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The Ultimate Fieldwork Preparation Checklist

How to successfully conduct a fieldwork expedition and enjoy yourself along the way.

This simple checklist provides a tool to ensure researchers, geologists, scientists or explorers are fully prepared for their journey.

We’ve also included some helpful tips and suggestions for an enjoyable expedition.

The Ultimate Fieldwork Preparation Checklist – Click Here to Download Free PDF

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Mappt 2.1.1.2 has been released

The Mappt team is thrilled to announce the latest and greatest version has just hit the Play Store. It introduces a few new and powerful features and a lot of bug fixes and improvements.

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Geotagged Photos

You asked and we delivered. You can now take photos or load them from the gallery directly onto the map as fully capable Mappt features. Moving the photo around will even re-write the images exif meta data.

Pretty neat huh?  Here are a few happy snaps we took while in the beautiful South West of WA.

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Spot the selfie stick

Drop Downs

You will also notice a new button called ‘Load Attribute File’ in the Attributes tab of the Layer properties dialog.

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It looks innocuous enough, but it’s very powerful as it eliminates the repetition and human error from your field data collection. In short, you pre-define attributes and values from a CSV file.  When it’s time to enter in values for an attribute, you simply select them from a drop down list instead of manually entering them.

The format of the CSV (comma separated values) file is simple enough. The first field is the title of the attribute and each subsequent field is a valid value.  You can create these CSV files from an Excel spreadsheet. Each row represents a single attribute, the first column is the title and each following column is a value. When you’re finished, export it as a CSV, upload it to the tablet, load the file on the desired layer and you are good to go.

Name features by attribute value

While we’re on the topic of attributes, you should check out the new selector on the Edit Layer dialog.  It allows you to rename all features on that list based on the value of an attribute, which is very handy for navigating your datasets from different angles.

Bug fixes and UI Tweaks

As always, we are dedicated to eliminating those pesky bugs and improving the User Interface. This build has over two dozen fixes and tweaks over the entire application, making it the most stable and intuitive Mappt release to date.

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Finally, because it makes me smile, here is a baboon hugging a cat.

Prime-mates

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How to fix Mappt stability issues after updating to Android 4.4.3

A number of Mappt users are experiencing random crashes after updating their tablet to 4.4.3…

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We’ll spare you the gritty technical details, but the executive summary is that Android changed the way it handles file permissions, and Mappt uses a lot of files.

To fix this problem you should do a factory reset on your tablet…

  1. Plug the tablet into your PC and copy all photo’s, video’s, etc onto the computer
  2. Copy all files from /Download/Mappt onto the computer.
  3. Go to Settings -> Backup and reset -> Full factory reset
  4. This will take about 15 minutes to reset and update the tablet.
  5. Re-install Mappt from the Playstore, re-enter your license key and finally
  6. Copy the files from /Download/Mappt back onto the tablet

This issue only effects people who install Mappt prior to 4.4.3 and then updated Android.