How to view iCMTGIS II Job data on a PC

“I work for a private soil firm in VA and we use your program on our ipad at work for located points on jobs for drainfield designs. We have two ipads with the program on it. Since all the COVID stuff has happened I’ve been working from home and wanted to reach out to see if there is any easier way for me to view those different jobs. I basically want to know if there is a way i can download an app on my computer or on my iphone to view a previously located job and get the measurements from such job. Any advice or help would be greatly appreciated.”

The PC companion program for iCMTGIS II is called PC-GIS 9. It will let you view the data collected using iCMTGIS II, get Line/Area measurements, add Attribute information, add additional Points, Lines and Areas, and do other things, including making a nice plot to send to the printer or a PDF file.

We have a DEMO version of PC-GIS that you can try. It does not provide all the functions of the official version, but it will let you load an iCMTGIS II .pmp job file and measure lengths and areas.

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.

Unable to save a job file

A customer recently purchased iCMTGIS PRO for use as a data collector on an iPad (6th gen) ios12.3.1 with an EOS Arrow Gold. He said he had not been able to save a job file.

iCMTGIS PRO will automatically save the data to the Job file. When it has done so, the “Save” function will be grayed out. If you wish, you could use SAVE AS to save the data to the same Job name.

Can the filename text box for opening a Job file in iCMTGIS PRO be made longer?

It is cumbersome to work with very long file names. Some backup programs will even balk at very long filenames. That said, we could make the filename text box for the iPad version of iCMTGIS PRO somewhat longer.

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.

Saving a master job file in a CMT GPS/GIS app

Many of you collect the same types of GPS/GIS data at different job sites or at different times for the same job location. With the CMT iOS apps that provide the Feature List functionality, you can save time by setting up a Feature List that covers the types of Features that you use on a regular basis. You can associate such a Feature List with any of your GPS/GIS data collection job files.

A number of the CMT iOS apps will also let you define one or more Feature Topic layers. Suppose you have added several Feature Topic layers to a .pmp job file and have set up the symbol/pattern and color for each layer. If you would like to use the same Topic layer setup for other jobs, what you could do is to save a job with this setup but without any collected data as a master job file under an easily recognizable file name (*.pmp). Then to start a new data collection job, you would first open the master .pmp job file then save it under a new job name for the new data collection task.

With the Wetland – Stakeout app, you could save a data collection form containing just the standard user information (e.g. County , State) to a master .pmp job file for later use. In addition, you can save a modified form design as a new template (without data) for your own use or to share with other users.

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.

Is there a way to turn my job map into a geo-referenced image?

You could use our PC software to create a geo-referenced image in GeoTiff format as follows:

1. Transfer your .ppmp job file to your PC then open it in PC-GIS, PC-GPS, PC-MAPPER, CMT-SURVEY or CMT-Forester 10.

2. Select “Utilities/Geo-Image/Save to Registered Image”. Specify a file name then drag the dialog window out of the way(to the left side) then click on Save. This generates the .tif and .wdf files. Close the job.

3. If necessary, load the image file by using the “L” icon, then use “Utilities/Geo-Image/Crop and Save Image” to crop the image.

4. You can use the Register Photo/Image function (the R icon) to create the .twf file for the .tif image.

Click on the R icon then select the .tif file that you created.

Click the “Create TFW” button.

5. Now you have a pair of .tif and .twf files that go together as a geo-referenced image that can be recognized by many other software programs.

Will the iGPSGIS app for iPhone allow the transfer of data to and from PC-GPS?

iGPSGIS II saves the Job files as .pmp files. PC-GPS 09 can work with .pmp files. It will also let you convert geo-referenced map image files (*.tif, *.SID, *.ECW) to .pim map images for use as background maps on iGPSGIS II. You could also use it to capture a geo-referenced map image from Google Earth then convert it to a .pim file.

iGPSGIS II does not record raw data for differential correction. The accuracy of the data will depend on the real-time accuracy provided by the GPS receiver that you use.

Same goes for iCMTGIS II.

File types used by CMT software

Now that more and more of our customers are using our PC mapping software in conjunction with our apps for the Windows Mobile devices and the iPad and iPhone devices, this is a good time to talk about the relationship among some of the main types of files used on the various software platforms.

1) Feature Coordinate Files – .ftr files

Our PC software stores the GPS coordinates for a job in a .ftr file.

2) Feature Map Files – .fmp files

Our PC software stores the GPS coordinates as well as non-spatial map elements (such as symbols and colors, links to background maps, etc.) for a job in the .fmp file.

3) Portable Map Files – .pmp files

The .PMP files are Portable Map Files for use on the mobile devices, such as a Windows Mobile device or an iOS device.

After loading a .FMP map file into our PC software, you can select File – Save As then select the .PMP file type in the “Save as type” box at the bottom of the dialog window. Enter a file name then click on “Save”. At the top left side of the screen, you will see that the job name now ends in .pmp.

The .pmp file is what you can transfer to your iOS device for use with a compatible CMT iOS app.

4) Background Maps

In our PC mapping software, you can use the following as background maps:
Raster Images (geotiff, geojpeg, MRSID, ECW)
CMT Basemaps
Geo-referenced image captured from Google Earth

Our iOS apps use the built-in Apple Map as reference map. This Map is available when the Apple Location Service is available. You can turn it off by using Main Menu/Map/Close Map. You also have the option to select a Satellite map or a Standard map. This is described in the Help file under the Main Menu of the app.

The Apple Map may not be totally up to date. Therefore, if you have a good geo-referenced raster image, and you have a CMT iOS app that provides the Background Map function, you can use our PC mapping software to convert the image to a .pim file to use on your iOS device. This is discussed in the next item below.

5) Portable Image Files – .pim files

The .pim files are the Portable Image files for use as off-line maps on the mobile devices. You will need to use a CMT PC mapping software program to create the .PIM files. In your PC-GIS X software, this function is under Utilities – Mobile Device Interface/Image Converter.

Under Help is an Online Manual. Please enter CE Image Converter in the Search box and follow the instructions to create a .pim file for a map that you have loaded into the PC software. You will be able to select just a small portion of the map that you need to make a .pim file for use on your mobile device.

To make the .pmp and .pim files available for use by your iCMTGIS II, iGPSGIS II app, Farming GPS GIS, Forester GPS GIS or Utility Data Collection app, you will need to copy them to the shared files folder for the respective app. To load a .pim file into one of these apps, select Main Menu/Background Map/Load Registered Image then select the desired file.

6) World Files – .wdf files

You can download geo-referenced raster images for use as background maps in your CMT PC mapping software from such a site as

http://datagateway.nrcs.usda.gov

Before loading a geo-referenced image, you will need to set the datum, coordinate system and distance unit in your CMT PC software to match those that were used in creating the geo-referenced raster images (e.g. UTM NAD83 Meters).

When you load a map image, the CMT mapping software will ask you if you would like to have a .wdf file created. With a .wdf (world file) created, in the future the software will load the map without prompting you for the coordinate system. However, if a .wdf file was created when the map was loading incorrectly, then you must delete the bad .wdf file then reload the map in the correct coordinate system. Otherwise the software will keep using the bad world file as a reference and load the image incorrectly.

7) Feature List Files – .fbr

The Feature/Attribute/Values data base used by the CMT apps are stored as .fbr files.

8) Other file formats

Certain apps may also save or export data in other file formats, such as .dxf, .txt, .csv, .dcf, .lnd, and so on.

Many of our iOS apps can import Shapefiles, and some of them can export data in Shapefile format, which involve such file name extensions as .shp, .shx, .dbf and .prj.

Transferring a Stakeout iCMT job file from iPhone to iPad

“I made a test digitized area on my iphone (iphone 6 running ios8.01). Then wanted to transfer that file to my ipad. When I open the file in my ipad (ipad 4th gen IOS 8.1), the area doesn’t show up that I created on my iphone. Running Stakeout v1.0.2 on both devices. When I’m crawling through brush and trees in the woods, it is so much easier to put the iphone in my pocket than to carry my ipad around.”

The .pmp files for the iPad and iPhone versions of Stakeout iCMT are interchangeable, but an open job cannot be transferred.

Before transferring a job file from the iPhone, first save the job then select another job. If there is not another job file, you can create a new one. Now the first job is closed, and you can send it to iTunes then load it onto your iPad.

Similarly, before saving a job file from any of our apps to your PC, first select some other job file so the file you wish to transfer is closed. Alternatively you could close the app then do the file transfer.

How many points can I have in one job file?

This depends on how much free system RAM there is remaining on your device.

For example, if your iPad has 68 Mbyte of remaining free RAM, and you are trying to load a .pmp file that’s 100 Mbyte in size, the application will crash.

Your job file size will depend on how many Features it contains as well as how many Attributes have been assigned to the Feature Topics.

When setting up a Feature List for a job, include only those Attributes that you will need for data collection or data verification, and make the Attribute names clear but concise. Also, try not to put all data in one large job file. If there are several routes in the city for which you would like to collect data, it’s advisable to make a separate job for each route.

Can I use my PC to set up the Topics for a job?

Yes, you can run PC-GIS 09 on your PC or in the PC mode on your Mac and use it to create new Topics. You can set up description fields for each topic and also assign a symbol to it.

After you have saved the job as a .PMP file, you can copy it to the Documents folder for  iCMTGPS or iCMTGIS. Then you can work with these Topics in that .pmp job on your iCMTGPS or iCMTGIS.

Similarly, you could import shapefiles and digitize additional Features using PC-GIS 09 then save the .pmp job for use on your iCMTGPS or iCMTGIS.