Questions about the Deed Calls & Stakeout app for iPhone and iPad

“I’m wondering if your Deed calls and stakeout app can be used to enter the deed calls in the office, then travel to the site to establish the starting point with the phone’s GPS? Also, do the deed calls have to entered directly into the app or can it import a text file? Finally, once the deed plot is established in the app, is there a way it can be imported and viewed in Google Earth.”

1. The Deed Calls & Stakeout app can help you stake out each node on the deed plot created by entering the deed calls in the office. iPhone’s GPS does not provide high accuracy. Some external Bluetooth GPS receivers, such as the Dual XGPS 150A, Garmin Glo and Bad Elf Pro claim 1-3 m accuracy. Higher accuracy ones like iSXBlue II GNSS and EOS Arrow are in the high price range.

2. Deed Calls & Stakeout can open a .dcf file. The deed calls you enter into the app are saved in a .dcf file, which is a text file that can be viewed and edited. Therefore, you can follow the same format to prepare a deed calls file for this app to open. Make sure the angle and distance unit settings in the app match those used by the deed calls.

3. Deed Calls & Stakeout does not provide KML export. It will export to DXF, which can be converted to KML. For details please see our blog article at this link.

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Can I edit the .dcf file for Deed Calls – Area -Perimeter?

The *.dcf files created by the Deed Calls – Area – Perimeter app are text files that can be modified by using a text editor.  

This means that you could edit the .dcf file to change the initial node location or the calls instead of using the app to edit the deed calls records. If you wish, you could even create a new deed calls file by following the format of the .dcf file and open this file in the app to have it draw the figure for you. The procedure of directly editing a .dcf file should only be attempted if you know what you are doing as you could unintentionally mess up the data. You could try it out by creating a simple figure and saving the .dcf file to play with.

To edit a .dcf file, you will need to first copy it to your office computer. Save an additional copy of the .dcf file under a different name just in case you mess up and need the original data back. Then use a text editor to make the necessary changes and save the file. You can then add the modified file to the Document Folder for the Deed Calls – Area – Perimeter app and confirm to overwrite the original .dcf file. When you open the .dcf file, you should see the changes reflected in the drawing on the screen.