Importing maps into Avenza on mobile phones from SARTopo offline

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13 Mar, 2017 01:45 AM

Has anyone tried providing mobile phone access to maps in Avenza fto field teams from SARTopo Offline?

I've experimented with connecting the phone to the same wireless network as the SARTopo Offline server. If the QR code printed on the map contains IP address, it works well. But if the map was generated on the same machine that the server is running on, the QR code contains "localhost". Custom URL code is an option, but not very convenient. Also, the assignment maps don't have QR code on them.

Anyone tried Bluetooth? I'd prefer for the field team to be able to download the map on demand, and not require interaction at the server so don't see Bluetooth working for that.

I'm considering a local web server and storing the maps in the working directory.

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by matt on 13 Mar, 2017 06:02 PM

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    I don't do this because for my uses, getting people to connect to an open wifi network before downloading, resolving local hostname issues, etc has proven to be more hassle than it's worth. However you can set in the properties file to force a particular hostname/IP address. Even if you initially access the server as localhost, it will redirect to this name when you open the print page, and that's the host name that will show up in the QR code as well.

    I go back and forth on assignment maps, but my current recommended practices are that unless you need a map that shows just one assignment in isolation, you should use the standard print feature to print a map showing groups of assignments. Paperwork handling is easier - you can fire off a bunch of copies and hand them out instead of trying to match maps and assignments 1:1 - it gives teams more awareness of what's going on around them and makes it easier to field redeploy.

    That said, at some point down the road I'd like to add QR codes to both assignment maps and assignment forms. Presently the data is just POSTed to the server, so I can't just add a QR code, I need to cache the data and associate it with a URL as well.

  2. Support Staff 2 Posted by patty.lindsay on 14 Mar, 2017 01:00 AM

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    I agree with you on the assignment maps. You can choose to display other features as well as assignments if you do a standard print. Agree with the redeployment and situational awareness advantages. But ... senior base management staff in my group are concerned that teams will get confused and search the wrong task area if they are presented with more than one. Hopefully we can overcome that concern, but it will take time. Might be able to have the Avenza map be a master map with all assignments as long as the team receives a paper map of just their area.

    Thanks for the tip on

  3. 3 Posted by JohnDickinson on 29 Mar, 2017 05:36 PM

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    Patty - if instead of opening your browser and creating your map at URL http://localhost:8080 if you just type the IP address - i.e. ( or whatever ) then this address will carry over to the QR code as well.

    Maybe you could print a map with several assignments but use Display Settings and Status ( Prepared vs InProgress ) to highlight a specific Assignment.

    Option B is to download several assignments in case of a field redeploy. I do understand your concerns about searching a wrong area, but that may be mitigated by procedure during the briefing - i.e. pull up and verify the map on the garmin and check it against the 104 during the briefing

  4. kobe.pole closed this discussion on 18 Jun, 2018 10:33 PM.

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