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Hello. I'm developing a new field data collection protocol for a municipal natural resource management agency. I'm struggling to find a GIS mapping and data collection app that works well for the iPad. I'm hesitant to jump into another ESRI product b/c it's crazy expensive and we already pay for desktop licenses and bureaucracy is slow. But I think it might be the only well functioning (maybe?) app for iOS at the moment.

 

I'm looking for an application that can collect polygons and lines as well as point data.

 

I found iGIS which is a "freemium" application, but I'm having trouble loading data in to the app. I'm new to the whole iPad experience anyway, so that might be it. But I've tried to follow the instructions carefully and I'm not getting the expected results...

 

I was hoping to find a video tutorial but no luck and the instructions on the app are limited for troubleshooting. I've visited the app forum and no one else seems to have the problems I'm having. Waiting on a help-desk reply.

 

Anyone out there have experience with iGIS app or alternative for iPad? 

 

Thanks in advance.

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ohh, Im not Apple product users, too expensive for me :lol:

 

I recently search for GIS apps in apple store and found GIS Pro & GIS Kit

GIS Pro by Gafara quite interesting,

http://gis.garafa.com/GISPro_%26_GIS_Kit/GIS_Pro_%26_GIS_Kit_for_iPhone_%26_iPad.html

but I dont know if the price suit for you , yeah this is paid apps :lol:

 

 

but for testing, you can reach this apps in the wild, :rolleyes:

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Thanks for replying and the suggestion. I've looked at GIS Pro & GIS Kit, but I didn't see a trial version to see if the software will work for me. The iOS system isn't well served by GIS softwares and I strongly dislike the GUI and navigation tablet systems tend to use. We might just go with a light-weight Windows laptop that folds into a tablet...

 

Dang. 

 

Thanks again for the feedback.

 

Cheers!

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Hello Sir,

 

 

I am  recommending this powerful but cheap mobile gis application for android that is also available for iOs.  

 

Overview

SuperSurv is the mobile GIS application specially designed for Android and iOS platform. Integrating with GIS and GPS technologies, SuperSurv allows you to easily collect and survey spatial data in the field with Android and iOS mobile devices.

The main functions of SuperSurv include data collection, orientation, map display and waypoint guidance. With the built-in GPS functions, the data of point, line and polygon can all be captured quickly. In the meantime, the waypoint and track can be recorded and managed to well control your directions.

Moreover, the application supports global coordinate system settings, so the files of different regions can be displayed correctly to increase the convenience of data sharing. Besides, the data of point, line and polygon that SuperSurv collects can be saved in SHP, GEO or KML formats for more advanced uses

With SuperSurv, you can:

pic_square735a4b63-05d8-4265-a815-990dfa Efficiently collect point, line, polygon data and support offline editing. pic_square735a4b63-05d8-4265-a815-990dfa Display map data with global coordinate system settings. pic_square735a4b63-05d8-4265-a815-990dfa Switch basemaps and connect to SuperGIS Server services. pic_square735a4b63-05d8-4265-a815-990dfa Create and manage waypoints with ease. pic_square735a4b63-05d8-4265-a815-990dfa Query and measure the map with GIS tools.

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oh so you want something free and lite to try the software first? I dont know how this kind works in iOS environment, is it common developers provide in-app purchase like in android?, but indeed GIS pro is interesting for me,

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Hi roycastanares and Lurker,

 

Thanks for the recommendation of Superserv. I'll look into it. Many of the features you mentioned align with my requirements. I am hoping to find an app that records way-points for delineation walks in the field in addition to drawing polygons and lines as well as point data. Also, data export options are valuable, too. I'll report with my findings after exploring the app.

 

Finding an app I can use on a free trial basis is important for a municipal government worker who needs to be sure a tool will be useful before purchasing it (like other local governments, we have an extremely limited budget). I'm more cautious to try the app if the price is exorbitant. Of the few I've seen, I don't see "free trial" options common in GIS apps for iOS that have all the features I'm looking for like other non-GIS apps I've seen, so I can't say if there is a distinction between Android and iOS.  

 

Thanks again.

 

Cheers.

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Try http://amigocloud.com it's free if you don't mind your data being public, otherwise I think it's $49 per month w/ free trial. Works offline, supports points, lines & polygons, + import & export function in ~30 file formats. Also syncs w/ ArcGIS.

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I've reviewed Superserve and I am able to easily download it and learn it's basic functions. I can open a basemap with Openstreet Map and create new layers easily. However, I'm not yet able to upload my own existing data onto the ap. I've traded emails with a member of Superserve support, but no success yet in uploading my existing data. I have hopes that we'll figure out the solution but until then, I am struggling still to find a low-cost, easy to use ap for an iOS device that can map, create new layers, use existing data, and load it back to my geo-database. 

 

Thanks everyone for their advice. I appreciate your insight and support.

 

Cheers!

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Hi,

 

would suggest trying out Mobile Data Collection app that has plenty of neat features (among other things offline mode and offline maps), and a very user friendly way of creating forms based on which you would do your collection projects. It's all done real time and can be done from multiple users simultaneously. 

 

More specifications you can find here: http://www.giscloud.com/apps/mobile-data-collection/

 

You can download it to your device (android or iOS) for free and give it a go.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/gis-cloud-mobile-data-collection/id640535923

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.giscloud.mdc&hl=en

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After continuous support with Superserve, I was able to upload my own data. This was related to projection issues that Superserve resolved in the recent version. My department is seriously considering using Superserve as our mobile GIS application. Thank you Superserve for your support. :)

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I'm also an user of iOS version of SuperSurv. Not expensive and well to operate with GIS data I think, good for field survey.

It is actually quite few GIS apps you can find in store, and some of them is not very well made.

Just information, maybe you can go and check out is the SuperSurv good for you to use. :)

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