App for finding property pins

“I am looking to find two property pins. I have a map of the property lines. What app do I need for a iPhone 5 and will this be very close to the pins? What is the cost for this app?”

What kind of map do you have? Is it a paper map or a file? If it is an image file, what is the file format (such as GeoTiff, GeoJpeg, Shapefiles, etc.)?

Our apps work on iPhone 5. Stakeout iCMT provides the function to help you approach a point (pin) if you know the coordinates (latitude and longitude) of the point. Are you able to match your property map to that displayed in Google Earth? If so, you could probably get the approximate coordinates for the pins from Google Earth then enter those into the Stakeout iCMT app on your iPhone 5. (Use the Locate a Point by Address function described in the attached Help document then store the point.)

If you need additional functionality (such as entering property description from a deed, or mapping the property boundary), then you could consider our other apps, such as iCMTGIS III.

How close you can get to the pin depends on the GPS receiver used. The one built into the iPhone has a precision of about 10 meters or worse. If you just need to find the pin, this will probably be fine. If you need to record the GPS coordinates of the pin that you find, then the location accuracy won’t be that great. Some users use an external GPS receiver like the Dual XGPS-150A or the Bad Elf 2200, which claims 2 – 5 meters accuracy.

Problem with wi-fi on iPad with retina display

After upgrading to iOS 8.3 on our iPad with retina display, we found that the Pick tool on the Locate a Point by Address screen in some of our apps stopped working. After activating the Pick tool, when you tap on a house displayed on the Map, the app is supposed to display the corresponding address information. Instead, it goes into an infinite wait. Then we discovered that that iPad did not connect to the Internet.

The culprit turned out to be an issue with the wi-fi connection, although the iPad Settings screen showed that wi-fi connection was turned on, and Location Service was turned on under Privacy. Resetting the iPad did not help resolve the issue, but the following steps did.

1. Select Wi-Fi under Settings.
2. Select your network.
3. Tap on “Forget this Network” then reconnect to the Network.

Is it possible to convert a street address to GPS coordinates?

Yes, the Utility Data Collection, Deed Calls Pro, Forester GPS GIS, Forester GPS GIS II, Farming GPS GIS, and Farming GPS GIS II apps provide a function called “Locate a point by address”. When you enter the street address of a house, the app will return the coordinates of the approximate location of the house. As the location of a house or building on a street is determined through an interpolation process, you are apt to get better results with addresses situated within a city rather than in a rural area.

The “Locate a point by address” function also provides an option for you to enter the coordinates of a point and have the app display that point on the screen.

Virtual Tree Bucking app released

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We are pleased to announce the release of the Virtual Tree Bucking app version 1.0.0. This app was suggested to us by Mr. Scott Adams of Adams Forestry Service, Inc. (afsinc@icloud.com) in Camilla, GA, who uses the CMT Forester 10 timber cruising software for his forestry consulting work. Scott asked us to make an app that works similar to the Virtual Tree function in CMT Forester 10 to help the loggers determine the best way to segment a tree stem.

When cutting a tree stem into log products, the important question to ask is how to maximize the income from the stem. In some cases, it will be more profitable to divide the tree into a saw log segment and a pulpwood segment. In other cases, it may make more sense to sell the entire merchantable portion as pulpwood and not bother cutting it up. When there is the possibility of getting three different log products out of the same stem, the decision will become even more difficult to make.

Thanks to the enthusiastic and sincere help from Mr. Adams, the Virtual Tree Bucking app is now available to help loggers determine the best stem utilization. Before actually cutting up the stem, you can use this app to try various scenarios and view the yield of wood quantity and potential revenue for each case. You may enter up to three products per stem and the app will report the values based on the conversion factors and pricing that you’ve set up for each specific log merchandise class. You may work with Metric or English units. This app does not tally the logs, but it provides the option to save the reported results to a PDF file for later review.

The Virtual Tree Bucking app will work on an iPhone, an iPod touch or an iPad. This app also comes with functions for precisely adding points, lines and areas to the screen as well as the ability to measure distances and areas. A detailed help document is built in.

You will be able to do the following using the Virtual Tree Bucking app on your iPAD, iPhone or iPod touch:

* Segment the tree stem on the screen before actually cutting it up.
* Set up detailed conversion factor tables for various log sorts.
* Enter up to three log products for the same stem.
* View log volume or log weight for any stem segment.
* Compare price bids in $/MBF, $/Cord, $/CuFt or $/CuM.
* Save the tree-stem value reports to PDF.
* Precisely digitize Points, Lines and Areas and save them as Features.
* View position, length and area values for the saved Features.
* Label the Lines with segment lengths and directions as well as corner angles.
* Label the Areas with size in acres and square feet or hectares and square meters.
* Measure distances and areas without saving the shapes.
* Move existing nodes to fine-tune the map drawing.
* Create Points from entered coordinates.
* Create a Point or record a node by picking the GPS location.
* Search a location by address or by coordinates.
* Save the job data file for later use.
* Output the Feature shapes and the coordinates to PDF.
* Email the job data files and the PDF files to your colleagues.

The Virtual Tree Bucking app is available for sale at the iTunes App Store.

Forester GPS GIS app for iPad released

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We are pleased to release a GPS GIS app for small woodland owners and independent forest consultants.

The Forester GPS GIS app for the Apple iPad will let you easily digitize forest land boundaries or import data in Shapefile or DXF format. It will also let you delineate areas by entering deed calls. You will be able to create a grid of cruise points over a timber stand for plot sampling or point sampling. The built-in angle gauge can be used for selecting the sample trees for point sampling. Basal Area per Acre for each point will be automatically computed from the recorded Tree Tally.

The Forester GPS GIS app is loaded with many useful software tools. Besides being able to record attribute information for each timber stand and each cruise point, you can also enter formulas to compute values derived from the recorded data. For example, you can have the cost per acre automatically computed from the cost and acreage of a timber stand.

In conjunction with a compatible accurate GPS device, the Point Stakeout function can help you locate the cruise points, and the Line Stakeout function can help you stay on a cruise line.

Like all the other apps from CMTINC.COM, Forester GPS GIS does not require a data service plan to run.

Detailed Function List:

* Import the shapes from Shapefile or DXF file.

* Precisely digitize Points, Lines and Areas over the built-in Map.

* Create a Line or an Area by entering Deed Calls.

* Move existing points or nodes to fine-tune the map drawing.

* View position, length and area values for the Features.

* Work with Metric and English units and BAF values.

* Create grid points or grid lines over an Area Feature.

* Use the built-in angle gauge to select trees for point cruise.

* Check borderline trees based on limiting distance calculation.

* Calculate the actual stem length of a leaning tree.

* Convert between horizontal distance and slope distance.

* Create multiple attribute tables (Feature Lists).

* Tag the Features with pre-defined Attribute/Values.

* Enter a formula for an Attribute based on other Attributes.

* View or edit Attribute Values in a spread-sheet display.

* Sub-divide an Area.

* Combine two adjacent Areas into one Area.

* Create buffer zones around a Line or Area Feature.

* Label the Features with ID and Attributes.

* Label the Lines with segment lengths and directions as well as corner angles.

* Label the Areas with size in acres and square feet or hectares and square meters.

* Measure distances and areas without saving the shapes.

* Create a Point from the entered address or coordinates.

* Create a Point or record a node by picking the GPS location.

* Use GPS to stake out Points or nodes on a Line or Area Feature.

* Use GPS to stake out a Line or Area boundary.

* Save the job data file for later use.

* Output the drawing and the coordinates to PDF.

* Export Feature data in DXF format.

* Email the job data files and the PDF files to your colleagues.

This app is now available at the Apple App Store.

Farming GPS GIS app for iPad released

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During the last six months we have released several app tools for using the iPad or iPhone to perform various  tasks on land features, such as measuring and digitizing lines and areas, entering deed calls, creating grid point or grid lines, creating buffers and dividing up an area. Conceivably all of these functions could be useful for farming, farm sales, farm management and farm services. The Farming GPS GIS app fir iPad incorporates these GIS mapping tools plus a number of additional powerful functions. It will let you easily create a farm tract, a timber tract or any other land parcel by importing data in Shapefile or DXF format, by precise digitization or by entering deed calls. The acreage and perimeter will be promptly computed. You can easily divide or combine the farm plots. You will be able to record attribute information for each farm plot as well as for each grid point. 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. Similarly, you could have the app compute and display the cost per acre.

In conjunction with a compatible high-accuracy GPS device, the Point Stakeout function can help you locate an old land mark, and the Line Stakeout function can help you layout a long fence or pipeline.

Detailed Function List:

* Import the shapes from Shapefile or DXF file.

* Precisely digitize Points, Lines and Areas over the built-in Map.

* Create a Line or an Area by entering Deed Calls.

* Move existing nodes to fine-tune the map drawing.

* View position, length and area values for the Features.

* Create multiple attribute tables (Feature Lists).

* Tag the Features with pre-defined Attribute/Values.

* Enter a formula for an Attribute based on other Attributes.

* View or edit Attribute Values in a spread-sheet display.

* Sub-divide an Area by Direction Cut, Hinge Cut or a digitized Split-Line.

* Combine two adjacent Areas into one Area.

* Create buffer zones around a Line or Area Feature.

* Create grid points or grid lines over an Area Feature.

* Label the Features with ID and Attributes.

* Label the Lines with segment lengths and directions as well as corner angles.

* Label the Areas with size in acres and square feet or hectares and square meters.

* Measure distances and areas without saving the shapes.

* Create a Point from the entered address or coordinates.

* Create a Point or record a node by picking the GPS location.

* Use GPS to go to and stake out Points or nodes on a Line or Area Feature.

* Use GPS to stake out a Line or Area boundary.

* Save the job data file for later use.

* Export Features in DXF format.

* Output the drawing and the coordinates to PDF.

* Email the job data files and the PDF files to your colleagues.

Farming GPS GIS fo riPad comes with a detailed built-in help document. It is available for download at the App Store.