Behind the Curtain: New Icons

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New icons are something that have been requested from numerous agencies over the past couple of years.

In order to provide icons that will be useful to everyone, we started looking at some iconography standards in the fire industry.

One that stood out as being widely adopted with a large variety of icons is the set defined by the NFPA 170 standard.

We’ve begun the process of adding these icons to our system, and they will be available in the near future to all agencies.

Aside from allowing a wider variety of icons, we hope that this will foster more standards based iconography on map data, allowing agencies to be more inter-operable going forward.

If you have any other standards based iconography that your agency uses, please let us know so that we can evaluate them and possibly add them to our system.

New PC Beta Release

This week we have released an update for the PC Beta app. Much like the previous PC Beta updates, there have been many new features and changes. The most exciting of which is that the app will now communicate directly with any GPS unit on the computer it is running! This means that although you can use GPSDirect or GpsGate, it is not necessary; GPS reporting should just work out of the box.

We have also overhauled the startup process. This was in an effort to improve the overall performance of the app in addition to fixing the spinning green bar issue that some were experiencing.

And for some more visual features, the settings window has been packed full of options. Settings are divided up in to three tabs: General, Mapping, and Agencies. The General tab provides the common settings that pertain to the program. A new feature here is the addition of themes. Currently a Dark or Light Theme can be selected.

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The Mapping tab includes all of the options relating to the map’s presentation of information. In addition to settings that you are probably familiar with from our other apps, there is the option to set a default map style and a default location. The default map style sets which map layer should be displayed when the app starts up. This can be Aerial, Aerial With Roads, and Roads. The default location let’s you specify a concrete location for the PC. This can be useful in case you either don’t have a GPS or the PC is always in one place.

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And the Agencies tab lets you specify different options for each agency that you are a member of. Common settings from the other apps are present as well as choosing a ringtone.

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To wrap things up, I will leave you with a preview of the different themes:

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