Acres GPS Area Measurement - Free (was £9.49) @ Google Play Store
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Acres GPS Area Measurement - Free (was £9.49) @ Google Play Store

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Found 23rd Aug 2017
Did you know you can use your GPS to calculate the acreage of a food plot or sprawling garden?
This program allows you to measure areas of any size, with a precision marked by your own GPS. The larger the area, the better the measure. The perfect tool for field and farm work.

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Acres is a powerful easy to use GPS tool that quickly collects area and length measurements. Collect field measurements using GPS, map touch or distance and angle modes. Use snap, control points, CAD like edits and store-by-interval to aid in precise point placement.

Built on top of Google maps and using your phone's GPS locate, measure and record areas and distances. Acres is ideal for construction, environmental, real-estate and agriculture professionals needing to routinely estimate areas or distance. This application was designed and written by a professional software engineer with 20 years of experience writing mobile applications for the land survey profession.
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ok who is on HUKD to save a few quid, but needs GPS to measure their garden???
A GPS is accurate to 12 feet if you are lucky.


Compute that and your plot will be accurate to 25%.
Useless unless your own Berkshire.
Tape measures are not free but do work to 100%.
Edited by: "LadyEleanor" 23rd Aug 2017
LadyEleanor1 h, 1 m ago

A GPS is accurate to 12 feet if you are lucky.Compute that and your plot …A GPS is accurate to 12 feet if you are lucky.Compute that and your plot will be accurate to 25%.Useless unless your own Berkshire.Tape measures are not free but do work to 100%.


Well, what you say is not quite right (about GPS). The absolute accuracy of a coordinate taken from a stand-alone receiver will be somewhat worse than you quote (one might expect the SE to be something around 5m at the 99% confidence level), but readings from contemporaneous measurements would be much better relative to each other. So, if one took measurements (say) around a field with the same instrument (a cell phone perhaps) in one session then most of the errors would be the same for all the measurements and therefore they would fit each other very well (probably to a matter of centimeters). The areas, lengths &c that one might compute from those measurements would be pretty precise, but the real world positioning on any of the individual measurements (or indeed the whole bundle taken together) would be inaccurate. Have I explained that well enough?
I do agree that it is pretty easy to work out areas from tape measurements, particularly for fairly rectangular plots, so it is hard to see the value of this app for the domestic user (which is probably why it is being given away free). Professional surveyors will always have a better tool than this one (that would have come free with the total station or GPS receiver he had bought), so the app would not be much use in that case. I suppose it might be useful to an estate agent - who could send the YTS boy out to a site with just a cell phone and from that could end up with a pretty good plot of a piece of land that could be uploaded to a mapping or imagery application - and so save himself £200 getting a bloke like me to survey it.
Unfortunately I don't have an Android cell phone to try this app out, but I see no reason why it would not do what it says on the box (there are lots of other applications for computers that will do this, some of which are free).
Edited by: "othen" 23rd Aug 2017
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Nice one, installed. :-)
Good find thanks
ok who is on HUKD to save a few quid, but needs GPS to measure their garden???
Stuart1234cat12 m ago

ok who is on HUKD to save a few quid, but needs GPS to measure their …ok who is on HUKD to save a few quid, but needs GPS to measure their garden???


I would be, even if I needed the GPS to measure my garden - alas not this year!
dozstanford10 m ago

Hold on just a second...."This application was designed and written by a …Hold on just a second...."This application was designed and written by a professional software engineer with 20 years of experience writing mobile applications for the land survey profession."20 years ?I'm pretty sure my Nokia 3110 didn't have any "apps", sure there were some tablets about at the time but they were basically laptops with a touch screen and no keyboard, I suppose there was the Palm Pilot.... but the claim still seems fishy.



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Edited by: "MusicInMe" 23rd Aug 2017
installs 50-100 well its just gone up one more, thanks, give anything a try especially when its free.
Pretty cool idea, thanks op
Edited by: "turbo_c" 23rd Aug 2017
A GPS is accurate to 12 feet if you are lucky.


Compute that and your plot will be accurate to 25%.
Useless unless your own Berkshire.
Tape measures are not free but do work to 100%.
Edited by: "LadyEleanor" 23rd Aug 2017
LadyEleanor1 h, 1 m ago

A GPS is accurate to 12 feet if you are lucky.Compute that and your plot …A GPS is accurate to 12 feet if you are lucky.Compute that and your plot will be accurate to 25%.Useless unless your own Berkshire.Tape measures are not free but do work to 100%.


Well, what you say is not quite right (about GPS). The absolute accuracy of a coordinate taken from a stand-alone receiver will be somewhat worse than you quote (one might expect the SE to be something around 5m at the 99% confidence level), but readings from contemporaneous measurements would be much better relative to each other. So, if one took measurements (say) around a field with the same instrument (a cell phone perhaps) in one session then most of the errors would be the same for all the measurements and therefore they would fit each other very well (probably to a matter of centimeters). The areas, lengths &c that one might compute from those measurements would be pretty precise, but the real world positioning on any of the individual measurements (or indeed the whole bundle taken together) would be inaccurate. Have I explained that well enough?
I do agree that it is pretty easy to work out areas from tape measurements, particularly for fairly rectangular plots, so it is hard to see the value of this app for the domestic user (which is probably why it is being given away free). Professional surveyors will always have a better tool than this one (that would have come free with the total station or GPS receiver he had bought), so the app would not be much use in that case. I suppose it might be useful to an estate agent - who could send the YTS boy out to a site with just a cell phone and from that could end up with a pretty good plot of a piece of land that could be uploaded to a mapping or imagery application - and so save himself £200 getting a bloke like me to survey it.
Unfortunately I don't have an Android cell phone to try this app out, but I see no reason why it would not do what it says on the box (there are lots of other applications for computers that will do this, some of which are free).
Edited by: "othen" 23rd Aug 2017
Stuart1234cat5 h, 47 m ago

ok who is on HUKD to save a few quid, but needs GPS to measure their …ok who is on HUKD to save a few quid, but needs GPS to measure their garden???

I do
dozstanford5 h, 34 m ago

Hold on just a second...."This application was designed and written by a …Hold on just a second...."This application was designed and written by a professional software engineer with 20 years of experience writing mobile applications for the land survey profession."20 years ?I'm pretty sure my Nokia 3110 didn't have any "apps", sure there were some tablets about at the time but they were basically laptops with a touch screen and no keyboard, I suppose there was the Palm Pilot.... but the claim still seems fishy.


Not really, the surveying profession was an early adopter of mobile technology - it lends itself to automatic data processing well because there is a lot of data and the calculations are really difficult but repetitive. Early on (in the 1980s) the platforms were programmable calculators and laptops, in the meantime all sorts of bespoke and general purpose hardware platforms have been used, so I don't doubt this chap's credentials. It would only have been recently that someone has bothered to mount an app like this on a cell phone (and I must admit I'm struggling to see it having much value on that type of platform).
dozstanford5 h, 38 m ago

Hold on just a second...."This application was designed and written by a …Hold on just a second...."This application was designed and written by a professional software engineer with 20 years of experience writing mobile applications for the land survey profession."20 years ?I'm pretty sure my Nokia 3110 didn't have any "apps", sure there were some tablets about at the time but they were basically laptops with a touch screen and no keyboard, I suppose there was the Palm Pilot.... but the claim still seems fishy.


It may surprise you but the world existed for several years before mummy bought you a smartphone!
Self promotion... Unless this person stumbled upon a one day sale on a product 5 people had downloaded so far...

Too many of these self promotions for apps here..
USA do alter the GPS on times mainly wars so most weeks then. Mine was out by around 20 ft and that was on the phone and celebrated
sunil2372 h, 0 m ago

Self promotion... Unless this person stumbled upon a one day sale on a …Self promotion... Unless this person stumbled upon a one day sale on a product 5 people had downloaded so far...Too many of these self promotions for apps here..


True. Although if the app really doesn't have adverts then I don't mind so much. There are competing apps on Google play, but the ad free ones are around the rrp price point of this app.
Thanks! Grabbed this...even if I never use it, it's a £9 app for free....may come in handy one day!
chrisvaldez5 m ago

Thanks! Grabbed this...even if I never use it, it's a £9 app for …Thanks! Grabbed this...even if I never use it, it's a £9 app for free....may come in handy one day!

Yes, £9 seems very steep! But it's a free app that I might also use one day.
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dozstanford9 h, 18 m ago

Hold on just a second...."This application was designed and written by a …Hold on just a second...."This application was designed and written by a professional software engineer with 20 years of experience writing mobile applications for the land survey profession."20 years ?I'm pretty sure my Nokia 3110 didn't have any "apps", sure there were some tablets about at the time but they were basically laptops with a touch screen and no keyboard, I suppose there was the Palm Pilot.... but the claim still seems fishy.



May be he did a lot of overtime hours.
do we really need s.a's on here. Please mods please remove some of the posts seams bit daft. All you have to say a nice find thanks to the op!. Yep thanks op!.
dozstanford11 h, 47 m ago

Hold on just a second...."This application was designed and written by a …Hold on just a second...."This application was designed and written by a professional software engineer with 20 years of experience writing mobile applications for the land survey profession."20 years ?I'm pretty sure my Nokia 3110 didn't have any "apps", sure there were some tablets about at the time but they were basically laptops with a touch screen and no keyboard, I suppose there was the Palm Pilot.... but the claim still seems fishy.


I bet its a team of 20 teenagers, who are halfway through their GCSE programing course and collectively have 20 years 'experience'.
dozstanford17 m ago

The fact I'm even aware of what a Palm Pilot is should be a bit of a …The fact I'm even aware of what a Palm Pilot is should be a bit of a giveaway to my age.



I thought it was a euphemism.
Thank you! Musicinme. For a moment i saw some kind of alien wearing cool sunglasses in the Apps icon image.
LadyEleanor10 h, 19 m ago

A GPS is accurate to 12 feet if you are lucky.Compute that and your plot …A GPS is accurate to 12 feet if you are lucky.Compute that and your plot will be accurate to 25%.Useless unless your own Berkshire.Tape measures are not free but do work to 100%.


The area of the tennis court looks pretty accurate, no? I noticed the acc is 12.8ft in their diagram.
abundzu3 h, 48 m ago

Thank you! Musicinme. For a moment i saw some kind of alien wearing …Thank you! Musicinme. For a moment i saw some kind of alien wearing cool sunglasses in the Apps icon image.

I saw it too, but wasn't sure
I don't need it, but i've added it to my account
othen16 h, 40 m ago

Well, what you say is not quite right (about GPS). The absolute accuracy …Well, what you say is not quite right (about GPS). The absolute accuracy of a coordinate taken from a stand-alone receiver will be somewhat worse than you quote (one might expect the SE to be something around 5m at the 99% confidence level), but readings from contemporaneous measurements would be much better relative to each other. So, if one took measurements (say) around a field with the same instrument (a cell phone perhaps) in one session then most of the errors would be the same for all the measurements and therefore they would fit each other very well (probably to a matter of centimeters). The areas, lengths &c that one might compute from those measurements would be pretty precise, but the real world positioning on any of the individual measurements (or indeed the whole bundle taken together) would be inaccurate. Have I explained that well enough?I do agree that it is pretty easy to work out areas from tape measurements, particularly for fairly rectangular plots, so it is hard to see the value of this app for the domestic user (which is probably why it is being given away free). Professional surveyors will always have a better tool than this one (that would have come free with the total station or GPS receiver he had bought), so the app would not be much use in that case. I suppose it might be useful to an estate agent - who could send the YTS boy out to a site with just a cell phone and from that could end up with a pretty good plot of a piece of land that could be uploaded to a mapping or imagery application - and so save himself £200 getting a bloke like me to survey it.Unfortunately I don't have an Android cell phone to try this app out, but I see no reason why it would not do what it says on the box (there are lots of other applications for computers that will do this, some of which are free).


A GPS's error in accuracy is quite random at any given time, with any given instrument. While you are quite correct in the scope of error, it is NOT consistent even with the same instrument. In an extreme example, you could measure 2 points, 10 meters apart, but if the error is 5 meters towards each point, you could end up with a distance of 0 meters - even with the same instrument. There are some GPS's, however, that can measure a point over time (around 2 minutes) that will average out the error and give you an accuracy of up to 1 meter.
BAmes1 h, 29 m ago

A GPS's error in accuracy is quite random at any given time, with any …A GPS's error in accuracy is quite random at any given time, with any given instrument. While you are quite correct in the scope of error, it is NOT consistent even with the same instrument. In an extreme example, you could measure 2 points, 10 meters apart, but if the error is 5 meters towards each point, you could end up with a distance of 0 meters - even with the same instrument. There are some GPS's, however, that can measure a point over time (around 2 minutes) that will average out the error and give you an accuracy of up to 1 meter.


With respect: your knowledge of surveying is no better than your English grammar. Ho hum.
:-)
othen4 m ago

With respect: your knowledge of surveying is no better than your English …With respect: your knowledge of surveying is no better than your English grammar. Ho hum.:-)


You don't know anything about what knowledge I hold, and it seems, your own naivety .
Stuart1234cat22 h, 47 m ago

ok who is on HUKD to save a few quid, but needs GPS to measure their …ok who is on HUKD to save a few quid, but needs GPS to measure their garden???



Me! G** d**n it... I thought when I bought this (they told me) it was 0.71 acres. According to this app it is 0.55 !
Has anyone actually tried to use the app? It's terrible.
Tyler.Durden5 h, 54 m ago

Has anyone actually tried to use the app? It's terrible.


Now that is a helpful comment: just because something is free that does not mean it is of any use!
Unfortunate but its back to £9.49..
dozstanford23rd Aug

Hold on just a second...."This application was designed and written by a …Hold on just a second...."This application was designed and written by a professional software engineer with 20 years of experience writing mobile applications for the land survey profession."20 years ?I'm pretty sure my Nokia 3110 didn't have any "apps", sure there were some tablets about at the time but they were basically laptops with a touch screen and no keyboard, I suppose there was the Palm Pilot.... but the claim still seems fishy.

Snakes was a mobile app in Nokia phones more than 25 years old who used to keep measuring ur garden without touching his tail
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