Running CMT timber cruising software on a Mac OS computer

“Do you have any idea how the CMT PC Cruise software with forestry toolkit runs on a Windows simulator program that is installed on a Mac OS computer? I know your software does not run on a Mac. There are several Windows simulator programs which allow Mac users to run MS Windows software.”

Some of our customers run our PC software in the PC mode on Mac OS computer, but we do not know how convenient or inconvenient it is to switch between the OS modes.

The current PC-Cruise is called CMT-Forester 10. If you have access to a Mac, you could try using its PC mode to run the DEMO version of CMT-Forester 10 and see how well it works.

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Auto-labeling timber plots

“I have a generated waypoint file that I have imported into my PC-GIS X mapping software. While cruising timber I was going to mark off each of the plots on the hard copied map, and I wanted to see if there was a way to autolabel the plots by id number? I looked around, and I have roughly 80-something plots and that will take a lot of time.”

1. You can use Topic – Auto Label to label the active Topic with the Feature ID. You might need to adjust the font size for the labels.

2. You could also set up a Feature List to be used with your job, such that those waypoints you have already visited can be displayed in a different symbol than the ones you have not yet visited. Suppose you have named the Topic of the imported waypoints “Waypoint”. You would create a new Feature List named, say “WaypointsFL”. Add a Feature Topic to this Feature List called “Waypoint” (same as the Topic name in your map). Add an Attribute for the Feature Topic named “Visited”. For the “Visited” Attribute, mark the “Activate Pattern” checkbox. Now add two Values for this Attribute, one being “Yes”, and one being “No”. Assign a different symbol/color for the Yes Value. Leave the other one the same as the default (or the one you are using for the Topic in Map View).

Call up File – Job Setup and select WaypointsFL as the Feature List to use with this job.

Have the program display the Sheet View while you are out there. After visiting a waypoint, you would select “Yes” from the drop-down list in the spreadsheet for that point, and that point will now be displayed in the new symbol that you have defined in the Feature List.

Windows 10 compatibility

“Is this software compatible with Windows 10? My old laptop with Windows 7 crashed two days ago, and the only laptops I found were Windows 10. I had CogoCad Pro on my old laptop, but, If it’s not supported in Windows 10, I’ll have to look elsewhere for my software needs.”

Yes, your COGOCAD PRO version 09 is compatible with Windows 10.
All of our current PC software products are compatible with Windows 10. These include PC-GIS 9, PC-GIS X, PC-GPS 9, PC-MAPPER 9, PC-MAPPER AI 4, CMT-Forester 10, COGOCAD 9 and CMT-SURVEY 9.

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.

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/