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.