GIS Kit & GIS Pro for iPhone & iPad - the ultimate apps for field data collection, available now on iTunes.

Managing Projects

The Project Manager is where you create, name, import, export & delete projects. The toolbar at the bottom of the screen allows you to accomplish these task:

Export Project

Import from iTunes (KML & SHP files)

Create Project

Delete Project

Rename a project by tapping on it’s current title. Tap on the project’s thumbnail to access the project.

Inside a project tap the Project Manager button to see all projects.

Map Overview

The Map has several tools to assist you in data collection. The top toolbar contains these features:

Collect Feature: This is the menu you’ll access to place/draw Points, Lines & Polygons.

Locate Me: Tapping this button will activate GPS and center the map on your current location (device with GPS chip required).

GPS Switch: This switch gives you the ability to activate/deactivate GPS functionality.

GPS Data Readout: This field displays GPS data such as current coordinates, accuracy, speed, direction & more.

Search: Use this feature to search through features & folders in your project, as well as points of interest & geographic coordinates.

The bottom toolbar contains these features:

Base Map Type: Tap this button to change your Base Map.

Fit Project: Tap this button to fit & center your entire project on the map.

Additional features of the map include:

Three Finger Tap: Tap the map with 3 fingers simultaneously to toggle point names on/off.

Expand/Collapse Button: Use this button to hide and expand the Data/Settings Panel for full screen maps (iPad only).

On the iPad you can rotate your iPad to landscape mode for full screen maps, however, you will not have your Data/Settings Panel available in this orientation.

Map Manager

The Map Manger allows you to toggle Base Map types on/off. You can also add a new Base Map type via a URL scheme. This is also where you toggle maps on/off for Offline usage:

Offline Mode Switch: Active this switch to make a particular Base Map type available for caching.


Layers hold & organize your collected Features & their associated attributes. You can manage, create, export/import layers by using these tools:

Layer Visibility: Toggle a layer’s visibility by tapping on its folder icon.

Layer Opacity: Adjust the opacity of all Features in a layer by dragging the Opacity Slider located at the top of the list.

Moving a Layer: Move layers into other layers in your project or copy them to a different/new project.

Reorder/Delete: Tap edit to reorder the hierarchy of your layers or to delete a layer. You can also swipe to delete a layer.

Import: Import KML or SHP files from iTunes to generate a new layer.

Export: Export KML or GPX files from the bottom toolbar. SHP file export is supported in the Pro version.

Add Layer: Add a custom layer to help organize your project.

Navigate to a Feature in your layers to view/edit its attributes.

Project Units

Set linear distance & coordinate systems here. GIS Pro & GIS Kit offer the following units & systems:

Linear Distance: Feet/Miles, Meters, Nautical Miles & Yards

Coordinate Systems: Latitude/Longitude, MGRS, USNG & UTM

Project unit settings will be reflected in your GPS Data Readout cell.

GPS Settings

Set distance, time & accuracy filters. You can also toggle Ultra Accuracy on/off.

Distance Filter: Filter by distance where this is the minimum distance travelled before acquiring a new point.

Time Filter: Filter by time where we acquire points at this rate.

Accuracy Filter: Filter by accuracy where this this the minimum accuracy at which we will accept new points.

Ultra Accuracy: Use the highest possible accuracy and combine it with additional sensor data.

GPS settings can also be accessed on the map when drawing a line or polygon.

Collecting/Drawing Point, Lines & Polygons

Tap the Collect Feature button to add Point, Line & Polygon features to the map. You’ll notice a list of folders which contain Feature Class Datasets. Select the appropriate folder then select the Feature you want to place/draw:

Placing a Point: Once you’ve selected a Point Feature Class the crosshair will appear in the center of the map. Zoom & drag the map behind the crosshairs to accurately place your Point. Once the crosshairs are over the desired point, tap the Place Point button in the lower right corner. Your point will appear and you’ll be able to add/edit attributes. 

Placing a Line: Once you’re selected a Line Feature Class the crosshair will appear in the center of the map. Tap the Place Point button to start placing the points of your line. Use the Undo button to remove points. To draw using GPS Tracking tap the GPS arrow button. This will track your movements and draw a line based on them. When you’re done drawing/tracking your line tap Done. Now you can add/edit attributes.

Placing a Polygon: Once you’re selected a Polygon Feature Class the crosshair will appear in the center of the map. Tap the Place Point button to start placing the points of your polygon. Use the Undo button to remove points. To draw using GPS Tracking tap the GPS arrow button. This will track your movements and draw a polygon based on them. When you’re done drawing/tracking your polygon tap Done. Now you can add/edit attributes.

You can Edit a Point, Line or Polygon’s position at anytime by selecting the Feature and tapping Edit Point(s).

Feature Classes & Datasets

Feature Classes help predefine a Feature’s attribute fields. GIS Pro & GIS Kit ship with several sample Feature Classes & Datasets, however, you can create your own to suit your needs:

Create Feature Dataset: This allows you to create a new Dataset to house custom-made Feature Classes.

Create Point, Line or Polygon Class: This tool allows you to define the name, style & attribute fields of a new Feature Class. Once created, this class with be available for you to select from the Collect Feature button on the map.

Manage Offline Maps

This feature allows you to cache map regions for Offline usage. You can cache project regions by following these steps:

  1. 1)Tap Add New Cache Region

  1. 2)Select desired Map Type

  1. 3)Select to define area by Square, Circle or Free Draw

  1. 4)Select Resolution (Basic 1:100k, High 1:24k or Very High 1:5K)

  1. 5)Follow directions at the top of screen to define the area by zooming, panning or drawing.

  1. 6)When desired region is inside the yellow indicator  

    tap Cache to begin download.

You can add as many cache regions as you like. Notice that the app gives you an approximate file size for each cache region. To remove a cache region tap Edit then Delete.

Basic Tutorials

Below is a series of basic tutorials to help you become familiar with GIS Pro & GIS Kit. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to visit our Wiki for additional documentation or contact our support team here.

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