Use PC-GIS X to turn paper map into geo-referenced map

“Greetings, when comping plats we often have need to rotate an object projected into non-spatial data. I use reference points to manually generate a shape file. The ability to rotate would work with stretching and moving to create an overlay. Is there any functionality I have missed?”

Sounds like you are looking to use PC-GIS X to geo-reference an image. Please prepare an image file containing the shape object.

You can use the “Register Photo/Image” tool by clicking on the red “R” button on the tool bar. Select the image file as the target for geo-referencing.

As you have the reference points in Shapefiles, you can import the Shapefiles into a new Map View and save that Job. You can then open that Job on the left side of the geo-referencing screen to use as the reference for registering the image displayed on the right side.

This functionality is explained in the Online Manual under Help.
We have also made a video to demonstrate the process:

After the map image has been geo-referenced, you can use PC-GIS X to
save all or part of it as a .pim file for use in a CMT iOS app that provides the function for loading a Background Map (e.g. iGPSGIS II, iCMTGIS II/III/PRO, Forester GPSGIS II/III, Farming GPSGIS II/III and Utilities Data Collection).


Cogo icon in CMT GPS/GIS iOS apps

“I have an icon in the deed calls area of the software for ‘Cogo’ but it is not selectable. How do I activate this functionality?”

The Cogo icon is just a toggle between a coordinate-geometry-based data data input mode and the normal screen mode. It can be found in some of our apps, such as the iCMTGIS PRO, Forester GPS GIS III and Farming GPS GIS III.

For the Create/View Deed Calls function, it is employed in the Feature Info screen. When you tap on the Orientation field. You will see the two greyed out icons activated. Tap on the “Angle by 2 Points” icon then tap on an existing node to indicate the start point of the direction line. Tap on another existing node to indicate the ending point of the direction line. Then the azimuth of the specified direction will automatically be entered into the Orientation field, and the Cogo icon is turned off to indicate that you are out of this mode of specifying a direction using two nodes.

For the Contour/Volume function in iCMTGIS PRO, when the cursor is in the Boundary Feature data input field, Cogo is automatically turned on for you to select an Area Feature. Once a selection has been made, this icon is greyed out so you won’t accidentally select some other Area Feature when you touch the screen. This toggle is similar to the Add icon for Add Point/Line/Area manually and Measure Distance/Area.

In Farming GPS GIS III, when the Cogo mode is active, you can tap the “Angleby2Points” icon to specify the direction for the Direction Cut function by selecting two existing Points or nodes as the starting and ending nodes.

If you are interested in using Coordinate Geometry to create new points, some of our PC mapping software programs, such as COGOCAD 09 and PCGPS 09, provide the COGO functionality. COGOCAD 09 can output Feature data in Shapefile format. PC-GPS 09 can work with .pmp files and Shapefiles. Its Feature List does not provide the ability to assign different symbols for different attribute values and its Sheet View does not provide a drop-down list capability.

PC software compatible with iCMTGIS PRO

“I have purchased iCMTGIS Pro and like the APP, works excellent with EOS’s Arrow Gold. My workstation is PC based. What product should I purchase for that … so that I may work with the data I collected with my iPad.”

Although a number of our PC software programs can work with the .pmp job files created by iCMTGIS PRO, PC-GIS X program is the PC software that is fully compatible with iCMTGIS PRO (as well as iCMTGIS III, Forester GPS GIS III and Farming GPS GIS III).

iCMTGIS PRO, iCMTGIS III, Forester GPS GIS III and Farming GPS GIS III employ the newer enhanced Feature List structure, which will let you assign different symbols for the various Values defined for an Attribute. For example, for the Species Attribute of the Tree Topic, you could assign a particular symbol for all Pine trees and a different symbol for all Oak trees. PC-GIS X also provides this capability.

In addition, the Sheet View in these apps will let you select from a drop-down list populated with the various Values defined for an Attribute field. PC-GIS X also provides this capability.

Registering Google Earth

“I’m having trouble with step 4, can you explain in a different way? I don’t quite understand it. Thanks.”

In a previous blog post we listed the steps to resolve the issue of connecting Google Earth with our PC-GIS mapping software.

Step 4 is to register the Google Earth program with your PC.

First, use the Search function on your PC to look for a file with this name:


In most cases, it will be located in this file folder on your PC:

c:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Google Earth\client\

Now use a text editor such as Notepad to open a new file.

Type this line into the text box:

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

This is all one line without any breaks. You must enter it exactly as shown, including the quotation marks.

If the actual file path is

c:\Program Files\Google\Google Earth\client\googleearth.exe

then substitute this part in the above text line in Notepad.

Make a temporary folder on your PC, such as TEMP.

Save the above text file in this TEMP folder using a name that ends in .com, such as


To run this file, right-click on its name and select “Run as administrator”.

Custom Symbol Assignment in iCMTGIS PRO

“I have two clients using iCMTGIS Pro and they’re asking how to save custom feature symbols, colors and patterns in a feature list. For instance, how do you manage various patterns/colors for several area features, lines and points?”

In the Help document please select “Set up Feature List”.

Under “Editing a Feature List”, there is this instruction:
“Mark the Activate Pattern checkbox to see the Pattern column displayed in the Value section.” After marking the Activate Pattern checkbox,  you will be able to assign different symbols, colors and patterns to different types of Points, Lines and Areas on the active Topic layer.

After you have saved the Features List, you will be able to select that Feature List to use with a Job. You can do so in the Job Setup screen after selecting Job – Open Job.

If the clients are looking to create their own custom symbols, then they would need to use PC-GIS X to edit the symbols on one of the symbols pages (such as Forestry1, Forestry2 or Surveyor) then use iTunes to copy the corresponding symbols library file to the documents folder for iCMTGIS PRO. For example, for the point symbols, the file names corresponding to Forestry1, Forestry2 and Surveyor are cmtpnt01.lib, ctpnt02.lib and cmtpnt03.lib, respectively. Please note that these files are case sensitive in iCMTGIS PRO. Close the app by double-clicking the Home button of the iOS device. Then reopen the app to see the available new symbols.

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 Select “Downloads and Updates” then click on the PC-GIS DEMO link. The password for downloading and installing the demo program is:



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 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.