Sharing a Feature List on two iPad devices running iCMTGIS PRO

“I have a couple of feature lists on one iPad that do not show on my other iPad in iCMTGIS pro. Have I inadvertently changed a setting? Can I transfer the feature list and have the same on both iPads?”

The Feature List is a file ending in .fbr. It is a file that you have created. You can copy it to any iPad device running iCMTGIS PRO to use.

If you have marked “Feature List” under Setup – iCloud on an iPad, then the Feature List is moved to iCloud storage and will not be in the local documents folder.

See also: The Disappearing Act

Unable to turn on GPS using iCMTGIS PRO

“I have problems with turning on the gps. When I try to turn on the GPS appears a message ‘can’t find the external accessory’ I am using iCMTGIS PRO with arrow 100 as you can see all lights on arrow 100 are on, where is the problem?”

Please check the Bluetooth connection on your iPad.

(User reported that the problem was resolved.)

Screen background on iPhone XR

pull-down list screen background on iPhone XR

Pull-down List screen background on iPhone XR

“I can hardly read some of the menus as the background color is apparently not easy for me to read. See attached photo.”

This user was running iCMTGIS PRO on the iPhone XR, which provides Display Accessibility settings described in the document at this link: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207025

It turns out that the user had the Dark mode enabled. Turning off the Dark mode fixed the issue.

Ding sound in iCMTGIS PRO at 10 Hz

My tablets make a ding sound when the GPS is turned on and the cursor moves around. Not too bad when its 1Hz but at 10Hz its a constant buzz. Is there a way to turn of the sound?

Yes, you can turn off the Navigation Beep and/or the Featuring Beep under Setup – Navigation and GPS – Stakeout Setup.

Standard MAP only shows a grid

“… when I turned the system on, I no longer have the standard map as a background. I can get a satellite view but that is all. I checked and the position sharing is ON, and I have good wifi connection. … it was gone yesterday but back again today. When it was gone, all I had was checkerboard pattern (like graph paper), but still had my points and line.”

The Map data comes in via wi-fi, and will have an issue when there is a hiccup in wi-fi connection. Occasionally, there could be an issue with the Apple Map server or network. You could check into it by calling up the Apple Map app and see if it exhibits the same problem. If so, the issue will be automatically resolved sometime later.

Using DXF file with iCMTGIS PRO

“I am going to receive a dxf file for a tract of land… I have not used a dxf file as base map layer only Shapefiles.”

DXF files can be imported into iCMTGIS PRO like Shapefiles.
https://icmtgis.wordpress.com/2018/04/28/download-dxf-to-itunes-then-to-icmt-pro/

The important thing to note is that DXF data is not geo-referenced. You will need to find out from the person supplying the DXF what reference system they used for generating the DXF file and what distance unit was used. If it is not a standard coordinate system like LLA pr UTM, then additional work is needed to bring the data in to the correct map location.

Please read the information at the following link:

https://icmtgis.wordpress.com/2019/01/04/matching-up-icmtgis-pro-job-data-and-autocad-drawings/

Line Stakeout in Forester GPS GIS II

“I am looking to try a trial run on your app Forester GPS GIS II… I am most interested in the line stake out function so the foresters can ‘stay on line’ between two waypoints using new waypoints collected with this app and old waypoints we download to this app. If we could get a trial run with this to make sure it works with what we have for software I’d appreciate it.”

We do not have a TestFlight version for the Forester GPS GIS II app, but the Data Collection, Feature digitization and Line Stakeout functions are the same as for our iCMTGIS PRO app. Therefore, we have added your email address to the testers list for iCMTGIS PRO. You should receive an invitation from Apple soon. Please follow their instruction to install TestFlight then install the iCMTGIS PRO test version. This test version 11402 will expire in about 30 days, at which time the app will stop functioning.

Bad Elf GPS works well with our apps. It claims about 2 – 5 meters accuracy.

Shapefiles do not match points recorded using GPS

“I have a site where I collected points plus 5 existing property irons of 7 known iron pins using iCMT Pro and an Arrow 100. I added the parcel shapefile to the project in PCGIS X. The available shapefile just does not match any of the irons. If I could find the deed or even better an old survey, what would be the best way or procedure to add that to the project in PCGIS X instead of the shapefile?”

If the Shapefiles and your GPS position for the irons don’t match, most likely it is due to the fact that the Shapefiles were prepared using a different coordinate system than the iron points. Please find out what datum/coordinate system and distance unit are used by the Shapefiles. Open the Job file containing the iron points, set the coordinate system to match that for the Shapefiles then import the Shapefiles.

If you can find the deed, you could use the Create Deed Calls function in PC-GIS X or in iCMTGIS PRO to generate the deed plot then use the Line Stakeout function on iCMTGIS PRO to help you find the other two pins. You will need to know the LAT/LON coordinates of the point of beginning. If the deed is based on magnetic north, then you will need to enter the local magnetic declination into the Orientation field for the Create Deed Calls function.

As you will be using Line Stakeout on the device running iCMTGIS PRO, you might as well enter the deed calls in iCMTGIS PRO as well. When the work is complete, you can transfer all data to PC-GIS X.

GPS receivers with sub-meter real-time horizontal position accuracy

“I have purchased Stakeout iCMT Version1.0.4, installed on iPhone XR IOS13. Is it possible to get a gps receiver for iPhone that is accurate to a foot or two? or less?”

Listed below are a number of choices for iPhone-compatible sub-meter GPS/GNSS receivers:

https://www.junipersys.com/products/geode

https://eos-gnss.com/product/arrow-series/arrow-100

https://sxbluegps.com/products/gps-gnss-receivers/

https://bad-elf.com/pages/flex

Here is an article describing tests performed on a few Bluetooth GPS receivers.
https://www.agsgis.com/Bluetooth-GPSGNSS-For-Mobile-GIS-Field-Tested-and-Compared_b_38.html

Do I need the Stakeout function to walk the boundary line of my property?

With the deed plot displayed, you can still walk along the lines by watching the GPS marker. In other words, you will need to guide yourself visually. Without the Stakeout function, the app will not tell you how far you are from your target, nor can it alert you when you are close to your target.

Is it possible to do point averaging for stake points in iCMTGIS PRO?

The function for storing a Stake Point will just take one GPS fix. However, you can update the coordinates of the stake point as follows:

1. After storing the 1-fix stake point, go back out to Map View.

2. Select the StakePoint Topic then select the stake point of interest from Sheet View.

(If you are able to easily identify the stake point in the Map View, you could tap on it to select it.)

3. Tap the Feature Properties icon.

4. Tap on the Coord tab, tap on the Update button to specify the session time then press the Start button. The coordinates of the selected stake point will be updated with the average position.

5. Go back to the Point Stakeout screen to select the next target point to navigate to.

Device is not able to send email

“When attempting to export the KML files, the procedure works fine until we try to email the files to our respective email addresses. At this point, we receive a prompt, “Device is not able to send email.”

“Device is not able to send email.” is an error message from the iPad, not the app. If the iPad is able to send out emails to the recipient, then you should be able to email the KML files as well. Please check to see if you have added the recipient’s email address as contacts in your email server.

Can I make use of MRSID files?

Some states, such as North Carolina, provide aerial imagery in the form of MRSID image tiles.

https://nconemap.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=2c8a9b366c4841f1be2b464347d04a2b

PC-GIS 9 and PC-GIS X can load MRSID files into Map View. It will let you convert the image into a .pim file, which you can load into iCMTGIS III or iCMTGIS PRO.

A geo-referenced image file is accompanied by a “world” file. With the SID images, the associated world file is the .sdw file. With geotiff files, the world file ends in .tfw. When downloading a geotiff or MRSID image, please make sure to download the associated world file to your PC as well. Also, find out which datum/coordinate system was used for creating the image file.

Then, you can use the “L” icon in PC-GIS 9 or PC-GIS X to load the image in the appropriate datum/coordinate system.

Is it possible to change the registration of iCMTGIS PRO from one Apple ID to another?

Our apps are sold via the Apple App Store. Please contact the App Store about this issue.

Symbol used for representing recorded GPS Features

A customer reported that he had collected a number of points using iCMTGIS Pro and Arrow 100. Although the Topic in his Feature List have specific symbols assigned to them, the recorded points were displayed using the default blue dot symbol.

We have determined that this is a software bug in some of our apps. We will work on fixing this issue. In the mean time, you can click the “Pattern” button to select the desired symbol before storing data.