Assignment colours

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18 Feb, 2021 11:39 AM

I wanted to folow up on this conversation.

All assignments are colour coded according to the operational period. It's possible to change them to random but this only works on the computer that I do it on - if I share with my colleagues out on the ground they just see a mess of red lines on the app. I don't see an option to display randomly in the app and even if there was, they will presumably get different colours so I can't tell them to "search the green area next" over the radio. Most of our searches are quick and we rarely have to search more than one day so we are going to have to ignore the assignment and operational period functionality if we can't figure out how to change this. It seems like it would make sense to allow this within an operational period at least. Or perhaps allows us to assign assignments to our own list of resources (the standard list is too prescriptive for our use) and colour them according to resource.

Thanks for taking the time to review this one again

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Meghan on 18 Feb, 2021 06:18 PM

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    Thanks for your detailed feedback on this feature. We are working hard to ensure CalTopo continues to improve and that work is often thanks to users sharing their thoughts and feedback. We often take a variety of user requests and incorporate them into a larger function, so stay tuned as we release new features throughout the year!

    Additionally have you seen the webinar we did on using SARTopo for mission management? We do discuss some best practices for creating assignments in SARTopo about halfway through- if you haven't seen it yet, I would suggest checking that out!


  2. Meghan closed this discussion on 18 Feb, 2021 06:18 PM.

  3. brianodoherty re-opened this discussion on 11 Mar, 2021 05:59 PM

  4. 2 Posted by brianodoherty on 11 Mar, 2021 05:59 PM

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    Hi Meghan,

    Thanks for the reply - I've watched a bit of the webinar now and it appears
    to confirm the limitation that I've highlighted. I do appreciate that you
    have a different ambition for this functionality but our issues with it
    remains at the moment. We'll work around it by not using the assignment
    function at all but it does seem like it's a shame.

    Either way, thanks for all the good work that you do with this product


  5. Support Staff 3 Posted by Julie on 11 Mar, 2021 06:51 PM

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    Hi Brian,

    We have some changes planned that I think you will find more useful overall rather than just this smaller change you request. We only ask for your patience while we set some things up and develop a new way of handling things. It's not a small or quick project.


  6. Julie closed this discussion on 11 Mar, 2021 06:51 PM.

  7. brianodoherty re-opened this discussion on 11 Mar, 2021 08:28 PM

  8. 4 Posted by brianodoherty on 11 Mar, 2021 08:28 PM

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    Oh that sounds great, delighted to hear that. As it is the software does a
    lot for us already so we will be grateful for any further improvements. Do
    let us know if we can assist with testing or feedback.

  9. Support Staff 5 Posted by Julie on 11 Mar, 2021 08:52 PM

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    Hi. Brian,

    If anyone is interested in being a part of the beta tester program for the app, they can sign up here:


  10. Julie closed this discussion on 11 Mar, 2021 08:52 PM.

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