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.

Question about changing symbology in iCMTGIS II after importing Shapefiles

“Is there a way to import a point .shp and change the symbology in iCMTGIS for all the points instead of selecting and defining each one individually? Doing this would allow me to quickly differentiate between reference trees and cruise plots that are displaying as the default import symbol.”

Yes, you can change the symbols for all the points after importing the points from Shapefiles.

The second icon on the right side of the tool bar at the top of the main Map View screen is the Topic View icon.

Tap on the Topic View icon to display the Topic layers.

Double-tap on the symbol for the Topic of the points that you have imported. In the displayed Point Pattern Dialog, select the desired symbol, color and size. The symbol for a Topi c layer applies to all the Features on that Topic layer.

The above procedure also works in iGPSGIS II, Utility Data Collection, Farming GPS GIS II, Farming GPS GIS II, Forester GPS GIS and Forester GPS GIS II.

Collecting GPS/GIS data for a Point Feature Topic

To record data for a street tree, hold or place the data collector by the tree. Make sure the “ht” job that we created before is the currently active job. Tap the tool icon that shows a GPS satellite then select Collect.

Tap the New button to set up a new Feature Topic for collecting data.

Because we have set up the “ht” job with an associated Feature List (ht.fbr), when you tap the data entry field for Name, you will see the list of Feature Topics that you have set up before.

Select the “Trees” Feature Topic.

The first Feature is assigned the Feature ID Trees001.

You will see that the data collection parameters displayed are exactly what you want for collecting the street tree data because you have previously defined them for the Trees Feature Topic in the ht.fbr Feature List.

Tap the green check mark at the top to confirm the setting and advance to the “Collect” screen.

Now, specify the descriptions to be stored along with the position data. For example, if the feature is a pine tree, then select “Pine” from the list of predefined species. You will notice that “Medium” is displayed in the Size field. That’s because we have defined it to be the default Value for the “Size” Attribute.

If you do not wish to use the default symbol for the Point Feature, you could tap the symbol button on the lower-left corner and select the tree symbol from the bottom row of the displayed symbol patterns. You could also assign a green color to the tree symbol.

Tap the Store button to begin logging GPS data. Hold the recording device still for the session time specified for the Feature Topic, which is 30 seconds in our example.

When the time is up, the Tree Point Feature is recorded and the Feature ID advances to Trees002.

Go to the next street tree. Select the appropriate descriptions and tap the “Store” button to record the data for Trees002.

Suppose a fire hydrant comes up next. Tap the New button to tell the application that you will be recording data for a different Feature Topic. Select the Hydrants Feature Topic Name then tap the green checkmark to confirm. Select the appropriate hydrant type and accept the “Pass” condition if it applies. Tap the symbol button on the lower-left corner and select the hydrant symbol from the top row of the displayed symbol patterns. Tap the Store button to log the GPS data for Hydrants001.

Next up will most likely be another street tree. Tap the New button and select the Trees Feature Topic Name then tap the green checkmark to confirm. Switch back to the tree symbol before logging the GPS data.

Continue this process until you have collected all the data that you need.

To get out of the GPS data collection mode, tap the Exit button.

Tap the Zoom-fit icon at the top if you wish to see all the Features displayed on the same screen.

The Point Features you have logged will be represented by their respective point symbols on the map.