unit to be Survey Feet. Select “Bearing” for the angle system.

Did you enter the coordinates of the point of beginning? Please also enter the magnetic declination in the “Orientation” field.

When entering the deed calls, make sure to specify the correct bearing. If you entered E instead of W, that will cause the line to run in the opposite direction.


Illegal character in Shapefiles name

“I am using the iCMTGIS Pro. It’s a point feature. I’ve gone through and made a new Feature as a test and was able to export it just fine, but for some reason this specific feature/topic I created will not export. Is it possible there is a glitch in the feature I created?”

The app is being used in an archeology application. The offending Feature Topic name has a “/” character in it. When you export a Feature Topic to Shapefiles, the Shapefiles takes on the name of the Feature Topic, and “/” is not a valid character for Shapefiles name.

Changing the “/” character to “-” resolves the issue. An underscore character “_” is also permitted.

Question about Feature List setup in CMT iOS app

“What’s the Feature Lock function on the top right of the Feature Editor tab? You can check or uncheck that option and really not sure what is that about.”

When the “Feature Lock” check box is marked, you can only select from the Features defined in the Feature List. When unlocked, you can add a new Feature Topic on the fly to collect data for it.

When exporting Shapefiles in State Plane, no .prj created

For State Plane Texas coordinate system, please set the Datum to NAD27, NAD83, or NAD83_CORS96. Then you should get the .prj file exported along with the other files for the Shapefiles.

NAS83_CORS96 is identical to NAD83(2011) in our apps.

PDF copy of the Help document for CMT iOS app

“I purchased the Stakeout app for my iPhone 6s. I believe it is exactly what I need. The help file is very complete and well written, however, it is hard to read and move around in on the small screen of my iPhone. Is it possible to download a pdf copy of this file?”

Yes, a PDF copy of the Help documents for our apps is available. Please email your request to: support@cmtinc.com

Moving Map in iCMTGIS PRO

“I went into setup and change the nav settings to move map, but the map is still north up. Is there something else I have to do?”

Moving map will work only when the Apple Map is closed as the app is unable to rotate the Apple Map. Moving map will work with a Background Map loaded (such as a GeoTiff map file).

Your GPS needs to be moving for the app to know which direction you are going and to adjust the north arrow accordingly. Please go outside and walk briskly to the east (or west), and you should see the north arrow reorient itself.

iCMTGIS III, Forester GPS GIS III and Farming GPS GIS III will also let you work in the “Move Map” mode, in which your motion is always displayed in the “up” orientation on the screen.

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.