Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Merging Map Points

There are a few different ways to get new data into your LANDSCAPE maps. One of the easiest ways to create new points on a map is to simply import a set of geotagged photos. Doing so will create new points for each photo, but it will try its best to combine multiple photos into a single point if they are "close enough." However, GPS accuracy can be variable in the field when you are taking your photos, so even though you may never have moved from a certain spot as you took photos, the actual GPS location stamped into the photo may have moved around your general location. This can happen when you are taking photos in LANDSCAPE Mobile as well.

If photos that should have been grouped together aren't, they become a little cumbersome to work with in LANDSCAPE, but don't despair! There is now a way to merge points together.

With the pan tool selected, simply click on a point you want to combine with another and then drag it over to the other point. You'll notice the destination point will turn yellow:


Now, drop it and you'll be prompted to merge the two together.

That's it!

The destination point will obtain all the photos from the source point and the source point will be removed from the map.


Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Little Green Light Contact Report Syncing

Good news for you Little Green Light users: Contact Reports will now sync with LANDSCAPE! If you create a new Contact Report in LGL it will be synced with LANDSCAPE at the same time as other Constituent updates (once a day, unless you manually activate it). If you create a Communication in LANDSCAPE for a Contact that is synced with LGL, it will be pushed to LGL as a Contact Report immediately.

I'm a big believer in using the best tool for any particular job and figuring out how to make all your tools work together. Tighter integration with LGL allows your fundraising and land protection staff to use the best tools for their respective jobs while maintaining the visibility each needs into the activities of the other.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Easy Public Web Maps

Many conservation organizations have or would like an interactive map of their properties on their website. Usually creating and maintaining such a map requires a lot of time and technical expertise. Since all of the data that you'd likely want on such a map is already in LANDSCAPE, wouldn't it be great if LANDSCAPE could generate that map and keep it updated for you? It can!

There is now a Public Map section under Settings. From there you can create an HTML widget that you add to your website that will display a map right from the data in LANDSCAPE. You can choose which properties get displayed and can control their styling and popup window content.



The beauty is that there is no longer anything you need to do to add newly protected properties to your map - just complete them in LANDSCAPE and it happens automatically.

Here's a Knowledge Base article that explains the settings.

I hope some of you find it useful.


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Sometimes a Task is just a Task

The good folks at North Florida Land Trust reminded me this week that the simplest answer is often the right one. At least it was when it came to task lists.

The Project system in LANDSCAPE is powerful and is really good at tracking complex sets of tasks across multiple activities, but sometimes it can be a lot more than you want or need. Sometimes you just want to create a new task but have it related to the activity you are working on - whether that's a Property Acquisition, Stewardship, or even a particular Management Action.

The My Tasks window has let you create new tasks for a long time now, but it would only let you relate those tasks to an existing Project or leave them completely unrelated to anything. Further, if the task wasn't assigned to you, it wasn't possible to see it in My Tasks, so you'd have to do a special query to find it again.

To make one-off tasks more useful I'm happy to announce a few new enhancements to the My Tasks window, which is now just labelled "Tasks."

First, the tasks created in the Tasks window can now be related to nothing, the current activity, or an active project.

Second, there are new filters in the Tasks window. They let you see only tasks assigned to you, only tasks related to the current activity, and all tasks that are incomplete. Various combinations of these filters will then allow you to see everyone's tasks related to a particular activity whether or not the tasks come from a Project or are just one-off tasks created in the Tasks window.

For more details on using the Tasks window, check out this article in the Knowledge Base.


Monday, March 26, 2018

Stewardship Reporting Obligations

If you find yourself needing to regularly report to 3rd-parties about the stewardship-related activities you perform on your properties, you can now use the new Reporting Obligations feature in LANDSCAPE. You'll find it on the Details page of a Stewardship Activity.

The following Knowledge Base article explains it: Reporting Obligations