User-defined projections

“. . . we would like to know by PC-GIS software possible to establish our Coordinate system (KTM Projection and GRS 1980 Datum) to use it in iCMTGIS Pro software?”

The KTM-KUDAMS projection for Kuwait is based on the Transverse Mercator projection. You can use the PC-GIS X software to create a user-defined coordinate system by entering the parameters for this projection. Then please copy the user_cor.sys file created by PC-GIS X to your iCMTGIS PRO documents folder. Then iCMTGIS PRO will let you select the user-defined coordinate system to use.

Hi Please can I have the demo password for PC-GIS DEMO?

To try the PC-GIS DEMO program, please log on to http://www.cmtinc.com. Select “Downloads and Updates” then click on the PC-GIS DEMO link. The password for downloading and installing the demo program is:

FJ6UCCDD

(ALL CAPS)

Please log onto your desk-top computer as the administrator with full rights, and make sure there are no firewalls or any antivirus or anti-spyware programs that may interfere with the software installation. Should the installation stall for any reason, please try installing the software in Windows SAFE mode.

Context Help is provided for most functions. Under the Help icon in the PC-GIS DEMO program is a full on-line manual.

We also have a CMT GIS Training software program that we provide along with the PC-GIS program that you purchase. This is a voice-based training program that guides you step by step to complete a map.

The DEMO program provides many active functions, and will let you import Shape files and job files created by iGPSGIS II or iCMTGIS II, but it will not let you export or save the data. Also, a purchase reminder window pops up from time to time on the PC. You can drag that window to the side to continue working.

If you wish to purchase the PC-GIS software, please contact support@cmtinc.com and mention the name of your iOS app. PC-GIS 09 is compatible with iGPSGIS II and iCMTGIS II; PC-GIS X is compatible with iCMTGIS III, iCMTGIS PRO, Forester GPS GIS II/III, Farming GPSGIS II/III and Utility Data Collection.

Unable to connect to Google Earth from PC-GIS X

“For the past several weeks we have not been able to load google earth imagery in the software on the pc. It says failure to connect. Has something changed?”

Sometimes an automatic Windows update may change the registry on your PC. When Google Earth is not registered properly, our PC software will not be able to connect to it.

Please log into your PC as the administrator.
Click on the Windows icon and enter “cmd” in the Search box.
Run cmd.exe to open a Windows command prompt (a black screen).

At the command prompt type the path for the folder in which Google Earth is installed. For example, type

“c:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Google Earth\client\googleearth.exe” /RegServer

then press the Enter key on your keyboard.

If your googleearth.exe is installed in a different folder, please enter that full path on the PC in the above line. Please do no omit any quotation marks. There is a space before /RegServer in the above line.

A user received an error message about not having administrative privilege to run this command line. If you get this error message, you could put the above line into a text file and save the text file as RegisterGoogle.cmd then right-click on this file and choose “Run ad administrator”.

Now run Google Earth then try using PC-GIS X to Launch Google Earth. If successful, zoom into the area of interest then capture the image.

User’s response: “That fixed it! I greatly appreciate your assistance.”

Windows 7 issue – Program won’t run.

“I successfully downloaded and installed PC-GIS 09. However my Windows 7 PC will not execute the software program.”

This problem is due to the Windows 7 security setup. You can resolve it as follows:

First, uninstall PC-GIS 09 by using Windows – Control Panel – Programs – Uninstall Program.

Then right-click on PCGIS9WEB.exe and select “Run as administrator“. When Windows 7 informs you that PC-GIS is trying to make changes to the system and do you want to execute it, in that pop-up window there is a link to change the security level. Please change it to 0 (zero) then select Yes. The installation should go through and the program should run.

Same for installing PC-GIS X and our other PC application software programs.

Which app to get for mapping forested areas?

“Our main objective is to accurately calculate forested areas using a GPS receiver on iPhone and iPad. We will be driving an atv or truck around the individual areas. The areas will range from roughly 20 – 200 acres, and we are looking to be accurate to the one-hundredth of an acre.”

The GPS that comes with the iOS devices is not quite accurate. You could get a Dual XGPS-A or a Bad Elf GPS receiver and use it with our apps on your iOS devices. These Blue-tooth GPS receivers claim 2 – 5 meters horizontal distance accuracy.

We have a few apps that provide the GPS/GIS data collection functionality that you are looking for.

iCMTGIS II is for use on an Apple iPad with wi-fi capability. It is available from the App Store for $94.99 per license.

iGPSGIS II is for use on an Apple iPhone. It is available from the App Store for $44.99 per license.

iCMTGIS II and iGPSGIS II use the Apple Maps by default. These maps require wi-fi to be active in order to display in the app.

If you also purchase the optional PC-GIS 09 software for use on a PC, then you will be able to load geo-referenced .tif, .jpg, .sid., or .ecw files and convert them to the .pim format for use with iCMTGIS II or iGPSGIS II as background maps.

The feature data recorded with iCMTGIS II and iGPSGIS II can be loaded into PC-GIS 09 for further map enhancement/processing and print-out. PC-GIS 09 is listed at $385 per license, but we can offer you a discount if you purchase the iCMTGIS II or iGPSGIS II app. PC-GIS 09 is easy to use. Many foresters use it for managing their forest map files. If you don’t already have GIS software for your PC, this will be a good investment.

There is also an iCMTGIS III app that can run on both the iPad and the iPhone devices. It is listed at the App Store for $199.99. This app will let you load a GeoTiff as background map without the need for using PC-GIS to convert the map file. Besides the GPS/GIS data collection functions, this app also provides Stakeout functions that will help guide you to destination points or along the perimeter of an existing area. If you are interested in a GIS software program to use on your PC to work further with the data collected using iCMTGIS III, the matching software is the PC-GIS X (same price as PC-GIS 09).

All of the above-mentioned apps can import and export Shapefiles.

Our Forester GPS/GIS III and Farming GPS/GIS III also provide the GPS data collection and Stakeout functions, but these apps can only run on the iPad device.

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 support@cmtinc.com 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.

Where to get topo maps for use in iCMTGIS III, iCMTGIS PRO or PC-GIS?

There are free legacy topo maps that you can download from the USGS. First go to

http://ngmdb.usgs.gov/maps/TopoView/

then click on the Topo View link.

Select the DRG map scale.
Click on the area of interest, then click on GEOTIFF.

The US Forest Service provides DRG maps at
http://data.fs.usda.gov/geodata/rastergateway/states-regions/states.php

Many state agencies offer free downloads of digital topographic maps for their state. For example,

https://www.klofas.com/topo/

Some universities offer DRG maps for free download. The University of Washington provide DRG maps at

http://gis.ess.washington.edu/data/raster/drgclip/

Some agencies provide DOQQ’s in MRSID format. You can use PC-GIS 9 or PC-GIS X to convert them into .pim image files to load into a number of our iOS apps (iGPSGIS II, iCMTGIS II/III/PRO, Farming GPS GIS II/III, Forester GPS GIS II/III, Utility Data Collection).

GeoCommunity provides various types of GIS and geospatial data at http://data.geocomm.com/catalog/index.html. You can download DEM (Digital Elevation Model) files for free (Green icon). The DRG (TIF or MRSID format) and DOQQ (MRSID format) data products can be purchased (Gold icon).