Deer symbol disappeared

“I checked and double checked this morning and I’m thinking it may have gotten deleted some way or another. I have all the symbols from tents to kayakers but no deer. Is there a way to import the symbols file? I’ll try to find another symbol to use on the maps for now and that should get things rolling.”

The wildlife symbols are not on the default libraries shown on the tabs.

You can select a different library as follows:

Select one of the displayed libraries, such as Forestry.

Click on “Save As”, enter a name, such as “Wild”.

Select a symbol then click on Edit.

Click on “Pick Symbol” then select “Change Library”.

Select the library that shows a number of animals then pick the deer symbol, if you see it.

Click on OK.

In a similar way, add other desired symbols.

Click on “Save As”, and save this library to the “Wild.cgp” file.

Later, when you need to get the deer symbol, you will click on the “Custom” tab to see your custom library. You can rename “Custom” to “Wild” by entering “Custom” in the blank box displayed.

Please back up the wild.cgp file for safekeeping.

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Is there an easy way to save all my PC-GPS job files at once?

Many users store their data files in the PC-GPS program folder. You could back up the entire folder, if you wish.

Otherwise, you can highlight all the files showing your Job names, and copy them to an external data medium (such as a thumb drive).

If you have created your own symbols, then save the *.cgp, *.cgl and *.cga files.

If you have set up any user-defined datums or coordinate systems, then save the usr*.* files.

The configuration information is stored in the *.cfg files.

You could also save your photo files and geo-referenced *.tif files if you don’t already have a copy of them saved somewhere else.

 

File transfer between ALTO-G12 and PC

“I have an old Alto G12 B unit with PCGPS 07 software. I’m having difficulties connecting the unit to a computer running Windows 7 Pro. . . . . Does the latest version of PCGPS use a different interface? If not, is there a better interface sync application to use? Also, does the latest version have a software key instead of the hardware dongle?”

“I have an old Alto G12 B unit with PCGPS 07 software. I’m having difficulties connecting the unit to a computer running Windows 7 Pro. . . . . Does the latest version of PCGPS use a different interface? If not, is there a better interface sync application to use? Also, does the latest version have a software key instead of the hardware dongle?”

1. The current version of PC-GPS is version 9. You can upgrade your PC-GPS 07 SN:PCGPS7-5040 to PC-GPS 09 by downloading the PC-GPS 9 for $185. PC-GPS will be validated via software on one PC only. The upgrade entails returning the USB HASP key that you are currently using for PC-GPS 07 after you have installed the PC-GPS 09 and are able to run it smoothly.

2. If your new PC does not come with a 9-pin serial port, you can get a
USB 2.0 to Serial Adapter from an electronics store.

We’ve found that the following USB 2.0 to Serial Adapter works well:

Cables Unlimited 2.5ft USB 2.0 to Serial DB9 Adapter – USB-2920

http://www.amazon.com/Cables-Unlimited-USB-2920-Serial-Adapter/dp/B0006LSIOI#moreAboutThisProduct

Additional questions and answers about using the ALTO-G12 can be found at http://www.cmtinc.com under Technical Support.

3. If your PC is running a 64-bit Windows system, you can download our FILEXFER.EXE software when you wish to do file transfer outside of the PC-GPS environment. Please download FileTransfer.zip from:

ftp://cmtinc.com/technical_support/Outgoing

Unzip this file, which contains FILEXFER.EXE for file transfer between PC5/MC5 and Windows 7 64 bit or VISTA computers. ALTO-G12 is based on the PC5 operating system.

Following are the instructions for using FILEXFER.EXE for file transfer between PC and ALTO-G12.

To send files from PC to ALTO-G12:

1) Set ALTO-G12 to SERVER mode by entering from its operating system:

kermit server

2) Run FILEXFER.EXE and select COM port and Baudrate, select files from list, then click the “Send” button.

To send files from ALTO-G12 to PC:

1) Run FILEXFER.EXE and set PC to SERVER mode by clicking the “Receive” button.
2) Use the “kermit send filename” command from ALTO-G12 operating system.
3) After all files have been sent to PC, click the “Abort” button to make PC exit from the SERVER mode.

Additional questions and answers about using the ALTO-G12 can be found at http://www.cmtinc.com under Technical Support.

How to move PC-GPS software license from laptop to desktop PC

“Happy New Years to you all and hope 2018 is off to a great start! All is fine on this end and doing great! Anyways, I am in the process of transferring from a laptop to a desktop. I guess old age is catching up with me as the bigger screens make mapping a lot easier. I will not need the laptop pcgps but I would like to add the program to the desktop. My question is, is there a way that I can transfer the laptop license to the desktop computer where I will be able to use it there instead.”

This issue has been addressed previously. Please see our blog post dated 10/18/15.

https://cmtinc.wordpress.com/2015/10/18/software-license-migration/

Virginia Maps at VBMP

“I am more familiar with the ARCMAP system so I will explain what I am looking for using that. We had aerial imagery that was linked to an online database. Specifically, Virginia’s VBMP aerial imagery products. These included infrared photos and regular color photos. Is there any way to do that with PC-GIS X? I have only figured out how to download the County orthoimagery. Which is helpful, but the VBMP infrared is really nice to have for stand delineation.”

We went to this site and downloaded the MRSID files for a grid. Then we extracted a set of the .SID and .SDW files and was able to load the corresponding image into PC-GISX.

http://vgin.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Viewer/index.html?appid=cbe6a0c1b2c440168e228ee33b89cb38

How to transfer user-defined coordinate system to PC-GPS running on new computer

Your user-defined coordinate system, plane and datums are stored in the following files, respectively.

user_cord.sys

user_pla.sys

user_dat.sys

Please copy these three .sys files to the PCGPS program folder on your new PC. Then you will see your user-defined coordinate system available in PC-GPS on your new PC.

If you are unable to access the files on the XP hard drive, then you could re-create the coordinate system on the PC-GPS running on your new PC.

PC-GIS X Preview/Plot PDF printout quality

“I think have it (Preview/Plot) worked out – as you see by the attached (PDF), the photo appears fuzzy. Is that typical or is there something I am doing incorrectly.”

The print quality is determined by your printer setting.

In the Plot Preview screen, please click on the third icon from the left to check the printer setting. The Print Quality setting may be in the Advanced section.

600 dpi is high quality. 300 dpi is good enough for printing on paper.