Charges on apps sold via the Apple App Store

“I bought this program and no longer need it and want to remove the future charge to my credit card, can you please respond with the procedure to do this.”

The software license for the Deed Calls & Stakeout app is a one-time purchase. Same with all of our other apps. There should be no future charge to your credit card for this app.

Our iOS apps are sold via the Apple App Store, and we do not deal with sales and payments. If you still have concerns, please contact the App Store.

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How to include Latitude and Longitude for text file import

iCMTGIS III, iCMTGIS PRO, Utility Data Collection, Farming GPS GIS III and Forester GPS GIS III will let you import data into a Point Feature Topic via a text file. The text file can include latitude and longitude values. How these values should be presented in the text file depends on whether you have selected Degrees or the DMS format as the active angles unit in the app.

With the Degrees format, simply present the LAT LON values as decimal numbers. West is designated with a minus sign ( – ). For example:

30.384550
-87.278860

With the DMS format, make sure the Degree unit is represented by ^, the Minute unit is represented by ‘ and the Second unit is represented by “. For example:

44^32’40.43″ N
123^06’50.65” W

To have these values interpreted as LAT LON coordinates, assign the field names “Latitude” and “Longitude”, respectively.

Generally, you can generate an Export Preview for a similar Point Topic to see how an import text file should be formatted for the options selected.

Utility Data Collection TestFlight version

We currently have a TestFlight version available for the Utility Data Collection app.

Besides GPS/GIS data collection functionality, this app also provides a meter reading user interface. You could use this app just for meter reading. Entering meter data is similar to entering GIS data. Each meter has a geographic location and the associated data.

If you would like to try the TestFlight version for a limited time, please send an email to support@cmtinc.com to request to be included in the temporary testers list of this app.

 

Can only a subset of the Attribute fields be exported to text file?

Yes.

Some of our apps (such as iCMTGIS III, iCMTGIS PRO, Utility Data Collection, Farming GPS GIS III and Forester GPS GIS III) provide the ability to export the Feature data from a Point Topic to a text file. You can go into the Sheet Setup screen under Edit Topic and un-mark the check box for “Visible” corresponding to the unwanted Attributes of the active Topic. Then those Attribute fields will not be exported to the text file.

Is there a way to tell if we have used the Offset function to move a feature?

In  the iCMTGIS II/III/PRO, iGPSGIS II, Forester GPS GIS II/III, Farming GPS GIS II/III, Wetland – Stakeout and Utility Data Collection apps, the Feature Properties window provides the button for entering or viewing the offset information.

Double-click on a Feature to display the Feature Properties window. If the Feature was offset, you will see the button labeled “With Offset“. Otherwise, that same button would be labeled “No Offset“.

When a Feature is offset, what shows in the Job is the displaced Feature. The offset values provide information about the displacement from the actual GPS location.

Logging GPS coordinates to match existing site information

“I am collecting coordinate points for grave sites. I have an excel spreadsheet that lists the names, dates and other data about each gravesite and I want to attach coordinates to each grave.”

Normally you would create a Feature List for the gravesites and use the titles of your spreadsheet as the Attribute field names. Then you would use the GPS/GIS data collection procedure to record the location as well as the associated information. In your case, you already have the information for the graves. Therefore, you could just log the GPS positions then import the point attributes using Feature ID as the key. However, the following method might work better for your application.

1. To your spreadsheet add two additional columns, titled Latitude and Longitude, and fill them with the coordinates of a certain location, such as 35^30’00.00N for all the latitudes, and 82^50’00.00W for all the longitudes.

If you want to assign a Feature ID to each record, then insert a column before the first column of your spreadsheet, title it Feature_ID, then fill in the ID numbers.

2. Export the data from your spreadsheet to a text file, such as graves.txt.

3. In iCMTGIS PRO create a new Point Topic named Gravesite. Use Topic – Edit Topic to add these two built-in Attribute fields: Position Y (latitude) and Position X (longitude), so that the coordinates will show up in Sheet View.

4. Use Topic – Import Text File to import the data from your text file to the Gravesite Point Topic. The import options that you select must match the contents of your text file. At this time, all the imported points will overlap because they have the same coordinates.

5. Turn on Sheet View.

6. Select the first gravesite record in Sheet View and walk to that gravesite. Tap the Feature Properties button then tap on the Update button to log the actual position of the gravesite. The default session time is 20 seconds, during which you will stand still to log the data. You may specify a different session time. The app will average the GPS fixes to yield an average position. Then select the second gravesite in Sheet View and walk to it to log the position. Continue the process until all site locations have been updated.

How long to occupy a point for optimal accuracy?

“I am using your app for iPad to store points from the EOS Arrow Gold. How long do you recommend I set the time session for one point to obtain optimum accuracy?”

To improve accuracy, it is best to let the GNSS receiver track satellites for about 10 minutes after you have turned it on, before starting to record position data.

With real-time SBAS corrected GPS data, it is not necessary to use a long point session time. Many use a session time of 5 – 10 seconds.

We sent the question to EOS, and here is their reply:
“Depends on the conditions. If in the wide open with clear view if the sky, then just a few seconds is fine (the “few seconds” (i.e. about 3 to 5) is just to make sure the rangepole is levelled).

If under light canopy then it might be wise to do a longer averaging session based on estimated accuracy from the Arrow.”