Today we are interviewing Ryan at Mapistry about their mobile GIS app for iPads and desktop software. Mapistry provides an easy to use mapping tool that allows scientists, civil engineers, and city planners to quickly produce elegant maps. Visit Mapistry’s website HERE.
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ANATUM: Can you give a brief description of your product and your pricing structure?
Ryan: Mapistry is an easy to use mapping (GIS) tool that allows a user to draw features (points, lines, polygons), GPS locations and add info, and import CSV files. We are cloud-based so a user in the field can collect GPS locations and info and a colleague in the office can see it instantly. We are browser based so Windows, Android, and iOS users can all use Mapistry. We have a free option (1 project and up to 50 features) and $30/user/month (unlimited projects and features).
ANATUM: Does your product support disconnected editing, or does it require a Wi-Fi or cellular service connection?
Ryan: Currently, Mapistry needs Wi-Fi or cellular service to operate.
Ryan: Mapistry is cloud based and data is stored on Amazon’s Cloud. Users’ data is their own and only accessible by them using their unique login and password. Payments are through Stripe, which is certified at the most stringent security level for payment processors
ANATUM: Can users sync their data from the field so office coworkers can see new data, or have the office staff feed new project data to workers in the field?
Ryan: Yes! Because Mapistry is cloud-based, office workers can instantly see new data from the field.
ANATUM: Is there a native map component and what mapping service does it use?
Ryan: Mapistry uses Bing aerial imagery as the base map. The opacity of the imagery can be changed using the opacity slider in the app. In addition, there is a roads layer overlaid on the imagery that can be toggled on/off.
ANATUM: Does the mapping system require “checking out” a map or does it cache imagery for use in the field and working disconnected?
Ryan: Mapistry does not require checking out a map, but needs Wi-Fi or cellular service to operate.
ANATUM: Does your program record points, lines, and polygons with the ability to customize data collection forms based on the paper datasheets they might normally utilize?
Ryan: A user can draw points, lines, and polygons or import points via a CSV in Mapistry. In addition, data associated with each feature can be added in the office, field, or imported. Custom fields for each layer can be added by the user for data collection/field inspections.
ANATUM: Does your program record photos and video for attachment to GPS records? Can the User import an existing photo from the Camera Roll?
Ryan: Unfortunately we do not record photos currently. We will be adding that feature in the coming months.
ANATUM: Is there a search for feature or GPS record function?
Ryan: We will be adding a search/filter function to Mapistry in the coming months.
ANATUM: Does your program have the ability to view the history of previously recorded entries, or GPS records from other users?
Ryan: No, we do not currently have that capability.
ANATUM: Does your program have the ability to auto-generate ID numbers for records to help minimize incorrect labeling by the user?
Ryan: Mapistry does not allow duplicate IDs for features in a layer so that all features have a unique ID.
ANATUM: Is there a desktop interface that allows the user to see their projects and edit field-collected data?
Ryan: Mapistry can be run on a laptop (or desktop) and all data and maps are available there for the user. Field collected data can be edited (info changed or location moved) in the browser. Maps can be exported as an image file to turn into a stand-alone pdf or imported into a text document. A link to a static map can also be shared so that others outside your organization (such as clients or regulators) can see your map.
Ryan: Mapistry allows you to organize your data and maps by project and then within each project with multiple views/maps. This allows for consistent, professional looking maps. In addition, you can import custom icons, in case you ever want to use your coworker’s portrait as the symbol for storm drain locations.
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