Apps for recording GPS points

“I have downloaded your Deed Calls application and it works great. However, I am looking for an additional feature and I’m unsure which product will get me what I would like. I need to enter deed calls AND use the GPS to set points all in the same area. With deed calls, it seems to allow me to set the starting point with GPS, but after that, seems that I have to have the deed calls.”

The PickGPS function just grabs one GPS fix. This, in combination with the GPS that comes with the iPhone and iPad devices, which lacks accuracy, will not give you an accurate starting point for your deed plot. You will want to check the deed plot against the satellite map to see it is located approximately correctly.

The Deed Calls Pro app provides both the ability to create a deed plot and the ability to digitize points using PickGPS.

Our Forester GPS GIS III and Farming GPS GIS III for use with iPad devices and the iCMTGIS III and iCMTGIS PRO apps for use with either iPhone or iPad devices, provide the Deed Calls function plus a GPS Point data collection function that will let you record multiple GPS fixes at one location and compute the average position.

The accuracy of your work will still depend on the precision of the GPS receiver you use. Some of our customers use the Dual XGPS-150 or the Bad Elf GPS 2200 to get 2-5 meter horizontal accuracy. Other customers use high-precision GPS receivers (iSXBlue II+ GNSS and EOS Arrow GNSS) to obtain better position accuracy.

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Missing GPS track

A Forester GPS GIS II user wrote:

“last couple times out in the field I find with GPS ‘ on’, Collect ‘on’ and Tracklog ‘ on ‘ I am NOT getting the usual visible track. . . . I messed about in the Coordinates, Patterns and Nodes and, for the MOMENT, it seeemmzz to be Working!”

If the color of the Tracklog line pattern was set to be the same as the background, then there would not be a contrast to make the track stand out. Another possibility is that an Area Feature Topic with low
transparency was placed above the Tracklog layer and obscured it.

On-screen keyboard issue using iGPSGIS II on iPhone 7 running iOS 11

“I think this started since updating to the latest operating system on iPhone. When trying to type new topic name or job name the top row of the keyboard is not responsive. Any ideas what is going on? The top row looks a little odd like something is behind it?”

Here are a couple links to information that may be helpful.

https://www.igeeksblog.com/iphone-ipad-keyboard-missing-or-not-appearing-heres-how-to-fix-it/

http://www.iphonehacks.com/2016/10/how-to-fix-iphone-keyboard-freezing-problem.html

User’s reply:
“Going into settings – general and turning the predictive option off fixed it.”

Using Deed Calls & Stakeout to locate property corners

“I had a topography company locate the northern two corner stakes for my trapezoidal property. I am trying to locate the southern two. I purchased your product Deed Calls and Stakes for my iPhone 7. My hope was that I could go to the North east stake, have your app acquire the GPS coordinates of the stake and then move to the North West stake and do the same. From that I would like to walk down the fence line and have your app tell me when I am 1440’ from that stake… should be right at the South West stake. . . . I don’t have typical x Deg N, y Deg E coordinates.”

Normally, you would get the first node position then use the deed document and enter the deed calls to plot out the property boundary. Then you would use the Line Stakeout function to help you walk along the boundary. The Line Stakeout will show you your Station value. The default Station value at the beginning point is 0′. Therefore, the Station value would be the distance you have walked.

It sounds like you have a fence to follow all the way to the southern two stakes from the northern two corners. This means you could use the Point Stakeout function to help you determine when you are a specific distance from, say, the northwest stake. You could try the following steps, but keep in mind the accuracy of your work will depend on the GPS receiver you use. The GPS on the iPhone is not that accurate. Many users use an external Bluetooth GPS receiver to obtain better accuracy. High-accuracy receivers have a high price tag. Hopefully there are markers at the southern two corners to help you confirm the location when you get to the vicinity.

I. Create a node then use Point Stakeout

1. Turn GPS on and wait a few minutes. Walk to the Northwest corner.

2. Follow the instructions under Open a Deed Calls File in the Help document to create a Job.

3. Follow the instructions under Set First Node and Symbolism and use Pick GPS to get a node at your position.

4. Tap the Line tab then tap the Calls button.

5. Tap the Add button to add a line. Accept the displayed values by tapping on the Back button. When app displays “Update Feature?”, tap on Yes. Now you have created 2 nodes. The one at the GPS marker is the Northwestern corner.

6. Follow the instructions under Point Stakeout. For the Target Feature select the Line you have created. The node you are interested in is Node 1. Now when you walk away from that position, you will see the separation distance displayed in the Range field.

7. Walk along the fence southward and stop when Range shows the target distance. Tap the Store Stake Point icon to store this point.

II. Use Line Stakeout

As the partial map you provided shows S83-53-00E 645.50′ for the southern border, you can use the Deed Calls function to create a Line that represents this southern border.

1. Go back to the Deed Calls screen and change the First Node location by tapping the Pick button then tapping on the Point that you have created at the southwest corner.

2. On the Calls page, tap the Edit button then enter the bearing and distance information:

Horizontal Angle: S83-53-00E

Horizontal Distance: 645.50

3. Tap the Back button and confirm to update the Feature.

4. Now you can follow the instructions under Line Stakeout to move along this line to get to the Southeastern corner and store the stake point.

CMT iOS Apps updated for 64-bit architecture compatibility (2)

The following CMT iOS apps have been recompiled for the 64-bit architecture and are now available for download from the Apple App Store:

Buffer & Stakeout 1.0.3
Cruise Angle iCMT 1.0.2
Virtual Tree Bucking 1.0.2

Deed Calls Pro helped user retrace the past

Map in Bluff City TN area as displayed in the Deed Calls Pro app

After updating Deed Calls Pro to version 1.0.6 on his iPad Pro running iOS 11, a user wrote:

“A quick browse thru the job list and all looks well. I’ll do an edit on this job to make sure but I suspect it is functioning properly.

This is the Bluff City Tn. area along the Holston River 1775-1782. It was the frontier of Revolutionary War America. My 4th and 5th grandfathers and uncles owned a 5 of these plots. Thanks to you guys I got to walk in the steps last year. I got to stand on the river side and know those men had walked that same path 100 times. It was one of the great times of my life and couldn’t have done it without you guys. Maybe my grandkids will do the same one day. It’s more than an app. . . . . . This is only one of the Jobs. In other Jobs I’ve plotted the north side of the river to just south of Bristol and to the south as far as the Watagua River.”

iOS 11 compatibility and saving data files

“I have received a msg pop up on Deed Calls Pro that says it will no longer work with iOS 11. There are no updates. How will I be able to protect and save my 200 plots? Are you working on a solution? Time is very short.”

We have recompiled a number of our apps (including the Deed Calls Pro) to work with the 64-bit architecture. Please check for the app update at the App Store.

To save your data files to your PC or Mac, first connect your iPad Pro to your PC or Mac via iTunes. In iTunes select your iPad Pro device then go to the File Sharing section. Please see the file transfer details at the following link:

https://icmtgis.wordpress.com/2014/04/21/how-to-transfer-data-files-between-an-ios-app-and-a-desk-top-computer/

Copy ALL the files to your PC or Mac.

After the iOS 11 and app update, connect your iPad Pro to your PC or Mac via iTunes and copy the files from your PC or Mac to the Deed Calls Pro app.