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The app can be used 'in the field' using GPS locations to tag corners, or used remotely to quickly construct an approximate plot description without visiting the site
The resulting property description shows the lat/long coordinates and elevation for each corner, and the length of each edge and the angle in decimal degrees from True north.
Maps and property descriptions from past surveys are now stored on the SD card and can be retrieved using a dropdown menu.
A built-in temporary edge feature can be used to find a lost corner based on a survey plan, or else to check which side of a property line with a known bearing that you happen to be standing on.
The Thumbtack icon on the landing page leads to the GeoNote feature, whereby a short verbal comment or typed message message is sent automatically to a preset home email address. The email shows the exact coordinates where the note was taken and also a link to a Google Maps page where this location is tagged by a green icon.
If you set the recipient email for GeoNote to another phone running the app, two people can keep in touch of the other's location in urban or wild locales.
Before the GeoNote feature will function, you must preset your recipient email. To do so. follow the button from the bottom of the GeoNote page to the screen with an input box for entering your email. Click the middle button to save it, after you are sure you entered it correctly. You can then double-check that it is stored properly by clicking the lower button on the input page, above the tartan image.
Setting your email need only be done once, not every time you use the app. The email can be changed later, and must be reset after installing subsequent free updates.
The are several other built-in tools.
The Compass button leads to a screen where the phone provides True North bearings and also can be used as a level for measuring slopes.
Other tools record geological dip, estimate height of distant objects, calculate sunset/sunrise/true noon and measure direction in 3D (using the phone's camera viewfinder).
The app uses four color matching strategies:
- matching different shades of the same hue
- adjacent colors which are 30 degrees apart on the color wheel
- complementary colors which are 180 degrees apart on the color wheel
- contrasting colors lying 120 degrees apart on the color wheel
The user first selects their basic color on a detailed color wheel. Then they then can toggle between the four matching strategies.
The app will display up to three matching colors on a swaths page that allows varying the darkness shades till an ideal match is identified.
There is also a handy reference section explaining the theory and practice of color matching.
The Color Match app is fun and easy to use.
There are also sections on poisonous plants, hawks and owls, animal tracks and scat, and Bay of Fundy zeolite minerals.
There is a built-in feature to send home geographically tagged field observations.
The app has a ruler and path measure, but also can calculate polygon area and property boundary descriptions.
There is a tracking feature which draws your path and saves a log. Also there is a button to show elevation for any point on the map.
Circle overlays can be added to the map for any chosen radius.
There is a Placemark feature which records comments and lat/long for any point.
Tapping the map causes elevation to be displayed for that point.
The Sunset feature shows the current direction of the sun as an orange band during daylight hours.
Begin by carefully aligning the red dot at the center of the phone's viewfinder phone with the highest point of the building or tree. You should be standing perhaps twice as far away from the object as you estimate its height to be. Preferably you are on level ground at the same elevation as the base of the object.
All the commands in the app are on the sliding menu bar in the center of the screen, When the app opens, the orange button 1 is shown. Scroll the menu down for the other options.
Tap the orange button marked '1) record the angle'. The measured angle and the location where you are standing should then appear written over the orange button.
Your observer position is now marked on the lower map with a yellow dot.
Now scroll down until the orange Button 2 ivisible.
You will locate the object on the map by sliding the map until the object is in the center. Then tap Button 2.
The object lo0cation should now be marked in yellow on the screen.
To calculate the height estimate, scroll down past the orange buttons. The height, distance away, and angle of measurement will appear written in the white box just below on the scrollable center menu.
The height estimate depends somewhat on the variability of the GPS positions, which only claim to be within 10 m of true location. Most often, they seem to be within 3 m of true position.
Note: For the GPS location settings to function accurately, the Location setting must be set to Use Satellite Location on the Location settings of your phone.
It may take a couple of minutes till the satellite connection is established properly and you must wait. You can check whether it has a satisfactory signal by starting Google Maps first, and checking that your location appears on the screen as a blue triangle.
Because it hogs battery power, the Satellite Location setting should be turned off after you finish using the app, unless you choose to leave it on for other apps.
There are four dropdown menus at the top which can be reset before starting, should you wish to customize the billing rates. As is, the rate charged is a base fee of $3.00, plus $2.50 per mile (same as about $1.50/km.), a time charge of $.35 per minute, and a possible extra charge (which by default is set to $0).
There is also a button at the lower left which turns off the GPS location seeking if you just want to try out a route on the map. In this use, the mileage rate is increased by 40% to compensate for the time charge of an actual fare.
The app is designed to work with the phone's location settings switched on for both Use Satellites and Use Wireless. However establishing a satellite GPS connection requires a view of the sky, and even then may sometimes take up to five minutes to stabilize enough for the app to work properly.
You can check if a location has been found by opening the built-in Google maps application and checking of a blue triangle has yet appeared, which denotes a signal has been established.
After you are finished using the app, you should turn off the Use Satellite location setting as it uses more battery power.
To use it remotely, enter the name or coordinates of the destination into the white edit box at the top, and then tap the blue Enter a Start Locale button.
To begin at your current location instead, either tap the next button below, Zoom to True GPS, or else tap the picture.
Touch Elevation can also log a real or simulated journey and calculate distance, average speed and elevation changes. This can be used remotely based on a map, or else using the phone GPS system to track actual location.
On the main Map Page, you have two alternate ways to start. Map is used to remotely survey a route. You must then tag each corner by centering the map over that point and then clicking the Tag button.
By clicking the GPS Start button instead of the previously described Map, the app will begin plotting your changing location. When you are ready to stop either method, then click End and then Log. This opens a record of that trek.
The app includes several other useful tools. The Compass icon leads to a screen where you can query your current elevation, or also see a true north compass and digital level. There also is a Flashlight option which displays a solid white screen.
The Mountain icon leads to an elevation survey feature which draws an elevation grid over a chosen area. This feature has its own instructions. Building this grid takes one or two minutes and you may have to slide the screen to make the readings appear.
The Tower icon leads to a tool to estimate the height of a building or tower.
If the app is being used remotely to survey a map location, the Location setting on your phone can be set to Wireless, which is easier on battery life. However before the real GPS tracking will function, the Location setting must be set to Use GPS Satellites.
It may take a couple of minutes till the satellite connection is established properly and you must wait. You can check whether it has a satisfactory signal by starting Google Maps first, and checking that your location appears on the screen as a blue triangle.)
The Use GPS Satellite Location setting is a battery hog and should be turned off after you are finished using the app, unless you choose to leave it on for other apps. Turning your phone off and back on after you finish using the app ensures that everything is cleared and the processes are stopped.
It allows saving and naming of sound clips and also sends geo-tagged emails to your preset address, describing the event.
The maximum decibel level shown is limited by the phone hardware to about 81 decibels.
Montreal will always seem different after you learn to recognize the Square Mile mansions.
The app can be used as a general guide to the mansions if you choose not to follow the basic walking route.
All the sites are mapped and photographed and have a description. Clicking an icon causes a page about the nearest notable building to automatically open.
Assembling the site descriptions required considerable research. As a result the app includes information not readily available elsewhere.
The user can select between a trebuchet (catapult), an English longbow, or a modern mortar.
All the trajectories are calculated based on the exact angle and direction the phone is pointing when the launch button is tapped.
Hitting a target takes some practice.
A target can be marked as a bulls-eye. The relative elevations of source and target can be considered.
There is a visual reference section describing the three weapons.
In addition to also sending a copy to the contracting company, this estimate is stored and forms the basis to automatically send the final invoice.
To setup the app for the first time, you enter some basic information about your company, the name, phone number, email and contact person.
On the landing Job Estimate page, tap Setup and type this information into the appropriate text entry boxes on the Company Info page. Tap Save and then review your entries to ensure they are correct.
\n\nNote that this Setup needs only be done once, when the app is first installed. The information is stored permanently on the phone afterwards.
To begin, tap the Customer Info button on the app landing page screen and then enter the requested informatoion about the client; their name, phone, email and any other comments you choose. Then tap the Save button.
Client information is stored by phone number.
Next return to the Job Estimate page and tap Job Details.
Enter the client phone number at the top, then a job description just below that.
You have several ways to can enter the job details.
First is a line beginning with Units. You might use this if you are estimating based on square feet, for example. Enter the number of units, their type, and finally enter your billing charge per unit.
If you scroll down this Unit line, there is another (optional) line into which you can enter the dimensions of the area for which the Units number refers. After the length and width are entered, tap Area. The answer will appear in the Units box in the upper of the two lines.
Next down, if you wish to list parts, there is a scrolling section for parts 1 through 4.
For each part type, enter the name, the cost (do not enter the dollar sign) and the number into the appropriate sections. If you do not enter the number (#), it will be assumed to be 1.
Below the parts section is an optional line where you can enter your billable hours and hourly rate.
The next line down has a box marked Other where you can enter any other charges in your estimate. In the simplest form of an estimate, this might be the only text box that you filled in at all.
To the right is the final text entry box into which you enter the percentage tax which will be added to your bill, 13 for example (do not enter percentage symbol).
The bottom text entry line is for reductions. These can be either a fixed amount like 200 entered into the left box, or else a percentage discount like 10, for example for a 10% seniors discount.
When all the info that you choose to enter is complete, tap Total and that amount will appear in the blue rectangle at the bottom left of the screen. If this seems OK, tap Next to go to the Review Summary page.
SENDING THE ESTIMATE
Assuming you entered the client information, and repeated the client phone # on the Job Detail page, then client details will be shown above the job item amounts.
Check the amounts to ensure they are correct. Then tap Send Estimate and an email containing the estimate summary will be sent to the client, and a copy sent to your company email for a record.
SENDING AN INVOICE
After the work is completed, you can also use the app to send a final invoice.
Return to the Job Detail page and enter the client phone number and then tap the Retrieve button. The estimate details should re-appear in the appropriate text boxes. Then type Next to go to the Review Summary page.
You now enter the payments details into the white Payment Terms box, for example Due within 30 days. Then tap Send Invoice and a copy will be sent to the client and another to your company email.
Do test the app first with an imaginary client, to which you assign your own email address. Follow all the steps and you should receive two copies of the estimate and two of the invoice to your own company's email.
Includes real-time path mapping, links to weather and tide, zeolite and mineral pics and ID info, and instructions.
Also sends verbal geo-tagged field notes to user's email. (Be sure to first set your own email by clicking the setup button. If you install an update, you may need to re-enter the email address.)
Offers driving directions to nearest parking and shows the best walking trail.
This app shows a map of all the Montreal Bixi docking stations, The mapped locations are colour-coded to indicate whether there are bikes and/or spaces available. The station status is updated in real-time.
The extensive Montreal Island bike path network is traced on the underlying map.
A timer recenters to your true location and counts how long you have remaining on your Bixi rental. It also keeps tab of any extra Bixi fees you may accumulate by returning the bikes late.
The app will locate the closest docking station and then shows its current status in a pop-up box.
It is free of advertising and is designed as a tool for the rider..
There is also a brief explanation of the Bixi price calculations, which can be confusing to the new user (and costly if you do not return the bike promptly)..
Each site has a photo and description. There are visual references to architectural styles, sliding panoramas of the major streets, and a recommended route.
The app shows your location in real time over a satellite view map image. Clicking an icon brings up a description of the nearest interesting building to your location.
The app can be also used remotely to tour Lunenburg from afar.
Preliminary research suggests that dogs may have an internal compass to sense the direction of Magnetic North. You may have observed your own dog twirling to and fro for no apparent reason prior to 'going about their business'.
This app provides a convenient tool to measure and record your own dog's 'crapping alignment' and assist in this research project.
USING THE APP
Note: If not already on, the Location setting should be enabled on your phone. Depending on the version of Android go to Settings and select Location>Use GPS Satellites or in newer versions SETTINGS>LOCATION>MODE and choose High Accuracy. In urban settings, the Use Wi-Fi or Battery Saving Mode may be sufficient. If the GPS was not previously turned on, it takes up to 3 minutes to establish a signal and requires a clear view of the sky to find the satellites.
First step after you install the app is to tap the Setup button near the bottom left of the landing page screen. This will redirect to a second screen,
1) SET EMAIL
First after you install the app is to tap the Setup button near the bottom left of the landing page screen. This will redirect to a second screen, Set-Up Info.
Enter your chosen email into the upper Edit Box. Then tap the yellow Enter Email Above button to save your email to the phone memory. Tap the third box down Review Email Setting to confirm it. You only set your email the first time using the app.
2) SET DOG PROFILES
On the Set-up page, there are three menus, BREED, AGE and SEX. Select the option which describes your dog. Then type the dog's name. When all four items are complete tap the yellow button Enter Dog Info Above to save. Tap Review Dog Settings to check it. For more than one dog, repeat.
This only needs to be done when you first install the app, or to add a new dog,.
3) PREPARE TO TAKE A READING
Return to the Main Page and the dog names appear at the top of the drop-down menu on the right. To the left is an optional Comment.
Below are three menus Circle, Act and Leash. These are mandatory but can be selected either before or after you set the Compass reading.
The first is the direction the dog circles, either CLW for clockwise or CCL for counter-clockwise. Next is the menu Ac to choose between DEF for defecation or URI for urination.The rightmost menu Leash has ON for on-leash or OFF.
4)TAKE THE COMPASS READING
Next align the phone with the long axis of your dog when it starts to go. Hold the phone horizontally with the top of the phone pointing toward the dog's head and parallel to the dog's spine. Best if the dog is off-leash and free to spin around.
There are two ways to record the alignment, and both do the same thing. Either tap the dog picture in the center, or the green button RECORD.
The text on the green button changes to SET, and a red button appears at the bottom titled SEND.
Select the circling direction, the action and the leash status, and the dog name from the four menus before you proceed.
5) TAP THE SEND BUTTON
Finally, tap the red button titled SEND. If all the info is entered, a popup box will say Recorded and the red button will disappear.
If any info was not entered properly, warnings will popup and no recording will be sent. But if all is OK, tapping the SEND button will send an email to your account and a reading be automatically posted to the research database.
The email will include the alignment in degrees, the dog's name and the location and time.
Clicking the link in the email takes you to a map showing the site on Google Maps.
We thank you for your participation in this interesting study.