Shapefiles for Chile shows up in North America

“We update de FORESTER GPS GIS II, on iPad from version 1.0.1 to 1.0.2 and we are having issues with the coordinate system when importing a shape file.The shape appears in North América and we are from Chile. We use UTM with Datum WGS84. Is there any suggestion on what can we do. I try this in two different devices with the new version and both have the same problem. When using it in the 1.0.1 version all goes OK.”

Please make sure you have selected the correct UTM Zone.

Please also copy the .prj file for the Shapefiles to the documents folder for Forester GPSGIS II.

What coordinate system do the Shapefiles use? If they are based on WGS 84 LLA, then try setting the Forester GPSGIS II to that coordinate system before importing the Shapefiles. After importing the Shapefiles, then change the coordinate system to UTM WGS84.


Forester GPS GIS II updated

We found out recently that Forester GPS GIS II missed the boat when we recompiled our iOS apps for 64-bit architecture last year. The new version 1.0.2 is now available for download from the Apple App Store.

What is the difference between the Forester GPS GIS III app and Forester GPS GIS II?

The GPS/GIS data collection routines are the same in Forester GPS GIS III and Forester GPS GIS II.

The main difference is that Forester GPS GIS III provides the contour and volume functions that are not found in Forester GPS GIS II. Also, Forester GPS GIS III is able to load a GeoTiff image to use as off-line background map for a job file, whereas Forester GPS GIS II can only load the background raster images in the the CMT .pim format. If you are using the CMT PC-GIS, PC-GPS or PC-MAPPER software program, then you will be able to load background images in the PC software and convert them to the .pim format for use on Forester GPS GIS II or Forester GPS GIS III. In this case, if you do not need the contour-volume functionality,  you could get the less expensive Forester GPS GIS II app.

Forester GPS GIS II functions:
* Import and export from/to Shapefiles and DXF files.
* Use GPS to map land features as Points, Lines and Areas.
* Precisely digitize Points, Lines and Areas over the built-in Map.
* Draw a deed plot by entering angles and distances.
* Transform data to commonly used coordinate systems.
* Move existing nodes to fine-tune the map drawing.
* Create grid points over a timber stand to use as sampling points.
* Use the built-in angle gauge for point sampling at each sampling point.
* Automatically record tree tally and BA/acre for each sampling point.
* Attach photos to the Features.
* Enter a formula for computing values derived from other Attribute Values.
* Tag the Features with pre-defined Attribute/Values.
* View position, length and area values for the Features.
* Sub-divide an Area by using a Split-Line.
* Combine two adjacent Areas into one Area.
* Create buffer zones around a Line or Area Feature.
* 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 on the displayed Map.
* Create a point from the entered address or coordinates.
* Create a Point or record a node by picking the GPS location.
* Use GPS to locate and stake out Points or nodes on a Line or Area Feature.
* Use GPS to guide you along a specified Line or Area boundary.
* Save the job data file for later use.
* Output the drawing and the coordinates to PDF.
* Email the job data files and the PDF files to your colleagues.

Forester GPS GIS III has other additional functionality such as:
Import/Export Point Feature data via text file, Import and Export KML files, Classify Features, Insert nodes to an existing Line or Area, Disconnect a Line or Area Feature into Points, Sort Features, report Statistics for a Topic with numeric values, etc.

As there is not a software upgrade path for our iOS apps, you might want to examine the functionality of the two apps to make sure you will get the one that meets your needs.

How to enter coordinates into the Stakeout iCMT app

“I am trying to enter a GPS coordinate into the stake out program, and I am getting some weird results. For some reason the coordinates that I have taken off of google earth are taking me to some point in Inner Mongolia instead of Silverton Oregon. I am using the same format of Degrees, Minutes, Seconds. Could you please tell me what I’m doing wrong?”

Which function are you using to enter the coordinates. If it is the “Locate a Point by Address” function, please make sure to specify the correct E, W, N, S designation.

Another way to enter the coordinates is to get the map for your approximate location displayed then use “Add Point manually” to add a point to the map. Then open the Feature Properties screen for that point and change the coordinates to the desired values.

Is there a video tutorial to show me how to set up a Feature List?

We’ve just uploaded a new video tutorial. Here you go:

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.

Any Android apps?

An SXBlue dealer wrote:”I am a MAC user, but really prefer Android as a mobile OS. Got a lot more Android interest in the last 12 months than I do iOS interest.”

Yes, we have also received many inquiries about Android apps. However, at this time we do not have plans to develop apps on yet another platform. Currently, we have software for Windows, Windows Mobile/ Embedded Handheld 6.5 and iOS.