Mappt News July 2015

Takor takes over and we head to the states

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Mappt 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.


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.


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.


Top 3 Tablets for using Mappt

When using Mappt in the field there are two main requirements.

1: Mappt

2: Awesome Android tablet

Mappt we can provide, but you will have to take care of the Tablet part. This is in fact the harder of the two tasks as there are hundreds of Android tablets to choose from. If you are like most people they will all look pretty similar so in the end it will come down to price. The cost of the device is a major factor in it being selected, but you should take a good close look before you buy. In this article we will try to aid you in this task. To select a tablet not only on it’s looks or price but also by the many other factors such as available accessories, stability, size, weight and most importantly durability for field use.

Tablet 1

Nexus 7 (gen 2)

The Nexus 7 is the third Android tablet in the Nexus line and co-developed by Google and ASUS. It’s a very powerful small form tablet with a lot of accessories.


The New Google / ASUS Nexus 7 gen 2

Tablet 2

Sony Xperia Z

In February 2013 SONY unveiled it’s new tablet the Xperia Tablet Z. A 10 inch tablet that is light, weighing just under half a kilogram and less than 7mm thick.  It’s the worlds thinnest 10 inch tablet not to mention it’s IP55 and IP57 (Ingress Protection) rating making it dust proof, scratch resistant and water proof up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes.

The Xperia Tablet Z's ports are all well covered and protected against dust and water ingress.

The Xperia Tablet Z’s ports are all well covered and protected against dust and water ingress.

Tablet 3

Panasonic Toughpad FZ-A1

Our final contender is the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-A1. The ultimate field partner. It’s Military spec all weather proof at IP65 and drop proof at 4 feet making it virtually indestructible as far as tablets are concerned. Unfortunately this is also reflected in the price tag.


All ports are covered and locked away from the elements making this tablet an impregnable bunker.

Below is a table that compares the three tablets as well as a short review based on Mappt use.

Top three Mappt Field Companion Android Tablets, and why.

Top three Mappt Field Companion Android Tablets, and why.

The Mappt Advantage

Nexus 7 gen 2 (4G LTE)

Being the lightest of the three tablets this is in itself a big advantage. Not to mention that it’s fast, powerful and has a highrez display with very good battery life.The price is also very enticing, although you will need to get some very necessary accessories, such as a tough case, matte screen protector, car charger, etc.

Using Mappt on this tablet you are able to conduct all your usual tasks at a very acceptable speed, even with the smaller form factor. This is actually one of its biggest advantages.

An excellent compact Mappt companion that won’t hurt your pocket and fits right in it.

Sony Xperia Tablet Z  (4G + WIFI 16gig)

The new Sony Xperia tablet Z has taken the world by storm with its very durable shell, water proof for 30 minutes, dust proof and only 6.9mm thin. A very well rounded tablet with plenty of available accessories, not that you would need any to start off except perhaps a car charger. Perfect as a Mappt companion.

Mappt moves very fast on this device. Information loads lightning fast on the 4G LTE or WIFI. Navigation is a breeze with the clean shatterproof, sensitive, matte screen. Only down side is that it’s a little hard to see the screen in a well sun lit environment. This may be a big issue for some scenarios.

A very well priced and durable tablet. Perfect for almost all you every day Mappt field use.

Panasonic Toughpad FZ-A1

If you ignore the huge price tag on this beast then this is hands down the tablet you want with you in the field. Its military spec hardware and case make it literary indestructible (figuratively). You can drop this guy from a height of 2 metres into an ice filled lake and have it sit on the mud lake floor (shallow lake), pick it up moments later and continue working on it.

Mappt works very well on this device even though it runs Android version 4. It has powerful 4G and WIFI connections and a GPS that will never fail. This tablet also comes with a stylus which can help when in the field, so you don’t have to get dirty hands on the screen and have to continuously wipe it.

What it falls short on, which are not vital for Mappt field use, are the cameras and lack of ultra highres display. Also be aware that buying accessories for the Toughpad FZ-A1 will also set you back a bit, as most of the accessories match the higher price of the device.

A tablet for very serious Mappt users who perhaps plan to trek into the caldera of an active volcano.