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GPS app

Post by Wessexlad » Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:07 pm

Can anyone recommend an app for precisely marking positions of finds? I can see a number are available but I'd like to know other users' experience with them.


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Re: GPS app

Post by sweepstick47 » Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:15 pm

Hi, I don't know much about hand held GPS devices but if you intended to use the word 'precisely', I'd say therein probably lies a problem. More knowledgeable replies will surely follow though.
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Re: GPS app

Post by Wessexlad » Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:23 pm

Cheers. I should make it clear I'm looking for an iPhone app, and when I say precisely I don't expect pinpoint accuracy from a free app, just something that guide me reasonably close to a previous find.
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Re: GPS app

Post by Tom91 » Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:35 pm

I use GPS Status on my phone. It's Android so I don't know if they have it for iOS. Supposedly it's accurate within a few metres if you give it time to properly lock in. I haven't been able to test that properly, but when I plot the findspots it's close enough to take me back to the area and produce a useful pattern of finds.
The only downside is that using NGR mode only gives you an 8-figure reference, so I have it set to give lat/long and then have to convert these later, which then gives me a 10-figure grid reference.

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Re: GPS app

Post by Paul23 » Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:55 pm

I use Gridpoint GB on my iPhone but even then it's often + or - 11metres. But it's better than nothing I suppose. Obviously it gives you a grid reference. Until I come across another one it's better than nothing I suppose. Some sophisticated digital cameras now have GPS built into them. I realise what I have said isn't probably worth much as I too would like almost pinpoint accuracy, but there is never a "free lunch" in life.

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Re: GPS app

Post by BowRoadBoy » Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:32 pm

I was recommended GPS OS - seems to do the job nicely for Grid References, 6,8 or 10 figure.

For a small upgrade charge (99p?) you can also get a magnetic compass bearing, share your grid reference or link to Google maps.

Basic version is free on App Store so worth a shot!

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Re: GPS app

Post by Koala » Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:45 pm

Paul23 wrote:
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I use Gridpoint GB on my iPhone but even then it's often + or - 11metres. But it's better than nothing I suppose. Obviously it gives you a grid reference. Until I come across another one it's better than nothing I suppose. Some sophisticated digital cameras now have GPS built into them. I realise what I have said isn't probably worth much as I too would like almost pinpoint accuracy, but there is never a "free lunch" in life.
Just take a photo

Load it into ExifViewer and write the coordinates down and give to FLO


GPS isn't 100% but should be down to less than 5 metres.

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Re: GPS app

Post by Steve998 » Mon Jul 30, 2018 11:20 pm

TectOTrak seems rather good on the iPhone. Allows you to record your tracks in the field and places a photo on the find spot. Been using it for a couple of weeks and although not pinpoint, it is accurate enough for my purposes. From the App Store and cost £9 iirc

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Re: GPS app

Post by bazzerhut » Tue Jul 31, 2018 12:59 am

Steve998 wrote:
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TectOTrak seems rather good on the iPhone.

I second that recommendation - it's a very nifty thing.

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Re: GPS app

Post by Taxino8 » Tue Jul 31, 2018 7:30 am

I use ISmartDetect on my IPhone, it costs about a tenner and is quite good.
It saves two copies of the same photo, one has all of the data on it and the other doesn’t which is handy if you want to share your photos but keep the location secret.
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Re: GPS app

Post by dep1699 » Tue Jul 31, 2018 7:41 am

bazzerhut wrote:
Tue Jul 31, 2018 12:59 am
Steve998 wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 11:20 pm
TectOTrak seems rather good on the iPhone.

I second that recommendation - it's a very nifty thing.

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Re: GPS app

Post by chillidog » Tue Jul 31, 2018 8:28 am

Wessexlad wrote:
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Cheers. I should make it clear I'm looking for an iPhone app, and when I say precisely I don't expect pinpoint accuracy from a free app, just something that guide me reasonably close to a previous find.
you got a gps device already in your hand called the iphone ::g when you take a photo of your item at the place of your location,your icloud account will record it (if you got icloud). when you load your photo's from icloud from your pc . just right click on the picture at the bottom of the list click file information. on the left side of the screen all the info will be there with a map and a pin point.
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Re: GPS app

Post by Jacza » Tue Jul 31, 2018 8:35 am

I'm using Locus Map for Android. You can mark your spot with hundreds of symbols, give a description and even attach photos. The spots can be organized in folders.

There is also the ability to download offline maps and overlay WMS services (like historical, topographical or cadastral maps).
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Re: GPS app

Post by urban spaceman » Sun Aug 05, 2018 6:26 pm

Does anyone know how to delete the maps off TectOTrak?
I want to remove a field that was pretty barren that I don't detect on anymore.
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Re: GPS app

Post by Dangerous Norman » Sun Aug 05, 2018 7:07 pm

Wessexlad wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:07 pm
Can anyone recommend an app for precisely marking positions of finds? I can see a number are available but I'd like to know other users' experience with them.
I use the memory map app but it's not easy (maybe impossible?) to use on an Apple Iphone.

Works on any android but MUST have TRUE GPS. The Samsung Galaxy range do. Other problems is cost or £300 (sometimes on offer from £100) for 25,000 scale OS maps for whole of England & Scotland (OS 50,000 scale is cheaper), usually needs micro sim as map is one file of around 9 gig for OS 25,000 scale map.

You can add marks, follow routes or record a tracks etc and get 10 digit NGR-lat/long and use on 5 devices (computer, tablet phone etc.).

Free trial https://www.memory-map.co.uk/testdrive

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Re: GPS app

Post by bazzerhut » Sun Aug 05, 2018 8:18 pm

urban spaceman wrote:
Sun Aug 05, 2018 6:26 pm
Does anyone know how to delete the maps off TectOTrak?

If you're on the iOS version, just go to your list of Saved Tracks and swipe to the left on the one you want to delete.

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Re: GPS app

Post by amphora » Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:11 pm

-- Edit. Not for UK i was told further in this topic. --
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Re: GPS app

Post by Phil2401 » Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:01 pm

Google Maps?

Click and hold on your shown location, which creates a 'pin'. Click on 'Dropped Pin', scroll down and it shows your co-ordinates. Just take a screenshot for future reference, or you can save, label etc. the location if you're signed in to Google.

Or maybe that's too easy or too inaccurate, but it's free:)



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Re: GPS app

Post by tcawood » Thu Aug 09, 2018 5:46 pm

Amphora - that app isn't available in the uK ;-(
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Re: GPS app

Post by amphora » Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:05 pm

tcawood wrote:
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Amphora - that app isn't available in the uK ;-(
Oeps. Sorry. Didn't know that. Thought Play was worldwide. =P~

I've deleted the link to avoid misunderstandings.
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Re: GPS app

Post by Koala » Fri Aug 10, 2018 6:25 pm

amphora wrote:
Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:05 pm
tcawood wrote:
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Amphora - that app isn't available in the uK ;-(
Oeps. Sorry. Didn't know that. Thought Play was worldwide. =P~

I've deleted the link to avoid misunderstandings.
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Re: GPS app

Post by cammann » Sat Aug 11, 2018 11:13 am

Wessexlad wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:07 pm
Can anyone recommend an app for precisely marking positions of finds? I can see a number are available but I'd like to know other users' experience with them.
Hi Wessexlad, GPS accuracy can be a little misleading. Accuracy on most devices is limited to within 10m and on very good dedicated GPS devices you might get between 5-10 metres. Here's more information from the Ordnance Survey: https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/busine ... guide.html

"Positional accuracy with a single receiver, to civilian users approximately equals 5m to 10m, 95% of the time". For what its worth, I started by using the free Lite version of Tect O Trac, before moving onto the paid version. I was happy to pay as I found it had all the functionality I needed.
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