How Does Tierra Mapper
Tierra Mapper Features
- Create a map in your PC GIS program, or create or download
standard georeferenced raster images from any number of
available programs or internet
- Convert the PC georeferenced images to Tierra Mapper
format using Tierra Converter (included PC tool with Tierra Mapper).
- Copy the converted maps and any database point or
Shapefile point or polyline datasets you want to map on to your PPC memory card.
- Open a raster image and any point or polyline databases
or Shapefiles you want to map in Tierra Mapper.
- Activate a GPS in Tierra Mapper and you
are ready to map with Tierra Mapper.
- Link new point feature creation to a Visual CE application
for powerful attribute data collection.
ArcGIS and MapInfo raster maps from various sources
- ArcGIS or AutoCAD raster maps with world header files.
- MapInfo raster maps with a TAB file.
- USGS DRG's with world header files.
can be downloaded from various internet sources.
- Tierra Converter PC application (included)
converts raster maps to Tierra Mapper
format for Pocket PC.
Shapefile (ESRI) Support
- Vector point and polyline layers are supported in
- Supported by ArcGIS, MapInfo and AutoCAD.
Layers can be copied from a PC GIS or created on the PPC in Tierra
- PPC 2003 supports Pocket Access (.cdb)
- Visual CE support provides access to PPC Native Object Store and Pocket
Access databases on both PPC 2003 and Windows Mobile 5 - 6.5.
- SQL CE support is scheduled for a later release.
Multi Layer GIS Mapping
- Layer control dialog allows multiple point and polygon layers to be
displayed with your raster image map.
- Labels, visibility, symbology, and editable layers
are user selectable
- Center on GPS shows current location and direction of travel.
Coordinates and elevation are displayed at the top of the map.
- GPS points and tracks can be collected and saved in Shapefiles
(tracks) or databases.
- GPS Information status screen shows GPS satellite,
fix, and location information.
- Standard NMEA compatible GPS support; integrated, compact flash,
bluetooth, or serial cable to most handheld GPS's.
GIS & GPS Tools
- Redline tool for free hand drawing text or graphics on the
- Navigation mode shows direction and distance to target (image on
- Zoom In, Out, Full Extents, and Previous. Zoom In and Out at
preset intervals or by user selected box.
- Measure tool shows segment and cumulative distance, and bearing to
- Track tolerance can be set for collecting GPS track nodes.
- Full control over layer symbology.
- Map north mode shows current travel direction by
rotating the center on GPS icon.
- Map rotation mode rotates the map so up is always the
current travel direction.
- Coordinate display and map units are user selectable.
- Map sessions can be saved and opened.
Integration with Visual CE data forms
- Feature attribute collection is facilitated by
seamless integration with robust Visual CE database
applications like GeoInfo Mobile (www.GeoInfoMobile.com).
- Form applications and Tierra Mapper share the same database.
- Points can be displayed and labeled on a map in
- Point locations can be created from the map (GPS or
user selected) and the the Visual CE form is automatically opened for attribute
collection, or points can be added with the GPS functionality in Visual
CE and these points will be visible in Tierra Mapper.
- Toggle back and forth from Visual CE forms to Tierra
- Map labels can be any attribute data field collected
on the Visual CE form.
Pocket PC 2003, Windows Mobile 5.0 to Windows
Mobile 6.5 (*Pocket
PC 2002 not supported)
Active Synch for XP,
Windows Device Center
for Vista ( a Windows update may be required (http://tierramapper.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=283)
Windows 98, ME, 2000, XP or Vista OS for PC
Pocket PC running one of the operation
Memory card; SD or CF, to store maps.
GPS; Integrated, Bluetooth, SD or CF.
PC running Windows.
Improved image pyramiding resulting in clearer maps while
zooming (best with hardware buttons).
Increased zooming range.
Broader device support;
Rugged TDS/Trimble Recon PPC supported, CE2003
Portrait and landscape display supported for on the fly
switching. For new device's with switching displays.
Support for integrated PPC / GPS PPC devices, HP
iPAQ hx5915 tested and others likely supported.
Support for integrated PPC / Phone devices, Verizon
XV6700 (HTC Apache), Sprint PC6700 (HTC), Cingular 8125 (HTC) and HP
iPAQ 6500 devices tested and others likely supported (problem with ETEN
Visual CE enhancements;
Visual CE version 10 supported
Bug related to adding points to a Visual CE database
with TM and a Visual CE application interchangeably is resolved.
Bug related to overlapping and improperly positioned
labels is resolved.
Update points updates all Visual CE layers on the map
not just the editable point layer.
Shapefile labeling and editing bugs resolved.
Projection Support Issues;
Tierra Converter projection details display correctly.
Projection problems in the southern hemisphere and
Projections using 2 standard parallels is now supported
correctly (US State Plane projections).
Map disappearing/blank map at some zoom levels with some
maps bug is resolved.
Label overwriting bug fixed
GPS connection for older slower fix CF or SD GPS's supported.
Migration to .net 2.0 - installer now directs users to
correct .net version for their PC's.
MapInfo's new v8.5 tool for exporting maps with georeference
TAB files is now supported in Tierra Converter.
Tierra Mapper installer streamlined and simplified.
Several other smaller bugs fixed.
VGA device Support. Menus and Icons are sized
correctly for high resolution devices. Odd device resolutions like
WVGA should also be supported but these have not been tested.
Visual CE version 10 support.
written to Visual CE database when Add GPS Point and Add Point tools
are used in Tierra Mapper.
Vista support for installer, although not always without
problems, see forum for tips (http://tierramapper.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=283)
Visual CE version 11 support.
A few screens fixed to support CE 5.0 OS, although not
supported yet, full CE 5.0 support is in the works.
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