How to tell if an app is using Location Services?

The Location Services is shared by the iOS system and all the installed apps.

To check which apps are using the Location Service, please call up Settings\Privacy\Location Services. On the right side of the list of apps look for an arrow mark.

If an app name has a purple arrow mark on the right side, it is actively using the Location Services.

A gray arrow indicates that an app has used the Location Services within the last 24 hours.

How do I switch to Alaska Region data form from the Arid West that is default?

You want to make sure you start a new Job in the Wetland – Stakeout app before switching to a new form template. To do so, select Job – Open Job then tap the New button. Enter the Job name or accept the one provided then tap on OK.

From the Main Menu, select Report then select Import from Template. The forms for the various Regions are provided as templates. Please select the appropriate one to import into a Job to use.

iCMTGIS II closes after iOS 10 update on iPad mini

“I have a copy of iCMTGIS II, recently updated/last week, running iOS version 10.2.1 (14D27) on iPad mini/gen 2. With ‘gps on’ and upon tapping ‘Collect’ to collect data, the app closes and doesn’t allow data to be collected. The app remains open in the background, i.e. doesn’t close out, but upon selecting ‘Collect’ again, it repeats the same issue and will not allow data collection.”

We asked the user, “Have you tried uninstalling and reinstalling the iCMTGIS II app?”

The user replied, “the un-install/re-install worked. . . . thought of un-installing/re-installing but had never done that with an iOS app since it is a download from the app store, but now I know I can. thanks!”

It is possible that the iCMTGIS II app was still open when the user did the iOS upgrade. Before an iOS upgrade, it’s best to close out all running apps. You can do so by double-clicking the Home button then swiping up the displayed app screens.

What does a .pmp job file include?

The Job file (*.pmp) includes the Feature coordinates, attributes, Shapes, symbols and any labels. When you open a previously saved .pmp file, it will display the same as when you saved the job.

For those of our apps that export to DXF or Shapefiles, the coordinates, attributes and shapes will be exported. The default symbol and line style will be used for the exported data.

Importing DXF exported from Wetland & Stakeout into ArcGIS

“I am having some trouble exporting usable mapping data collected with the Wetland Stakeout App. I have several points, a line, and a polygon that mapped accurately in the field using a sub-foot GNSS receiver Bluetooth connected to my IPAD running Wetland Stakeout. I know the points mapped accurately because before going to the field I loaded the air photo of the site into the APP and all the data looked very accurate while collecting. In addition, I can use the Feature Properties to view the lat/long of each feature and those are as expected. Back in the office I opened the JOB file on my IPAD and exported the data DXF and then emailed the exported DXF to myself to view in mapping software (ArcGIS). When I open the files they have no set coordinate system and fall in on the wrong part of the globe. I have tried defining their projection using ArcGIS and that fails. The Attribute Tables associated with the exported DXF point, line, and polygon files have no location data associated with them. — (1) Am I missing a simple step that allows me to establish a projection/coordination system that carries through the export? (2) Is there a way to export the collected mapped features as KML, GPX, SHP or some other routinely used mapping file? Thanks again, in advance for answering my questions. You folks have been great with your responsiveness to support questions.”

1) The DXF format does not store coordinate system information. Therefore, in the software that you use for viewing the data, you want to select the coordinate system in which the data was saved in order to have it interpret the coordinate values correctly.

Wetland & Stakeout stores coordinates in the WGS84 LLA (Latitude-Longitude-Altitude) system. Please select this system in ArcGIS then open the DXF files created by Wetland & Stakeout.

Also, if the distance unit in Wetland & Stakeout is set to FEET (US Survey Feet), then please select the same unit in ArcGIS.

The user replied: “That worked for me. I just set ArcGIS in WGS1984 with Lat/Long and the exported DXF files dropped in exactly as I thought they would. Thanks again!”

2) The current version of the Wetland & Stakeout app only exports Feature data to DXF. Some users also have our PC-GIS 09 software, and they are able to open the .pmp job file or import the .DXF file into PC-GIS 09 then export in various formats, including Shapefiles, KML, GPX and text files. By the way, Wetland & Stakeout does not provide the ability to load a geo-referenced background map (like Forester GPS GIS II/III, Farming GPS GIS II/III and iCMTGIS II/III/PRO do). The user was most likely using the built-in Apple Map for background reference.

Running PC-GIS 9 or PC-GIS X in Windows 10

Many of us have reluctantly upgraded our PC’s operating system to Windows 10. Some PC users were badly surprised when they found out that Windows 10 sneaked in without their being aware of it. Still others had to replace their PCs with new ones that come with Windows 10.

The current release of our PC-GIS 9 and PC-GIS X software programs are compatible with Windows 10. If you install an older release of PC-GIS 9 or PC-GIS X on your new PC, you may see an error message about missing a “rapi.dll” file. In fact, Windows 10 needs this file plus the ceutil.dll file. You can get these two files by sending an email to to request them. Or, you could download the current installation package from our ftp file, which includes these two files.

PC-GIS 9 can work with the .pmp Job files and the .fbr Feature List files saved in iCMTGIS II and iGPSGIS II, while PC-GIS X is compatible with iCMTGIS III, iCMTGIS PRO, Forester GPSGIS II/III and Farming GPSGIS II/III. Shapefiles are interchangeable among all of the aforementioned apps.

Wetland – Stakeout update

Formula for Indicator Status

Formula for Indicator Status

The Wetland – Stakeout app has been updated to version 1.0.3.

A Find Where command has been added to provide a conditional search capability.

This command is particularly useful for wetland data entry as it allows the user to enter a formula and have the app search a plant list to retrieve and automatically input the indicator status corresponding to the species name selected in the Wetland data entry form.