Iphone 6s Plus iCMTGIS PRO syncing problem

“I purchased the ICMTPROGIS Version 1.0.3 for my Iphone 6s for use with an Arrow Gold RTK receiver. I set it up and everything is running fine except, I cannot figure out how to upload .SHP files or basemaps to the ICMTPROGIS program. None of the instructions for using Itunes or Icloud to import files work. I can export data files that I have collected via email fine, but I cannot figure out where these files are stored on Icloud. I have set up Icloud drive to store my .SHP files on, but these do not show up on the ICMTPROGIS app when I go to job, import shapefiles.”

Our apps will let you store job data files in iCloud, but they don’t not support the iCloud Drive.

In iCMTGIS PRO, under Setup – iCloud, if you have marked any of the check boxes, then those files will be stored in iCloud.

To use iTunes to transfer the files to your PC, you will need to first unmark the check boxes so the files will go back into the local documents folder on your device.

Where are my Shapefiles?

An iCMTGIS II user wrote: “In the documents folder the only files visible were library folders. There were no Shape file associated files.”

Under Setup – iCoud, please un-mark the check boxes then tap on OK.
Export the Job data to Shapefiles then look for those files in the Documents Folder of iCMTGIS II.
When you have the check box for Job marked, the exported files will go to iCloud storage and not be in the local documents folder.

iCloud, iCloud Drive and local file storage

If you are nonplussed by iCloud and iCloud Drive, you are not alone. This iCloud Drive FAQ article may help to clarify a few points.

The way our apps makes use of iCloud storage remains the same. When you enable iCloud for file storage using Setup/iCloud in our app, the local files will be MOVED to iCloud Drive and will no longer be present in the local documents folder. On the other hand, when you disable iCloud for file storage using Setup/iCloud in our app, all the files stored in iCloud for our apps will be copied to the local documents folder. Therefore, if you have multiple apps, you may end up with more files than you started out with in the local documents folder.

For example, with the check box for Job marked under Setup/iCloud, the iCMTGIS II app will look for the .pmp job files and the Shapefiles in iCloud. To see the files in your local documents folder, please unmark this check box then tap the OK button.

iCloud Drive is something different. You will need to upgrade your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to iOS 8 to be able to use the iCloud Drive. Currently, our apps cannot directly access the iCloud drive folders.

You can download files from iCloud Drive to the local documents folder for our apps to use. The steps are:
1. Select the Download function from the Menu.
2. Select the folder containing the file you wish to download.
3. Select the file you wish to download.

To download Shapefiles (*.shp, *.shx, *.dbf, *.prj) you must repeat the above steps once for each file.

Download file from iCloud Drive

Download file from iCloud Drive

Is there an alternative method to transfer the data other than using itunes? We would like to transfer the data from iOS device to our storage drive.

The iGPS GIS II app for iPhone and the iCMTGIS II, Deed Calls Pro and Utility Data Collection apps for iPad provide ftp support. If you don’t have a ftp server, we can provide one to you.

Please see our blog post at this link with regards to file transfer using ftp.

iCMGIS II, iGPSGIS II and Deed Calls Pro also provide iCloud support. However, some people find it confusing to use the iCloud storage.

Features delete themselves?

“Having an issue with features just randomly deleting themselves. I have a shapefile of a polygon as a background and that seems to stay no problems but twice now I have gotten back at the end of a field day and the points i have taken during the day simply disappear with no mention of the original shape files. I am saving the Job but I haven’t had a chance to export the new features yet as shape files. Is there any way to recover this data or stop this from happening?”

This was sent in as a comment on iCMTGIS II. As other users may also find themselves in the same situation, we are giving this issue higher visibility by putting it in a blog post. In fact, we’ve talked about a similar situation a couple years ago, but this iCloud trap is one that is really easy to fall into. Currently, iCMTGIS II, iGPSGIS II, Utility Data Collection, Farming GPS GIS II and Forester GPS GIS II provide iCloud file storage capability.

If you have multiple units that use the same Apple ID, please be careful when sharing job files on iCloud. Suppose you and another user have the same iCloud job loaded on your devices that use the same Apple ID. iCMTGIS II and iGPSGIS II will reload the job on your device when the other user “Save”s the job. Then the data in your job will be overwritten by the other user’s data. There is not a way to recover the points that have been overwritten.

To avoid this from happening, please use different job names or store the jobs locally by un-marking the check boxes provided under Main Menu – Setup – iCloud. As the data synching happens automatically whenever you select iCloud job file storage in the app, the best bet is to use a different Apple ID on each device. On the other hand, iCloud storage is a blessing if you have off-line background map to share with other users.

By the way, to find out which files are stored in iCloud and which files are stored locally on your device, first select Main Menu\Job\Email Files. Turn on/off the “on Cloud” option in the Email Files dialog to see the corresponding list of files.

Farming GPS GIS II 1.0.1 update

We have updated Farming GPS GIS to fix the following bug:

On Cloud checkbox did not work. The app crashed when you tap the OK button on the iCloud Setup screen.

New Release: Farming GPS GIS II

Storing a Line Feature

Storing a Line Feature

We are pleased to announce the release of Farming GPS GIS II for use on the iPad. This app provides GPS data collection and mapping functionality in addition to the various utilities provided in the original Farming GPS GIS app.

This app will let you use a GPS receiver to map a farm tract, a timber tract or any other land parcel as well as point and line features of interest. You can also create features by importing feature data in Shapefiles or DXF format, by manual digitization or by entering deed calls. The acreage and perimeter of an area feature will be promptly computed. You can easily divide or combine the land plots. You will be able to record attribute information for each geographic feature. You will also be able to enter formulas to compute values derived from the recorded data. For example, when you enter the yield for a farm plot, the yield per acre can be automatically calculated based on the acreage of the plot. You could use the Point Stakeout function to help you locate an old land mark, and the Line Stakeout function could help you lay out a long pipeline. The position accuracy will depend on the accuracy of the GPS receiver used.

Farming GPS GIS II also provides the following additional functions:

* While GPS is turned on, store a track of where you have been.
* Export the feature data as Shapefiles.
* Attach one or more photos to any Feature.
* Convert measured distances or areas to Features.
* Display a direction line between the GPS marker and the stakeout target.
* iCloud file storage support.

A preview of this app can be found at the App Store.

This app is also listed with the Farms.com website, which has the
largest listing of agricultural and farming related apps online.