Displaying iCMTGIS PRO data in PC-GIS X

“I have a project where I collected points using iCMT GIS Pro and EOS arrow. I would like to export the data points to PC GIS X and make a map with a parcel layer in the background and have the features collected shown with the symbol associated to that data point. Can this be done and if so what is the best way to perform this task?”

Yes, you can import the Shapefiles for the land parcels into your GPS Job file after switching the datum, coordinate system and distance unit in your GPS Job file to that used by the Shapefiles. After importing the parcels, you could switch back to the original datum, coordinate system and distance unit.

Shapefiles export does not retain the symbol and color assignment in iCMTGIS PRO. When you import the Shapefiles into PC-GIS X, the Features will be represented by the default symbols. In fact, you don’t need to export the Feature data to Shapefiles if you will be using PC-GIS X to work further with the Features.

iCMTGIS PRO stores your Feature data in a .pmp job file, which retains the symbol assignment. Simply use iTunes to copy the .pmp file to your PC then use PC-GIS X to open the .pmp file.

PC-GIS X can work with .pmp files as well as .fmp files. The .fmp file will store the Features as well as non-spatial map elements, such as a geo-referenced background map (*.tif) or shapes you’ve drawn using the drawing and lettering tools provided in the Palette. After opening a .pmp file in PC-GIS X, you can save the data in the .fmp format.

If you want to send a Job file from your PC to iCMTGIS PRO, please save the .fmp file as a .pmp file then copy it to the iCMTGIS PRO documents folder. A .pmp file only stores Feature data (including symbol assignment) but not the non-spatial data.

Projection for exporting Shapefiles

“When exporting a shapefile from ICMTGIS II, is it possible to specify the projection of the exported file or will it always be in the same projection as the job?”

Shapefiles will always be exported in the currently active projection. You can switch to the desired coordinate system or projection before exporting the Shapefiles.

Can a .pmp job be created on a PC?

“Is it possible to view the data collected by the ipad in the computer? Can the job creation .pmp be done on a PC?”

Yes. We have a PC-GIS X software program for use on Windows 7, 8, 10 that is compatible with iCMTGIS PRO, iCMTGIS III, Forester GPS GIS II/III, Farming GPS/GIS II/III and Utility Data Collection apps. The .pmp (Job) files, the .fbr (Feature List) files and the Shapefiles are interchangeable among these software programs.

You could also export the data to Shapefiles and view it in some other PC software program that works with Shapefiles.

Emailed Shapefiles not up to date?

“Now I have been working with the CMTGIS PRO app practically for over ten days. I have been collecting and measuring and I have been really satisfied. Today I have got an issue that I can not solve, hope you can help me. . . . I created a job for the project with that contains a handful of topics that I have been using all time. In the job I have created one topic for stored points, and i have used three topics for lines. The pre defined ‘Fence’, ‘Measure distance’ and one called ‘retur 1’. After I have been working 4 days I emailed the shapes (except for fence) files to use them in qgis, everything worked fine! After the last three days of work I have tried to email all four shape files, but I can not find the shape file ‘Fence’ anywhere but in the job. And, the three shape files I could find and send by email have not got any of the new features I have created the three last days???”

Later, the user found that by exporting the Features as Shapefiles in a Group, he was able to email the ‘Fence’ Topic, and the other three Topics had updated information in them.

For the user’s convenience iCMTGIS PRO lets the user export the Shapefiles for the Topics in a Job individually or in a Group. However, here the issue is that the Shapefiles need to be exported before they can be emailed. Therefore, if you have added new Features to a Job, please export them to Shapefiles before sending those Shapefiles out via email.

Which product best fits our needs?

“I’m browsing through your website and trying to figure out which product best fits our needs. We run a farming operation that deals with fields of many shapes and sizes. We’re looking for an easy to use solution. Here is our wish list:

1. Non-expensive
2. Integrates with iPhone or iPad
3. Exportable to PC to overlay on Google Maps or other mapping software
4. Sub meter accuracy

Would you be able to point me in the right direction?”

Items 1 and 4 on your wish list are related. The greatest expense you will incur is in the GPS receiver. GPS with sub-meter accuracy cost a lot more than consumer-grade GPS with 2 – 5 m accuracy. The EOS Arrow Gold and the iSXBlue II+ GNSS provide sub-meter accuracy.

Our iCMTGIS III GPS/GIS data collection and mapping app will run on iPhone and iPad devices. It provides the ability to export Feature data as a .kml file that you can upload to Google Earth and Google My Maps. It will also export Feature data in Shapefiles format and DXF file format. Many GIS software provide the ability to import Shapefiles. So does our PC-GIS X mapping software, which will also work with the Job files you created by using iCMTGIS III.

(Farming GPS GIS III provides similar functionality as iCMTGIS III, but it will only run on iPad devices.)

What does a .pmp job file include?

The Job file (*.pmp) includes the Feature coordinates, attributes, Shapes, symbols and any labels. When you open a previously saved .pmp file, it will display the same as when you saved the job.

For those of our apps that export to DXF or Shapefiles, the coordinates, attributes and shapes will be exported. The default symbol and line style will be used for the exported data.

How to get Point ID exported to AutoCAD

“… it seems that the ID name did not come through into AutoCAD. I have the X, Y, Z and feature ID but not the ID we assigned the point in the program.”

How did you assign the ID to the point in the iCMTGIS II app?

With your point topic selected, please Tap on the Topic Menu icon (second icon from the left side) then select Edit Topic.

Tap the Add button to add an Attribute named PID, for example then tap on OK.

Turn on Sheet View (the last icon on the right side).
Now you can double tap a record then tap on the Attribute button to enter the point ID.

Alternatively, if you add this PID field to the Feature List you are using for this Job, then you can enter your point ID while you are collecting GPS data.

The same is true for the Utility Data Collection, iGPSGI II, iCMTGIS III and iCMTGIS PRO, Farming GPS GIS II/II and Forester GPS GIS II/III apps as well as PC-GIS.