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iPhone and iPad GPS
Q: Which iPhones and iPads can run GeoJot? Does the user need 3G/4G or EDGE reception in order to geotag a photo? Do we have to have 3G or internet?
A: GeoJot will run on iPhone 3GS and above and the iPhone 4 with software version 4.2 or above, It will run on the iPad2 but it must have the 3G option because the iPad with the 3G option has an embedded GPS chip, while the WiFi only iPad2 does not have a GPS chip.

Q: Can you use the app without wifi and sync it later? if you are in a disconnected environment; where are you obtaining gps coordinates from?
A: Yes, the GPS works even when there is no internet or WiFi. The iPhones and the iPad2 with 3G have built in GPS chips.

Q: Would GeoJot use cell signal triangulation and satellites at same time if both were available to collect coordinates?
A: GeoJot uses whatever the Smartphone uses as a location provider. For the iPhone, it uses GPS if available, then WiFi, then cell towers.

Q: How do you improve the accuracy in the iPhone? What is the horizontal accuracy of the iPhone 4 photo position and azimuth.
A: When you use an iPhone or iPad to geotag a photo, the accuracy is about 100 feet, because it only stores it down to the nearest second in latitude and longitude. With GeoJot we actually store the full resolution of the GPS, which is the accuracy of a consumer GPS of 3-5 meters. So we much better accuracy by using GeoJot than the standard geotagging app that comes with the iPhone or iPad. We do not have documentation on the azimuth accuracy of the iPhone but we believe it’s around 2 or 3 degrees.

Q: Are there any options to increase position accuracy with averaging of position...for 5-10 seconds for example?
A: The iPhone and iPad do not offer this functionality. Averaging is a feature we are looking to add in the future.

Q: Does GeoJot give PDOP or how many satellites it is using?
A: GeoJot has the option to display the accuracy of the GPS signal (in feet) on the screen that appears while you are taking the photo but it does not display PDOP.

Other smartphones and Tablets (including Android)
Q: Do you have an Android version? When will it be ready?
A: Yes we have an Android version of GeoJot. It is in the initial stages of testing right now. We expect that it will be ready in a month. If you are interested in being a beta tester of the Android version, please contact us.

Q: Is the GPS on the Android similar to on the iPhone or standalone from cell service like a Garmin? What is the standard accuracy of an android without the Geo Jot app?
A: It depends on the device, each one is different.

Q: Does GeoJot utilize the expanded memory that is on an SD card inserted into the unit?
A: On an Android it will, yes.

Q: Will this app be available for windows based phones?
A: This is high on our priority list for a future release. If this is something that is important to your organization, please let us know as it is our customers’ needs that help us to prioritize functionality for future releases.

Q: Will the blackberry and playbook work?
A: This functionality is being considered for a future release. If this is something that is important to your organization, please let us know as it is our customers’ needs that help us to prioritize functionality for future releases.

Q: Can you connect an external GPS to GeoJot, like Geo 6000? What about a laser range finder?
A: You will be able to do that with the Android version.

GeoJot & GPS-Photo Link
Q: Is the attribute/memo data uploaded as part of the image embedded or as a separate file? Can I use the photo taken with GeoJot on my iPhone on my Android? When you share photos, do the other users need to have the app to see the data and photos? Do photos taken without GeoJot on an iPhone but processed with PhotoLink contain the same accuracy? Can photos be directly uploaded to an existing GIS file/database while in the field without going through the GPS-Photo Link Desktop software?
A: You can move the photo to any other device and see the geotagged photo using the baseline 100ft accuracy of the iPhone/iPad. However, the photo first must be processed through GPS-Photo Link to see all the attribute data and the more accurate GPS coordinates. GPS-Photo Link extracts all the data you have collected with GeoJot and writes it into the EXIF header of each photo (,jgp).

Q: How do you go about customizing reports? Is the mapping portion of GPS Photo Link configurable (ie does it have to use Bing)?
A: We do have report customization tools in GPS-Photo Link. As you are processing data, in the select output tab, you can choose whether you want your reports in .pdf, Word, or HTLM format. You can choose the two background maps that are included in your reports by selecting from our list of stock maps or you can link to your own customized ArcGIS server maps. You can also choose whether to include the attribute table or not, and if the attribute tables are carried over between multiple pages. You can customize the footer to show the title, page number and date/time. You can also choose if you want to use watermarked photos (imprinted with attribute data) or the original photos in your reports. GeoSpatial Experts also offers professional services where we will work with customers to create specific custom report templates to meet their specific needs. Please email or call John Clark (303) 255-2908.

Q: Can you control scale for Satellite/Maps in reports?
A: Yes you can control the scale of the satellite maps under the shared output settings tab in GPS-Photo Link. There are 6 settings to choose from.

Q: Can you print out a site sketch/map showing all the points where the photos were taken? Can the directions the photos were taken be listed in the attributes or on the map?
A: As you are processing data, in the select output tab, you can choose whether you want your reports in .pdf, Word, or HTLM format. You can choose the two background maps that are included in your reports by selecting from our list of stock maps or you can link to your own customized ArcGIS server maps. These background maps will be used to show all the points where the photos were taken. The direction is output under the GPS attributes and can be included in the attribute table in the reports. Last, when creating output, you can choose a symbol that indicates direction and GPS-Photo Link can rotate the symbol to always represent the direction in which the photo was taken.

Q: Is GPS-Photo Link a server based product?
A: You can purchase individual licenses for GPS-Photo Link or an enterprise license to be shared among a set number of users with a maximum number of concurrent users. The enterprise license is managed through our server at GeoSpatial Experts.

Q: Are there any limitations when processing over a network?
A: GPS-Photo Link can process photos over a network drive.

Q: Can GPS-Photo Link be set to selectively import photos from a file based upon one or more attribute conditions?
A: The first 4 attribute fields that you can choose to populate in GeoJot are Title, Subject, Comment, and Description. These 4 fields are windows searchable. So if you used one of these fields for the attribute that you want to use for select ive import, you could use Windows search to find all the files that have that attribute condition, move them into a folder, then process those photos in a batch in GPS-Photo Link. However, GPS-Photo Link cannot selectively import photos based on attribute conditions.

Q: Can a Logo be Imported?
A: Yes, two logos can be imported for use in the reports.

Q: In shared output settings, can there be a condition specified, i.e., show me signs at elevation > 5000'?
A: If you are using ArcGIS, we would recommend that you output the data to a shapefile or GeoDatabase and query the data from within ArcGIS. This cannot be done in GPS-Photo Link.

Q: Is there any way to output only watermarked photos? without producing any other documents?
A: Yes, in GPS-Photo Link you can choose from a wide variety of outputs which are independent from each other. If you don’t select any output, then it will only output Watermarked Photos.

Q: Is there a way to set the projection of the GPS data? Can you set the software to use different Datums?
A: In GeoJot you can set the display units, display units for distance and the display units for direction. GPS-Photo Link has Blue Marble conversions built into the software so you can change the datum and projection.

Q: Can you create a custom layer on google maps of captured and tagged images?
A: Yes, one of the output options in GPS-Photo Link is KML/KMZ files. This is standard output.

Q: Which version of GPS Photolink does this work with?
A: 5.0 and newer.

Q: Will Photolink run in 64bit?
A: Yes

Q: Can we import an attribute list into other units running GeoJot?
A: Yes, once you create an attribute list in GeoJot, there is an option in the attribute list screen that allows you to send that an attribute list to other people. This functionality was created to support consistent and accurate data collection for large field teams.

Q: How many attributes can be assigned to a photo? Is there a maximum number of characters for each attribute?
A: 25 attributes can be assigned to a photo. You can create drop down lists or free type in the field. There is no maximum number of characters for each attribute field.

Q: Does GeoJot capture the direction of the photo?.
A: Yes and it is written into the EXIF header of each jpg during processing in GPS-Photo Link.

Q: Can we us our own photos (in sid format) for backgroung maps?
A: Indirectly. If you have ArcGIS, you can make a map from the SID, and use the ArcMap as a background map.

Q: Is it possible to fill in longer, text data (such as the description) in the field rather than back in the office after downloading? Is there a free text capability in the attribute field?
A: Yes, you can either create drop down lists for your attribute value or you can key in data while you are in the field. There is no character limit for the text data you can key in.

Q: How do you bring in the GeoJot produced data into GPS-Photo Link?
A: There are several options for data transfer of the photos from the phone/tablet to your desktop for processing GPS-Photo Link. If you are transferring large numbers of photos, we recommend you upload your data through DropBox. We have detailed instructions on the GeoJot-DropBox workflow. Another option when dealing with large amounts of data is to simply use the USB port to get the data onto your network. For wireless transfer of smaller amounts of data you can email the files as you collect them or upload them to an iCloud account.

Q: Can existing images be attributed after the fact? Can I take numerous photos and apply attributes later, or do I need to identify the attributes of each photo as it is taken? When I photo in the field, I don't have time to select 10 attributes for each photo sequentially. Can I apply the attributes later?
A: Depending on exactly was intended by this question, there can be two answers. First, through the attribute editor tab in GPS-Photo Link, you can add attribute information to a photo during processing back in the office. You can even batch edit or batch add attribute information for multiple photos at the same time. You can see this being done in the attribute editor help video for GPS-Photo Link. If you are asking about adding attributes on the iPhone or iPad after the photo is taken, the Apple IOS does not allow this type of modification of photo files on the phone/tablet itself. This functionality should be available on the new Android GeoJot. Last, you can use GPS-Photo Link to export data into .csv or .Microsoft Acess format to bring it into your existing database. We have worked with several customers to link the data collected by GPS-Photo Link to their existing database, joining on a unique ID entered in the field.

Q: If you have 3G can you serve up the images and linked point to ArcGIS server?
A: You have to process the photos in GPS-Photo Link first.

Q: How can I collect multiple photos for each data point with GeoJot?
A: In GeoJot you can select GPS lock to lock in the GPS coordinates and then take multiple photos which will use those same GPS coordinates, however, it will create separate points.

Q: What if we don't want or need to take pictures on everything we inspect? Would that be more for the Trimble?
A: GeoJot always connects the data to a point, which is the picture. You can choose to take a picture of your foot out in the field but you do have to take a picture.

Q: Why does GeoJot attach GPS information to the photo instead of capturing a point and with GPS information and linking the photo to the point?
A: Using GeoJot, the GPS information and all the attribute information you collect in the field is written into the EXIF header of the actual .jpg file during processing through GPS-Photo Link. That means a month from now or 20 years from now, you never have to worry about breaking links between your database and your photos. All of the data you need about that photo is actually included in the photo itself. GPS-Photo Link offers options to create all the other output you might need including shapefiles, geodatabases, reports, .csv files, and MS access files, but the photos themselves will always include the data you need to recreate these files at any time.

Q: Can geo-tagged videos be attributed in the same way? Can I obtain a GPS track in synch with a video recorded usign an iPad2 (rather than a still photo) or is just the start location geo-tagged?
A: This functionality is being considered for a future release. If this is something that is important to your organization, please let us know as it is our customers’ needs that help us to prioritize functionality for future releases.

Q: Let's say I want to use GeoJot. Can I export a csv from it?
A: One of the options in GPS-Photo Link is to output a .csv file. You have to use GPS-Photo Link to create that output.

Q: How can I integrate the field data into our backend database.
A: GPS-Photo Link is able to output geodatabases as well as .csv files and MS access files. GeoSpatial Experts offers professional services to assist you with any additional needs you may have around customized database integration or customized reporting needs.

Q: Can you create lines, waypoints, routes, or polygons with the GPS unit, or is this only a photo program.
A: GeoJot will create a point layer in ArcGIS but it does not currently create lines or polygons.

Q: What are benefits of use GeoJot versus a GPS-equipped Ricoh camera (which I purchased from Geo-Spatial Experts, along with Photo-Link) a few years ago?
A: The Ricoh is an outstanding data collection tool that GeoSpatial Experts still sells and supports. It has similar GPS accuracy and is ruggedized which is crucial for some field teams. The Ricoh camera also has a 12 mp camera which supports attachment lenses. You can purchase protective equipment for the iPhones and iPads but that is not part of your standard purchase price for that equipment. GeoJot is a great option if your field team will or already does have smartphones or tablets in the field. It allows you to turn the equipment you already own and carry into a field data collection tool. Data entry is easier on GeoJot than the back of the camera. It truly depends on your needs and the equipment you own or are planning to purchase.

Q: Is the Ricoh camera water resistant or waterproof?
A: Water resistant

Q: Can you import attribute lists, or do they all have to be created in the device?
A: The attribute list must be created on the device. Additional functionality is being considered in this area for a future release. If this is something that is important to your organization, please let us know as it is our customers’ needs that help us to prioritize functionality for future releases.

Q: Can we add our own data for the basemap on the iPad? (i.e. ArcGIS Online basemaps)
A: We have created the functionality to display Esri background maps instead of or in addition to Google background maps. It appears there will be additional costs from Esri associated with using those background maps and we are currently having conversations with Esri about different pricing models.

Q: Can attribute lists and data be exported to excel?
A: One of the options in GPS-Photo Link is to output a .csv file. You have to use GPS-Photo Link to create that output which can be opened in Excel. This allows you to export the data, however, you cannot export just the attribute list itself.

Q: Does GPS PhotoLink run on the Mac?
A: Sorry, it doesn’t run on the Mac. However, we are looking into a GPS-Photo Link service that would run in the cloud, independent of your operating system.

Q: Is there an API available?
A: There is not an API available for GeoJot or GPS-Photo Link but through professional services we can work with you to meet your specific needs. Please email or call John Clark (303) 255-2908.

Q: Is anyone else hearing distorted audio right now?
A: Yes. We have reached capacity for the event and apparently it is causing some audio problems.

Q: What kind of training materials are available for GeoJot
A: We currently have a quickstart guide and an updated training video will be on our website by the end of the week. There is also context sensitive help throughout the program.

Q: Is there a demo or beta system available?
A: Yes, you can download a trial version of GPS-Photo Link from our website. Please email or call John Clark (303) 255-2908 for a demo version of GeoJot.

Pricing
Q: What is the price for the app?
A: The price for an individual license of the GeoJot app is $99.99. We also offer different levels of enterprise licensing for GeoJot and GPS-Photo Link. Educational and bulk discounts are available. Please email or call John Clark (303) 255-2908 for more details.

Q: Cost for the app and the photo link software?
A: The price for an individual license of the GeoJot app is $99.99. The price for an individual license of GPS-Photo Link is $349. We also offer different levels of enterprise licensing for GeoJot and GPS-Photo Link. Educational and bulk discounts are available. Please email or call John Clark (303) 255-2908 for more details.

Q: Does the app price include the photo link software? Is GPS-Photo Link a separate software? Are you offering a "site license" for Geo Jot similar to GPS-Photo Link? if so what would the cost be? also what is the cost of a "site license" for GPS-Photo Link alone?
A: For individual licenses, the app and the GPS-Photo Link software are priced separately. We also offer different levels of enterprise licensing for GeoJot and GPS-Photo Link together.Please email or call John Clark (303) 255-2908 for more details.

Q: is there an upgrade price between 5.0 and 5.1 or do you need to completely re purchase the software?
A: There is an upgrade price of $149, The upgrade includes one year of support and free access to any subsequent upgrades for one year.

Q: Is there a software maintenance agreement available for both GeoJot and GPS Photo link? If so, how much are they?
A: The software maintenance agreement is built into the price of GeoJot. A maintenance agreement for GPS-Photo Link is $99 for one year or $175 for two years.

Q: Would you consider allowing an organization to integrate GeoJot into a larger product offering
A:We have had several organizations contact us about including GeoJot in a larger product suite that they offer to their customers. We do have a model in place for OEM agreements around GeoJot, please contact us offline for more information.

Other information

Watch the recorded webinar from February 8th. We apologize if you were not able to sign in to the webinar, it reached capacity within the first few minutes of the event. We will offer it again in the next month.

Read our case studies to see how people across the globe are photo mapping to solve business problems.

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