How to designate a different location as the starting point of a deed plot?

“I have a plot in Deed calls and stakeout and need to identify a particular pin as first node (since I have a lat/long ref for this pin). When attempting to use ‘Pick’ from the First Node tab I can select the desired pin and it is identified as ‘starting point’ but when clicking ‘back’ button this designation is lost and the plot continues to be located as if the actual first node I started drawing with is the reference node.”

Picking the first node means to relocate (translate) the entire deed plot to a new location by moving the first node to the location of the node you picked.

If you use the Pick function, you can select the node location to which the first node should be moved to translate the deed plot.

If you use the Pick GPS function and have GPS turned on, then the deed plot will be translated such that the first node is at the GPS position.

Your first node is where the deed calls originate from. If you want to start from a different location, then your deed calls must be rearranged to start from the call issued from that location.

You mention that you have the lat/long reference for one of the pins.
You could re-enter all the calls in the app using this as the first node. Alternatively, you could do the following to designate this as the first node and rearrange the calls:

1. Go to the Calls page and use Save As to save the calls to a text file (*.dcf).

2. Copy this .dcf file to your PC via iTunes.

3. Use a text editor such as Wordpad to view and change the .dcf file. You would change the latitude and longitude values for the First Node. In addition, in the Records section, you would cut the lines of text, starting with the call that corresponds to the new first node and ending at the last call, then paste these lines before the existing first call record.

4. Save the modified .dcf file under a new name.

5. Copy the modified .dcf file back to the documents folder of the Deed Calls & Stakeout app.

6. Open the modified .dcf file in Deed Calls & Stakeout. You should now have a deed plot that starts at the known location.

This same method can be applied to a deed plot created using Deed Calls & Stakeout as well as our other apps that provide the Deed Calls functionality, such as Deed Calls – Area – Perimeter, Deed Calls Pro, Forester GPS GIS II/III, Farming GPS GIS II/III, iCMTGIS III and iCMTGIS PRO.

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Does the deed call and stakeout app have all the features of both applications?

The Deed Calls & Stakeout app will let you enter deed calls to draw a deed plot. Then you could use the Point Stakeout function to help to get to any node on the boundary of the deed plot. Or, you could use the Line Stakeout function to help you stay close to the boundary line while walking around the property.

The Deed Calls & Stakeout app only works with the nodes in a deed plot.

On the other hand, the Stakeout iCMT app will let you add Points, Lines and Areas manually or import them from Shapefiles.


GPS/GIS apps that will also draw a deed plot

“I have Deed Calls & Stakeout for iPad and have successfully created a plat with property lines. I have walked my property and found the corners. It’s a really great app. What I’d like to do next is walk my property and draw features such as tree lines, roads/paths, rock outcroppings, springs, etc. How do I do that?”

The Deed Calls & Stakeout app was designed to help you create a plat by entering the deed calls then walk the property line. It does not provide the functions for digitizing Features such as tree lines, roads/paths, houses, etc.

The Deed Calls Pro app for iPad has the deed calls functionality as well as the digitizing functions. This app can convert a deed plot that you have entered into a Feature. This will allow you to draw a deed plot, save it as a Feature then draw another deed plot. You will also be able to manually drop GPS points or draw lines and areas in this app and assign different symbols/colors to the Features that represent roads, houses, trees, springs, etc.

If you wish to use GPS to map Point, Line and Area Features to represent tree lines, houses, etc., these tasks are better performed using one of our GPS/GIS data collection apps, such as Forester GPS GIS II, Forester GPSGIS III, iCMTGIS III or iCMTGIS PRO. These apps will let you record many GPS fixes at one location and average the data to obtain a more accurate position record. Thy also provide the ability to create a deed plot and convert it to a Feature.

Deed Calls & Stakeout updated to support 64-bit architecture

The Deed Calls & Stakeout app version 1.0.5 is now ready for download.

This app has been recompiled to support the 64-bit iPad and iPhone devices.

When you enter deed calls into the program can you start it on a specified corner then rotate to another known GPS’d corner?

Yes. The Deed Calls app as well as the Deed Calls function in some of our apps will let you change the first node location and the orientation of the deed plot.

What are the coordinates of the point of beginning?

“The reference point for finding my ‘point of beginning’ is the SE corner of a section. Because of the difficult terrain, it would be very difficult for me to physically go to that spot. My property description states . . . What I think this means is that property corner #1 is 2,654 and 7/10ths feet from the SE Corner of the Section along a line that runs about 7 degrees north of west from that corner.”

Your property description references a corner of a Section in a Township and Range. You can get the coordinates of that corner by using the tool at the following link:

Enter the State, Section, Township and Range data then click the View button. The LAT-LON are given in the Degrees unit. A 35 for the latitude should be entered as 35N, and a -95 for the longitude should be entered as 95W.

Once you have the coordinates of the reference corner, and you know the position of your point of beginning relative to that corner, you could set the reference corner as the First Node on the Feature Info page of the Deed Calls & Stakeout app. In the Calls page enter the angle and distance to your actual Point of Beginning (POB). Then enter a couple random segments with non-zero direction so as to form an area plot. Here, we are just after the location of your POB; the other segments don’t matter in this step.

After the bogus deed plot has been created, you can use the Pick button on the Feature Info page to pick your POB as the First Node. Write down the displayed coordinates.

Go to the “Calls” page and delete the unwanted calls.
Go back to the “Feature Info” page and enter the POB coordinates.
Then you can start entering the actual deed calls.

Your deed probably references magnetic north. You will need to find out the magnetic declination for your location to enter into the Orientation field.

Deed Calls & Stakeout is for entering deed calls to create a deed plot

“i bought the deed calls and stake out app from you guys i am trying to input the points on my property but i am having a hard time with it. on my deed it is in azimuth not quadrant bearings. can i change the settings to azimuth? also i am having trouble just inputing my positions to map out an area, how do i do this?”

As shown in the Help document, under “Setup Units and Angle” you can change the angle setting to azimuth.

Deed Calls & Stakeout will let you enter deed calls to create a deed plot. It does not provide the ability to digitize a point, line or area. The Deed Calls – Grid – Stakeout app provides that capability. So does the Deed Calls Pro app. Our iOS apps are sold via the Apple App Store. If you purchased the wrong app, please contact the App Store and see i f the will let you swap it with the correct app.