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.

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Some GPS/GNSS receivers compatible with iPad and iPhone devices

Recently Geneq Inc. announced their new SXBlue Platinum GNSS receiver.

As you know, the accuracy of the work performed using an iOS GPS/GIS app depends on the GPS receiver used. The assisted GPS provided by the iOS devices are not adequate for serious work that are based on accurate locations. External GPS receivers with much better precision abound, but only a limited number of them are compatible with the iOS devices. Following are links to information on some of the external Bluetooth GPS/GNSS receivers that can work with iPad and iPhone devices. Not sureprisingly, higher precision equates to a higher price tag.

http://www.sxbluegps.com/product/platinum/

http://www.eos-gnss.com/arrow-gold-safertk-gnss/#1457391744922-32431e8d-bc6aef4f-4b59

http://gps.dualav.com/explore-by-product/xgps150a/

https://bad-elf.com/pages/be-gps-2200-detail

https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/109827#specs

How do I label a point shape with its name?

A number of our apps provide the Auto Label function.

Please tap the Topic View icon (the second icon from the right side) then select the Point Topic of interest.

Now tap the Topic Menu icon (the second icon from the left side) then select the Auto Label function and use it to label all the points on the selected Topic layer with the Topic Name and Feature ID.

If you have Attributes defined for the selected Point Topic, you could select those as well for labeling the points.

If you add another Attribute later, then please first delete the existing labels then redo the Auto Label.

If you add a new Feature to the same Topic layer, then please execute the Auto Label again to update the labels.

Map only shows grids in Partition & Stakeout app loaded on iPhone 7

“Downloaded app from Apple Store on July 13th 2017. Still reading and learning usage of software. Although, in attempting to use the Maps portion with GPS, no maps appear, strictly grids. App loaded on an iPhone 7; version 10.3.2. Can you assist with possible issues for correction? This is for personal usage, not commercial. Would like to stakeout and layout lot for new home.”

The Map function gets the map from Apple via wi-fi. Sometimes it helps to turn off wi-fi on your iOS device then turn it on again. Resetting the iOS device usually corrects the problem.

Please run the Apple Maps app on your iOS device. If you see the same screen of grids, then the issue should be due to the Apple Map server or a network problem.

How to create a data dictionary using iCMTGIS PRO

“I would like to ask about the ability for our software to provide the data dictionary? If yes, what is the process please? One of the engineers send me a sample shape file from the distribution assets at xxx, he asked if we can do data dictionary for him. Another question please, is it required to have the desktop version for icmt to develop the data dictionary or it is enough to have the iPad software?”

The Feature List functionality under the GPS tab of iCMTGIS PRO is for setting up one or more data dictionaries. The section on Feature List in the iCMTGIS PRO Help document describes this function and provides an example for creating a Feature List.

You can use iCMTGIS PRO or the desktop PC-GIS X to set up a Feature List. The Feature List file has the file name extension “.fbr“.

After a Feature List has been saved in iCMTGIS PRO, you can select it for any Job you do on iCMTGIS PRO.

You can open the engineer’s sample shape file in iCMTGIS PRO and look at the data records in Sheet View to find out what Values they have assigned to each Attribute. However, these are just the Values used during one data collection session and may not cover all the Values they have defined for the Attribute. The engineer should provide you with the full structure of the data dictionary.

Feature Topic1
Attribute1
Value1
Value2
etc.

Attribute2
Value1
Value2,
etc.

Feature Topic2
Attribute1
Value1
Value2
etc.

GPS Position Averaging

“I use your Wetland Stakeout app with an Arrow GNSS receiver connected to an IPAD. Is there a way to collect features using position averaging with that app? If no, what APPS do you have that allow for position averaging?”

We have a few apps that provide GPS/GIS data collection functionality with position averaging:

For iPhone only: iGPSGIS II

For iPad only: iCMTGIS II, Utility Data Collection, Farming GPS GIS II/III, Forester GPS GIS II/III

For iPad and iPhone: iCMTGIS III, iCMTGIS PRO

Please let us know what other functionality you are looking for besides point averaging so we might help you identify the app to use. For example, will you want to be able to load a GeoTiff background map in the app? Will you need to export the data as a text file, or just in Shapefiles format? Will you be using a high-precision GPS receiver, such as an EOS Arrow or an iSXBlue II? Or, is a 2 – 5 m position accuracy good enough?

How to turn on Location Service

“I am experiencing some problems with my iCMTGIS PRO app. In order to successfully use the app it needs to have location services allowed while using the app. However when I open the app it doesn’t give the option to allow location services to have the location while I’m using the app. Could you help me out with this problem please.”

Location Service is provided by Apple. You can enable it under Settings on your device.

Settings -> Privacy -> Location Service