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Phil Johnson

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I would like to share some Observations of an invasive exotic weed appearing at the borders of our Open Space with our city Open Space managers. How do I do that if they are not members of Calflora? I want to be sure that they see accurate location maps of the Observations.
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What if  one doesn't know the person  to whom they are  sending information. It seems that it might be possible through What Grows Here. It's 4 or 5 steps to get to Location/ Shape  Close Up, etc., but it seemed to work when I was logged out.

PS Is my Center Point Arrow supposed to work in What Grows Here?
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John Malpas

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Unknown:
When you are making an observation, the name of the plant is not required. If you leave the plant name blank, it will be filled in as 'unknown'  when the record is uploaded.
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Two off-line map questions: 1) how do I know which maps I should download from the list? Some map names are self-explanatory, others are not. Is there a map that places map names on the map? Can I ask you to add more maps? 2) I am using Observer Pro to map plants within state parks' boundaries. Is there any way I can view those boundaries on the map in Observer Pro? On What Grows Here page I can add "protected areas" layer. I would like to do the same in Observer Pro. How do I do that?
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Hi Svetlana,
Folks/agencies pay $300 per offline map cache, or $250 when more than 3 caches. They send me a shapefile of the area they'd like the cache to cover and what they'd like it to be called. Approx 1200 acres works well for up to zoom level 19.
State Parks in Santa Cruz has paid for a Weed Manager group with 7 offline map caches that I'm in the process of creating.
The naming / organization system for the caches isn't ideal, and we are seeking funding to create a web application where you can see the state and which caches are where. Let me know if you have more questions.
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Dan Lubin

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Hi everyone, I just joined this group to ask:
What is the location accuracy people are getting with a GPS puck?  Trying to figure out if the accuracy is within 1-2 meters or better?
Thanks!
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Roy West's profile photoDan Lubin's profile photo
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Thanks Roy.  Appreciate all the info.
Looks like if I want to keep it under $200, will only get up to 2.5 meters accuracy.  
Probably will get the Dual Electronics XGPS150A for under $100 with 2.5 meter.
My limited research has these potential options over $200:
Bad Elf GPS PRO+ (2300 model) has 2 meter accuracy for $250
Bad Elf GPS Surveyor has Sub-meter but is $599
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Terry Dock

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I have tried several times to DL the app, and been unsuccessful. My samsung phone has Android version 4.1.2. Thinking it might be the signal, i have tried from several different spots. Any ideas?

Thanks.
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Terry, we have been able to download Observer Pro in the last few days. Do you have enough space on your phone? Also, due to the size of the app, a strong wifi signal is recommended. If you are still having trouble, I'll ask our developer to look into it. Cynthia
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Judith Bush

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Not so much an android app question, but is there a way that one can get a GPX or KML of calflora search results in a region? I'd like to import plants i'm looking for into a topo map viewer application.
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Thanks for the help!
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Kathy Welch

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Attended the training at South Lake Tahoe last week and thought you said Cal Observer Pro was available for i-phone users.  The post in April says only Cal Observer is available for i-phone.  Since I can't download the Observer Pro, am assuming that Pro is still not available for i-phone, and I misheard.  Please clarify.
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Hi Cynthia,
Seems you were always in conversation with other people, so I didn't get the chance.  I did ask about Lepidium campestre, not a native, but also not the kind of invasive plant that can negatively alter wildlands according to local experts.  I only mentioned it because it is easy to confuse certain Lepidium spp. and I am fairly certain that the plant the presenter thought was hairy whitetop was really Lepidium campestre.  Diagnostic for me is the type of seed head.

Thanks for the clarification on the Cal Observer Pro.  I guess it was just wishful thinking on my part, since I  and many others I know have i-phones.
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John Malpas

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Q: I am making observations on the phone as Independent. How do I get them into a group?

A. If you make observations with Observer Pro as an Independent, then when you upload them, they will appear in your Calflora account not associated with any group.

If you would like new records uploaded from Observer Pro to automatically go into a group, go to My Calflora / Preferences. In the section called NEW OBSERVATIONS, choose one of your groups from the Default Groups drop down, and then press SAVE PREFERENCES.

To move any of your older records into a group, view them in My Observations. Then open TOOLS / Batch Edit, and change the records to be in the group where they belong.
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thanks, John. This seems like it will help a lot.
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Curtis Tyler

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Not sure if this is the help forum, but ... I am using Observer Pro in Mendocino County and need offline maps. Is there a grid or outline that shows the area covered by existing online maps?

Love the app and I am looking forward to using it this season.
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Curtis, we don't a grid showing where the offline maps are yet. In the phone app, if you press "Offline Maps", you will see a list of them. Each is preceded by the CNPS county code -- if we had any for Mendocino Co., they would begin with "MEN".  We do not have any for Mendocino yet.
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Donald Thomas

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I would like to use Observer Pro with my Nexus 7 tablet, using an external bluetooth gps. Do you have instructions on pairing the tablet with a bluetooth gps?

Thanks
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Absolutely. It can be a little fiddly, but with patience most folks have been able to do this following these instructions:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zy_0N6MyI0uSwZMPoEK5O8EmLZeHfERRlDIoiRw2bR0/edit
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John Malpas

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Tip: making sure that photos from the Android Camera app are georeferenced

Speaking to the Android 4.3 camera app that comes with Nexus devices, you can view and change the setting like this:
1.      Open the camera app.
2.      The white circle (rightmost of three icons at bottom of app screen) is used to bring up the main menu. If "store location" is turned off, that circular icon will be displayed with a small location icon with a line through it. If "store location" is turned on, there is no positive indication thereof. Tap it to continue if you want to change the setting.
3.      Tap the settings icon (middle icon of five) to bring up "More Options" menu.
4.      The "store location" icon is the leftmost of five. Tapping that icon toggles the setting (and dismisses the menu). If "store location" is off, that icon is displayed with a line through it, else without.

-- excerpt from:
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Some folks prefer to take photos with the standard Android camera app, and then upload them and turn them into obsevation records with this application:
http://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/geophoto_upload.cgi

If you want to go this route, it helps a lot if the Camera app photos are georeferenced.

Note that My Observations is difficult to use on a phone, so after you have uploaded photos and turned them into observations, use My Observations from a computer browser to edit them.
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A place to discuss the Calflora Observer Pro Android app for recording observations of wild California plants and uploading them to Calflora.org
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John Malpas

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Plant List:
If you are using Observer Pro as an Independent, and you want to be choosing plants from a certain plant list, go to My Calflora / Preferences,
and select a plant list.

The next time you REFRESH from Observer Pro, your selected plant list will be pulled in, and you can choose plants from it when you are making an observation.
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Dale Jantzen

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First time user trying out ObserverPro on an HP Slate7 Extreme.  Works fine when in wireless range but wouldn't provide me a location when out of range or with wireless disabled.  Does the app demand a certain accuracy level from the device that perhaps the internal GPS isnt providing without wireless assist?

Observer on iPhone worked as did ESRI Collector on iPad in the same location.  Any other ideas for me out there?  Thanks.
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Success!  new install of Android seems to have made a difference.  The small location icon has appeared in the top left corner of the screen, when flashing seems we're waiting for a fix, when solid, the app has location.
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Alex Jones

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I'm having trouble linking my plant lists to my phone app--I've done everything the Calflora instructions call for, but the plant list won't show up on the app even after refreshing. I'm wondering if it's an issue with my particular phone (Moto e; a couple other Motos have been tested and listed as functional by Calflora). Any thoughts? Same goes for my offline map, which shows up as (ready) on the offline map list but doesn't show up on the app even after I switch "offline" to "satellite" on the app's map view. Any thoughts? Thanks very much.
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Alex Jones's profile photoRoy West's profile photo
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Alex, would you send a comment from the app (tap the envelope on the bottom-right of the home screen) so we can check the version of things?
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John Malpas

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Tip: Polygons drawn in Observer Pro close automatically, so it is not necessary to add a final point at the same location as the first point.

In Observer Pro, when you are drawing a polygon by walking the perimiter, the app shows the polygon in light red as soon as there are three points. The last point is connected to the first point, so it is not necessary to go back to the origin in order to close the polygon.

If you do put a final point close to where the first point is, you run the risk of making the polygon self-intersecting. Self-intersecting  polygons may be a problem later, if you are planning to pull them out and use them with other GIS software.
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Imran Hasan

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Toni Corelli

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So not for Apple iphone, ipad users?
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Roy West's profile photoCynthia Powell's profile photo
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Toni, the iOS Observer is difficult to search for on iTunes for some reason, but here's the link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/calflora/id605784318?mt=8 it's not nearly as sophisticated as Observer Pro for android, as Roy says...
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John Malpas

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Frequently asked questions about using Observer Pro
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Calflora Observer Pro FAQsFrequently Asked Questions about Calflora Observer Pro 2014-04-04 phone@calflora.org Q: Why do I only see one organization and three projects? A: Most people will only see one organization and the simple, advanced, and rare plant projects because they are not part of an organization that has work
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This is really helpful. Thanks, John!
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Cynthia Powell

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Try our our new plant Observation Entry
http://www.calflora.org/entry/poe.html
to view and edit the records you make with Observer Pro.
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Roy West
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Calflora is so cutting edge!
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