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.


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.




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.

Can I send my job map to PDF from PC-GIS X?

Your PC-GIS X has a very nice map plotting function that will output the map to a PDF file or to a printer.

You can access the Preview/Plot function by clicking on the “P” icon on the tool bar at the top of the screen.

First zoom-fit your map on the screen then click on the Preview/Plot icon.

Click on the Select Template button then select the Portrait or Landscape mode as appropriate to your map.

Click on New Template the click on OK.

You can click the Setup icon (5th icon from the left) to select an appropriate scale to show your map on one page.

You can opt to have the North arrow, scale bar, map legend etc. displayed.

When you click on the colored icon for Plot to file, you have a choice to output the map to a PDF file. If you have a color printer installed on your PC, you should get a color map file.

When you click on the Exit icon, confirm to save the modified layout and supply a file name. In the future you may select this template to use.

Save your map to a .fmp file.

PC-GIS PRO installation issue

“I am running into an issue with PC GIS PRO ‘failing to open config file’. Background: I purchased PC GIS pro a number of years ago and had it running on my laptop loaded with windows XP. It worked great does everything I needed it to do and more. Very easy to use. However my laptop finally died. Now I am using a slightly newer laptop running windows 7. I have attempted to load PC GIS PRO on it a few different times and it loads but keeps coming up with an error message that says fails to open config file.”

Windows 7 and later versions of Windows have an extra layer of security protection.

It is possible that the security level on your Windows 7 PC was not set to the lowest level (or 0) when you installed the PC-GIS software.

Please make sure you are logged in as the administrator of the PC and no anti-virus and anti-spyware software will interfere with the installation.

Right-click on the installation .exe file and select “Run as administrator”.

When your PC tells you that a program is trying to make changes to the system and do you want to execute it YES or NO, in that pop-up window there is a link to change the security level. It has to be set to 0 or the lowest level.

Certain files (such as the configuration file and the font system files) are copied to your PC during installation. And if the PC prevents those files to be copied, then PC-GIS cannot run properly.


PC-GIS X cannot find the Shapefiles

“I am working on a project with the PC-GPS X software and I am not having any luck importing a shape file. This is the first time this has happened . . . If you don’t mind I am going to attach the shape files to this email and would like to see if you have any luck just to be sure it is not the software itself. . . Kind of a weird deal though and maybe it is because it is Monday. Also, I import the shape files in NAD83 Zone 15.”

The error message is about PC-GIS X not being able to find the specified Shapefiles.

Each of your file names contains a “.” symbol other than the one separating the file name from the file name extension.

Please rename all the files by replacing that “.” with a “_”.

Then you should be able to import the Shapefiles.

Where to get Digital Elevation Model files for use in PC-GPS?

“Looking for a new place to get the DEM files that work in PCGPS. The geocomm site I used to use appears to be out of business.”

Please check this one out: