Posts Tagged ‘iphone’

Update On Using Your Smartphone for Geo-locating Pictures

November 22, 2013

If you read my blog about Using Images From Your iPhone That Are Geo-referenced, you know that it took 2 programs to complete the procedure.  Well my co-worker Jeff Juniewich has figured out a way to just use Civil 3D or Map 3D by using an expression.

In my previous blog, I demonstrated that you need to rename some fields in Global Mapper, the export back out.  You do not have to do this.  You can change all of this with an expression.  However, you still need to get your image into a .shp file.  You can do this with GeoJot+.  Read my blog post about GeoJot+.

Once the pictures have been converted to .shp file, connect the .shp file through the Map Task Pane…


First, I will convert the arrow direction with an expression that will illustrate the direction the photo was taken.

In the Style Editor…


The expression will be to add a hyphen (-) for the direction…




Now we will add a tooltip that will open the picture.


In order for a tooltip to open up the actual image in it’s file location, it must act like a web address.  For example if your image in located in C:\Images, the backslash needs to be changed to a forward slash with file://C:/.


In the expression I will designate where my image files are…


Now you can hover your cursor over one of the arrows and hold the CTRL key and click.  It will open the image file…




Using Images From Your iPhone That Are Geo-referenced

September 18, 2013

Did you know when you take a picture on your iPhone or iPad with location turned on, it reports the latitude and longitude to the image file?

I had a customer call me the other day and wondered if they could place images in Civil 3D at the exact point where they were taken.  After getting with my co-worker, Jeff Juniewich, we came up with a solution.

The customer was pleased.  However, the customer called back the next day and wanted to know if the solution given to him could have an arrow pointing in the direction of where the image is referencing.  Going back to Jeff, then beating our head’s against the wall, we got it figured out.

Below is a video on how to accomplish this.  Keep in mind, you probably won’t be able to get this to work correctly if you do not have or use Global Mapper.

Geo-referenced Images from iPhone Brought Into Civil 3D

This operation can also be beneficial if you use Infrastructure Map Server.  See image below…


Autodesk SketchBook Mobile for Your iPhone or iPod touch

April 13, 2010

If you’re like me and find yourself doodling or sketching when there’s a moment of down time, check out this iPhone app.  It only costs $2.99 and is well worth it in my opinion.

iPhone and Inventor

November 13, 2009

Ok, for all you iPhone users out there, you may have already seen Sketchbook, the handy little application from Autodesk.

Well, here’s a nifty video showing how you can incorporate those sketches you produce on a lazy Sunday at the bar into Inventor.


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