Each week (usually on Friday), I plan to share information about one or two iOS or Android apps that may come in handy to those who read this blog. Whether you're a forester, landowner, outdoorsman, a lover of technology, or someone that just stumbles upon this blog, I hope that you will find the information useful and maybe find a new app that will benefit you. This week's app wrap features two apps: Evernote (multi-platform) and GeoCam (Android).
is a note taking app that I use almost daily. The app has many more uses than just taking notes. I use Evernote to write and save blog posts, take notes, write myself to-do lists and reminders, share project information with colleagues, store images, links, and more. Evernote's most powerful feature is that it stores your data on their servers (in the "cloud") and is available on multiple platforms. Your data is available on almost every device or computer you use. I am typing this blog post on my wife's laptop (running Window's XP) using the web application. I have the Evernote Windows app on my desktop where I will polish this post before copying and pasting it over to the blog. There are Evernote apps for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Android, iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch)
, Windows Phone, WebOS, and BlackBerry. Evernote offers free and premium accounts. The free online service has monthly usage limitations of 60 MB/month, and displays a "usage" meter. A premium service is also available that currently costs $5 per month or $45 per year, and currently offers 1,000 MB/month usage. I haven't upgraded to the premium version because my usage isn't even close 60 MB/month, but I will consider upgrading if I reach that threshold. Try it out for yourself and download the app from your device's app store.
is an Android app that has definitely come in handy quite a few times in the woods. The app, developed by Wazar, is only available on Android and also is available in a paid version called GeoCam Pro
(currently priced at $2.52). The free version is supported by advertisements within the app. GeoCam uses your phone's GPS to geocache locations and geotag photos or videos that are taken within the app. The app also takes advantage of the phone's accelerometer, gyro, proximity, and compass sensors for navigation and taking measurements. The coolest and most useful feature I've used is the ability to measure the height of something (like a tree). Under the Geo menu, there is an option for Triangulation that launches tools that can measure length, height, or show your current bearing. To measure a tree, I click on Measure Height. The app then asks for the distance you are from the object you are measuring. I usually pace 66 feet from the tree (or pull a tape measure for better accuracy). After inputting the distance, the app instructs the user to point the camera at the bottom of the object being measured and touch the crosshairs in the middle of the screen. Then, do the same for the top of the object. The app then displays a pop up that shows the calculated height of the object. It really comes in handy and is surprisingly accurate. I've used very expensive lasers, altimeters, and clinometers to measure tree height in the past and will continue to do so when taking measurements that require high accuracy, especially when taking measurements for volume and financial calculations. Using GeoCam is an inexpensive (or free) way to measure tree heights for general use. I highly recommend it for forest landowners or others that don't want to buy expensive tools to measure tree heights. To download the app, visit the Google Play store on the web or from your device's Google Play app.