Category Archives: Knowledge Base

iCloud Backup

iCloud is utilised by iGIS to store data and subscriptions, if the user allows it.
This short article will outline the pre-requisite settings to take advantage of these features.

If you are in the field, your data will only be saved on the device until you reach Wifi. There is an option to allow iCloud update via your mobile telephone network, should you require that.

1. Go to your iOS Device’s settings, and select iCloud

1. iCloud Settings Menu

1. iCloud Settings Menu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Access the ‘Storage and Backup’ menu at the bottom of the page.

2. Storage Menu

2. Storage Menu

3. a) Ensure that iCloud backup is switched ‘On’ as shown in the image below.  b) Select Manage Storage to select the iGIS application and turn backup ‘On’.

3. Manage Storage options and Backup

3a. Manage Storage options and Backup4. iGIS application found under 'BACKUP OPTIONS' (not shown)3b. iGIS application found under ‘BACKUP OPTIONS’ (not shown)

4. go ‘Back’ and perform a backup while connected to USB power.  The first backup may take a long time. You may want to do this overnight. (Note: you will need to be connected to a Wifi network.

Your device is now set up to allow for subscriptions to be shared, and data to be saved remotely to prevent data loss.

 

Custom data entry forms (Updated for iGIS 7)

In iGIS 7, the WIFI import/export feature was removed.  Due to this, the existing instructions for Custom Data Entry Forms are slightly outdated.  The following article will document the process for generating and editing custom .glc files in order to create custom data entry forms in iGIS 7.

You can import: a .glc with your shapefile; and export it from iGIS.

dataEntryGlcFile

To start using customized forms, we recommend that you follow the following steps:

  • Step 1. Download the below linked sample glc shapefile data and become familiar with the format by; investigating the file in a text editor, importing it into iGIS, editing the shapefile in iGIS.
  • Step 2. Export your shapefile layer from iGIS to automatically create the *.glc.
  • Step 3. Edit your iGIS created *.glc template file with a text editor to add lookup code lists. Use the sample *.glc file from step 1 as a syntax reference.
  • Step 4. Import your shapefile into iGIS with your *.glc file, and begin editing your data with codelists.

Sample Form

We’ve produced a sample .glc file which is available here; FieldPoints2.zip

Use these samples to create your own customized forms. The sample data entry form is:

DataEntryScreenshot

Projections issues

Some users have reported discrepancies with the location of their data over the basemap imagery in iGIS and/or a desktop GIS tool (such as ArcMap). If you are noticing a shift in your layers, this article may help you.

All vector data in iGIS is stored in the common coordinate system: WGS84 EPSG:4326. All raster data in iGIS (pre-processed through MapTiler software) is stored in the common coordinate system: EPSG:900913. Using these coordinate systems for all source data speeds up rendering in iGIS’s map display.

iGIS uses the open source proj4 library ( http://trac.osgeo.org/proj/ ) to support:

  • the reprojection of vector data on import/export from its original defined input coordinate system to WGS 84 (EPSG:4326)
  • re-projection of displayed iGIS project map centre coordinates from the WGS84 coordinate system into the projection defined for a particular project.

If you are unsure which coordinate system to use when you create a new project, we recommend you use the default EPSG:4326 WGS84 Lat/Lon for vector data.  This will ensure your data collection is not affected by reprojection within the application.

If you find that your points don’t line up with your basemap imagery as expected, it is likely that there is a bug with the proj4 library.  Bugs in the library can be submitted at the Proj4 website http://trac.osgeo.org/proj/ We incrementally update iGIS’s version of the Proj4 library with the latest available version, so when a fix becomes available in the library it will make its way into iGIS. Until then, the only workaround is to transform your data into a supported coordinate system, i.e. EPSG 4326 – WGS 84, with third party software like ArcGIS, prior to iGIS import.

How can I backup and restore projects to a new phone?

If you need to restore your iPhone or iPad, or you wish to transfer your projects to a new phone, it is possible to save your projects and settings in their current state.

iGIS uses two sqlite databases in its backend; spatial-store.sqlite and Projects.sqlite. In most cases data can be restored to your iPhone after from these files using free third party software as described in the steps below.

Get a copy of these backend database files off your device using third party software like; iPhone Explorer http://www.macroplant.com/iexplorer/

  1. Device 1 (or, prior to restoring your device)
  • Using iExplore, with your iPhone/iPad connected to your computer, navigate to: <*Your Device Name*>\Apps\iGIS\Documents\
Navigate to Database

Directory Structure

  • Copy the ‘.database’ folder to your desktop.
  • Note: You can simply copy the entire ‘Documents’ folder if you would prefer.
  • Disconnect your device.

2.  Device 2 (or, after restoring your device)

  • Install iGIS and run once.
  • Quit the app (iOS7: double tap the home button and flick the app window away; iOS6: double tap home button, hold iGIS icon, then remove with red button).
  • Connect your device to your computer and open iExplorer. Navigate to the same folder as before: <*Your Device Name*>\Apps\iGIS\Documents\
  • Overwrite the existing folder with the folder that you saved to your desktop.
  • Disconnect your device and run the app.
  • Your files will be available to you as before.

Is it possible to recover my data from iGIS if the export process fails for a given layer? (For advanced users)

iGIS uses two sqlite databases in its backend; spatial-store.sqlite and Projects.sqlite. In most cases data can be recovered to shapefile from these files using free third party software as described in the steps below.

1. Get a copy of these backend database files off your device using third party software like; iPhone Explorer http://www.macroplant.com/iexplorer/
-Once installed, use iExplorer in its free demo mode to navigate to;

–iphone iExplorer\<*Your Device Name*>\Apps\iGIS\Documents\.database
–ipad iExplorer\<*Your Device Name*>\Apps\iGIS HD\Documents\.database

Save the spatialstore.sqlite and Projects.sqlite files to a location on your PC.

2. The spatial data in the spatial-store.sqlite database can be visualised and exported to shapefiles using the open source software Spatialite-GIS. This software can be found at the below linked site;

http://www.gaia-gis.it/spatialite-2.3.1/binaries.html

For a Windows 7 PC, downloaded and install; spatialite-gis-win-x86-1.0-ALPHA-1.zip

 

How is the filter parameter applied to a layer?

iGIS stores all its vector data in a SQLite database on the iOS device. A layers defined filter text is applied at the SQLite database level as the WHERE clause component of a SQL SELECT query.

i.e. a defined filter parameter of:

Unit_type IN (‘GP’,'SP’) AND source = ‘GCCT’

would be applied to the target layer as;

SELECT * FROM <target layer> WHERE Unit_type IN (‘GP’,'SP’) AND source = ‘GCCT’;

Filter text clauses just need to be SQLite SQL compliant. http://www.sqlite.org/

Capturing photos and linking them to features

From version 6.0 photos can be captured and linked to features. This is a ‘Pro feature’ provided as BETA functionality in version 6.0, please note that future versions will require Pro features to be activated via an in-app purchase.

To link photos to features you will first need to define an ‘ID field’ for the target layer. To do this Open the target Projects settings, and navigate to the target layers settings.

‘ID field’ attributes are used in the naming of the photos to enable easy linking or GIS software hyperlink creation after export from iGIS.

Photos can be captured and linked to existing or newly created features:

- To add photos to an existing feature, single tap the feature in the map window to display its attributes. Select Edit, Scroll down to the end of the attribute list and select Photos.

- To add photos at the time of feature creation, In edit mode, after the features geometry has been defined, select commit to bring up the attribute window, Scroll down to the end of the attribute list and select Photos.

On USB export from iGIS linked images are exported to a directory beside your exported shapefile data.

The naming conventions for images captured in iGIS are;

<shapefile name>-<iGIS ID Field value>-<Image number for feature>.jpg

i.e.

aus10bgd_r-12-1.jpg

The process of setting up hyperlinks to these images is different depending on which GIS software you use.

The below linked ESRI article describes how to setup dynamic and field based hyperlinks in ArcGIS.

http://webhelp.esri.com/arcgisdesktop/9.3/index.cfm?id=241&pid=237&topicname=Adding_hyperlinks_to_features

File size limitation for iGIS USB import

During the iGIS USB import process the zipped data is sent to the apple device and is then extracted. The import may fail on large files if the extraction process runs out of available resources on the device.

We have found the limit to be around a 1.5GB zip file for iGIS v5.1.3 running on the iPhone5 and the iPad with retina display. This limit is not an exact filesize as it is imposed by consumption of available device resuorces, which can be variable.

Empty template shapefiles for creating new point, line and polygon features.

Before you can create and edit features in iGIS you need some layers to store your data in. Layers are created by importing existing shapefiles which have been created in third party software into iGIS. If you do not have any shapefiles, you can download the below attached zip file which contains a template point, line and polygon shapefile. The attached shapefiles should be imported into iGIS using the import settings;

Projection System: [EPSG: 4326] WGS 84 (Lat/Lon)
Characterset: UTF-8

empty template shapefiles – 4326 WGS84