Android and iOS apps discussed at AFOA

Mapping
 
ArcgisArcGIS, available for iOS and Android, is a great application for viewing and sharing maps created with ESRI's ArcGIS PC software or on ArcGIS.com. The app needs a data connection to function, so the app's use may be limited on WiFi-only devices when offline or in the field. The mobile ArcGIS app is free on both platforms. The companion GIS software for PCs can be very expensive and cost prohibitive for some landowners. ESRI now offers a solution with its ArcGIS at Home license for $100 annually.
 
gis kit
iconGIS Kit is a fully functional GIS solution for landowners and natural resource professionals. The app is easy to use, requires no other software, and is designed to work well when offline or in the field. GIS Kit, only available for iOS, sells for $99 in the iTunes App Store. The enterprise version of the app, called GIS Pro, provides a richer set of features for professionals and is available for $299. 
 
GPS Area Calculation (Android) is a GPS app that measures the area of a field, stand of trees, harvest area, pond, or other land features.
 
 
Other notable apps for mobile GIS data collection and map editing include pcMapper Lite and pcMapperDB (Android), iCMTGIS (iOS), iGIS (iOS), and GISRoam (iOS). 
 
Invasive Species
 
The University of Georgia Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health has developed two iOS apps to help identify invasive plants and animals.
 
invasive plantsThe Invasive Plants in Southern Forests: Identification and Management app is based on the U.S. Forest Service publication: A Field Guide for the Identification of Invasive Plants in Southern Forests. The app provides identification information for 56 nonnative plants and groups that are currently invading the forests in 13 southern states. The app also provides recommendations for prevention and control of these species. 
 
ivegot1IveGot1 - Identify and Report Invasive Animals and Plants in Florida allows users to report sightings and submit images of invasive animals or plants in Florida.The app has images and information on Florida's most prevalent non-native invasive animals and plants and features a map of sightings centered on the user's current location.
 
Tools
 
Leafsnap is an electronic tree identification field guide that uses visual recognition software to help identify tree species from photographs of their leaves for 184 tree species from the northeastern United States. The developers plan to add all tree species that grow in the continental United States. Leafsnap is available in the iTunes App Store for iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.
 
GeocamGeoCam Free and GeoCam Pro are Android apps that use a smartphone or tablet's camera and GPS receiver to geocache locations and geotag photos or videos taken within the app. Photos taken with the GeoCam can be displayed in Google Maps or Google Earth at the location where the photo was taken. The app also takes advantage of the phone's accelerometer, gyro, proximity, and compass sensors for navigation and measurements purposes. Using these sensors, GeoCam can measure length, height (especially helpful in measuring tree height), and displays current bearing with a compass. Using GeoCam is an inexpensive (or free) way for landowners to measure tree heights without having to buy expensive height measurement tools. The Free version of the app is support by advertising while the Pro version is currently $2.90 in the Google Market Store. 
 
theodoliteTheodolite Pro iconand Theodolite HD iconare the iOS equivalents to GeoCam. Theodolite Pro is available for iPhone and 4th generation iPod Touch. Theodolite HD is available for the iPad 2 and the new iPad released earlier this year. Both apps are $3.99 in the iTunes App Store.
 
Other useful apps
 
milebugMileBug is a mileage log and expense tracking app for iOS iconand Android that is especially useful to track tax-deductible mileage and expenses. The app can be used to log mileage for charity, business, to and from property, or other uses.The iOS version, available for $2.99, supports GPS tracking in addition to manual mileage entries. MileBug's Android version ($0.99) is less polished and does not support GPS tracking at this time.  
 
gasbuddyThe GasBuddy app helps users find the lowest gas prices near their current location. The app is free and available on Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and Blackberry. GasBuddy uses the GPS receiver in the phone to determine the location of the user. Once location has been determined, the app provides a list of nearby gas stations, the current price per gallon, the address of the station, and how long ago the price was reported. The data is sorted by distance from the user's location, but can also be sorted by the lowest price. The pricing information is crowd-sourced and relies on the app's users to report current prices. Gas prices are updated more often in higher populated areas. In lower populated areas, the apps is sometimes outdated if users have not reported prices for a gas station. 
 
evernoteEvernote is a note taking app that is useful for landowners who may want to keep a journal of management activities for their property. New users must sign up for a free account with Evernote to utilize the app. Once signed up, the user can create a series of notebooks to add content and stay organized. Users can create journal entries, take notes, create to-do lists, take pictures and videos, record audio clips, and attach files to a notebook. Evernote's companion app, Skitch, allows user to markup existing images with arrows, shapes, and text with their finger. Evernote's most powerful feature is that it stores the user's data on their servers, "in the cloud", and is available on multiple platforms. Evernote is available on almost every device or computer including Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Android, iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch), Windows Phone, WebOS, and BlackBerry.
 
 

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